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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.

Tiger Lily Love

Heather Powers, an internationally known polymer clay artist, designed the Tiger Lily focal bead in my newest bracelet.  This is one of the beads I purchased at the Puget Sound Bead Festival.  According to Heather’s website, her work is inspired, in part by “Birds, tree branches, leaves, flowers and sundries from the sea (which) reflect the beauty of nature…”  She states that she “ hope(s) to encourage others to grab hold of what captures their imagination and spirit.”  This is truly what happened to me as I developed my design for this bead.

Tiger Lily Bead by Heather Powers of Humble Beads

I love combining orange with turquoise so I laid out a bunch of turquoise beads as potential contenders for the honor of framing the Tiger Lily bead.  None of the bright, shiny beads looked  right with the rustic style of Heather’s bead.  Two 1.25 mm chunky turquoise nuggets were just right for the job.  I also picked out 2 flat, circular disks of turquoise.

I didn’t want to make the whole bracelet turquoise so I started rummaging around in my drawer of orange beads.  I found 2 hand-felted beads.  My sister-in-law had given me a bracelet that alternated the hand-felted beads with orange wooden rounds.  It was all orange and kind of boring.  I never wore it (sorry sis).  I took it apart and threw it in the “orange drawer”.  The felt beads were exactly what this bracelet needed to lift it out of the ordinary!  I then filled out the design with chocolate-colored porcelain beads and tortoise-shell colored glass discs between all the beads.  A silver clasp was too shiny, copper looked much better. It’s in my web shop now.

Tiger Lily Bracelet

This really turned out to be a mixed media bracelet:  Handmade polymer clay bead, hand-felted beads, turquoise, porcelain and glass. Mixed media jewelry is very on-trend right now.  What do you think?  Is it delightful, too busy, jumbled or fun?  Leave a comment and share your thoughts.