Friday, March 9, 2012

Bust Form Challenge - done!

I'm almost finished my bust form. I think a few more modifications might be in order. What do you think?

Check out the beadFX blog for details.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pinterest made my day

And of course all the wonderful folks who pinned and repinned!

Quite a while ago, I wrote a blog post on how to make copper pipe pendants - I wrote this before Pinterest even existed (I think)...  Doing a search today on more from, I discovered this:

Wow! And it just kept going and going. I guess I should dig out the copper pipe and make some more of these. LOL

More experimenting with metalFX

I've just published a blog post on beadFX with a little more information regarding the process used to embellish the pewter clasp. Have a look on the beadFX blog if you're curious about the process. It's quite a bit of fun!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Close up (sorta) of the clasp

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful comments on the bead soup jewellery! I had so much fun making those pieces - including the leather bracelet, which was a hilarious disaster. LOL

My picture taking ability is somewhat limited. I don't have an actual working camera, just my iphone. Sometimes I seem to be able to take a somewhat decent pic, most times not. They always look fine on the screen, until I bring it into photoshop elements - where I can see just how bad they are ;-)

 A few of you commented that you would like to see a close up of the clasp - Hopefully, this helps a bit. The picture still isn't great, but is much better than the last one.

I used a silvery nail polish, painting one section at a time. While the  polish is still wet, I brushed on the metalFX,
using a paintbrush. Once the polish is dry - the metalFX stays in place. For a more permanent (somewhat) finish - coat with a spray lacquer. 

I plan to do some more experimenting later this week with using clear nailpolish as a base. I think it will give a more subtle sheen.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hoppity, Hop!

Finally, it's reveal day! I've had so much fun participating in the blog hop, and I can't wait to participate in the next one as well. Lorelei sent me a fabulous collection of beads - What luck to get some an awesome partner!

Here's what I got:

Fiber - Silk Ribbon
         - Silk Cording
         - Fluffy Ribbon
         - Waxed Linen in 2 colours

Strands - Czech Glass Coins
             - Wood Tubes
             - Wood Rondelles

Headpins - Lampwork Headpins from KelleysBeads

Pewter - Mamacita Beadworks

Ceramic - Charm pair, shards - Marsha Neal Studio
              - Large pendant - Round Rabbit Extra
              - Bird & Egg - Summer Studios
              - Dotted Round, Connector - Gaea

I'll admit, the fibers stumped me for a bit, as I've never used any sort of fibers before really. They are so much fun to work with! I've now got quite a list on my must buy one day list ...which is far too long as it is. :-)

I've accented the pewter clasp above with nailpolish and metalFX - I wrote a bit about the process in an inspiration I did for beadFX. You can't really tell in the picture above, but I used wild lime metalFX to match the connector from Gaea. ...And the bird - Awesome!!!

My favourite earrings!!!

Ok, the leather was a huge struggle. Lol... My sewing skills are pretty pathetic. Snort. The bracelet looks great on, but most certainly will never be sold ;-)

I love using button closures for bracelets, and the handmade headpin really added a nice pop of colour.

I actually squealed in delight when I saw this pendant. I've long, long been admiring the beads and components @ round rabbit. This necklace is quite long - I used the entire length of the silk. It's just tied into a small bow at the back.

Thank you Lorelei again for being such an amazing partner, and of course a huge shout out to Lori for organizing this whole thing!

Hostess, Lori Anderson

Special Book Sneak Peeks, Cindy Wimmer
1.  Adlinah Kamsir (Singapore) and Hajer Waheed (Kingdom of Bahrain)
2. Adrienn Lukacs (Hungary) and Agata Grygiel (Poland)
3.  Agi Kiss (Hungary) and Carolien Muller-Genger (the Netherlands)
4.  Agnes Asztalos (Hungary) and B.R. Kuhlman
7.  Alicia Marinache (Canada) and Dita Basu
15.  Bonnie Coursolle (Canada) and Fay Wolfenden (Canada)
16.  Carmel McGinley (Australia) and Tracy Stillman (Australia)

21.  Cheryl Brown (Canada) and Diana Ptaszynski
22.  Christina Stofmeel (the Netherlands) and Eva Kovacs (Hungary)
24.  Cilla Watkins (Canada) and Elaine Robitaille (Canada)
25.  Sabrina Straub (Switzerland) and Kathy Combs

32.  Dee Elgie (UK) and Joanne Lockwood (UK)
33.  Dian Hierschel (Germany) and Eniko Fabian (Austria)
37.  Doris Stumpf (Germany) and Eszter Czibulyas (Hungary)
39.  Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany) and Marjolein Trewavas (UK)

41.  Erika Nooteboom (the Netherlands) and Giorgia Rossini (Italy)
43.  Evelyn Duberry (Canada) and Gaea Cannaday
45.  Ginger Bishop (military, Okinawa) and Martina Nagele (Germany)
48.  Helene Goldberg (Australia) and Karen Vincent
54.  Joanna Matuszczyk (Poland) and Julianna Kis (Hungary)
55.  Joanne Tinley (UK) and Michaela Pabeschitz (Austria)
65.  Kristina Johansson (Sweden) and Penny Neville (Canada)
66.  Krisztina Erlaki-Toth (Hungary) and Nicole Keller (Germany)

76.  Lori Finney (Canada) and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp (Canada)
78.  Marta Kaczerowska (Poland) and Milla Starchik (Canada)
83.  Michelle Jensen and Sandra Young (Canada)
92.  Rosa Maria Cuevas (Mexico) and Tejae Floyde
93.  Sabine Dittrich (Germany) and Sally Russick
95.  Shanti Johnson and Tracy Mok (Canada)
97.  Sonya Stille and Traci Zeller (Canada)
98.  Stefanie Teufel (Germany) and Tania Hagen (New Zealand)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Reveal day tomorrow!

Yes, I've been awfully quiet these last few weeks. A big case of far too much to do, and nowhere near enough time to complete it all. - nothing new :-)  Of course, tomorrow (March 3rd) is reveal day for the Bead Soup Blog party! 200 artists will be revealing their designs all on one day. I can't to see what everyone has created! The goodies I've made with the fabulous selection of beads and fibers that Lorelei sent me will be posted here tomorrow morning. Stay tuned!