Regular followers of this blog will know that Kaushambi Shah has produced some fabulous pinterest boards for the monthly challenges, and has taken on the role of ABS Pinterest Curator. Unfortunately, Kaushambi isn't able to post this month so I'm stepping in. Kylie Parry did a one-off post several months ago, sharing a number of art bead related boards. Today I thought I'd shared a selection of pinners I follow, who pin fascinating and inspiring things. Some have no interest in beads, and aren't particularly concerned with jewellery, but I love to seek inspiration in all manner of places, and if you are like me, I hope you'll be interested in checking out the collections these pinners have curated.
It's peculiar to be writing this post, talking about individuals I know next to nothing about. What I do know are their tastes and interests and I find lots to admire in the images they pin. The first pinner who came to mind when I started compiling this post was -SAND-, Sandrine Gergaud, a painter based in Pornic, France. She has a great selection of boards, ranging from more general collections (drawings, mixed media artworks) to the peculiar and quirky (little houses, spinning tops and girls with moustaches!) I particularly like her colours combo board. Here's a selection of images from her collections.
(clockwise from top left: jazzman (flickr); Boomkamp (tumblr); paperiaarre (flickr); ngaiolenz (flickr); Nancy Chow (flickr))
Next up, a pinner who shares some really fabulous jewellery finds. Amanda Thon
is a metalsmith based in Florida. Beside her collections of rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, etc., there are boards devoted to packaging, display, tools, sketch books, and much, much more.
(clockwise from left: Nikki Couppee; Ed Wiener; Moorigin; Reka Fekete; Becky Crow)
Vicki P of Sky Gypsy Studio has similar selection of jewellery-focused boards, alongside a great range of art in different media.
(clockwise from top left: Stacey Bently; Kathleen Dustin; Nina Bagley)
Next, something for polymer fans. Cara Jane Hayman
is a polymer designer based in Bristol in the UK. Her enthusiasm for her medium can be seen in her vast collection of polymer-related boards. There are also stacks of tutorials, so if you are a clayer you may want to check those out too.
(clockwise from top left: Maniguette (flickr); Kathleen Dustin; Artybecca; Elena Fadeeva)
Finally, an artist from the North of England, Helen Birch, aka draw draw draw
, whose boards include '2D drawings', '3D drawings', 'Found drawings', 'Sketchbooks', 'Textile, Surface, Pattern'. I'm always finding fascinating new images via draw, draw, draw.
(clockwise from top left: Fiona Rae; Thomas Jackson; Yves Kline; Nick Turpin; Antoni Tapies; John Ruskin)
Bye for now, Claire
Miss Sue is a polymer clay powerhouse!
I have no idea how she engineers these delicate swirling tapestries of color and texture and light, but they are fascinating. Miss Sue has created each of these seemingly impossible petal-like forms out of polymer clay paired with a combination of bugle beads, matte seed beads, and wire to connect it all together. There is a graceful flow to this piece and the colors look as though the fabric of the dancer's tutu floated out of the frame and onto her clay. She was also inspired to create a complementary second design inspired by the challenge painting. Do check out her marvelous creations!
Spring - the perfect time to incorporate all things bird-related into your jewellery. They are something I work with all year round, but particularly apt right now - I thought I'd share this tutorial I posted on my own blog back in January. I wanted to share with you how I make these little birds' nests that are so popular in bead and wire jewellery these days - the ideal compliment to your art beads. This is the way I personally make them; I'm sure there are plenty of other variations too though, so don't be afraid to experiment!
For this nest I've used:
.8mm copper wire
(If I was working with the smaller Robin's Egg beads (6mm rather than 8mm) I would move down to .6mm copper wire.)
(I've got more of these lovely speckled rounds in different colours - just search for 'eggs' in my shop and they will appear!)
My plan is to oxidise this once I have a bunch of them made up.
1. Cut at least 1.5m (just under 2 yards) of copper wire. Slide on 3 beads about 10cm along and make a ring by pulling the long tail of the wire round the beads. You will need to have the beads a bit spaced out so that they will bend round in a ring.
2. Wrap the long tail of the wire around the beads a few times. I've done it 5 times here. Then bring the wire over itself to secure the 'nest' you're building.
3. You can see more clearly here the path of the wire.
4. Repeat this, binding the nest in-between each pair of beads. Then continue to wrap the wire around in a circle, building the nest. I did this a couple of times. (There should still be a longish wire tail, you just can't see it in this pic! You need it for the base in step 6.)
5. Tuck the short tail into the nest if you haven't already, to keep it neat and tidy.
6. Turn your nest over and curl/coil the wire back on itself to make a little base for the nest (so the eggs don't fall out ;-) ). You can wrap the coils into the sides of the nest if needs be. Once you are happy with the look of the nest, tuck the wire tail in. You want to try and bury it in the nest so that you don't end up getting spiked by the wire when you're wearing it!
7. Here you go - a couple of nests, ready for oxidising!
Here is how to attach a nest into a bracelet ~
8. Here's my bracelet, laid out and ready for stringing. I don't always do this, but with nests, I do.
9. String all the beads before the nest as you usually would, and then slide the bead wire through the base of your nest. This of course depends on how tightly you have wound the wire on the back of the nest. Tight enough to be secure, but loose enough so that the wire can pass relatively easily through. You might need to add a couple of extra spacers on each side, but that's something you can play around with.
10. And here you go, on my wrist! The nest sits nicely between the other beads and against my wrist, as you can see.
The finished piece...