Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bead Design Entries: Nirvana Beads



Sometime, during the busy fall months, I made three pieces of jewelry to enter into the Nirvana Bead Design Contest.  The two necklaces above were entered under the "Button" category and the earrings were entered under the "Earrings" category, of course! The silver plated leaf in the earrings were purchased by me from Nirvana and help create a stunning pair of earrings.  The center necklace has been created almost completely from Nirvana beads and buttons .  The center necklace and a bracelet (not show  were both selected as a winner under the  "Button" categories.  As there is only one winner, Nirvana is selecting one or the other (necklace or bracelet) as the winner; final results out tomorrow.  And what, you may ask, is the prize...a hefty gift certificate from Nirvana to purchase more beads, of course......every beaders dream!  Nirvana Beads is a great company with very down to earth folks running the business.  I found them when I fell in love with Czech buttons and wanted to start using these buttons in my designs.  As I searched for a wholesaler of these Czech buttons I cam across Nirvana and have purchased my Czech beads and buttons from them ever since.  What really makes Nirvana Beads special is the fact that they donate a portion of their profits to help those suffering from natural and man made disasters...how cool is that!  So I support Nirvana, Nirvana supports those in need and it is all good!  I like that.  Anyhow, the two necklaces above use Nirvana Czech buttons as focal points. I have been asked to create a necklace similar to the bottom blue necklace using the same button is white, with salmon and gold accents and angel wings....more edgy.  I will post a picture when I am done...the wedding is in April. Life is good!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Beaded Collars...or rather Bibs.

Earlier this year I created several beaded collars...projects that I had been thinking about for quite some time.I had great fun working up the color scheme in  these collars.  The larger collar is a magnificent piece to wear and has the impression of Egyptian fashion.  I imagine how grand Cleopatra must have felt wearing those wonderful beaded collars, sipping fine wine!  I started out with a beautiful but bright Purple Sea Sediment Jasper.  I decided I did not want to play up the bright Purple and focus on all the complimentary tones found in the stone.  I added some vintage glass cabochons and pearl to give a sheen to the collar at various places.

The two smaller collars were a bit more difficult primarily due to the small space.  At their widest point, the collar is not quite 2 inches.  I did not want to have the space on each side of the center cabochons to be boring and so after pondering various ideas I cam up with the final designs.  The lighter collar has a small, teardrop cabochon of Ocean Jasper.  I love Ocean Jasper and all it's variations.  It will often have circulars shapes indicating something bubbled up from the deep ocean floor and solidified! I had to work at keeping the Ocean Jasper collar light and white.  I rarely use white in my beaded pieces so this was a challenge.  The animal print type beading just happened, I did not start out with a plan on how to fill space.  I love the way the collar turned out!  The other small collar has a aquamarine blue Swarovski cabochon.  The frosted glass leaves to the side are also vintage, very unique.

I had great fun creating these collars. They are currently on view at Artist Collaborative Gallery in Sacramento.




The bottom necklace is Ocean Jasper surrounded by champagne button pearls.  Poor photo!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Where has Time Gone?!

Time to get back to blogging!  Lot's of chaos at the home front these past 9 months but life seems to be stabilizing for now : )  Blogger has changed quite a bit since my last post and so I am hoping I can figure out how to post photos!!  I am severely computer illiterate!  I have had quite a few custom orders this year.  I decided that custom work is difficult to do while still keeping up inventory for the gallery....but, I managed to get through it all and have worked out a system...just need a bigger studio!  I am beginning to understand my market a bit better and am seeing a sales cycle:  Embellished bead work sells well for the holidays and special occasions while Steam punk is definitely  more for the casual, everyday buyer.  Bead work is definitely more labor intensive and gratifying while Steam punk is quick, instant results. 
 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Holiday Shopping

Just finished a large assortment of monogram necklaces using vintage typewriters keys.  I will present these at the Sacramento Arts Festival next weekend.   I have been creating alot of smaller pieces to sell over the holidays.  I miss bead embroidery as I have not had much time to devote to this activity.  I will beging making a few holiday ornaments for the gallery and then start on some larger embroidered projects.  I am anxious to dive into something new.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Beadpunk

Working on Beadpunk or rather steampunk with beading embellsihment.  I like "Geisha Gal"..turned out very nice.  I love the odd shapes of  various watch parts.   I am busy working on 6 pieces at the time.  There are many stages...lots of time waitng for glue to dry, cleaning the many. many, very small vintage watch parts... so I find it best to work on several projects at once.  Anyhow, thought I'd share my Geisha Gal as she is a good representation of my direction with Steam Punk jewelry

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Variations on Steampunk Jewelry

I've busy working on new work for my featured artist show at the gallery this July.  I am trying something totally new..steampunk and found objects jewelry.  I did alot of searching but have been able to find some fantastic old watches(which I am taking apart), keys, stamps and more,  My new works is a u-turn from my usual bead embroidered pieces.  I love the challenge of trying to get all these components to work together. I am also finally getting to work on some new techniques which I have put on hold since joining the gallery.  Often I feel very restricted on what I can show at the collaborative gallery as I have been juried in for beadwork;  this prevents me from exhibiting other jewelry types at the gallery. 

On top of being featured artist, I have committed to showing two new pieces at the Folsom B of A gallery in July.  Needless to say the next month will be busy and house cleaning will be put on hold(what else is new!).
I am enjoying all the newly found creatiity this Steampunk project has brought on.  My mind is racing with new ideas...i could really use more time!  Looking forward to some chill time in mid July

Anyhow, I need to get busy cleaning those watch parts!  I have a few photos t post but the quality is poor.  I usually Take my photos in diffused sunlight but it has been so gloomy and dark that I had little sunlight to light up my work.