Marsala Valentine Challenge Reveal

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Today is the reveal for the Marsala Valentine Challenge where I used beads purchased from Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery.

I borrowed Andrew’s photos to show you what was in the kit and the handmade components Andrew made:

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I have to admit the Pantone color of the year underwhelmed me. I love burgundy, maroon, and wine. Two things helped me with this color: Andrew’s blend and this Seeds color palette:

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While I like the deeper reds, I find I don’t design with red often. My comfort zone is in the blue and green shade variations so this was a great way for me to become more familiar with this color pathway. I had loads of fun digging through my stash and playing.

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Earrings were first so I could dip my toes into the water:

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Then, I decided to do a bracelet…which should have been a little, tiny bit bigger I think but it will still roll over my hand if I concentrate. LOL

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I finally graduated to necklaces. The lampwork in this first one was made by Valerie O’Neal of Seaside Fire Designs.

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And…this is when disaster struck. I was not happy with my third necklace and wanted to redesign it, but I still had not completely arranged my workspace since our move and with things piled up everywhere, I dropped it on the floor. The rake face was made by Harry Wood of Oscarcrow. His little horns broke, which are a shocking white under the glaze. Harry is making me another one, but it is a different color, as is the nature of Raku, and it has not arrived yet. I used black marker on the porcelain and was not happy with that, so I covered it with some Guilder’s Paste that I think matches well. It looks a lot better. I will redesign this and post a photograph at a later date.

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Alison Herrington http://www.alisonadorns.blogspot.com/
Dolores Raml https://craftydscreations.wordpress.com
Carole Carlson http://www.beadsophisticate.wordpress.com
Lennis Carrier https://windbent.wordpress.com
Carolyn Lawson http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com/
Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com/
Ann Schroeder http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickjewelrydesign.com/blog/
Shaiha Williams http://www.shaihasramblings.com/

On Andrew Thornton’s Blog:
Andrew Thornton, Nancy Noyes-Ward, Donna Hoblit, Cheryl Lee Tucker, and Laurel Ross. http://andrew-thornton.blogspot.com/

Thank you for joining us. This is a very small Blog Hop so please take a few minutes to enjoy what the other artists made.

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Still time to Bid on Art Charms for BOC

Please visit the fundraiser for Beads of Courage. The auctions end Monday.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/glassaddictions/m.html

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2014 Art Charm Swap and Ebay Auction for BOC

Welcome and thank you for coming to visit. All links in this post should open in a new window. :) Please visit the Ebay Auction here! All proceeds go directly to Beads of Courage through the Ebay Gives program, so bid with confidence. Thank you to Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions for hosting this event. You can visit her Blog, visit her Store, or follow her on Flickr to find out more about her. If that’s not enough, she is also a contributor to Art Jewelry Elements.

So what did I make? This year’s theme is SOAR. At first I thought I would encase feathers in resin. But then, I thought about what would mean something to me personally. It’s probably the fact that Saving Mr. Banks has been making us all remember Mary Poppins. There’s that lovely lyric about “send it soaring, up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear. Oh let’s go fly a kite!”

So I did this:

Starting BOC charms

In Progress Back of Kites

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I also sent in one of the Blackbird charms I made so I hope it raises some money too! (https://windbent.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/making-blackbird-art-charms/)

Not your cup of tea? Please consider donating directly to Beads of Courage. Do you make beads? Please consider making some beads to send directly to the children; you can donate them here. Or, find a charm that speaks to you and go bid!

2014 Art Charm Exchange Participants

Jennifer Cameron: http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog

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

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

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

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

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

Cate van Alphen: http://fulgorine.wordpress.com

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

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

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

Elizabeth Auld: http://www.beadsforbusygals.com

Genevieve Gabbert: http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog

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

Jenny Davies-Reazor: http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Jill Bradley: http://www.jillybeads.blogspot.com

Kim Dworak: http://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com

Lee Koopman: http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com

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

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

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

Melissa Trudinger: http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

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

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

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

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

Nancy Smith: http://wirednan.blogspot.ca

Niky Sayers: http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

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

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

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

Sheila Prosterman: http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com

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

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

Terri DelSignore: http://artisticaos.blogspot.com

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

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

 

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Art Charm Fundraiser Postponed to November 25

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Here’s a little teaser of my charms:

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3rd Annual Octoberfest Blog Hop 2014

Autumn is my favorite time of the year and Toltec Jewels always has amazing blog hops to inspire us all. When I signed-up to join I didn’t know we were moving to a different state. Eek! I am in the middle of unpacking so my office looks like this:

Unpacking OfficeThat’s my excuse for taking over the dining room table and I’m sticking to it.

Taking OverBesides trying to make earrings, I am painting and recovering some displays to use in the gift boutique that will be selling my jewelry. That’s my good news for this month! It’s so funny the way things go. This is our first month in a new city so we don’t know anyone. I’m sure some of you know how hard it is to break in to a new art scene: they can be cliquish and it can take a while to network. It doesn’t help that I have now lived in four states in the past six years.  Yesterday, I was chatting with a local artist and she liked my jewelry so I will work in her shop and sell there, starting tomorrow. I am really not unpacked enough to do that…

I still wanted to participate in the blog hop, so here are some earrings I put together using my polymer clay beads and some beads I received as a gift. They”ll go great with my costume.

Halloween EarringsI also made a silver pair with lava and crystals.

Halloween Earrings 2I have a few decorations up to get us in the spirit:

Halloween BuffetOf course, I have hung some of my favorite pieces of art to get them off the floor and out of the way while we unpack:

DoD WallIf you saw my post for this same blog hop two years ago, you know I love Day of the Dead/ Mexican Folk Art. I get to look at these year round. I know it might seem strange that Durga is there, but she can hang where she wants! (She is Durga, after all.)

Thank you for stopping by. Wish me luck and I hope you all have a safe holiday season. Please come back November 14th for my Beads of Courage Art Charm Reveal and information about the auction!!!!  Please visit the other participants also:

Participating Artists

Toltec Jewels                            Jewel School Friends (hostess)

Dini Bruinsma                           http://www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl/

Marybeth Rich                          http:/forestofjewels.blogspot.com/

Mary Govaars                           http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com/

Mischelle Andrade-Fanucchi     http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

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

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

Nan Smith                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com

Linda Anderson                        http://CherryOnTopDesign.Co

Becky Pancake                        http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com

Melissa Trudinger                     http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/

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

Sue Kennedy                           http://suebeads.blogspot.com/

Kim Dworak                            http://www.cianciblue.blogspot.com/

Jo-Ann Woolverton                  http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca

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

Veralynne Malone                    http://veradesigns.blogspot.com

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

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

Alisa Siceloff                            http://armoredmermaid.blogspot.com

Pam Traub                               http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com/

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

Maria Lourdes Rios                 http://mlourdes24.blogspot.com

Kathy Lindemer                       http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

Carolyn Lawson                      http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina                        http://www.peru-medesigns.com/

Debbie Rasmussen                  www.Kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca

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

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

Carol Dillman                          http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

Chris Eisenberg                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Rebecca Sirevaag                    www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com

Sam Waghorn                          http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk

Sherri Stokey                           www.KnotJustMacrame.com

Gina Hockett                           www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy                  http://fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Michelle Buettner                     http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com

Dana Hickey                            http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com

Claire Fabian                            http://saraccino.blogspot.com

Cynthia Abner                          http://createdtreasures.blogspot.com

Renetha Stanziano                    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Jami Shipp                               http://CelebratingLifewithDaMamaShipp.blogspot.com

Charlie                                     http://505indiechic.blogspot.com

Gloria Allen                             http://www.wingsandbeads.blogspot.com/

Lisa Johnson                             http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com

Marde Lowe                            http://fancimardesigns.blogspot.com

Jill Bradley                                http://chat2jill.blogspot.com

Toni Gifford                              https://plus.google.com/+ToniG28

Shawnda D’Arcy                      https://www.facebook.com/JewelryByShawnda

RaMona Woolson                    http://jerseygirlsbeadwork.blogspot.com

Esterina Jagiella                        http://ekleijar.blogspot.com

Sandra McGriff                        http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com

Mary McGraw                         http://mkaymac.blogspot.com

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

Marianne Baxter                      http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com

Ann Schroeder                        www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Inge von Roos                          http://ingetraud.wordpress.com

Robin Reed                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Suzanne Berk                           https://www.facebook.com/IRescueJewelryDesign

Mowse Doyle                          http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com

Diana Miglionico Shiraishi         http://jasmineteadesigns.blogspot.com

RanaLea                                  http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com

Andrea Rivers                          http://turtlesoupcreative.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                            http://esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories

Tanya McGuire                        http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com

Anindita Basu                          http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com

Mitzie Crider                           http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Deb Fortin                               http://studiok24.blogspot.ca

Cynthia Kent Machata             http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Cheri Reed                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Laurel Hanson                         http://stonewingdesigns.com/blogs/stonewingdesignsblog

Ingrid Anderson                      http://lilisgems.wordpress.com/

Karla Morgan                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                         www.PrettyThings.com

Louise Mccormick-Glazier       http://lilyandjasmine.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                          http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Susan Kelly                            http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com/

Lee Koopman                        http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com/

Carol Briody                          http://cbriody.blogspot.com/

Kathy Lindemer                    http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

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

Divya N                               http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com/

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Art Charm Auction Alert

Stay tuned for more details and save the date.

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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.

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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.

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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                                         https://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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