Vintaj “Radiant Raven” October 2012 Challenge

I decided to participate in the October Vintaj monthly challenge and create a piece inspired by ravens.

Did you know that ravens have one of the largest brains in the bird kingdom?

They were one of the first animals to be let out of Noah’s ark?

They like round shiny objects (hey not so different from jewelry designers after all!)

Oct 2012 Vintaj Close Up by The Beading Yogini

Title: corvus corax

Vintaj Radiant Raven Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Inspired by: (The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe) …“while I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping…” I wanted to challenge myself by creating a piece entirely of metal and use only cold connections. No patina, no cord, no glass beads, and no glue.

Model Vintaj Oct 2012 Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Materials used:

Components Vintaj Oct 2012 Challenge by The Beading Yogini

I used the Vintaj Natural Brass Nail Head Rivets, Vintaj Feathered Wing Blanks, Vintaj Arte Metal Chain, Vintaj Brass Chain, assorted base metal charms, wings, beads, pieces and parts and dark annealed bailing wire.

Take your interpretation of “Radiant Raven” and create an inspiring piece using Vintaj Natural Brass, Arte Metal and/or Artisan Copper! Submissions are due by NOON (CST) Friday, September 28. Voting will be open from October 1 – midnight October 5, with the challenge winner posted on Monday, October 8. Editor’s Pick will be posted the same day.

RR_challenge1Vintaj Radiant Raven Challenge

 

Ranger Vintaj Patina Play

Here’s what is on my work bench for Bead Table Wednesday.

I picked up some Vintaj (Ranger) Patinas several weeks ago, but just now had a few spare moments to play.

Ranger Vintaj Patina Play by The Beading Yogini

Made some small charms and earrings as a test run. So far so good.

The patina seems to adhere really well and dries very quickly.

The colors layer nicely and you can also use solvent ink to stamp over the patina.

The sealer is a little bit glossy for my taste, kind of wish they had a matte version.

Since they are working so well, I decided to order the remainder of the colors in order to have a complete set.

Now, I must give these the wear and tear test.

I expect great results, but I’ll let you know if they do not hold up to my abuse.

Art Bead Scene September 2012 Challenge

Love the inspiration for the challenge this month at Art Bead Scene.

sept 2012 - flora by giuseppe arcimboldo palette

Flora by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1588

Oil on wood, 73 x 56 cm

Private collection, Paris, France

(Color palette by Brandi Hussey)

When I first looked at this I thought, Dia de Los Muertos!

It reminds me of a floral version of sugar skulls.

And the colors are so vibrantly scream Autumn.

Close Up Sept ABS by The Beading Yogini

I love this color palette.

Here’s what I decided to do with it; convertible macrame bracelets/necklace.

(One of those multifaceted designs again.)

Sept ABS Bracelet View by The Beading Yogini

 Three separate bracelets that can also be worn as a necklace.

Sept ABS Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Lots of wire wrapped lucite flowers and seed beads. A few tiny lampwork glass beads, cord and chain.

Sept ABS Macrame by The Beading Yogini

Take a peek at what other designs have been inspired by this piece of art at Art Bead Scene flickr.

 

Challenge of Travel Blog Hop

Thanks to Erin Prais-Hintz for hosting this Challenge of Travel Blog Hop

button_sm Challenge of Travel Blog Hop

First off, I must admit that I wasn’t really sure where Oceania was located.

But I liked the sound of it because it contained the word “ocean” in it, so I figured that I probably could not go wrong with a little arm-chair travel to any place surrounded by an ocean.

Since living in the Mojave desert, any body of water (even mud puddles) have become particularly appealing to me.

I chose to go with the surprise element and the luck of the draw (so Vegas!)

The country that I was provided to work with is Tonga.

Which by the way, is officially known as “The Kingdom of Tonga”.

I proceeded to research a little about the place. The things that I found fascinating about Tonga are as follows:

Those folks really appear to know how to enjoy a feast.

So, I decided I could most likely live there based on that fact alone because I really enjoy eating.

Tonga Feast photo from www.symoonraker.com

(photo credit www.symoonraker.com)

It is a refuge for the humpback whales and you can actually swim along side them!

Tonga Humpback whale Warmus 2005 photo by William Warmus

(Photo credit to William Warmus)

They make the most amazing fabric designs using mulberry tree bark and decorate them with organic dyes.

These hand made works of art are called Tapa.

I know if I went there for a visit, I’d just have to get my hands into that action.

tapa

(photo from www.pacifictapa.blogspot.com)

There are 170 islands that make up the Kingdom of Tonga.

But I think I read that there are now 171 because a volcano erupted and busted one island in half.

220px-Tonga wikipedia photo

(map from wikipedia)

The people in Tonga are very conservative especially when it comes to the manner of dress.

Women must dress modestly (upper arms covered, skirts at knee length or longer.)

On special occasions, the woman wear a decorative girdle over their dresses called a kiekie.

It can be woven or just long strips of material.

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(photo from wikipedia)

I based my designs for the Challenge of Travel Blog Hop on the humpback whale theme and a spin off of the kiekie.

Tonga Whale Tail Hoop Earrings by The Beading Yogini

Tonga Whale Tail Wire Wrap Earrings (white coral and seed beads)

Tonga Whale Tail Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Tonga Whale Tail Macrame Necklace (Buffalo Bone, White Coral and Seed Beads)

Tonga KieKie Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Tonga “KieKie” Necklace (White Coral, Seed Beads, Chain, Misc. Beads)

Reverse Side Tonga KieKie Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Reverse Side of the “KieKie” Necklace (You know how I like to do that both sides wearable.)

And it is really comfortable to wear!

Tonga KieKie Earrings By The Beading Yogini

Tonga “KieKie” Macrame Earrings

Tonga KieKie Macrame Bracelet by The Beading Yogini

Tonga “KieKie” Macrame Bracelet

Reverse Side of Tonga KieKie Bracelet by The Beading Yogini

And yup, it is reversible too.

Here is your free pass for more global travel, hop on board:

Name

Blog

Region Chosen

Inspiration Nation

Monique Urquhart

http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.ca/

Africa

Burkina Faso

Niky Sayers

http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk/

Africa

Egypt

Therese Frank

http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com

Africa

Kenya

Raychelle Heath

http://abeadloveaffair.blogspot.com/

Africa

Lesotho

Joan Williams

www.lilrubyjewelry.wordpress.com

Africa

Mauritania

Sherri Stokey

http://www.KnotJustMacrame.com

Africa

Senegal

Regina Santerre

http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com

Africa

Seychelles

Raida Disbrow

http://havanabeads.blogspot.com

Africa

Tanzania

Kristi Wodek

http://livedinlife.blogspot.com

Africa

Zimbabwe

Sally Russick

http://www.thestudiosublime.com

Americas

Brazil

Melissa Trudinger

http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Americas

Mexico

Tracy Stillman

http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com

Americas

USA

Sandra Wolberg

http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.de

Asia

India

Tanya Goodwin

http://pixiloo.blogspot.com

Asia

Japan

Susan Kennedy

http://suebeads.blogspot.com

Asia

Japan

Beth Emery

http://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com

Asia

Japan

Lisa Cone

http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/

Asia

Japan

Tanya Boden

http://fusionmusebangkok.blogspot.com/

Asia

Japan

Inge von Roos

http://ingetraud.wordpress.com

Asia

Laos

Erin Prais-Hintz

http://treasures-found.blogspot.com

Asia

Nepal

Dee Elgie

http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.com

Asia

Phillipines

Carolyn Lawson

http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Asia

South Korea

Lisa Stukel

http://carefreejewelrybylisa.blogspot.com

Asia

Sri Lanka

Elly Snare

http://themagicsquarefoundation.wordpress.com

Asia

Thailand

Shelley Graham Turner

http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com

Europe

Austria

Mallory Hoffman

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

Europe

Bosnia Herzegovina

Paige Maxim

http://www.pmaximdesigns.blogspot.com

Europe

France

Jenny Davies-Reazor

http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Europe

Germany

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson

http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com

Europe

Greece

Evelyn Shelby

http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Europe

Iceland

Holly Westfall

http://silverrosedesigns.blogspot.com/

Europe

Ireland

Rebecca Siervaag

http://www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com

Europe

Ireland

Toltec Jewels

http://toltecjewels.blogspot.com

Europe

Ireland

Lee Koopman

http://StregaJewellry.wordpress.com

Europe

Ireland

Laren Dee Barton

http://larendeedesigns.blogspot.com

Europe

Italy

Cindy Wilson

http://www.mommysdreamcreations.blogspot.com

Europe

Norway

Kathleen Lange Klik

http://ModernNatureStudio.blogspot.com

Europe

Poland

Shaiha Williams

http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

Europe

Portugal

Jennifer Justman

http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/

Europe

Romania

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca

http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com

Europe

Spain

Lola Surwillo

http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com

Europe

Sweden

Kim Hora

http://www.kimmykats.com

Europe

Switzerland

Leanne Loftus

http://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com

Europe

The Netherlands

Patti Vanderbloemen

http://myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com

Europe

The Netherlands

Marcie Carroll

http://labellajoya.blogspot.com

Europe

Turkey

Marlene Cupo

http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com

Oceania

Federated States of Micronesia

Ine Vande Cappelle

http://jewelsbyine.blogspot.com

Oceania

Fiji

Tammie Everly

http://ttedesigns.blogspot.com/

Oceania

Guam

Alice Peterson

http://www.alice-dreaming.blogspot.com

Oceania

Kiribati

Elisabeth Auld

http://www.beadsforbusygals.com

Oceania

Nauru

Susan McClelland

http://mistheword12.wordpress.com/

Oceania

New Zealand

D Lynne Bowland

http://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.com

Oceania

New Zealand

Denielle Hagerman

http://somebeadsandotherthings.com

Oceania

New Zeland

Rebecca Anderson

http://songbeads.blogspot.com

Oceania

Papua New Guinea

Mischelle Fanucchi

http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/

Oceania

Samoa

Kari Asbury

http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Oceania

Solomon Islands

Cece Cormier

http://www.thebeadingyogini.com/ (YOU ARE HERE)

Oceania

Tonga

Emma Todd

http://www.apolymerpenchant.com

Oceania

Tuvalu

Debbie Price

http://greenshoot.blogspot.com

Oceania

Vanuatu