31.10.17

October Art Elements COM

October was my turn to host the Art Elements component of the month and due to my first idea not quite panning out I decided to send out hare coin clasps.


The clasps are made by doming old Irish 3d coins and soldering a hook clasp on the back, I have always been fascinated with old, unusual or just beautifully designed coins and love that they are so easy to use in jewellery, and here is what I created with mine....


A simple bracelet made with thick sterling silver chain, a couple of lampwork beads (with a dicro core so they sparkle beautifully), a couple of lampwork headpins by Earthshine beads and a beautiful moon and star by our very wonderful Lesley Watt.


This was a complete pain in the backside to photo due to every thing being shiny and reflective (the moon and star are a silvery glaze on one side and a beautiful deep blue on the other adding just a touch of colour), but I really love it, my very own moon gazing hare!


Thank you to everyone that joined in and I can't wait to see what everyone else has created and I hope you will join me

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30.9.17

September AJ COM


Septembers component of the month was provided by the wonderful Laney Mead and were these adorable Zom-bees (photo of course stolen off the AE Blog, as I always forget to photo first). 
Now for some time I was quiet flummoxed as to what to do with mine, see the hole goes through his mouth and if I was to string him you would get a side view but he has the most adorable little face so I wanted him facing forward!
Then there was the lightbulb moment, I would make a little halloween scene for him....


I wanted to find a small rustic wooden type of box for my scene but I could not find one so I had to improvise and use what I had!


A few coats of acrylic paint later and it was looking much better and it was time to bring out the fimo....


The first and only thought I had was a zombie crawling out of a grave, I had no real idea of what I was doing as I don't use fimo often but figured I would have a play and see what happens.


lots of coats of paint later and I rather like it, plus look at how cute his little face is.....


Thank you Laney for such a wonderful challenge! 
I hope everyone will join me to see what all the others have created....



Guests
http://www.beadsforbusygals.com/  – Elisabeth Auld
Team
http://www.lesleywatt.com/ – Lesley  Watt
http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog  –  Jennifer Cameron
https://jdaviesreazor.com/blog/  – Jenny Davis-Reazor
http://blueberribeads.co.uk/ – Caroline Dewison
 http://cmendola.blogspot.co.uk/– Cathy Spiey Mendola
 http://saraccino.blogspot.co.uk/ – Claire Fabian
http://laneymead.co.uk/ – Laney Mead

31.8.17

August AE COM

The Art Element component of the month for August has been provided by the amazingly talented Caroline of BlueBerri Beads, and this time I remembered to photo them before I started.... 


Arn't they stunning!


As soon as I saw these beads I started singing "fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars...."  and I just could not get the song out of my head and then I started playing with my stash and out came this beautiful Raven cab by our very lovely Jenny Davies-Reazor and then this....


I made a part bezel part prong setting for the lovely Raven and then hung the beautiful star bead on some really thick silver wire with a couple of melted silver bead caps.


I intend to hang this off a really thick silver snake chain, there is even a little surprise on the back....


A cute little hare gazing longingly up at the stars!

Thank you so much Caroline I have throughly enjoyed emerging myself in making this little treasure! I hope everyone will join me hopping around the rest of the participants 

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Art Elements Team



30.7.17

Component of the Month Reveal – July

It's time for the Art Elements July COM reveal and this months amazing design was created by the fab Susan Kennedy of Sue Beads and were these beyond beautiful scarab beads....


This is the beautiful bead I received and I could not wait to get started. 


I had just purchased a new wire tutorial from Lisa Barth for a celtic knot bail and I thought that the lines of the wire would complement the lines in the bead so I made up this piece (please excuse the ribbon I was thinking a beautiful hand dyed ribbon with turquoise and light brown with lots of loose edges would look beautiful but I just did not have any)....


But it just did not work for me (I think I need to practice making the knot a few more times so it is neater or try making it with three wires or thicker wires or something) the feather is a beautiful creation of Laura Mears, but I decided to rip it apart and try again....


This time I used two Egyptian Digg beads and lots of chain mail 


But still it dose not feel finished, I'm thinking it needs a little something else. Maybe a rustic chunky spacer in-between the scarab and the Egyptian beads? and I don't like the way the bead moves despite me trying to tighten it as much as possible so I will work on trying to stop that too!


So mine is very much a work in progress but I can't wait to see what everyone else has created.
Thank you so much Sue for the amazing bead!

29.6.17

June COM

I'm not sure how, but it is time again for our monthly Art Elements Insect COM Reveal! This months challenge was hosted by the very talented Diana Ptaszynski and oh I had so many ideas! First off I was going to needle felt this little ancient fairy/moth guy....


But it turns out this was a lot header then I thought it would be! But no problem, instead I would go on a bug hunt for some inspiration and I managed to find and photo these little beauties.


Really cute little jewel coloured beetle that lucky for me landed on my daughters beautiful golden hair.


And I got really lucky and stumbled upon this amazing stag beetle. I only ever see one, maybe two of these a year at most but this one had amazing timing! 
Finding and photographing insects is surprisingly difficult, on the beautiful sunny days there were so many stunning dragonflies, busy bee's and fluttering butterflies around the local ponds but oh my they were uncooperative and hard to photo (much respect to all those wonderful nature photographers out there) but this little guy, well he was an utter star! the dark parts of his wings were a shimmery gold and the white had a stunning mother of pearl sheen plus he stayed still long enough for a rather artsy shot! 


My next idea was to paint a very abstract butterfly a lot like my mixed media mandalas but with a butterfly focal, but try as I might I could just not get the colours right (so instead I sulked). Oh and then there were all those beautiful lampwork insect beads that I intended to wire wrap, yeah that did not happen either! So with time running out I got out my trusty cabs and started playing! 
Something that not many people know about me is that I am scared stiff of butterflies! Yes they are beautiful stunning creatures but they really have it in for me and they just dive bomb me! So this one time when I was accidentally purposely lead into the butterfly tent at London Zoo (by my mean other half who likes to push me out of my comfort zone for his own entertainment) I got chatting to the insect keeper on the way out that had noticed my discomfort and explained that the butterflies were probably attracted to the salt in my sweat so it's a no win situation, I see one, it makes me sweat and then they try to lick me!
Still with butterflies in mind I looked through my cab stash and came across a stunning ammolite cab that my wonderful and kind friend Kathryn had sent me and it was just perfect! The colours reminded me of the blue morpho butterfly as it has the same kind of sheen, and here is what I made....


I kept the design very simple, it has a hidden tube bail on the back and the stone (and ball) is set in 18ct gold for a little contrast....


It is not quiet finished as I plan to hang it on a 2mm sterling chocker with a few tiny butterflies fluttering up the side and maybe a little more gold?


I love the colours in this stone. Blue, green and purple are my favourite colour combo.


Please do join me hoping around to see what everyone else created!

30.5.17

MAY AE COM


May's Art Elements component of the month was created by the ultra talented Lesley of Lesley Watt Artisan Elements and of course I forgot to photograph it pre-setting (hence I stole Lesley's photo)! 
As soon as I saw my beautiful cab (the little pools of colours are just so amazing) I thought "Oh, what a beautiful brooch this would make" and I set to planing it out.... Thick copper bezel stamped with 'quietly walking along the shore' with a back plate saying 'looking for sea treasures and nothing more' and a really cool swirly pin and a tiny piece of sea glass set on the back as a treasure just for the wearer.

Then of course things started to go wrong!!!
I did not have the right style of wire for the bezel, but thats ok because I'm a problem solving kind of girl so I found some thick copper tubing and rolled it through the pasta machine, perfect! Then I got to stamping it....


So far, so good, I then bent this into a setting, soldered it, cut and stamped the back plate and tried to solder it all in to place.... FAIL, FAIL and FAIL again! It seems that the soldering gods were not with me and possibly my piece was just too big for my tiny torch to heat up and get the solder flowing. 
So on to plan two....
If a back plate would not work how about a slightly smaller wire ring around the back of the bezel to hold the cab, it would not need as much heat to make the solder flow and maybe I could change my design into a hair pin?


Well, the wire idea worked but the hair pin idea did not look right at all and it morphed into a necklace!?!


I don't usually work with thick chunky metals, being of the petite size range every thing I normally make is small and delicate but  I really love the thick bezel on this piece it gives it a nice solid feel. 


The lovely little spacers are by Paradise Beads and go with the cab perfectly, and just look at those lovely little pools of colour!


Thank you Lesley so much for such a lovely component and I hope you will all join me in seeing what everyone else has created....


2.5.17

April AE COM

Our stunning component for Aprils Art Element component of the month was provided by our wonderful leader Jen Cameron of Glass Addictions and is this STUNNING lampwork bead....


This bead is just....well words don't quiet do it justice, every angle you tilt it you get a different colour and then there are areas where (like a window), you can see into the bead and there is an opal like shimmer inside or a little patch where it is golden! So, yeah I guess I was a little in awe of this bead and if I was not up against a time limit it is properly the kind of bead I would hoard, never quiet having the confidence to use but occasionally taking it out to stroke! 

But the challenge was to use it and so my first idea was to wire wrap it so that it had a beautiful wire bail and lots of lovely swirls but, my wire wrapping is not as good as I would like so that did not work! Next I decided to dig through my other hoarded beads to see what I could pair it with....


I really liked these components together and was going to have a wire wrapped bead cap darkened with liver of shulpher to bring the black down onto the headpin but then when I added bail ideas it was just getting too long, and was not working so I had to try again.....


My next try was going to have a small silver ammonite (made months ago as a practice in delft clay casting) soldered onto a pin to make a headpin and then I was going to go from there but the ammonite was too thick and it would not sit right against the bottom of the bead, so I made it into a small charm and wired a selection of matching beads together, But this image of a pair of dragonfly wings sitting behind the bead making it look like a little dolly/child popped into my head and I could just not figure out how to make it, so try, try again....


This time I decided that the only way I could stop thinking about those wings was to change the direction of the bead and make it into almost a chocker length necklace, now I like the over all necklace but feel very much that I ran out of time and it needs more! I want to add a couple of silver set stones or fossils and I can't get the image of wings out of my head so I may just rip it all to pieces and figure out the wing design!


I do how ever love the colours!


I wish I could show you it being worn but my model is not available and selfies are very much some thing I have not yet mastered!

I do hope you will join me in (glass of wine in hand) in checking out what everyone else has created 

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30.3.17

March COM

March Theme Challenge Reveal-Amulet Bags

Our theme for the March challenge was chosen by the wonderful Cathy Spivey Mendola and was Amulet bags. Now I have never thought much about amulet bags and have throughly enjoyed finding out about them but, oh my the possibilities and where to start?
First stop Pinterest where I found this amazing tutorial to make a leather bag for a doll....


Now it's very much a work in progress, I'm thinking about mounting a set stone on the front where the tiny safety pin is and a few ceramic feathers in the fringe maybe?


Or possibly just a hoop through the flap so the safety pin can be used as a faster?


My next idea was a small leather pouch but the shape is not quiet right and the draw string holes were punched much too high up for my liking, so I will have to try this idea again!


But I do really like the headpin mounted in the leather. 


This next one is a cute little draw string bag I made from a wonderful tutorial I found on Youtube, which was made to hold my new Runes!


It has a draw string closure (with some lovely sparkly ribbon) and a wonderful silver set square coin attached to the ribbon, to make it a little more me!


This next one is my favourite, made from lots of old 'stuff' I had stuffed in my draws....


Also still a work in progress.... the old piece of metal on the flap needs a couple more rivets, there needs to be some purple silk or some kind of stunning fibbers hanging form the old buckle with the leather and oh the chain I am going to make to hang it off, think amethyst and jasper and lots of metal!!! 
I also have three other bags cut out and waiting to be sewn up, one thing I have found is that hand sewing leather is very hard work and even with the help of a leather punch, pliers are a must!


Thank you so much Cathy for such an inspiring Challenge, now I hope you will join me and see what every one else created....
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