Vintaj Harvest Moon Challenge

Under the Harvest Moon

Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Drips shimmering
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Who remembers.

Under the summer roses
When the flagrant crimson
Lurks in the dusk
Of the wild red leaves,
Love, with little hands,
Comes and touches you
With a thousand memories,
And asks you
Beautiful, unanswerable questions.

Carl Sandburg

Earrings Vintaj Harvest Moon Challenge by The Beading Yogini

 Vintaj materials used: 24mm Button Blank, 27mm Round Loop Ear Wire, flat chain and patinas. Other materials: recycled metal tin, copper charms, and S-Lon Cord.

November 2012 Challenge: “Harvest Moon”
Take your interpretation of “Harvest Moon” and create an inspiring piece using Vintaj Natural Brass, Arte Metal and/or Artisan Copper! Submissions are due by NOON (CST) Friday, October 26. Voting will be open from October 29 – midnight November 2, with the challenge winner posted on Monday, November 5. Editor’s Pick will be posted the same day.

Check it out and vote for your favorite at the Vintaj Blog.

Hooters Challenge

The folks over at Artisan Whimsy are having a little design challenge this month…

HootersChallenge

So many owl fans out there that I just had to join in on this challenge.

HootersChallengebyTheBeadingYogini

HootersChallenge2byThebeadingyogini

Mainly metal components with a row of my tiny lampwork ivory colored beads and connectors.

Check out the entires at Artisan Whimsey, join up and vote for your favorite design.

 

1KBS Prosperity Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party

It’s always fun to participate in the Bead Soup Party Blog Hops hosted by Lori Anderson and I decided that it would be fun to participate in the Kalmbach Bead Soup Party as well. This party is timed to coincide with the release of Lori’s Bead Soup Book. I’m pretty excited about this because it is the first time one of my designs has been published. (Peek in the gallery section of this book. )

Bead Soup Book

Kalmbach Publishing is the organizer and sponsor of this event, and many beading retailers provided the bead soups for the party. Thank you all for your generosity.

My retail sponsor is Bead Jungle (owned by Sandra Murphy) located in Henderson, Nevada. Admittedly, I don’t get over to Henderson very often since the valley has expanded, but I will try to make it a point to drop by the shop if I find myself over in that part of town.

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party Soup from Bead Jungle by The Beading Yogini

When I got my package of bead soup, I thought “whoa, kinda bling” as I rarely use crystals and super sparkly beads. But, for me, the essence of these Bead Soup events are to spread your wings, design with what you have, and also to work out of your comfort zone. Here’s what I came up with for the necklace design:

PROSPERITY

2KBS Prosperity NEcklace by The Beading Yogini

As I mentioned earlier, not really into”bling”, so I decided to alter the focal bead using a bit of Objects and Elements printed papers. Burn the edges with some Nag Champa incense. Of course, old hippie would have a stash of this in her studio. I was thrilled with how this turned out and decided to do the flip side of the focal bead too. I couldn’t resist as the little bit of paper had the words “Lady Luck” printed on it. After all, this is Las Vegas. (And, you know how I like that dual purpose, two sided design thing.)

1KBS Prosperity Necklace by The Beading Yogini

4KBS Prosperity Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Next came a bit of assembly with the bar connectors and turquoise discs, and some thin bailing wire. All is good so far. Then the C-Lon cord, more beads from my stash. I wanted a bit more “texture” so, I decided to sand paper the crystals to create a see thru effect. Lets a little more light and variety into the design. Even though it is shiny, I like the final product.

5KBS Prosperity Necklace by The Beading Yogini

3KBS Prosperity Necklace by The Beading Yogini

A little pair of earrings for dessert.

Prosperity Earrings by The Beading Yogini

Art Bead Scene October 2012 Challenge

Initially, this piece for the Art Bead Scene October Monthly Challenge did not inspire me very much.

Funny how some art immediately resonates and other pieces just…blah.

oct 2012 - revolving-1919 by kurt schwitters palette brandi hussey

Revolving by Kirt Schwitters 1919

Assemblage-Wood, metal, cord, cardboard, wool, wire, leather, and oil on canvas

48 3/8″ x 35″ (122.7 x 88.7 cm)

Museum of Modern Art, New York

“New things had to be made out of the fragments.”

It took a little time for me to formulate an idea for the design. Brandi Hussey worked up a color pallette and then I was off.

OCT ABS # 2 by The Beading Yogini

I had been wanting to try this jump ring and seed bead tutorial shared by The Gossiping Goddess, so I gave that a run through.

(Great tutorial Lesley and thanks for sharing!) I then used this concept for the cords.

Since the art work contains the element of using found objects, I decided to experiment with etching a small piece of brass that I had found while digging in some “junk parts” boxes that I have buried in my inventory.

Out came the trusted and often abused Sharpie marker and the hole punch tool. The rest is history.

OCT ABS # 4 by The Beading Yogini

OCT ABS #3 by The Beading Yogini

OCT ABS #1 by The Beading Yogini

Thanks for swinging by and see what other jewelry designers have created here at the Art Bead Scene Flickr Group.