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.


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:


Three Worlds, 1955 by M C Escher


 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:


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)





Celebrating Mother Earth Challenge

When I saw Birgitta Lejonklou (Create With Spirit) was having a blog hop, I knew that I must participate. Thanks B!

 She creates the best ceramic pendants! We’ve done our own little swaps a few times, trading jewelry, beads and pendants. (One can never have too many beading buddies.)

The theme is Celebrating Mother Earth.  Nothing better than paying a bit of homage to Ma!

While designing, I listened to one of my favorite kirtan chants by Shantala.  Honoring Ma with a blissful heart.

 1MotherEarthBlogHop By The Beading Yogini

Amba Parameshwari Akhilandeshwari

Adi Parashakti Palayamam

Shri Bhuvaneshwari Raja Maheshwari

Ananda Rupini Palayamam

Sachidananda Rupini Palayamam

Ma Ma Ma Ma

Ananda Mayi Ma Palayamam

Sachidananda Mayi Ma Palayamam

2MotherEarthBlogHop by The Beading Yogini

Sweet Mother, You are the Supreme Divine,

Empowering All, you are the Whole, Everything!

Primordial One, Creativity Supreme, protect me!

Auspicious One, Goddess of the Earth, Great Goddess of the Sovereign

Whose Form is Being, Consciousness, and Bliss, protect me!

O Mother, O Ma! O Mother made of Bliss! O Mother, protect me!

4MotherEarthBlogHopby The Beading Yogini

(Thanks to Lesley over at The Gossiping Goddess for the wonderful jump ring and seed bead tutorial.)

Please hop on over to the following blogs and see their take on the challenge.

Emma Todd       apolymerpenchant.blogspot.se

Inge Traud      http://www.ingetraud.wordpress.com 

Sandra Wollberg   city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.se

Cece Cormier   thebeadingyogini.com (you are here)

Jenny Davies-Reazor     jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Margareta Saari    magsinhelmet.blogspot.se

Toltec Jewels   www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Susan         http://libellulajewelry.com

Leena             vikkityyli.blogspot.se

Jean Wells   http://jeanawells.blogspot.se 

Kaushambi Shah  (on Birgitta’s Blog)

Julie Thelen (on Birgitta’s Blog)

Lynn Ferro (on Birgitta’s Blog)

Hooters Challenge

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


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



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:


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.

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