Saturday, May 5, 2012

One Crayon Color Challenge!

Today is the reveal for the One Crayon Color Challenge, hosted by the extremely talented Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime.  The challenge?  Choose one color from the palette, illustrated in the tag above, and create a piece of jewelry using a monochromatic theme of that color.  My initial thought was to choose Black, but I ended up choosing Blue, because it is my favorite color.  I thought that working with my favorite color would give me some advantage. didn't!!!  I took a minimum...3 completed designs, because they just didn't seem "finished".  I know I am not the only person that experiences this dilemma...however, it is frustrating!

Onto the challenge...the first bracelet I made is a multi-strand (6 strands) bracelet, made with luscious lapis, czech glass beads, and etched seed beads. 

I connected the strands with two silver cones and a hand forged, sterling "S" clasp-you can't tell very well in the picture, but I balled the ends of the wires on the clasp.  I wired a sweet little czech glass petal to resemble flower to one of the ends, creating a charm effect.

I really like how this turned out! 

For the next bracelet, I used sterling silver and some gorgeous blue lampwork  beads by Brenda Scata - these have the most beautiful hues of blue! The beads were encased, further enhancing the colors.  I added a few Swarovski crystals and some silver heishi beads to each bead set.

I created little charms with some some small, blue czech glass beads and a few more of the czech petals in between the bead sets, as well.  

I also made a matched set of earrings.

Thank you to Sally for hosting this great challenge, and to you all for stopping by today!  Please be sure to visit the other participants to see their designs, too!

Hosted by:





Patti Vanderbloemen <---You are here!

Alicia Marinache


Jenny Davies Reazor


Jennifer Judd Velasquez



Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I am going to ArtBliss!

I am so very excited!  I just registered and signed up for my classes at ArtBliss in September! This is an awesome venue created by Jeanette Blix and Cindy Wimmer. I was lucky enough to have attended the inaugural ArtBliss a couple of years ago- I took one class - K.reating A.rt B.eads with Kerry Bogert .  At the time, I had only been involved in making jewelry for less than a year. I knew no -one there, I did not read but two-three blogs, did not have a get the picture.   However, I happened upon Kerry's book, Totally Twisted at my local bead store in Occoquan, Virginia, and I instantly became hooked on lampwork beads.  This class was so much fun - I still do not have a kiln but am planning to get one next year, fingers crossed!  Kerry is an excellent teacher and I am excited to be signed up for her class entitled True Colors: Cold-Worked Bezels & Colorful Camouflage!

I pre-ordered her next book, Rustic Wrappings, and am patiently awaiting its delivery in July! The class I signed up for includes a project from this book.

I have to mention that Totally Twisted  is also what changed my jewelry designs from basic stringing to include wire - Kerry's book demonstrates how easily it is to enhance any design!  

Starfish by SuburbanGirlBeads

Love to make my own clasps with wire!

Anyway, the only problem I have with the ArtBliss venue is that I truly want to take ALL of the classes with all of the talented instructors!  Alas, unless I am cloned between now and then, 3 will have to do!

Won't you join me?!

Thanks for stopping by today!