Sunday, February 28, 2010

Copper Head - Some More Work

Coming along nicely - this will be a 1 inch cuff - hope to do more work later today.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

What I Am Working On or Do I Have Cuff Fever

My latest cuff project "Copperhead" - see I have the name already. Just started this last night and hope to get something done on it today. I have cuff fever!! I am liking the coloring of this one so far. Learning a lot about color families, color relationships and values doing these cuffs - gee you would think I would know this with all my painting experience! Well I really do but just need to apply it to beads.

Friday, February 26, 2010

And The Winner Is

I had 21 comments on my blog post for the watercolor giveaway. The Random Number Generator picked number 4 - BeadsForever. So Linda please send me your address and your watercolor will be on its way when the snow stops and I can get to the PO. Yea it's still snowing here at the Jersey Shore (fist pump). Thank you everyone who left me a comment and I will be having more giveaways - it was fun.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Introducing The Jade Goddess

Well here she is completed "The Jade Goddess". Focal from Joan Tucker at Off Center Productions surrounded by size 8 chocolate seed beads and turquoise chips. Necklace 8MM Canadian Jade beads from Szarka at Magpie Gemstones with size 8 chocolate seed beads as spacers plus 2 brown rondells from a previous project. I love this necklace!!!!! These faces have a personality all their own and it took me awhile to figure out this one but I did and now we are both happy.

This was a fun project to work on and I did do quite a bit of ripping out but I am so satisfied with the finished necklace. I read a comment yesterday on FB from a fellow beader Carol Dean Sharp of Sand Fibers and she said – “Doing research for one of my next designs. This is fun”. This got me thinking about how my own beading is progressing and how much more thoughtful I am with my projects. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I have a large body of work created – my Etsy and 1000Market Shops are full and I have lots of things made for the upcoming spring craft shows. This body of work now allows me to experiment and try new techniques and just have fun beading. It also allows me to make some things for myself. I think researching ideas and becoming more thoughtful with your project is a sign of maturing and growing as an artist and I am glad I am getting to this point. I am so happy I discovered beading!

Elegant Enchantment Peyote Cuff Bracelet by Sand Fibers

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How I changed what I started

So the bottom photo is the focal I started yesterday - I was just so-so with it. I wasn't thrilled with the cream and turquoise surrounding beads - I thought they took some of the focus away from the beautiful face. I was equally unhappy with the outer turquoise beads ..... so I ripped out everything. The top image is the new version. I surrounded the focal with turquoise chips and I am so much happier with this look. I think the chips compliment the face both in color and texture, it is a more complete look.

I am very fussy about my art and my jewelry and I know if something just doesn't look or feel right. I am more than willing to rip out until I am happy. So now I am happy - next I need to figure out the necklace portion - I plan on something simple so the face is the star.

What I finished and what I started

I haven't blogged in a few days - I have been busy cleaning out parts of my NJ house - looks like I will be selling this house so I am starting to get rid of junk I have accumulated over the years - not easy for me to do, but I am being ruthless.

So the top photo is the finished pink cuff - it was a long time coming but I guess it turned out OK - it sure was that learning experience I have been talking about.

The second photo is the face I got as part of the Valentine's Giveaway from Joan Tucker at Off Center Productions. I am just beading a simple edging around the face as I want it to be the focal for the necklace I am planning. Right now it looks like the colors will be turquoise, cream and chocolate brown. I haven't quite thought out the necklace portion yet or even how I will join the focal but it is coming along nicely.

Don't forget to see the post below for my painting giveaway - just leave me a comment.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Giveaway or Giveback

So you are probably asking yourself – why is there a watercolor painting on my Jewelry Blog?? Good question. Well In my previous post I noted some wonderful generous people I have met on the Internet. Lots of fine folks have been having giveaways on their blog and I want to have one too. I thought about what to give away – a piece of jewelry or maybe one of my annoying cats, but then thought how about something different – a painting.

So here is the watercolor I have chosen. It is an original painting – 7 ½ X11 inches. It is unmatted and unframed and signed by the artist – that would be me.

To win this painting just leave me a comment on my blog – don’t care what it says but positive would be nice! Leave only one comment per person. I will use that random number thingy to pick a winner on Friday February 26th. So there is lots of time.

I sure hope I get a comment or two – it will be embarrassing and make me sad if no one wants my painting. I am kind of famous in the art world – have been in lots of shows, am represented by a Gallery and do sell these things. Good luck and be sure to spread the word!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

My Valentine's Day Win and other thoughts

I got an e-mail the other day from Joan Tucker telling me I won the Valentine's giveaway from Off Center Productions. I was so excited and my gift came in the mail yesterday - here is a photo of my new goodies - I am even more excited. I love the color and texture and that face is just so beautiful - I have some great ideas running through my head right now. Please take the time to visit the Off Center Productions web site you won't be disappointed it is a feast for the eyes. I just want to say thank you Joan for your wonderful gift - I really appreciate it.

Speaking of gifts and generous, special people - I want to thank Carol Dean Sharpe of Sand Fibers - you are the best and I appreciate your gift more than I can say. Please visit Sand Fibers Etsy shop for a real treat - Carol Dean makes the most amazing beadwoven jewelry you will ever see and she also sells her patterns for those of you who like to do it yourself.

I have been thinking about all the wonderful people I have met through my art and beading and all of the great giveaways people do on their blogs. Soooo I want to have my own giveaway. I am considering what I want to offer and I am thinking maybe a nice watercolor painting. I just hope I have some people who would want this and will participate - I would be so sad to offer a giveaway and no one comes!!!!

So be on the look out for my giveaway or giveback - I will be posting it here and of course on Facebook. Thanks again to Joan and Carol Dean.

Friday, February 19, 2010

New Cuff or What The Heck Am I Doing!!!!!!

So I am working on my next cuff and it is pink - I hate pink go figure - but I had this flat pink shell bead that I thought would make a good focal. Here was the progress on the cuff - note I said was. I was just not feeling this - not the colors, not the design, not anything about it. I felt it was all over the place - no real focus - the colors were all competing. I didn't like the purple chips around the focal - I felt they took away from the pink shell bead. It didn't have any flow and it was spotty, just patches of color all over - I was just unhappy with the whole thing. I had two choices - finish it and see what happened - maybe it might come around I sometimes do not like a piece in the very beginning or rip out the whole blasted thing. Well I went with the rip out option.

Here is the second start. I riped everything out but the focal and it was time consuming. Do I like this better - well it is too soon to tell but I am more comfortable with it so far. Just removing the purple chips seems to have helped make it a more cohesive design. I also want to stay with the pink - somehow on the first start I got side tracked into using purple. This was sitting next to the turquoise cuff I just finished and I liked how the turquoise looked with the pink so I am using that as a contrast. I don't know how this will turn out - better or worse but like I said this is a learning experience for me and I am learning. I still hate the pink!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chocolate Truffle - Beaded Pendant and Necklace

Finished my ammonite pendant and necklace. I called this one Chocolate Truffle the center is an ammonite used as the focal which I bought last summer at a rock and gem shop in PA. The ammonite has many layers of seed beads in gold, black and chocolate brown surrounding it. It measures 2 inches in length and 1 3/4 inches in width. The necklace is made using a variety of beads in black and brown. It also has a spiral rope made using black seed beads as the core and chocolate brown and gold as the spiral. It also has a dark gold toggle and loop closure. The length of the necklace is 16 inches plus the closure. This is my last ammonite I hope they have more when I go to the rock shop in PA again the year.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Brown Ammonite

This is the other little ammonite I bought at the rock and gem shop in PA during the summer. I surrounded it in black, gold and brown. I started adding fringe around the edge but didn't like it so I ended up just putting a picot edge in gold beads around it and I think that works better for this particular stone. I want to work on the necklace portion tonight - I have some really kick ass brown, black and goldish beads to combine with maybe a spiral rope. I hope to at least get a start on that but depends on what Olympic events are on the TV tonight.

This was the other finished ammonite I bought and fringed just seemed to work with this one.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Finished Turquoise Cuff

Finished my turquoise cuff last night - I love it. It looks and feels wonderful to wear. Not sure what I am going to do with it - I need money bad but really love this cuff - so not making a decision yet. I have an idea for my next cuff already - these are addicting - I want to think about making a collar to but I am a bit intimated. Speaking about needing money I sure wish I had some extra to buy some of the beautiful pendants, focals and beads I see - just did my taxes need I say more!

Friday, February 12, 2010

More work on the Turquoise Cuff

It is coming along very nice. I am having a lot of fun with this one. I liken this to a puzzle and the beads are like pieces - you just have to figure where to put each one. I am doing more work on this today but probably will not finish it. The cuff blank for this one is 1 1/2 inches.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Next Bead Embroidery Cuff

So I had such fun doing my other cuff I decided to do another. This one will be turquoise and silver - of course I have no plan - just started in beading - seems to work for these kind of things. Here are the first two steps - I have a lot of Lacys Stiff Stuff but it is white and I do not like white peeking thru my bead embroidery - I painted mine with acrylic paint in turquoise and it is working great - the paint didn't change the texture of the Lacys at all and the color really matches the beads. I like how it is working out so far - more work on this one today. Oh I bought the turquoise chips awhile ago - wasn't sure what I would do with them just liked their coloring - I think they are going to be great in this cuff.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Wild Flower - Beaded Pendant and Spiral Rope Necklace

Although I finished this pendant and necklace before the embroidery cuff I am just getting around to blogging about it. I really love how this piece turned out especially the coloring. The focal is a purple and bronze button and I bought the purple chips that surround it for something else but they just matched the button so well I had to use them on this pendant. I finished off the pendant with a gold and purple spiral rope necklace measuring 16 1/2 inches plus the gold loop and toggle closure. This necklace is in my Etsy Shop.

I am loving working with buttons - I bought quite a few the other day and I am dying to use them in some cuffs and pendants, so I better get moving.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Bead Embroidery Cuff - Finished

Well I finished my cuff - like I said it was a learning experience. I am thrilled with how it turned out - I can hardly believe I made it. I ordered more cuff blanks and have plans to make some more. I also see a bead embroidery collar in my future. I will be keeping this one for myself - it looks and feels great. The biggest lesson I learned from making this cuff is - if at first it doesn't look that great - keep going and give it a chance. I hated this in the beginning steps and was considering ripping it all out - I am so glad I didn't. I am hearing the nightly news and we will be getting another snow storm on Wednesday - oh boy I am so ready for spring. I see a cat hair in my photos - how could that happen - hehehe.

Necklace featured in blog post

One of my beadwoven necklaces "Deep Blue Sea" was featured in a blog post today by PZ Designs. It is a post about beadweavers on 1000Markets. Please visit and comment and also visit PZ Designs at 1000Markets she does some beautiful beadweaving herself!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Beaded Cuff - even more work

Did a lot of work on my little cuff today - I am almost finished - just need to do some edge stitches and glue it on the cuff blank and finish the ends. I really learned a lot doing this cuff - I ordered some more cuff blanks - I will be making more. These are really lousy photos - it is night and I had to use a flash.

Beaded Cuff - more work

Here is some more work on the cuff. I am having fun working here and there - I think for me skipping around works best.

Beaded Cuff Part 2

I worked some more on the beaded cuff last night. I was considering ripping it out because I hated my color choices but decided to continue and just think of this as my learning experience. I think it is coming along quite nicely considering I haven't got a clue as to what I am doing. Good thing that doesn't stop me from doing ; )

Friday, February 05, 2010

What I Am Working On

So yesterday I saw this Sherry Serafini video about making a beaded embroidery cuff. I got so excited I knew I needed to make one right away. I just jumped right in and started - here are the beginning pictures. I am considering this a learning experience and what I have learned so far is next time I need a plan - I need a color scheme and maybe a design before I start. For this one I am winging it and just beading - should be interesting. I am not very happy with the focal on this one but I will wait and see how it turns out.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons

So I was out shopping today and scored a bunch of great buttons. Here are a few photos. I LOVE the first heart button and the others aren't to shabby either. I got a whole bunch and can't wait to make something with them. I love buttons and like to use them in my jewelry creations - I just like collecting them. Amazing that I could get this excited about buttons but I can - go figure.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

New Bracelet and other thoughts

So it is February already - February 2nd to be exact - Ground Hog Day. I see he has seen his shadow again this year - 6 more weeks of winter on the way. I am sick of winter and 6 weeks more is just TOO MUCH. I am sick of grey skies and cold damp weather. I do love the light this time of year and the sunsets are amazing but I am in need of a little warmth. I do not want to wish time away but an early spring would be nice.

I went to a bead show this past weekend and bought a lot of nice stuff. Above is a bracelet I made out of some of my stash. It is made of large hole beads on heavy elastic cord. I bought these goodies from Clever Treasures - the bracelet was easy to make and best of all warm colors!! I made another one in earth tones but haven't photoed it yet - maybe tomorrow - if I don't see my shadow.

Oh no - I just heard on the news we will be getting snow overnight and into the AM - guess the ground hog is correct.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Ghost Dancer - Beaded Pendant and Necklace

Ghost Dancer is a beaded pendant and necklace. I found the blue cab with a touch of rust in a rock and gem shop in PA last summer. The cab is surrounded by rows of blue and grey seed beads and finished off with lapis chips. The necklace is made up of blue denim lapis 8mm beads, lapis chips and copper spacers. It has a copper loop and toggle closure. The cab measures 2 1/2 inches in length and is 2 inches wide. The necklace measures 17 inches plus the closure. I really love this necklace/pendant - I like the color and the texture of the rough chips against the smooth cab and beads. I will be visiting the rock and gem shop in PA again this summer - can't wait.