2016 Bead Peeps Swap N Hop REVEAL

So the last few months have been kind of crazy.  We have this whole big kerfuffle going on with (our now) old landlord.  I’m not sure we’re quite done with him as we will likely have to sue but at least we’re not living there anymore!  So we moved last Monday – it took us 19 hours between the time we picked up the Uhaul truck and when we dropped it off (at 5 am – yea that wasn’t a fun night, but thankfully I had asked for Tuesday off).   The biggest upside of our new place is the garage – it’s HUGE (practically bigger then our house) so the majority of our stuff ended up out there so I can go through it at will and not have to trip over it in the house.  The downside? I currently have no bead room – well I do but it’s not set up yet.  The desk is in there but I still have to get my chair, my beads and everything else in.  And then in a (hopefully) few months when part of the garage gets converted to my bead room I get to move it all out again!

So on to the swap reveal:

First – what is the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop?  It’s an annual event (we’re in the 2nd year) where designers sign up, get a partner and then swap beads with that partner.  They make a piece (or lots of pieces) of jewelry incorporating what they were sent, then do a blog post reveal, where you can hop around to ooh and aah at everything!  This event is hosted by Linda Anderson of Cherry on Top Design

If you follow my blog you’ll have seen my previous post about my partner Bobbie Rafferty, who was even nice enough to send me extra seed beads since she didn’t know the manufacturer/number!

I was out of character the last few months and did not wait until the last moment to start things – as soon as I unwrapped everything I was searching for ideas and inspiration – which was easy to do considering how much my partner sent me! Here’s a reminder of what I received:

In total I made 17 individual pieces, though some belong in sets, this is how it broke down:

2 sets

4 bracelets

3 necklaces

3 earrings

3 rings

 

As the number of my pieces increased so did my desire to use every type of bead that was sent to me, not necessarily ALL of them in terms of quantity, but as least use them all once.  This became the ultimate goal.  Last year I had 2 partners, and didn’t even come close to using every type that was sent to me and it left me feeling like I hadn’t done enough.  So did I hit my goal?

Sadly no, the hollow jade squares I just couldn’t get to talk to me. I thought earrings first, or maybe the side of a focal on a bracelet. But just couldn’t make it work. I also didn’t use the Cinnabar fish focal, I’m saving that for later.

But here’s what I did make:

RINGS:

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Beads used: seed beads, mother-of-pearl

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Beads used: Moonstone, 15/0, AB rounds

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Beads used: AB rounds

EARRINGS:

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Beads used: crystal briolettes

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Beads used: AB rounds, 15/0, seed beads

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Beads used: seed beads, 15/0, unakite

BRACELETS:

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Beads used: seed beads, 8/0(core)

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Beads used: AB rounds, 15/0

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Beads used: seed beads, 15/0

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Beads used: czech ovals

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Wearing them all

NECKLACES:

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Beads used: ocean jasper focal, 15/0, delica

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Beads used: jasper, seed beads, bugles, 15/0

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Beads used: seed beads, long magatama

SETS:

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Beads used: Carved bone, dyed carved bone, clasp, seed beads, 15/0, 8/0 (core) Everything except the earwires was from my partner

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Beads used: jasper, delica, 15/0, seed beads

So I definitely feel accomplished!  Hope you enjoyed looking, don’t forget to visit everyone else:

 

Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/
Lori Blanchard YOU ARE HERE

Haby Hop (final reveal)

Well over a year ago I signed up for a blog hop with Melissa Trudinger called the Haberdashery Hop.   While the reveal was Aug 2nd (2014) and I missed it by a LONG shot, I felt the need to finish it. 

What is haberdashery?  It’s small articles used for sewing – these days in stores like JoAnn’s they’re called “notions”.  So what do these include? Why buttons, of course!  A few years ago on a random walk through an antique store I picked up a large mason jar of buttons.  It moved around with me and I made a few things from them, like these cute button earrings:

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Button earrings, living with my cousin now

So when Melissa posted about hosting this hop I jumped at the idea….I had been thinking of doing a zipper and button piece but it didn’t really go any further then a thought in my head.  Now I had a reason to get it out in the world!  My initial design started out slightly different and you can read about that here.

So I got out my mason jar of buttons and dumped the whole thing on the table.  What did I want to do? What was my color scheme?  I don’t even know how I picked orange and pink to go together but soon I had a generous pile of orange, pink, black and a few white buttons staring back up at me, there were over 50 there of various sizes.  I did some research and discovered the buttons are likely bakelite and celluloid, types of plastics used in the early 20th century.

Then my bead stash came out and I picked 4-5 coordinating delica and 15/0 to go with them all.  I picked 4 different colors of delica: frost, black, pink and transparent salmon; as well as 6 different colors of 15° : black, frost, orange, color-lined dark salmon, silver and light pink. 

I glued my buttons onto pellon and started bezeling them.  One of my first decisions was that no 2 bezels would be the same.  I had multiple buttons of the same size/color so I would do them in groupings.  As I did the first I would count how many beads it took so that I could decide my patterns for the next button. So every single button is unique! 

I didn’t get very far into the process before the reveal date was suddenly just there – and I was no where close to done.  And because the reveal date had gone, my motivation kinda went with it…..the buttons were always within my view but the need to get them done just wasn’t there anymore.   I would work on them here and there.  When the bezeling was done then came the part I hate the most: EDGING…..  It’s just so monotonous. 

Then in the beginning of September I tackled them again and suddenly the edging was done!

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Now came the even harder part – something I’ve never done before – putting multiple pieces together to form a necklace.  And it has to hang right! A friend gave me a mannequin to use – and it was perfect because it was styrofoam base so I could pin into it.  So I pinned the buttons on to it for shaping.  Then once again it sat there because I was terrified of putting it together – I didn’t know how to do this and if I did it wrong….there’s all that work just out the window!  So I started with the easy part – the straps – just a simple stack of buttons in a straight line.  I did each one individually with a VERY long piece of fireline.  Then I had to start shaping the neckline – again it just sat there – that part was exhausting – I kept putting it back on the mannequin to make sure it was sitting right. 

Then came my kick in the butt – about 3 weeks ago I scheduled my very first trunk show – where I’d be selling my pieces.  And I REALLY wanted to have this piece done.  So it was my motivation.  In the past 2 weeks is when it’s really come together – the assembly.  I’ve worked on other pieces too – but this was always waiting.  Having the mannequin helped a ton, and one of my smartest decisions, to wait to attach the clasp (which is also a button), was one of the best.

The clasp is a cool accomplish, in my mind at least.  I wanted the clasp to be seamless, so I decided on a larger snap attached to the underside of a button – but I had already bezeled all of my buttons (or so I thought) – so I went back to my stash and found a white button that I had missed. First I had to attach one side of the snap to the “right” side of my backer fabric, then I could glue the bezeled button on and edge it. 

so here it comes: IT’S DONE! IT’S DONE! IT’S DONE!
I can’t even express how happy I am, or how proud I am of myself.  That may sound weird but I’m self-taught and have never taken a class, just book reading, the occasional video, and a lot of trial and error.
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life * love * beads

Superstition Blog Hop

A few months ago Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard gave some designers the opportunity to create with a new design – these really cool “black cat” beads she made of polymer clay.  Each has a slightly different background, and some were drilled while others were left as cabochons

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When I first received the bead it got lost on my kitchen counter – I put it in a “catch-all” basket and kept thinking it was a package for my husband lol.  Once it was in my bead room it was time to decide on a design!  I’m still not sure where the idea for this design came from but it’s 3 way convertible – so extremely versatile!

I started with a black/red variegated kumihimo then added red mother-of-pearl beads, star beads, a lampwork bead by Angela Hopkins, and a bunch of jumprings!  It can be worn as one big necklace with earrings, a necklace/bracelet/earring set, or a wrap bracelet and earrings. Very adjustable.  Pretty awesome!

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Option 1 - 3 piece set

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Option 2 - wrap bracelet

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Option 3 - long necklace

Please hop on over to the other designers and see what they made!

life * love * beads

Bead Peeps REVEAL!!!! FINALLY!!!!

It’s finally time! The reveal for the very first annual Bead Peeps Swap ‘N Hop! I was lucky enough to have 2 partners so this will be a VERY long post but it will have lots and lots of sparkle and pretties!

The Bead Peeps Swap ‘n Hop is a fun event where you get a partner (or in my case 2), swap some beads, and make some awesome jewelry. The one “requirement” for the hop was including an artisan made component, which you could make yourself or purchase if, like me, you’re just not that talented.

First off a big shout out to our host Linda Anderson of CherryOnTopDesign!  She put a crap ton of work into matching partners and trying to give everyone a great time!  Make sure to head over to her blog and she what she created!

So as revealed in earlier posts my partners are Stephanie Haussler of Pixybug Designs and Kelly Hosford Patterson of Pyxeestyx – Traveling Sideshow. You can read about Stephanie here and Kelly here.  I really got lucky because each partner had their own distinct style.  Stephanie works with seed beads while Kelly is a textile artist.

Here is what I sent to my partners:

Sent to Kelly Hosford Patterson.  Artisan Component: Clay toggle, don't recall artist

Sent to Kelly Hosford Patterson.
Artisan Component: Clay toggle, don’t recall artist

Sent to Stephanie Haussler. Artisan components: Cab by Kinga Nichols, Shirbori ribbon by Deborah Weaver

Sent to Stephanie Haussler.
Artisan components: Cab by Kinga Nichols, Shirbori ribbon by Deborah Weaver

What I received from my partners:

Stephanie sent me and awesome collection of seed beads!

  • 4 mm firepolish
  • 2 type of czechmate 2 hole tiles (purple and peacock)
  • pearl druks
  • lemon lentils
  • quartz saucer beads
  • white halo pinch beads
  • czechmate bricks
  • rose halo melon beads
  • swarovski crystalette buttons
  • white 15/0
  • light green 11/0
  • purple seed bead mix
  • green superduo
  • lampwork cab by Chris Haussler (her husband)
Received from Stephanie Haussler Artisan components:  Lampwork cab by Chris Haussler

Received from Stephanie Haussler
Artisan components:
Lampwork cab by Chris Haussler

Close up of artisan component

Close up of artisan component

Kelly send an awesome arrangement:

1. Sari silk
2.  Periwinkle eyelash yarn
3.  Metallic purple Quartz crystal points
4.  Heliotrope Quartz crystal points
5.  Color shift lampwork glass rectangles with murrini (artist unknown)
6.  Purple Zebra Jasper rondelles
7.  Pink/purple/peach Agate coins
8.  Opaque purple cultured sea glass barrel beads
9.  Charcoal gray fresh water pearls with peacock luster
10. Light Sapphire cultured sea glass square spacers
11. Opaque sky blue Tiara glass crystal rondelles
12. Opaque periwinkle color shift Tiara glass crystal rondelles
13. Transparent periwinkle color shift Tiara glass crystal rondelles
14. Transparent lemon yellow Tiara glass crystal rondelles
15. texture copper rectangle beads
16. Hammered copper washers
17. lampwork glass satellites (artist unknown)
18. Upcycled tin Iris petals
19. Handmade copper hook closures
20. “Raven” hand stamped copper bracelet bar with Labradorite, Amethyst & copper wing dangles
21. “Ride like the wind” hand stamped etched copper motorcycle focal

Recieved from Kelly Hosford Pattern Artisan components: “raven” stamped copper bracelet bar with amethyst & labordorite, etched and stamped motorcycle copper square, hammered copper rings, hammered copper clasps (one with lampwork accent)

Close up of artisan components

Close up of artisan components

I was able to make TONS of goodies from each, and some pieces had components from both partners. I noticed that a lot of my pieces were either influenced by other artists or I used a pattern (which is not my norm, I’m not a big pattern person).  And I still have lots and lots of stuff I’ll be adding to my stash (hehe).

This piece I had a lot of fun with.  I was inspired by Beadist Artist from facebook.  She always does these wonderfully asymmetrical bead embroidery pieces with awesome fringe.  I used the lampwork cab made by Stephanie’s husband, pinch beads, peacock czechmate tiles, swarovski crystalette buttons, melon beads, firepolish, 11/0 and 15/0.  I also threw in some 11/0, O-beads, 2 hole triangles and delicas from my stash.  The rope is chenille stitch, the clasp is beaded to match, with a crystalette button at each end of the toggle bar.  This piece marks my first successful fringe, I’m extremely happy with it.

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This ring was really fun to make – I didn’t have a direction when I started bezeling the rivoli, I just wanted to try to use the superduos to do it.  The waviness kinda threw me, and I almost ripped it apart, but I pushed through my un-comfortableness and ended up with this! It’s kinda big on, I think they call it a cafe ring.

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I LOVE this bracelet.  You may notice some oxidation on the bar, and that’s because I’ve worn it so much since finishing it(the wing flaps wonderfully while on the bike!)  Purple is my favorite color so I was stoked when I saw these zebra jasper.  I pulled out my coiling “machine” for this one to make the wrapped bead you’ll see on the right.  Originally I was not going to include the melon bead, but I needed a medium “spacer”, and I noticed the headpins on the amethyst and labordorite were the same color.  It’s the perfect length with it included!  The style of the bracelet, stacking the jumprings, was inspired by Dhea Powers.  I made a simple pair of dangle earrings to match the bracelet.

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I felt really special when I received this focal – this was a new medium (etching) for Kelly, and she knocked it out of the park! I debated back and forth whether to add lots of rondelle dangles, which was my original plan.  But it just didn’t seem to fit, so I went with simple.  I chose to put the clasp at the side because it would be a crime to hide something that awesome!  Then I chose rondelles that matched the lampwork bead to dangle from the corner.  I made 2 sets of earrings for this one in case I wanted something lighter.  The first set uses hammered rings and lampwork beads to match the toggle.  The second set is just a few stacked rondelles.

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These earrings were just quick throw togethers, but oh so sparkly!  I love the tin petals and how they make ting ting noises with the rondelles against them as you wear em.  I debated adding more to each of them, but didn’t want to overdo it.

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Silver is more my color so I wanted to use some of the zebra jasper for this bracelet.  The wire is silver-filled (my first use of it), the toggle is plated.  The sea glass barrels picked up the lighter tones in the jasper beautifully, I don’t know that I captured it that well.

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I love the way this bracelet looks – it’s the Maze Lace pattern by Sabine Lippert.  To keep the profile low, I modeled the toggle after the thread path used for the bracelet.  Very sleek.

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I got this awesome pattern from Pinterest (my downfall!!) while searching for ways to use 2-hole tiles as I haven’t worked with 2 holed beads a lot.  The pattern is by Alex Argai – she makes a lot of patterns with tila/2 holed tiles and superduos.  The clasp was an interesting venture.  After I made the bar I tried to reinforce it enough times to make it sturdy.  And it was pretty sturdy…..then I tried to attach the necklace.  I had run out of the beading needles I normally use (which are super cheap but I’ve never EVER broken one), so I had to use some I had picked up while out recently (not so cheap as I only got 4 needles for $5).  I managed to break ALL of them within an hour.  As I was attaching the bar, one of them broke inside of the superduos.  As in NONE of it was showing…..but it did make the bar really straight and sturdy so maybe it was a good thing?

Beads used from Stephanie: czechmate bar/rulla, pearl druks, peacock czechmate tiles

Beads used from Stephanie: czechmate bar/rulla, pearl druks, peacock czechmate tiles

superduo toggle clasp

superduo toggle clasp

So that’s what I made! I still have tons of things left!  Seriously don’t even feel like I made a dent in either stash I received.

Make sure you head over to my partners to see what they made, you can find the complete list of participants here.

Check out the Pinterest board I created just for the hop….if you’re a participant I can add you so you can post your items there as well!

ALSO – here’s some gorgeous picks of my golden boy modeling a piece with beads from each of my partners.  I’m surprised any of these came out decent as he kept thinking I was trying to play ball with him…..

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NOTE: I have moderation on for all comments, so don’t freak out if you don’t see yours. This also guarantees I’ll see each bc it’ll ping right to my phone

Posting fool! (Have a drool rag handy)

My third post in a month! I’m on a roll! This will be a little of this and that, and a whole lot to drool over….

So if you’ve been following my blog you’ll know I’m participating in the 1st annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop hosted by Linda Anderson.  This is my 2nd hop of this nature.  My partner this year is Stephanie Haussler, you can read about her here.

Both of us were excited to get started and mailed our packages out almost the same day. So now I can show you what I sent her. Drumroll……..

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The cab is by Kinga Nichols (if you’ve never seen her work, Google it, she’s amazing).  The ribbon is by Deborah Weaver.  You can’t see it that well but the clasp matches the cab, it’s a leaf.  The seed bead options included delica, several colors of seed beads, 15/0, pearls, 2 different types of triangle beads and montees.

Now for what Stephanie sent me.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Her husband Chris (who is also participating), made that lampwork cab and I love it!
She included a gorgeous selection of 2 holed beads, 11/0, 15/0, druks, lentils and an amazing purple mix!

I do have to say though, I’m stumped. I’ve only had the beads about a day so I’m letting it simmer, but so far nothing has popped out at me.  2 holed beads always drive me crazy(in a good way), and I’ve never worked with czechmates or tiles so it’ll be fun but very challenging.

I’ve had lots of beady mail lately.  I (finally!) got my dragon scales so I can start my dragon soon (the 15/0 Stephanie sent will actually work perfect for his belly!). And got the beads for seed bead and glass challenge :

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This weekend is the vintage organic challenge, I’ll prb have to post early Friday bc I work all Saturday, but this is what I’ve been working with:

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Woot!

So excited because all the beads for my partner FINALLY came. I won’t even go into the horrible experience with ordering I had….suffice it to say I WILL NOT be ordering from that company again.  Anywho…..here are some nice teaser pics of what I got my partner…..all packed and ready to go early next week

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As a side note…..NOT keeping all of these was really hard because I really fell in love with this palette as I was shopping

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for what I receive and the hop on May 2nd!

Side note #2: no seed beads ended up on the floor during this picture session so I’m calling it SUCCESS

Meet ….. Ms. Pixybug!!! (Stephanie Haussler)

So partners were announced yesterday for the 1st Annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop on Linda’s Blog.  Within 10 minutes I had found out that my partner was Stephanie Haussler of Pixybug Designs and starting perusing her blog. I was delighted to see that I had visited her blog just recently as just a few weeks ago she had posted for a Blog Hop she had participated in called “Back in Time” and I LOVED her piece..  So innovative.  See it below

Fairy Stone by Stephanie Haussler

Fairy Stone by Stephanie Haussler

It’s slightly confusing on the blog because there’s also a Mr. Pixybug as Stephanie and her husband are in business together and share the blog – but thankfully her husband is a glassworker and she’s a seedbeader. But less then 12 hours later we had become “friends” on Facebook and had a nice long chat.

So what did we chat about? Well I know she has a 17 yo daughter and 3 cats, will celebrate her 24th wedding anniversary this year, cannot fathom magatamas & how to make them work and bead embroidery is her escape as “me” time as compared to the work she does for the business.  She’s been in business for about 8 years – after her husband gave her the ultimatum of “sell or no more buying!” (I would laugh at my hubby if he said this)

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Stephanie, her husband Chris and daughter Mina

Suki, Luna and Sabrina

Suki, Luna and Sabrina

Her color palettes are brighter for the business and more earthy tones for her bead embroidery but her seed bead collection is expansive and she works at a bead store! So lots and lots of potential! Not picky, and only allergic to base metals, means lots and lots of options!

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Bead embroidery piece by Stephanie Haussler

I can’t wait to finalize what I’m going to send her.  I already have a pretty good idea as I’ve spent the past 3 hours scouring the web, and making collages on picmonkey to see how it’ll all work together as well as thinking what I can pick from my own stash.

So make sure you come back next month to see what I received and sent and again in May for the big reveal!!!

Bead Peeps……It’s a Peep from Beads!

So about fall of last year I became a part of a wonderful new group on Facebook called Bead Peeps.  This past weekend there was the sign-up for the First Annual Bead Peeps Swap ‘n’ Hop.  It’s a fun little event that will culminate on May 2nd.  Between now and then we’ll be matched with a partner, get to chat with them and send out pretty beads to each other (the waiting is the hardest part!).  We make jewelry and blog about it then hop around to the other participants to see what they made.  You get to see people pushed outside of their boxes and look at pretties all day (who wouldn’t love that?!)

So in preparation for the hop I’ve been “window” shopping a lot of artisan shops (one of the requirements is the use of artisan components which makes it even better!)…..and because not everyone uses Etsy I find myself losing track of some artists I have liked.  My solution? A PINTEREST BOARD!  Pinterest has become somewhat of an addiction for me…..I used to spend HOURS online pinning things – some are just pretty pictures I admire, some are craft things I know I will probably never ever do but look really cool.  Recently my cousin and I started pin boards for the vacation I’m going to take this summer.  Seriously – what did we do before Pinterest?! But I digress…..

So who am I as an artist?

Being self-taught I’ve dabbled in a little bit of everything.  I’m not a fan of wire.  I’ve worked with it – those who can do it are usually really good at it, I’m just not.  I tend to move towards the seed beads.

I like bead weaving and bead embroidery, I’ve been doing a lot with rivolis and chatons in the past few months, as well as “pictures” with delicas.  Though towards the end of last year I got bit by the lampwork bug and have a small collection that is growing. I’ve also done kumihimo – I’d like to do some more beaded ones but just haven’t gotten around to it.  And 2 hole beads! I’m scared of those! I bought my first real superduos last week(I’d been using twins before that), and have tilas, magatamas, o beads, rizos and 2 hole lentils sitting in a drawer……kinda just waiting for me to get REALLY inspired because I know it’s going to take a lot of energy and patience to work with them……

Clear as mud now right? I don’t consider myself to have a “style” that can be recognized on sight like some other artists (Nancy Dale and Kinga Nichols are two that come to mind), it’s just kinda what I feel like that day…and if I feel that crappy then NOTHING gets done. It’s why I love these challenges – something new and exciting to kick myself in the butt and really get going……so join me on May 2nd for an exciting reveal and lots and lots of pretties!

^ It's a peep!

^ It’s a peep!

Clay and metal blog hop

I’m late I’m late for a very important date!

I’m SOOOO sorry for being late first off.  Things have been crazy for a while……

Here is my piece:

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I used the clay piece as the focal and the crystals also came in the kit.  The initial design was hard for me because I don’t use gold in really any pieces. The “bands” on the necklace are different for each side : one is embellished RAW, other is just strung 15°.  The clasp is a simple crystal/loop closure.  I could not make my muse work with metal pieces (which I couldn’t even find to photograph this morning….)

Hope you enjoyed stopping by!

Le sigh

Haberdashery Hop

Well I didn’t get my piece finished 😦 August just kind of crept up on me, plus I had some special orders to do. But I did get all the materials gathered and get it started so here is what I got.

When Melissa posted the Hop a few months ago I was excited bc I collect weird objects: rocks, feathers, sewing bobbins, buttons, bicycle chain etc. You name it and I probably have it in my collection for “maybe I’ll make this into jewelry someday”. I have this mason jar of buttons I picked up from an antique store a few years ago, mostly vintage buttons, some plain, a few unique.  This hop seemed like the perfect chance to use them.

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I found the zipper at a craft store a few days after the Hop announcement and my ideas just stemmed from there. All buttons will be bezeled and edged individually then attached together to form a bib like necklace. The zipper will be workable and act as the clasp as well.

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I’m using 4 different colors of delica: frost, black, pink and transparent salmon; as well as 6 different colors of 15° : black, frost, orange, color-lined dark salmon, silver and light pink.  I’m choosing color combinations and patterns at random, but trying to make sure I’m not using the same ones over again

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I’m hoping to be able to finish up in the next few weeks…..thanks for stopping by to see my (unfinished) piece!