Earrings Everyday March Challenge

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: 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 […]

We All Scream for Ice Cream

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 […]

At the End of Your Rope?

Are you feeling at the end of your rope? My dear, late friend Fr. Al Durrance used to say this: God can always be found at the end of your rope. Al had been in the healing ministry for 56 years when he passed last July. He brought me into that ministry in 1994 and […]

Earrings in Motion

Each month earring artist Erin Prais-Hintz of Earrings Everyday challenges us to create earrings based on a prompt. This month her prompt was a film showing a kinetic sculpture “Breaking Wave” by Plebeian Design. You can see this amazing sculpture prompt at http://www.earrings-everyday.blogspot.com. When I was a girl, growing up in DC, Mother would pack […]

Never Say Never

The painting above, by Pieter Janez Saendam (1635), is the current challenge for Art Bead Scene. When I saw the painting, I ignited, and had to make my entries NOW. I did not have the benefit of the wonderful palette you see above, to the right, created by the incomparable Brandi Huessey. A trained artist, […]

Magic in the Mist

Earrings Everyday, http://www.earrings-everyday.blogspot.com, has a challenge every month: to create earrings based on a visual prompt. Sometimes it is a photo, sometimes a painting, sometimes a drawing. This month’s prompt was a short animation film created by French film students. Just below find a collage of images from the enchanting film. (you can see the […]

Blackberry Winter

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, […]

Polymer Under Black Light

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 […]

Marbled Earrings

Every month Erin Prais-Hintz of Earrings Everyday ( http://www.earrings-everyday.blogspot.com) gives us a challenge to spark our creativity. This month Erin gave us some gorgeous marbled papers as a prompt. I had just made a batch of my Pele clay so I marbled it into some black clay to make these earrings. Their reverse sides are […]

Ruby Slipper Seeds, Plant 1/2″ Deep, Full Sun

Frequently I create a piece in response to the Art Bead Scene Challenge. This month the challenge was based on Anne Redpath’s painting, Red Slippers: I immediately keyed in on the “ruby slippers” and created the necklace above. I made some “red opal” clay. and marbled it with black opal clay and black clay. I […]