Friday, April 17, 2015

Earrings Everyday - April Challenge.

Architectural wonders served as this months inspiration.
I just want to put it out there,
 I feel like I cheated this month using 
pre-made items.
Having said that I really like the lantern chain.
 I think that is what they call it.
It mimics the structural detail really well.
I so wanted to do the Herringbone wire wrap.
So glad Erin did a pair that way.
I was  inspired to do the same
 I just didn't make the time to do it. 
So I used these pre-made bead cages.
My time has been used up setting up for a 
Jewelry open house that I am having
 Today. Tomorrow and Sunday.

Thanks for another terrific Challenge.
For more details and to see what the other participants
 came up with check out these links:

UPDATE -  4/19/15
The Jewelry open house went well and the 
gold tone earrings at the top sold.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Art Bead Scene - March Challenge

 This self portrait with thorn necklace 
and humming bird painted by  Frida  Kahlo in 1940
served as this month inspiration.
  A choker style necklace seemed fitting.
I decided to use an Earthenwood Studios pendant
from my stash. It has the right color of greens,
Added a few carnelian, green ceramic rondelles
and light gray Czech beads.
Twig branch links serve nicely to represent
 the thorns around her neck.
I put a Swaroski red crystal under the 
Humming bird to picture the tiny drops of blood.
Even though Frida was in so much pain
emotionally as well as physically 
as depicted here in her self portrait.
I also see a hope, a brightness to the lush background.
Where she may not of owned a pair of tweezers? 
She did care enough to do her hair 
and put on lipstick.
So when I wear this I with think of others struggles seen and unseen
and my own internal pain along with my hope.

A time when all pain will be done away with.
Rev 21:3&4

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pretty Palettes ~ March Reveal

I just adore this color palette.
I was inspired by Erin's words,
"...that it reminds me of the renewal that happens
every year when the snow melts and 
the green starts reappearing."
This year it can't come fast enough for me.
 Here are the beads I purchased for two challenges;
this one and Everyday Earrings.
Aqua table cut - #99438
Sapphire Australian Jasper 4mm - #59567
Blue Howlite 3mm - #93150
Turquoise Czech mix lentil - #91574
In the store the red faceted crystals looked browner 
so I did not end up using them.
They kept throwing off my groove.
Added these items from my stash.
New jade, Peridot shell, Czech faceted rondelles,
Turquoise flower bead frame 
and blue line agate beads. 
Star frames,Tierra cast button, "live life " link,
heart toggle and misc. silver plated beads.
Thanks for looking and to see what 
some others created