Art Elements Sunflower Challenge

Art Elements blog is hosting a Sunflower blog hop challenge today.  Participants have all agreed to create jewelry or other art forms with a sunflower theme.  I love sunflowers, so I hopped right in.

sunflower close up

I took this close-up photo of a sunflower I had in a floral arrangement I’d made.  I love the streaks of reddish-brown on the yellow petals.  To achieve that effect on my ceramic pendants I layered two specific glazes.  The top glaze crackles when layered over the reddish-brown glaze beneath, allowing some of that lower layer of color to bleed through. I was so pleased with this effect that I made a whole pile of sunflower pendants, just because I was having so much fun with them. As you can see, each one is a little different as I played with different aspects of the design.

Sunflower Pendants

I made one pendant that was a bit larger the those above and which had a big enough hole to accommodate some leather.  I used that pendant in my necklace for today’s challenge.

Sunflower Necklace 11

I attached the pendant to the leather with a simple larks head knot and above it I placed two hand enameled tubes that I believe were made by Mary Dodd.  The leather then connects to some Terra Cast copper rings with a nice surface texture. I love how the copper color echoes the browns in the pendant.

Sunflower Necklace 2

I added a short strand of vintage glass beads and peanut beads, that I suspended from the rings, as well.  When worn, they drape just on top of the leather and end about an inch or so above the pendant .  Leather cording finishes off the back of the necklace, which ends in a copper-colored lobster clasp.  This is a nice long necklace, which I could have made without a clasp, because it slips easily over the head.

Sunflower Necklace 6

I have one sunflower pendant listed on my website, but if you want more, just message me here or through my website.

Sunflower Pendant 2

My thanks to Sue and to Art Elements for hosting this fun summer challenge. This is a blog hop, so be sure to share the love with all these other great artists!

Guests

Alysen
Anita
Cat
Divya
Jill
Kathy
Linda You are here.
Linda
Mischelle
Norma
Raven
Sarajo
Tammy

AE Team

Caroline
Cathy
Claire
Jenny
Laney
Lesley
Sue

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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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