Thursday, January 31, 2019

January Art Elements --Inspired by the Moon

Photo eclipse by Mark Tegethoff on Unsplash
Photo by Mark Tegethoff on Unsplash

January's Art Elements
 challenge is sponsored by Lindsay Starr. Since the theme is the moon and is open to any media I had to give lots of thought to this. This is a theme that I have used in the past and loved. Just last year I made this pearl and pewter necklace which I love. It is available in my shop. challenge is sponsored by Lindsay Starr. Since the theme is the moon and is open to any media I had to give lots of thought to this. This is a theme that I have used in the past and loved. Just last year I made this pearl and pewter necklace which I love. It is available in my shop.
Celestial Necklace by BayMoonDesign
                                                                  Celestial Necklace by BayMoonDesign

This celestial necklace has a pewter pendant of lady with crescent moon and stars. The gorgeous necklace is made with gray blister pearls with hints of pink. The pink is highlighted by the use of tiny pink beads and small silver bead to give some additional sparkle.

The pewter starfish clasp is made by Green Girl Studio. The pewter moon and star pendant is by Inviciti. This is a lovely piece of art jewelry.

I had such fun with December 2018's Art Elements Scene Challenge when I made wire flowers for my daughter's garden. I enjoyed the project and my daughter loved the flowers. I felt so good about this project that I decided to make a wire moon for my patio door. I wanted it for decoration and as a visual caution to prevent folks from walking into the glass.

Photo of moon by Stephan Herb on Unsplash
Photo by Stephan Herb on Unsplash
The Super Blood Wolf Moon lunar eclipse was big news in January 2019 and it caught my attention. After all, it isn't every year that this happens. Lunar eclipses can occur only during a full moon, and this one was extra special because it was also a supermoon.  A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon is full and passes into the shadow of the Earth. This causes the usually bright full moon to turn a dark, coppery-red. Depending on weather conditions, it may appear rusty, brick-colored or blood-red. Hence, this eclipsed moon is nicknamed the ”Blood Moon” in the media. It certainly creates more drama with "blood".

photo of wolf by Josh Felise on Unsplash
Photo by Josh Felise on Unsplash

I have to admit that the "wolf" part added to my interest. Why a wolf? Each moon has its own name associated with the full moon. In January, it's known as the "wolf moon".  According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the name was inspired by hungry wolves that howled outside of villages long ago.  My color palette was created with these visuals of browns, red, oranges, yellows from the super blood wolf moon in my mind.

Since I used 16 gauge wire in my flower project, I thought I would use it for this. I then switched my thoughts from the black wire that I used previously to copper wire. I love copper and I decided it would look great with my color palette so I used 16 gauge copper wire. There was my first mistake. I also used 28 gauge copper wire. This decision I am still wondering about. I might want to up thickness on that wire. I then gathered all of my quartz chips and clear beads in my color palette and strung them on the 28 gauge wire. I did this bead by bead by hand picking each one with care. I selected beads that I thought were the best size and color.  This took much longer than I thought it would.  In the beginning all went well but the more I wrapped the beads around the wire, the more I noticed structural problems. I didn't want to use heavy copper wire to shore of the design for artistic reasons. I used some Washi tape instead and it worked surprisingly well. I really had to force myself to finish this.   I am viewing this as a prototype of a future attempt. I have to regard this as a learning experience.  Any suggestions for my future attempt, are appreciated.
Photo by 🐣 Luca Iaconelli 🦊 on Unsplash

Grab a hot beverage and enjoy seeing what everyone else was inspired to write.

Thank you Lindsay Starr for hosting challenge.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

We're All Ears :: January Inspiration :: Color of the Year 2019 Living Coral

Photo of coral reef by James Thornton on Unsplash
Photo by James Thornton on Unsplash

The We're All Ears January challenge is for January 2019 is to use the Pantone Color of the Year 2019 --Living Coral. Living Coral is truly an energizing and vibrant color found in nature. PANTONE Living Coral calls attention to our underwater reef systems. Beneath the sea, this warm and vivid color is spell binding and vibrant. It is namesake of an endangered species in our oceans that we need to fight to protect. The reefs are important because they provide shelter to diverse ecosystems that are crucial. They are too beautiful and important to loose. I love snorkeling in the Florida Keys. My favorite spots are just down the road from where I winter in Key Largo, Florida.  I love to snorkel at the reefs that are part of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park which is made up of 70 nautical square miles. While many visitors view the park’s colorful coral reefs and teeming marine life on glass-bottom boat tours, you can get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling. The water is so clear that when canoeing and kayaking through the park's waters you can see the underwater world too.

photo of author snorkeling
Me snorkeling

Pantone put together 5 color palettes that feature the living coral color. I often use them to help me make decisions on colors for my jewelry. One of the five palettes that I am most drawn to is --Focal Point. I love the combination of earthy colors that are combined here. I used this Focal Point palette to inspire a new pair of earrings.

Pantone Focal Point Colors 2019

I selected red ceramic pairs by Marsha Neal Studio. The vertical lines in them are the color living coral and reminds me of coral. Since these coral lines are surrounded by an even more vibrant shade I used the cooling color of golden lime. For my metal sterling silver seemed a perfect choice. The silver reminds me of the cooling Pantone color storm gray.

Coral Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Coral Earrings by BayMoonDesign
I connected coral color ceramics with stacked Czech Glass lustered avocado spacers with 20 gauge sterling wire and added sterling ear wires. These are bold earrings in this seasons freshest colors. They are available for purchase HERE.
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Photo coral reef by Tomoe Steineck on Unsplash
Photo by Tomoe Steineck on Unsplash

Pollution, disease, invasive species, and unaware tourists all cause them harm. Coral reefs control the amount of carbon dioxide in the ocean, making them critical to the food chain.

There are ways that you can help protect coral reefs. Something that everyone can do is conserve water. This is essential because less water consumption means that there is less runoff. Less runoff naturally leads to less wastewater finding its way into the sea and affecting the coral reefs negatively.

As a tourist:
Avoid striking or touching a coral reef.
Don't fish or boat near a coral reef
Don't litter on the beach or in the ocean

Coral reefs provide food and shelter for a variety of marine life. They are also important for people who live near the water and rely on the corals for food. Corals are also used to produce medicine, generate tourist revenue, and serve as a barrier against tropical storms for some communities. All strong reasons, to care for them.

This is a blog hop, so please head on over to Earrings Everyday to check out the earrings that other designers have created.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Making Earrings Leather

I have used leather in my jewelry before but there are so many projects and kinds of leather to consider when you want to utilize or expand your leather crafting skills. It is a challenge picking out the leather and color.  I love to make and wear earrings so I decided to see what leather earrings  I could add to my collection. For inspiration, I looked through Pinterest to see what others have created.  It was easy to pick something a bit out of my comfort zone. I recently obtained some leather samples from Sun Enterprise so I decided this was a perfect time to create some new leather earrings.

Sun Enterprises is a leading manufacturer and supplier of leather, locks, silk and jewelry components. They are based in The Netherlands and ship goods across 55 countries and work extensively with jewelry designers, artisans, jewelry makers, goldsmiths , wholesalers and hobby stores. I was amazed by their huge collection of leathers and locks. It was fun looking through their online catalog and seeing all of the types, colors and sizes of leather. 

punch tool and leather

In the samples of flat 5mm Italian leather that I received I found a piece of pink leather with the saying "La Vie Est Belle" in silver.   I knew right away that this leather would make a great pair of earrings.  I used a "good" pair of scissors to cut 2 pieces of leather with a complete set of words and I punched some holes at each end of the leather.  I used punch pliers to cut tiny holes through leather.

                                                                       components used for one earring

I selected silver as my metal and used a pair of sterling silver ear wires, tiny heart charms, some silver chain, and some spacers. I found Czech glass among my collection that complimented the color of the leather.  These earrings are available for purchase HERE.

Loving Life Earrings by BayMoonDesign

The key to making these earrings is to attach the heart charm to the chain before starting. Then I used a piece of 6 inch, 20 gauge sterling silver wire to go through one of the holes in the leather. Next, I added the chain to the wire and added the other side of the leather to create the loop. The rest is easy to figure out.

5mm flat Italian leather from Sun Enterprise

I located some more 5mm flat Italian leather to create more earrings. I found 5mm the perfect size for these earrings. I used about 2 inches for each earring. What I really like about using this leather is that isn't very heavy. I am always trying to keep my earrings as light as I can. 

Copper and brown leather teardrops by BayMoonDesign
I made a very different looking pair of earrings using the dark brown leather with a thin black edging.  I added a pair of art beads by Humblebeads and used copper to bring the colors together.  This leather was thicker than the orange leather in the pair below so I used 20 gauge copper wire with this pair.  The pair below has thinner leather so I used 22 gauge bronze wire. 

Orange leather earrings by BayMoonDesign
This is a very light weight earring in this year's hottest color-- orange using the same technique.  I used a pair of art beads by Humblebeads.  I paired this leather with bronze.  

I look forward to working with more leather this year.