Friday, July 29, 2016

Art Jewelry Elements:July CoM

Hello all!

Welcome the the July Component of the Month reveal! This month two lucky people won an ammonite pendant from Leslie Watt! When I saw she had more for sale, I just HAD to buy one and play along. I may be addicted to jewelry challenges, no that's wrong... I AM addicted to jewelry challenges. :-)

Click back to the original blog post to read about the challenge. Here's what she had to say about the pendants:

This pendant set is made fromstoneare clay which have been sandwiched together to create a beautiful layered effect. The clay has been fired twice to create the finished product. The clay is fired slowly for 12+ hours to temperatures in excess of 1000Âșc to vitrify (harden) the clay. The beads are then painted with 3 layers of glaze and refired for another 9+ hours to complete the vitrification process and melt the glaze to the beautiful finished colours you see here...a slow and labour intensive process but well worth the effort.

The first thing I noticed about the 'in real life' pendant was the color of the glazes... Beautiful. There is a sandy, stoney quality to the base color and I wanted to pick up the pink color that is mottled throughout.

I knew I wanted a random assortment of beads and I stuck with natural materials (although there is one Raku bead and a Golem bead) to honor the real ammonite Leslie used to make the mold for these pendants.

I would love honest feedback! How is the flow of the necklace? Are the pinks too 'much'? Does it lie/lay okay when worn? Thanks for the comments! I look up to each and every one of you and your artistic eye!

If you're new to the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month, check out the blog for NEXT MONTHS challenge... Everyone is invited to play along with this one as well!

Here's this month's list of artists that created with the ammonite pendant!


Sandi Volpe

Claire Fabian

Alison Herrington

AJE team

Lesley Watt

Caroline Dewison

Niky Sayers

Susan Kennedy

Jen Cameron

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Lindsay Starr

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sarajo's Honey Do List Reveal

This is such a fun blog hop! It was great to see Sarajo and Eric again when they were in for Creative Camp at Allegory Gallery! This month Eric challenged Sarajo (and anyone else who loves a challenge) to another photo challenge... here's what he had to say:

"I'm a huge fan of the beauty to be found in nature, especially that hidden within the depths of the earth.  The random patterns of these stone pendants are a work of art unto themselves--some abstract, others more defined.  The challenge this month is to incorporate such a patterned natural stone into your jewelry!"

Here's his awesome photo inspirations: 

Isn't this a fabulous challenge!! Especially for me, I tend toward solid colors of rocks and gems and beads. BUT, that means that I should have plenty of these patterned rocks in my stash to use for this challenge! 
I DID! I have had this set of beads since my very early days of jewelry making, I could never figure out how to get the most bang for my buck. Well now I have! YAY! Check this necklace out!

Here are a couple close ups...

Have fun blog hopping around and spread the love!!
Sarajo's Blog HERE.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Halcraft Pretty Palettes: July

Yay! Another gorgeous idea from Erin P-H and Halcraft! Her inspiration this month... find beads that remind you of the July night sky. Here's her inspiration photo she found.

Here are her inspiration beads...

Here are the beads I picked from Bead Gallery from Michael's... I used two of the same strands and found these iridescent shells that I had to have.

I focused on the purples and blues and the shine of the stars.
I strung all that with some Swarovski crystals and purple pearls. Then I knotted on silk with the Bead Gallery pearls and crystals.  Here is my night sky necklace...

Check out Halcraft's Blog and The Pretty Palette Challenge! Give everyone some love!

Art Bead Scene July

This month, for Art Bead Scene, the inspiration was a Japanese woodblock print of fireworks over Sumida River, with Ryogkoku Bridge in the foreground. I found a couple different prints from the same woodblock to show how enormously difference each print can be.  I think this first picture is colorized as well.

Here's the one Erin from Art Bead Scene picked...

I love that Andrew Thornton has a pendant to fit almost every one of my challenges! This is one that reminds me of fireworks.  I also have a little stash of Julie Miller Glass little glass roundels and I had two in the same shade of redish orange. I had some orphan glass disks from Outwest Glass which both fit the color scheme perfectly. From my stash I had some carved something-or-another in the blue/green/grey shade and I rounded it all out with some blue dumortierite and opal.
As always, I really enjoy this challenge! Thanks Art Bead Scene!

Inspired by Reading: The Fault in our Stars- John Green

This month for our Inspired by Reading bookclub we read John Green's The Fault in our Stars. 
Well, other people read it... I was inspired by the cover. I found this fun piece of art on the internet that has all the good parts of the book in picture form in the color scheme of the book cover. 
(For all I know, the whole book could be written like this, I never cracked open the book).

I was inspired by the infinities, the color scheme, and tears of pain, sadness & happiness. 
PS - the color matches much better in real life ;-)

Hop around to Facebook this THURSDAY and see what everyone else was inspired to make!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Allegory Gallery Design Challenge: Luna Moth

My challenge piece is on Jes MaHarry's new coloring book pages! The chips are from the kit, the Czech glass and Vintage plastic are from Allegory Gallery. I think all the crystals are from the kit and the rest is from my stash.
Thanks Laurel, for forgoing the awesome green sparkly pendant bead! I put it to good use!
Check out Andrew's amazing talent with this mystery component! The detail is spectacular! I added a Keith O'Connor bead and leather as the clasp, but other than that, this bracelet is all from the kit! Again on a page from Jes' coloring book.

Check out everyone else's creations on the Facebook page after the reveal on Thursday and give them some love!


Allegory Gallery Design Challenge: Mountain Tribe

My entry for the Mountain Tribe Challenge.


Allegory Gallery Design Challenge: Forest Tribe

Here is my entry for the Tribes competition: Forest


Thursday, July 7, 2016

July ToDo List

Pretty Palettes for July: The July Night Sky

Art Bead Scene: Fireworks

Art Jewelry Elements: Fossilized Pebbles

Sarajo's Honey Do: Patterned Stone

Inspired By Reading: The Fault in Our Stars

Allegory Gallery Design Challenges:
The Tribes: Forest

The Tribes: Mountain

Luna Moth Color Challenge

HOLY MOLY that's a LOT of challenges this month!!!