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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.
My mother, Ethel Delaney, worked at NASA Goddard, just outside of DC.
After Apollo 11, which put men on the moon, Spock and Kirk came to NASA Goddard to thank the employees for their help with the mission.
Spock put a gold-plated charm of the lunar lander into Mother’s hand. She was thrilled to the point of speechlessness (not a usual condition for her!) She gave the charm to me and I cherished it. I planned to give it to my own future child.
It was not to be. I lost my little lunar lander charm in a house fire shortly before I became pregnant with my daughter.
Years later, I was able to obtain a modern version of the LEM from the Space Store and give it to her.
On the day that Spock died, February 27, 2015, I went online to find a photo of the charm to post on Facebook with the story of Mom and Spock. To my delight, one of the original charms was available from an Etsy shop!! I ordered it.
The charm has been very well loved. It looks like it was worn every single day.
I made this pair of earrings using it. The left earring has four little chains, echoing the feet of the LEM.
I wear the earrings with this necklace and bracelet, which have the same color of Swarovski crystals in them, along with dozens of other beads including two sizes of citrine; three types of vintage beads that I collected in Santa Fe; Swarovski pearls in two shades of gold; Swarovski rondelles in three shades of gold; a beaded bead from Barcelona; a few deep beige cats eye beads and some two-toned, sun face beads.
I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have my “Spock charm” back!
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.
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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.
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:
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.
You can see this month’s challenge at http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-monthly-challenge.html
A few days ago a woman found my Aurora Australis earring disks on Etsy and wrote to me.
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:
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.
Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry issued a challenge to make something in this palette:
If you’ve been reading this blog long, you know I love a challenge.
I mixed up a translucent silver and three shades of translucent pink from the palette and made the lush, mature, gorgeous female figures for the earrings. I added silver-plated beads, wires and lever backs.
I HAD to photograph the earrings in my ice cream scoop!
Aren’t they beautiful!
They are available in my Etsy shop:
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!