Friday, April 20, 2018

We're All Ears :: April Challenge :: Paradise Calling April 20

April's We're All Ears Challenge is perfect for me and all my fellow beach lovers. The theme is paradise calling. I love the beach and I feel warmer temperatures calling to me and I am beginning to dream in tropical colors.

photos of the beach and ocean
[Photo Credit :: via Unsplash :: clockwise from top left :: Gaddafi Rusli :: Ren Ran :: Pedro Lastra :: David Straight]

I love the water and I had enameled tin components by Kimberly Rodgers of Numinosity.  The colors remind me of the ocean.  They are primarily blue with specs of aqua and white. The top third of these component had an open space of gray tin.  Since the components are tin they are very light weight. This presented lots of design opportunities to try without the concern of ending with heavy earrings.  I try to keep my earrings around 2 inches and on the light side.  

Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Earrings by BayMoonDesign
I wrapped Irish linen thread with blue seed beads added around the upper third to accentuate the colors.  I used treated black steel wire to attach the tin components to the crystals and then to the fancy ear wires.  These earrings turned out to be less then 2 inches.  

earrings by BayMoonDesign
earrings by BayMoonDesign
I made another pair of earrings that are inspired by the color of water.  I used ceramics by Jenny Davies-Reazor, handmade sterling earwires by BayMoonDesign, sterling links, metal loops in this pair.

water in the Florida Keys
Water in the Florida Keys

This is a perfect challenge for me.  I love the ocean and spend a lot of time gathering inspiration from it.  I am getting ready for a craft show in my beach town of Lewes, Delaware so this challenge helped me get ready for it.

By the way, which pair is your favorite?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Monthly Challenge

Title: Disks of Newton (Study for “Fugue in Two Colors”)

By: František Kupka
Date: 1912
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Every month the Art Bead Scene challenges their readers to create jewelry inspired by a featured artwork. You have until the end of the month to share your work and then they pick two winners to receive beads and jewelry-making supplies from their sponsors. The only rule is that you must use at least one art bead in your piece!

April's challenge is based on the oil paining Disks of Newton (Study for “Fugue in Two Colors”) by František Kupka.

The title of this work refers to the seventeenth-century English physicist Sir Isaac Newton. He discovered that the light of the sun is composed of the seven colors of the spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. It includes the full range of the spectrum as well as white. The artist’s fascination with cosmology and astronomy suggests that the circular blades of color whirling out from the red center may relate to images of the planets and their orbits.

František Kupka (23 September 1871 – 24 June 1957), was a Czech painter and graphic artist. He was a pioneer and co-founder of the early phases of the abstract art movement and Orphic Cubism (Orphism). Kupka’s abstract works arose from a base of realism but later evolved into pure abstract art.

Kupka had a strong interest in color theory and freeing colors. He devekoped his own color wheels, adapting a format previously explored by Sir Isaac Newton and Hermann von Helmholtz. This work in turn led Kupka to execute a series of paintings he called “Discs of Newton” (1911–12).

Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Earrings by BayMoonDesign
This is a wonderful piece of art to use for inspiration. There are so many color combinations that are possible. I decided to focus on the bottom left corner of the oil painting.  I saw this as an opportunity to use enameled tin components by Kimberly Rodgers of Numinosity.  This also presented me with the chance to make  totally different earrings then I have ever made.  The components had the enamel with speckles of pinks, lavenders, grays, whites.  The top third of them had an open space of gray tin.  Since the components are tin they are very light weight. This presented lots of design opportunities to try without the concern of ending with heavy earrings.  I try to keep my earrings around 2 inches and on the light side.
I first tried to cover the space with different sizes and kinds of wire with tiny seed beads.  This gave me a chance to try out different colors of seed beads.  Sadly, I didn't have any luck with the wire.  I then decided to try Irish linen thread and tried several color combinations of the thread before settling on lavender with gray seed beads.  The lavender Irish linen thread brought out the lavender in the enamel.  I also decided to use some lavender and white crazy lace beads to further bring out the colors in the enamel.  

Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Earrings by BayMoonDesign
I am glad I invested the time in coming up with a new style of earring for my shop.  It literally paid off.  I sold these earrings--always good.  

Friday, April 6, 2018

Bead Peeps 4th Annual Swap N Hop Reveal

Long chartreuse geometric necklace by BayMoonDesign
Long chartreuse geometric necklace by BayMoonDesign
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 and setting the reveal date. 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.

When I looked at the focals that Hope sent me, I knew right away that I was going to use the handmade chartreuse pendant is by Gaea. I love the vibrant color and design. I added to the art bead by combining it with a work bead by Grubbi that I adore.

Long chartreuse geometric necklace by BayMoonDesign
I created a long chartreuse necklace by using some brass beads and jump rings. I then used some bright yellow crystals that Hope sent combined with dreamy Czech glass beads that I had on hand. They are combined in a rosary style chain and I ended the necklace with an antique brass chain leaf clasp that Hope sent me.  I think this will make a great Mother's Day, graduation, or spring birthday gift.  It is available in my shop HERE.  

Long Royal Blue Floral Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Long Royal Blue Floral Necklace by BayMoonDesign
I also selected Hope's lovely repurposed vintage tin teardrop focal. It is perfect for a long floral teardrop necklace for the spring. I created a tassel of beads to surround her blue floral teardrop focal. The blue and green beads are green Swarovski crystals, blue glass beads, and some Czech glass beads. They are suspended from antique brass rings. I used blue beads to create a rosary chain and ended the necklace with an antique brass chain with a lobster clasp. The vast majority of the beads that are used in the tassel and chain are ones that Hope sent to me.  This floral necklace is for purchase HERE.

Tassel like beads combined with tin teardrop by BayMoonDesign
Tassel like beads combined with tin teardrop by BayMoonDesign

It was a real treat to have color picked out by Hope to compliment her necklace. It made creating the necklace go a lot easier.

Earrings with Tree Wing Studio beads by BayMoonDesign
Earrings  by BayMoonDesign with Tree Wing Studio beads
I love making earrings so I couldn't resist using a set of polymer clay beads by Tree Wing Studio.  The brown textured beads have specks of red, blue and yellow. I combined brass and gold metals with yellow Czech glass beads, cream colored beads with the artisan polymer clay beads. These modern casual earrings hang about 1.5 inches below the brass ear wires and are light and comfortable to wear.  They are for sale HERE.

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy seeing what others in this swap made.

Linda Anderson

Linda Anderson (You Are Here)
Inge von Roos

Kari  Asbury
Nadine Edris

Kathy Lindemer (here)
Hope Smitherman

Marde Lowe
Christina Hickman

Terry Jeanette Carter

Catherine La Vite
Joanne Bell       

Rosantia Petkova
Bonnie  Robbins

Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed       

Karin King
Jenny Kyrlach

Erika Price
Sarah  Reid

Divya N            
Lori Schneider

Robin Showstack
Nicole Rennell

Fay  Wolfenden
Shai Williams   

andrea frank
Cheri Reed       

Seed Beaders
Deborah Apodaca

Penny Houghton
Paulina Russell         Http://

Heather Canepa
Tina Hemr       

Michelle Marson

REbecca White  
Laura Bosch

Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Art Elements:: March Nest Theme Reveal

Photo of nest by Ian Baldwin on Unsplash
Photo by Ian Baldwin on Unsplash
This month the March Art Elements Challenge is sponsored by Cathy Spivey Mendola and the theme nests is perfect for a month when we are beginning to see all sorts of birds building nests. Some nests even have some eggs. Even though we could allow our imaginations to run wild, I went for a literal interpretation.

Natural Brass wire nest earrings
Natural Brass wire by BayMoonDesign
I thought that I would make a cute pair of bird nest earrings. I made a pair last year with some natural brass wire and I saw this as an opportunity to make another pair.  I wanted to see how these earrings would look with brass wire. Before I made them, I have to admit I was really thinking they would be too gold for my taste.

Bird Nest Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Bird Nest Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Next I had to decide what to put in my nests.  I went to my favorite bag of pearls. This bag holds vintage glass pearls from wedding gowns. It is a wonderful collection and so special. I thought that I used the same shade of pearls as I selected for the first pair.  Looking at the photos I am wondering!
It amazes who the gold wire brightens up all the parts of the earrings.  For that reason, I like the gold wire the best.

Photo of nest  by Jerry Kiesewetter on Unsplash
Photo by Jerry Kiesewetter on Unsplash
These gold nest earrings are sure to be loved and cherished as a gift for Mother's Day, for a new Mom or for any bird lover's. It's nature at it's finest!

One of these days I am going to make a necklace with a nest and a bird in the center.  I know exactly what kind of chain I am going to use.  Once again I will have to decide between natural brass or brass.  What are your thoughts?

I can't wait to see what all of the participants made for this challenge.  Join me for the fun.

Guest Participants-
Kathy  (here)

 AE team members-
Cathy   (hostess)