This month’s Component of the Month was supplied by the wonderful Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio LLC She makes the most amazing ceramic beads and components and we were each treated to one of these gorgeous rustic stoneware coin pendants. I love the colour and texture!
Of course I forgot my photo, but I received one in yellow. I decided to use it as part of a necklace design with the coin as a central component to join some of my hoarded wide leather, headpins, and pendant.
The bronze shell pendant is by TheaElements, and is teamed up with a Czech glass bead and a lamp work lentil by MadCatGlass.
I made a bail for the pendant using one of Glass Addictions lamp work head pins and attached the dangle to the bottom of the disc.
I used a couple more head pins to attach the leather. I just love the colours in these!
At the top, I joined a double length of chain and the clasp to make it nice and long! And here is the complete design.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I don’t often work with neutral colours, but I love how Diana’s coin takes centre stage in the design.
Big thanks to Diana for a wonderfully inspiring component! I’ve had great fun with it 🙂
To see what everyone else made with their coins… follow the links!
It’s that time again, the AJE Component of the Month reveal day, and for July we were treated to a gorgeous coin clasp or bead by Niky Sayers
I love everything Niky makes, but her coin designs are my favourite. I was thrilled to receive this clasp to join in the challenge…
It arrived in this cute little tin (sorry for it being covered in clay I was excited to open it!!!) And for once I remembered to take a photo before I started! This one is from 1937, exactly 40 years before I was born, it’s fascinating to think of all the places it could have been up until now.
I decided from the beginning it was going to be something for myself, and I wanted to make it really special. I chose some of my most hoarded beads, two stunning Basha beads, some vintage and aged picasso seed beads, peanuts, crystal chunks and points, a greek urchin, and a couple more artisan components.
The loop for the clasp was made from one of Jen Cameron’s gorgeous headpins, wrapped in a double loop, and a copper charm from Kristi Bowman was added with a chunk of rock crystal for some dangliness.
I added a bronze point and a chunk of amethyst to the strands and fastened everything with stranded wire and crimps.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I can see me wearing it often!
Thank you to Niky for such a gorgeous component to design with, I’ve had loads of fun creating and the coin finishes off my hoarded treasure design perfectly!
To see what Niky and the rest of the team plus special guests have made, follow the links…
This month we’re taking a break again from our regular Component of the month reveals and running another theme challenge.
It’s our blog team leader, the lovely Jen Cameron’s turn to set the theme, and for June she chose fireflies.
I have to admit, I struggled at first to come up with an idea as they’re not something I’ve seen up in the North of England, I was lucky enough to see them once, at the Glastonbury festival, and they were magical. So not having much to go on, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.
During the day, they’re not the most inspiring subject.
But once the light dims, they put on an amazing show.
Each time I searched the same picture kept popping up. I’ve been exploring ideas with trees in porcelain, so this was perfect for my inspiration.
The photograph was taken by Yume Cyan in a forested area near Nagoya City, Japan. You can see more of these amazing long exposure shots here.
And here is my interpretation, hand carved in porcelain and fired multiple times with china paints, powders, and lustres.
A few days after making these, I was playing on my lampwork torch and by accident, a second idea emerged…
They are a total pain to photograph, it’s difficult to catch the depth and reflections in the same picture, but hopefully you can see the threads of silver glass and fine silver wire running through them.
The little dots of silver wire glow behind the trees (not that you can tell from my photographs!)
I’d like to say a big thank you to Jen, I’ve really enjoyed rising to the firefly challenge and it’s been great fun exploring a subject that I didn’t have any immediate inspiration for.
If you’d like to see what the rest of the AJE team, plus special guests have made, follow the links below…
This month’s challenge components were provided by the multi talented Sue Kennedy of SueBeads. As well as making gorgeous enamelled pieces and lamp work beads, she creates these cute little beaded beads.
I am full of admiration for anyone who can create anything with these fiddly little things, especially when they are as lovely as these colourful little gems!
I’ve been a bit short on time this week as I’ve been preparing for the Stourbridge Bead Fair, in fact I’m there as you’re reading this. But I did manage to squeeze in a bit of time to join in the challenge.
I decided to keep it simple and make some earrings. Orange isn’t a colour I usually work with, but I love the earthy tones of this pair. Two little cut Czech glass beads echo the orange, and matt hematite spacers provide a neutral colour for the dangles. I also managed to use the cute little charms I received from Melissa (Melismatic) for the COM a couple of months ago. Unfortunately they were delivered the day after it was all over and I didn’t get chance to join in.
And having a second pair of beads in my stash, I thought I’d make another pair.
These are made with glass headpins, (also made by Sue) my own lamp work spacers, and a couple of large seed beads.
You might have spotted that there are no ear wires on either pair. I just didn’t have time to make any, that’s a job for next week, and they just didn’t look right on the cheap ready made ones I had in my bead box, they deserve something much fancier!
A big thank you to Sue for her wonderful components, (and Melissa for hers!) the final designs with them are quite simple, but they really pushed me to try out some different colours and I had a nice break from show prep!
If you’d like to join in the hop and see what the rest of the team and guests have made, follow the links 🙂
I’m back on track this month with my blog as it’s component of the month reveal day. This month we were treated to beautiful polymer clay hearts by Rebekah of Tree Wings Studio.
I asked for a surprise for mine and received this beautiful grey heart.
I had hoped before I received it that it would match with one of my new favourite glazes as I had an idea for what to do with it almost immediately!
And it did!
I made up some tiny puffy hearts in earthenware clay and glazed them all in the rusty glaze.
They were knotted on some thick silk cord I dyed in teal blue with fuchsia Miyuki seed beads and the gorgeous little heart as the focal.
And you can see from this angle there is a secret message on the side!
The necklace was finished off with a grey ceramic button and a simple loop to close it.
Big thanks to Rebekah for her wonderfully inspiring component, I had great fun creating something around it! And if you’d like to see what the rest of the team and guests made with theirs, follow the links…
It’s been quiet on here for a while, I missed my usual monthly COM blog post using Melissa’s gorgeous metal clay components thanks to our rubbish postal service. But they did turn up eventually, so keep an eye out for a future post using those!
This month, we decided to change it up a bit and rather than sending each member a component to work with, we all created our own designs with a theme – Hares! You might have noticed that I’m a little bit obsessed with these wonderful creatures, so making something with this topic wasn’t ever going to be a problem!
And the great thing about this challenge is that everyone can join in using their own medium. There were no set rules to what you could do… just create hares!
I got a little bit carried away with raku firing and experimenting with masking glazes – here are some of my favourites…
This one is bare raku clay with the design masked and glazed in a rusty colour. I love the halo effect this glaze creates and the specks of grog in the clay could be stars!
Another using the same technique on a pendant.
This one was fired with the hare masked and then later decorated with copper lustre. The hare wasn’t dark enough for my liking, so it was coloured with Indian ink for a better contrast.
Another using the same technique, but with church like trees stretching through the design.
And these are a work in progress. testing screen printing with my own drawings.
And for the reveal today, I decided to do something completely different….
I’ve wanted a hare ring for a long time, but never found exactly what I was looking for that wasn’t an absolute fortune. So having a perfect excuse to make one, I ordered some silver. The band is made from 2mm sheet, etched with a tree design, and the running hare is cut from 0.5mm sheet and sweat soldered on to the band.
Originally, it was going to include a 3mm moonstone cabochon, but after trying the stone in place, it looked a bit too much. I think it’s perfect just as it is and haven’t taken it off since I finished it!
Thanks for reading, and to see what the rest of the team and our lovely guests have created… follow the links for the Hop!
It’s going to be split in to 4 parts run across the year with different themes through history. The first topic is Pre human. instantly I knew that I would be focusing my designs on fossils and rocks. I’m a bit of a secret rock nerd and have boxes full of stones, crystals and fossils I’ve gathered from places I’ve visited. I love anything to do with geology.
My all time favourite are ammolites.
I decided I wanted to try and recreate the beautiful effect of these opalised fossils in some beads. I have seen numerous tutorials around the web with instructions for creating polymer clay opal. I found out the materials used and set about trying to make my own version.
They are earthenware clay fired without glaze and set with mica in resin. I think they could have done with a couple of layers of mica rather than just one to fill out the pools a bit more, but I’m thrilled that they worked reasonably well and turned out so sparkly!
For my next make, I decided I wanted to make some fossils. I have quite a few shells and sea lilies that I have collected myself, but imagine finding something as amazing as this…
I find it incredible that so much detail can be captured in rock, and it fascinates me to imagine the things that have been on the earth millions of years before us.
So I wanted to make something that had an ancient feel about it. I made some rough stone shapes in raku clay and glazed them with copper and crackle glazes and resist.
My favourite is definitely this darker version, the background colour has been created by smoke from the fire with glaze used to draw out the design.
I also attempted a trilobite, although I don’t think it was quite as effective as the fish skeleton.
I’ve had great fun taking part in the first instalment of the Beading back in time hop, Thank you to Lindsay and Sherri for organising such a great event! If you’d like to see what they and the rest of the participants made, follow the links…
That was the rule for this months AJE component of the month challenge. Rather than one of us supply the same component to every one, we each supplied a blog reader with one of our components, and team members used what we had hidden away.
I dive in to my special stash quite often, but I never use any of it, so the challenge for me was to take my treasures and turn them in to something rather than just fondle them and put them away again.
I have a few pieces of Diana’s, but this is my favourite, a gorgeous large ceramic donut. If you’re going to do it, you may as well go for it! I teamed it up with enamelled bead caps by Anne Gardanne, copper wire and teal seed beads.
I added some Czech glass up near the clasp to echo the green of the enamel.
I cheated a little bit and used more than one AJE member component, a seed beaded bead by Kristen Stevens. The tiny facetted beads are pyrite and the holes are so small, they wouldn’t take a needle, so they were strung with steel wire. To finish off, I used pewter seed beads for the chain.
The leaf dangle is by Kristi Bowman-Gruel and the ceramic bead and oak leaf dangle are made by me.
Next up I chose a bead that I have hoarded for a long time to use more of Kristi’s copper. The focal is made by Pixie Willow Designs and is one of my favourites.
I wanted to keep it simple, so I chose 2 glass spacers to compliment the focal and a different design of leaf by Kristi.
I strung Amethyst and copper chain to make a long dangly necklace and added a couple of Czech beads for a little sparkle on one side.
I wrapped one of her headpins with a Marsha Neal ceramic flower to create a clasp.
The bracelet was made with aqua blue crystal rondelles, Czech glass, and more of Jen’s lamp work, and the whole thing was finished off with one of Kristi’s charms.
I’ve really enjoyed using up my stash, they’re all quite simple designs and all started off being more complicated, but after playing around, I felt that too much going on around the components put them in to the background. Now I think they really stand out and are definitely the stars of the show! And now I have big gaps in my box, so I better go and do some more shopping! 😉
As well as AJE Team members, and winners, we’ve invited anyone else who wants to join in to take part in the hop. To see what we’ve all made, follow the links!
For those of you who were here last year, it’s time for the Beads of Courage Art Charm Exchange and Auction again! Yay!
For those of you who weren’t here’s what it’s all about…
The exchange is run by Jennifer Cameron (Glass Addictions) and each year a new theme is set. Each participant makes 11 charms and sends them to Jennifer who then sends us 9 different ones back, plus one of our own. The 11th charm is put in to auction to raise money for the Beads of Courage program.
Beads of Courage is a fantastic charity providing support for children and their families dealing with serious illness.
The Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones they have achieved along their unique treatment path.
Last year we raised just over $1500 from the sale of the extra charms, and I’ve got everything crossed that we can match if not beat that fantastic amount!
So, back to the charm swap… this year, the theme chosen was ‘Soar’. I thought long and hard about what I’d create for my charm. Try as I might to come up with something different, the idea I kept coming back to was a bird on the wing, soaring high in the clouds.
Here is my charm…
It’s made from one of my lamp work beads and finished with silver plated wire, heart charm and jump ring.
There should have been a picture of more of them, but being so excited that I’d finished in time, I packed them up and sent them off before I remembered! You’ll just have to join in the blog hop to see all of the different colours 😉
In return, I received beautiful charms from 9 other artists taking part.
In no particular order…
An amazingly detailed ceramic feather charm from Terri Del Signore…
A beautiful sparkly embroidered dragonfly charm with a heart from Chris Eisenberg…
Cute polymer angel wings from Cory Tompkins…
A gorgeous blue ceramic bird soaring over a little cloud from Michelle McCarthy…
A wonderful ceramic Dragonfly charm from Jenny Davies-Reazor…
A really sweet birdy and nest in polymer clay from Nan Smith…
I was lucky enough to receive 2 charms from Toltec Jewels, one with a lampwork disc and copper dangles, and one in tiny chainmaille with flying birds, both gorgeous! …
A cute sparkly polymer flying heart charm from Andrea Glick…
And finally, an amazingly detailed polymer clay bead from Monique Urquhart.
I’m thrilled with everything I received and want to say a big thank you to everyone, they’re all beautiful 🙂 And an extra big thank you to Jennifer for all her hard work and organising!
If you’d like to join in with the fun and get your hands on mine, or any one else’s charm, Jennifer is running a charity auction for the extras we made. I hope you will come over and bid high… it’s for a fantastic cause!
Today is the big reveal for The Bead Soup Blog Party and I’m really excited to have you here!
My partner this year is the lovely Leah Curtis of Beady eyed Bunny. I was so busy with getting ready for the Flame Off, I didn’t have the chance to properly introduce Leah (sorry Leah!) so before I show you what I got, I’d like to show you who it’s from.
Leah makes really individual beads and components from polymer clay, gorgeous little beads like this cute pink bird.
And these beautifully coloured rustic dogwood flower beads…
So after introducing ourselves and swapping addresses, I sent off my package of beads…
And eagerly waited for what Leah sent to me. I was really excited to see what would be in my parcel, and I wasn’t disappointed!
There was a beautiful sea glass focal bead with matching polymer beads and a patinated copper clasp, all handmade by Leah, Sari silk, Czech beads, vintage crystal dangles and a piece of clay pipe. A little treasure trove of pretties!
It took me a lot of thinking to decide what to do with each of the components. I wanted to get across the ancient feel of Leah’s designs.
My first design was using the sea glass focal and clasp.
I’d decided early on that I wanted to use copper to match the beautiful dark verdigris finish of the focal, so I teamed some ancient looking copper spacers and lava beads to make a simple necklace.
Next I decided I would make a pair of earrings. I never make earrings so I thought it was about time I did!
I chose the Czech glass ammonites and vintage crystal dangles and paired them up with some 8 & 10mm fire polished beads. The main reason I don’t really make earrings is the ear wires. It would be a shame to put nice beads on a mass produced ear wire, so I had a bash at making some myself.
Next I decided on a bracelet. A couple of weeks ago I made a collection bracelet for the AJE Component of the month with a few of my favourite beads, and really enjoyed making it, so decided to try the same idea again in green.
I chose one of the verdigris polymer beads from Leah and added in some gorgeous rough Czech glass nuggets in shades of green and gold, more fire polished cut rounds, table cut Czech beads, a great big chunk of green stone which I have no idea about, a celtic connector by Jenny Davis-Reazor and a bronze button and charm from TheaElements.
Next, because I was really enjoying myself, I made another necklace. I picked the clay pipe to be the focal and decided that I got a beach feel from it. I can just imagine someone sitting by the shore smoking their pipe before discarding the broken pieces in the sand. I wanted to make something a bit brighter as everything so far has quite dark colours.
I chose turquoise and lilac for this design, nice and bright! With turquoise beads, more Czech glass, bronze flower spacers, handmade lamp work beads by Lighthouse Glass, seed beads and a bronze button by TheaElements.
And finally, the sari silk. I had wimped out originally with this. I love it, but never know what to do with it, but I pulled up my pants and went for it.
The colour gives it an oriental feel (to me anyway!) So I made a lamp work lentil and painted it with silver precious metal clay in an oriental cloud design.
This was fired on to fuse it to the glass and make it permanent. I threaded large golden seed beads on to the silk and wrapped the ends with bronze wire to attach the clasps. The little shell dangle is from Thea Elements and was pilfered from one of my bracelets as it was the only thing I could find that I liked!
I’d like to say a great big thank you to Leah for her beautiful and inspiring soup, and I can’t wait to go and see what she’s made with mine! And to Lori, for organising such a fantastic event!
Well it’s a glorious day here today. I think our Spring Fever design challenge did it!
We’ve been overwhelmed by the wonderful designs created with our beads and would like to say a great big Thank You to everyone who joined it, it’s been wonderful looking through all the creations and different ideas that have come from the kits!
If you’d like to have a browse at everything in one place. We’ve created a Pinterest board with everything you made. I’m sure you’ll agree, it looks amazing!
Click through to see close ups in the full version!
Sets were sent out to 23 participants all over the world with the challenge of creating Spring themed designs.
I was thrilled with the set I received back after they’d all been put together, it was done blind so that none of us knew what we would be getting. As usual, I forgot to take a picture of what I got before I used it, (you think I’d have got the hang of it by now!)
There was a beautiful green ceramic focal and bead set from Lesley, as well as some small cream and rust coloured beads which you’ll see later on!
Some orange/red silk from Claire
and a bird set by me. There was a smaller white bird and a leaf in the set, but I didn’t get round to using those!
The first piece I chose to work with was Lesley’s focal pendant. I love the green on this one. It’s not a colour I would have picked up myself to work with, but once I got going, I loved the rustic design that came through from it. The necklace is strung with leather and I created a knotted bail with the same leather and one of my lamp work urchins which matched the colours nicely. I began with a few of my ceramic beads, but seemed to have got a bit carried away as I ended up with a great big chunky statement necklace. I’m not overly sure about the sliding clasp on this one. I might change that!
Next, I chose the small ceramic beads from Lesley, and silk from Claire. I must have had a rustic mood on, as I grabbed more leather. This time it was 5mm thick. The silk was wrapped around the leather and secured with copper wire. I started out with it wound around the whole thing, but I liked the natural colour of the leather poking through.
I love the multi strand designs that are popular at the moment, so I chose some coordinating beads and attached the strands together with 5mm end caps. After trying it on, I wanted the strands to sit in a certain way, so I made a couple of large copper jump rings to hold them together and added some dangles. I am constantly fighting the urge to add everything I have to my designs, I just love beads so much! But I think the 3 added here set it off just right.
And for my final piece, I was left with my bird set. I bought some stunning flower beads from Laney (Izzybeads) at the Flame off with the intention of using them for the challenge. I played around with all sorts of designs and added bits in and ended up with most of my stash out on the worktop. This design sort of fell together out of the chaos, and is my favourite of the three.
I created a lariat with silk ribbon in three colours and 2mm leather! It was undone half a dozen times while I decided on the best placement, but I kept it simple so that the flowers were the main focus. I’m pleased with how the ribbons drape and look like tendrils sprouting from the flowers. It’s lovely and light to wear, and I think the most Spring like of the designs.
Sorry about the poor photo on this one, I went out to retake this and one of my lovely children stood on a flower and broke it This was the best of what I had!
I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through my designs and taking part in the challenge!
And now for my favourite part… the hop!
Thank you to everyone who’s joined us in the challenge, we were overwhelmed by the fantastic response we got and I’m bursting to see what you’ve made!
We’re a bit more organised than expected so we can announce the winners of our Spring challenge a bit earlier than we originally said. We were thrilled by the response and got so many entries, we’ve decided to pick an extra 3 winners to take part!
I’m just going to keep this short, you don’t want to listen to me waffling on.. you want results. So without further ado, here are the winners of the Spring Challenge…
2 Emma Quinn
3 Kathy Lindemer
4 Vicky Roberts
5 Lori Bowring Michaud
6 Leigh Thow
7 Ailsa Jackson
8 Steph L
9 Kristi Harrison
11 Lucy Haslam
12 Penny Neville
13 Linda – Earthshine beads
14 Kristen Stevens
15 Erin Prais – Hintz
16 Klassy Joolz
17 Jenny Argyle
19 Claire Lockwood
20 Patti Gasparino
21 Suhana Hart
22 Toltec Jewels
23 lori anderson
Congratulations if you’re name was picked, we will be in touch soon.
Sorry to those who didn’t, and thank you to everyone who shared, liked and helped spread the word.
If you missed the draw and would like to play along you can find Lesley’s ceramic flowers, and Claire’s silks in their shops
What do we want? Spring! When do we want it? Now! Well all right then!
I usually love Autumn and Winter, but I don’t feel that we’ve had proper seasons this year… what should have been crisp frosty mornings and beautiful snow filled landscapes has turned in to a wet mess. We’ve had damaging storms across the country, and the South has been hit by awful floods.
We’re ready for it to be over and are looking forward to everything Spring brings. There are small signs in the garden of warmer times coming, the bulbs are starting to break the surface and over the last few days, the birds have been singing. So in the hope of things to come, myself and Lesley Watt are hosting a glorious technicoloured ceramic Spring Fever design Challenge!
There are beads from myself…
There are beads from Lesley…
Everything has been specially made for the challenge with the theme of Spring. But that’s not all… this year, the lovely Claire Braunbarth of Smitten Beads will be joining us adding some of her sari silks in to the design packs.
Each pack consists of a surprise flower focal set from Lesley, a surprise bird bead set from me and a length of matching silk from Claire. Each bead is handmade and individual.
The challenge sets are offered at the discounted price of GBP£12 each + P&P (£2.50 uk/£3.75 overseas) and there are only 20 available. Winners of the sets will be randomly chosen from comments left on mine and Lesley’s blog.
If you’re a winner, we will let you know, get in touch for payment, and your pack will be posted out. You can create as many designs as you wish, using the beads and silk from us and anything in your stash. Designs need to be completed and ready for the big reveal and blog hop on Wednesday 16th April.
All you have to do to enter is comment on this post or on Lesley’s blog post but please note – you must be willing to take part in the blog hop on Wednesday 16th April.
There are are lots of ways you can increase your chances of winning too… Do any of the following and leave an additional comment each time and you will get an extra entry for each one:
Share this giveaway on your own blog
Share this giveaway on your Facebook pages, Google+, Twitter etc.
Anything else of you can think of to spread the word.
Don’t forget to leave a separate comment for each method to maximise your chances though! The draw will close at 8pm GMT on Wednesday 26th February and we will randomly select and announce the winners on Friday 28th February.
Winners will be sent an e-mail asking them to forward payment in Great British Pounds to my Paypal address – payments should be made as quickly as possible to ensure beads are shipped in good time.
We will aim to have all packed shipped by Monday 10th March which will allow five plus weeks for delivery and design. It’s as simple as that so good luck and I’ll see you back here on the 28th and hope you’ll be with us for the big reveal.
If you’d like to see what happened in the last challenge we hosted, check out the Pinterest board here to see the stunning Autumn design Challenge creations.
The day of the reveal is here and I’m really excited to be sharing the lovely charms I received with you, as well as what I created for this fantastic cause.
Beads of courage is a charity providing beads to children with illnesses. The children are given the beads to mark a point in their treatment. Some children have a few, sadly, others have long strings containing hundreds of beads.
To read more about the charity, find out why they use beads, or to make a donation, >>click here<<
I’m sure you will agree, it’s a fantastic charity, and I was really excited to hear about the charm swap. I signed up straight away!
This year the theme is Love. I wondered for quite a while how to create a ceramic charm that would portray this. I’m not much of a romantic, but love is precious and should be held on to. So with that in mind, here are my charms.
They are made from porcelain clay, fired unglazed to keep the purity of the white colour, and refired with pure gold lustre to accent the heart and make it precious.
And here they are together. I’m really pleased with how they turned out…. just as I’d imagined!
10 of these went out to other participants in the swap and the 11th will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Beads of Courage charity.
And here are the beautiful charms I got in return…
I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone, they’re stunning every one! And a massive thanks to Jennifer (Glass Addictions) for organising such a brilliant swap!
If you’d like the opportunity to get your hands on the charms including my design, while donating to a fantastic cause, you can take part in the auction which starts today >>here<< You can buy each of the charms individually and the listings will be staggered through the weekend so keep checking back for new ones!
**Don’t worry of you miss out on the auction listings, I’ll be making more charms to try and raise a little bit extra and will be putting up a limited number of made to order listings in my Etsy shop over the weekend!**
We’re hoping to raise $1000 dollars for the Beads of Courage project, so dig deep!
Please also join in the blog hop and visit the other lovely makers involved…
Well it would seem that my blog posts are like buses… nothing for ages, then two come along at once! Dare I say, I might be seeing a bit of organisation happening?
Today’s post is the big reveal for the Blueberribeads/TheaToo Autumn design challenge. I’m still stupidly excited to be hosting a hop along with my lovely friend Lesley, and can’t wait to set off visiting everyone to see what other people have created with our beads and bronze.
So, quick recap and then I’ll show piccies of my makes…
These are the sets that were sent out to the participants with the challenge of creating something fabulous with an Autumn theme. I was thrilled when Lesley sent me these pics by how perfectly the ceramic and bronze worked together.
I chose the beads I was going to use from my stash and set about coming up with my designs. Nothing really jumped out at me, but last weekend, I had a flash of inspiration and got making, so this is what I came up with, I hope I’ve done Lesley’s beautiful components justice!
The first component of Lesley’s that I chose was one of her coloured bracelet bars. I teamed this up with a pewter heart, cog, melon, bird and a couple of rounds of my own, a melon from Gaea, and a bobbly round from Suburban Girl Studio. I’ve had those two in my stash for ever and was reluctant to part with them, but they matched in with the palette perfectly. I used patinated copper wire for the wraps and bronze for a hook making the bar into a clasp.
Next up, I chose a snowflake disc from Lesley… it can snow in Autumn!
When I first started out properly crafting, I made dreamcatchers, so I though it would be nice to recreate one as a piece of jewellery. I wrapped the snowflake with the dark copper wire to make some eyes for hanging, and dangled one of my black clay feathers and lustred rounds with Czech beads. The pendant is hung from some beautiful hand dyed silk cord from the lovely Diane at Sowzere.
And finally, because I was on a roll… I made a cuff.
I’d been eyeing up this gorgeous enamelled pendant for ages, but didn’t really want to make another necklace, so after some very careful drilling, I managed to get a hole on the opposite side to turn it into a focal for this cuff.
I found these gorgeous Autumn shade super duo beads on my last visit to The Bead Shop Liverpool, I love how they fit together, they’re really slinky! The raggy ribbon is again from Sowzere and these were all attached to a piece of leather with some ribbon crimps.
I’d like to say a big thank you to Lesley for teaming up with me for this hop, I’m sure you’ll agree, her components are stunning! And thank you to everyone who joined in with us!
To see what everyone else has made, here are the links… I’ve got my coffee and I’m off for a browse!