Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Best Give Away Ever!!!!

Look at this Smorgasborg! 

Can you believe that this is a give-away?!?  It it the mother load!  Who needs gold when you've got beads.  Denise Yezbak Moore is giving this's 7.5 pounds of beady goodness worth $350!!!!

Hurry Quick!  Head on over to her blog to sign up for this treasure trove.  I'm a bit late in posting this....but you have a few days left if you haven't done it already!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bead Soup Party Reveal!

The big day is here!  The big reveal has arrived for the Bead Soup Part being put on by Lori Anderson.

These are my ingredients from Susan who will reveal--on the 25th--what she made from the ingredients I sent her.

Are you ready???????

(Copper Beach)
I've never done any work before with cord and decided to give it a try with this piece.  I used a variety of Czech glass beads, Japanese seed beads, some freshwater pearls, wavy copper spacers (love these), kyanite,some stone briolettes (I don't remember the stone) and some lovely spacer beads from Keri Fuhr which I picked up from her at the Bead & Button show.  All of this was knotted using a rusty orange S-Lon cord.

Here is a close-up of the pendant....I also used some enameled copper jump rings from Blue Buddha which I picked up last year at Bead & Button. 

I made the S-hook (I still have to hammer it a bit but the studio is in shambles since last week when we got a ton of rain that also went into the basement where the studio is).  I used 16 gauge copper wire and accented it with a finer gauge of gold-tone craft wire.

Here are earrings that I also made....I was on a roll and just loved the ivory spacers from Keri.

It's not done yet, but using the toggle from Susan, I'm making a bracelet with 8 strands of the same technique as in the neckstrap.  I was on a roll....but duty calls...I must start working on the newsletter for the shop!

Hope you enjoyed the entree and the side.  I hope to post a picture later this week of the bracelet. 

Bead Happy!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Big Reveal Countdown.....

The Bead Soup Party blog hop that Lori Anderson is hosting is counting down....The BIG reveals happen over the week from June 19 to June 26.  I'm number 45 so my reveal will happen on June 22!  I'm so excited to see what everyone has made.  Lori has the full list of all the participants.

Saturday, June 19th -- blogs 1-13
Sunday, June 20th -- blogs 14-26
Monday, June 21st -- blogs 27-36
Tuesday, June 22nd -- blogs 37-47
Wednesday, June 23rd -- blogs 48-59
Thursday, June 24th -- blogs 60-71
Friday, June 25th -- blogs 72-84
Saturday, June 26th -- blogs 85-97

Will you blog hop to the party?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

May Challenge from Aussie Threads & Fibers

Ok.  I know that I've been a bit quiet this month....quieter than usual because I've been obsessed with the May Challenge from Pat at Aussie Threads & Fibers!  This was a wonderful challenge that really made me go outside of my box!  I had to match all of the colors in the Swarovski components and I tried to capture all of the wonderful vibrant colors in the rivoli, cosmic squares and the rectangular stone. 

The neckstrap was made from some lovely sari silk that I won from the talented Denise Yezbak Moore .  This is the 1st time that I've added fiber to a piece that I've done. 

The clasp is a simple Vintaj hook & eye and a few links from the 10mm chain.  I'm undecided, I may decide to add a bit more chain to make the necklace a bit longer.  This is the largest piece I've done.  The centerpiece is about 3" x 3".

Speaking of Vintaj, my Metal Art Book was featured on the Vintaj Blog!  Yipee!  What an honor to have my work noticed!