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

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pantone Colors and Earrings

I have been busy trying to catch up on the 52 Pair of Earrings Challenge. Not having a studio for whole month really put me way behind schedule. Plus, the beginning of the month I was finishing up my pieces for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party coming up this excited about that!

Several months back, I purchased this great color inspiration book, Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color, by Leatrice Eiseman. I actually bought two of them for an awesome price on the web and donated one of the books to our monthly guild raffle. This book has some great color palettes...great book to have when you can't decide what colors you want to use. I would highly recommend this book. I used several of the palettes in this book for several of my earring creations (the bottom three).

Polymer Clay, filigree, glass beads, Pantone 631, 618, 625
Unique 4

Polymer Clay, filigree, crystals, Pantone 2567, 1555, 9021
Luscious & Sweet

Impressed Mokume Gane and Pantone 683,326,584
Unique 1

The earrings on the top of the collage were inspired by Nan Roche's Impressed Mokume Gane...minus the patinas. I had planned on adding the patinas but I really liked these particular earrings without the patinas. If I make a pendant using the same technique, I plan to go ahead and use them. I have some of Christi Friesen's Swellegants that I want to try out. I think they would be great for this type of technique too.

I would like to say that I am all caught up on my earring challenge but I am not, so back to the studio I go!  

Please don't forget, this Saturday is the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal...come and join in on the fun!  I decided to add my "followers" gadget on my blog again. I hope it doesn't cause any problems during the big reveal this Saturday. I had some problems with it in the past and I hoping I won't this time around. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party Marches On!

Well, the Second Bead Soup Blog Party 2012 Reveal is coming up this weekend. I hope you all had a chance to view the first Blog Party Reveal (7/31). I did and what a huge Bead Soup Party!!  So many talented artists out there, so many beautiful creations...I was drooling! Lori Anderson (Pretty Things) really does a fabulous job hosting this party. I can't imagine all the work that goes into it, she is awesome! I can't wait for this next bead soup reveal which starts this coming Saturday.

I have been busy working on my creations this week...glad to have my studio back. I didn't realize that removing the popcorn texture off the ceilings of my house would take a month to complete but it did. Glad that is over, and I remodeled my studio a bit and had the room painted again. It looks great and functional too with different work areas. I am very happy indeed!

Since I can't post my creations till the 3rd reveal which is on August 25th, I will post the bead soup my partner, Kelly Patterson sent me. I love my bead soup and happy that it has some copper pieces, since I have a good stash of that myself! I am also trying to replicate a few pieces from my bead soup in polymer clay to complete my creations...wish me luck!

Don't forget to check out all the lovelies this coming Saturday, click here for all the links!  Well, back to my work table, I have a couple more creations to finish for this Bead Soup Blog Party.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day!!