Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I was even born on the first day of autumn! I put together some wonderful autumn inspiration boards on the Art Jewelry Elements blog today. You might want to check them out.
I’m going to be doing an online trunk show on October 18th and 19th. I’ll be posting more about that soon. But you should know that I’m busy making some cool autumn themed items to offer on trunk show. In the meantime, I’ll highlight some of the fall items that are already in my shop.
These earrings combine the most beautiful, flawless smoky quartz and faceted carnelian with gorgeous lampwork glass leaves from Havana Beads. Love these!
Since I love autumn colors so much, I have a lot of jewelry in those wonderful oranges, golds, reds and browns. When you click on the photo, it will take you to the listing in my shop.
Here are a couple of flower pendants in autumn colors, for you jewelry designers out there. We have fall dahlias blooming in this color in our front yard right now.
I hope you are enjoying sunny, golden autumn days. Go outside and play in the leaves!
I am always delighted to read your comments! Hope to hear from you.
Toltec Jewels is hosting a blog hop today, featuring Chicklet Beads from Susan Kennedy of SueBeads. I have designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads before and I really love them, so I was excited to have the opportunity to use these beads again.
Here’s a bracelet I designed with Sue’s Chicklet beads, in May 2014.
For today’s blog hop, I received a plum purple colored Chicklet bead. I like the way these tab beads lay flat in a bracelet design, so I combined my Chicklet bead with other artisan beads and came up with this “Plum Delight” bracelet.
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a giveaway and jewelry reveal. May’s giveaway component was made by Susan Kennedy of Sue Beads. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given a set of these beautiful lampwork glass flower beads that Sue made for us. I was given the blue set on the far right.
First I must say that I really love these beads. You know me – I <3 flowers, plus I like the unusual shape. The fact that this shape lays flat on the wrist, makes them especially well suited to bracelet designs. I do have an earring design in mind too, but that will have to wait till another time.
I used one of Lesley Watt’s gorgeous brass bracelet bars as the focal of my bracelet. Sue’s beads frame it perfectly. I love these three together. I think they were made for each other! I furthered the floral theme with two Czech glass flower beads. The rest of the bracelet is fire polished beads and little glass seed beads, finished with a decorative antiqued brass toggle clasp.
It is a simple design, but quite eye-catching and elegant. I can personally attest to the eye-catching part. I wore it today and the lady at the grocery store asked me about it and wanted not just one of my business cards, but several to share with the other women who work there!
I named this bracelet after the beautiful blue Cornflower (aka Bachelor Button). When you look at the photo below, you’ll see what a perfect match this name is.
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Susan’s lampwork glass beads? - Here are all the links.Have fun blog hopping!
April’s Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) giveaway was hosted by the multi-talented Lesley Watt of Thea Elements. Members of the AJE team, plus a few lucky guest artists, were given one of these delightful, ceramic button clasps that Lesley made for us.
Here’s the bracelet I made with the clasp that I received.
I combined Lesley’s clasp with an enameled bead in a matching color, a yellow-peach colored ceramic cube from Suburban Girl and a faceted polymer clay bead from Second Surf. The back of the bracelet has 3 strands of glass cube beads, interspersed with purple Czech glass seed beads. I strung them all on denim blue Irish waxed linen and added a Czech glass flower dangle near the clasp.
I called this the “Happy Day Bracelet” because I had the most delightful day when I made this bracelet. I began the day with my first session of a volunteer job tutoring a young man in basic reading skills. Our first session went much better than expected. I felt that old thrill that I always experienced as a teacher, when I could see that real learning was taking place. There’s nothing like it! After the tutoring session, I came home and made this bracelet. Then after dinner, I went to Marion Pollman’s studio for a ceramics lesson. We glazed my first batch of ceramic pendants and charms. I can’t even begin to express how happy I am that Marion is helping me to make my ceramic dreams come true! After all that goodness in one day, I was just certain that this had to be called the “Happy Day Bracelet“!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Lesley’s awesome button clasps? Here are all the links. Have fun!
Yes, you read that correctly: Super Bead Sunday! It all started when Shannon German, (Miss Fickle Media), jokingly posted, “Is there a special activity going on today?”, on Facebok. Heather Powers (Humble Beads) replied, “Super Bead Sunday? Can we declare that???” I chimed in with, “I’ll second that, Heather!”. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Heather quickly wrote up the following rules:
Make something beady inspired by one of the teams colors playing the Super Bowl today .
Snap a photo and share it on the Create Bead Chat Super Bead Sunday Photo Album. (Click right here) If you aren’t a member, join right now!
You have until half-time today.
After the half-time show I will pick two random entries.
Then she and Marla James put together the following prizes: Prizes: a $48 gift certificate from Humblebeads and a collection of ceramic beads from
Marla’s Mud worth $60! And the crowd cheers for Heather and Marla!!!!
I grew up in the Seattle area and now live just an hour and a half south of Seattle, so guess which team colors I used for my bracelet? Yup! Seahawks Rule! To say that Seattlites are a little Hawks crazy right now is a bit of an understatement.
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and jewelry reveal. December’s component was made by the talented Rebekah Payne of Tree Wings Studio. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a few lucky guest artists were given awesome polymer clay beads that Rebekah made for us. I love these. They are so unique and I especially like that the sides of the beads look like they’d been roughly formed on a potter’s wheel
Rebekah and I share a favorite color: orange. I am especially drawn to burnt orange and the colors of autumn. Happily those are the colors of the bead she sent me, along with a sprinkling of white dots. Those whimsical dots resulted in the name I chose for this piece, the Spot On Bracelet!
The flower beads have a Picasso finish and were perfect with Rebekah’s focal bead. I like the way they add texture to the design.
Speaking of texture, the charcoal colored ceramic bead on the left and the green bead on the right are handmade by Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln. Mary does a great job with surface textures on her beads and I love the way she achieves layers of color with her glazes.
The large round bead to the right of the focal is an enameled bead that I won in a giveaway from Barbara Lewis of Painting with Fire. I’ve been experimenting with enamels a bit, but my beads don’t come out this nicely yet! Maybe that will be happening in 2014!
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Rebekah’s beads? Here are all the links. Have fun!
Once a month Art Jewelry Elements (AJE) hosts a component giveaway and reveal. November’s components were made by the talented Kristen Stevens of Beadwork By KAS. Members of the Art Jewelry Elements team, plus a lucky guest artist were given gorgeous beaded beads that Kristen made for us. I received awesome green beaded beads, (3rd pair from the left).
I decided to take sort of a free form approach to designing with Kristen’s beads. I had no plan when I started, so I just started grabbing various beads that were on my work table and that I thought would look good with Kristen’s beaded beads. I supplemented those with other beads from my stash and moved them around until I had a pleasing arrangement.
Originally I want to finish the bracelet with a pretty coiled link that I learned from Cindy Wimmer’s book, The Missing Link, but the link ending up being too small to be on scale with this chunky bracelet. Instead I used a basic spiral hook and eye clasp, with a rustic patina.
I was kind of stuck for a name for this bracelet, but I finally decided to call it Autumn Breeze, because I made it on a windy afternoon. I enjoyed making it with a playful spirit, rather than having any preconceived notions about how it would turn out. I quite like it. I hope you do too.
Want to see more gorgeous jewelry with Kristen’s beaded beads? Here are all the links. Have fun!