The AE Theme Challenge this month is Repurpose chosen by Lesley. Great subject, and I wish I had more time to work on it. The day job kind of takes away my creative energy at times, and this month is no exception! However I did manage to do a few things!
The first thing I thought of for the theme was something I had been thinking about for a long time. I remembered I had this magazine that repurposed those desiccant containers you get in pills into beaded beads. I set out to find that magazine in my stash.
I'm glad I found it, because it was actually driving me nuts as to where it was. Here are some photos of me in the process of making some of these beads.
So the first one I made, I liked ok. But noticed on the end that you could see the white container through the ends. So I got a sharpie out for the next one, and colored the ends so they didn't look so white.
Then I made a few more of these beads, and quite honestly, I was done with it. If I get back to them, I'll try some different shapes and sizes of beads. Here are the ones I made.
The next subject was wire. I get all kinds of wire scraps from my boyfriend when we work on electrical projects. I can't throw it out so I keep it. I have given some away, and finally got to work annealing the wire that I already had stripped.
I learned how to anneal it in the kiln from Maria Richmond, and it's a quick and easy way to anneal your thick copper wire. I decided to make some charm holders, but you could also use them as bead frames. Here's the first one. The steps included shaping the wire, antiquing in liver of sulpher, buffing, and finally tumbling for strength. Which is ironic because I ran it in the kiln to make it softer and now I need it to be strong again!
I made two, and then I was pretty much done with that as well. I need way more practice on adding thinner wire to a frame.
Finally, I did what I enjoy doing with old glass bottles - making beads from them.
They go from whole bottles to shards to beads! I have so many bottles saved, waiting to be beads, I could never really get to the them all. But I hate tossing them, especially the gorgeous green and blue bottles. The Reyka bottle is a slight gray color, so I'm looking forward to doing that and seeing if the beads will stay gray or not. I also want to make a little glass bowl with the bottom of that bottle, but have to perfect my cutting skills!
My next post on Art Elements will be a little demo on how I go about making them. I know you can find tutorials out there and people do them differently, I'm just going to show you how I do it! I also make spoon rests with the bottles - beer bottles are great for that because they are a perfect size for standard serving spoons. Wine bottles make great cheese trays! I have tons if anyone is interested in purchasing any.
This is a blog hop so I hope you hop around to see what everyone else made! Thanks Lesley for the great inspriational subject.
Cathy Mendola chose Birds of Prey for the theme this month, and it's a pretty awesome theme. You are going to see some amazing work by my team members and the guests who have participated this month! I had plans of doing more than I did, as indicated by the purchases I made for the projects I had in my head. However, I have been doing some work in my house, so whenever time permitted, meaning after work and weekend hours, we were pretty much doing the room renovations. One of them is going to be my study/studio, and I seem to be foiled at every move by trying to get some work tables. So I have only one small project to show you this month. But first, the purchases!
This first Bali carved owl totem I got from fifirosedesigns on etsy - I wanted to make a mold and make my own cabochon to use in a necklace. However, I really did get around to doing that. So, I purchased the owl heads below.
These owl head cabochons are from ArtisticVariations84 on etsy - they are just fantastic, but arrived too late to make anything in time for the challenge. So they will wait until I have time to do something fabulous with them! Finally, I purchased some owl resin cabochons in the picture below.
These resin cabochons are from NixCreations on etsy - I couldn't decide on which one I wanted so I ordered 5! It's hard to see them in the photo, because we actually have a sunny day today. So, to make a short story long, here is what I made!
I chose the one I felt to be the most colorful, because I am really suffering from this winter this year. I used cup chain, which is probably my new favorite thing to do, to add color and texture. And then I just went with colors that spoke to me as sunny and fun! I hope you enjoy my post today, and hope you'll check out what everyone else made - I guarantee there are many awesome things to be seen!
Lindsay Starr chose moon as the theme for the AE Design Challenge this month! Great choice, Lindsay! I knew I had a pendant from Vincent and Nooma from Inviciti that I wanted to use, and I have some moon face polymer clay cabochons I had made a while ago, so I was all set!
First, I used the pendant to create a simple necklace. I haven't strung beads in a very long time, and being that I enjoy simple designs for myself, I set out to find the perfect red beads. I chose faceted red jade from Golden Age Beads. I also spied some other beads I really want, but am basically on a buying freeze so....maybe another time! I separated the red jade beads with some cute titanium spacers I had picked up at a bead show a long time ago, and I highlighted the pendant with some gold alcohol ink to make the moon show up better!
The second piece I made was influenced by Game of Thrones. Late to the party as ever, I just started watching it. I'm on Season 3 Finale - I use it as a carrot to make myself walk on my treadmill for an hour. I am really taken by the wedding ceremony words George R.R. Martin wrote for Daenerys and Khal Drogo.
"As you are the Moon of his life, he shall be your Sun and Stars. Your love shall be as ever present as those two celestial bodies...even though they are sometimes hidden from one another's sight. Your love will be the guiding force that charts the course of your tomorrows, holds your world together in difficult times, and will make life itself shine bolder and brighter than we human beings have a right to dream of."
I was going to add some dangling stars to it, but since I'm not necessarily a dangly type person, I left it the way it is. They can always be added, anyways. Not sure what I'll do with it, I just enjoyed making it!
I'm also posting for Kathryn Smith, as she does not have a blog. I found her on Instagram and when I saw her post this piece, I told her it was perfect for our theme challenge. She used a connector from Inviciti for her bracelet! You can see her other creations by clicking on her name, it will take you to her Instagram!
As this is a blog hop, I hope you visit and see what everyone else has made for the moon theme! Thanks Lindsay for a great theme choice this month!
This month, the theme for the Art Elements Challenge was chosen by Claire and she chose "white". Perfect for winter and the holiday season! I had all these ideas (I wanted to at least get to a white glass cabochon) but I did get one of the ideas done.
For a long time I have been pondering making a garland for my tree or mantle with my lampwork sugar beads - you may know what these are, but if not, photo is below. Pretty much every lampworker makes them, and at one point I had a pile of them. However, lucky for me I was able to sell them so no more inventory! I still think some type of garland with sugar beads would be a lot of fun, and maybe I'll do that someday.
I remembered a free tutorial for superduo stars by Deb Roberti of Around the Beading Table. She has many free tutorials, and she also has some awesome tutorials for purchase! She's actually having a sale right now, too! I hope you visit her link, she's so generous for providing so many free tutorials!
Anyways, I made a pile of stars using three different combinations of white beads. This was fun, although I had to wait for some to arrive in the mail! I also got to use up some of the beads that I bought multiples of and wondered, why did I do that???? Do you do this too?
I made four of each color combination type, and then strung them up with size 8 beads in between! This was the fun part, seeing it come together!
I'm going to make this a year-long project, and see how far I can get with it. Right now, it's slightly shorter than 5 feet in length. Below is a photo I took to see what it would look like on my tree.
So, that's my project for December. Thanks Claire for the idea, it was a good one!
This is a blog hop, as usual, so I hope you visit and see what everyone else made! I also hope you had a wonderful holiday and have a Happy Healthy New Year!
This month was Laney Mead's turn to choose the theme of the challenge, and she chose stars. I had all these ideas of making polymer star ornaments with my little texture stamps, but did not get to it. Partly because I was spending some time coming up with more star glass ornaments. Last year I made these clear and dichroic ones, and the black and dichroic ones.
This year I added three more colors, and have been making them non-stop!
I think I'm really partial to the red ones! Which do you like best? These can be found in my etsy shop if you're interested! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy everyone else's star creations this month!
Well I've completed my Facet Jewelry Box projects. If you recall from my last post, I was asked to review a box and I gave you a coupon code if you order in November. I'll repeat the info below. Here are the projects I completed.
This is the Embedded Peyote Bracelet. This was very easy to do, especially if you know peyote stitch. If you don't, its a great stitch to have in your repetoire and you can use the instructions to make this bracelet in a variety of colors! I think it would look great in southwest colors, myself!
These are the Woven Fringe Earrings. This was a little bit harder for me, just to maintain the tension needed. You need a little bit more patience for these, but they are worth it. And again, make them in a variety of colors! I've posted these photos on my Instagram and copied them to my facebook page as well.
You can find previews of future boxes on the Facet Jewelry Box FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM pages, just follow the links! AND in addition to all this, Facet has given me a COUPON CODE for you to use, to receive HALF OFF your purchase of your FIRST BOX when you use coupon code HALFOFF at checkout - Facet link here!
I was recently asked to review a Facet Jewelry Box (by Kalmbach) - I said yes, of course! I was given a choice of either the Stringing Box - 2 quick and easy projects - or the Stitching Box - 2 more intricate, advanced needle-and-thread projects. Since I love bead weaving I chose the stitching box!
I received it very quickly. Please note, the box I received is no longer in circulation, but you can sign up for the November box and future boxes through Kalmbach here.
The projects come in this sweet blue box, very nicely and safely packaged.
When you open it, here's what you see - as you can see, you get a book of instructions and photos of both projects included in the box.
Here is a photo of the box, the instruction sheet and the projects - they are nicely packaged individually and labeled so there's no hunting around for parts or beads! You also receive a spool of fireline that's large enough for both projects.
The first project I received is the Embedded Peyote bracelet - this looks fun, and I like the colors, especially for the holidays! I think this would make a great gift. What's also great is that you have the instructions so you can purchase more beads to make more bracelets!
The second project is Woven Fringed Earrings - enough beads for the pair of earrings and all the findings as well. Again, great colors for the holidays!
And finally, here's a photo of the instruction book. You receive clear photos and instructions to make your pieces, and as I've mentioned, you can make the projects again and again with your own beads and findings.
You can find previews of future boxes on the Face Jewelry Box FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM pages, just follow the links! AND in addition to all this, Facet has given me a COUPON CODE for you to use, to receive HALF OFF your purchase of your FIRST BOX when you use coupon code HALFOFF at checkout - Facet link here!
I will publish another post when I finish the projects - I wanted to get this info out there in case you're interested in using the coupon for either a gift for someone or yourself! I'm going to CA for a week with my mom, so that's probably a good time to get them done! I'll let you know here and on my Instagram!
I'm afraid I just didn't have the time to participate in last months theme, which was faerie. This month the theme is petroglyphs hosted by Karen Totten. Since I'm spending 10 days in Iceland this month, I really didn't get to spend any extended amount of time on the theme, but I did find these AWESOME petroglyph earring charms by Jill of Foxpaws on etsy! I highly recommend checking out her shop - every package you get is a gift in itself - TRUST ME!
SO here are the earrings I made!
I hope you also visit all the other participants! I'm sure there will be some awesome creations!
This month Marsha Neal chose swirls as the theme of the month! I'm enjoying the challenges as themes. I've been giving my wrist a break because of perceived carpal tunnel, so I've been doing a lot in polymer, and by a lot, I mean when I have a few half hours of time!
Here are the swirl themed polymer items I made for this month!
This first one reminds me of a fiddlehead fern, all closed up. I painted it with alcohol inks.
This next one is the before of the ammonite hearts I did. Two of my favorite things, ammonites and hearts! Colored with alcohol inks.
I made two, the colors turned out very different!
More spirals in the form of polymer clay ammonite cabochons. I really love mixing the paints to color these! Plus you get a gratuitous flower shot!
More ammonites colored with ranger patina inks and alcohol inks in that order.
My fave, I think - I love the colors! Alcohol inks.
This next one was made with acrylic paint and I tried crackle on it, didn't work out too well but gave it a texture, then sealed with liquitex.
And finally, a sort of work in progress. The idea is to looks a little like Van Gogh art, the swirls and the sunflowers. Not quite what I had in mind, but I just added it to a very short lampwork session so I'll probably explore this more - I don't have much of the sunflower cane so I have to be careful what I do!
Many of the polymer clay swirls are available in my SueBeads etsy store. I hope you visit the other blogs to see what everyone else made, and thank you Marsha for an inspiring theme!