Some Days You Get The Duck!

When our Bead Therapy Group gathered the other night to compare the results of our project, what I’d expected was confirmed:

I was out of my league with intricate beading.  Even though beading is what ignited my passion for jewelrymaking, once I found silver, I chose a different path.

So, let’s get to it.  My friend and ringleader, Diane, gave us the challenge.  This group of beads.  Make something, she said.

Definitely not my chosen colors...

Definitely not my chosen colors…

Someone asked if we had to use all the beads?

No, we could omit up to 3 groups.

Were we limited to only these beads?

No, we could add whatever we wanted.

Hmmm, let the games begin.

Miss Judy's piece.

Miss Judy’s piece.

When the first guest arrived wearing her piece, I knew I was in trouble.  Judy added 3mm. crystals in between the two lacy “wheels”; the top part of her “swingy” drop.  They sparkled like crazy.

Miss Nancy at work!

Miss Nancy at work!

See all those intricate little drops at the top of her piece.  Never in a million years, but for Nancy, pretty sure she could do it in her sleep. It is a beautiful piece; the lower half was strung on leather before she connected it to the copper chain.

Miss Kathy's creation.

Miss Kathy’s creation.

As you can see, things were getting serious.  Kathy added metal-formed copper and raised the creative bar a notch.  She also had coordinating earrings (Why didn’t I think of that?), which I forgot to photograph.

Miss Diane had hers done early.

Miss Diane had hers done early.

Did she plan the colors to coordinate with her centerpiece?  Diane, again–our ringleader, and supplier of the beads in the challenge, claimed not, but she did have hers done early, and it was beautifully simple.  Not sure if my photo captures the intricacy of her macrame’, but she loves the asymmetrical and so do we.

Miss Jean and her bling!

Miss Jean and her bling!

Then, of course, as expected, Miss Jean and her bling walked through the door.  Cool or what?  It took our breaths away.

Miss ZuZu wants to play with EVERYONE!

Miss ZuZu wants to play with EVERYONE!

Our next two regulars didn’t participate in this jewelry challenge (Next time, ladies!) but brought their three-year-old tots instead; another sort of accessory that made my dog very happy.  ZuZu likes kid jewelry!

Some days, you get the duck!

Some days, you get the duck!

And finally, I think I mentioned it was quirky; my piece, which someone brilliantly suggested I wear!  Thank you very much!  But, I did have fun with his tail-feathers!

So looking forward to our next challenge!

The Bead Therapy Group rocks!

A Little Fun…

The past few weeks have been all about deadlines and news.  And, yes, there will be  more announcements to follow!

This little project has a deadline, too, but it’s a fun one!

I’m a member of a not-so-secret group of fellow jewelry artists who enter “Bead Therapy” every week for a couple of hours to exchange ideas, laugh, vent… you know, another version of the ever-so-popular book club.

One member gave us a challenge along with exact components for everyone to create a unique piece and share with the group this week.  I confess, with all my responsibilities recently, first I had to find my pack to start working on it.

Possibly not my chosen colors...

Possibly not my chosen colors…

 

The rules are simple.  We have to use some of all the different beads (I believe we can exclude up to 3 types.) and we can add whatever we want.  Jewelry or art; our choice.

Once I got my mind wrapped around the colors, I’m loving the process.  I’m only doing this for fun, so… the sky’s the limit, right?  The only person who’s seen my progress thinks I’m a little warped, but then… he knew that when he married me.

The big reveal happens in two more days.  Stay tuned!

 

 

Vintage Crystal Ornaments

Spent a day making crystal ornaments and listening to every Christmas CD we have!  Available now at The Bead Parlor in Bloomington, IL!

Lots of vintage crystal:  chandelier drops, crystal beads and bells, one-of-a-kind beads, even musical chimes!  Price range: $12 – $15.

Crystals sparkling in the sun!

Trying to get "artsy" with my camera angle!

All lined up!

Waiting for you at The Bead Parlor!

Fun With Felted Pins

Here are a few felted pins I took to the Bead Parlor for the kickoff of the Holdiay Season!

Perfect for coat lapels!

Hot Off The Press!

There are a few charities near and dear to my heart; Easter Seals is one of them.

Here is the piece I’m donating to this year’s Grape Soiree Event.

Ardor Embraced

In a bezel fabricated of 28.2 grams of fine silver, an amethyst cabochon and a freshwater pearl are inlaid amidst tiny glass beads as part of a micro-mosaic tiling process.  A hand-wrought fine silver bail connects the pendant to a twenty-four inch sterling silver cable chain.

Two New Guys

These are two of my new guys.

Last year at the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee I found an artist specializing in porcelain components (give me a minute and I’ll add the proper name information when I locate it).  Suffice it to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I found these treasures and decided to somehow encase them in fine silver.  A few more should join their company in the very near future.

I have a feeling June is going to all about the cats.

=^.^=

Two new guys...