Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hoops Challenge Reveal Day!

Hope you are all safe and sound following our run in with Superstorm Sandy.  So far so good here, just on sump pump detail all day today and probably the next few to keep our furnace from being underwater.

Thanks to Lorelei Eurto and Karen Totten for making this challenge possible.  Lorelei put the challenge together and Karen from Starry Road Studio made the gorgeous hoops we got to work with for the challenge.  Be sure to visit Karen's store and nab some of these lovelies for yourself, I am putting in an order for more because I had far more ideas than hoops :), the exact colors we used are not in stock at this time but there are many others to choose from.  Also visit Lorelei's blog so you can find out how to get her great book Bohemian Inspired and also check out her shops.

So here is a collage of some of the possibilities I was playing with, I was looking to do a necklace because these seemed a little large for bracelets or earrings to me. 

I liked the idea of the copper disc in the center and could have enameled them in complimentary colors, but wasn't entirely sure how I would attach the discs in the center.  The 3 in a row arrangement I had considered attaching with waxed linen and doing some micro macrame, I am really loving working with waxed linen.  Did you know you can get lots of fab colors in waxed linen at one of Lorelei's stores?

Ok, on to the reveal then...

I opted for the off kilterish arrangement, and now looking back at Lorelei's blog post about this challenge I realize she had the hoops in a very similar arrangement.  The hoops had endless possibilities but I liked the idea of embellishing them some by using them as kind of a bead frame.  Still need to improve my wire taming skills a bit, some of it isn't laying as flat as I would like.  Aren't these hoop colors just yummy?  I'm calling it Wheels in the Sky, sorta like the Journey song but in honor of our October hurricane that was like a wheel in the sky that just kept turning.

To finish the necklace off I decided to try my hand at flat spiral weave.  I think it works pretty well here.  I used metal rounds and glass seed beads.  Getting back into beadweaving as a means to use up some of my stash and a great way to finish off my enamel and lampwork pieces.

Here are a few other shots, including some rings I made to match.  If I had more of the beads left I would have made a matching bracelet too.  Guess I will have to shop for more beads (bummer) to make the bracelet.

Here is the list of the other challenge participants, can't wait to see what everyone made with their fab hoops!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

OMG I was featured...

Quick post, I know  I have some catching up to do on my blogging and for that I apologize.  Had to post this though...

While I was driving home from Florida on Monday, the necklace that I made for my lovely sister was featured over at Love My Art Jewelry for SYS Monday here is the link.  I am so honored to have been featured when I realized it I actually squealed (a little) with joy.  

Have a day of appointments tomorrow, but will try to post some other updates, very, very soon!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Leavin on a jet plane (but I do know when I'll be back again)

Off to Fl in the morning. I wish I could say we were heading there for a fun filled vacation but instead we are headed to the funeral of yet another loved one this fall.  Hubby's Grandma B has passed, it is sad but I take solace in knowing she led a long, full and mostly healthy life.  I wish I had gotten to know her better, but living over 1000 miles from a person makes it difficult to "stop by".  She will be missed, most especially by my father-in-law who was her only child. 

The warm sunny weather will be a pleasant change from the increasingly cold and grey weather here in western NY.  We have an extra season here I call "gray"  it starts sometime from mid-fall to early winter and doesn't usually end until March or April.  Many, many days of gray skies that make me want to hibernate, instead of hibernating I take afternoon naps during the gray season.  This leads to me being up later at night, which is not all bad as I seem to be more creative and productive late at night.

Hoping to possibly squeeze in a trip to meet Barbara Lewis at Painting with Fire in St. Pete.  It would be lovely to thank her in person for my obsession with torches and enamel :). 

Have some pics to post of my studio re-do.  Hoping to get that done while I am away too.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mismatched Art Bead Earring Swap REVEAL

Welcome to my corner of the Mismatched Art Bead Earring Swap!  You may remember that this swap was the brainchild of Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio.  The idea seems simple enough, make a mismatched pair of earrings and swap with your assigned partner.  I say seems simple because I found out I was not the only one who struggled with making a mismatched pair of earrings, lol.  When mine were done I wasn't sure they were mismatched enough.  I'm not a matchy matchy girl, but still making two different earrings for a pair was a challenge for me. Big thanks to Diana for putting this together for all of us, I can't wait to get hopping and see what everyone made.

My swap partner was the lovely Theresa Fosdick of Thoughtful Notions.  Theresa makes really lovely jewelry, while you are at her blog be sure to check out her Etsy shop.  She made my earring with really cool techniques she learned from Richard Salley at Art is You.  I am honored to be the recipient of such lovely little works of art. I have  worn these often since I have received them. Without further ado, here is what she sent (drum roll...)

Aren't these yummy?!  I LOVE them.  The silvery parts are made from stamped solder.

Aren't the details just amazing?

This is as close as I come to modeling, lol.

The earrings I sent Theresa were mostly components that I made myself.  Copper discs that I hammered and enameled, enameled copper tube beads and handmade earwires.  I added some Swarovski crystals for a little bling.  Head on over to her blog to see them, the link is above. 

Be sure to hop on over to everyone's blogs to see all the great things that were created.  Here's the list so get hoppin :)

Lisa Liddhttp://www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com
Theresa Fosdick  http://www.thoughtful-notions.blogspot.com/   My partner
Ali McCarthy  http://www.northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com   You are here...
Charlene Jacka  http://www.clay-space.com

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Shhhhh, it's a surprise...

You may remember the copper and enamel leaves I made in a previous post.  Syd asked if I could do a custom piece for her, two oak leaves to represent herself and her husband with three acorns to represent her children.  I still have to string it, but that's the easy part.  I cut, hammered and enameled the copper, then made three little lampwork acorn headpins with little copper caps.  Here it is, can't wait to see her on Friday night to present it to her.  I hope she likes it.  I will try to get a picture of her wearing it this weekend.