It's true! A shop update will finally happen this Friday! I have LOTS of new designs for 2014 to add and I can't wait to make them available! Here's just a little taste of what is coming...
So get ready for Friday (early) afternoon! Click here to be taken to the shop!
The AJE January component of the month was created by member Jenny Davies-Reazor. It's a fabulous mixed-media piece of polymer and resin (learn more about them here)! Jenny let us choose a word if we wanted and I asked for "relax". Relaxing is something I'm terrible at. I can sit down and try to go to my happy place but instead I just start thinking of all the things I need to do. This piece is a reminder that I just need to chill-the-frig-out...LOL!
At first I had envisioned this crazy piece with all sorts of art beads from my friends, then I got a reality check. I was stressing out over the right beads and so I decided to RELAX. I once again employed the KISS (keep it simple stupid) method and chose just a few art beads from friends and some black chain.
I only had 18 and 14 gauge black wire available so I used the 14 gauge and made a hook clasp using a polymer bead from Second Surf.
Thanks so much to Jenny for reminding me to relax (and for the really cool pendant)!
Check out what the other particpants made by visiting Art Jewelry Elements!
Head over to Art Jewelry Elements today to read about my direction for 2014. It's time I found some new inspiration and stepped out of my comfort zone! 2014 will be a year of exploration!
I admit to putting this off til the last possible minute. December was SO busy with Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Since the dots in the bead were red, I included one of my own red stoneware beads for an extra POP!
While searching my stash of beads and miscellaneous stuff I found this faux skeleton key. I decided it needed to be a part of this necklace. Then I added a silk ribbon and VOILA!
Thanks to Rebekah for making such a fun polymer piece!
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Out with the old and in with the new! Let's celebrate 2014 with a coupon code! Use code NEWYEAR14 today and tomorrow in the bead shop and get 20% off your purchase! No minimum required!
2014 will be a year of change for me. I plan to focus less on beads (yes, I'm still going to make them) and take the time to learn more pottery techniques. I hope to start making more decorative and functional pieces later this year (tiles, mugs, bowls, etc...). I'm currently eyeballing classes and workshops at Riker HIll Art Park, The Visual Art Center of New Jersey and the Yard School of Art. I want to expand my skill set and push myself further this year.
What are your goals for 2014?
Head over to Art Jewelry Elements blog to see what went in to the making of these bead-embroidered earrings! I had fun making them and even more fun wearing them over the weekend!
For the Art Jewelry Elements November Component of the Month, team member Kristen Stevens made beaded beads!
I love working with her beaded beads. They are so pretty I felt they didn't need much to go with them as they should remain the focal point.
I hammered the bottom of some brass wire and added a single faceted czech glass bead for a hint of sparkle. These earrings are so light and swingy. They look fantastic with a cozy, fall sweater!
Big thanks to Kristen for sending me awesome beaded beads! Now click here to see what the other participants created!
I have several friends who have family that have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan and I wanted to help in some way. Andrew Thornton came up with a silent auction blog hop as a wonderful way to raise awareness and funds. The money raised from this auction will be donated to care.org.
Up for auction are three pairs of earrings I created. All three of these earrings have been published in various issues of Bead Design Studio magazine. I don't typically part with my published pieces but this is for a good cause. The earrings are not being auctioned off individually, but instead, as a group. They will each come in their own gift box so they would be perfect to give as gifts this holiday season.
About each pair:
About the Auction:
Thank you to everyone who bid! The winning bid is $65.00 from Erica Freeland. Thank you so much!
Thank you and make sure to check out the other blogs participating in the silent auction: