Jan 26, 2011

Your Bead Soup Is In The Mail, Ann!

The Bead Soup Blog Party is in full swing.  I just sent off my bead soup ingredients to my partner, Ann Rishell of "My Critical Eye".  I can't wait to see what she designs with them.  This is what I sent.  It includes black seed beads, a butterfly pendant, flower clasp, furnace glass pieces and some misc. beads.

Jan 21, 2011

Lori Anderson Metal Stamp Set Giveaway

Lori Anderson is always coming up with fun things to do, and now she has a give-away that I am going to be entering to try to win jewelers metal stamps.  Follow this link Metal Stamp Set Give-away if you want to join in the fun!

Jan 16, 2011

Is it Soup Yet?

Blog Bead Soup that is.  This is the third time I have participated in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Exchange, and I'm looking forward to the big reveal.  Lori has over 200 bead and jewelry artists that are participating this time, and it has been a little overwhelming for her to put it all together.  She is a great trooper though, and things are moving along just fine.

We are assigned an exchange partner and then asked to send them a Focal Piece, Clasp and any other beads we want to send so that they can put together a wearable piece of jewelry art.  My exchange partner is
 Ann Rishell from the Phoenix, AZ area, and I am really looking forward to what she is sending me.  Stay tuned for more on this fun challenge.  Click on the link to access her blog for an interesting and beautiful visual experience.

Jan 14, 2011

Knitting with Polymer Clay

Faux Knit Polymer ClayTechnique

Is this really knitted, or is there another way?  Cindy Lietz has a video tutorial that solves the mystery.  See what you can make with this interesting method using polymer clay.  How about a cuff bracelet that looks like it has been knitted.  Or pretty "knitted" buttons to fit on your just finished sweater.  Your knitting guild members will be amazed.  Make up a jazzy looking shawl pin with this "knitted" method.  I can't wait to try this method.  Check back in a week or so to see what I come up with.

Jan 8, 2011

Lori Anderson Bead Soup Party

Have  you signed up yet?  Not too late to participate in the Lori Anderson Bead Soup Party.  Sign up by Jan. 14th and join in the fun.  For more information click here  

Jan 4, 2011

Cindy Lietz Gingham Cane Tutorial

Cindy Lietz has inspired me again.  I love these Gingham Canes.  I'm not sure what I will be making out of them yet, but check in at my Artfire and Etsy shops and take a peek.  I'll be posting something real soon.  I can see earrings, pendants, hearts, and even buttons that you knitters and sewers can use on your projects.

For those of you who are not into making polymer clay beads or canes, these are not painted.  The pattern was made from colors of polymer clay.

To get a preview of how you make these polymer clay canes click on the Gingham Canes link above.  While you are there why don't you treat yourself to a subscription to Cindy's video tutorials.  You won't be sorry.

Jan 1, 2011

My Black and White Selection on Artfire

Happy New Year Everyone!  2011 is here and I'm excited to get back in the workshop and start on some new creations.  I will be posting some new things on my Artfire and Etsy shops soon so check in often to see the new designs.

  Artfire is a great place to do some shopping, even if Christmas is over, and I have put together a collection of Black and White pieces to feature in my Artfire Collections section.  These are handmade items by many Artist's. Feel free to visit their stores and even purchase these wonderful items.  Click on the link above to access this collection.  And while you are here, check out my Artfire shop.