February Art Bead Scene Challenge February 25, 2013
Better late than never!
Here it is, the day before the challenge ends and I’m just getting this done.
Art Bead Scene offers this unique monthly challenge.
The blog tour of all the entries is this Thursday, February 28th at Art Bead Scene.
I have this inspiration on my desktop and kept eyeing its beauty,
but nothing seemed to come to me.
Not sure why…because there is so much loveliness in this wood cut.
Maybe too many great option to choose from?
It’s titled Heijinja by Toshi Yoshida.
And the color palette by Brandi Hussey is, well, just plain gorgeous.
In the end, I decided to go with the vivid red and keep with the Asian style.
Not really convinced that the result is Japanese, but more Chinese.
I am happy with the mostly monochromatic look, with just a touch of black.
The focal was made with red polymer clay, then stamped.
After baking, a mix of antique stain and black acrylic was applied and wiped off.
Love the antique cinnabar look of these.
I did make a few different beads, and in the end chose the larger flat one.
I will definitely be using these two scroll beads in another piece of jewelry.
The bracelet also has some chunky dyed coral,
a few sparkly crystals, and a tassel for some fun.
New Work August 29, 2012
Today was a very good day. Home alone and very productive jewelry -wise. I made a bunch of sterling ear wires so they are ready to use, hammered and textured sterling and copper pendant components for earrings. Finished six pair of earrings, and two necklaces. Oh, and worked on a gorgeous sage green freshwater pearl and crystal lariat style necklace for a friend, who is a mother-of-the-groom. No wonder my hands and neck are sore.
The copper piece in this first necklace started out as a focal for a bracelet. I posted about it awhile ago when I wrote about experimenting with alcohol inks.
But I just wasn’t happy with anything I tried, design wise. So I ended up folding it in half and using it as a bail of sorts for this polymer clay heart.
Kept it simple with the braided leather cord and polymer bead clasp.
The second necklace is another effort to work on simple asymmetry in designing.
I pulled out dozens of bead boxes and containers and just started playing around with groupings of them.
(Sidebar comment: Really, really must not buy anymore beads until I use up more of what I already have!)
Must say it was quite fun and this is what I finally settled on.
Carved bone, rock crystal, fresh water pearls, and amethyst peanut seed beads
Bold Brass July 14, 2012
This is the latest Krobo Boho style necklace. Mixed with a little dark tangerine juice. Love the pop of red-orange with the cobalt glass accents in this necklace. The gray and cream beads lighten up the color scheme a bit. And the bold brass pendant with tassel ties it all together in a pretty neat package. My favorite one so far.
Button Crazy July 9, 2012
Did your mom or grandmother have a button box or tin that you just loved to play in? My mom did. I spent hours sorting and stringing all the little lovelies throughout my childhood.
One of my daughters inherited my mom’s tin of buttons. This morning I made her this necklace with some of the pearly ones. It’s strung on a caramel colored waxy genya cord. I added a few neutral colored seed beads here and there for color and interest. It has a nice weight to it and hangs nicely when worn. A great tutorial that explains how to make this necklace is at Craftwerk.
My daughter loves it.
Tassels July 6, 2012
This Bohemian inspired necklace uses the same knotting technique as in the last post. However, I used a finer waxed linen cord in a turquoise color. And used a large variety of beads to complete this look, starting with another lamp work bead as a focal, working off its beautiful color palette. I gathered some flat oval jade, crystals, ceramic, glass, and stone ,with a few brass beads thrown into the mix. I have to say that the waxed linen cord is a great material to work with. It comes in a variety of colors and plies, very cheap, and makes a strong durable knot. The thin line of turquoise works to unify all the colors and textures of the beads in this piece.
It’s a bit longer than most necklaces I’ve made, other than the leather charms…
A good 26 inches from the tip of the tassel to the clasp.
Boho… Krobo Style June 30, 2012
Last weekend, there was a fantastic blog party featuring the design inspirations from this new book: Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry. A brain child of Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel, with many other jewelry artists contributing amazing projects. I ordered the book from Interweave and just received it this week. Yeah! I highly recommend it if you’d like to learn more about how to incorporate and combine a variety of fibers,ribbons, textiles, metals, chains, components, and beads into your work.
It’s jam-packed with great directions for fun, funky, fabulous earring, necklace, and bracelet projects to make or be inspired by. Hard to choose my first one. I really like this knotted cord design as a basis to show off more of the colorful Krobo recycled glass beads from Ghana with a red polymer clay pendant. I really liked the way the pendant is attached with the little accent fringe of beads. The knotting technique was easy to pick up and choosing a light tan waxed cotton cord gives these beads a chance to shine. A great summertime necklace.
Impatient April 13, 2012
So it’s a gray rainy day in Southern California and I cannot wait for the sun to return to take proper photos outside. So these two were taken on the dining room table, not ideal shots, but you get the idea of these two pieces. Which brings me to another lament…My dear friend Picnik is closing soon and the messages are getting more and more dire when I enter the site. I now have to click on two pop-ups acknowledging that I understand this will indeed be happening soon. Very soon. I will really have to make friends with another photo editing site. I understand there are some other good options, but never the less, I will miss my good buddy.
The necklace is with a lime green magnesite pendant, a touch of turquoise at the top wrap. Then more turquoise magnesite with a few ceramic beads here and there, as well as lime seed beads. Finished off with a pewter button closure.
This photo was taken on the porch in natural light, so you can see why I prefer that setting.
The bracelet is simply knotted leather with garnet colored glass beads and a pale aqua ceramic focal. Easy, peasy.
On Second Thought… April 2, 2012
The addition of the black sari silk and handmade clasp gives this piece more of an eery vintage feel I was going for.
Someone also commented that the ribbon reminded her of the hair ribbon Alice wore.
Curiouser and curiouser…
Also finished up some earrings and a pendant necklace with the other steel/paper components: