Pine Ridge Treasures’ Pearls Blog Hop

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Today is the reveal for Lisa Lodge‘s Pine Ridge Treasures’ Pearls Blog Hop! Participants chose from kits of lilac, montana blue or a green/blue mix.  I chose lilac and got a gorgeous kit chock full of glass pearls, some crystals, metal and a lovely clasp! Take a look.  Here are the strands.  (I bet you can guess which ones I’m using first.)

Here are the loose beads and components. 

Isn’t everything pretty? I love the colors and variety! If you guessed that I’d be using the grey pearls and clear crystals I’d already cut apart first, you’re right. I thought these would go perfectly with a Green Girl Studios fairy pendant. 

With five connection holes, I love the opportunity this pendant gave me for dangles. The fairy looks like she is dripping with jeweled dew drops, as every fairy should. All of the beads and the clasp I used are from the kit except the first two pearls in the strand. I used a couple of large hole pearls from my stash to cover the crimps.  I’m always looking for ways to cover my connection points. Here’s the full view.

Next up, I wanted to use the lavender pearls. I love the color and that there were two strands so I could make something long if I wanted. As it turns out, I didn’t make anything super long, but I love how the piece turned out.

I thought they would look great with this Andrew Thornton butterfly pendant. (I’m noticing a wing theme.) In looking for some cream colored seed beads to use, I came across this large hole, irregular bead mix. I love the contrast the earthy colors and feel made with the shiny spring vibe of the pearls and pendant.  I wanted to add in another element for some heft and texture. I really love how the simple cut beads (pineapple quartz?) brighten up the design.

I didn’t have time to make more pieces, but I certainly could have with all the materials.  I’ll have fun using those in the future.  Thanks to Lisa for another great challenge, and please visit the folks below to see what they made with their kits!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue

Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry

Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera

Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs

Jo-Ann Woolverton, It’s a Beadiful Creation

Ann Schroeder, Bead Love  <– YOU ARE HERE

Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design

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ABS July 2017

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I haven’t participated in an Art Bead Scene Challenge for quite a while – I think since last year – and I miss it.  Limited creative time and energy get in the way. This month’s challenge art is Tiger in a Tropical Storm by Henri Rousseau.

When I saw the challenge art this month, I had an idea for beads right away, but hadn’t gotten around to doing anything about it. I might not have except for seeing this post by Erin Prais-Hintz about her beads inspired by the art this month. Seeing her beautiful work and the gorgeous color palette again inspired me to get to work!

I had in mind a pendant from Green Girl Studios with a tiger on it and some black and orange striped African glass. I did end up using those, but I was surprised how many other beads I was choosing from without even looking very hard.

I love this polymer piece by Pam Wynn with what appears to be a tiger’s tail amongst the greenery and stormy winds. How perfect is that? I also did use some of those African glass beads, a long African bauxite bead and simple cut stitchtite nuggets.

I was happy to be able to bring in a little more of the bright orange with a plastic donut and some of the darker green with waxed linen. I feel like I’ve captured a little bit of the chaos in the painting with the mixed materials. Visit the Art Bead Scene Pinterest jewelry page and bead page to see more interpretations of this month’s challenge.

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Kind of a Collaboration Again

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I have posted a couple of times about lots I got from Andrew Thornton’s destash that I’ve kept together and made into a piece.  It feels like collaborating; Andrew curates materials, and I decide on a design. I’ve had another lot sitting on my bead table for over a year that I finally made into a necklace. When I got this kit, it closely echoed a piece I had saved onto my Pinterest board! Here is Andrew’s picture of the kit.

I had in mind the pinned necklace when I got the kit, and I only added waxed linen and a button for a clasp to make a this multi-strand necklace inspired by that one.

I love finishing up works in progress, especially when the beads have been taking up space on my bead table the whole time!

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Koi Necklace

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I bought a koi pendant by Diane Hawkey at Bead & Button in June. I was sure I would be hoarding the pendant a long time. But I saw this strand of citrine and thought it would be beautiful with the pendant. 

I like how the citrine beads aren’t perfectly clear. They look like maybe they’ve been battered by water sloshing them against rocks over time that also smoothed the shapes. I auditioned a number of things to dangle from the pendant’s three bottom loops. I decided on these pieces of dyed coral.  That is a testament to the idea that everything will eventually come in handy if you are patient. The last time I tried to use these coral beads was for an Art Bead Scene challenge three years ago.

You can’t really see the lovely metallic accents that frame the pedant and dot and wave inside. The coral is also dyed with a subtle gold shine. I really love how those blingy elements look together.

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Turquoise and Hot Pink – Classic Color Combination

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Back before I knew about art beads, I made a necklace I absolutely loved with hot pink rondelles and turquoise venetian glass rectangles.  It was really beautiful, but I took it apart in recent years because I stopped wearing the more delicate styles I used to make. I like a chunkier look now, but that doesn’t mean I stopped liking that color combination.

When I saw a feather pendant with those exact colors by new-to-me artist Nicole St. Laurent of Raven’s Meadow, I was thrilled! I found a great strand of irregular turquoise nuggets and paired that with some of those hot pink rondelles from my earlier necklace. 

I love how each color makes the other pop.  I also like all the texture created by the irregular nuggets and in the pendant.

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New Green Girl Hand

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When I went to Bead & Button this year, one of the things I wanted was a new pendant by Green Girl Studios that I had seen the carving for on Instagram. I got two, and I’ve already used one!

I hung the Green Girl hand from a Halo Heaven set from Unicorne Beads and knotted it on waxed linen with tiny dyed jade beads.  

I’ve been trying to get pictures of this necklace for two days.  It looks so much prettier in person, but I hope you get the idea.  I love how all the elements came together. I also used a Green Girl swirl clasp that is quickly becoming one of my favorite clasps.

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A YUMMEEz Necklace

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Yvonne Irvin-Faus makes beautiful, fun and funky hand-painted components. Some of my favorites are her YUMMEEz – hand-painted acrylics.  I’ve been collecting them over time in order to make a simple necklace on the black and white polyester cord she sells in her shop like jewelry examples I’ve seen her make with YUMMEEz.  

I used the 1mm cord; there is also 1.5mm.  It knots easily, and fit twice through the BEDROCKz bead I’ve used as a stopper in the back, also from the My Elements shop.  I had originally planned to use more beads than I ended up using, so I might restring this and change the order of the beads, but in general I love how it turned out!

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Jewelry and Fashion

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For a while I’ve been thinking my clothes don’t really go with my jewelry and the jewelry I want to make.  My clothes – especially my work clothes – are kind of boring and dowdy, and I miss the way I used to dress in a former career.  I’ve decided to goose up my wardrobe a bit. I thought it would be fun to do a real life jewelry and fashion post with some of my new clothes like the “wear this with that” examples I’ve seen on other blogs.

I did a recent post about a necklace I’d had in mind for years using an Andrew Thornton pendant but just finally made when I had the perfect dress for it from Gudrun Sjoden. They are exactly how I pictured them together, and I love the fun look!

My tolerance for synthetic fabrics is almost zero, so I’ve been sussing out sources for clothes that are near 100% cotton and/or linen.  For ease of wearing jewelry, collarless shirts for necklaces, lower necklines for shorter designs and short or 3/4 length sleeves for bracelets are best.  

I love the print of this A People United shirt, and I think it looks lovely with this necklace featuring a bird pendant by Earthly Beads.  I’m often one for high contrast color, but I like the elegance of going for a more monochromatic color palette with these outfits. 

I love this color, and have many pieces that will go well with this textured cotton top from Focus Casual Life. I especially like the clean showcase it gives to this necklace featuring a Lisa Peters Art pendant.

Prior to going shopping, I had seen this collection of art t-shirts from Sabaku and really liked them. There were several I was choosing from, and now thinking about what jewelry will go with it, I’m especially glad I chose this one with flowers, birds and cacti. 

What better background for this excellent screaming cactus pendant by Aardvark Art Glass. It fits right in!

All these collarless shirts on which to feature my jewelry makes me a bit giddy! What should I wear first?  I look forward to doing more of these posts as I add to my wardrobe.

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Mixed Materials Love

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I get some of my best beads from artist Andrew Thornton – his destashes, the shop he owns with William Jones, Allegory Gallery, and the kits he puts together for Allegory Gallery Design Challenges.  Recently I got a strand of paper beads as a prize, and I love them.  I had multiple ideas for them right away.  (They have some similar beads in their etsy store right now.)

Andrew made the polymer faux Moroccan amber beads for a challenge kit. I took apart the necklace I originally made that didn’t do them justice, and I’ve been saving them for something special.  I got some cool, chunky wooden chain from a destash that I knew would find just the right project someday.

After auditioning different metal spacers, I decided to use some I just recently got at Bead & Button.  I added in an enamel Berber bicone bead from The Bead Chest and a large swivel clasp.  I really love how it turned out. It’s a fun mix of materials – paper, polymer clay, metal, wood. Some of these materials have been waiting for the perfect project and some new beads came in handy right away.  I’m already picturing what I will wear it with.

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Allegory Gallery Design Challenge – Midsummer Edition

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Today is the reveal for the Allegory Gallery Design Challenge – Midsummer edition.I love even the picture above of the kit. Such beautiful colors! The theme is lovely – Summer Solstice and Faerie folklore.  Also, just from my own midwestern perspective, midsummer is a time when we can count on it being consistently warm and there is still time before the snow flies. OF COURSE, I forgot to take a picture of the kit, but I will point out what I used, so you can get an idea.

First I used a strand of rock crystal quartz beads, purple seed beads, purple waxed linen, pink and purple crystals and a lucite flower from the kit.  I added a copper and resin art pendant and copper clasp from Gaea HandmadeI hope you agree I’ve achieved the funky and romantic look I was going for.

Next I made a bracelet. I was looking for something else and found this little length of plastic chain. I thought it would be great with some of the larger plastic beads from the kit.  I threw in a tin bead from Trinket Foundry and made dangles with kit beads. Cute and chunky.

I had another design in mind for the necklace with Andrew’s handmade component – multi-strand with smaller beads and some fiber. I was going to put one larger amethyst above the pendant. When I got out this strand of matte amethyst slabs, it was clear they were the necklace. I used a pretty Green Girl Studios clasp.

I branched out a little more than usual, pulling in more things from my stash. I had a great time! Please visit the Allegory Gallery Design Challenge Facebook page to see what others have made.  Thanks to Andrew and William for another beautiful kit and fun challenge!

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