Saturday, May 30, 2015

Creating with Cabochons May 2015

Have I mentioned how much I love cabochons? I know I sound like a broken record. But there is something so enticing about their simplicity where you start with a very basic shape, usually round, and then just listen to the beads as you build your piece.

Thank you, Sally for hosting us for this fun challenge. I made three designs and the first was inspired by you in the Make A Statement challenge from February this year. In that piece, Sally used Super Duos to build a gorgeous pendant. I went in search of similar patterns and got lucky with one of my favorite designers: Ellad2 with her Eau De Source design. Since we are featuring cabochons, I replaced the rivoli in the design with this sweet cabochon from my stash.

For the neck strap, I embellished cubic right angle weave.

I went a little boho with my second piece and used a pendant created by Andrew Thornton as my cab. I attached it to a flat turkish bead crochet bracelet and embellished a simple cab surround.

The last piece is my favorite. I love creating these Cabochon Creatures and here I present Connie Cocktail!

Connie Cocktail and Pet Kitty!

Here's Connie "before" I dressed her:

And here's Connie from behind!

Thanks, again, Sally for sponsoring our cab fix. Here are links to the other wonderful participants in our challenge:

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Our Lady and Memorial Day

Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of my favorite images. She makes a frequent appearance here in the Southwest in churches as well as art displays. I was unfamiliar with her story when we first moved here and purchased this painting. It was only when our cousin visited and told us she liked our painting of Our Lady that I learned a little about her.

Since then I have been drawn to her image and have also featured it in some of my creations like the Oglala necklace below.

Her sweet image seems a good one as we find ourselves pausing tomorrow to reflect on the many sacrifices made by our service men and women.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Earring Palooza

Earrings are a great project to give you the satisfaction of finishing with a reasonable time investment. Usually when I find a pattern I like, I go on a tear making multiple sets for myself and to give as gifts. Earrings have become my go-to hostess gift and look very festive attached to a nice bottle of wine.

Here are some of my recent earring projects.

Paisley Drops - Design by Jane Lock in August/September Beadwork 2010

Heliotrope Earrings - Design by Reem Iversen from Beadwork's Favorite Bead Stitches 2015
The engineering of this design is a marvel. Often, stitched earrings can be a bit flimsy but these are dimensional and substantial. This is one of my favorites - ever.

More Heliotrope and a Holiday Bonus Pattern from Ellad2

The last set on the lower right was a free holiday pattern offered by Ellad2, one of my all-time favorite designers. She has an Etsy store and her own web site and I can spend hours getting inspiration from her work. She is so generous with her copyright permissions which allow you to sell her designs as long as they are not mass produced.

Floral Swirl Earrings -- Design by Cheryl Erickson from Beadwork June/July 2014

I have always marveled at artists who make their own findings and resolved to learn the basics this year. I signed up for a Craftsy class by Lisa Niven Kelly and here is my first set of earring findings. By the way, I am not being paid to mention Craftsy but I've seen lots of different sources for online classes and I think Craftsy is a wonderful option. I have taken four classes so far, the instructors are great and prices are very reasonable. They often have specials and once you sign up, you are notified of flash sales which offer classes at even lower prices. Best yet, you don't have to pay for a monthly subscription. I have enough of those already!

Craftsy: Make Your Own Wirework Findings

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