Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Art Bead Scene Challenge for November

oil painting  Crozant, The Bouchardon Mill By: Armand Guillaumin
Title: Crozant, The Bouchardon Mill

By: Armand Guillaumin
Date: 1906
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Every month the Art Bead Scene challenges their readers to create jewelry inspired by the featured artwork. This month the inspiration piece is Crozant, The Bouchardon Mill by Armand Guillaumin. It is an impressionistic oil painting. 
As soon as I saw this painting, I knew that I was in this challenge.  I love the subdued colors in it.  It also has a lot of purple.  I love purple.  I have a few pendants with purple that I considered using.  But one day, I happened upon Michelle Ann McCarthy's purple leaves and I fell in love with them immediately.  I think they are perfect for this challenge.

Purple Leaf Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Purple Leaf Earrings by BayMoonDesign

A few years ago, I would have stayed away from these leaves because they had those tiny wire loops in the top that I don't like to see in a finished piece of jewelry. Now, I can work with them because I mastered a few ways of covering them. One of my favorite ways to do this, I used when I created these earrings.  I 
created 4 three jump ring rosettes. They are easy to make.  Just open one jump ring and attach it to another, add a third jump ring though the center of both the first jump rings.  For some reason, I have a large collection of black jump rings and I saw this as an opportunity to use a dozen of them. I knew I was bound to have the right size in this large jump ring collection. 

I love the purple leaf earrings that I created.   The plum color in the leaves contrasts with the bold black and white part in the leaf design. I highlighted the handmade ceramics by using blacked bronze jump ring rosettes and ear wires.  I also added a round bead that is the same plum color.

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

I am thankful for my loyal customers and I am offering free shipping from now through Dec. 20, 2017 when you spend a minimum of $20 in my BayMoonDesign shop.  Just use the coupon code YULE 2017 when you checkout.  You can even snag these purple earrings if you are quick!

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.