Monday, June 12, 2017

Inspired by Reading: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn is set in a world full of ash and mist and darkness reigns.
In the author's own words... "A thousand years ago, the prophesied hero from lore rose up to overthrow a great and terrible evil. Only, he lost, and the Dark Lord took over and has been ruling with an iron fist for a thousand years. Ash falls from the sky in this barren land, and mists come every night, deep and mysterious. In this setting, a gang of thieves decides that the prophecies were all lies and that they can’t trust in some fabled hero to save them. They decide to take matters into their own hands, and plan a daring heist of the dark lord himself, planning to use the emperor’s own wealth to bribe his armies away from him and take over the empire."

 

Although there is no unicorn in the novel, I couldn't resist using one of Andrew Thornton's amazing metal clay pendants. So while the unicorn doesn't fit, the metal of the pendant falls right in line with the Mistborn's magical powers.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Art Bead Scene May 2017

One word: Picasso.

I decided to emulate the shapes this time instead of the color palette because of the intensity of this cubist painting. So I used these little leftover enameled pieces from C-Koop. I grabbed them up from her sale tray at Beadfest last year. Then I found the perfect Humblebeads to complement the color and keep with the abstract cubist feel. I used a faceted clay bead from Dianne Hawkey to finish up the tassel then I knotted waxed linen for an over the head necklace.

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Inspired by Reading: April 2017

This month's book was Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.
Here is the section that inspired me...

Here is my parrot necklace made with a Green Girl Studios parrot!!!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

ArtBead Scene: April 2017

 
Matamoe or Landscape with Peacocks
Paul Gauguin
1892
Oil On Canvas
My interpretation is with Mary Harding two hole beads and waxed linen. I used a Golem ceramic bead as the clasp. I picked these beads out of my stash because they have a different color scheme on either side and that is what struck me about the painting.... it has a very distinct cool color palette on the one side of the painting and a warm color palette on the other.
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I also made this very tribal necklace that was inspired by this painting. I had this huge amazing heart focal by Stacie Louise Smith and I used leftover beads from my stash in the same flat shape for this over the head statement piece!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Firefly Design Challenge

This is my first time playing along in the Firefly Design Challenge. For this challenge, one picks from two or three different component kits from Michelle McCarthy of Firefly Designs. She makes wonderful ceramic pendants, bracelet bars, earring components and beads. She sent along a secret component from Gardanne Beads, a little enameled butterfly charm! The challenge is to use all the pieces in a set of jewelry. What Fun I Had! 

Here is the bracelet made with three of her pieces and lots of fun additions.

Here are the simple and sweet earrings I made with her earring pair of charms.

Here is the main attraction! Her fun butterfly bead is matched on the other side by her round bead paired with her flower shape piece. The focal pendant is made with her focal and the sweet butterfly charm from Gardanne.
Most of the rest of the elements of my three pieces came from Allegory Gallery
Those yellow and brown glass beads are Manik Manik Indonesian glass! and they were a perfect match with the silk ribbon and waxed linen and leather that I used to tie everything together. 
OH, those adorable ladybugs.... Czech glass! 

Check out all of Michelle's great things from her Facebook site and join us next time!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sarajo Honey Do Challenge: March 2017

Sarajo always invites everyone to play along with her 'Honey Do Challenge'. This was the photo inspiration this month...
Ice Crystals! The first thing I thought of for this challenge was NOT quartz crystal as one would expect, but the Selenite sticks that Allegory Gallery has for sale. Check them out, they are beautiful (and there were only two left!). 
I also had some pink crystal clay hanging around just waiting for me to find a project. Well... here's what I ended up with...
Check out Sarajo's blog at the end of the month for her challenge piece! And then, play along with us next month!

Pretty Palettes: March 2017


That is this month's Pretty Palette picture from the ladies at Halcraft. Isn't it Spring-y!
Here are the Bead Gallery beads I chose. I picked the same large ceramic rounds and the same saucer shape wood beads as Molly did.

I made a multi-strand waxed linen bottom and a beading wire strung top. 
I found some lovely little czech glass druks at Allegory Gallery that matched the color palette!
Be sure to go to the Halcraft Blog the last day of the month to check out what everyone else made!