Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wired New Creations!

I love wire wrapping in Copper, I love aging it to a beautiful vintage finish! This necklace turned out exactly how I like things to work! The mix of dark beads is a lovely contrast to the paler pendant and Everything just flows!
 Another piece I am really please with other than my silly wire! I thought I had gotten rid of all my coated copper wire, well, when I dipped it into the Liver of Sulfur bath I found out that I had not actually gotten rid of all of it! Darn it!! Thank goodness the whole necklace is made of the same wire, it looks like it was meant to be this way!
 It did not turn out that way for this necklace, so tell me honestly, can I get away with leaving it like this? I can't decide. I just know that I have no way of getting rid of the coating...
I am very pleased with this necklace, I just wish the wire would have darkened. I still think it would have looked so much better! Too late now! At least that wire got used up! Nothing left of it now! 
I will be working on magazine publications, new charms and Ocean inspired jewelry this week, lots of new things coming up on the horizon! Come again next week for the next post!!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Featured Designer - Donna of Stranded Beads

For so long I have wanted to feature Donna of Stranded Beads on my blog! Donna has been using my wood charms and pendants for sometime now and I wanted to share a few of the treasures she has made with them!
 She has made some terrific pieces! I love the ingenuity she uses in her creations. They are fun and unique!
 There is really no limit to what you can do with my tiles. They are versatile and fun and make truly unique jewelry! Go visit Donna on her Brand New BLOG! Let her know you care by giving her a follow!
This last piece is my favorite, and I think maybe even Donna's Crowning glory! This beautiful necklace was featured in the March 2012 issue of Bead Trends Magazine! Congratulations! I am honoured to have been a part of that success! 

You can also find Donna on Facebook!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to feature someone every week, I hope I can make that happen!


You can find some of my handmade wood charms and pendants in my Etsy shop!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Melinda Orr Metal & Clay Jewelry Designs: An invitation to the Creative Bead Chat Group and ...

This is a post you do not want to miss! I am a part of this huge giveaway of over $400 in different Artisan products! Join us and get your chance to win!!

Melinda Orr Metal & Clay Jewelry Designs: An invitation to the Creative Bead Chat Group and ...: I would like to invite you to a fun and informative group on Facebook  It's an open group &  a home  for creative component and jewel...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A Giveaway!!

I was so excited when I saw that my favorite Collage Artist on Etsy was doing a giveaway, I just had to share it with you!!
So head on over to Calico Collage and enter the giveaway! Leave a note share the post, whatever you need to do! Who doesn't LOVE free stuff!! Can't wait to see if you can win something? Need something right now? Head on over to her Etsy shop and stock up!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lots going on!!

Believe me! It's lack of desire that keeps me away, it's always lack of time! Soooo much going on right now and it's truly fantastic!!
I have been working on hard on keeping Earrings Everyday going while Heather Powers was on the amazing Bead Cruise she hosts every year! I have had posts to do for the Art Bead Scene blog. I am getting a bunch of publications ready for Bead Design Studio, so keep an eye out this year for me, I will be popping up in as many places as I can get my little hands on! I am reaching some serious goals already this year and it is certainly keeping me motivated! 
I have so many new things I am working on, but this week I am getting my studio ready for photos! I might have to hire out the photography though, not sure I can pull off taking pics in a small space like that with much success! You will get your first peak into my tiny world on "Studio Saturday" on the ABS Blog on Saturday March 24th so stay tuned for that!! So, for today, go click on the above links, I have posts up on both, leave some comments, because I LOVE reading them and please help me reach my goal of getting to 1000 followers on my blog, by giving me a follow right here, and maybe sharing a post to help me bring in new faces!

Love you all!


Saturday, March 3, 2012

5th Bead Soup Blog Hop

The day is finally here! Reveal day for the Bead Soup blog hop! I am so excited to see what my partner made with the soup I sent her, but for now, it's time to have a peak at what I made with what she sent me!! The top photo includes the Focal, so I thought I would start with that one. I tried so many ways to work with the bead and finally decided that a simple and long pendant on a simple hoop, was the way to go.
 I made some earrings to match! I love how long they are and how much the beautiful handmade beaded beads that Lori Finney sent me sparkle at every turn! I have never worked with beaded beads, and these were an amazing place to start!
 Here's a closeup so you can see the complexity of them. Lori made these herself! What a talent she has!! Find Lori's blog Here!!
 Here is the dreamy set all together! Since I don't normally work with anything in silver/silvertones any more, I may have to keep this set! So pretty!
 Here is what I made with the clasp. Just a simple but fun wire wrapped bracelet. Everything in this bracelet including the wire was sent by my partner. If you look carefully, you will see that the clasp has writing on it! Very cool!
 I started by making these earrings first. These were the first things in the soup that really spoke to me! They just spoke earrings! Love the bell like quality of them and they match the bracelet!
 I could not resist attempting some asymmetrical  earrings with these beads. They also match the bracelet. I love the way these all sparkle! I am only guessing, but I believe that these are also some of Lori's beaded beads :)
I still have a few beads left and I think I have an idea on how to use them. We will see what I can whip up! 
I was issued a challenge on using the pretty squares of fabric that all these beads came wrapped in, but I unfortunately ran out of time. I was also a little stumped! I brainstormed and still could not think of a way to use it that would not be sewn since I can't sew! Hopefully in time I will think of something!

Please visit Lori's blog to see the complete list of participants! I normally add it onto the end of my post, but with all the photos I thought this post was long enough! lol

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