Monday, November 12, 2012

Big Beads

Last week, I was fortunate enough to take an all day class with the marvelous Sarah Shriver! It was hosted by our wonderful guild (AZPCG). Sarah creates these beautiful large size beads which are ultra light.  Here is a picture of Sarah showing us how to make these large size beads. You can check out her website by clicking here!

It took us most of the day to make molds and work on Skinner blends. Her class taught me a lot about Skinner blends, manipulating canes, and applying veneers. 
I actually made two Skinner blends but was drawn to the pink/purple Skinner blend for my first large bead...not quite sure why I have been in a pink color mood lately. I threw in a little turquoise color into my blend as well. But I have to say once I had my huge bead, I couldn't decide what to do with it. I think I wrestled with that for two to three days. I also created some earrings from the cane to match my necklace. The earrings will be included in my 52 Pair of Earrings Challenge which I am so behind on but have not forgotten. 

It has been awhile since I've liked something that I have created. I was starting to wonder if my creative mojo was starting to run out...impossible!  In fact, I signed up for a copper etching class through my wonderful friend Cat Kerr, called Inspirational Pendants through Shabby Cottage Studio. I can't wait to start! It had to take the back burner till I was done with Sarah's class...glad that it is an on-line class. Hoping to start that class this week, although my daughter is ready to have her baby anytime this week which could be an interruption, but one I will gladly take!  

Well, Veteran's Day is celebrated today so I just wanted to give a shout out to all the veterans and their families...A HUGE thank you for your service and sacrifice!! It has been a weekend of celebrating for me...Marines's 237 Birthday (my hubby is a marine vet), my son passed a test for a possible job opportunity (he goes through the interviewing process this week), and Veteran's day!  Thank goodness my hubby smoked some meat to celebrate...that should last me for a few days and less cooking for me!  

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party

Wow, I can't believe it will have almost been a month since my last post! I guess that's what happens when life gets too busy which mine has been for the last month or so. Just when I decide to get creative, stuff happens and interrupts me from working in my studio; but, I have good news to tell...I was selected to participate in another bead soup, this time it was hosted by Kalmbach Books!  Thank you, Kalmbach Books for this opportunity! Lately, I have gone friend Lori would happy to hear that! Beads Galore was generous to send me this beautiful pink bead soup. You really can't go wrong with pink especially with these gorgeous glass pink pearls! The black czech glass beads really make the pink hues pop, don't you think so?

There were different approaches I could have taken with this bead soup. Right now, I have been enjoying the hollow puff polymer clay pendants.  I thought perhaps, I could find a nice digital image to go with the pink hues. The trick was to use a transfer image and make a hollow puff polymer clay pendant without smudging the image. It took me two tries but I did it!  Anybody who knows me, knows that roses are my favorite flowers. I have several rose bushes in my yard and could easily have a dozen!  

And here is what I created with my bead soup and polymer clay pendant.

I also made some matching earrings to go with this piece.

I titled it, "Grace"...a pink rose symbolizes gentleness, joy and grace...sweetness.

Again, thank you Kalmbach Publishing for this awesome opportunity and thank you Beads Galore for your generosity...this was a fun challenge! 

Well, back to the studio...I still have one more pink bead soup to work on (from a giveaway) and earrings to get done. I am so behind on the earring challenge, that I am wondering if I will ever catch up now. My daughter is expecting her baby (our second grandchild) the middle of November...perhaps if I do three pair a week, I could possibly catch up. Wish me luck!

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What a Great Polymer Clay Retreat!

I got back this past Sunday from a terrific 4-5 day polymer clay retreat (AZPCG). It took me awhile to unpack everything and download some pictures of the retreat. Looks like I will have to be purchasing another rechargeable battery for my camera...just wouldn't keep the charge for very long. I have several used ones, and unfortunately they just couldn't keep up with all the picture taking. I am thankful that quite a few members took their cameras! We had several great demonstrations which kept us busy throughout the retreat.

United Christian Youth Camp--Prescott, Arizona

                                                               Inside our workroom

As you can see we definitely brought a lot of clay and tools! We had three meals a day which was way too much, but we had tons of time to play with clay! These were the two most popular canes we all wanted to try out: 1) Bettina Welker's Pixelated Retro Blend Cane...

Two different color canes

These pieces are not sanded and buffed yet. 

 2) The Barbed Wire Cane from (a Czech blog).

The original cane looks like the rectangular pieces. I took the cane and laid it out into a circle and made a hollow donut pendant and took leftovers from another barbed wire cane that I made and made a swirl bead as well. We had tons of fun with these two canes! I definitely want to try out other colors with both these canes.  The hollow donut pendants or air filled circular clay beads  (depending on which tutorial you follow) was also very popular too!

Well, I have tons of things on my To Do list which includes yard work, a guild newsletter, polymer clay earrings, and two jewelry designs.  I was excited to get picked for the Kalmbach Bead Soup Party. I received my beads just before going on my retreat. I have till the end of this month to design a piece. My bead soup came from Beads Galore.  Thank you, Beads Galore!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Headed for the Pine Country

I have been busy packing and getting ready for our annual Polymer Clay Retreat in Prescott, Arizona. It is always tough trying to decide what to pack because I never know what I will be creating. I usually take several tutorials to work on, but if we have some demonstrations at the retreat, I would definitely want to have the necessary stuff to try them out.  So here I go packing everything except the kitchen sink!
There are a little over 20 of us from our guild (AZPCG) going up...should be a blast and somewhat cooler. After hosting a baby shower for my daughter this past weekend, this will be a welcomed treat! For the past week, I have been working on these little covered mint tins for her shower (party favors). The theme for the shower was Rock Stars which she is hoping to have for her nursery as well. Except that my daughter doesn't always go traditional...she didn't want to go with blue (she is having a boy), instead she picked bright green and dark grey for her colors. I made 24 polymer clay covered mint tins which took me a couple of days to finish. My sisters drove out for the shower which was great! They were a big help and we spent one whole day shopping at our favorite craft stores!

I also managed to get a pendant done before packing up all my polymer clay stuff. I embossed the metal and added the polymer clay piece onto the metal piece...a little practice on toner transfer techniques because I plan to make some up at the retreat. I came across these metal flower petals (different sizes in a pack of 4) at a scrapbook store and thought they would look great with polymer clay...also fun to emboss!

I am also hoping to be able to catch up on my 52 pair of Earring Challenge while I am up at the retreat. I am so behind...hope they haven't given up on me.  Well, time to finish packing for my trip! 

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

"In the Pink" For My Friend Lori

I was so excited to part of "In the Pink". It has been a real pleasure to participate in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Parties! When I heard about this special dedication for Lori, I knew I had to be part of it. I really don't know how Lori does it to bring so many artists together for this wonderful party and every time the number grows. I have met so many talented artists through these bead soup parties...Lori being not only talented but a very sweet, giving person, and friend. I know she puts in a lot of her time arranging these parties and assigning bead partners...a lot of work!  The bead soup blog parties are not only fun but challenging. I always look forward to the big reveal day so I can see all the wonderful creations and designs. And I would like to add that I have also grown creatively as a jewelry designer because of these parties. I was happy to dress in pink and yes add pink to my hair in honor of Lori's pink streaks!

                                                                      Lori Anderson

You can visit Lori's blog, Pretty Things, by clicking HERE.

Well, here is my picture...

Thank you Lori, from the bottom of my heart!!

Also, thank you Shelly Turner, Sandra McGriff and the rest of the In The Pink committee who came up with this great idea to show our appreciation to a wonderful lady!! 

The following is a list of all the participants of "In The Pink". If you have time please check out the links!  

Gail Vanderster-Zwang
Kelley Katherine Hagerty-Fogle
Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten
Mary Howell Govaars
Lynnea Perry Bennett
Alicia Marinache
Courtney White Breul
Andrea Beth Trank
Heidi Mansfield Kingman
Emoke Schmidt 
Sandi Marinaro Volpe
Sonya Ingersoll-Stille
Shelley Graham Turner
Sally Bohner Anderson
Mowse Doyle
Judy Daly Reganti
Brenda Lee Sigafoos 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Winner of Regina's Beads!

I am so excited!! I am winner of the beautiful pink giveaway beads on Regina's Writings Blog!  They were in honor of Lori Anderson, our host for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. Thank you, Regina!
Take a look at these beautiful beads...

This beautiful giveaway soup consists of

Pink silk cord
Pink Mother of Pearl cross-shaped beads
Cloissonne bead with pink flower
Large carved pink agate bead
Various shapes and sizes of Rose Quartz
Pink Magnesite butterfly
Neon pink Swarovski baroque pearls
Pink Swarovski crystal elements
Pink Swarovski round pearls
Cultured freshwater pearls in shades of pink.

I can hardly wait to design something with them!  Right now I have a rosary to make for my niece's son who is joining the Air Force in November. He wanted a one of a kind rosary. I have never made one so wish me luck! 

Please check out Regina's beautiful creations on her shop on Ruby Lane...Sundancegems

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, August 24, 2012

3rd Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal...Soup Is On!

Wow, I can't believe it, the party is almost over! This is the 3rd reveal for Lori Anderson's 6th Bead Soup Blog Party and what a party it has been!  The party included 400 artists...amazing!  Take a look here...

Lori Anderson from Pretty Things is the host of this marvelous party and teams up partners so they can exchange a "bead soup". Each artist must design a piece or pieces using the beads that they received from their partner. Included in the bead soup is a focal, a special clasp, and coordinating spacers or beads. This would be my second time participating in this fun blog party. It is a challenge for me as an artist because it helps me to think outside the box and I am thankful that Lori keeps this party open to us polymer clay artists as well. Without further wonderful partner, Kelly Patterson, The Traveling SideShow, is a mixed media textural artist. She sent me a wonderful organic industrial looking bead soup...definitely a challenge for me since I don't work a lot with metals but I am learning, thanks to Kelly. 

Kelly did all the copper work herself!  I love that focal copper blossom that she created so much that I had to make a little matching one out of polymer clay. Not as stunning as hers but it completed the set, and what a nice way to show the versatility of polymer clay. This is my first piece.

Form Folded Copper Blossom Focal by Kelly

Here is the blossom I made out of polymer clay to match the focal. I used it in a bracelet and incorporated one of the copper rings that Kelly made. It also has a tiny copper butterfly charm hanging off the chain of the bracelet. And in trying to keep with the original piece, I did use a little musical note transfer for the middle but it is too little to see. 

For my second piece, I used the Blue green Baroque Pearl as a focal bead, the oxidized Turquoise bads, and the beautiful copper rings that Kelly made. I connected the copper rings with copper wire and used them as links.


A matching bracelet using the copper chain that Kelly made.
And I couldn't forget to make earrings to go with these pieces. The first pair of earrings I embossed a butterfly on copper (thanks to my handy Vintaj BIGkick) rounds that my sweet sister, Linda cut for me awhile ago. The second pair are made out of polymer clay that I made to match the beautiful oxidized Turquoise pumpkin beads that Kelly sent me.

Not quite the same as those beautiful oxidized Turquoise pumpkin beads, but they are in the same shape and I was happy with them. Overall, I was happy with my creations. I used practically all the bead soup except the vintage buttons (but I know I will use them in a future creation, I've got an idea already) and the wool locks. Kelly, you will have to forgive me on those wool locks. I initially tried using them but the nice wool locks ended up getting frizzy and tangled just like my hair...oh well, I did try. It was good experience for me to work with metal and fiber. I would love to be able to incorporate it a lot more in my polymer clay creations...this was a good way to start! Thank you Kelly for my awesome bead soup!  And a huge thank you to the gal with the mostest...Lori Anderson!!!  You are the best part of the Bead Soup Blog Party and we keep coming back for more! 

Please join in on the party fun and check out my partner, Kelly's blog, The Traveling SideShow to see the creation that she made with the bead soup that I sent her. Grab a cup of coffee and check out the rest of the Bead Soup Blog Party and enjoy! Here are the links to the rest of Bead Soup Blog Party participants (3rd Reveal).

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents

Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales

Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie

Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential

Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks

Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams

Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle

Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road

Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry

Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin

Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color

Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry 

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog

Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla

Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead

Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse

Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs