I will be adding 30+ new items to the Etsy shop tomorrow afternoon! Pendants, cabochons, buttons, bead sets and more! Use coupon code SPRINGSPRUNG (4.11.14 only) for 15% off your purchase! See you then!
Last year, we had a wonderful turnout for the Trinket/Doodad Swap so I've decided to host it again. Here's all the info you need to know if you would like to join in the fun:
1. All trinkets/doodads must be handmade. For example, I created ceramic gears last year that were attached to clasps and chain. You may use factory-made items as a base but they MUST be altered in some way by your hands (glue, paint, stitching, metalwork, etc...).
2. All trinkets/doodads must be wearable. Attach a clasp, loop, or chain so that they can be worn in some fashion.
3. Items must be Steampunk-inspired. This is the SPWF trinket swap afterall. LOL!
4. Create 20-25 pieces for swapping.
5. We will gather on 5/17/14 in the Embassy Suites lobby at 1:30pm to swap our trinkets.
Here is the gorgeous coppery moth that was sent to me...
Before I left for the Bead Cruise, I managed to create the front portion of my necklace.
I used my own stoneware beads, rough peridot, sunstone and some copper components by Second Surf. After I finished the front, I couldn't decide what to do for the back of the necklace. I've come up with two options I really like.
The first option would be to string these stunning prehnite beads along the entire back of the necklace. I don't do a lot of stringing anymore but I love how this looks.
The second option is to wire-wrap the entire back of the necklace with these smooth sunstone nuggets. I love them just as much as the prehnite.
I would love opinions/feedback on which option you like the best.
A big thank you to AJE and Caroline Dewison for another fantastic component of the month! Be sure to check out all the other participant links!
I'm super excited to be going on the bead cruise in less than two weeks. I figured that since I'm going to be ON the cruise, I should sponsor it with lots of fun stuff. Seriously, who doesn't want MORE beads?!?
I created 50 porcelain jellyfish pendants for the goody bags. Don't worry bead cruisers, these guys don't sting!
Then I put together this little door prize of porcelain ocean goodness. I typically carry the anchors as beads or charms but I made them into links for one lucky cruiser.
Head over to Art Jewelry Elements to see all the porcelain and stoneware I've been working on during the constant snowfall. I"m getting ready for Berks Bead Bazaar (March 1st & 2nd) and I"m trying to get as much new work done as possible! The clock is ticking!
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.