Monday, January 15, 2018
Well it's been a while but I do have a good excuse, 2 hip replacements in 7 months. Needless to say it can wear a person out. I think though the part that hinders the creative mind the most is the sluggy brain syndrome from the medication. Any how I am trying to get back into the swing of it all!
Here is the beautiful Art Bead Scene Studio's January Challenge
This is my first bead which is a focal pendant. Polymer clay and layers of stuff. I have been experimenting with making polymer clay pieces have a ceramic look so there is lots of experimenting going on. That's why I say stuff, but this seems to be the closest I've gotten!
Another polymer clay focal with Swarovski Crystal Pearls
I have to add these beads from last month's Honey Do List from SJ Designs, again my excuse is loss of not motivation because Eric's photographs are motivating enough but my own recouperation. Obviously I am feeling a bit better as I am posting again. Not the greatest photos but I'm just glad to have them on!
All of these beads are polymer clay I think they somewhat go with Art Bead Scene's challenge this month. After seeing Saraha's pieces I realize that I did not see the warmth that is in the photo. I saaw mauves, pinks and purples.
Friday, September 29, 2017
From SJ Designs Jewelry and boy does she. Sunflowers for one last hurrah of summer. Works for me!
Though I am not one to design beads with predominately bright yellow I do enjoy it in my garden.
My experience with sunflowers is the birds being all over them when the seeds mature.
Well Eric you have re-inspired me to grow them again next year.
I made a polymer clay pendant. Well actually I made more than that but I was not happy enough about them to put them on. I do like this one though.
Thank you again Eric!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Published in 1920
Image Credit: Special Collections Research Center at NCSU Libraries
It's funny that this month is bugs when I have been collecting several bug pins on Pinterest
I have always been intrigued by dragonflies so I used a pearl polymer clay which I love, and came up with this pendant that strings through the back so it doesn't flip around and the beads.
I equate my use of polymer clay to painting and sculpting at the same time and I love it!
So here is my bug painting, yes abstract but that's the way it is sometimes.
It is a pendant by the way.
The black and white part of the bottom right bug pattern caught my eye and I guess it stayed in my head. So I combined the wing patterns with the black and white patterned clay. The white beads are white turquoise and the matt black beads are Czech from Art Beads.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
If You Plant It They Will Come
One reason that I love the Butterfly Bush is that the minute they start blooming you get butterflies! Not hard to guess that one. This is a Miss Molly. It doesn't get overly large and the color and smell is outstanding. There is an even smaller one that I have to look up the name.
Here's Peetie Not-a-Help!
He likes to follow me around the garden.
This is a nine bark and a little pink cat tail plant. I got it from a friend and I don't know what it is called but it lasts a long time and had a nice leaf that gets a burgundy splash to it and is has and airy quality that is nice against a solid background.
My Phlox were outstanding this year. They were very tall and lasted a long time.
Blue Spirea or Caryoptris or Blue Mist Spirea, 3'-3.5' H x 3'-3.5' W. It blooms from July to September and the bloom and can stand hot dry areas. I starts blooming when most flowers are fading away. I have been trying to add more blues into my garden pallette.
Hardy Glads so beautiful!
Oak Leaf Hydreangea - no flowers yet but hopefully next year.
This Coral Bell is from 2 summers ago. It is Fire Alarm and boy do I love it. You can see some of the Rozanne Geranium trailing into it, love!
Miss Molly, Rozanne, and creeping Jenny.
New in my garden, Twirling Butterflies. Light , airy but super bloomer. Bees love it.
A Seedum I've had for so many years I don't know what it's called but it is a beautiful color.
The Rozanne behind a shorter coral Phlox.
Pink Anemone what a show and it lasts a long time!
Left to right, Brunera, Coral Bell, raspberry ?, Coral Belle Southern Comfort (likes some shade for better color),
It doesn't look to hot but next years blooms are waiting to be planted!
Monday, August 28, 2017
Well the colors for this challenge are so right up my alley for gardening. I call it Sunset. I have some tulips and lilies that are somewhat colored like this.
When this picture is sitting on my desktop and small it looks like a sherbert orange so I was influenced by that too.
All of my beads are Polymer Clay.
These are coin beads, they sit just like you see them or can be strung as a small focal. I love coin beads foe bracelets. I really like the more orange one at the right top. At the bottom is green for leaves.
I made pendants of the flower itself.
This one's a fatty but I still like it.
Here's that peachy orange with flowers and petals.
I was somewhat frustrated with trying to create the striation of the petals going from pink through yellow with out too much yellow so I ended up with this color palette. It is softened down colors and swirled. I ended up liking them for the colors which remind me of Florida.
So now I address Erick's beetles! I was trying to do an ancient scarab style beetle and these turned out with a Raku like finish.
This one was roughly carved and then pigmented.
Thanks for the inspiration Erick!
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Still working and creating things for the Art Bead Scene August Challenge and I came across an inspiration from Pinterest. I know it is an ancient spear head but I thought that I read thar it was fossilized coral. Well I took me right to the painting
I adore it and usually if I can spot some red in a challenge I'll go for it! So here is my polymer clay fossilized coral spear head and beads. My young six year old friend asked me if it was a carrot!
The white speckled beads are from Marsha Neal and I have been looking for the perfect thing to use them in and I think I found it!
A more rustic bead.
The whole necklace!
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Twelve Princesses on the Way to the Dance
Published in 1923
Watercolor and ink
This is what I saw
For some reason I am very interested in this shape and was playing around with them and lo and behold here comes the ABS August challenge
First necklace with the polymer clay bead focal that I made. I also had been craving some cherry quartz from Lima Beads so since this one is for me I thought it was a happy addition. The lighter pink are from a site that I have to find again, hammered silver ring and the toggle from Fab Beads on Etsy.