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October 29, 2012
October 28, 2012
Toltec Jewels of Jewel School Friends, is hosting an autumn- inspired challenge. This challenge came with choices!
*Create an Autumn Inspired Treat!
*Make a Fall craft.
*Create a cool bead.
*Design Halloween jewelry.
*Design Autumnal jewelry.
*Decorate your home or yard.
*Write a poem, dance or sing.
I decided to make a pair of earrings, specifically mismatched earrings. I have been hooked on mismatched earrings since Diana’s challenge (Suburban GirlStudio). Although our family doesn’t celebrate Halloween, someone may want a pair of Halloween earrings designed by me. It could happen. The skulls are dyed howlite, lampies by DFJ Lampwork (Ebay) and unfortunately, I don't remember where I got the black lampwork disks for the party hats. I also used swarovski crystals and czech rondelles. Here are my October Fest earrings:
Hop on over to the next October Fest blog. List is below
Host Toltec Jewels http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Mischelle Fanucchi http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shaiha Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com ;
Shelly Graham Turner http://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com/
Shelly Joyce http://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com/
Charlie Jacka http://clay-space.com/blog/
Pam Sears http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Margareta Saari http://magsinhelmet.blogspot.com/
Marita Suominen http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi/
Lisa Posthumus https://www.facebook.com/lisa.posthumusharper
Jeannie Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog
Cheri Reed http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Arlene Dean http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/
Duffy Blevins http://bubbasjewels1.blogspot.com/
Susan Kennedy http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Dita Basu http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com/
Sonya Ann Stille http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com/
Kashmira Patel http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Kris Mattingly https://www.facebook.com/kris.h.mattingly
Lennis Carrier http://www.windbent.net/
Shannon Hicks http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/
Karin Slaton http://backstorybeads.blogspot.com/
Shirley Moore http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Valeria G. Rome http://fancysphynxdesigns.blogspot.com/
Zoe Marcin http://beadsteaandsweets.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Lawson http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Kimberly Booth http://thepinkmartiniboutique.blogspot.com/
Sherri Stokey http://www.knotjustmacrame.com
Tanya McGuire http://www.tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/
Debbie Rasmussen http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/
Christine Stonefield http://sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti http://tjewellicious.blogspot.com/
Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Evelyn Shelby http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Colene Waltermire https://www.facebook.com/groups/426147797447039/?fref=ts
I love challenges!
October 26, 2012
And what were you hoping to see? Artisan Whimsy challenge completed. Here is my little owl, and I think I will call him Gollum, because cute he isn't.
He is made with polymer clay and jump rings surround those crazy eyes. I attempted to make a friend for Gollum, but he hasn't been to the oven yet. Click on the Hooters Button above to see more hooters!
Have I said how much I love challenges? Well I do.
October 25, 2012
In celebration of Lori Anderson's new Bead Soup book, Kalmbach decided to throw Bead Soup Party. Bead shops from all over were asked to donate beads for jewelry designers interested in attending the Bead Soup Party. Invitations were sent out and the challenge began! Yeah!
I received bead soup from Safire Beads and Things, Madison, Ohio. This particular bead shop is about a 4 hour drive from my home in Kettering. Carole Ohl, the owner of the best bead shop ever, STASH, not only sent out beads for party goers, but she also received bead soup from another shop in Ohio. How cool is that?
Each party goer is supposed to make a necklace from their bead soups. My bead soup was a mixture of Czech beads in deep reds, browns, golds and greens. I started by washing the beads off, picking out the icky ingredients, and added ingredients from my own recipe. I was going to do a bit of bead embroidery using the eagle moon pendant, but I just couldn't place it right, so I went with stringing.
Have I said that I love challenges? Well I do.
October 24, 2012
Starting the challenge: First I took apart a belt from a junk jewelry box I purchased on Ebay. Lots of vintage jewelry pieces and beads! But I was mostly excited at finding the belt. Below is a picture of all the wonderful components.
I chose the metal disks, and decided to make earrings. I also used the Vintaj patinas for the first time. I think I did alright. I also used tiny lampwork beads by Carolyn Harmon, Miami Valley Lampwork Bead Artist. I have known Carolyn for a number of years and her work just keeps getting better and better. The twisted jump rings are from Nototo Jewelry Supplies.
Finally, my own assemblage art earrings!
Have I said lately that I love challenges? Well I do.
October 20, 2012
Jeannie of Jewelry by Jeannie posted a challenge for jewelry artists. The challenge--receive one of Jeannie's jewelry designs (that she considers boring) and turn it into something amazing. Easy? Not. Challenging? Yes! Here is the bracelet I received.
The first thing I noticed about the design is the clasp. It is beautiful, but to large for something so light and airy as the 3mm rondelles and size 11 seed beads. I thought about making one of Thea's famous jump ring bracelet or something using a lampwork bead from Beads By Lampwork, Ebay. Humm, how did those light lime green rondelles get in there? Well, the original bracelet could use some color for this makeover.
Then, I had another idea: Pearls! Color: Dark gray to match the clasp.
Right angle weave using the rondelles as the embellishment. Well the purple rondelles didn't pop out enough against the dark gray pearls.
So I switched to light gray pearls, right angle weave, using the size 11 seed beads as embellishment. I ended up using the leftover rondelles and those light neon green rondelles to make the jump ring bracelet too. Results:
But I really like this one best of all.....
My apologies for the long post, but this challenge was fun, and I might sign up for #5! Now I am going to hop around the blogs of the other participants (listed below). Thanks Jeannie for a wonderful challenge!
Jeannie K Dukic http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog
Miranda Ackerley http://mirandack.com/
Patti Vanderbloemen http://myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com/
Marlene Cupo http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com/
Mary Govaars http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com/
Kelli Jacobson http://www.creativemoonjewelryandthings.com/
Gerry Nickerson http://gersgems1.blogspot.com/
Charlene Jacka http://clay-space.com/blog
Birgit Klughardt http://www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com/
Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
Debbie Beechy http://beetique56.blogspot.com/
Cilla Watkins http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.com/
Carolyn Lawson http://carolyncreationswa.blogspot.com
Micha Sorensen http://tulipsandpine.blogspot.com
Emma Todd http://www.apolymerpenchant.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/
Tracy Stillman http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com/
Rita Avila http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/
October 16, 2012
These are the earrings from my swap partner Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs!
Participants were randomly assigned a swap partner and the challenge was to create one pair of mismatched art bead earrings for them. Each earring must contain at least one art bead (If you need clarification on art beads, please visit Art Bead Scene). Also stop by Art Jewelry Elements today to read Diana's article about mismatched earrings. I believe that Diana will be hosting another challenge for the next Mismatched Monday. Stay tuned! Click on the title for the link to Surban Girl Studio.
THANK YOU DIANA FOR HOSTING A FUN CHALLENGE!
List of all Participants!
Diana Ptaszynski http://www.suburbangirlstudio.com (Hostess!)
Lisa Liddy http://www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com
Kari Asbury http://www.hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Jayne Capps http://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com
Rebecca Anderson http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt http://www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud http://www.artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Renetha Stanziano http://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Holly Westfall http://www.silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com
Theresa Fosdick http://www.thoughtful-notions.blogspot.com
Ali McCarthy http://www.northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Iveth Caruso http://www.creativeatelier.net/blog.html
Carolyn Collins http://www.sparklingwaterstudio.com
Elaine Ray http://www.elaineray.blogspot.com
Kristen Stevens http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com/
Charlene Jacka http://clay-space.com/blog
Jan Onipenco http://www.MoltenMayhem.typepad.com
Stephanie Woods http://arainydaydesigns.blogspot.com/
Eleanor Burian-Mohr http://www.cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com
Shelby Foxwell http://www.sundownbeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Mary Harding http://www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Lisa Johnson http://www.Whimsyswonders.blogspot.com
Kashmira Patel http://www.sadafulee.blogspot.com
Penny Neville http://www.copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com
Dee Elgie http://www.cherryobsidia.blogspot.co.uk
Sarah Small http://www.bysalla.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson http://www.Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Karin Slaton http://www.backstorybeads.blogspot.com
Ashleigh Becker http://www.seladesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Rana L. Wilson http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/
Sandra McGriff http://www.skyescreativechaos.blogspot.com
Dawn Pierro http://www.turtlemoondesigns.me
Shelley Graham Turner http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Karen Mitchell http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Melissa Trudinger http://www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
October 15, 2012
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Next time I will post pics using my wide angle macro lens!