Saturday, July 18, 2015

A pair of bracelets is what's up for today. I am again participating in a Lisa Lodge challenge. The theme this time is beaches. I have had this pair of bracelets in my head for a while. Only one got put together though. I decided to show the layout of the second one as well. I used the freeform flat sea glass pieces from znetshows.com that were in the kit. I also used a green sea glass sand dollar and a pair of fish from them that were in my stash to help with the beaches look. Shell shaped beads and a pearl dangle were all that it took to complete the first bracelet. The focal of the second bracelet is a real shell and I added some teal colored pearls to represent the water. Thanx for looking. To see what the other participants created please go to  http://www.gratefulartist.blogspot.com/

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The set of jewelry that I am posting today was created from a kit by Lisa Lodge. The challenge is called Summer Waters. The sea glass is sold by www.znetshows.com/ I chose a green sand dollar as the focal on the necklace. It is accented with an aqua teardrop, which reminded me of water, from my stash and a teal pearl that I reclaimed from a garage sale necklace. The bail is a two hole silver metal piece from the kit. I used green sea glass 6mm rounds and puffed coins from the kit, as well as aqua barrel nuggets and pacific blue shells. The opaque blue opal button heishi are from my stash. The necklace is finished with silver chain and a simple silver toggle clasp. The matching bracelet uses the same beads as the necklace but the color on the shells is teal. The end links were made from more of the garage sale pearls with aqua colored stone chips and fire polished faceted round beads. The bracelet clasp is from the kit. There are also a pair of earrings from the green sand dollars and aqua teardrops. To me this set definitely says summer waters. The starfish that I used as a prop came from my husband's Grandma. In  1948 she took a trip around the country and this came home with her. Here is a link to the other participants with blog posts http://www.gratefulartist.blogspot.com/2015/06/summer-waters-blog-hop-link-list.html
There are also people who are posting to Lisa's facebook page. You can see those at https://www.facebook.com/events/638019132993272/
Thank you Lisa for another fun challenge.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

I have been wanting to try shibori ribbon bead embroidery for  a long time. When Therese announced that bead embroidery was the technique for the A Time To Stitch 7 Challenge I signed up right away. Bead embroidery is my favorite technique to use. This necklace is the result of my effort. I started out to make a cuff bracelet but I found that it was too narrow to show the shibori silk  to best effect. The aqua teal turquoise family are my favorite colors so I found silk in that colorway. I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. I bezeled the stone with size 11's and 15's. I used purple 15's to accent the silk. I used pearls in purple and aqua to edge the focal. I had some vintage nailheads in purple from a friend who has passed away so they were used for the next row on the purple side. The beads that were used on the aqua side came from a garage sale as well as the two tone bead at the bottom of the piece. I made wire links in aqua and purple for the straps. I am pleased with how this necklace turned out and I hope that you like it too. To see what everyone else made for this challenge please click on this link  http://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com/    I want to thank Therese and Christine for hosting this fun challenge.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The challenge I am posting for today is seed beads and glass. Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures who hosts really fun challenges sends us kits and we make something from them. My first jewelry set is made with the blue glass beads from my kit. I used the size 6 cobalt blue seed beads to right angle weave a triangular base. Then I embellished it with the white cubes and finished the edge with the transparent light blue daggers. The straps use the transparent light blue ovals in sets of three spaced with more of the size six cobalt seed beads and white cubes. I put gold chin and a toggle clasp on the ends to finish it. I also made earrings.
I have been wanting to try the new quadra tile beads so when Lisa said that they were in  the kits I jumped at the chance to play with them.  Before this challenge came up I was able to take a class with Diane Fitzgerald working with the quadra tile beads but I did not want to use the technique that she taught for this challenge. I wanted to see what I could come up with and here it is. I put the cream picasso quadra tiles on edge in a circle. The inner row has a pair of the transparent green O beads from my kit between the quadra's and the outer row has a larger transparent green fire polished bead. Then I used size 15 cream colored triangular seed beads to egde the fire polished beads and the compenent looks like a flower. I made three flowers and stitched them together. The straps I made with the trandsparent green two hole beads spaced with two of the 15 triangles between each. It is a fairly simple design but I am proud of it.  Lisa labeled the beads transparent green but they look more gray to me. This is a nice neutral color scheme that could be worn with lots of colthes.
My third piece is a bracelet. I started this piece before the necklace above. I had the center row of  matte red metallic quadra  tiles from my stash stitched to the cream picasso quadra tiles from the kit  with the transparent green O beads and cream size 15 triangles on top. I could not decide how I wanted to finish the bracelet so I set it aside and made the flower necklace. When I came back to the bracelet I though about all of the popular wrap bracelets being made right now and this idea developed. I knew that if I stitched the outer row of the quadra tiles together it would be too inflexible to use so I stitched loops of the cream triangles around gray seude leather lace. I used a wood bead and loop for the closure. I am happy with how this came out. I think it is a unique design. The ladies in my bead group like it too. I hope you like what I am showing today. Here is the link to see what others made with their challenge kits https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1600218440219630&type=1



Saturday, May 16, 2015

Twilight is the name Lisa Lodge chose for this challenge kit. The beads are in shades of black, gray, purple,white and clear. The moment I saw the black rounds I associate them with this lovely lampworked bead that I got from a friend of mine.  I have admired this style for a long time so I was anxious to use it. I hung the focal from three strands of black seed beads and used a flower bead cap on a headpin to complete the focal. The straps are the black rounds from my kit with tan fire polished beads and red size 6 seed beads. This necklace came together easily.
Necklace number two is made in a similar style. The focal on this one is an old single earring. I stitched purple seed beads to it to give it more color and make it match the design I had in mind. I clipped the clip-on back off above the hinge then I curled the piece that was left to make an attachment point. I strung seed beads on wire and attached them to the curl to form the bail. The straps are made from the dark gray pearls, smaller purple pearls, and clear faceted crystal rondelles from my kit. My designs have been simple lately as I have been studying for my final test at school. I graduated yesterday so now I will have more time to bead. Yeah!
This is what I have left from my kit so I have lots more to design with. I have more ideas and I plan to make them soon. To see more of the pieces that other beaders designed from their twilight kits please click on https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1594161557491985&type=1

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Flora Hues is the challenge I am posting today. The hostess is Lisa Lodge of http://gratefulartist.blogspot.com  
Lisa sells us kits and we create something from the kits that we get.
I still had my treasures from the Bead Peeps challenge on my bead board and the pink stone from that challenge matched the delicate pink of these pearls so well that this necklace set was born. I added triangle size 11 seed beads between the pearls and faceted black coin beads to make the straps. The focal is the beautiful stone with black discs on either side that I wire wrapped with a faceted black drop below. It is a simple piece but I like it.
Since the hop is called flora hues I wanted to make something with a flower. I dug through my filigree and found this silver flower. I used it as the back layer of my focal. I stitched purple flower petals  to the backing. The center is a round white pearl from my kit. The bail is simply coiled silver wire. The straps are made with the purple rice shaped pearls and round white pearls from my kit. I have a third necklace in progress. I will post it when it is done. To see what others made go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/PRTbeadsandmore/
I just figured out that I have this marked on my calendar for the wrong date. Sorry I am late posting. 
 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Welcome to my Bead Peeps 2015 post. First let me say thank you to Linda Anderson for hosting this fun event. My partner for this hop is Kathleen Breeding. She was really generous with what she sent. I got a priority mail box stuffed full. This is the first piece that I made. The pink filigree, large Lucite flowers, chain, bugle beads , and clasp were all from my goodies. Did you notice the pink earwires? I think they are really fun.
My second necklace used the lovely purple polymer clay beads that Kat sent. The peanut beads were also in my box from Kat. I added bead caps, Glass discs, titanium coated hematite squares and drop, and the chain, which I got in New York at CJS Sales last Thanksgiving.
Necklace number three started with the white shell. I used some of the gold aluminum wire to bezel it. Then I used some of the round gold wire from my goodies to attach the stitched focal from Kat. I made a spiral rope to hang the pendant from and finished it with 2 wavy pearls from A Grain Of Sand and more of the chain I used in the purple necklace. 
I told Kat that I liked to work with unusual items so she sent me the wine cork. I could not pass up the chance to find a way to use something so unique. I wire wrapped seed beads around it for more color. Next I wired pearls from my box to the gears which were part of my loot. I made links from the sea glass shapes and the two shell pieces also from my goodies. The rondelle link  was from Kat too. Then I went to my stash for more aqua colored items to complete this mixed media piece. I made a link with rubber O-rings and another with a ceramic tube.Then 2 links with sea glass drops and an acrylic tube one too. The silver faceted beads  that I used in several of the links were from Kat . It's kind of funky and asymmetrical but I like it. I also made three pair of simple earrings but I seem to have deleted that pic so I will retake and post it tomorrow when it is light. Now I will show you all of the beads that she sent.



Didn't I tell you that she packed the box? Wow what a haul I got. I have plans for lots more item but since I am back in school my bead time has been drastically reduced so they will have to wait for another day.  The large brass clasp will be used in a necklace I am making in a Diane Fitzgerald class on Sunday. I will be passing on some of this to several of my bead friends. Please check out Kathleen's blog at http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/ then go to Bead Peeps on facebook to see what others made.