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Catching Up

This post will be a little of this and that.  I’ve had a lot going on in my life and haven’t posted here in a while.  I’m giving myself a kick in the fanny to keep moving forward.

Kristi Bowman Designs

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that I adore using the copper and brass clay components that Kristi Bowman sells in her Etsy store, Dream Some.  I made 3 pairs of earrings with her copper clay charms for the Muffin Tin Challenge.

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.

Handmade earrings of copper, jasper and glass

Autumn Girl Earrings

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.

Tiger Lily Bracelet

Tiger Lily Bracelet

You’re Invited!

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.

Muffin Tin Challenge – Finished Jewelry

 One Dozen Earrings – Done!

Heather Powers, polymer clay artist extraordinaire, created a fun challenge she named the Muffin Tin Challenge.  The idea was to use muffin cups to organize everything needed to make a dozen pieces of jewelry and to complete the 12 projects in just a week’s time.  I didn’t catch on to this challenge until Wednesday and then I had other commitments for most of the weekend.  For me it pretty much boiled down to two and half days of marathon jewelry design.  I originally had a couple of necklaces and a bracelet planned in 3 of the muffin cups, but earrings are quicker and so I had to put off the more time-consuming projects for another time.  You can view my beads sorted into the muffin tins on the post I wrote this morning.

So without further ado, here are the first half-dozen pairs of earrings.

six pairs of handmade earrings This group includes 1 set of copper metal clay charms by Kristi Bowman of Dream Some.  This pair turned out a bit on the heavy side, so I may turn them into necklace pendants sometime soon.

Here are the second half-dozen earrings.

six pairs of handmade earringsAt the center top are earrings which feature a pair of small cranberry and amber lampwork glass beads by Beads and Botanicals, which I  paired with more charms from Dream Some.    The earring just below them also have very cool copper metal clay charms from Dream Some.  The long rectangular dangles on the two bottom pairs of earrings come from Miss Fickle Media.

I may blog about some of these earrings in more detail in the next few days, but I wanted to at least get out a brief post in time for the challenge.  The challenge was stressful to accomplish in 2 and a half days, but I also think it is good to occasionally push myself outside of my comfort zone.  If you visit the Art Bead Scene you can get links to other participants in this challenge.

Here’s a last look at 10 of the 12 sets.  Whew–mission accomplished!  What challenges have you met recently?

10 pairs of handmade earrings

Muffin Tin Challenge

A Hot One Dozen…

…and zero calories!  I love baking muffins and used to make them quite often.  I find that I rarely make them any more since the kids left home. But this lovely dozen was so much fun that I’m left with an appetite for more.

Heather Powers, writing for the Art Bead Scene, created the Muffin Tin Challenge.  The rules are as follows:

Fill the cup of a muffin tin with everything you need for one project – so the focal bead, accents, chain, findings – whatever you would need to complete one project and put that in one cup.  Repeat with the other 11 cups.  You now have 12 projects in a portable container ready for you to put together.  Grab your pliers/tools and sit somewhere comfy with your muffin tin and put each piece together knowing all your choices have already been made – your mission is to simply arrange those beads in a sassy design and complete those 12 projects as quickly as possible!  …put together 12 projects by June 27th.  Yes, 12 projects in a week – you can do it!

So here are the first half-dozen filled muffin cups.  I keep most of my beads in baggies, so it is a little hard to see what I have gathered up here.  There are a couple of charms from Miss Fickle Media included in this group.  I’ll be mostly making earrings, and these charms have been begging for attention!

Muffin tin of bead projectsHere’s the second half-dozen.  This group includes 2 sets of copper metal clay charms by Kristi Bowman of Dream Some and a pair of small cranberry and amber lampwork glass beads by Beads and Botanicals, which I plan to pair with one set of the charms.  I have the makings for 2 necklaces and one bracelet here–but at this point I don’t think I’ll have time to do the necklaces by Monday evening.  I will probably substitute 2 extra pairs of earrings.  I think I can do the bracelet though, as I’m just revising a previous design.

Well, there you have it!  Come back again tonight or tomorrow for the big reveal and you can see what I’ve done with this.  You can also visit the Art Bead Scene to get links to other participants in this challenge.

Beads in 6 muffin cups

Bead Table Wednesday: Earrings

Earring Mania!

I’m kind of on an earring kick lately.  It is largely motivated by all the cool copper clay components I have been getting from Dream Some.  They are kind of addictive, like chips or popcorn!  Here’s what’s on my bead table today.

BTW June 1st 2011The earrings on the left are made with wire wrapped jasper, brass chain and “pretzel” beads from Unicorn Beads.  In the middle are copper flower components, from Dream Some, that I plan to combine with the Brazilian amazonite rondelles.  And on the right is a pair of earrings that I am working on now; made with malachite and copper leaves, from Dream Some.

Speaking of Dream Some: I recently sold this pair of earrings, with Dream Some components.

Earring dangles by Dream Some

And these earrings were added to my shop recently.  The have  paisley textured flower charms from Dream Some,  paired with lampwork glass beads.

Copper flower shaped earring dangles with lampwork glass

I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and  see what is happening on other bead tables.

link to BTW Flickr group