Friday, October 19, 2018

We're All Ears :: October :: Plaid


Did you know the first Friday in October is known around the world as Plaidurday?   It is only fitting that plaid is the theme for this October's  We're All Ears Challenge.

When I think of plaid, I also think of Tartans.  
Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland.  The Scottish started using their tartans in the 1700s as blankets and kilts. Certain clans of Scots would all get their weaving done by the same weavers which is how the patterns became associated with specific clans. It wasn't until the popular fabric crossed the ocean that the terms became synonymous. Both became associated with lumberjacks... and ultimately hipsters. 
Hipsters Photo by Thomas AE on Unsplash
Hipsters Photo by Thomas AE on Unsplash

When I first read about this challenge, I had to do some thinking to come up with an idea for a plaid pair of earrings. I spent about a week thinking up a plan. I originally thought I would use plaid ribbon or paper to cover the top of a wooden disk or bezel. I did something similar with paper disks in an earlier challenge and I wasn't happy with there being a lack of depth, but I loved how light the earrings were.  I thought I would see how I would like lightweight wood disks.   The wood disks that I located were way too large for me to consider using.

I then considered using bezels.  I wasn't able to find 2 bezels in my collection that were the right size to accommodate a plaid.  I wasn't able to locate any in local stores that I liked so my thoughts then turned to plaid cookie tins. 

Photo of plaid tin by Nonki Azariah on Unsplash
Christmas Plaid Tin by Photo by Nonki Azariah on Unsplash

Surely, there must be some plaid tins somewhere. If I had the spare time, I would have loved to have taken time to poke through some local thrift shops for plaid tins. I needed just one plaid tin to use with my metal disk punch set.  In the meantime, time is marching on.  

I then came up with the perfect plan.  Being sort on creative time this month, I thought that there must be someone who has already done the disk cutting and is selling plaid disks.  I did some searching online and discovered exactly what I was dreaming of.  Perfect except for one thing, the seller was in Ireland.  Being of Irish ancestry, I thought that was really cool and excited for an excuse to buy something from the old country, but I was pretty sure I wouldn't get them in time.  I took a gamble on the postal services and lost.  Ten days for a shipment to make it from Ireland to US is cutting things close even when it isn't holiday time.

Plaid Tin Disks by balancedARTandCRAFT 

I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to find a plaid tin and cut it into disks and then layer on some copper or silver disks with a rivet to make earrings. The earrings would have Vintaj brass earwires.  I found the perfect plaid tin disks at the shop Balanced Art and Craft in Ireland.

They are just perfect and I can't wait to get them.  Tomorrow will probably be the day I get them.  

I can't wait to see what others have created in the meantime.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

September Art Elements Theme Challenge – Faerie

Riders of the Sidhe (1911), painting by John Duncan
The theme for the September Art Elements Challenge given by Caroline Dewison is to create something from the magical world of fairies. Fairies are called Fae, Aos Si, Elves or Yakshas, Yōsei, and Mogwoi and many more. Around the world, each culture has it’s own version of wee folk, spirits connected to nature. When I think of fairies, I imagine small human type creatures with wings and magical powers. Before beginning my creation for the challenge, I did some research on Irish and Scottish fairy called the aos sí. 

Photo by Jeff Finley on Unsplash 

The aos sí is the Irish term for a supernatural race in Irish mythology and Scottish mythology. They are comparable to the fairies or elves. They are said to live underground in fairy mounds, across the western sea, or in an invisible world that coexists with the world of humans. In the Irish language, aos sí means "people of the mounds" (the mounds are known in Irish as "the sídhe"). In modern Irish the people of the mounds are also called daoine sídhe; in Scottish mythology they are daoine sìth. They are also thought to be the ancestors, the spirits of nature, or goddesses and gods.

wee fairy door by Brooke Boch

I usually think of fairies living in a tiny house with a wee door hidden under a mushroom.  I snagged a door by Brooke Boch of Artistic Endeavors Jewelry and Components  and I saved it for a special project.  

Fairy card by BayMoonDesign

Several years ago I made a fairies card and the I saved it for a special project.

I always save Altoid tins just because I am that kind of person.  I also decided now is the time to use some of my stash for my fairies projects.

Paper fairy and tiny paper flower from card

                      My paper fairies are the perfect size for Altoid tin folk art aka ornaments.

Fairy ornament by BayMoonDesign

My wee door with a leaf over top is the perfect size for this fairy scene.  I had some mushroom card stock that I decided would make a great backdrop for the scene.  Silver trim was added to give the whole scene some sparkle.

side view

This tin can sit comfortably on a shelf or be hung as an ornament.  I added some colorful beads that dangle from the  bottom of it.  The back is covered with the small mushroom card stock.

Front view with dangles

My second fairy ornament makes use of the larger of my caed stock paper fairies and one of the paper flowers from the card.   Once again, I used the mushroom paper for a background.  I added a pretty rose bud and leaf and a few sparkles.  The inside is lined with eggplant ribbon and the outside has gold sequins.

It is really meant to  hang. It has a loop made from purple cord at the top to serve that purpose.

Fairy ornament by BayMoonDesign

I had to add some beads at the bottom to dangle and catch the sun light.

Gold sequins line the side

back side of ornament

For my next tin I am planning to use this photo as my inspiration and built a tiny scene based on her.

Photo by Boris Krizmanic on Unsplash

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Friday, September 21, 2018

We're All Ears :: September Inspiration :: Ode to Autumn

Photo of fall gourds
Photo by Keilidh Ewan on Unsplash

photo of coffee and tiny pumpkins
Photo by Brigitte Tohm on Unsplash
With the official start of fall, it is only fitting that the We're All Ears Challenge is to create earrings that are an Ode to Autumn.  Labor Day has come and gone.  Pumpkin spice is starting to waft in the air.  I spotted lots of Halloween candy in the store today.  The autumnal equinox is upon us.  
 On Saturday, September 22, both the Northern and Southern hemispheres will experience an equal amount of daylight. For those in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of fall.  The daylight hours will continue to shorten until the winter solstice in December. For those south of the equator, it’s the beginning of spring.  Equinox literally means “equal night.” And during the equinox, most places on Earth will see approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

Photo of Fall leaves and woods
Photo by Dennis Buchner on Unsplash

When the days get shorter this is when the leaves start to change colors.  The color change is more dependent on light than on temperature. Temperature and weather conditions can effect the intensity of the colors.  I always associate fall with orange, reds, greens and yellows.  Mother Nature seems to surround us with those colors.  My new Fall earrings are inspired by these fall colors.
Modern Orange Earrings with Leather by BayMoonDesign

These modern orange earrings have pale orange and brown ceramics. The circular ceramics hang below a soft brown leather and orange quartz beads. Copper ear wires are used to bring out the oranges. The orange and brown colors in the ceramics by Marsha Neal Studio make these statement earrings perfect for the fall.

photo of pumpkin by Arnaud Weyts on Unsplash
Photo by Arnaud Weyts on Unsplash

My second pair of earrings have swirls of red, oranges, browns. These reddish orange earrings are made with textured geometric ceramics. The earrings dangle below a copper accent bead. Copper is used in the ear wires and to wrap around the ceramics. I love how the orange color of the ceramics looks with copper.
Reddish Orange Ceramic Earrings by BayMoonDesign

The artisan ceramics are made by Marsha Neal Studio.

Photo by Alfred Schrock on Unsplash

This photo caught my eye.  I love the colors in the leaves pair with the acorn.  I decided these colors would be perfect with purple lamp work that I had.  The lamp work has specks of these colors in it.

Long Colorful Fall Lamp Work Earrings by BayMoonDesign
These fall colors of purple, orange, and green in the beautiful artisan lamp work make a stunning pair of contemporary statement earrings, This modern art jewelry sparkles with the addition of Czech glass beads and copper. The long purple earrings are a perfect gift or fashion accessory.

The lamp work beads are made by a SRA artist Sue Kennedy

Photo by AZGAN MjESHTRI on Unsplash
Photo by AZGAN MjESHTRI on Unsplash

Happy Fall!  

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Art Elements August Theme Challenge

Photo of swirl graffiti by Jason Leung on Unsplash
Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

The Art Elements Monthly Theme for August 2019 is swirl. Swirl makes a great design element and inspiration. Swirls are found all over from urban graffiti like in the photo above to the creations of Mother Nature found in nature.  Just look at the number of different swirls found in this seahorse in the photo below.

Photo of seahorse with swirls by Jason Leung on Unsplash
Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash
A swirl can also be a thought or an idea.  In the following poem called Swirl by Carl Sandburg,  I think the swirl is a thought of a ghost.
A SWIRL in the air where your head was once, here. 
You walked under this tree, spoke to a moon for me 
I might almost stand here and believe you alive.
Purple and Pink Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Purple and Pink Earrings by BayMoonDesign

These purple and pink earrings are textured ceramic earrings with a pink swirl design. Sterling silver is used in the ear wires and to wrap through the pink and purple ceramics. I stacked some pink and silver Czech glass flowers and faux pearls on top.   These "swirl" ceramics are by 
Jenny Davies-Reazor.  
Light purple earrings by BayMoonDesign
Light purple earrings by BayMoonDesign
These light purple earrings are textured ceramic geometric earrings that dangle below lavender agate beads.  Natural brass wire is used to wrap the agate beads. I used natural brass ear wires on these circle earrings. These earrings hang about 2 inches and are light and comfortable to wear.   The artisan ceramics are made by Marsha Neal Studio.   These are trending circle earrings that you won't find in a department store!
Photo of swirls in rose flower by chuttersnap on Unsplash
Photo by chuttersnap on Unsplash

See what others created through the month of August with this swirl theme in mind.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Unscheduled Visit by Draken Harald Hårfagre while on Expedition America - East Coast Tour 2018

photo of Draken Harald Hårfagre dragon head
A dragon head at the bow of the Viking ship

Draken Harald Hårfagre while on Expedition America - East Coast Tour 2018 made an unscheduled stop in Lewes, Delaware on Aug. 20, 2018. Sailing south from Long Island, favorable northeast winds put the ship ahead of its scheduled time to dock in Ocean City, Maryland. After a day anchored near the Delaware Breakwater, the captain decided to spend the extra time in historic Lewes. I was delighted to spot the the Viking ship in the city dock.

photo of Draken Harald Hårfagre docked in Lewes, Delaware
Docked in Lewes, Delaware
The Draken Harald Hårfagre is the world’s largest modern fully functional viking ship, all the way from Norway. She is on a tour of the east coast. She left Lewes early in the morning on Aug. 22, 2018 to head to Ocean City, Maryland where she will be on tour from August 22-29, 2018. From there she goes to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from August 31 - September 6 , 2018. The entire schedule of the tour is available HERE.  Public deck tours are available daily at the scheduled stops. 

The ship, based in Mystic Seaport, Conn., made an ocean crossing in the spring of 2016 from Norway to Newfoundland, Canada, retracing the route of Leif Erikson, who led the first European expedition to the New World in 1001.  The 2018 tour involves stops at 14 harbors along the East Coast from Maine to South Carolina.

                                            Draken Harald Hårfagre Viking Boat under sail

The ocean and bay in Lewes, Delaware offer lots of inspiration for my jewelry. I began to collect nautical beads in the spring and this summer I put together a collection of Lewes inspired nautical bracelets for this summer. They are casual and have a boho look to them.
In the Open Sea My Heart is Free Message Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
This message bracelet says "in the open sea my soul is free".  The bracelet has pretty art jewelry components. I used a ceramic sea shell, a starfish ceramic, anchor bead along with the word bead. The turquoise blues and greens in the bracelet are used to give the bracelet a bohemian beach feel. Natural Irish linen thread was selected to give the bracelet a casual feel.

Saltwater Cures All Wounds Bracelet by BayMoonDesign

This message bracelet says "saltwater cures all wounds" .  It has pretty art jewelry components. I used a ceramic sea shell, a star fish ceramic and the word bead. The turquoise blues and greens in the bracelet are inspired by the sea.  Natural Irish linen thread was selected to give the bracelet a casual feel.

Boho Mermaid Bracelet by BayMoonDesign

This boho mermaid bracelet makes a great gift for a beach lover. I used a sea shell ceramic, a mermaid ceramic and a word bead that has the saying "as free as the ocean".  The blues and yellows in the bracelet are used to give the bracelet a beach feel. Natural Irish linen thread was selected to compliment the colors in the bracelet.

All 3 bracelets are available to purchase in my online shop.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

We're All Ears:: August Inspiration :: Spoonflower

10 graphics that are Winners of  Circles are the New Triangles Contest Entries
Winners of  Circles are the New Triangles Contest Entries
August's We're All Ears inspiration is from a website that prints custom fabrics--Spoonflower. At Spoonflower, you can get custom fabrics in a variety of styles, from cotton to satin to chiffon, and you can even design your own fabric pattern! How cool is that?

Our challenge is to interpret a favorite fabric into earrings from the Circles are the New Triangles Contest. To narrow it down, we are to select a fabric from one of the top 10 winners.  From the graphic above you can see these top 10 give you a wide range of colors and patterns and interpretations of circles for you to choose from.

Surprise Party By Kate Rhees
Surprise Party By Kate Rhees 
My first selection for inspiration is the first place winner Surprise Party By Kate Rhees. Being a child of the sixties, I have always loved big circle earrings. Now, they are back in fashion. For me, they always have been in style. I had some red and brown ceramic circles by Marsha Neal Studio that I thought would be perfect.  I noticed the use of red and brown in this graphic which is a combination that I like. 
Circle Love Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Circle Love Earrings by BayMoonDesign

These are ceramic red hoop earrings with a retro look. The red and brown hoop earrings are perfect for those who are looking for circle earrings with an earthy retro look. They are very light on the ears. I used natural brass findings and ear wires when I made the earrings. These boho earrings hangs 2 inches (5.1 cm.) in length.  They are available for purchase in my online store.

Pond Life By Vincent Desjardins
Pond Life By Vincent Desjardins
My next graphic selection that inspired a pair of earrings is Pond Life By Vincent Desjardins. I love how the circular ripples radiate across a pond filled with round lily pads and waterlilies. Koi fish circle below the surface. It caught my attention because it looks like my tiny backyard pond which is filled with lily pads and waterlilies too, but pond has goldfish instead of Koi fish.  
Pond Life Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Pond Life Earrings by BayMoonDesign
The earrings are inspired by the blue green colors and circular shapes in the "Pond Life" graphic.  I used handmade oval, blue green ceramic beads by Grubbi and pretty green crystal beads to create modern earrings with a boho look. Natural brass ear wires are used to complete the design. The long earrings are light and comfortable to wear and measure 2.5 inches in length. They have a modern, distresses look to them.  These are unique earrings that are available for purchase in my online store.

I encourage you to join me and see what other jewelry designers were inspired to make.