Monday, October 26, 2015

Art Jewelry Adventure

In my effort to learn more about using resin in jewelry creation, I have been following Jen Cushman and signed up for her blog this year. I was delighted to see that she is an instructor for a series of online classes that are part of the Adventure Art Jewelry Retreat 2016. Sign-ups opened yesterday and I eagerly enrolled.

Classes don't start until January but it will be fun to read more about the instructors and follow interesting discussion boards on the website.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Andrew Thornton Lunar Eclipse Challenge

I just love the names of Andrew's challenges. It can be tough to get a kit since he only makes a certain number each time and they have become quite popular. One reason for the popularity is the abundance of goodies of all shapes, sizes and textures. It's always such a treat to open the package and choose a design direction.

For this challenge, we received wax linen and a variety of shaped beads as well as plenty of seed beads. But the best part is always the mystery component where Andrew's bronze pendant really decided my color palette.

Lunar Eclipse Mystery Component

My main piece was a necklace featuring the mystery component, the large round beads from Andrew's kit as well as the Irish linen, embellished with seed bead trios and woven through the chain to provide some additional texture.

Unchained Melody Necklace
Here's a close-up of the Irish linen-seed bead technique.

The other larger beads on the necklace were from my stash and found the perfect home with this color scheme. After finishing the necklace, I had two left over so what else to do but make some earrings!

Since I was on an earring roll, I decided to use the rest of the Irish linen to make some tassel earrings and another design by Jill Wiseman shown in the upper right. This is Jill's Whirlygig earring design and this link will take you to the YouTube tutorial for this easy, fun pattern.

If you'd like to make Lunar Eclipse visits to the other bead artists participating in the challenge, start over at Andrew's blog for photos and links.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tribute to an Amazing Bead Artist

I just saw Bead&Button's tribute to Justyna Szlezak who sold her wonderful beading designs as Eridhan on Etsy. Her store is still open, renamed In Memory of Eridhan so her designs will live on and continue to provide beading inspiration. The Bead&Button tribute features photos of Justyna's designs submitted by other bead artists and it made me recall my first introduction to Justyna, through one of the Time to Stitch challenges hosted by Therese and Christine in January of this year. Therese had offered Justyna's design as an example of a peyote word chart and I was so taken by it, I purchased a four-pack and made them all.

The Desert Rose design was featured in the June 2015 Bead&Button issue but my favorite was the Twisted Triangle which I used in the below pendant.

When you read the tributes to Justyna from other beaders, most start by saying, "I didn't know Justyna except through her bead designs....." Well what an incredible legacy she has left to us.
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