Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Indian Rug Set

Welcome back!
Today, I completed my Indian Rug-inspired set with a pair of dangle earrings.  My set was inspired by the Anne Repath painting posted at artbeadscene during August 2014.  I took a series of pictures along the way to show you how I made these.

First, this natural grey Silk thread was the perfect stringing material.  Waxed linen was too thick and wires were too stiff for the look I wanted to achieve.  The soft grey color was a perfect compliment to the beads and the Redpath artwork, too.  For the set of earrings, I used about 12-14 inches of Silk total (about 6-7 inches per earring).

Here are the rest of the 'ingredients':
Two 4mm round Swarovski Crystals in Montana Blue
Four 3-4mm gemstone chips - Citrine
2 gold ear wires
2 gold jump rings (you could use any size jump ring; mine are 'open' rings)
2 Wild Rose Polymer Clay Beads from TreeWingsStudio
6 Vintage Silvery Grey Ruffled Rondelles from beadbrats - 3 per earring

A pair of sharp scissors to cut the Silk thread
A large-hole 'easy thread' needle
Chain-nose or Flat-nose pliers to open/close the jump rings
Optional - HypoCement

For the fist earring:
Cut about 6-7 inches of Silk from the card.  Slip the Silk through one crystal to form a simple loop:

In the photo below, you can see my large-hole needle.  This is a fantastic tool!  It makes slipping thread though a small beading hole so much easier (and makes work for those who need 'vision-correction' a!).  Make a simple over-hand knot above the crystal.  Leave a nice little loop above the over-hand knot:

Thread a rondelle bead.  Snug-up the beads and then make another over-hand knot below the rondelle.

Thread a Wild Rose bead.  Turn the piece to the 'wrong side' and snug-up those beads, again!   Tie another over-hand knot and snug-up this knot as close as possible to the base of the Wild Rose bead.  I just used the tips of my fingers to gently 'coax' the knot into the proper position:

Separate the Silk threads.  Thread one rondelle and then one Citrine onto each thread end
(so sorry for the blurry photo!):

Tie a knot under each Citrine at whatever length you desire.  I chose to tie my knots on each thread at varied lengths in order to achieve a 'fluttering' effect.  Using sharp scissors to prevent the Silk from fraying, trim the ends of the Silk to about 1/8-1/4 inch below the Citrine.  You could apply a tiny drop of HypoCement to these ending knots, if desired.

Open a jump ring.  Always use pliers to twist a jump ring open.  With a pair of pliers held in each hand, gently grasp each side of the jump ring where it is cut.  Gently twist one side of the jump ring away from you. This motion opens the jump ring slightly while maintaining its nice, round shape.  Slide the opened jump ring through the little thread loop above a crystal.   Making sure the Wild Rose bead is oriented to 'face-front', slip the jump ring through an ear wire loop.  Carefully close the jump ring in the same way it was opened.   Check to be sure the jump ring ends are now tightly 'flush' together and without any gaps showing.

Construct a second earring in the same way...and wa lah!

Here are my completed earrings:

Here is my finished set:

I think they look fabulous together!
Hope you like them, and my first attempt at a mini-turorial!
See you soon,

Friday, August 22, 2014

Coming next....

...a pair of earrings to match The Indian Rug bracelet!

I have 2 more of these gorgeous, deep red Wild Roses from TreeWingsStudio and a few more fabulous Vintage silvery-grey ruffled glass beads from beadbrats....

..and a little idea in mind...

Suddenly, I am SUPER-inspired!

Check-back later this weekend  :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Indian Rug

Hi everyone,  Wow, can you believe it's August 20th?

I wanted to share my August artbeadscene Challenge submission with you today:

The featured Artist this month is Anne Redpath and our inspiration artwork is the Indian Rug from 1942.  It's a very complex piece in my minds-eye...lots of intricate details, vibrant colors, and many points of reference to pull your interest.  Here is the piece, along with Brandi Hussey's excellent inspiration palette across the bottom:

I'll have to admit it..I was stumped.  Too much going on?  The flatness of the piece?
My 'muse' took some time away from my brain at some point.

Finally, I decided to focus on the colors and started pulling lots of beads out of my stash.

There were zero 'red slipper' components in my collection (I can't hardly believe that). However, I did have beautiful flower beads from Rebekah Payne of TreeWingsStudio (Etsy shop link; treewingsstudio is the link to her blog site).  Last year, Rebekah offered Wild Rose Polymer Clay art beads in her shop.  I had to get a few in every, teal, white. Later, she held a de-stash event where she offered unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. That's where I snapped-up this lovely blue rose!  Upon reconsidering, I realized the Wild Rose beads were perfect focal elements to compliment Redpath's artwork.

Next, the rug in the artwork totally attracted my attention. Anything bright silver or cool pale grey is a favorite. In my stash were very special Vintage Glass beads from Marie at beadbrats (Etsy).  These softly ruffled, silvery beads provided an amazing background element for my bracelet.  That was an easy decision!

Next, I wanted to incorporate some of the golden and darker blue notes. The Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearls gave just the right amount of color with a soft subtle glow.  More important to me was that they didn't detract from Rebekah's and Marie's beads.

I also didn't want a clasp to pull your gaze away from those carefully-chosen elements, so decided to construct the bracelet with an old favorite = stretch elastic!  It does seem like Memory Wire and elastic are both making a come-back these days.

And, wa lah.. that was it!  What do you think?

With a simple goal in mind - COLOR - the piece came together.

Thanks to ABS for another great Challenge!  And thank you Rebekah and Marie!  :)

Happy beading days,

Saturday, August 9, 2014

ABS August 2014 Challenge

Don't forget about this, too!

artbeadscene August Challenge - The Indian Rug by Anne Redpath (1895-1965).  This clip of the artwork displays a color palette created by Brandi Hussey.  This palette is just as inspirational as the artwork!

The description at ABS:
The vivid colors and flat patterning of this painting owe much to Matisse, while the 'tipped-up' perspective reflects Redpath's admiration for early Italian painting.  Redpath was fascinated by colour and texture.  In this painting, the pattern of the rug meshes with the shapes of the slippers and chair to such a degree that it is difficult to separate flat from three-dimensional form....

Anne Redpath was born in Galashiels and studied at Edinburgh College of Art.  In 1920 she married and moved to France, devoting much of the next fourteen years to her family and doing little painting.  In the mid 1930's, she returned to Scotland, settling in Hawick in the Borders.  Redpath admired the French Post-Impressionist artists, such as Van Gogh and Gauguin, and also Matisse...

Another fascinating life and career!  Thank you, ABS.
I am looking forward to creating!

Clay & Metal, Agates, Sparkles and Autumn Nights!

Guess what?:
I've signed-up for this super Hop, offered by Lisa Lodge at Pine Ridge Treasures on Facebook!
The Clay and Metal Hop features components made by Sharyl McMillian-Nelson of Metapolies (Etsy) and SharylsJewelry (Artfire).  Our Hop Kits will contain fabulous pieces created by Sharyl in either clay or metal (hence the Hop's title!).  There may also be coordinating beads from Lisa's stash involved in this kit!  As with all of Lisa's Hops, 'surprise awaits' for those who accept her challenge..we won't know exactly which colors or beads might arrive at our doorsteps!  What great fun!!  Keeps things spontaneous and exciting!  My creative jewelry pieces for C&M (for short) are due to post here at my Blog on November 15, 2014.

Lisa is also hosting an Agate Challenge. I was able to keep my 'Hop going' and dashed in on this, too!  These kits feature Agate gemstones, perhaps even Fire Agate, which is perfect for Autumn!  Not sure which kit is coming to me just yet..however this Challenge will reveal itself on October 18, 2104 over at Pine Ridge Treasures.  I will likely post pics here as well.

Speaking of Autumn, October and November...our busy girl Lisa also just opened a Challenge titled "Autumn Night Sky".  Who could resist?  This kit features bead themes in purple, lilac, grey, black, silver, clear, wine, dark blue, and perhaps more colors.  There may be some crystals, pearls, cultured seaglass and metals in the mix, too.  Lisa will post our creations at Pine Ridge Treasures all during the months of October and November.  So, please do check-in at Lisa's Facebook page often to see what's new!  I'm sure a few pics will make it onto my Blog also!

Lastly, I was lucky enough to absolutely squeak-in on Lisa's Sparkle Challenge for December 6, 2014.  This kit contains Tiaria crystal in either round, bicone or rondelle shapes.  Colors? guessed it...a total secret until my kit arrives!  Pics of Creations to follow at Pine Ridge and here.

So, I kind-of fibbed (five Hops, not just one)... and have stuck my creative neck waayyy out there:

Things are going to get pretty-beady-busy around here!!  Loving it!
See you real soon,

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Klik Collaborative

Well, this has certainly been a very busy weekend!  Lots of super designs to be found from several Jewelry Hops!

Also and OMG whoo hoo! submission to the artbeadscene July 2014 Monthly Challenge was selected as one of the winning pieces!  I had to re-read the ABS blog post 5 times before that information sunk in!  I'm still dancing with excitement!  Thank you to ABS for providing a wonderful opportunity. Please check-out ALL of the gorgeous ABS submissions!  Every one is an honest-to-goodness winner.

Now that I've caught my breath...

I've already started work on my next challenge-The Klik Collaborative.  No time to be idle with fast-approaching deadlines.

Here's what I received in the mail last week from Carmi Cimicata of Resin Crafts:

And, here are close-ups of a Klik, as yet unfilled.
I wanted to give you an idea of size & depth:

This is a very cool new bezel piece from Metal Complex, as yet unavailable for sale. Carmi sent 50 lucky winners two Kliks to experiment with (YAY! included!!). As you can see, one side is an open, blank bezel meant for filling with whatever your creative imagination can dream of.  The Klik's backside is 'snap-like' and meant to be attached to a Klik connector. This makes a Klik into an 'interchangeable' jewelry component!  (Please see Carmi's blog - she does a fantastic job explaining the Kliks and has tons of examples. It looks like she is having a blast, too.)

Our goal: fill these lovelies using either ETI Resin Clay or Envirotex Jewelry Resin as part of the design process. I chose the Resin Clay option as I wanted a 3D design for my final presentation.

Here's why.

About 2 years ago, I met Saffron Johns from otherworlds.  I was looking for a designer who might be able to create a locket with a Yorkshire Terrier in mind (again, with my doggies!). That's when Saffron became a great friend of mine. She designs the most extraordinary wire crochet must go see her work to believe it. It's painstakingly detailed, colorful, whimsical, complex, life-like, made-with-care and love..and gemstones, too!  My simple words cannot do justice for her pieces. Saffron made my Yorkie pieces and several others to commemorate other important cherished memories in my life.  I've been utterly thrilled with each piece and several more that were simply 'must-have' purchases!

Here is my otherworlds "Mindy Yorkie" locket (fuzzy photo=my fault). This locket is only about 25mm in diameter, so please do be amazed at all of this detail. If you've seen the picture posted of Mindy earlier in my blog, you can see that this is an exact representation of her. And the really amazing parts?...Saffron created this all of this detail and personality, from seeing only a photo, and lives about '1/2 a world away' from me, in Bulgaria. She's never seen Mindy in real-life:

So, getting back to the Klik Collaborative (hope you're still reading along)...

Saffron always sends her pieces in a beautifully-wrapped package. She's one of those wonderful Artists who truly makes a Customer feel very special. Her jewelry packages are sometimes adorned with an extra special little wire creation!  I've saved every single one she's ever sent. I've asked Saffron if I could use one or two of those little mini-marvels as part of my Klik design..she said 'yes'!  So, this is where I got the 3D effect and depth as inspiration.

As of today, my Kliks are completed and drying. That's about all I can say right now, other than they look totally fabulous. Later in the week, one of my Kliks will make a return-trip to Carmi in Canada.  Sometime after Aug 29, the due date for all Klik designs, Carmi will post more information about their outcomes. I hope you can hop over to Resin Crafts in the near future to see what everyone created? It's on my calendar as a 'must do' event!

Thanks for reading along,
Carol  :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Haberdashery Hop Reveal

It's finally August 2nd!
Time to reveal my 'makes' for Melissa Trudinger's beadrecipes Haberdashery Hop!

Just a quick reminder of our goal in this Hop: use components from the haberdashery department - including buttons, ribbons, lace and more - in a jewelry design.  

I knew right away what I wanted to do!  The technique I chose might seem very simple. However, I was 'oohhh so scarey-cat' to give it a try prior to Melissa's Blog Hop idea.

Lately, I've been studying tutorials and YouTube videos on basic knotting techniques. My original goal was to learn ways to create neater finishes on my pieces that used Irish waxed linen or other fibers as their foundation. It just seemed like I could/should do a better job on my finishing. After going down a glorious path of creating, filled with gorgeous beads and other beautiful elements, the 'finishing' touch was sometimes a struggle for me. Amazingly, there are tons of excellent videos out there. I quickly became glued to my iPad screen and learned a lot!  :)   Thank you, everyone!

Tie this together (no pun intended) with a lucky purchase of very pretty variegated DMC floss found during a recent family visit to Bethlehem, PA.  Roaming down the isles of an A.C.Moore Arts and Crafts Stores located in another town is always a great adventure, yes?!??  Never know what new goodies might be found that you've never seen at home??? YES!..those 'out-of-town' floss bundles nearly jumped into my cart all by themselves (notice I said 'cart'...oh dear...always a bigger purchase than first intended!).  Those floss bundles came right home to Delaware with me! haberdashery element is 'floss'.  The technique I wanted to use was simple macrame. But, what else?  If you've been reading my blog, you know that I'm currently obsessed with peanut I grabbed some of those:

Lastly, I wanted to create the macrame around a firm decided to use this:

OMG..I have not seen nor thought of my Memory Wire (MW) stash in about 8 or 9 years! I was never a big fan of it, until now! Multiple loops of MW are right-on-trend with the current stack-able bracelet craze!

Ready! A quick turn of a simple loop at one end of the MW got it started (easy!).  I wasn't really sure how much floss to use per bracelet, so decided to played it safe..better to have too much rather than not enough. I cut about 70-80 inches (ok, maybe a little more) for about 2-circle lengths of MW.

My first knot of floss was a simple overhand square knot, made at the mid-point in the floss, to anchor the floss to the MW.  This knot was made using the MW as the middle 'leg' of the macrame work.  I pushed that knot snuggly against the MW loop (a drop of beading glue is a good way to strengthen the connection, but is optional).

Then the painstaking task of adding beads began..yup, just a few at a time, sliding them on all-the-way from the opposite open-end of the MW. This took a while for each bracelet, but was worth it!

slide, knot, slide, knot, slide knot slide...repeat...keep practicing those knots until perfect..and until reaching to within about 1/2 inch of the MW end.  After making sure my bracelet was filled with lots of beads (no gaps, please!) and had a nice twisting motion in the floss weave, I tied-off the floss in last simple overhand square knot, twice.  (again, dab of glue is optional).  A turned loop in the MW closed the end. The floss ends could either be cut right there, or, be used to add a few more beads for fringes.  I tried both options.

These 3 bracelets are a result of my first weekend!

When the Sage Green and Hot Pink peanut bead versions were completed, I decided to splurge on a Swarovski Crystal version using Amethyst and Capri Blue shades to compliment the floss. Since we were haberdasher-ing, a tassel was also required!  This one is hand-made..also my very first!

Last weekend, I decided to try Japanese Seed beads in smaller size 8s (the golden and the burnt sienna versions).  Lastly, it seemed like adding an Artisan Bead might be a fabulous idea! In the coral piece below, I added a one-of-a-kind wobble bead made by Rebekah Payne of TreeWingsStudio..a perfect color match. The dangles on the golden and sienna pieces are vintage beads from my stash.  You might also notice that I became confident enough to use an extra length of MW!

The possibilities seem endless, with just a few simple knots!
I still have this selection of floss colors to experiment with!

I had a great time exploring this very simple that I believe I've almost mastered and can build upon to create more complex designs. These were well worth the time and effort!

My heartfelt thanks go out to our Host, Melissa.  I would never have tried without her Hop inspiration!!!

Here is the full list of everyone who is hopping!  I know I'll be visiting each and everyone one!

Melissa Trudinger (Our Host!) -
Ann Schroeder -
Tammy Adams -
Amanda Wacasey -
Dolores Raml - 
Divya N -
Michelle McCarthy -
DiYana Brooks -
Robin Kae Reed -
Andrea Glick -
Karin Grosset Grange -
Mitzie Crider -
Janine Lucas -
Rosantia Petkova -
Susan Kennedy -
Leithleach Alainn Seodra -
Kathleen Breeding -
Shiraz Biggie -
Chris Eisenberg -
Heather Richter -
Lennis Carrier -
Rebecca Anderson -
Jenny Kyrlach -
Rita Toltec Jewels -
Mischelle Fanucci -
Karen Mitchell -
Carol Briody -
Karla Morgan -
Carolyn Lawson -
Lori Anderson -
Jami Shipp -
Lili Krist - 
Evelyn Shelby -
Raissa de Guzman -
Niky Sayers -
Keren Panthaki -