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:
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…
Thanks for stopping in and do hop around and see what others did with this 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
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.
Here’s my entry for the November Art Bead Scene Challenge.
Here’s the artwork that inspired the design:
Three Worlds, 1955 by M C Escher
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.
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.)
Throw in some chain, wire, seed beads, tiny lampwork beads and charms and it’s a done deal.
A tiny pair of lampwork earrings to match.
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/
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)
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.
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
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!
(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
Jean Wells http://jeanawells.blogspot.se
Kaushambi Shah (on Birgitta’s Blog)
Julie Thelen (on Birgitta’s Blog)
Lynn Ferro (on Birgitta’s Blog)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for swinging by and see what other jewelry designers have created here at the Art Bead Scene Flickr Group.
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!)
Title: corvus corax
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.
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.