Thursday, November 16, 2017

We're All Ears :: November Inspirational Quotes

Photo by Ashley Batz on Unsplash
For November's We're All Ears Challenge, we able to choose at least one of these four quotes below and make a pair of earrings that illustrate the message.  I love inspirational quotes so I knew I was up for this challenge.

I decided to select the quote C "When everything seems like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top".  --unknown

This inspirational quote says so much about life and the choices we make. You can't give up, because the result will be worth the effort.  The journey is often filled with trials, obstacles, and difficulties. Getting to the top is a very special feeling. Know that your efforts in getting there will pay off.   Don’t ever give up. Once you achieve the pinnacle, you will be rewarded.

This quote reminds me of the times that I have been hiking up a mountain.  The climb is difficult and I am tired.  I start to wonder if I can reach the top.  I don't give up easily so I can't think of a time when I did turn around and head back.  I also remember that the view at the top on all of these occasions was worth the struggle uphill.

Textured Blue Ceramic Earrings by BayMoonDesign
These textured blue ceramic earrings were inspired by this quote and my personal experiences hiking.  The spiral in the  blue textured ceramics by by Marsha Neal Studio remind me of the struggle climbing .  It is like being in a maze and not knowing where you will end up.  Once you get out of the maze and continue the struggle up, you are rewarded with a refreshing pool of water ( the turquoise glass beads). The final view is on top of the mountain (the round) bead. It is a breathtaking view.

Photo by Sven van der Pluijm on Unsplash
It will be exciting to see everyone's take on the same message!

Monday, October 30, 2017

October's Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal

Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash
Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash
I am so lucky to be part of the the October's Art Elements Component of the month  reveal.  I won the opportunity to create with a very cute rabbit coin clasp made by Niky Sayers

coin clasp  Niky Sayers
coin clasp  Niky Sayers

 Niky  loves to make things with coins.  As soon as I saw this rabbit clasp, I knew that it would make a perfect clasp to go with a Humblebeads rabbit focal.  So I went about making a rabbit bracelet.

Rabbit Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
Rabbit Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
I used pastel purple agate beads and some ceramic beads. The green and brown ceramic that I paired with the house is by Humblebeads is by Susan Kennedy.  This hare bracelet has the perfect clasp--the handmade silver rabbit clasp made by artisan Niky Sayers.   I made sterling silver in the links that I used to combine the beads.  The last loop I made fits nicely into Niky's hook which is on the underside of her clasp. 

Back side of rabbit clasp by Niky Sayers

 I think this is a unique one of a kind piece of art jewelry by Bay Moon Design with a unique handmade clasp.  What are your thoughts?

Please visit the others that are in this challenge to see what they created with the clasp.

Guest Designers
Kathy Lindemer  (HERE)
Art Element Team

Friday, October 27, 2017

October Art Bead Scene Challenge

Title: Madame De Pompadour  By: Francois Boucher
           Date: 1756  Medium: Oil on Canvas

color palette
October's Art Bead Scene Challenge is inspired by Madame De Pompadour.   Francois Boucher is the artist.  His colorful Rococo style portrait has rich colors.   Roccoco was developed in the early 18th century in Paris.   Rococo artists and architects used a more jocular, florid, and graceful approach to the Baroque.  

I focused on the colors in the painting rather than the content.  I love the light turquoise blue and deeper turquoise in the painting. For my color palette I decided to add the light flesh colors and peach colors to the blues.

Crocheted Seahorse Necklace by BayMoonDesign
 I used a lovely seahorse pendant by SheriMallery as my focal in the necklace.   I then enlarged the size of the focal by combining some textured beads, copper jump rings and copper spacers. 

I recently watched a Heather Powers video on bead crocheting. I have been wire crocheting necklaces and bracelets for years so I was interested in seeing a new style. I wasn't disappointed. Heather recommended using C-Lon .5mm or S-Lon medium weight thread and a 
crochet hook size 8 or 1.5mm.  and seed beads. Let me tell you--it is much easier on the hands to use thread compared to wire.  Right away I knew I had to get some of that thread.  Heather used a bead spinner to place the beads on the thread which is genius.  The key to using the spinner is to use a big eye needle with your thread to easily string your beads.  I didn't know about the needle and I was never able to use the spinner effectively.  It took some time to master the bead spinner, but it was worth the time investment.  I have mastered it and it saves a ton of time.  For this necklace  I strung 16″ of peanut seed beads before I started crocheting.  I recommend watching the Heather Powers video  for step by step directions.

Crocheted Seahorse Necklace by BayMoonDesign

I love the technique ! Give it a try and let me know how you like it. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

We're All Ears October Inspiration is the Harvest Moon

Photo of orange full moon by Neven Krcmarek on Unsplash
Photo by Neven Krcmarek on Unsplash

In 2017, the Harvest Moon fell in October. It is fitting that October's We're All Ears Inspiration is the Harvest Moon.

"Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we call the closest full moon to the autumn equinox the Harvest Moon. In 2017, the September equinox came on September 22. And the September full moon came early in the month, on the night of September 5-6 for the Americas. Thus, for the the Northern Hemisphere, the full moon of October 5 – the closest full moon to our autumn equinox – is our Harvest Moon." 

Photo of tractor in field by CloudVisual on Unsplash
Photo by CloudVisual on Unsplash
For several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset resulting in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening. Traditionally this aided farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops. Hence, it’s called the “Harvest” Moon! Additionally, the Full Harvest Moon rises at sunset and then will rise very near sunset for several nights in a row which makes it seem as if there are full Moons multiple nights in a row!
Harvest Moon Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Harvest Moon Earrings by BayMoonDesign
The orange color is just a trick of your eyes. The atmosphere at the horizon is a greater thickness than higher overhead. The increased thickness of the atmosphere at the horizon scatters blue light in the spectrum the most allowing red light to pass to your eyes which is why the hue will appear more yellow, orange or reddish.  After giving it some long thought, I decided to make earrings which involve the color orange.      
  TruePower punch and die set
TruePower punch and die set

Copper seemed like a good choice for the metal because of the orange color.  I pulled out my TruePower punch and die set and a sheet of copper.  I punched out 5/8 inch round discs and filed them a bit. 

Sizzix Moonlit Night embossing die
Sizzix Moonlit Night embossing die
I then used my Stampin' Up Big Shot to emboss the discs with Sizzix Moonlit Night embossing die. I always associate a full moon with the "Man in the Moon" so I carefully positioned the copper discs to pick up that image. I then dipped them in liver of sulfur to darken them a little and bring up the image. I finished the moon by rubbing a little Renaissance wax on them. I strung orange Czech glass rondelles with camo fire polished rondelles, copper beads, on copper wire. Nunn Design antique copper leverback ear wires seemed like a good choice to finish off these earrings. I am very happy with the way the earrings turned out.  More of my Bay Moon Design earrings can be found at in my online shop.  I will be adding these harvest moon earrings later this weekend.

Now, head over to Earrings Everyday reveal post to see how other artists were inspired by this month's theme. I know I'm looking forward to it.

Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash

Did you know that the Hunter's Moon, which is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon and will set the sky ablaze on November 3rd and 4th is a supermoon. This means that it will be even closer in orbit to the horizon causing it to appear HUGE! I am planning on view it. How about you?