Joshua Tree Inspiration

One of my favorite plants in the Mojave Desert is the Joshua Tree.

I was playing with polymer clay and was inspired to make a few pendants.

This one has the “ghost” of a Joshua Tree design.

Matches up well with this macrame necklace I knotted.

I’m liking this new-to-me design for the necklace.

Enjoy the spring sunshine.

Green Joshua Tree Macrame Necklace The Beading Yogini

Spirit Trinity Necklaces by The Beading Yogini

Bead Soup Blog Party #8

Thanks for stopping by for the big reveal day of the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party.

So glad that I am able to participate in this epic blog party again.

As always, a shout out to Lori Anderson for organizing and hosting the party, and applause to all of the creative participants who provide endless hours of blog hopping entertainment.

I’ve been needing some design inspiration and I had a fabulous bead soup to work with courtesy of my partner, the talented Crystal Rector(Autumn Sky Adornments on Etsy)

This is what was sent to Crystal…

Bead Soup 2014 to Crystal

This is the loot I received to work with  …

The Goods Received BSBP8

First off, I was all over those little jade tube beads (yup, I have an eye for vintage beads.) I decided to pair them with those little yogi components because I can’t resist the chance to fiddle and put the jewel puzzle together. What do you think? A spirit trio of necklaces. They can be worn individually or one at a time. Decided to make a few earrings to go along for the ride.

 Spirit Trinity Necklaces by The Beading Yogini

spirit earrings trio bead BSBP8 by The Beading Yogini

The second design round produced a little necklace using that leopard jasper donut bead. I’d been wanting to try knotting this “Joan Babcock style” macrame necklace for some time. No time like the present. I used the color palette from the threads that my partner sent, but substituted waxed polyester cord. Love my waxed cord, it burns nice.

Leopard Jasper Micro Macrame Donut by The Beading Yogini

Leopard Jasper Micro Macrame Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Third Round produced a multi strand necklace using lots of those tiny little beads with the tiny little macrame cord and thousands of knots. It was a bugger to make, but came out well. I had fun making the little goddess pendant out of clay.

Goddess Necklace and Earrings by The Beading Yogini

Goddess1BSBP2014 by The Beading yogini

Perhaps my favorite creation is the fourth piece. A micro macrame bracelet utilizing that oh -so- cool bone peacock pendant. Really loving how this turned out.

Bone Peacock Micro Macrame Bracelet by The Beading Yogini

Peacock bracelet 1 by The Beading Yogini

And I could not resist a little knotted necklace with the stone Buddha pendant from the soup.

Happy Buddha Knoted Necklace by The Beading Yogini

Last but not least, another necklace using one of the cut quartz stones and the little buddha heads (these are a favorite of mine too!)  from the soup mix. 

Union Necklace by The Beading Yogini Union Necklace Close Up By The Beading Yogini

 

Hop on over to Lori’s Bead Soup blog for the complete list of participants. Happy hopping.

To The Point

Recently ordered some Linhas Setta cord from Knotmore.com and tried it out on a quartz point.

This cord is great for working with stones.

It is waxed, so it’s a little thicker and more substantial than C-Lon cord.

That wax gives it some gripping power. I’m liking it very much.

KG1 Crystal Wrap by The Beading Yogini

KG2 Crystal Wrap by The Beading Yogini

 

Bead Soup Blog Party #7 Reveal

Time for the first reveal at the Bead Soup Blog Party # 7.

First off, I was thrilled with all the beads, charms and bits that my partner Debra Behrends (Hopeful Journeys) shared with me.

So much good stuff that I could not fit everything into my limited design time.

BSBP 2013 D

BSBP 2013 C

BSBP 2013B

(The raw materials.)

Next up, I’d like to thank Lori Anderson (Pretty Things) for hosting this event and at the same time, to thank all the party goers who make this such a blog blast. Reserve some time for blog hopping. It’s a treat. Participants links are here.

A few words about my design process. Mostly I just sit down and make stuff. Not much for sketching, or grand design planning. I trust that the piece will come into being and to be what it needs to be. And, that it will appeal to someone, somewhere.

BSBP7 Blue Lucite Necklace by The Beading Yogini

BSBP7 Etched Flower Bead Necklace by The Beading Yogini

BSBP7 Butterfly Necklace by The Beading Yogini

BSBP7 Hummer Necklace by The Beading Yogini

(The finished goods.)

Thanks for taking a peek.

 

3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop 2012

This is the second Challenge of Color Blog Hop that I have participated in. I find it’s always fun to have someone else choose a color palette for me to play with. This time the lovely Miss Erin and Miss Brandi gave us a selection of two palettes to choose from. (Thank you Erin and Brandi.) Each palette was specially selected for the participants. The option was to work with one or the other, or even both palettes. Both of my palettes very much remind me of my home turf and the colors of the Mojave desert.

The first palette is from Lake Amadeus in the Australian Outback. Looks very much like Badwater Basin in Death Valley. True story; I have both hiked and kayaked across Badwater. I’m pretty certain not many can claim that accomplishment. We had epic rainfall one year and out came the paddles and kayak. Otherwise, it’s just mud flats and salt heaves. I don’t even know if they still let people hike out on the basin anymore. Probably not too many ambitious enough to do that anyway.

Here’s my version Lake Amadeus:

Lake Amadeus 1 COC by the beading yogini

Lake Amadeus Challenge of Color

COC Lake Amadeus 2 by The Beading Yogini

The next palette up is Desert Patterns. I believe this is Saharan sand dunes in Algeria, Africa. We don’t have sand dunes quite that impressive here in the Mojave. In fact, when I first moved here, I was very disappointed because I had been expecting more sand dunes.  I am over that now, because it would just mean more grit, dust and dirt to contend with and we have plenty already. The thing we do have in common … wind, wind and more wind.

Check out these desert colors…

Desert Sands COC by The Beading Yogini

desert patterns Challenge of Color

Desert Sands 2 COC by The Beading Yogini

challenge of color banner 2012

Thanks for stopping in and do hop around and see what others did with this challenge.

Erin Prais-Hintz    http://treasures-found.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color-reveal.html
Rebecca Anderson    http://songbeads.blogspot.com
Kris Auderer    http://strandedinthecity.wordpress.com
Chrizette Bayman    http://beadsoupmix.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaud    http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Courtney Breul    http://beadsbybreul.blogspot.com/
Lynsey Brooks    http://yellowunicorncreations.blogspot.co.uk
Stephanie Buss    http://maxandlucie.blogspot.com
Iveth Caruso    http://www.creativeatelier.net/
Shannon Chomanczuk    http://www.formysweetdaughter.blogspot.com
Lisa Cone    http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/
Cece Cormier    http://thebeadingyogini.com
Lori Dorrington    http://lorisglassworks.blogspot.com
Dawn Doucette    http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com
Jeannie Dukic    http://site.jkdjewelry.com/blog/
Kim Dworak    http://cianciblue.blogspot.com/
Beth Emery    http://storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com
Janice Everett    http://JLynnJewels.blogspot.com
Pam Farren    http://www.re-maker.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington    http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com
Gloria Ferrer    http://judetaama.blogspot.com.es/
Cherrie Fick    http://designsinthelight.co
Therese Frank    http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Patty Gasparino    http://www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com
Tanya Goodwin    http://pixiloo.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color.html
Ambra Gostoli    http://chicandfrog.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/3rd-challenge-of-color
Jess Green    http://tabbiekoshka.blogspot.co.uk/
Denielle Hagerman    http://somebeadsandotherthings.com
Mary Harding    www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Karla Hartzog    http://www.karlakrafts.com
Kim Hora    http://www.kimmykats.com
Brandi Hussey    http://brandigirlblog.com
Emanda Johnson    http://ArtemisiaStudio.blogspot.com
Jennifer Justman    http://soulsfiredesigns.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy    http://suebeads.blogspot.com
Ema Kilroy    http://emakaye.blogspot.com
Lee Koopman    http://Stregajewellry.wordpress.com
Linda Landig    http://www.LindasBeadBlog.com
Kirsi Luostarinen    http://kirsiluokorut.blogspot.com
Cynthia Machata    http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache    http://www.allprettythings.ca
Beth McCord    http://www.ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com
Mary K McGraw    http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Karen Mitchell    http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Cheri Mitchell-Reed    http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Aimee Moisa    http://threecatsdancing.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan    http://www.texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Penny Neville    http://copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com
Becky Pancake    http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com
Kashmira Patel    http://sadafulee.blogspot.com
Alice Peterson    http://alice-dreaming.blogspot.com
Kayla Potega    http://www.teejewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Price    http://greenshoot.blogspot.co.uk
Bobbie Rafferty    http://beadsong.blogspot.com
Caron Reid    http://caronmichelle.blogspot.com.au/
Nicole Rennell    http://nicolerennell.com/blog
Cynthia Riggs    http://cynthsblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/3rd-annual-challenge-of-color.html
Andrea Ross    http://silvermapledesigns.blogspot.com/
Sally Russick    http://thestudiosublime.com
Annie Scherz    http://www.studioluma.ca
Pam Sears    http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com
Sandra Stein    http://sannipanni.wordpress.com
Kristen Stevens    http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman    http://www.tracystillmandesigns.com
Sherri Stokey    http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/2012/11/challenge-of-color-reveal.html
Lola Survillo    http://www.beadlolabead.blogspot.com
Kay Thomerson    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Jo Tinley    http://daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Emma Todd    http://www.apolymerpenchant.com
Cory Tompkins    http://www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Pam Traub    http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger    http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Michelle Tucker    http://michellescreativemusings.blogspot.com/
Shelley Graham Turner    http://www.shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Monique Urquhart    http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/
Rachel Van-Walsk    http://balancedcrafts.com/blog
Patti Vanderbloemen    http://www.myaddictionshandcrafted.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt    http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Lynn White    http://lynnwhitejewelry.com/Lynn_White_Jewelry/Lynns_Jewelry_Blog/Lynns_Jewelry_Blog.html
Joan Williams    http://www.lilrubyjewelry.com

Vintaj “Twinkling Lights” December 2012 Challenge

“The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks;
The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends.
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die…”
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Vintaj December Challnge Twinkle Lights by The Beading Yogini

I’m calling this one “Midnight Navigation”
Vintaj Twinkle Lights Dec Challenge by The Beading Yogini

I used a Vintaj Natural Brass Co. Deco Vines piece for the focal, Vintaj Aged Broze Patina, nylon cord, glass, wood, metal and dyed bone beads, metal findings and dark annealed bailing wire.

TWpromo

Take your interpretation of “Twinkling Lights” and create an inspiring piece using Vintaj Natural Brass, Arte Metal and/or Artisan Copper! Submissions are due by NOON (CST) Friday, November 30.

Voting will be open from December 3 – midnight December 7, with the challenge winner posted on Monday, December 10.

Editor’s Pick will be posted the same day.

Art Bead Scene November 2012 Challenge

Here’s my entry for the November Art Bead Scene Challenge.

ABS NOV 2012 3 Worlds A by The Beading YoginiMostly metal with some Vintaj patina lucite leaves. Just love that Vintaj patina because it is so versatile.

Here’s the artwork that inspired the design:

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Three Worlds, 1955 by M C Escher

Lithograph

 I’ve always admired the work of  Escher. It is fascinating.
Here’s one more view of the necklace.
NOV ABS 2012 3 Worlds B by The Beading Yogini
Thanks for stopping by. View all of the ABS November designs at the flickr group.

Metal Prong Challenge

The Metal Team over at Artisan Whimsy is hosting this challenge and there is a great, free “how to” tutorial in the event that you have never tried the metal prong technique. The tutorial was put together by Staci Louise Smith. (Thanks Staci.)

I haven’t done any metal prong work in quite some time, so this was a good refresher for me.

3 AW Prong Challenge by The Beading Yogini

It always helps to start with a great focal piece. Hence, the ceramic pendant from Birgitta Lejonklou (Create with Spirit) is featured at the center piece. Then I repurposed a metal piece from a belt I found at the local thrift store. (I now have about thirty -six more of these metal pieces to play with.)

1AW Prong Challenge by The Beading Yogini

Throw in some chain, wire, seed beads, tiny lampwork beads and charms and it’s a done deal.

5AW Prong Challenge by The Beading Yogini

A tiny pair of lampwork earrings to match.

2AW Prong Earrings by The Beading Yogini

See what other artisans were inspired to create using the following links:

MetalProngChallenge

The Beading Yogini, http://www.thebeadingyogini.com (you are here)

Carolyn Dewison, Blue Berri Beads, http://blueberribeads.co.uk/

Pam Farren, http://www.re-maker.blospot.com

Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry,http://www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com

Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments, http://northernadornments.blogspot.com/

Gina Hockett, Freestyle Elements, http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com

Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy, http://mybeadtherapy.blogspot.com

Lisa Laffend, http://kokopelliegirl.blogspot.com/

Laura Medeiros. http://zoeowyn.blogspot.com

Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things, http://www.allprettythings.ca/

Melissa Muir, Melissa Muir Jewelry, http://design.kcjewelbox.com/

Melinda Orr, Melinda Orr Designs, http://orrtec.blogspot.com/

Julie Panusis, http://catsmeowco.blogspot.com

Mary Ellen Parker, http://beetreebyme.blogspot.com/

Staci Louise Smith, Staci Louise Originals, http://www.stacilouiseoriginals.com/

Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame, www.KnotJustMacrame.com

Jo Tinley, Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery, http://www.daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com

Francesca Watson, Francesca Watson Designs, http://www.francescawatson.com

Jean Wells, http://www.jeanawells.blogspot.com

Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs, http://lindysdesigns.blogspot.com/

(Thanks Metal Blog Team)