Category Archives: wire

Reveal Time: Mismatched Earring Swap

I met Diana Ptaszynski (Suburban Girl Studio) online and then at BeadFest in Philadelphia this summer. She’s fun, talented, creative, fun, crazy, but did I mention she’s a lot of fun? She hosted a mismatched earring swap among a couple dozen other creative souls and I thought I’d play, too.

The premise was to create a pair of unmatched earrings, that coordinated, but weren’t your typical matching set. Easy, right? Not so much…Fun challenge though and I hope to do it again both in my own designs and it another challenge.

I was paired with Kari Asbury of Hippie Chick Design and she sent me some great earrings! Colorful and textural, and mismatched! You can see what I sent Kari at her blog, but here’s a photo of the earrings I received.

The hoop-style earrings are wrapped with FiberWire from Nellie Thomas of SpinCulture and YarnSweetYarn and carried in Karen Totten’s Etsy store. the cool green and teal coordinates great with these delicate ceramic beads from Nan Emmett of Spirited Earth in a soft purple and deep blue. The colors pick up the tones in the fibers so nicely! The “mismatch” comes with the colors and I love how they coordinate. I’ll be wearing these a lot! Copper wire and chain ties the free-spirited look together.

Thanks, Kari! And thanks, Diana, for letting me play along!

Now take a stroll through the other participants blogs and see what kind of creativity everyone came up with:

Did Someone Say Soup? Bead Soup, That is!

It’s here!

Bead Soup Reveal Day…and I made it by the skin of my teeth…again. But no one wants to hear about that. Bring on the party!

My partner, Marion Simmons, of Shade Tree Studios sent me some yummy ingredients. Here’s a recap:

Bead Soup 2012 The focal is this huge 2″ x 3″ copper filigree piece that Marion wired an equally large copper flower onto. It sparkles with fairy dust and has a beautiful ruby center. You can also see copper round beads, bead caps, rose/taupe glass beads and a delicate copper toggle. Lots to work with!

I had some luscious rose beige freshwater pearls that I’d been hoarding for the right moment. It was time. The colors were perfect! And I had some interesting copper chain…

It took a few starts and stops to arrive at something I was happy with. That’s the way it goes. I ended up with two pieces. The necklace you see below that uses the centerpiece, copper rounds and the toggle, along with my pearls and chain.

Here are a couple of views:

It’s got a very romantic feel to it, and I thank Marion for sending me ingredients that took me in that direction.  Here’s another look…the full necklace. It’s two strands, one of the pearls with the copper rounds breaking up the strand and one of the cool copper chain. I decided to hang the focal vertically.

The second piece might change…It’s sort of where I was going. About 90% where I want it. And a totally different look than the necklace. It uses the tiny glass beads from Art by Lisi, a gorgeous dyed silk ribbon from Julie Mitchell, and a couple of my own etched copper disks. The glass beads add some movement and the bracelet ribbon wraps around the wrist and ties.

Here’s a look at it tied on my wrist:

Thanks for stopping by. There are 199 other participants…the links are below or you can get there from Lori Anderson’s site too. Enjoy visiting the wonderful creations from all over the world. Thank you, Lori, for continuing to be the hostess with the mostest!

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)

Bead Soup Blog Party Teaser

The day is almost here…and I almost didn’t make it. But in typical stress-induced panic, I managed to come up with a design that makes me happy. I hope Jen is pleased.

Here’s the teaser…

Check back tomorrow to see the whole project in all it’s photo glory. I’ll be flying to Colorado Springs via a 3 hour layover in Denver so I’ll try to reply to comments and check other blogs from the airport.  The list of bloggers and links will be here on my page for weeks to come, so book mark it.

Blogger list

And here’s a photo (by Jen) of what I sent to her…can’t wait to see what she came up with.

Published! Wirework Summer Issue

Sorry about the missing TTOTW post. The computer side of the house has been stealing all the time. Next week!

And I’ve been waiting to post this so I could borrow the Wirework magazine photo of my project, since you know it will be styled better than my photo. But, I’m going to skip ahead and unveil my project from the magazine. If you don’t have the August issue, go out and get it. There’s no subscription to Wirework…it’s a buy or order kind of magazine, loaded with great wire-based projects!

I submitted a copper wire necklace that used a modified version of a pattern that Maria Richmond taught several of us a few years ago at a bead get-together. Cool tangled wire elements and etched lampwork beads by one of my favorite beadmaker friends, Angie Ramey (BeadAddicts).

Maria teaches in Pennsylvania and around the country at BeadFest and will be teaching at Bead & Button in 2012.  Angie and her lovely mama, Vern, have a bead studio in Crossville, TN and sell on Etsy. The necklace is a success because of their input. Thanks ladies!

So, here’s my photo of the finished necklace. It’s very “fall” in the color palette. And copper wire is very popular given the continuing skyrocketing prices of sterling silver (almost $42/oz today). ETA: The magazine project is the necklace on the left…apparently I don’t have a good photo of the necklace without the simple wired pendant next to it. Oh well!

I’m working on my project for the February issue and should have it to the project editor in a couple of weeks. You know I’ll keep you posted on when that issue is published!

I haven’t decided if I’m keeping the necklace or putting it up for sale. Hard to think of autumn when we had another heat advisory day here.

New Digital Jewelry Magazine

I love my beading/jewelry/metalwork books and magazines…I love sitting in my comfy chaise and flipping through them, folding over pages I want to check online and admiring the glossy goodness.

And, my “other” job is a self-employed book designer*, working with page layout and cover design for all sorts of publishers and authors. Can’t even guess how many books I’ve typeset/designed in the last 20 years, but it’s got to be approaching 1000, if not more.

(*the website is a dinosaur…most of my clients are longstanding or referrals, but this may be the year that the site gets converted to a blogstyle site)

So, it’s with mixed feelings that I post about ebooks and emagazines. I’ve expanded my business to convert clients’ books (fiction for now) to epubs and I’ve crossed over to reading fiction almost exclusively on my Nook. From the business side, I have to…but there’s nothing like a new non-fiction book or a heavily illustrated magazine.

Having said that, Interweave has released some new digital magazines and one of them is called Everyday Bracelets. I got a complimentary copy because I have a bracelet featured in the Gallery section. And I’m looking forward to perusing the full magazine this weekend…even if it is at my computer!

It will be interesting to see how the experience compares to paper and since they have tablet versions coming, it might be the push I need to get an iPad or Galaxy (business expense, you know!)

Here’s a photo of the bracelet that is in the gallery:

I am doublechecking but I’m pretty sure the beads are by Carolyn Driver (Blue Heeler Glass) several years ago. They are part of a huge set that I finally wrapped my head around breaking up for this design.

You can purchase the magazine (or others like it) HERE.