Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jet Black Challenge

Has a 
Bead Challenge.

We must use only opaque black beads.
Matte or Shinny are okay.
No  - AB, Silver lined, or other
 color finishes are permitted.
Clasps can be any colour
 but for this challenge things
 like spacers beads need to be black.
 I had these black matte Czech stud pyramids
 in my stash since last fall. 
I recently got the black matte O-rings 
to go with them.
The timing of this challenge was perfect!
  I would not procrastinate any longer.
Basic stringing with  Irish waxed linen.
 For my clasp I went with the Czech glass button and
added an accent of black silk ribbon.

I wear black quite often. Classic to causal.
This bracelet was easy to make and  has been
easy to wear with all of my black outfits.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thinking of You Cards

Plain Blank cards transformed into
Thinking of You cards.
Got out images I had printed for other projects
 and scrap bits of this and that.
Kept them real simple and flat for mailing.
Several years ago I had my motto  made into a stamp.
(Funny thing is I hardly ever use it.)
But it seemed to work for me here.

Now to get busy and send these out.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Earrings Everyday ~ October Challenge

Marbleized paper is this month inspiration.
 Here are two examples from 
two very talented ladies.
I happen to have some marbleized paper.
It was used to accent art work by a 
Custom framer that I know. 
I did this pencil drawing ages ago
 and had it framed.
I think this piece would be boring with out
the marbleized fillet.
Made this pair of earrings using:
 Recycled earring parts, marbleized paper
Czech rondelles and S.S. ear-wires.
Now the thing is when you get stuff done early 
you have time to see if there is something else you can do.
In this case the large crescent has a blemish.
How much did it bug me? What was I going to do about it?
Well, I made my decision. (about a week later)
I simply could not leave it as is. 
Embossing it seemed to be the right answer,
Added some paints and sanded it 
to expose the metal. There. The blemish is no more.
The earrings look a lot more interesting..

Thanks for Looking. 
If you have some time, why not see 
what the other participants came up with...
Over at

Friday, October 10, 2014

OCT ABS Challenge

"Autumn" 1944 by Milton Avery 
served as a inspiration and challenge this month 
over at Art Bead Scene.
I went with the color blocking and
a chunky style for this bracelet.
Echoing the big chunks of color in the painting.
My art bead is by 
Her polymer clay purple Acorn.
Mixing it in with an assortment of 
treated and non treated semi precious stones,
Czech glass bead, Tierra cast findings,
A nice orange lampwork bead,
silver plated metal accents and a touch of silk ribbon. 
I have a complimentary bracelet in the works.
Love the whole multi layered look. 
As soon as I get it completed I'll post it.

Check out the other entries for this month
 now on Pinterest