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Friday, June 20, 2014

Gemstone & Metal Blog Hop Sneak Peek #2

It is only a month until the reveal day for this next Lisa Lodge hosted blog hop challenge.
My kit from Lisa
I am going to give you another sneak peek at project I have created for the challenge.

I had finished the project I blogged about earlier, but I still had beads remaining. I wanted to continue to do another project that was more that just stringing the beads.
Some of the remain gemstones, silver tone flowers and headpins
It was time to pull out the One-Step Looper and make some dangling components.
Dangles made
 I had a ready made chain bracelet in my stash. Now to attach all the dangles.
Chain from stash
Come back on July 19th to see what this project looks like when finished and all of the other things that I have created.

Happy Beading.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ocean Blog Hope Reveal Day #2

It has been two weeks since I revealed my creations as part of the Ocean Blog Hop. Today is the second reveal day and here are the participants-
Our hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Catherine Yvonne King, Catherine's Musings
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Jill Bradley, Chat 2 Jill 
Rebecca Ednie, Eclectic Endeavours

I thought that I would share some pieces that I have created in the past inspired by an ocean dweller. Here is a picture of a sea anemone for Margie Deeb's Beader's Color Palette book.  It listed the delica colours of 203/910/073/281.
Sea Anemone
As a color experiment I did the tuffet box pattern, from Julia Pretl's Little Bead Boxes book, three times. Each time I change the placement of the colours with in the pattern.

Sea Anemone Tuffets

Last June I took Jean Power's Geometric Stars class. I decided to use the colour from the sea anemone inspiration. Once again I experimented with the placment of the colours within the pattern.
Sea Anemone Stars
Take time to hop around and see what everyone has created.

Happy Beading!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Gemstone and Metal Blog Hop Sneak Peek #1

I am signed up to participate in another of Lisa Lodge's challenges. This one combines gemstones with metal. I received a kit with various shaped beads of jasper and silver tone metal beads and findings.
My whole kit from Lisa
Silver toned beads and findings
Jasper beads - rounds, faceted flat squares and rectangles
I wanted to combine the metal flower beads with the faceted squares. Normally with gemstones I tend to do more basic stringing designs. But I decided to use the very first bead weaving technique I learn, netting. Use the basics of netting from Maria Rypan's Netting Primer I have started a collar.

Finding just the right colour for the netting was a challenge as I tried to use what was in my stash. Here is a quick picture of the beads and one end finished with an extender chain.
In progress
Come back on July 19 to see the finished design and other pieces created with the kit.

Happy Beading!