Beads of Courage Art Charm Swap 2013

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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…

 

Jen Cameron: http://glassaddictions.com/blog/

Toltec Jewels: http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com

Vanessa Gilkes: http://culturezine.com/blog/

Caroline Dewison: http://blueberribeads.co.uk

Lesley Watt: http://www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com

Susan Kennedy: http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Nancy Dale : http://www.nedbeads.blogspot.com

Alicia Marinache: http://www.allprettythings.ca

Cassi Paslick: http://cassisbeads.blogspot.com

Alenka Obid: http://www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com

Renetha Stanziano: http://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Shelley Graham Turner: http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com

Monique Urquhart: http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com

Shai Williams: http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com

Lennis Carter: http://windbent.wordpress.com

Cheri Reed: http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Moriah Betterly: http://mlbetterly.blogspot.com

Perri Jackson: http://shaktipajdesigns.com/blog/

Mallory Hoffman: http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com

Ginger Bishop: http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com

Jean Peter: http://jeanpdesigns.blogspot.com

Linda Florian: http://lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com

Patricia Pulliam: http://rusticstudio.blogspot.com

Karin Grosset Grange: http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Julie Bowen: http://blog.autochthonous-evolved.com

Susan Delaney: http://ladyflowersbysusan.wordpress.com

Emma Todd: http://www.apolymerpenchant.blogspot.com

Carolyn Chenault : http://carolynchenault.wordpress.com

Terri Del Signore: http://artisticaos.blogspot.com

Cory Tompkins: http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com

Cheryl (Lee) Koopman: http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com

Lori Bowring Michaud: http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick: http://zenithjade.blogspot.com

Jacqueline Carlson: http://www.beadgypsy.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy: http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Charlene Bausinger Jacka: http://clay-space.com/blog/

Kristi Bowman: http://dreamsomedesigns.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

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Autumn Design Challenge Reveal

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…

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Autumn challenge winners…

Thank you to everyone who commented, blogged, pinned, and shared our challenge. We’re thrilled with the great response we got, and looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations in October!

The winners are….

Congratulations! Lesley will be in touch soon with details of what to do next to get hold of your goodies, and don’t forget to put us on your calendar… reveal date is October 2nd 🙂

 

 

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Blueberribeads & Thea Elements Autumn Design Challenge – Now closed for entries

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With the weather turning and the kids getting back to school, I’m dreaming of getting back to my much neglected blog and having time again to immerse myself in my work.  While chatting about my plans with my good friend Lesley of Thea Elements/Thea Jewellery, we hatched a plan to host a joint blog hop.  This is my first time, so be gentle 😉

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Autumn is my favourite time of year, not too hot and not too cold.  I love the changing colours of the season and am always drawn to earthy autumn colours for my beads, which are beautifully complimented by Lesley’s stunning bronze designs.  So we’re a perfect match to offer our readers the opportunity to get a bespoke set of beads and elements at a bargain price with the challenge of creating some Autumn jewellery designs with them.

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Each set is £10 including postage and packing and is made up of half a dozen(ish) of my ceramic beads and a couple of Lesley’s bronze elements.

20 readers will be selected at random from posts left here and on Lesley’s blog to receive a surprise parcel to create as many or as few designs as you wish. You may add any of your own beads and findings from your stash with designs to be ready to join us for the big reveal and blog hop on Wednesday October 2nd.

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So what do you need to do to join in?

 

Firstly, you need to ensure that you will definitely be able to meet the deadline of 2nd October for the reveal and be willing to join in the hop on the day.

Then, simply do something from the list below to be in with a chance of winning.  Each one counts as one entry for the draw, so the more you do, the more chances you have!  Don’t forget to leave a comment for each one so your extra entries are counted.

 

The draw will close at 8pm GMT on Monday 19th August 2013 and we’ll randomly select and announce the winners later in the day and send them a Paypal address for payment.  Payments should be made as quickly as possible to ensure beads are shipped in good time.
Good luck and we’ll be back on the 19th to announce the winners!

 

 

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Beady Eyed Bunny History Hop Reveal

I came across a link for this blog hop on the last day of signups and knew I had to join in! I love a challenge, and I also loved the subject!

Each participant had to choose a style of jewellery to take their inspiration from the following list…

Egypt
Mesopotamia
Greece
Rome
Celts
Indus Valley Civilization 
Merovingian
Reneissance
English Romanticism & Mourning Jewelry
Art Nouveau
Early Russian 
China
Moche of Peru
Aztec
Mixtec
Native American
M?ori (New Zealand)

Leah, the lovely lady organising the hop, gave us some great styles to chose from, but I knew as soon as I read through the list that my choice would be Art Nouveau! I fell in love with the style years ago when I found a picture of this brooch by Rene Lalique on the internet…

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The detail in it is incredible!  Unfortunately, I lack the skills, or the cash to create such a masterpiece, but I tried to use the skills I do have to create something inspired by this.

So it began with one of my porcelain faces, I played around with ideas and decided on setting it with copper wings, a bit ambitious, but there are always 2 chances!

I came up with an initial sketch which was filled with set cabochons, dangly bits and anything else I felt like I could fit on there, but eventually narrowed it down to quite a simple design. Then, my OH, struck with inspiration suggested using leaves for the wings… Brilliant! All my going on about jewellery has finally started to rub off on him 😉 So I set about raiding the garden for suitable leaves which I could electroform to create the wings.

These were glued on to some wire ready for forming and a few days later, were pure copper and ready for setting on to the main piece.

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These are from a beautiful Rhododendron we have which is just about to burst in to bloom! I hope it won’t miss them!

Once formed, they were soldered on to a piece of copper cut for the backing along with some prongs for holding the face and a couple of antennae. The antennae were topped with half drilled Mother of pearls and the dangle is a pale blue topaz. I patinated the whole thing to pick up the detail in the leaves, but decided I liked the finish, so rather than polish it up, I just sealed it  to keep the lovely dark colour. I have yet to decide on what to do with the chain part, but the blue silk ribbon will do for now until I make a decision!

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Unfortunately, I got my scale a bit wrong and the whole thing is huge! But I’ve enjoyed the process and have lots of ideas to develop this design in to something a little more wearable!

Thank you to Leah for organising such a brilliantly themed hop, be sure to check out her blog and the rest of the participants in the links below!

Have a great weekend!

 

Caroline x

 

Leah Curtis – Indus Valley – beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.co.uk
Laney Mead – M?ori – laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk
Becca – Art Nouveau – godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Melissa – English Romanticism and Mourning Jewelry – beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Tracy Stillman – Native American – tracystillmandesigns.com
Gerda – English Romanticism and Mourning Jewelry – gerdascraftsblog.blogspot.com
Liz E – Native North American – beadcontagion.blogspot.com
Ahowin – M?ori (New Zealand)  – blog.ahowinjewelry.com 
Jasvanti – Indus Valley – jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
Lizzie – Art Nouveau – theneedtobead.blogspot.co.uk 
Julia Hay – Merovingian – pandanimal.blogspot.co.uk
Dini – Celtic – angazabychanges.blogspot.nl
Caroline – Art Nouveau – blueberribeads.co.uk 
Charlie – Moche of Peru – clay-space.com/blog 
Karin – China – maverickbeads.blogspot.com
Niky Sayers – Rome – silverniknats.blogspot.com 
Marcia Dunne – Celctic and Mourning Jewelry – thealternativefoundry.blogspot.co.uk
anafiassa – Mesopotamia – anafiassa.blogspot.com
Kokopelli – Native American – kokopellidesign.blogspot.com
Christa – Native American – adventuresofwonebeadywoman.blogspot.com
Clair – Roman – obstinatepursuit.blogspot.co.uk
Susan Bowie – Native American – susanbowie.wordpress.com
Gloria Allen – English Romanticism – gloriaallendesigns.blogspot.com
Sheila Garrett – Early Russia – 4brownowl.blogspot.co.uk

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BSBP- The big reveal!

I’m not going to babble today… I’m just going to get on with it and show you what I’ve made with the lovely bead soup sent to me by my partner in the Bead Soup Blog Party… Doris Stumpf, a wonderfully talented lampworker from Germany. I hope I’ve done them justice!

Here’s a reminder of what she sent to me…

A gorgeous mix of Doris’s glass and pretty spring coloured beads and components!

So here’s the first make…

When I first started making, I had no idea what I was going to do… so I thought I’d start with a necklace. The polymer rose cabochon is embroidered with seed beads, glass drops, glass leaves and acrylic flowers, and strung with bronze chain, the pretty silk string and one of my birdies. I decided against a clasp. The necklace is long enough to slip over your head, but it can be altered with the bow attaching the silk to the bronze chain. Underneath hangs a pretty birdcage charm, Rose Quartz and Aventurine faceted drops and a Glass leaf all held together with a tiny bow.

Next I wanted to try something different… I think I’ve only ever made one brooch, so I thought it was about time I made another!

The rose was crocheted and the focal, enamelled leaf and pin were sewn on afterwards.

I was given this wonderful hand spun yarn by a friend… bet you can’t guess what it is!!!

I was amazed when I found out! It’s banana fibre and is beautifully soft and not like bananas at all! Cool eh? 😉

And finally, I needed to make something with my clasp….

I love bracelets with everything piled on. This one has a mixture of beads from my soup and a few from my stash. It has more silk strings, this time my own, a good lashing of Czech flowers and crystals and the gorgeous glass clasp, handmade by Doris.

I would like to say a big thank you to Lori for organising the BSBP. It must be a monumental task and she’s done an amazing job, even through being poorly. Sending her lots of get well wishes xxx

And also to Doris, who put together a wonderfully generous collection, a lot of which is still left. I’m looking forward to making more with it over the next few weeks 🙂

And finally, here’s a link to Lori’s page with links to all the participants of today’s reveal! (if you want to see the whole thing including over 500 entrants, you can find out more at Lori’s blog http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for visiting! x

Adlinah Kamsir www.dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.com
Agi Kiss http://moonsafaribeads.blogspot.com
Alenka Obid www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Alison Sachs www.beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com
Amanda Tibbetts http://www.amandamade.com/blog
Amy Sims www.amysimsdesigns.com
Ana Cravidao http://acbeads.blogspot.com
Andra Marasteanu http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com
Andria Poole www.Jewelleryartiste.blogspot.com
Angela Perkins http://jeweledinspirations.blogspot.com
Anja Schultz http://anjas-perlenwelt.blogspot.de/
Ann Sherwood http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/
Anna Nordeman http://annas-adornments.blogspot.com
Annita Wilson http://awjewelryandbeadwork.blogspot.com/
Arlene Dean http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/
Astrid Boyce http://astridboyce.blogspot.com/
Barb Fernald http://barbarasfernald.com/
Betty James Hoppensteadt www.tybetastidbits.blogspot.com
Birgit Klughardt www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com
Bonnie Coursolle http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca/
Brandy Thomason McNair www.bellavitajewelry.blogspot.com
Brenda Sigafoos http://brenda-sigafoos.blogspot.com
Carmen Lau http://littlemake.blogspot.com/
Carol Wilson http://jetadorn.blogspot.com/
Caroline Dewison http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Cassie Donlen www.cassiedonlen.blogspot.com
Catharine Temaluru http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com
Catherine Turrell http://fairysketches.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri Reed www.creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Cherrie Warzocha http://colorsofshae.blogspot.com/
Christa Murphy http://adventuresofwonebeadywoman.blogspot.com/
Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/
Christina Stofmeel www.fengbeads.com
Christine Hansen http://intuitivesparks.blogspot.com
Christine Stonefield www.sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com
Cilla Watkins www.tellyourgirlfriends.com
Cindy Cima Edwards www.cindycima.com
Claire Lockwood www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com
Colleen Vinthagen http://www.thewireworkshop.com/blog/
Dagmar Liebisch http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de/
Dana Fowler www.blogjunepur.blogspot.com
Danielle Kelley http://imbuethemuse.blogspot.com/
Deb Fortin www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.co.uk
Denise Milward http://milwardstorysofar.wordpress.com/
Diah Anggreni http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com/
Diana Gonzalez www.arteypoemas.com
Diane Valasek http://dragonflyclose.blogspot.com/
Dita Basu http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/
Doris Stumpf http://glaszwerg.blogspot.de/
Elizabeth Bunn http://elizabethbeads.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Drake http://mutteringsofacrone.wordpress.com/
Elizabeth Jones http://www.eyekandyjewellery.com
Elizabeth Stolarczyk http://elizabethsart.blogspot.co.uk/
Ema Kilroy http://www.emakdesigns.com/blog
Erin Kenny http://beadifultherapy.blogspot.ca/
Evelyn Duberry Www.ShebaMakeda.com
Fay Wolfenden www.torchfairy.blogspot.com
Francesca Watson http://francescawatson.com/
Gen Smith http://gennysworld.blogspot.com/
Ginger Davis Allman www.thebluebottletree.com
Giorgia Rossini www.joyblonde.blogspot.com
Hannah Annear www.quirkyhannah.wordpress.com
Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Heidi Kingman www.Heidikingman.blogspot.com
Ildiko Jarai www.sviroalkotasai.blogspot.hu
Iveth Caruso www.CreativeAtelier.net
Jackie Locantore http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStarSanctuaryStudio
Jacqueline Keller www.creartelier.blogspot.com
Jane Pranata Lim http://cherryeve.blogspot.com
Jennifer Davis http://jennifersjewelsandjunk.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Tough http://jenniferbeads.blogspot.ca
Jenny Vidberg http://shymessmycken.blogspot.se/
Jessica Klaaren Http://cellardoorjewelry.blogspot.com
Joanna Matuszczyk http://filcowe.blogspot.com
Joyce Becker www.joycesjoyfulgems.blogspot.com
Judith Johnston http://www.lampworkbeadlounge.com/
Judy Riley www.threeredbeads.blogspot.com
JuLee Wolfe www.thepolymerpenguin.blogspot.com
June Butt http://www.onewhiteswan.blogspot.co.nz/
Karen Mitchell http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com/
Karin King www.maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Karin von Hoeren www.creativeideen.de
Karla Morgan http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathrin Lembke http://allesperle.blogspot.de/
Kathy Stemke
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Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic http://slovoni.blogspot.com
Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Kelley Fogle www.mylifeonebeadatatime.blogspot.com
Keren Panthaki https://vasdea.wordpress.com
Kimberly Idalski http://www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com
Kirsi Loponen http://peikkonen.blogspot.com
Klaudia Tóth http://www.klaudiabizsu.hu/
Krista Quantrill www.cornucopiaofcrafts.blogspot.ca
Kristina Hahn Eleniak www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Kristina Johansson www.wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com
Laney Mead http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk/
Lara Lutrick http://www.lutrick.blogspot.com/
Laura Guenther www.blueantiquities.blogspot.com
Lauren Potts www.lpsjewelry.blogspot.com
Laurie Vyselaar www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Leah Tees www.mybeadylittleeyes.blogspot.ca
Lena Adams http://mommaslilbirdiesblog.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Leslie Wayment www.aabeadsonline.com/blog/
LiliKrist http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/
Linda Kropp http://lindasartbarn.blogspot.com/
Linda Newnham http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
Linda Younkman www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Boucher http://lisasclayhappenings.blogspot.com/
Lizzie Clarke www.theneedtobead.blogspot.com
Lora Bright http://fandangling.wordpress.com/
Lorelle McIntyre http://beadyart.blogspot.com.au
Lori Anderson www.PrettyThingsBlog.com
Lori Finney http://lori-finney.blogspot.ca/
Lucie Bouvier http://www.carlosbeadstore.com/blog/
Malin de Koning http://beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.se
Marina Dobrynina http://savonfeutre.blogspot.fr/
Marina Kosovic http://machoopko-design.blogspot.com/
Marion Simmons http://www.shadetreejewelry.com/blog.html
Marita Suominen http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi/
Marjolein Trewavas http://roomforchangemeuk.blogspot.co.uk/
Marsela Schroth www.marselita.de
Martha Aleo www.ornamento.wordpress.com
Mary Govaars www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Mary K McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Maybeline Tay http://thejewelrylarder.blogspot.sg/
Mea-B. Uebler www.glasorakel.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Menka Gupta http://menkag.blogspot.com
Merja Sundström http://suntsan.blogspot.fi/
Merja Syrjämäki http://helmiriippuvuus.blogspot.fi/
Michelle Buettner http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Michelle Escano www.cabbycraft.blogspot.com
Michelle Wigginton http://adornedonadelaide.blogspot.ca/
Milla Hope www.Lbcreativeart.com
Miranda AckerelyMowse Doyle www.mirandack.com

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Mrs M Makes www.mrsmmakes.wordpress.com
Nan Smith www.wirednan.blogspot.com
Natalie Davidson http://northshoredays.blogspot.co.nz/
Natalie Moten http://runningoutofthread.blogspot.com/
Natascha Marty www.sommerlicht.ch
Nikki Banham-Hall http://jewellerymakingblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Noemi Baena http://blog.noemibaena.com/
Norma Turvey http://moonlitfantaseas.blogspot.com
Pam DeBoer http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com/
Pam Hurst www.pamhurst.blogspot.com
Patti Pruhs http://threebeadsandastring.blogspot.com/
Penny Houghton http://www.smellynelly.blogspot.com.au/
Penny Mills www.cobblestone-lane.blogspot.com
Rachel Van-Walsh www.balancedcrafts.com/blog
Rebecca Sirevaag www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Regina Santerre http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com/
Regina Wood
http://www.gina-design.blogspot.com
Roberta Fauntroy www.thevirtualbeadsociety.wordpress.com
Rosanagh Watson
Rose Johnson
http://ring-a-ring-a-rosie.blogspot.co.uk

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Rosemary Cheslock www.glasseyebutterfly.tumblr.com
Rossana De Gaspari http://rdegas.blogspot.com
Sabine Dittrich www.perlendschungel.blogspot.com
Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreations.tumblr.com/
Sandi James http://www.dobedobeaddo.blogspot.com/
Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca
Sandra Wollberg http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.com/
Sandra Young http://gypsyroadbeads.blogspot.ca/
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/
Sharon Palac www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com
Sierra Barrett http://giraffecanhas.wordpress.com/
Silke Gröber http://just-beads.blogspot.com
Siobhán Keogh http://vovsjewellery.blogspot.ie/
Stefanie Teufel http://stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com
Stephanie Stamper www.Skwds.blogspot.com
Sue Hamel http://cardandjewelrycorner.blogspot.com/
Sue Rennie http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk/
Susan Kennedy www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Susan McClelland http://mistheword12.wordpress.com
Susanna Lehto http://othellehto.blogspot.fi/
Suse Stelljes www.pearlify.blogspot.de
Susie Hibdon http://vintagesusieandwings.blogspot.com
Suzann Sladcik Wilson www.BeadphoriaBlog.com
Tara Plote http://newbiebeader.blogspot.com/
Terri G. http://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com/
Terry Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com/
Terry Matuszyk http://pinkchapeau.wordpress.com/
Theresa Frank http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com/
Tina Bosh http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/
Tina Noonan www.wingedimp.blogspot.com
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My soup has arrived!

My bead soup arrived last week… I’ma bit slow posting a picture as I’m busy getting ready to go to the Flame Off next week… soooo excited! I’ll be there with my beads for the whole thing this year, and also there on the Sunday for the bead fair. It’s going to be held at the Silverstone racetrack, and this time even my OH is excited!

But back to my lovely soup… after exchanging a few emails with Doris, I have to say, she’s read me perfectly and I love everything she’s sent. I have lots of ideas of what to make with it, hopefully they’ll be as good in real life as they are in my head!

The lampwork is all made by Doris,, I think you’ll agree that it’s beautiful, and I love the pretty spring colours! The rest of the beads are all from her stash, unfortunately she doesn’t know who from, so shout if you recognise anything!

See you soon for the reveal! x

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Soup’s on!

My lovely partner in the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party received her beads a couple of days ago, so I can share what I sent 🙂

I agonised for ages over what to send, it’s my first time, and was worried about types, colours, amount, pretty much everything! Eventually, I decided on a few beautiful beads from some of my favourite beadmakers and suppliers here in the UK.

And what a talented bunch they are…

 

This isn’t the greatest picture, unfortunately my camera doesn’t like to take photographs of purple, but in real life, they are all different rich hues of purple, grey, white, gold & bronze.

I’m thrilled to say that Doris was really pleased with what she got from me… phew!!!

I can’t wait to see what she does with them!

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7th Bead Soup Blog Party

I’m really excited to be taking part in the 7th Bead Soup Blog party hosted by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog.

My partner is Doris Stumpf from Germany, a very talented lampworker who creates the most amazing little creatures and beautiful beads from glass, here’s her website if you’d like to pay her a visit 🙂  www.glaszwerg.blogspot.co.uk/

My bead soup has been ready for the last couple of weeks,  so I will be at the post office first thing on Monday to send Doris her package of goodies. Here’s a little teaser shot of what I’ll be posting…

 

All will be revealed soon! 😉

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Bead Giveaway Blog Hop

When Lesley at the Gossiping Goddess asked if any one wanted free beads, well how could I say no?

Her good friend and lampworker, Kaz Baildon had had a clear out and was left with loads of lovely beads that she didn’t know what to do with so they were sent to Lesley who very kindly offered some of them out to anyone participating in her challenge.

It’s been ages since I’ve made jewellery properly, but I’m a both feet kind of girl, so I threw my name in the hat, and was thrilled when I was chosen as one of the lucky winners.
That thrill soon turned to terror when I received the beads and realised I would have to do something with them and actually show everybody, so here goes…

I’ve never made anything with a heart bead before and the colours are not something I would have gone for, but after a rummage around in my box of stuff, I started to form an idea. I’ve been stashing Czech beads for a while and the matt green rondelles went perfectly with the focal heart. I threw everything that looked like it matched in a pile on my desk and narrowed down a few different bits to go in to the design. The Czech beads were wrapped on to copper wire around the heart with Maroon KO thread and held in place with green magatama drops. I then used one of the spacer beads to add a dangle and finished it off with a vintage Czech glass leaf.

It sat on my desk threaded on the silk strings for a couple of weeks untouched as I puzzled what to do with the other spacer. I considered hiding it, but I’m sure Lesley would have noticed!

I had some round knobbly washers which I thought would make a great toggle clasp, but they were bronze and didn’t match the copper in the rest of the design, so they went in to the electroforming bath for a few minutes and tadaaa… they were copper plated. The final spacer was wired up to make the bar with a couple of loops to hold the silk strings and everything was finished with thin copper wire.

I’m pleased with how the final design turned out, and have really enjoyed taking part in the challenge.

Big thanks to Lesley for organising it all (even when poorly!) and to Kaz Baildon for the beads.

You can see more of Kaz’s lovely beads in her Etsy shop >>> http://www.etsy.com/shop/cheekycherubdesigns

To see what everyone else has made in the challenge, follow the links below…

And if you would like to see more of my Jewellery designs, please take a look in my Etsy shop >>> http://www.etsy.com/shop/blueberribeads

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Metal Prong Challenge

 

You’ve probably noticed, I’m loving the new Artisan Whimsy site… the challenges are really good fun!

The metal team has issued the Metal prong Challenge, and as this type of setting is something I’ve never done before I thought I’d have a bash. I had some pieces of copper already etched so I decided to chop one of these up to make a backing for one of my ceramic cabochons.  I love it that with all the different things I’ve tried over the years, I’m now at a point where I can make a complete piece of jewellery from start to finish. The end result is far from perfect, but luckily I like the arts & craft/rustic style 😉

For the prongs, I used 2mm copper wire (coz I’m a bit of a wimp and thought they’d be more difficult to make a mess of) and set them on the backing in a similar way to the tutorial on the site (check out the post here) I did mine, slightly differently to the way they showed as I didn’t have any rivets, so just sawed the wire flat and soldered straight on to the backing.

The prongs hold on to one of my ceramic face cabs, and sit above a bezel set amethyst cab. I decided to file the face of the prongs, as the wire was so thick it really stood out and didn’t look right, then when everything was set, it was patinated and polished, and strung on a silk cord with Czech glass, copper and grey stone beads.

Thanks to the Metal Team for setting the challenge. I’ve learned quite a lot taking part, (mainly what not to do!) and I hope to use this style of setting in the future in more designs.

If you’d like to take a look at what others in the challenge have done, here’s a link to their blogs…

 

The Beading Yogini, http://www.thebeadingyogini.com

Caroline Dewison, BlueBerri Beads, http://blueberribeads.co.uk/

Pam Farren, http://www.re-maker.blospot.com

Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry,http://www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com

Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments, http://northernadornments.blogspot.com/

Gina Hockett, Freestyle Elements, http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com

Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy, http://mybeadtherapy.blogspot.com

Lisa Laffend, http://kokopelliegirl.blogspot.com/

Laura Medeiros. http://zoeowyn.blogspot.com

Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things, http://www.allprettythings.ca/

Melissa Muir, Melissa Muir Jewelry, http://design.kcjewelbox.com/

Melinda Orr, Melinda Orr Designs, http://orrtec.blogspot.com/

Julie Panusis, http://catsmeowco.blogspot.com

Mary Ellen Parker, http://beetreebyme.blogspot.com/

Staci Louise Smith, Staci Louise Originals, http://www.stacilouiseoriginals.com/

Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame, www.KnotJustMacrame.com

Jo Tinley, Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery, http://www.daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com

Francesca Watson, Francesca Watson Designs, http://www.francescawatson.com

Jean Wells, http://www.jeanawells.blogspot.com

Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs, http://lindysdesigns.blogspot.com/

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UK Inspiration Challenge

The UK Blog team on Artisan whimsy have challenged members to create a piece of jewellery or component which represents an area of the UK where one of the members live.

The cities for the challenge are Dorset, Edinburgh, Bath, Isle of White, Liverpool and Southampton. I’ve chosen Edinburgh.

Scotland is one of my favourite places in the world, I’ve spent many holidays up in the Highlands and once past Glasgow get that feeling in my tummy that I’m heading home… I think I must have lived there in a previous life!  From a bit of family history told to me by my late Grandad, his parents were lowlanders descended from the clan Lamont. One of these days I will do some research and find out a little more about them. I’ve visited Edinburgh twice as a child and was awestruck by the contrast between the city and the surrounding countryside, so I’ve taken that as my inspiration for my component.

So here’s my piece…

Hopefully you can see the mountains, the sunset sky and the contrast of the grey stone buildings with the windows reflecting the beautiful light.

There are loads of people taking part, to see who and what they’ve created, follow the links below….

The Hosts
Lesley Watt Gossiping Goddess

Rebecca Anderson Songbeads

Pippa Chandler Pip’s Jewellery

Teresa Hulley Bo Hulley Beads

Natalie McKenna Grubbi

Jo Tinley Daisychain Designs

Dorset

Gale White Bantering Bird on Flickr

Ginger Bishop Lilmummylikes

Cece Cormier The Beading Yogini

Therese Frank Therese’s Treasures

Cilla Watkins Tell Your Girlfriends

Sherry Baun

Kay Toodles and Binks

Edinburgh

Therese Frank Therese’s Treasures

Kashmira Patel Sadafulee

Caroline Dewison Blueberribeads

Pam Sears Crazy Creative Corner

Sherry Baun

Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

Lucy Haslam

Bath

Cynthia Machata  http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Pam Sears Crazy Creative Corner

Sherry Baun

Isle of Wight

Duane Clark Bizzy Bead

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Sharyl’s Jewelry

Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

Jean Wright Just Beadey

D Lynne Bowland Islandgirl’s Insights

Lisa Lodge Pine Ridge Treasures

Sherry Baun

Liverpool

Jean A. Wells  http://www.jeanawells.blogspot.com

Shalini Austin   Jewellery by Shalini

Doris Stumpf Glaszwerg

Sherry Baun

Lennis C Windbent

Southampton

Sherri Stokey Knot Just Macramé

Sherry Baun

Leigh Thow Jewellrleigh

Kathy Lindemer Bay Moon Design

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My first Hop!

I’m really excited to be taking part in my first blog hop, organised by the The Gossiping Goddess

For those of you who haven’t seen her site before, (which I doubt is many) the Goddess is the lovely Lesley Watt of TheaJewellery.

Each of the participants will get a gift of free beads from Lesley, from which we have to make a piece of jewellery , accessory or ornament and share what we’ve made.

Beads by Kaz Baildon

Look at all those goodies!!!

The beads are the result of a clear out by the very talented lampworker, Kaz Baildon, and Lesley has kindly decided to share her bounty and give some out to jewellers around the world to take part in her hop. So I put my name in the hat and was thrilled to be picked as one of the lucky recipients of some stash!

I’d decided a few weeks ago that I’m going to start making jewellery again, so this is the perfect opportunity to give me a kick up the bum and get going again. I’m a bit nervous because it’s been a while since I’ve made anything that wasn’t a gift for one of my family (easy work coz they’ve got to say they like it!) but I’ve got 2 chances, and I quite like the thrill of a challenge.

The date for the big reveal is 12th of December, (handy for a last bit of Christmas shopping if you see something you fancy 😉 ) so keep an eye out for a post from me and the other entrants to see what we’ve made.

See you soon!

 

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