I’m excited to share that I was the featured artist on Kristi’s blog this week. I hope you’ll go give her some blog love; maybe even leave a comment. Definitely click on the links to her ArtFire or Etsy shops.
Autumn Girl is my newest pair of earrings, utilizing Kristi’s components. The copper leaves are just so cool and they pair perfectly with the brown jasper and the diagonally strung, molted green glass cubes. These earrings could be worn all the time, in many settings: work, weekend, dinner out etc.
Big Giveaway at Humble Beads Blog
Heather Powers is having a huge giveaway on her Humble Beads Blog. Hop on over and check it out–just don’t win, ‘cuz I’m going to! Just kidding. You can enter multiple ways, so check it out.
If you are not familiar with Heather’s awesome polymer clay beads and pendants, you should visit her wonderful Etsy shop. My Tiger Lily bracelet features one of her focal beads.
I will be showing my jewelry at the 18th annual Fusion Art Gala, at the Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way, WA on August 3rd, from 3:00-9:00 p.m. If you are in the area, I’d be delighted to have to stop by and say “Hi!”. This event is a fundraiser for a local organization working to provide housing for homeless women and their families. This art event is their major fundraiser for the year. From their website:
The 2011 Event — Fantasia— features an Asian theme sure to enchant.
Come join us Wednesday, August 3, for a spectacular evening of Asian inspired entertainment and food, exciting silent and live auction items, and fabulous creations from many well-known Northwest artists.
I was grateful to be chosen as a July Design Partner by Mellisa of Chinook Jewelry. Melissa makes the most wonderful ceramic pendants, beads and bead caps. She is known for her awesome glazes and she really outdid herself with the new glaze she developed for her Shipwreck Series. I received the Shipwreck pendant you see below. It is made of porcelain clay and is finished in a rough matte rusty-gold glaze. I love this rustic look; as though the pendant had just been unearthed from many years below the sea.
My sister-in-law, Heike, had a birthday coming up soon, so I got to work on designing a necklace for her with this pendant. Now Heike is the queen of handmade, so I knew she would appreciate a handmade necklace for her birthday! She has taught me how to dye silk, create paper-cut wall hangings, paint with acrylics and who knows what else, over the years.
I met my husband-to-be when he was an exchange student from Germany, in my high school. We were now going to Germany to celebrate Heike’s birthday, our 38th (!) anniversary and, most importantly, we were going to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 85th birthday. This necklace would come with me.
I wanted a rustic look for the necklace, in keeping with the pendant. I found a couple of strands of organically hand-cut golden carnelian that I loved with the pendant. I made a bail for the pendant with a round of seed beads and then two loops of right angle weave. I then threaded one strand of the necklace through each of the seed bead loops.
A year or so ago, I bought a woven bracelet at an import store that had the coolest organic metal cubes. I then cut the bracelet apart, so I could use the beads! Some of those brass beads found their way into the front portion of this necklace. I added a rustic stone, placed off-center and highlighted it with wood and serpentine. Next came a small accent on the opposite side and an artsy brass colored toggle clasp.
We arrived in Germany on the morning of Heike’s birthday. That evening she opened our gift and was delighted with the necklace. She wore it several more times during our stay.
Thank you, Melissa, for inspiring me with your wonderful pendant. Designing is a joy when you have such a great focal piece to work with. Please visit Melissa’s website, if you’d like some inspiration, too! Erin Prais-Hintz was also a Chinook Jewelry Design Partner for July. I’d encourage you to hop on over to Erin’s blog, so you see the wonderful jewelry that Erin designed with Melissa’s ceramic pieces. Melissa blogged about both Erin’s and my designs. You can read about them on Melissa’s blog.
I recently purchased some delightful handmade metal charms and beads from Miss Fickle Media. Shannon LeVart, the artist behind Miss Fickle Media, is well known for her rustic metal components and unique patinas. These are the first two earrings I’ve designed with her metal charms.
I made this first pair on the Summer Solstice and I decided that would be the perfect name for them. The carnelian looks like a blazing sun and the brass dangles with their turquoise patina could be the sky in which that sun is hanging. Summer Solstice Earrings:
I love the artsy elegance of this next pair. I call them “Wave Earrings“, because the textured pattern reminds me of waves or ripples on a river bed. The charms are made of brass with a verdigris patina. I paired them with amazonite, which I wired with a graceful swoop of copper across the face of the amazonite bead.