Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pretty Palettes ~ April Challenge

What a gorgeous image for this months inspiration.
Such a fabulous color palate too!
So Soothing. Must be the Lavender effect.
Halo Craft items used:
 59530 -  Purple Glass AB - 4mm round
32060 -  Amethyst flower Metal slide
with the addition of some 
metallic blue Czech flower spacers, olive pearls
I ended up not using the AB green beads
pictured here.
I used the left over clear AB seed beads on the under side to help 
protect the stretch cord that is normally exposed.
 Not really big on stretch bracelets.
 But I do get how easy these are to get on and off.
Thanks for another terrific challenge.
Want to see what the other participants came up with?
Click on this link

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Operation Tackle that Bead Stash ~ April Challenge

For this months tackle that bead stash challenge
 we were asked to use
Orange, Pink, Blue, Purple and  Gold beads.
With the additional option of using fringe.
I went with a fringe tassel,
I decided to try adding some dangle-ly 
bits to the tassel bead cap for added interest.
Adds a touch more of the orange too.
What it looks like on.
At the end of this month you can click on this link 
to see 
what the other participants created.

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.
Yep that's what they call it just checked today  5/7/15
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