Saturday, April 27, 2013

7th Bead Soup Reveal

Remember the Bead Soup sent to me by Rose Thorn ?

Now you will get to see the creations I made by adding a few goodies from my own collection and using the beads and findings she sent.

The cat clasp was just too precious to not be front and center !  The nice sheer ribbon was sent to me as a Christmas gift From Julie Panusis. It was the perfect accent for the large beads.  Here is a closer look.

There was a beautiful glass bead focal in the soup. Paired it up with a shiny silver background and it popped.  The colors matched a shell bead that I had created and the union was heavenly.  Also used the other clasp that was included in the soup.

I still had beads left to play with.  Rose was very generous !
I paired the pretty red glass beads with  a set of polymer clay beads I had recently created.   


Matching bracelet

And since there were still beads rolling around in the tray .....
I decided to try my hand at adding beads to an applique and creating a choker . And some sassy earrings too !

Believe it or not there are still a few beads rolling around in the tray. It has been a fun month of exploring the options with this bead soup and letting my imagination run free. Thank You Rose for the wonderful bead soup !
Hope you  have enjoyed these.

You can see what Rose made with my bead soup at her blog
I hope Rose had as much fun with the soup I sent her.

If you would like to see the other incredible designs you will find all the reveals of the
7th Bead Soup Blog Party  at

Many thanks to Lori Anderson for hosting this wonderful event.  She goes above and beyond as a host.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

5th Do Over Challenge

Jewelry by Jeannie  offers a jewelry challenge every so often.

I was lucky enough to participate in the last one and really enjoyed it.  Rushed to sign up for this one ! 

Here's how it works:
Jeannie will send you an old, tried, boring piece of her jewelry for free and you will work your magic and turn it into something beautiful and amazing. There will be a small entry fee  to cover shipping and handling. 
The jewelry she is  sending out for this challenge are designs she made when she was new to jewelry-making and has decided  not to sell.  This is NOT jewelry currently listed on her website! There will be no art beads of any kind in what you receive.
Can't guarantee what you get or that you will even like it. Just have fun and keep within the spirit of what this challenge is about; DO OVER/CHALLENGE! It will not be in any fancy packaging when you receive it.

My package arrived and I dove in !   Want to take a peek ?

                                                       Strand of Lucite and wood
                Set created with AB Glass chips & Glass Donuts

These are the pieces I am to do over !

I carefully took each one apart and stored the pieces on my work desk.  Would take them out occasionally, waiting for them to speak to me.  They were silent at first. So I went on with other projects. One of which was creating some polymer clay focal beads to fill up my supply cabinet for upcoming shows.

I just randomly start making the beads and pop them in to bake !  As I am cleaning and buffing them several jump out and ask to be included in the do over ! Then as I am digging through my stash to find little this and thats to work with an adorned shell begs to be included too !  I end up laying out and redoing bead designs into the wee hours of the next day ... well , actually, Hubby said, at 5 am , that I really needed to go to bed for a bit !

Having not worked with glass chips before I had a learning process to go through. Little devils are slippery ! 

I know, enough of the chit chat - show us the pretties !

First I divided the AB Glass chips up into two portions.

Using the first portion  of the chips and the larger of the two

glass discs  I set out to incorporate my first focal bead. I 

added a few Swarovski crystals in pink and purple to pick up

 the colors in the focal. Filled the strand out with clear Czech

  glass beads. A few silverplated findings and this is the result.

The balance of the AB glass chips  and the smaller of the two

 glass discs joined the polymer clay adorned seashell.


up a scoop of smaller sea shells and a few wood beads for 

accents. A little wire work and pulled them all together.

Then I turned my attention to the strand of Lucite and wood

 beads.   I knew exactly which focal bead I wanted to pair 

them with.  Added a few Chalcedny that I had from bead fair

 purchase and  Here we go .

The glass chips were a real challenge for me. So many little 

pieces in so many different shapes and thicknesses.  The AB

coating on them makes matching up other beads  a daylight 

event.   I am pleased with the final pieces and hope I found  

a new life for these !

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and browse the other 


Charlie Jacka
Ginger Davis Allman
Jeannie K Dukic (hostess)
Molly Alexander (you are here!)
Mary Govaars
Penny Houghton

If you are interested in seeing more of focal beads I create  

they are at .

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Very Merry Unbirthday Party

Hello!  Ready to party ?   

This was a super fun project for me!  And it let me celebrate my birthday which is often overlooked during all the Thanksgiving festivities. 
My partner for the Very Merry UnBirthday Party is : Susan Bowie  
Susan creates the most wonderful jewelry !  

The postal system did it's darndest to irritate the heck out of us. Took forever for them to get her package to me and get it delivered properly. So glad it arrived !  My birthday is November 25th which makes my birthstone Topaz or Citirine.

Bet you want to see what was in it , don't you ?

How about a close up look at that intriguing focal bead ....

Susan tells me the focal is leather with silver, copper, & Citrine embedded in it .  Absolutely stunning !  The little transparent chips are Citrine and Carnelian. Also in the strand are Swarovski Golden Topas, vintage Black Onyx, and Czech  Glass Crystals. All in all a wonderful, uplifting sparkly ensemble !

I love it !  thank you so much Susan ! 

 When we made first contact Susan told me her birthday had just passed the week before . Very timely event to participate in for both of us.  The birth stone for March is Aquamarine. 

Meaning and Symbolism of the Aquamarine:
Faithfulness, courage and friendship
Awareness, quick response and easing communication problems.

Sure fits Susan !

When Susian checked out my Facebook page -
 She spotted a necklace I had collaborated  on with Sunrise Designs  . 
I love to work with objects I find on my strolls through nature.  Adding polymer clay to seashells has held a fascination for me for sometime. My stockpile of seashells with adornment was over running the bead area.  So I sent some to my friend to work with. This bead was among them ... 

Ann took this bead and created a necklace with it using Aquamarine, Amethyst, and Swarovski Crystals. The fabulous result was

Messages flew back and forth between all of us.  The necklace and matching components to make earrings were shipped to me quickly.  I worked up a pair of earrings, and off the package went to Susan.
Thank you so much Ann / Sunrise Designs
It has been so awesome doing collaborations with you !

*note - I failed to get a closeup picture of the earrings I designed. They can be seen at Susan's blog.

This has been a fantastic celebration !

LINK LIST for HBBH 3 1/2 - A Very Merry UnBirthday Party

Ali McCarthy

Alicia Marinache

Anzia Parks

Audrey Belanger

Cheri Reed

Cheryl Dunham

Chris Eisenberg

Christine Schlicht

Cynthia Machata

D Lynne Bowland

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Gina Hockett

Ginger Bishop

Gloria Allen

Janeen Burlingame

Joana Perez Stribel

Lori Schneider

Mary Govaars

Mischelle Fanucchi

Paula Gaskill

Renetha Stanziano

Robin Reed

Sherry Baun

Shirley Moore

Sierra Barrett

Susan Bowie

Susie Harris

Mowse Doyle

Cindy Muse

Ellie Grossman

Marlene Cupo

Shelley Graham Turner