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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.
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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 few weeks ago I was fooling around with my opal polymer clay. I’d mixed up batches of different colors and was mixing tiny pieces of colors together. To my delight this color way emerged. I immediately “saw” one of Monet’s paintings of his waterlily pond. I made the opal clay into earrings, pairing them with yellow freshwater pearls. These are available in my shop http://www.susandolphindelaney.etsy.com.
I put together some violet, sapphire and two greens and got Monet’s purple irises. I paired them with large, baroque freshwater pearls. Available in my Etsy shop.
Then I mixed some violet opal bits, a little gold and two greens and came up with an opal clay that reminded me of Monet’s paintings of irises by the pond. I paired those disks with amethysts. Available in my Etsy shop.
I turned to Robert Frost for inspiration, making up earrings in wintery opal tones.
The Woods Are Lovely, Dark and Deep.
My shop also sells wonderful earring components for your own designs. Opal Disks: Monet, Molten Lava, Mystic Roman Glass Opals. “Mineral” Disks. And lush, female figures for earrings or pocket goddesses.
The October Art Bead Scene Challenge was based on a painting, “Autumn” by Milton Avery.
I made a sincere effort to create some beads from polymer that “went with” this challenge. I designed a necklace with 18 polymer beads and Swarovski pearls. Each bead seemed like a good idea at the time. They didn’t work, although I admit that I learned a lot about the clay in making them.
Back to the drawing board. I had some beaded beads from Diana Costa Pedret from her Etsy shop Dicopebisuteria in Bacelona, Spain. You might have seen them in the previous post. I originally used the “blackberry” beads in a pendant, but they tangled terribly. So that is how the blackberry beads ended up in this challenge piece. I am not entirely happy with the rhythm of the piece and plan a slight restring of the necklace.
Blackberry Winter picks up the blues, magentas, whites and golds in the challenge painting.
I had fun with it. I have worn the necklace several times and have received compliments on it each time.
See the challenge and a collage of the entries at http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com.
You can also see the entries at http://www.pinterest.com/artbeadscene/jewelry-monthly-challenge-entries
My post for the Earrings Everyday Challenge is just below this one. As you scroll down, check out the glow-in-the-dark earrings in this post.
Ginger Davis Allman of http://www.thebluebottletree.com challenged polymer clay artists to create new polymer objects with an eye to their reactivity under UV light. When she revealed that white Premo clay glowed under UV light, I was IN. I already had a cane, “Blackberry Flower” and had planned to make this pendant for a friend who loves pink. I made it, with faith in Ginger’s statement about the white Premo, even before my black light flashlight arrived. The beaded beads are from DiacopeSupplies on Etsy. Sonia made them for me. When my UV flashlight arrived, I took this photo:
The translucent clay making up the flower petals glowed blue under UV! And the background, which had white Premo in it glowed white. The friend who I made this for is a nerd like me and likely will never wear the pendant under UV light.
I was on a roll now. I had long admired the bioluminescent algae Noctiluca scintillans, which inhabits shorelines and glows when waves disturb it. I made a cane resembling the cellular structure of Noctiluca, incorporating some glow-in-the-dark clay.
This picture shows the earrings I made, which are translucent, with light passing through them:
I photographed the earrings in darkness, to show their glow-in-the-dark properties:
How cool is that?
Next I photographed them under UV light (which was the challenge after all):
I hope those photos tickle you as much as they tickle me.
I made up a batch of my Pele opal clay last weekend. I made some of it into a Pele goddess. Pele is the Hawaiian goddess of volcanos. I love that way she turned out:
I decided to see how she looked under UV light, just for fun. Under a mix of incandescent and UV light that she looks like glowing embers:
I thank my friend, Ginger Davis Altman, a fellow scientist and nerd, for this challenge.
I had a blast with it.
You can see the other challenge pieces at http://www.thebluebottletree.com