Each month one of the contributors to the Art Jewelry Elements Blog gives away a component to the rest of the AJE team as well as to a few other lucky winners. This month I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate!
I loved the pink porcelain orchid pendant that I received from Suburban Girl Studios . I knew that I wanted to use handpainted silk cording that I purchased from Marsha Neal. I also wanted to make some coordinated polymer clay beads to go with the pendant and decided on the pink and green combination that I love. I have not done that much with cords and ribbon before, but I tried to decide how I was going to use the ribbon before I made the beads. I liked the idea of weaving the cord around the beads and made some donut style beads with the hole large enough to fit the cord. I found some large link chain to use to attach the pendant and the cord to.
I made a swirly clasp that would fit through the chain and added a dangle to the end of the chain.
Thanks again to and the AJE team for giving folks the chance to play along each month! To check out what everyone else created with their charms check out the AJE Blog HERE.
I decided to enter into Lori Anderson's bead hoarders blog hop because I really needed to use some of my beads that I have purchased over the years. I do not purchase that many beads now, but I do have a large number of beads that span the last 10 years.
The first pendant that I choose to use was one from Gaea. I always loved the lotus blossom pendant, but was not sure what I wanted to do with it. I made some polymer clay floral beads with the same colors as the pendant and added some other beads from my stash. I really like the way that it come out.
Next I had purchased some beautiful wood bezels from artbase and wanted to fill it with a polymer clay cab.
The last piece that I made used one of Captured Moments ceramic bracelet beads. I have been wanted to try using some waxed linen cording and I thought this was a great way to do it. I made some coordinating beads and strung them on the cord. The result is this bracelet:
I want to thank Lori for yet another great idea and I can not wait to see what everyone else made. Here is the list of other hoppers.
I can hardly believe that it is the middle of July already. I have been busy making Christmas beads and Gingerbread House Pendants and Decorations. This year I have been much more organized that previous years. Here is a look at some of the gingerbread house pendants or ornaments that I have made so far this year.
I hand cut the house shape and then smooth the front and texture the back. I usually have the canes made in advance that I want to use to decorate the little houses. I usually add white around the roof to simulate snow and after they are baked I add some liquid clay with glitter. By adding the glitter to the liquid clay, it gets imbedded into the clay and will not brush off.
I am also going to make some larger houses - just for ornaments and some smaller pendants that may appeal to teens.
I decided to participate in Lori's bead horders blog hop because I have a lot of beads and projects that I have not gotten to over the last year. Having surgery slowed me down a lot, but now I do not have many excuses. Here are a few of the beads and bezels that I would like to make something with.
The top picture shows a bezel and beads from captured moments. The wood bezel is from artbase. The second pictures shows some beads that I purchased from Goodnitegraceie and some lampwork that I purchased a long time ago.
My friend Lisa Lodge used two of my purple garden beads in her Aloha Spirit earrings that were published in the July issue of Bead Trends.
Visit Lisa's PineRidgeTreasures zibbet shop to see her beautiful jewelry.
To learn more about Lisa see her Grateful Artist's blog
Bead Trends has announced that they will no longer be publishing their
magazine. The July issue is the last issue. The publisher is going to
concentrate only on scrapbooking. The July Bead Trends will only be
available in electronic form - no print copies.
About ten years ago, an owl broke through our screen enclosure and ended up on our patio. It was a large owl and we had to remove some of the other screens to get him out of the enclosure. For some reason he could never find the door! Ever since then I have always been enamored with owls. I decided that I would make some owl pendants for my shop and once I started I had a hard time stopping. Here is the result:
My friend Lisa Lodge has hosted a fun blog hop called Lucite and Clay Blog Hop . Please go to her blog A Grateful Artist - Pine Ridge Treasures to see all the participants and to enter her giveaway of beads. She used some orphan beads that she purchased from me a while ago for the blog hop. I can not wait to see what everyone made.
Here are some orphans that are listed in my etsy shop now