Sunday, June 30, 2013

AJE Component of the Month - Jenny Davies-Reazor

Over at AJE it's reveal day for the June Component of the Month!  This month, the wonderfully talented Jenny Davies-Reazor provided us with a pair of components.  Yes, I made earrings!  Jenny makes the most wonderful ceramic goodies, and when she makes jewelry she pairs her components with gemstones!  I love gemstones - if I didn't make lampwork beads, all of my jewelry would be made with gemstones!  As it was, I tried hard to make some beads to match Jenny's charms.  Jenny and I have very complimenting beads and components sometimes, and I thought it would be good to show that off.  However, I just couldn't get a good match and with the work schedule and tree disaster, I decided to go with gemstones!


The charms have an ever-so-subtle hint of brown on them, and so I chose faceted khaki quartz rondelles.


Jenny is very into myth and folklore, so I thought I'd tell you a little bit about quartz.  The name means cross vein one, and has a lot of mythical meaning in Aboriginal culture.  It is also found in passage tomb cemetaries in Europe, most notably in Ireland.  It was used for stone and jewelry carving tools. 

I love Jenny's work, you should check out her web site, she is an art teacher and is such an interesting person!  Also, visit the AJE Blog to see what everyone else made with their charms!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Summer Elements Blog Hop

The beautiful Ms. Rita from Jewel School Friends blog is hosting a Summer Elements Blog Hop today!  I made three pairs of earrings for myself, in a summery theme, and thought I'd show you those! I got the beads from a bead show here in Pittsburgh over the winter, or maybe even in the fall, and just never got around to showing them on my blog!  These are faceted beads, have no idea the stone, but they are opaque, I'm thinking some kind of dyed agate.


These are gorgeous faceted angelite beads!  They are just too pretty, I want to eat them!
 And then these ones, I picked up from a table and the owners of the booth were probably pretty upset that they had to be at a bead show that day, from their attitude.  I have no idea what the "stone" is - they are not real stones, I hope they aren't asbestos or something like that.  But I did like the crackled effect and they are faceted as well!  I'm on a faceted kick right now!



So here are some of my home elements, water and fire.  First, my pool, which if you look very closely is green in the deep end and this rain today is not helping...


And here's my rain barrel - I didn't set it up last summer, and it didn't really matter as we basically had no rain last summer to fill it up with!  This summer, so far, we do and it's nearly full!  Of course, if we keep getting all the rain, I won't need it...ironic.


And finally, my chiminea.  We really like to make fires here, and roast marshmallows and enjoy the flowers, etc.  See my bird girl in the background (remember Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?).  I love Savannah and all it has to offer as a city, so I had to get myself a souvenir.  Don't know if you can see my Greek head vase either, it's on the fence with the yellow flowers, I got that in Athens and I love it!!!


Thanks for visiting!  Here's a list of everyone else who is participating, I hope you go visit them!  And thank you to Rita who is so kind and patient and allowed me to join late! 


Toltec Jewels (Hostess)     http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/
Marlene Cupo                   http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com/
Cheri Reed                        http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Ailsa Cordner                    http://www.bramalfiebeadsetc.co.uk/
Nan Smith                         http://www.wirednan.blogspot.com/
Sherri Stokey                     http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/
Christie (Charis Designs)    http://charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Lawson                 http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com/
Susie Harris                        http://jewelleryjunkie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Glick-Zenith           http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Nelly May                          http://smellynelly.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger               http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/
Dini Bruinsma                     http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer                 http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Cory Tompkins                  http://tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com/
Robin Reed                       http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Gina Hockett                     http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/
Karen Martinez                 http://www.fairiesmarket.blogspot.com/
Liz                                    http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com/
Jasvanti Patel                     http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com/
Solange Collin                    http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com/
Gerda                                http://gerdascraftsblog.blogspot.com/
Karla Morgan                    http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Anindita Basu                     http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache                http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Andrea Trank                    http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Mischelle Fanucchi             http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti               http://tjewellicious.blogspot.com/
Shaiha Williams                  http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Mary Govaars                    http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com/
Becca Sirevaag                  http://godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com/
Lennis Carrier                    http://windbent.wordpress.com/
Regina Wood                     http://www.gina-design.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy                     http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Breeding             https://www.facebook.com/99BOBOTW

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ornament Hanger How-To as seen on AJE Blog Yesterday!

I posted this whole tutorial on AJE blog yesterday.  Please check it out!  You can find an earlier version on my Tutorials page!

Some of you may have seen ornament or suncatcher hangers and said, I can do that! Some of you may have seen them and said, How do I do that? This tutorial is for you. This is for a simple ornament hanger you can make all by yourself with a few tools and wire!

Tools:

Ruler
Wire Cutter
Round Nose Pliers
Wrap-N-Tap pliers (large)

Supplies:

18 gauge silver-filled or silver-plated wire

1. Start by flush cutting a 3" piece of wire with your wire cutters. Notice I used the ever-popular dinosaur ruler we got in a shoe-store many moons ago!

2. Using the round nose pliers, place your wire 1/3 of the way down the plier and make a loop. If you are making lots of hangers, you may want to use a sharpie to mark the place where you want to wrap the wire if you want them all uniform in size.

3. Finish the loop all the way.

4. Place the loop in the Wrap-N-Tap plier on the first round. If you want larger loops for your hanger, you should cut a larger piece of wire. Make sure the loop is secure in the plier and in the direction you want it to go!


5. Using your thumb, wrap the wire around the loop of the Wrap-N-Tap plier all the way. Remove it from the plier, and you will have a hook with a loop on one end at this point.

6. Using the bottom 1/3 of your round-nose pliers, make another loop, which will be bigger than the first loop.

7. Finish shaping if you need to. At this point, you can work harden with a mallet if you like. I prefer to tumble mine because in addition to hardening the silver, it makes it all nice and shiny!!!

You can also embellish them with wire and beads!  Here, I used thin gauge copper wire and blue seed beads.


Below is an ornament I made with one of my baroque lampwork beads, bronze wire, and a chandellier part!


This is a suncatcher I made with a set of three baroque beads and a vintage chandellier crystal.
 
 I can think of many other ways you can embellish the hanger, or add interest to the wire, can you?

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