Sunday, August 3, 2014

Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Challenge: Reveal!

When Toltec Jewels mentioned on a facebook group that she was going to be having sign-ups for a challenge using SueBeads' chicklet beads, I was practically chomping at the bit. I knew right away that I wanted to make earrings from them, so I signed up as soon as I could!!

I received an orangish bead. I admit, not my favorite color... but oddly enough, one that I've been leaning toward more often subconsciously! I immediately purchased a second one from Sue. Then, of course, I procrastinated about making something with them.

Three days ago, I suddenly realized that the time was fast approaching! So, I made my earrings, and I like them. Not sure this will be the final incarnation, but for now, I will wear them proudly. The beads are accompanied by my own polymer clay round beads and some pale yellow swarovski dangles.

No doubt I will need some other colors in the not so distant future.

Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy's blogs:                               SueBeads...A Beady Girl's blog
                                                               Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy's website                            SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads                                SueBeads


Toltec Jewels                                 


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Jennifer Reno                                 

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Jayne Capps                                  

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Linda Landig                                 

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Melinda Orr                                  

Lennis Carrier                               

Cynthia Machata                           

Elizabeth Hodges                          

Debbie Rasmussen                        

Tanya McGuire                             

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Friday, May 9, 2014

The 8th Bead Soup Blog Party is here!!

A reminder of what I was fortunate to work with from Genea (click on her name to visit her blog and see what she made with the soup I sent her!):
Packaged so neatly!!

No matter how I looked at it, Genea's soup screamed "BOHO"!! So I first whipped up a herringbone tube, which I threaded a piece of wire through for stability. At each end are lampwork beads from my stash (made by Patsy Leblanc of Killer Beads). 

I square stitched a golden bail and hung the "sea urchin" focal from it with a swarovski crystal and some copper spacers. I then hung a MOP leaf from it. 

Wooly wire is wrapped around the tube and up past the beads. 

The copper chain Genea sent me is attached to the wire threaded through the tube, and then her recycled sari silk forms the ties at the end so that it can fit any size neck.

focal by Genea

wooly wire wrapped around my herringbone tube

Next, I created a bracelet using more of the antiqued copper chain. The sea urchin wing ding and silvered ivory spacers were joined by more of Patsy's lampwork, lampwork by Amber Ballard and flat discs, all from my stash. The button closure made by Genea is part of the clasp that holds it together.

wingding by Genea

lampwork button closure by Genea

Here is a link to the other participants in the blog hop (500 links is a bit long for one post!!) 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Hop

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Color of Dreams Blog Hop

I chose to participate in the Color of Dreams Blog Hop (click on the picture below to reach the "home blog")
Each participating artist was given an orphan/ooak bead created by artist Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams Boutique to design with. We were to create something with it and post on our blog April 6, Sunday.
Today's the day!!

I received a little round polymer clay bead with floral canes. Being a polymer clay artist myself, I know what it's like to make small beads. I don't make them very often.

As for my dream? My dream is that everyone may experience beauty during their day. A garden, a smiling face, a giggling child, a piece of art... whatever makes them feel alive.

I chose to use a coppery chain and clasp, and used the clasp as part of an accent in a necklace, bringing it to the front. I hung the little bead on the clasp. Then I created my own sculpted leaf beads, and antiqued them. I used my friend Bonnie Polinski's ceramic flower beads and one of her ceramic rounds as well as some sparkly crystals and more of my leaf beads to create a dangle as the focal.

Check out the rest of the artists in the hop:
Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts

Friday, March 21, 2014

More bead soup stuff!!

I've been gathering potential extra ingredients for the bead soup Genea sent me, and waiting for her to receive my soup. She received my package today and says she likes it (insert smiley face here) so I'll post pictures of that tomorrow.

(My friend Bonnie and are also going to do a side swap of bead soups, since she was not able to sign up for the "official" bead soup swap. I'll post that swap separately after she and I meet.)

In case there are those who do not know what this Bead Soup Blog Party is all about... Here is some information from Lori Anderson's blog.

 She says:
Basic Facts:  

::  I pair you with another jewelry designer
by February 28th.  ::

::  You send each other a quality package of beads
by March 14th.  ::

 ::  You make one or more pieces of jewelry or art with those beads, 
incorporating beads from your own stash as needed.
The focal and clasp you were sent MUST be used, 
but don't have to be used in the same piece.  ::

::  You post your creation on the blog hop reveal day, May 3rd,
and you try to visit as many of the other designers' blogs. ::

Saturday, March 15, 2014

My Bead Soup has arrived!! Ingredients revealed!

My creative bead soup partner has sent me my bead soup, and it's lovely. It's going to make me think outside my comfort zone/box and that's something I love to do.
I'm sorry, I put the neat little card upside down in this picture, but look at all the little numbered wrapped parcels!!
Clever recipe card!!

My brain is full of ideas. Let the simmering begin!

Now, if the dang clasp I ordered to send to my partner would arrive, I could send hers to her. Here is a creatively distorted picture of what I have put together for her soup (sans clasp). I have also been cleaning and sorting in my craft room, so there are things that will be included in the box that are not in the picture.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Meet my Bead Soup Bead Party swap partner

This is Genea
And she makes beautiful lampwork glass beads (check out her blog)
I love the headpins. Wow.

And she is sending me a package with beads in it so I can make jewelry and show off what I make!! I'll be sending her some, too. It's all a surprise, what's in the package. Sometimes surprises are good. I'm pretty sure this one will be.