Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February Monthly Challenge

Title: Star Lovers
By: Warwick Goble
Date: 1910
Medium: Watercolor

Color Palette for the challenge

I love the inspiration piece for the Art Bead Scene February Monthly Challenge. The title of the painting is Star Lovers which I think is perfect for the month of February. The title is perfect for this month.  This watercolor is by Warwick Goble.  It has a romantic look to it.

As soon as I saw the colors in this inspiration piece, I thought of a pair of hoops that I had by GardanneBeads. The color of the blue is pretty close to the blue in the painting and of course there is the gray on the hoops and in the painting.  All I needed to add to complete my color palette was some silver. This challenge is just what I needed-- a little nudge to turn them into great earrings. I wanted a pair of hoop earrings to wear with jeans and these earrings are what I designed. I wanted something simple, lightweight and not too long.

Hoop Earrings by BayMoonDesign

With enamel hoops like these, I would hate to add anything else except two sterling jump rings and a pair of sterling silver ear wires. 
That do you think about my take on this month's inspiration piece?

Friday, February 16, 2018

We're All Ears :: February Inspiration :: Chandeliers

Photo of chandelier by Ivan Televny on Unsplash
Photo by Ivan Televny on Unsplash

This month's We're All Ears challenge is to use chandeliers as the inspiration for creating earrings. I never really thought about the connection between chandeliers and jewelry before but I see where there is room for a relationship.  Both are accessories.  Both can be made up of vintage, crystal, bling.  Both even have structures made of metal.  Often the metals are gold and silver. 

Photo of chandelier by Annie Gray on Unsplash
Photo by Annie Gray on Unsplash
I saw this as a chance to make something romantic and simple. My earrings would have a structure of metal. The metal that I decided to use would have to be silver or copper. When I began thinking about silver and chandeliers I thought about white and round.  My thoughts moved to round white pearls. 

Pearl earrings by BayMoonDesign

I have a love for white coin pearls.  They are just so simple and elegant like a chandelier can be.  I have been working with metal more lately and I wanted to make an earring that had a simple structure so that the coin pearls were showcased. I think I achieved that..  What do you think?

Photo of chandelier on Unsplash
Photo of chandelier on Unsplash
I invite you to hop on over to We''re All Ears to see what all of the participants came up with.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2018 Begins with the Reveal

Red Heart Earrings by Hope Smitherman
I am participating in Bead Peeps Swap'n Hop. Bead Peeps is a Facebook group made up of jewelry designers and it is administered by the very kind and talented Linda Anderson.  Linda does a wonderful job organizing this.  She set the  reveal date of  March 26, 2018.   I am thrilled to be paired with Hope Smitherman. I feel like I know Hope really well.  I read her blog Crafty Hope regularly  and we have cross paths on other blogs and Facebook. Hope has an Etsy shop and I do too. 

 Hope grew up in the south.  Presently she lives in Fairhope, Alabama in a lovely country home in the woods that she shares with her husband and their pets.  She has been making jewelry for over 15 years..  Hope dabbles in lots of  mediums. She also loves to go thrifting for items that she can use in her jewelry like buttons, ephemera, vintage beads, and all kinds of other quirky odds and ends.  Her creative range enables her to make really unique pieces of jewelry. These red heart earrings are a perfect example of her using those skills to create a unique pair of earrings. The hearts for these earrings were cut from a gingersnap cookie tin from World Market. Brilliant find! I also appreciate the time and skill it takes to cut these hearts out. Hope then distressed the hearts, filed them smooth, aged, and sealed.  That is a lot of work and requires lots of skills. 

Cherish Key Necklace by Crafty Hope
This Cherish Key Necklace by Crafty Hope is another example of her creative talents. The focal of this necklace is an old key that serves as a base for assembled elements. A strip of rhinestone chain, an old filigree earring part, and a scrapbook embellishment with the word "cherish" on it make up the assemblage key. The chain is made of antiqued copper beads on antiqued silver tone eye pins and closes with an antiqued copper lobster clasp. The back of the key says "Fits Ford Cars". This is a one of kind piece.

Pantone's Ultra Violet
I decided to give Hope a choice of color palettes, I picked Pantone's Color of the Year Ultra Violet as my first offering. I love using this color and buying this color.  The large round ceramic bead is from Marsha Neal Studio. I put in a little assortment of beads which included a purple Humblebeads and shell, some Wooly Wire.

Her second choice is made up of the earthy colors turquoise and browns. I centered my bead choices around the large ceramic focal by Firefly Studio.  I included some jasper beads, polymer clay beads, and wood beads.   I included the turquoise beads because I love the size and color.
I also included a copper clasp by BayMoonDesign.

Package from BayMoonDesign Headed to Crafty Hope
I packed everything into a box and sent it to Hope.

I suggest that you visit Hope's Etsy shop to look at more of her work. If you are in the southern Alabama area you can stop by her booth Southern Antiques and Accents in Fairhope (the one on Greeno Rd.) where she has a small boothtop.

Stop by my blog on March 26, 2018 to see what Hope creates with these beads. I know I can't wait to see what Hope comes up with!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Art Elements "Use Your Stash" Challenge

Pendant made by Art Elements member Jenny Davies-Reazor
Pendant made by Art Elements member Jenny Davies-Reazor
Art Elements Challenge for January is to begin the new year by creating with a handmade artisan component from your stash! In my case,  I was one of a group who were sent an artisan component by a member of the Arts Element group to use to help give those artisans a chance to destash. The idea is to help folks start the year 2018 with a clean slate.

I was one of the lucky ones who received an artisan pendant to use.  The component that I was sent was created by Art Elements member Jenny Davies-Reazor.  The mixed media artist Davies-Raezor has a wide range from ceramic tiles, pendants and shrines to mixed media collage and ...more pendants!  
This pendant is an original hand sculpted pendant that was cast in plaster in order to create a mold.  Each pendant is pressed and pulled from the mold, and finished by hand. She used earthenware clay, and glazed it on the reverse. 

Her work is diverse - but unified in its inspiration: nature, mythology, goddesses, archetypal symbols. I  was thrilled to have an opportunity to work with a beautiful pendant that has a crescent moon hovering in the swirly night time sky.
crescent moon ceramic with a textured pattern of moon, stars in the sky
crescent moon ceramic with a textured pattern of moon, stars in the sky

The crescent moon ceramic has a textured pattern of moon, stars in the sky. I added a handmade ceramic "Flourish" word bead to the moon pendant to add some additional symbolism, color and interest. I attached the word bead by Scottish artisan Grubbi. The focal that I created is attached to a hammered copper ring. 

Celestial necklace by BayMoonDesign
I then used antique copper chain and wire to add some white and blue beads. One of my handmade artisan copper clasps holds the necklace together.  The necklace is a perfect graduation, anniversary, birthday, or valentine gift and is available for purchase here.

Please check out what the others created.  We all love comments.  Feel free to let us how much you love our creations!
Niky Sayers
Lindsay Starr