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Bead Soup 2014 is Served!

My partner, Barb Solem, sent me some great soup to work with. Very industrial chic in nature. I pondered and tried a few ideas before arriving at this result:

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I took her amazing metal heart focal and added it to some very heavy gun metal link chain and then added her steel gray wired hook and loop clasp to that. Part one finished. To that I added a chunky, heavy strand that included the soft gray rondelles, the dark gray lava like rounds, interspersing the sparkly spacers…all sent by Barb. I included a strand of BIG Fools Gold nuggets that I got in Tucson years ago and never knew what I’d do with them. Voila! Industrial Chic is complete.

Here’s a few more shots, including matching earrings that used the “spring” connectors that Barb sent.

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Close up of the focal.

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And the clasp.DSC02934 And some matching earrings.DSC02936

 

Be sure to check out what Barb did with the soup I sent to her. You can find her here.

And then check out Lori Anderson’s blog page for the scoop on this year’s Bead Soup Blog Party and a list of other participants!


Artisan Whimsey 2012 Holiday Collection

Start your shopping season off right with handcrafted designs for all the special people on your list (that includes YOU!)

I’ll be offering various discount levels throughout the week (but with one-of-a-kind creations, you won’t want to wait til the end of the week to shop!)

 

Cyber Week Sale: Friday through Friday, Nov. 23-30, 2012

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Bead Soup Time! Reveal #1

Good morning (or afternoon/evening!)

It’s time for the first reveal of Bead Soup Blog Party #6 hosted by Lori Anderson, Blogger Extraordinaire.

ETA: I forgot I was going to do a giveaway!!! Leave a comment and I’ll do a drawing for a free sample pack of my new Color Me This patinas (not yet released for sale, but very soon!). 6 popular custom blended colors in “try me” sizes.  Drawing to be held August 4th.

I was paired with Nancy Peterson and she sent  me this lovely mix of soup ingredients. Be sure to stop by her blog and see what she made with the ingredients I sent her.

From that I made a pendant with a silk ribbon necklace. Here’s a full shot of the necklace and pendant. I used the interesting ceramic spiral focal that Nancy sent and added dangles using the copper open weave beads, turquoise chips and black faceted beads. On top of that I used some 1.25″ etched, colorized disks that I made (from Metal Me This) and thought they coordinated well. Instead of hiding the cool key clasp that Nancy sent in the back, I used it as an extension to the focal pendant and wrapped the silk ribbon through it. I like the effect of a chunky pendant.

Here are some close ups of the pendant portion.

There are about 150 blogs to visit this round, so get some coffee, or a glass of wine and head over to Lori’s site where the links are all set up for you. Click away. I can’t wait to see all the Bead Soup goodness out there. And remember to come back two more times for the other reveals in this massive 400 person Bead Soup Blog Party. Lori will have all the details on her blog.

PS…here’s a teaser for what’s coming from me in the next week or so…”Color Me This”…my custom blended metal patinas in sample packs. More to come…


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


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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)

TTOTW: Smooth Curves Ahead

It’s still barely Tuesday and so you’ll forgive the boring title? ETA: I thought of something semi-interesting before I got to paragraph 3. Go me!

Can’t believe I didn’t blog since last TTOTW? I know I meant to. I thought I’d have my Bead Soup to blog about and I’m sure it will be here this week so stay tuned. And I meant to blog about the new Wirework magazine which features a necklace from the Joolz by Lisa side of the house, so that will be coming this week, I promise. But apparently I have gone a whole week without a post…and you all have survived. 🙂

So, “Smooth Curves Ahead”? What’s that all about? First the “smooth” part:

These nifty sanding blocks come from my local (as in right around the corner) Foothills Ace Hardware store and they are about $7 for 3 (fine, medium, coarse). They are Ace products and called Block Shape Sanding Sponges and they are perfect for hand finishing different metal projects.

You can see I’ve not given the coarse one much workout, but the other two have made up for it. I’ve even used the fine one to fix a snagged nail, though after a session of etching, hammering, patina, and steel wool, it really is pointless.

I love my local Ace for a couple of reasons: It’s a locally owned store run by a dear friend and her husband (Go Lindy and Kevin!). Their employees don’t look at me funny when I come in with some strange idea pertaining to metalwork and jewelry. My other favorite product here is the steel wool.

Anyway…onto the “curves” part. I found these metal shears on Etsy from Romazone…almost by accident. Wasn’t sure why I needed them but they came in straight and curved and they were only about $19 each so I figured “why not?”  Why not, indeed! They make cutting freehand curved shapes a piece of cake! I have to remember to keep the handles away from the meaty part of my palm or I’ll pinch it occasionally, but otherwise these are a dream to use. I have been cutting etched 20g wire with them and have no complaints (even though I see they say up to 22g). You can see in the last photo how I used them to curve the ends of my etched cuffs (and then used the sanding blocks to smooth the curve).

Next batch I’m going to cut the ends first so I keep that nice finished pucker from the etching bath on all sides. Live and learn.

Has anyone seen the straight-edge metal shears? Last time I saw them they were on that cool magnet bar from IKEA…and now they are nowhere to be found.


TTOTW: What’s on the Wish List?

Welcome to Tuesday Tool of the Week.  Today’s tool is actually a pair of tools that are sitting in my wishlist on the Rio Grande website.

I need to move them out of there and get them on my bench as I know they would make the process of making these metal cuff bracelets much easier.

Can you guess what I’m talking about?

I’ll tell you: a bracelet mandrel and forming pliers (there’s a few other things on the wish list but then aren’t there always?)

The bracelet mandrel is holding me up at the moment because I can’t decide on oval or round and steel or cast iron…thoughts, comments, suggestions, jeers?

It’s clear that I need one as I’ve got big plans for these etched metal cuffs…just need to decide and order.

The forming pliers have intrigued me for awhile and isn’t that enough reason to have a pair?

What’s on your Tools Wish List?


TTOTW: Digital Protection

Sexy title, no?

Not sure how it got to be 5 days since my last post, but I’ve been busy…cutting close to 700 beadcaps and taking a cake decorating class with my daughter (more on that later) and trying to stay cool.

All the metal working takes a rough toll on the hands and especially the fingers. I’m currently looking at 5 or 6 minor cuts on 3 fingers on my left hand…all from the edges of sheet metal or fishing through scrap (also another blog post). I only remember one of those cuts…the rest? Very tiny, but very there.

This Tuesday’s “Tool of the Week” could help with protecting the fingers from the sharp edges, but I don’t usually use it that way. I use it to pad the fingers from the other metal working “danger”: Heat.  Working with small metal objects and a fast spinning flexshaft tool equals hot metal and that HURTS.

Enter Alligator Tape! Available all over the internet, various tool suppliers, Etsy, etc. The link here is from Otto Frei, one of numerous online jewelry supply sites that I love to frequent. This stuff is great. I have my friend, Angie Ramey, to thank for telling me about it. It’s actually from the medical industry, used as bandage material. And it works great for wrapping around fingers (there’s the “digital” connection) for protection. My photo includes a big padded finger cap that I wear on at least 2 fingers and sometimes three, depending on what I’m doing. It’s a little comical to try and work on small metal objects with club fingers, but I’ve managed a routine that works and keeps my fingers from melting!

The tape sticks to itself, but not to anything else..perfect solution. Thanks, Angie!

Just don’t wrap it too tightly, or you’ll have a circulation problem!