Thursday, July 21, 2016

Art Bead Scene Challenge for July

 "Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku Hanabi)"
By Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
The Art Bead Scene Challenge for July had me thinking about water and boats along with fireworks.
I created these beads for the challenge by mixing various shades of blue with black and gold out of polymer clay. I am happy with the way that they turned out.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

We're All Ears Challenge for July 2016

 I have been fortunate to attend the Great Reno Balloon Race two different times. It is so amazing to see the balloons setting up and then see so many of them in the air at the same time.

 There are all shapes and sizes. I am sharing some of the pictures that I took in 2014.

I knew that I wanted to capture the colorful designs that a lot of the balloons have. I made the polymer clay cane shown here:

Then I cut slices from it and used a teardrop shape to make the balloon shape.
My earrings were made with the clay charms that I made from this cane.

Head on over to the Earrings Everyday blog to see what everyone else created this month...HERE

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Christmas In July Handmade Polymer Clay Beads

Can it be July? Time travels fast and I have been making Christmas beads for my Christmas in July promotions.
It always delights me to make these beads and ornaments. I will be running a special coupon code in my etsy store for the Christmas in July promo. Using code Xmas10 will give you 10% off your total purchase. Enter the code at checkout before paying. This code will be valid until July 15.
Thank you so much for taking a look at my beads.

Christmas Quilt Beads

Christmas House Beads

Christmas Tube Beads

Monday, June 6, 2016

Bryce Canyon Trip

After spending a week in Utah and visiting Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, I have a whole new appreciation for the outdoors and nature. The "hoo-doos " in Bryce Canyon are amazing and the area is just breathtaking.

I have been inspired to create with some of the new images in mind and hope that they will stir the creative spirit in you.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Art Bead Scene Bead Entry

I have been following the Art Bead Scene for a while now and have challenged myself make an entry for the month. This month's painting is On A Shaker Theme by Charles Sheeler.

I really liked the colors in this painting and tried to use the shades of  blue.
I made house beads in polymer clay in a rustic setting that makes me think of the painting and the geometric lines of the painting.

I do so love following the Art Bead Scene and visit the site almost everyday that I can. They always have interesting  and inspiring posts and great tips.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Butterfly Wing Beads for Spring Projects

I have been making wings - butterfly wings. They are so fun to make, and I love the colors of each type of butterfly.

The canes that I make are small but they make beautiful wings. I have not tried to put the wings together and make a whole butterfly yet, but I see that in the future.

The wings can be used for earrings or dangles on a bracelet.

Friday, January 15, 2016

We're All Ears :: January Reveal

This month the We're All Ears Challenge was to use the Pantone Spring 2016 color palette.

I love pink but I also love blue so I decided that I would make the earrings in Serenity blue, Lipid shell and Snorkle blue. I had recently made polymer clay bird beads in an antique blue. I used blue onyx beads and some ruffled lampwork beads with different shades of blue in them to complete the look. I liked the way the ruffled beads made the birds look like they were sitting on a nest!

The ruffled lampwork glass beads are made by Mermaidglass