Staying cool and tying some knots. This macrame bezel technique is easy and versatile. I suspect I’ll have lots of fun looking for gemstones and rocks to wrap.
Enjoy your summer.
Trees Laden with Parasites and Epiphytes in a Brazilian Garden, 1873 Marianne North.
I found myself with a little time on my hands this week and I was inspired to participate in the Art Bead Scene June Monthly Challenge. I did a full year of the challenges in 2012 (you can read about that here), but haven’t participated in a long time. So, here’s the result of my effort for the challenge this month. I wanted to keep it simple and still be a stretch for me, so I decided to make an “macrame art bead” using the butterfly image for inspiration. I’ve recently been incorporating crystals into macrame designs and this design provided the perfect opportunity to include a small clear quartz crystal. Other than the knotting, I decided to keep the rest of the necklace unadorned except for a few small seed beads using the color palette provided by Brandi Hussey. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. You can see what other designers have created at the ABS flickr group.
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.
This is what was sent to Crystal…
This is the loot I received to work with …
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.
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.
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.
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.
And I could not resist a little knotted necklace with the stone Buddha pendant from the soup.
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.
Hop on over to Lori’s Bead Soup blog for the complete list of participants. Happy hopping.
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.
(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.
(The finished goods.)
Thanks for taking a peek.
The Challenge of Music Blog Hop… it’s time for the reveal.
Thank you Erin Prais-Hintz (Tesori Trovati-Treasures Found) for hosting and inspiring this creative blog hop.
This time around, the challenge was to create a piece using instrumental music.
I am a music fan and have an eclectic music collection.
I like classical, but it just didn’t fit in with my design for this round.
So, what would be a good fit?
Quote ” It is not a coincidence that the name Nightmares on Wax is an acronym for NOW,
as they describe their music as
“the sound of N.O.W.” to exemplify raw honesty and artistic freedom. “
YOU WISH <<< You Tube Link
from In A Space Outta Sound
Materials used: Cholla wood, drift wood, recycled doll, serged silk ribbons, brass bells, metal charms, yarns, cords, glass beads, epoxy clay, and mylar wings. Thanks for lookin’ & see what the other participants have been up to >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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. )
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.
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:
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.)
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.
A little pair of earrings for dessert.