Click here to read this mailing online.

Your email updates, powered by FeedBlitz

 
Here is a sample subscription for you. Click here to start your FREE subscription


"Art Bead Scene Blog" - 5 new articles

  1. Perfect Pairings :: Alison Adorns + Andrew Thornton + Julie Miller + Outwest
  2. Earring Challenge Reveal
  3. Ceramic + Enamel = Fun Earring Challenge
  4. ** Earring Design Challenge Sneak Peek #...
  5. Perfect Pairings :: La Touchables + SomethingToDoBeads + BalelaCermaics + GlassbyLeese + TwoSistersDesignss + GlassBeadArt + LAccentNou
  6. More Recent Articles
  7. Search Art Bead Scene Blog
  8. Prior Mailing Archive

Perfect Pairings :: Alison Adorns + Andrew Thornton + Julie Miller + Outwest


There are some things that are just meant to be. Like when Alison looked into her stash and found the exact right pendant for this month's inspiration. Fireworks are often named for flowers so that makes this pendant perfect. The soft blue-jean hues of the stones and the carved beads in a gradated is like the flash of bright light in the night sky. Again, perfect choice!

Featured Designer :: Alison Adorns
+
Featured Bead Artists :: 

We are now using Pinterest! 
You can find more details in this post about the exciting new changes,
including a board devoted to art beads inspired by the monthly challenge!
(Ooh! Look! More pretty beads to lust after!)

Pretty please make sure that you post a link in your Pinterest description
so that I have someplace to attribute the picture! 
And don't forget to tell us about those art beads - providing links to bead makers is appreciated!

Deadline July 28th (that's tomorrow!) to get your pictures posted to the Pinterest boards for the creation of the Monthly Challenge Recap post for July 30th.

TIP: If you upload your photo rather than pin it from your blog or shop, edit the pin (the little pencil button) and add your link as the source. Save your edits. This will allow us to click directly on your photo and go to your blog or shop to read more about your entry. If you don't, I might not be able to access the photo to share it.


    

Earring Challenge Reveal


Once again these were the components we had to work with, Michelle of Fire Fly Design Studio provided the the earthenware discs and tiny beads. Anne of Gardanne Handcrafted Enamel provided the enameled long ovals.


I just read Michelle's post and my favorite features of her design are the how the the ceramic discs sit on top of the oval and the cluster of wire in the middle of the disc.

My hats off to you jewelry designers out there, my first mistake was waiting until the last minute to put this together.

First I tried something with seed beads and it worked, but I did not like the design. However I did discover that Michelle's tiny beads are a great way to hide crimps, they fit perfectly in the bead hole.

This is what I came up with, I know pretty basic, but I do love those freestyle wire wraps. I definitely wanted the discs facing forward to show off as much of that pretty glaze as possible. I kept the loops big enough so that everything moves and does not look stiff. These earrings feel very comfortable on, the enamel and earthenware are very light weight.

The wire is oxidized brass from The Patina Queen, she has wonderful findings.

Niobium ear wires are from ArtBeads.com.



Hope your enjoyed our challenge, if I get a few more of these under my belt my jewelry making will hopefully improve.





Anne Lichtenstein
Gardanne Handcrafted Enamel
    

Ceramic + Enamel = Fun Earring Challenge

It is time for the big reveal....Michelle from Firefly Design Studio and Anne from Gardanne each started with identical ceramic and enameled pieces and thought it would be fun to see what each comes up with.  Here is a refresher on what each designer started with:


Anne started the earring design with her fun surfboard shaped enameled pair of charms.  They are a bronze base with teal and pops of gold, lavender and blue.  Michelle added 15mm teal ceramic earthenware discs and 5mm coordinating spacer beads.  We each took these components home from the Bead and Button show, so we've had some time to think about our plan of attack!

This is what Michelle designed:


All Michelle added to the above components is 24g wire, 3mm spacer beads and earring wires, all made by Vintaj.  Cut 8" of 24g wire and fold it in half.  Squeeze the wire tightly together with your flat nose pliers.  Hold the disc in front of the charm hole and from the back, pass the folded wire (folded end first) through the charm and disc holes.  Stop at the half way point and bend the wire down at a 90 degree angle.  With your fingers, hold the wire in place at the bend and start to twirl the wire over the disc hole.  When almost finished, take your flat nose pliers and push the end down through the hole to give it a finished look.  With the double wire tail sticking up, place a metal spacer bead, a ceramic spacer bead and another metal spacer bead.  This will help with the components fitting together nicely.  Make a small wire wrap loop and place earring on the earring wire.  Repeat and enjoy!
    

** Earring Design Challenge Sneak Peek #...

Earring Design Challenge Sneak Peek #2


 Michelle of Firefly Design Studio filled you in the other day that we are having a little design challenge.  I have the same components that she has in the photo below, Michelle's earthenware discs, tiny beads, and my enameled long ovals.





I am always on the lookout for new shapes, some I make myself and some I purchase already made. I introduced the long oval last year and it is my most popular shape right now.

I am a tad nervous, because jewelry making is not what I do best, I like making the bits and pieces for you jewelry designers out there. I guess its good that I'm uncomfortable because that means I am challenging myself, right???

Inspiration is never to far away and I am constantly amazed with what my customers and other jewelry designers do with not only my work, but other artisan beads as well.


If you love earrings then you already know Julie Thelen of Jewels by Jules please visit her ETSY shop and you will see what I mean. I love the layering Julie did with the flowers,  enamel components are very light weight so you can get away with adding a lamp work bead and additional components and still have a comfortable earring.


Cheryl Zink picked my favorite color in the enameled long ovals. Cheryl sells her items on her Face book page , please check out her work. I could not find these earrings, I hope that means they sold Cheryl. I love the wire wrap that Cheryl used on the top of the long ovals, its perfect, small details like this really make such a difference in jewelry design.

Like these designers I will probably have something going on above the enameled long ovals in my earring design, but that is all I have right now. Wish me luck.

 Please come visit ABS next Tuesday, July 26th for the big reveal.

Anne Lichtenstein, Gardanne Handcrafted Enamel




    

Perfect Pairings :: La Touchables + SomethingToDoBeads + BalelaCermaics + GlassbyLeese + TwoSistersDesignss + GlassBeadArt + LAccentNou

Tiger in the Grass Cairn

Dawn of LaTouchables creates a striking pendant blending lampwork glass, ceramic, stoneware and porcelain. Here is what I see...the vertical launch of the mortar rising above the clouds and bursting like a giant flower blooming against the night sky as represented in this cairn-like pendant. Truly a marvel to behold that many art beads in one place!

Featured Designer :: La Touchables
+
Featured Bead Artists :: 

We are now using Pinterest! 
You can find more details in this post about the exciting new changes,
including a board devoted to art beads inspired by the monthly challenge!
(Ooh! Look! More pretty beads to lust after!)

Pretty please make sure that you post a link in your Pinterest description
so that I have someplace to attribute the picture! 
And don't forget to tell us about those art beads - providing links to bead makers is appreciated!

Deadline July 28th to get your pictures posted to the Pinterest boards for the creation of the Monthly Challenge Recap post for July 30th.

TIP: If you upload your photo rather than pin it from your blog or shop, edit the pin (the little pencil button) and add your link as the source. Save your edits. This will allow us to click directly on your photo and go to your blog or shop to read more about your entry. If you don't, I might not be able to access the photo to share it.


    

More Recent Articles


You Might Like

Click here to safely unsubscribe from "Art Bead Scene Blog."
Click here to view mailing archives, here to change your preferences, or here to subscribePrivacy