Another Pair of Warped Square Earrings!

•February 17, 2017 • 2 Comments

geometric-warped-square-earrings-mosaic-modeled-signedI’ve been busy this past week playing with Geometric Warped Squares once again! Aside from the  influence of several of my favorite beading books (Jean Power’s “Geometric Beadwork”, Diane Fitzgerald’s “Shaped Beadwork”, and Kate McKinnon’s “Contemporary Geometric Beadwork”), the inspiration for the colorful mosaic pattern came from memories of intricately laid tiles I’ve seen on walls and floors of vintage buildings. A particularly vivid memory lingers of a tiled bathroom floor in a house my family lived in during the early 1950’s. I was just knee-high to a grasshopper back then, but I remember being mesmerized by the geometric composition of the tiny hexagonal porcelain tiles that resembled honeycombs! These earrings make that memory even more intense! Feather-light and eye-catching, each earring is composed of 15/0 Japanese seed beads and suspended from a petite bead-bezeled Swarovski ss39 Rivoli.  I’m just finishing writing the step-by-step tutorial for this pair of earrings and I’ll have kits as well.  Look for them in my Etsy shop in a day or two!

Ooooh…

•February 10, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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This shipment of pearls just arrived and they are beautiful. The colors are luscious and the variety of types include button, round, semi-round, peanut, large and small biwa, and potato. I love flat-backed pearls for bead embroidery projects and biwa pearls are such stunning accents…I think it’s time to get out some beading foundation and create another cuff and perhaps several more brooches. Incidentally, several of these types of pearls are included in my One-of-a-Kind “Sea Garden” bead-embroidered brooch kits!

Busy work…

•February 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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I’m running low so it’s time to make more components for the “Tibetan Inspired Beaded Rope Necklace” Kit. This entails creating more polymer faux amber, coral, and turquoise beads and sterling silver heart charms. The photos show the final finishing process for both. I use my JoolTool™ with a buffing wheel to impart a subtle glow to the polymer beads. It does a superb job!

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A polishing square removes excess coloration from the antique-finished sterling silver heart charm and bestows high shine as well. I love the bright colors of the beaded embellishments used in this playful mixed-media rope necklace!

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I’m so pleased!

•January 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Have you ever made a Shutterfly photo book? Over the last few years, I’ve made four featuring my metal and beadwork and now I have a fifth book to add to my collection! This time I decided to assemble an 8×8 inch 20-page book of my tutorial for the “Sea Garden” Bead-Embroidered Brooch and the last few pages show a gallery of other bead-embroidered pieces for further inspiration.

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The format differs somewhat from the digital version of my tutorial because Shutterfly templates must be used, but I consider that a plus…I’ve been able to make the page backgrounds black, which really show the brooch in progress and finished pieces to their best advantage! I’m so impressed with the quality of the book that I’ve decided to have four extra soft-cover editions printed for those who have inquired if it is for sale. You can find the book in my Etsy shop if you’re interested in having one for yourself!

Materials and Supplies…

•January 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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This is a stash of goodies I purchased previously at the Bead&Button show. I’ve just received a list of the floor show exhibitors for the 2017 show and I’m looking forward to seeing their wares this year! The floor show opens on June 8 for show attendees and is open to the public June 9, 10, and 11. 

What is a weekend?

•January 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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I just loved watching Maggie Smith playing the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. Especially when she inquired as to what a weekend is. I sometimes question that myself because I tend to work seven days a week. Even when I’m traveling, I try to get some beading done or I’ll work on writing a tutorial. Making art or doing something art related is integral to my everyday life. As for the coming weekend…I’ll be spending it making more bronze metal clay components for the “Tide Pool” Cuff. Since listing the kit last week, I have practically sold out. I had no idea the design would be so popular, but I’m thrilled that so many have shown interest in making this project. As you can imagine, I’ve spent most of this week assembling kits and I assume next week will be spent assembling more. Shown above are beads and pearls used in the Coral Tone kits.  Gleaming bronze metal clay seashell components definitely play the starring role in this design!

The “Tide Pool” Cuff Beading Kit is listed…

•January 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Although the tutorial for this design has been available, it’s been a while since the “Tide Pool” Cuff beading kit has been listed in my shop. I had run out of the bronze metal clay seashell components that are so integral as focal embellishments in this design. Each button and seashell component is one-of-a-kind and handmade from impressions of seashells that I collected on tropical vacation beach walks! After spending several days last week creating more of these tiny treasures, I now have enough for six kits. Shown above is the Wide version (1 1/2″ wide with two bronze seashell buttons and thirteen seashell components) in Coral tones. The photo below shows the Sea Blue Narrow (1″ wide one bronze seashell button and ten seashell components) version. Each kit contains lots of pearls and nine colors of seed beads. It’s a fun project…one I guarantee you will enjoy!

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