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Art Elements challenged us to create swirls.

This first one is a black hole pendant, designed to honor the life and work of Dr. Stephen Hawking. I like to think that he is soaring now, like he did in zero gravity for his 65th birthday.

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I created another black hole pendant to honor his wife, Dr. Jane Hawking, a truly noble woman.

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Both pendants were created with polymer clay. Both have elements of my secret Opal Polymer Clay.

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Eye of the Storm uses a similar technique, using many different layers of polymer, translucent, pearl, opal and metallic. It is a paperweight.

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This is a Happy Rock that I made for a friend, using more of my Opal Polymer Clay. I embossed the words HAPPY ROCK on the back of the rock.

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The last is a set of FIVE SMOOTH ROCKS that I made for my brother who is facing a “giant”. I used my Opal Polymer Clay and metallic clays for these.

You can see the other “Swirls” inspired by this challenge at http://www.artelements.net

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This year I have tried to bring joy and happiness to my community by hiding Happy Rocks at libraries, playgrounds and sculpture parks. I also give them as gifts.

Most Happy Rock artists paint natural rocks, but as I am a polymer clay artist, I make mine from polymer. I stamp the back of each rock with the legend Happy Rock.

I made this one for my church’s very first Christmas tree. I have given many happy rocks to folks, young and old, at church, so I know this will make people smile.

Here’s the back:

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Art Bead Scene is featuring ornaments made from Art Beads this month.

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Earrings Everyday’s Challenge is “Chart Your Own Course.” I decided to play with asymmetric earring pairs.

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Bumblebee Jasper Cabochon. Golden Freshwater Pearls. Swarovski crystals.

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Pottery Fragment. Freshwater pearls. Swarovski crystals. Lampwork bead.

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Lampwork butterfly wing. Freshwater pearls. Czech beads.

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Lampwork bead. Faceted Garnets. Rosebud pearls. Lampwork headpin. Czech glass beads.

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Faceted Aqua Aura beads. Root beer lamp work disk with aqua dots. Beach glass.

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Large and small lamp work mushrooms. Freshwater pearls.

Earrings Everyday’s October theme is Harvest Moon. Here are a few pairs of earrings I have made with a moon theme:

Shine On Harvest Moon. The moon disks are made from some of my Opal Polymer Clay then dry brushed with several colors of interference acrylics. I added Basha Beads to complete them.

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Apollo 17. The next pair have great sentimental value to me. After Apollo 17, Spock and Kirk went around to all of the NASA locations to thank the workers for their help with the mission. Spock put the tiny Lunar Lander into Mother’s hand and she gave it to me, her nerd daughter.

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The Sea of Tranquility. The next pair, with matching pendant, is polymer “Ivory” with pearls. They remind me of the moon’s surface.

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Moon Shadows. The next pair have ostrich shell rounds and beads by StoneDesignsbySheila.

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Moonstones Melody. The next pair have tiny cubical moonstones and tiny pearls with baroque pearl drops.

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Red Moon Rising. The next pair have a harvest moon from my molten lava polymer clay and tiny Basha Beads.

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Once in a Blue Moon is made from marbled polymer clay.

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Thanks for going on this moon journey with me!

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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 bead artist in one of my Facebook groups was bemoaning her cracked fingertips. I will share what I wrote to her, in case you are suffering as well.

I am a doctor/artist and I wrote a comprehensive health care guide for women who do crafts. It won a Gold Medal for Health Communication and was a Main Selection of the Doubleday Cooking and Crafts club.

One whole chapter of my book is on the fingers.

Here is what I am doing this winter for my cracked fingertips. Every night I put a teaspoon of sugar in my palm and pour in about a teaspoon of olive oil. I scrub down my hands, the backs, palms and fingertips. I rub my fingertips in my palms in the sugar scrub to burnish off dead skin and to stimulate the blood vessels.

Then I wash off the sugar with water under the tap, then most of the oil with hand soap.

I keep my fingernails very short so that the skin on the tips is uniformly tough, so that it resists cracking.

At bedtime I put 1/2 teaspoon of sweet almond oil in my palm and I massage it into my hands, especially my nail beds and fingertips. The massage not only delivers the oil to my skin but opens up the capillary beds so that maximum sturdiness of the skin develops.

If you want my book, many Amazon Booksellers have it for 1 cent plus $3.99 shipping (this keeps me humble; if you buy from Amazon Booksellers I won’t make even that one cent, which is fine).

If you need it today you can get it from C&T Publishing as an e-book. There’s a hot link to the C&T listing on my author website http://www.susandelaneyauthor.com.

BTW, C&T was the best publisher a gal could dream of!

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