Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Barbara's Enamel Bead Giveway

This is the first of the giveaways this week...will post another hopefully tomorrow. These particular beads caught my eye last week when I came across them in a design. I really love these enamel beads by Barbara Lewis.  I would love a chance to use them in some of my polymer clay creations. She has a book out on Amazon, "Torch-Fire Enamel Jewelry: A Workshop Painting with Fire".  Barbara is giving away some of her beautiful enameled beads just as a thank you for visiting the amazon site (click on title for link) and her blog. So, check out her blog to find out more about this wonderful giveaway!


I wouldn't mind having some in blue or even this color! These beads have such a vintage look about them, absolutely beautiful! 

Well, hope you have an awesome day! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Birds, Birds, and Birds

My brain has been on birds and more birds lately. I made these really cute birdhouse beads a couple of weeks ago using Cindy Lietz tutorial on Birdhouses. She gives an easy demonstration on how to make them...so I made a couple and added little bird beads to go with them and that would dangle from the birdhouse.


I didn't stop there, while cleaning my father-in-law's room, I came across some old jewelry that belonged to my mother-in-law.  Well, in the stash, were some bird pins. I thought they were cute and I liked the idea of the bird right on the birdhouse rather than dangling. So, I made two birdhouse pendants and made a necklace out of one of the pendants. A little different than Cindy's but using the same idea.



Next I played around with some digital images of birds and made some bird pendants using some metal bezels I bought at Michaels. I added a touch of glitter and covered them with Magic Glos. I think I will list these on my ArtFire studio.


And well, I didn't stop there either. I remembered that I had some digital images of birdhouses which I purchased off Etsy (Cemerony). I used two digital images and transfered them to a sheet of polymer clay and covered two sides of a small spice jar. This took a couple of days to make because I had to do it in stages...still not sure if I like the the suede cording around it. I recently picked up a book on mosaics...so I stamped away, added alcohol inks, mica powders and paint on polymer clay, and pieced them. I then applied them to the other two sides of the bottle.



Well, as you can see I did have birds on the brain for several weeks. I think it is good time to move on to something new, but I will probably be coming back to them again...soon.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lanyard Design Contest

This past week, I have working down to the wire trying to design a couple of lanyards for the ID Badge Lanyard Design Contestsponsored by IDWholesaler.com.  Thanks to my friend, Bonnie from Bleekreations who sent me an email mentioning the contest. She thought I should give it a try. The date for submitting entries closes on Friday, May, 13, 2011 and voting closes on Monday, May, 16, 2011.
I submitted two entries and I am asking friends and family to please vote for mine (either one). Last year I made lanyards for our guild, so I thought I would give this contest a try. There are many beautiful entries...as always, tough competition.  These are my entries. Please let me know what you think.


Bitter Oriental
This was a Lisa Pavelka water-slide transfer image on polymer clay. Now, I am not sure if the transfer water-slide image was old (could have been since I have had it for quite awhile), but when I added Lisa Pavelka's Magic Glos, the image crackled some underneath the resin after it was cured. I am not sure why that happened, but it made the image look glass-like.  I couldn't have planned it better. I was actually trying to go for a vintage look (originally thought about using a crackle medium on the pendant) and it certainly worked out...love it!



 Cotton Eye Candy
These are polymer clay beads that I made using left-overs from a flower cane. I added some pink rhinestones to the polymer clay beads. I just thought the pink color really popped...reminded me of cotton candy. The Moonstone simulated stone-glass beads make it sparkle!


To vote, please click here and it will take you to the voting page. Only one of my lanyards (Bitter Oriental) is up on the voting page right now, so please give it another day before voting unless you like the Bitter Oriental instead of the Cotton Eye Candy. Thank you all very much for stopping by and most importantly for your vote! Have a great day!