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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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In honor of National Craft Month, I am giving away two autographed copies of my book, RX for Quilters: Stitcher Friendly Advice for EVERY BODY. I’ll inscribe the books any way the winners want.

GINGER DAVIS ALLMAN AND MONIQUE  EVA URQUHART ARE THE WINNERS OF THE BOOKS. I WILL BE CONTACTING BOTH TO GET THEIR ADDRESSES AND THEIR WISHES ABOUT HOW TO INSCRIBE THEM.

One winner will be selected from the persons who comment on this blog post.

One winner will be selected from my Creative Bead Chat thread on Facebook. Prospective winners there will leave the word “hop” in the comments section. You have to be a member of the page to post there. Our page administrator is “on it”, so there won’t be much delay at all if you sign up for the page.

I will choose the two winners via random number generator on Wednesday morning.

I wrote this book for crafters everywhere.

It was a Main Selection of the Doubleday Cooking and Crafts Book of the Month Club.

I won a Gold Medal for Health Communication from the American Association of Medical Writers for this book.

But best of all are the women who have written to me and said things like, “you gave me back my hands!”

There are sections on:

  • care of the eyes over the decades
  • finger care
  • the wrist and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • the neck and back
  • making time to craft
  • fitting your workstation to your body

And much, much more.

There are actually 2500 tips in the book. I counted them at my publisher’s request.

Need the book TODAY? Click here for a hot link to buy the e-book from my publisher:

http://www.ctpub.com/rx-for-quilters-ebook/

I insisted that the price be kept low so that anyone could afford it. It is $9.99.

If you don’t mind waiting for your copy, Amazon has 46 available from Amazon booksellers, i.e., used copies. They are very reasonable. Go to amazon.com and type in Rx for Quilters.

Remember, in order to have a chance to win an autographed copy of my book, post a comment here with your Facebook name or another way to contact you. Be sure to watch your message folder if we are not already Facebook friends.

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Every month, Erin Praise-Hintz of Earrings Everyday issues the challenge to make a pair of earrings based on a prompt.

This month’s prompt was a photo of dew covered damselflies:

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The prompt led me to create the earrings above. And helped me solve TWO design challenges that had bedeviled me.

I had two “failed” necklaces on my workbench. Both of them had laid there for a LONG time.

One was made with the large frosty/icy aqua lampwork beads you see in the photo above. They had posed a huge design conundrum because they TURN LAVENDER in natural light (I photographed them in florescent light, above.) I had made and remade necklaces with them, but none was “right”.

I also had some Aqua Aura beads on my bench that had been incorporated into several failed necklaces. Aqua Aura is clear crystal quartz that has been heat treated with 24K gold vapor. The treatment causes it to turn aqua and to acquire an iridescent lavender/golden finish. You can see a small bead of Aqua Aura in each of the earrings above.

Erin’s challenge got me to looking at both sets of beads. Finally the thunderclap came: incorporate them into the same jewelry set, incorporating the lavender/aqua lampwork beads; the Aqua Aura (I had one big bead of it and many tiny round ones; light Azore AB Swarovski crystals; lots of tiny Aquamarine beads (rounds and cubes); a few shades of amethyst Swarovski crystals, and two sizes of Amethyst rounds.

Success!

Here is the complete set in florescent light, which is the lighting at my office:

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It looks AMAZING at the office!

And here it is if I step outside:

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OK, but not spectacular.

So, thanks to Erin’s challenge, I have a wonderful statement necklace, matching earrings and a bracelet for each arm.

Two sets of beads that had driven me crazy trying to find a way to use them have come together in a lovely, useful jewelry set. Thanks, Erin!

If you liked my design, head over to my Etsy shop, to the second page, where you will find several items that COULD have been inspired by Erin’s post.

* Newborn Unicorn Twins – a pair of earring disks made with my Mystic Roman Glass Opals

* Northern Lights; Lighting Up the Tundra and Aurora Australis, three pairs of earring disks inspired by the Northern and Southern Lights.

* Underwater at Puerta Vallarta, gorgeous watery translucent and opal clay goddess earrings with matching gemstone adventurine rondelles.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SusanDolphinDelaney?page=2

Here is the url of the challenge where you can see what the other participants made:

http://www.earrings-everyday.blogspot.com/2015/03/were-all-ears-march-inspiration.html

 

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The March challenge for Art Bead Scene reminded me of paintings I’d seen of birches at twilight.

I am crazy about birches and have 531 pins of birch trees on my “Birches” board on Pinerest.

Here is the challenge painting:

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Edith Carr painted this in 1912 after a six week adventure into rural British Columbia. She called it “Haida Totems”. Birches grow in British Columbia and as far north as Alaska.

My twilight birch beads are inspired by Heather Power’s birch beads, although mine are much, much bigger than hers. I strung them with denim colored button pearls and amethysts.

I also entered the Bead Challenge this month, based on the same photo. Here are Indigo Goddesses.

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You can see this month’s challenge at http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-monthly-challenge.html

 

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A few days ago a woman found my Aurora Australis earring disks on Etsy and wrote to me.

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http://www.etsy.com/listing/219840257/aurora-australis-pair-of-polymer-clay?ref=shop_home_active_20

She is a spinner of wool and wanted me to make her a diz* that looked like my earring disks. Many emails ensued and today I made her the diz at the top of this post.

I textured the top of the diz with a mold I’d made from a Malaysian palm and after curing, painted it with iridescent paints and cured it again.

*A diz is a curved disk with small holes in it. It is used to select the longest fibers from a mass of wool fibers, so that they the long fibers can be spun into a strong yarn.

Here is the back of her diz:

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The diz is 2 1/2″ across and 1/4″ thick. I left the back very plain so that no paint would rub off on the wool.

I look forward to hearing from her about how it works for her.

 

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