Use Your Own Stash Challenge

This month I’m playing along with the Art Elements‘ monthly challenge blog hop. January’s challenge was to create jewelry using components in our own stash.  All of us have accumulated sooooo many beads.  I know that my beading table has mounds of beads on it.

Work Table Januarary 2018

With the New Year beginning, it would be nice to clean this mess up and work on reducing my stash and putting it to good use in some finished jewelry! To that end, here’s what I have made so far.

Several years ago, I helped Genea Civello teach her first class at Bead Fest in Philadelphia.  She taught several projects using Wooly Wire in combination with her gorgeous lampwork glass.  As reimbursement for my assistance, I got to choose a number of her lampwork beads, including the pair I used in these earrings.  The copper headpins are by Handmade by JGL.

Eye Of The Storm earrings 2

I used some head pins from my stash to make the next pair of earrings.  I’m not certain whose heads pins these are.  Maybe Havana Beads, but I can’t say for sure.  These earrings are now living in Oaxaca, Mexico, with a friend of ours who is an anthropologist there.

Turquoise Drop Earrings

I made the following pair for my monthly blog post on Earrings Everyday.  They feature lampwork by Paradise Beads and OutWest Glass that I’ve had in my stash forever.  Jenelle and Daniel (of Paradise Beads) used to live in the same town I do.  The little orange beads date way back to that time.  They’ve lived in Todos Santos, Mexico for at least 3-4 years now, so that’s how long those beads have hung out in my stash!

Sunset In The Tropics earrings 3

Admittedly, this final pair of earrings only partially fits into this challenge.  The polymer clay components by Heather Powers of Humble Beads are brand new, but the beads I stacked above them have all hung out in my stash for a long time.

Teal Earrings 2

So there you have it – a month’s worth of stash reduction.  I have so much more stash to work through.  It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it….

This is a blog hop, so check out all these other stash reducing bead stars!

Guests:
Kelly Rodgers
Sarajo Wentling
Samantha Wescott
Kathy Lindemer
Patty Miller
Linda Landig
Renetha Stanziano
Art Elements:
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jen Cameron
Claire Fabian
Sue Kennedy
Niky Sayers
Lindsay Starr

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October We’re All Ears Reveal

Our Earrings Everyday challenge for October is to create a pair of earrings to go with one of these outfits from designer Monique Lhuillier,  as seen during the fall New York Fashion Week.

I especially identified with the center outfit, because although I’m at least twice as wide as the model, the dress I wore to my daughter’s wedding last month, was apparently on trend, as far as the lace and color.

Wedding 4 L holding flowersThis is kind of a goofy picture, but it shows the dress pretty well.  I did the flowers for my daughter’s wedding.  I’m holding the bridal bouquet here, while the bridesmaids were cheering me with their flowers. lol

The earrings I made are too casual for any of these dresses, but the dresses were definitely my inspiration.  I picked up the lace theme of the left and center dresses by using some flowered lace to impress into my stoneware.  And while I was at it, I made the pendants in several colors, in addition to the color of the inspiration . I chose a much lighter shade of plum than the dresses are, because I wanted the lace pattern to show through clearly (you can see that the lace doesn’t show up as clearly on the dark teal pendants),

Lace Flower Pendants 1aHere are the earrings I then made.  As you can see, I picked up the darker, plumy tones in the flower dangles.  I kept the earring design very simple because the ceramic pieces are fairly large and I didn’t want to add additional length or weight.

Lilac Lace Flower Earrings 2aTo be truthful, these ceramic pieces turned out larger than I had somehow envisioned them to be (the ceramic pieces, without the ear wires, are just shy of 1.5 inches).  If you like large earrings and are comfortable with some weight in your ears, well then OK!  But I decided to list the ceramic pieces as pendants in my shop.

Lilac Lace Flower Earrings 3aOther than having accidentally super-sized them, I’m very pleased with how they turned out and I found this challenge to be especially inspiring because it played well with my mother-of-the-bride dress. You can find these earring charms – uh-hum – pendants in the ceramics section of my shop.

A big thanks to Erin Prais-Hintz for organizing these challenges every month!

Head on over to the Earrings Everyday blog to get links to all the other participants.  It’s always so fun to see how each person has their own unique interpretation of the challenge photos.

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

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New Earrings

There’s a peacock that lives a short distance from us.  Sometimes I see him at the side of the road, showing off his splendid tail feathers. I suspect that he is an escapee from someone’s yard.  He probably lives in the woods on either side of the road.  These earrings are inspired by his beauty.

 The beautiful copper peacock feathers were made by my good friend, Kristi Bowman.  I topped the feathers with gorgeous lampwork glass beads and little ceramic cubes.  The finishing touch is a bit of teal silk, knotted between the lampwork and the peacock feathers.
 I chose the stunning colors of peacock feathers, blue, green and teal, to accent the copper feathers.   I especially like how these earrings incorporate so many different materials: copper, lampwork glass, ceramic and fabric.
Green peacock from South east Asia

Moving – Jewelry That Is

I’ve been moving some of my jewelry away from Etsy and onto my new website.  Here are some of the new additions.  Think Mother’s Day (hint, hint).

This peachy little bird has a cozy nest to sit in.  This necklace is a like the ceramic version of what I see going on in our yard.  We live in the woods, so there are tons of birds here.  If you wake up early in the morning, their songs fill the air.  I love that!

Nested Bird Necklace

Nested Bird Necklace

When I was in my 20’s my husband and I spent 3 weeks riding the rails around Europe.  That was BB (Before Beads). We went to Venice and never even looked at any beads or sought out any glass makers.  This just makes me cringe whenever I think about it now.  Venice is a centuries old glass making center and Venetian glass beads are world renown.  So I remedied my previous oversight, by buying some beautiful handmade glass beads from an artist who has a studio in the historic center of the city of Venice.  Here are 2 pairs of earrings I made with her beads.  Which do you like best?

Sweet Lilac Earrings

Sweet Lilac Earrings

Orchid Blossom Earrings

Orchid Blossom Earrings (I love orchids!)

You’ve probably already figured out that I love the look that WoolyWire brings to jewelry design.  These earrings have great texture, with a Southwest US vibe.

Spring Fever Earrings

Spring Fever Earrings

This last pair of earrings were made just last week.  I made them on a beautiful spring day and named them-

Walking On Sunshine

Walking On Sunshine Earrings

Wishing you a sunny week!

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

-Linda

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