Choosy Chicks Choose Chicklets Challenge (c5) Reveal

I’m honored to be a part of another design challenge led by the generous and talented Toltec Jewels aka Rita Avila. I always find it fun to see what other designers will do with the same bead. The featured bead was made by Sue Kennedy of SueBeads.

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They’re all so pretty it wouldn’t matter which color I received, right?

I love to age, paint, and patina brass…but I love raw brass too. It may have to do with my love of vintage things and yard art, and it’s not for everyone since it is not finished, polished and may age in strange ways. Even though this blog hop was scheduled on Sunday and I had a different blog hop on Saturday, I made this piece first and it influenced my other piece. I don’t like to match, preferring complementary pieces and I love to use whatever I find lying on my table so I ended up with a nice set without purposely trying. All I need to make are earrings now.

First I curved the stamping on my mandrel.

1 blankThen I beaded it here and there.

2 cuff

Finally I added my colors to complement the bead. I really wanted to highlight the bead and make it the focal so I hope Sue likes it.

3 beading

4 whole

Please join me in seeing what the other artists have made:

ARTISTS:

 

Guest of Honor & Featured Artist: Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy’s blogs:                             http://suebeads.blogspot.com/

Art Jewelry Elements

http://artjewelryelements.blogspot.com/

Sue Kennedy’s website

http://www.suebead.com/

SueBeads Art Beads

https://www.etsy.com/shop/suebeads

Hostess:

Toltec Jewels                                           http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

 

Artists:

Linda Anderson                                       http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Reno                                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/

Shirley Moore                                         http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/

Kristen Stevens

http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                         http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com

Jael Thorp                                               http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/

Melissa Trudinger                                     http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Andrea Glick

http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith

http://wirednan.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina

www.peru-medesigns.com

Shai Williams                                           http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                       http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Rana Wilson                                             http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com

Robin Reed                                             http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Robin Showstack                                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/

Sheila Prosterman                                     http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                      http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Kari Asbury                                             http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Kelly Rodgers

https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue

Jayne Capps                                           https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi                   https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/

Heather Richter                                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Kathleen Breeding

http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall

Linda Landig                                           http://lindalandig.wordpress.com

 

Crystal Thain                                           http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Cheri Reed                                             http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Heather d-Entremont                               http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/

Dini Bruinsma                                         http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/

Lori Schneider                                         http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams

http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Melinda Orr                                           http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog

Lennis Carrier                                         http://windbent.wordpress.com/

Cynthia Machata                                     http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Hodges                                   http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com

Debbie Rasmussen                                 http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/

Tanya McGuire                                       http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/

Charlie Jacka

http://clay-space.com/blog/

Ev Shelby                                               http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson                       http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                                       http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

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Haby Blog Hop Reveal

When Melissa Trudinger (https://www.etsy.com/shop/BohoBirdJewellery) offered to host a blog hop focusing on jewelry design using components from the haberdashery department–buttons, ribbons, lace, etc–I jumped at the chance, since I have a plethora of such things just sitting here unused. Apparently, my brain didn’t engage with the fact that I can’t sew. As usual, I got an idea quickly and went with it…until I realized I needed something to sew on, and something to sew with. My husband when out and got me some needles and thread.

1ThreadIt’s a good thing he repairs his own clothes and will be able to make great use of these because I have no idea what to do with them. Wire, however, is my friend. I’m sure there is something you’re supposed to sew beads on, but since I have no idea what that is, I grabbed my wallpaper. I love using wallpaper.

At this point, I should tell you that I am in the process of packing to move. I decided to use things on my table so I wouldn’t have to put them away to pack; I have done this before with mixed results, but I like making myself use what is lying around.

2PartsI had my husband drill some holes for me while I cut out my wallpaper. My necklaces tend to be around 16-18 inches but I wanted to make a longer necklace this time. Longer necklaces tend to twist around when I walk, so I wanted the focal to be double-sided. As I was using brass and steel, I decided to paint the back of the wallpaper silver and go for a mixed metal look by adding gunmetal wire.

3Background

There was a broken necklace on my table that someone sent me (my friends know I love to recycle and re-purpose so I get some interesting things in the mail on occasion).

4Seedies

There was some silk sari ribbon along with a charm/pendant I had already started as well as some shell buttons from Rita (http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/) on my desk also.

5buttons

It’s at this point things went “pear shaped.” The screws I had did not match in size and didn’t fit in the nuts. Then, I had a little melt down when I realized that if I used the screws in the holes my husband drilled, I still had no way to hang the focal. D’oh!

6Emergency

Round two of drilling commenced and I realized that I really wanted to hammer the plates also. Once I looked at the charm I had thought to use to hang on the bottom, I remembered an amazing beaded charm (on the right below) I own made by the talented Karin Grosset Grange (https://www.etsy.com/shop/GinkgoetCoquelicot).

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The charm was part of the exchange and fundraiser auction for Beads of Courage that was hosted by Jennifer Cameron (http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog/2013-art-charm-swap-reveal-and-benefit-auction-beads-courage) last year.

This Haby challenge turned out to be more difficult than I envisioned. I’m really pleased with the final product. Here is the “front”:

Front 1

Front 2

And here is the “back”:

Front 3

See that little blue dagger? That bead was in a little bag of mixed beads that Melissa sent me, so she is in my necklace not just in spirit, but literally too!

Please visit the other designers participating in the hop:

 

Melissa Trudinger                                           http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Ann Schroeder                                                 http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Tammy Adams                                               http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Amanda Wacasey                                           http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml                                                   http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com

Divya N                                                           http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Michelle McCarthy                                         http://www.fireflydesignstudio.BlogSpot.com

DiYana Brooks                                                 http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Robin Kae Reed                                               http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick                                                   http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Karin Grosset Grange                                   http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Mitzie Crider                                                   http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas   (will post Sunday)

http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories

Rosantia Petkova                                           http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Susan Kennedy                                               http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Leithleach Alainn Seodra               http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kathleen Breeding                                         http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

Shiraz Biggie                                                 http://secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                               http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Heather Richter                                             http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier                                                 http://www.windbent.net/

Rebecca Anderson                                         http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Jenny Kyrlach                                                   http://anafiassa.blogspot.com

Rita Toltec Jewels                                         http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Mischelle Fanucci                                         http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karen Mitchell

http://overthemoon-design.com

Carol Briody                                                     http://Cbriody.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                                 http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                             http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                                                 http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Jami Shipp                                                       http://www.celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com

Lili Krist                                                             http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/

Evelyn Shelby                                                   http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Raissa de Guzman

http://www.abloro.com

Niky Sayers

http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

Keren Panthaki

http://vasdea.wordpress.com

 

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Blu Mudd Design Challenge #4

Cast your vote for your favorite design(s) by clicking “LIKE” on the photo of the piece(s) you like the best. Please also leave a comment letting the designer know what you liked about their designs. The results of the design contest will be announced on June 7th at 10 pm EDT. (Please note, comments do NOT count as votes.)  

For my entry, I used B’Sue Boutiques Rusty Black brass components, Blu Mudd ceramic components, vintage and modern Czech glass, vintage Japanese glass, and a Birch stick. :) 

Thank you to Moriah Betterly for the opportunity to participate. http://blumudd.com

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Making Blackbird Art Charms

blackbird backgroundBlackbird charm colorsBlackbird toolsBlackbird etched paintedMaking blackbirdsPainting blackbirdsAdding birds to discsFinal blackbirds 1Final blackbirds 2Final blackbird closeup Blackbird by The Beatles

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

Songwriters
LENNON, JOHN WINSTON / MCCARTNEY, PAUL JAMES

 

 

 

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Art Charm Exchange/Auction Benefit for Beads of Courage

This is the first time I’ve participated in this annual event. Thank you very much to Jennifer Cameron of Glass Addictions for hosting this event, and all her hard work with charm distribution and coordinating the Ebay auction that starts today. If you are new to this Blog Hop, the point is to create art charms, have a fun exchange, and auction some off to help raise funds for Beads of Courage.

beads-of-courage

This year’s theme is: Love. We were asked to create art charms that mean “love” to us; I also wanted to have something in keeping with what the charms are being used to raise funds for. My inspiration was the idea that love is in the air, and all around you. Whatever your age, hospitals can sometimes be scary places–you may not fully understand what is being done, you may have to spend time alone or with strangers with strange equipment, you may be afraid for yourself or a loved one. I wanted to make a charm that would be cheerful for a child, to remind them that they are loved all the time, even if they may not be where or with whom they want to be while they (or their relative) may be experiencing an illness. This was the teaser picture I posted on my Windbent page a few weeks back.

0Teaser

I also promised my readers this year to share with them the up and downs–successes and failures of my craft making year–so here is the behind the scenes view of my art charms. This was the original concept drawing:

1Concept

First, I started with lead and nickel free double sided bezels and some brass charms. I hand painted the background, with Vintaj patina, painted in three layers to add some variation to the “sky.”

2BackgroundI then cut the loops off the brass charms and painted them.

3Painting BalloonsI decoupaged handmade paper to the sky for the clouds. This added depth, but was more transparent than I wanted, so I painted them with Lumiere paint.

4CloudsI added the balloons and the rhinestones and then prepared the Ice Resin.

6ResinI did not want them to dome because that would make it hard to level the other side of the charm. I found that if I put too much resin in the bezel, the glass of the rhinestone disappeared and it looked like a sticker–less resin allowed the hearts to stay three dimensional, so I adjusted the rest of the charms. It was challenging to stay within the working time for the resin while making 22 of these. The original idea for the back of the charm was to use stamps, but I couldn’t find anything small enough. I hand wrote them with acid free, archival black ink. The ink did not want to stay on the paint and really wanted to mix with the resin, which I was not prepared for. Here’s what I ended up with.

7Backside

Below are the charms I received in the swap. Each of these has their own story to tell so please follow the blog hop links down below.

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If you like any, or all, of these charms, please go to the Ebay auction to bid on the charms. You get handmade art charms and we all raise money for a worthy cause. Win! Win! Please visit the other participants of the 2013 Art Charm Exchange and Beads of Courage Auction.

Jen Cameron: http://glassaddictions.com/blog/

Toltec Jewels: http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com

Vanessa Gilkes: http://culturezine.com/blog/

Caroline Dewison: http://blueberribeads.co.uk

Lesley Watt: http://www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com

Susan Kennedy: http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Nancy Dale : http://www.nedbeads.blogspot.com

Alicia Marinache: http://www.allprettythings.ca

Cassi Paslick: http://cassisbeads.blogspot.com

Alenka Obid: http://www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com

Renetha Stanziano: http://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Shelley Graham Turner: http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com

Monique Urquhart: http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com

Shai Williams: http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com

Lennis Carter: http://windbent.wordpress.com

Cheri Reed: http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Moriah Betterly: http://mlbetterly.blogspot.com

Perri Jackson: http://shaktipajdesigns.com/blog/

Mallory Hoffman: http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com

Ginger Bishop: http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com

Jean Peter: http://jeanpdesigns.blogspot.com

Linda Florian: http://lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com

Patricia Pulliam: http://rusticstudio.blogspot.com

Karin Grosset Grange: http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Julie Bowen: http://blog.autochthonous-evolved.com

Susan Delaney: http://ladyflowersbysusan.wordpress.com

Emma Todd: http://www.apolymerpenchant.blogspot.com

Carolyn Chenault : http://carolynchenault.wordpress.com

Terri Del Signore: http://artisticaos.blogspot.com

Cory Tompkins: http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com

Cheryl (Lee) Koopman: http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com

Lori Bowring Michaud: http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick: http://zenithjade.blogspot.com

Jacqueline Carlson: http://www.beadgypsy.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy: http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Charlene Bausinger Jacka: http://clay-space.com/blog/

Kristi Bowman: http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com

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2nd October Fest Blog Hop Part Deux

(Rise of the Corn Dollies)

My original October Fest post is below. My friend and I were supposed to make corn dollies last week, but due to illness (both mine and the cat’s), it got postponed until today. I’m usually quite bad about follow-up posting so I thought…no time like the present. Please see the previous post for the link to instruction on how to make these.

Corn husks

Folded over husksHead of corn dollyAlmost armsCorn dolly armsAlmost finished corn dollyFinished female corn dollyMale corn dollyFinished male and female

My attempt at a cat...

My attempt at a cat…

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2nd October Fest Blog Hop: Remember the Old

This hop is being hosted by Toltec Jewels of Jewel School Friends. Once again, this blog hop is a chance for me to share some of my favorite non jewelry related things about Autumn. This is the main time of year that I bake and I wanted to make something traditional to the Season, so I found a lovely recipe for Remembrance cookies to celebrate Samhain from Ye Old Witches Brew Magazine. Rosemary is for remembrance and the idea is that you eat these cookies and think about your ancestors. This recipe got great feedback so I will definitely make these again. Feel free to decorate with icing if you like. There is also no reason why you can’t use lavender, sage, or any other herb you like when eating these year round.

Dough

Cookie Cutters

Finished Cookies

My friend and I were also supposed to make corn dollies last weekend, but it got postponed until today, so I will post pictures later if people are interested. We’re going to use the instructions published on Michelle’s blog, Muffin Tin Mom. It’s actually amazing what you can make with cereal grains. I found a fascinating website that shows some work of the Guild of Straw Craftsmen that explains what a corn dolly really is. I can promise you, my creation will not look like this! Wow.

1853 corn dolly

In the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The final thing I’d like to share is one of my favorite songs about the Season:

Thank you for stopping by; please visit the other participants.

Toltec Jewels (Rita, Hostess)  www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Caroline                                       http:// Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick-Zenith                     http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Dolores Raml                               http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com/
Karla Morgan                               http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Susie Harris                                 http://jewelleryjunkie.blogspot.com/
Susan                                          http://libellulajewelry.com
Mischelle                                      http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Billi                                               http://billi-rs-rothove.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson                           http://kayzkreationz.blogspot.com/
Jean Yates                                  http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/
Kelly Hosford Patterson               http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer                           http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Liz E                                            http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com
Jasvanti Patel                              http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Christie Murrow                           www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jodie Marshall                             http://marshalljodie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Trank                              http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Dini Bruinsma                              http://angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Elsie Deliz Fonseca                     http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/
Pepita                                         www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                              http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathleen                                     http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Vera Lynn                                   http://veradesigns.blogspot.com/
Rana Wilson                               http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Catherine King                           http://catherines-musings.blogspot.com/
Lily Vincent                                 http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/
Janice Hidey (Janimar)               http://drawingthelinesomewhere.com/
Cory Tompkins                           http://TealwaterDesigns.blogspot.com
Candida Castleberry                  www.spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com
Cynthia Kent Machata                http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache                         http://www.allprettythings.ca
Linda Anderson                          http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Leah Curtis                                 http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)              http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/
Robin Reed                                 http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti                        www.tjewellicious.blogspot.com
Lisa Lodge                                  http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com/
Ingrid A.                                      http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/
Judy Turner                                www.silver-rains.blogspot.com
Gina Hockett                               http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/
Nelly May                                    www.smellynelly.blogspot.com
Tanya McGuire                           http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Ahowin                                        http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com
Sonya Stille                                 http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Pam                                            http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Carol D.                                      http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/
Asri Wahyuningsih                      http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com/
Ginger Bishop                             http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Janine                                         http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Shaiha Williams                          http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
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