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Monthly Archives: June 2015

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The AJE Challenge post is just below this one.
Art Bead Scene ( http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com ) offered a wonderful leafy challenge this month. Click on the url to see this month’s challenge.

I used beads from five countries and three continents in my response to the challenge. UK, US, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Ghana. North America, Europe and Africa.

The focal beads were gifted to me by Petra of Scorched Earth (UK) with an order I placed with her. They started out as white porcelain. I painted them with black acrylic, then dry brushed them with interference violet and interference green. I used my embossing gun to cure the paint between colors. I have my embossing gun hanging from my gooseneck lamp so it is always at the ready.

I used two bright purple disks made from my opal polymer clay, one in each earring. One is much thinner than the other. (US)

The grape colored bead is lamp work by Yulia Hollund of Norway, gifted to me with an order of her beads.

I used amethyst beads and Czech beads in both earrings.

The right-hand earring has a green artisan bead from Ghana. The artisan used recycled glass and made the hole with a piece of straw, which burned away in the kiln.

I have been strongly drawn to asymmetrical earrings of late and this challenge gave me the chance to give myself the chance to let loose with asymmetry.

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Art Jewelry Elements ( http://www.artjewelryelements.blogspot.com ) issued a challenge to make jewelry with a firefly theme for June.

I made some drink markers with three-segmented phosphorescent tails, just like real fireflies have. I used Sculpey Glow in the Dark clay for the tail segments.

Here they are in dim light:

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I also made eight more, with non-glow-in-the-dark tails, in case I had a big gathering:

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Of course, IRL they would go one to a glass.

I had a blast making them. I made three or four every night until all 13 were made. I made a second set for my daughter.

I made an “eye cane” for their eyes and a “wing cane” from translucent clay for their wings. I used “toe ring” sized memory wire for the clips.

I was inspired by some bar flies made some years back by Kim Detmers. Her bar flies were much more varied. All of mine are “beetles”. You can see her current work on Etsy ClaybyKim.

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Every month Erin Prais Hintz of Earrings Everyday ( http://www.earrings-everyday.blogspot.com) gives us a challenge to make earrings according to the theme of the month.

This month she gave us art prints of tide pools as our inspiration.

My first pair of earrings, above, was created using the Mokume Gane technique, derived from an ancient Japanese sword making scheme. The “white bubbles” are wonderfully translucent on sunny days.

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My second pair used the same clay, but I manipulated it according to Lynda Mosley’s controlled marbling technique.

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The third pair used the same clay again. This time I punched small circles from the clay and added denim colored button pearls.

I enjoyed making these. They will become a Christmas gift for my beautiful blue-eyed sister-in-law. Shhhh!

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Art Bead Scene ( http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com ) offered a wonderful leafy challenge this month. Click on the url to see this month’s challenge.

I used beads from five countries and three continents in my response to the challenge. UK, US, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Ghana. North America, Europe and Africa.

The focal beads were gifted to me by Petra of Scorched Earth (UK) with an order I placed with her. They started out as white porcelain. I painted them with black acrylic, then dry brushed them with interference violet and interference green. I used my embossing gun to cure the paint between colors. I have my embossing gun hanging from my gooseneck lamp so it is always at the ready.

I used two bright purple disks made from my opal polymer clay, one in each earring. One is much thinner than the other. (US)

The grape colored bead is lamp work by Yulia Hollund of Norway, gifted to me with an order of her beads.

I used amethyst beads and Czech beads in both earrings.

The right-hand earring has a green artisan bead from Ghana. The artisan used recycled glass and made the hole with a piece of straw, which burned away in the kiln.

I have been strongly drawn to asymmetrical earrings of late and this challenge gave me the chance to give myself the chance to let loose with asymmetry.

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