CREATING HANDMADE WITH HANDMADE 15% Off Coupon

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Mark Your Calender For Sunday October 2nd!
I’ll be joining over 35 other Handmade Artisans in the

Love My Art Jewelry Cyber Sale

One Day Only: October 2nd!!!

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Coupon Code

Simply enter the Coupon Code LMAJ15 at check out on Sunday, Oct. 2nd and you will receive 15% off the cost of your order.

**It will be a great time to start your holiday shopping, or get something you’ve been eying for yourself.**

All the Cyber Sale shops will be offering sale coupons on Sunday October 2nd.

Coin Pearl Earrings with handmade glass by Beads and Botanicals

Coin pearl earrings with lampwork glass
Coin pearl earrings with lampwork glass by Beads & Botanicals
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Earring Giveaway Winner!

We also have a winner of the Bead Soup Blog Party Earring Giveaway!

Torque Story is the winner.  So, if you’d contact me (via my contact button on the side bar) and send me your address, I’ll send the earrings on their way to you!  Congratulations!

ABS – June Challenge

Ophelia by Odilon Redon

painting for June ABS Challenge

c. 1900-05; Pastel on paper mounted on board, 19 7/8 x 26 1/2 in; The Woodner Collection

This painting is the inspiration for the June Art Bead Scene Challenge.  Aren’t the colors scrumptious?  Here’s how it works:

How to enter the Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge:

 

Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.

The challenge includes a blog hop and the potential for prizes!  I have entered this bracelet.  The ceramic art beads are by Evelyn Arvey of Vivid Arts.

handmade ceramic cube bracelet Evelyn used to show her ceramic beads in the same art gallery gift shop where I had my jewelry. I would often purchase a handful of her amazing beads when I brought new jewelry into the gift shop. Her bright colors and detailed, playful patterns have always inspired me.

handmade ceramic cube braceletThe button was purchased in a shop in the town where my parents used to live.  This bead shop had bought out all the vintage glass buttons from a defunct manufacturer in Germany.  The buttons were in a huge barrel on the floor.  I spent hours just lovingly sifting through them!

close up of button and loop clasp

 

New Buttons!

Button Swap

Some of you know that I enjoy making bracelets with button and loop closures.  My recent giveaway bracelet included a closure with a vintage glass button from Germany.

Michelle Mach is hosting  a Button Swap, which I eagerly signed up for.  Here’s  Michelle’s description of how the button exchange works:

  1. Choose three buttons for your partner.
  2. Make at least one project with at least one of your button(s).  Your project does not need to be jewelry—feel free to make other accessories, clothing, home decor, or anything else you can think of.
  3. Blog about your project and include links to all the other people in the button swap on the reveal day April 21, 2011.

Michelle paired me with Stephanie LaRosa.

Buttons From Stephanie

These are the buttons I received from Stephanie.  The first one is a vintage plastic shank-style button.

Vintage plastic buttonI love this silver-tone metal button!  The openings above the castle will allow me to use it as a pendant.  Then I plan to use the shank in back to create dangles that will hang below the button/pendant.  That’s all I’m sayin’ for now.  You’ll have to come back for the Reveal on Thursday, April 21st to see the completed necklace!

Metal button with castle designI was so excited to receive this third button!  It is a handmade ceramic button from Jennifer Heyman of Jangles. I’d like to make it into a bracelet, with this button doing double duty as the closure and the focal.

Handmade ceramic button by Jennifer Heyman

Buttons For Stephanie

Here are the buttons I sent to Stephanie.  I can hardly wait to see what she creates with them!  This fantastic Thai cloisonné button was purchased years ago in an amazing little import shop near my parent’s home.  I bought a whole bunch of these, in many colors.

Blue floral Thai cloisonne button

This yellow button was also purchased near my parent’s house, but at a bead shop.  The bead store owner had bought out all the vintage glass buttons from a defunct factory in Germany.  The buttons were in a huge barrel and I spent hours, over the years, pawing through and picking out my favorites!  Unfortunately this bead shop no longer exists.

Textured, yellow German glass vintage button

This button is handcrafted by Gita Maria.  I bought a package of these a while ago and this reminds me to get them out and start designing with them.  The teal enamel, in two colors, is so luscious and the freshwater pearl really glams it up.  Just love this button!

Please come back and visit on Thursday to see what I created with the buttons Stephanie gave me and to get links to all the other participants!

hand-crafted enamel button by Gita Maria, set with a pearlƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ How have you used buttons?  Jewelry, fabrics, cards, other crafts?Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

Bead Table Wednesday – New Goodies

I’ve Been Shopping!

Jewelry Display

My friend and I were in JC Penny the other day to find a dress jacket for her to wear to a friend’s wedding.  We passed by the jewelry (oh-oh, danger zone) where I saw some adorable jewelry display stands.  They were marked $10 off because they were all a bit bent.  But if you design jewelry, then you know how to wield  jeweler’s pliers and it doesn’t take much to bring it back into alignment.  I’ve tweaked it a bit, but I can see from this picture that it’s still not quite right yet. The left footing still doesn’t sit flush with the table.  But with another small tweak, it will be good to go!  It was a great deal because of the mark down and I think it will make a nice addition to my booth at jewelry shows.  What do you think?

jewelry display with branch designDream Some

I have lots of wonderful handmade metal components on my work table today! I got these components from Kristi Bowman of DreamSome on Etsy.  The charms are handmade from copper metal clay.  When fired they become pure copper and a second firing creates this gorgeous patina.  I’ve already made a pair of earrings from one set of charms (not shown) and can hardly wait to get my hands on the pair that are pictured here.  I also purchased this delightful domed brass heart pendant.

Brass and copper jewery components from Dream Some

Miss Fickle Media

And since I’m a “more is always more” kind of gal, I also placed an order with Shannon LeVart of MissFickleMedia,  on Etsy.  Shannon is well known for the many colors she is able to coax from metals with her special patina processes.  These copper and brass charms will probably also find their way into earrings.

copper and brass earring components and copper beads with patina

I don’t have a definite plan yet for these amazing pure copper round beads.  Sometimes when something is as gorgeous as these beads are, I get afraid to use them–like I’ll spoil the magic or something.  I know–I gotta get over it.  Eventually I just force myself to use my treasures.  You just have to push on through your real or imagined barriers.

Do you ever have to force yourself to take the next step?  Do you have to actively silence the critic in your head?  What helps move you forward?

Check out other bead tables over at the Bead Table Wednesday Flickr group!