Saturday, November 16, 2013

Lampwork and Clay blog Hop --- THE BIG REVEAL

What happens when you give 37 jewelry artists a mystery stash of beads and tell them to create something?   Find out by hopping along.


My lovely mystery stash came from Shelley Graham-Turner of Tori Sophia, who has a lot of scrumptious beads in her store.   I do not work a lot in this particular shade of blue, I was nonetheless determined and excited to step out of my usual color box.

Wireworked and beadweaved statement necklaces are two of my latest passions so I knew I was going to create my design using one of those techniques.  About 2 weeks ago, I decided it would have to be wireworking and I wanted brass pieces to be part of it.  I thought I would create a lighter version of my usual statement necklace.   Here is "Denim Treasure."

I added brass pieces from my collection and a ceramic piece (in front) from Round Rabbit, which I glued onto a brass piece. All the beads are attached to 2 separate wire crocheted backing that I wired together.  Was a good use of some "scrap" pieces I had.

To keep it simple, I hammered and attached a rounded length of 18 gauge wire to create the neckwire. Was fun to play with my textured hammer that I have not used in a long while.

Thanks to Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures for sponsoring this. Other participating artists are listed below.  Hop Along.  Go on.  Go!

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Annette Rivers, MamaOwl's Mess
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Linda Aspenson Bergstrom, TBD
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Connie Tipton, TBD
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
Michele Dotson, Star Jewels
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Jennifer Clifford, TBD
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyns Creations
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper's Gems
Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and BaublesTori Sophia

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Lampwork and Clay blog hop -- COMING SOON! Sneak Peak - not really:)

Well, it's been a long time since I have been involved in a blog hop.  The hop isn't until Saturday November 16 but the handmade clay beads arrived back in May.  Lovely beads but a color I seldom work with.  Oh well, I thought, I have 6 months to figure it out. 

Most of my work lately has been big, bold statement pieces, either beadwork or wirework related.  I feel like I have all these necklaces inside of me yet to be made and up until recently I don't feel I every really had a signature style.  I can still dig dainty but nowadays I love packing the beads on.   Anyway, I was not sure what to do with the sweet treasures but in the last week or so, I came up with a design that is lighter than my usual fare but still is signature me.

 Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures is hosting the blog and about 35 artists are participating. Stay tuned...

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Retro Chic and Sassy or do you prefer bold or maybe seascape?

Bronze Age

Well I have been buried in the basement studio hovering over these babies for a while.  Sometimes it takes a long time to figure which bead goes next.  Anyone else have that problem? :)

 My latest creations:

Sea Scape

Retro Chic

Monday, March 25, 2013

In March of 2012 a storm entered my life and for months I thought I would never fully recover.  My marriage was ending, I quit my jewelry business as I  could no longer focus or get any meaning from it.   I wanted to ditch all my jewelry inventory - just throw it out - but a friend, a good friend I might add, wouldn't let me.  She hauled it to her home and kept it in safe storage.  At the end of 2012 I retired from my Federal day job and prepared to leave my home of 12 years. 

Throughout the previous spring and summer, I met myself over and over again, going deep inside to learn about me, my patterns, and what makes me tick/what doesn't.   A lovely ray of sunshine came into my life as began to let go of regret and to really love me as I am, warts and all.  I was able to move forward, not that I am the first nor will I be the last.  But for those of you who have been through it, you probably felt as I did at times, that the deep pain would never end. 

I recently retrieved my stash and am now creating jewelry again - just for myself this time around.  There is a wonderful freedom in that I am finding.  I can screw around as long as I want and I only have to please me.

Making mandalas

If you looked through my jewelry collection, one thing you would quickly notice is that I am not big on making earrings.  I am usually drawn...