Saturday, December 15, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop 2

HBBH #2 BLOG HOP!

Shelley Graham Turner of Fabric of My Life and Marlene Cupo of Amazing Designs is hosting the second round of Holiday Bling Blog Hop today! The object was to exchange something handmade with a partner to help get everyone into the Holiday Spirit. The first round was so much fun, that I decided to do it again. My partner is Miranda Ackerley of Mirandack Arts . Miranda is very talented, and her gift was as awesome as she is. But first, a tidbit or two about what I sent to Miranda!

After emailing a couple of times to talk about some ideas for gift-giving, I knew Miranda liked to wear earrings that were cool and unusual  I am a huge fan of big, showy earrings, so after a little workshop time, I came up with several pairs that might fit the bill. Still working on photography skills, so bear with me please!


Since snowflakes remind me of the holidays, I etched some snowflakes on copper discs, added some of Lisa Liddy's Color Me This patina, put it together with blue freshwater coin pearls, moonstone, and copper ear wires. They are pretty long, but not as long as some of the others!


Oooh, another pair of long earrings! Gilder's paste was used to color the large metal leaf components, then garnets, czech glass, and ruby red teardrop crystals bring some Holiday Red color to these ultra-long earrings. 


Unakite trangles with swarovski bicones and copper accents remind me of little Christmas trees!



Patina was applied to copper leaves, and  green jade, swarovski crystals, unakite, and copper accents came together in these looooong earrings. The color green is a fabulous holiday color, and Miranda had told me that she liked green!

When Miranda's package arrived, I was so excited to open it, as this was my very first actual arrival of a package from a blog hop partner! I had told Miranda that I liked traditional Christmas decorations and colors, so could not wait to see what she sent me. I loved them!!! They were tucked away in a cute purse that I will use at my employer's holiday party this year.                                                                                                                                                                                                           





I love these Christmas Tree earrings! I have been wearing them almost everyday. The picture is a little blurry, but they are just beautiful. They even have a garland! And the showstopper.......




Miranda made this beautiful necklace! It reminds me of the Snowflakes that I love so much! This necklace is so comfortable to wear, and I have received numerous compliments whenever it graces my neck. Thank you, Miranda, I love my beautiful jewelry. And thank you Shelley and Marlene for such a fun blog hop! I don't know about you, but I am definitely in the Holiday spirit!!! You want to see what everyone else made? Check the list below......

Gina Hocketthttp://freestyleelements.blogspot.com---You are here!!!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Artisan Whimsy Metal Prong Challenge

The Metal Team on Artisan Whimsy threw down a Metal Prong Challenge based on this tutorial by Staci Louise Smith. The tutorial was so well-written, and the pictures made it look so easy, I decided to give it a whirl. I love working with metal, but am still pretty new to metalsmithing, and this looked like something I could easily accomplish. Thank you, Staci and Francesca for the awesome tutorial and the challenge!

I am a cab collector, so I thought that finding a cab for this project would be fairly quick. NOT!! I fondled and looked over my cab collection for days, trying to decide where I would go with the future piece. I finally pulled out a few, cut out some 24g copper sheet in matching shapes, and gathered the rest of my tools and materials. Some copper rivets had come in the mail, and those were perfect! I then textured the shapes, and made a final decision on the design.

Soldering the rivets to the back of the shapes proved to be a bigger challenge than I anticipated. After 6 (yes, 6!!) tries, I finally got it to stick. Sixth time is the charm? Huh! I was ready to use my Gorilla Glue by the time I finally got it!  I then used some thinned gilders paste in Sandalwood to add a little color.


This is a two-part pendant, so I set the stone into the first one, and added the bail. I debated using some of Lisa Liddy's color patina here, but set it aside for a moment...




I then finished the second part, and made the necklace. I did use some of Lisa Liddy's patina --Fern Green--on top of the Gilder's Paste, and added a ceramic bead from Clay Genie, bought from Magpie Gemstones. I think I will work some more on the color...tomorrow!


Yeah, I got a little messy with the patina....



I played with another piece, to get my feet wet, and try out a couple of ideas that were in the back of my mind. I had some fun with this one, it is not finished and I don't know if it ever will be, but.....


The pink quartz owl also came from Magpie Gemstones, color from Lisa Liddy"s patina sampler. 




Thank you Francesca and Staci for this rewarding and challenging project. Check out the links below to see the gorgeous work of other participants.


The Beading Yogini, http://www.thebeadingyogini.com
Carolyn Dewison, Blue Berri Beads, http://blueberribeads.co.uk/
Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry,http://www.maryhardingjewelrybeadblog.blogspot.com
Dawn Horner, Northern Adornments, http://northernadornments.blogspot.com/
Gina Hockett, Freestyle Elements, http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com--you are here!
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy, http://mybeadtherapy.blogspot.com
Laura Medeiros. http://zoeowyn.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things, http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Melissa Muir, Melissa Muir Jewelry, http://design.kcjewelbox.com/
Melinda Orr, Melinda Orr Designs, http://orrtec.blogspot.com/
Staci Louise Smith, Staci Louise Originals, http://www.stacilouiseoriginals.com/
Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame, www.KnotJustMacrame.com
Jo Tinley, Daisy Chain Designs Jewellery, http://www.daisychaindesignsjewellery.blogspot.com
Francesca Watson, Francesca Watson Designs, http://www.francescawatson.com
Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs, http://lindysdesigns.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Window Shop Blog Hop--At Last


First of all, I want to apologize for my post not posting on the correct date. I knew I was going out of town, and scheduled my post for Sunday, 11-11-12 when I left. I am still trying to figure out what I did wrong, but unfortunately my scheduled post did not make it's scheduled appearance. I am so sorry, Rita of Toltec Jewels, who is the gracious hostess.  This blog hop was a beautiful idea, and I know I will enjoy hopping to see everyone else's window. So here is my contribution, even if it is a bit late.

My intention in joining this hop was to motivate me to go ahead and open my own shop, to make the time to finally make it happen. I am still going to do that, but it is not ready yet.  I do know that I love to give my jewelry as gifts. When Rita of Toltec Jewels came up with the idea of a Window Shop Blog Hop to advertise our own or to feature someone else's shop, I was hoping to open shop and fill it with lots of yummy handmade copper jewelry. When it became apparent that opening the doors to a shop wasn't going to happen, I decided that I would feature a shop or shops that supported handmade! Up first---

Christmas Pillow Boxes - Christmas Gift Wrap Assortment - Cardstock Favor Box - Holiday Gift Wrap

Christmas pillow boxes to wrap your handmade gifts to either put under the tree, or mail to the lucky recipient. The vendor, MIxed Messages 4 U , had crafters and artists in mind when she created her line of boxes, tags, and cards--blank or custom. All items are created by hand and with love. If you make your own cards, tags, and boxes or package your items with plain paper items, you might be interested in this very reasonably priced....

Brand New Handcrafted Rubber Stamp

Handcrafted rubber stamp...It is only 1.2x1.25 inches for the stamp, 2x1.5 inches for the block. This would be perfect for handmade holiday cards as well! The owner is a stay at home mom that is a newbie blogger, and loves handmade jewelry! And when you are done wrapping gifts, it is time to pamper yourself with .......

Yellow Cake Argan Oil Mist for Hair and Body

 
Argan Oil Mist for Hair and Body~ Yellow Cake Flavor!

"A sprayable hydrating body mist with a blend of antioxidant rich oils and vitamin E that leaves your skin feeling silky soft and smelling epic. " from EpicallyEpicSoap  .  This shop makes flavored lip balms, soaps, hair products, lotion, and air scents that smell very yummy! 

Check out the rest of the blogs, and pull up a chair with a cuppa for some fantastic Window Shopping! And thank you, Rita, for hosting such a fabulous shopping experience!


Jewel School Friends (host)www.JewelSchoolFriends.com




Libellula Jewelryhttp://libellulajewelry.blogspot.com/


Knot Just Macrame
http://www.knotjustmacrame.com


Amazing Designs by Marlene

The Adventures of Belle West
http://bellewest925.blogspot.com/






Friday, November 2, 2012

Kalmbach Bead Soup Party

Lori Anderson, author of Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash, told us that Kalmbach Publishing was providing an opportunity for jewelry artists to sign up and possibly be chosen to receive a bead soup from a retail bead store, and make a necklace from that soup in honor of Lori's book being published. They are also offering prizes! Thank you Lori, Kalmbach Publishing, and Beads Galore in Tempe, Arizona ----who sent me a wonderful Bead Soup!  Although I am required to use the focal and the clasp, I could use any or all of the rest of the bead soup, and/or any items from my own stash for the necklace.



This is what I received as my Soup. There was a gorgeous hematite heart focal, a clasp,  a heart charm, small heart spacers, hematite bead melons, gray cat-eye beads, and .....buttons!!! Okay!! Even though I have a spectacular button collection, I had never used buttons to make a necklace. I let my soup simmer for awhile as ideas began to descend on my creative muse. So I gathered a few materials....

I had some gray and black patterned sari silk, as well as solid black and turquoise. Some chain and leather cord, and ...


It was coming together! I just needed a few magnesite turquoise-colored beads, and few other hematite beads from my stash and I came up with..


After braiding the chain and silk, the buttons were attached with 1.5 mm turquoise leather cord. The focal, clasp, and dangles were then added.


Thank you again Kalmbach Publishing, Lori Anderson, and Beads Galore in Tempe Arizona! The soup was a thoughtful challenge as I added my own seasonings, and loved tasting the final product. This necklace is so comfortable and easy to wear. I think Jasper liked it too!


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holiday Bling Blog Hop

I am so excited to be a part of the Holiday Bling Blog Hop! In case you haven't noticed, this is my very first post on my very first blog, and my very first blog hop! Thank you Shelley and Marlene for hosting this hop, and allowing me to be a part of it! Now, let's get down to business!

The Holiday Bling Blog Hop was just made for getting into the Holiday spirit. Have some of you noticed that Christmas trees and decorations are already going up in the stores?  Shelley and Marlene invited participants who were partnered with another Holiday Hopper-to-be to exchange something related to the holidays. My partner was Linda Florian. Thank you, Linda, for taking on a newbie partner for this blog hop! Linda is a very versatile artist, as she does a lot of different things.  If you want to take a peek at the goodies that I sent to Linda, her blog is here. Linda suffered a deep personal loss recently, as well as some unexpected events that have caused a bit of turmoil in her life, so I haven't received my package yet. BUT...she was kind enough to email me the pictures of what will be in my package when it arrives. I am very excited, and I know it will be here soon. 

I love snowflakes, especially for decorating during the holidays! Linda hand-painted the snowflakes below.....aren't they gorgeous?


She also hand-painted some beads in gorgeous holiday colors:
I had mentioned to Linda that I was a breast cancer survivor, and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of that, Linda is sending me a beaded breast cancer ribbon with a hope charm, and a lovely hand-knitted pink bag! The yarn smells like roses, and I can't wait to receive it.



Also, a handmade felt pin in pink--this will go with anything! These items are dear to my heart! 


 She is also sending  me some beautiful lampwork beads, some with a holiday theme! I collect Santa-Claus items, and these are my first Santa Claus lamwork beads.

There are going to be some other beautiful lampwork beads coming my way as well. Lampwork beads are on my wishlist from Santa. Thank you, Linda, for your very generous gift!



That's not all! Linda was so generous, she made some ornaments that are filled with Swarovski crystals. I think they are beautiful, and will look fantastic on my tree.


She also made some gift tags that I could use for anything---not just holiday gifts. She is so talented! 
Linda has a young daughter, and I made something for her daughter. She sent me a picture of the thank you  card that her daughter is sending me. 
Thank you so much, Linda! I can't wait to get the package! 

Check out the participants in the links below. This has been a lot of fun!  And thanks for stopping by, I'll be posting again soon with some pictures of some of the jewelry and components that I enjoy making.

Michelle Fanucchihttp://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
 Monique Urquharthttp://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com
Therese Frankhttp://theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Heather Ottohttp://www.thecrafthopper.com
Jo-Ann Woolverton http://itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.com
Linda Florianhttp://lilysofthevalleyjewelry.blogspot.com
Debbie Rasmussenhttp://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com
Alicia Marinachehttp://www.allprettythings.ca
Ginger Bishophttp://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
Lo/  Lynn Jobber http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.com
Leanne Loftushttp://firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com
Rita/Toltec Jewelshttp://www.toltecjewels.blogspot.com
Shelly Joycehttp://www.aujourlejour-shelly.blogspot.com
Shai Williamshttp://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Lori Bowring Michaudhttp://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Lennis Carrierhttp://www.windbent.net
Marla Gibsonhttp://spiceboxdesigns.blogspot.com
Mary Howell Govaarshttp://mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Linda Younkmannwww.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Shirley Jones Moorehttp://​www.beadsandbread.blo​gspot.com
Melinda Orrhttp://www.orrtec.blogspot.com
Marlene Cupohttp://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com
Shelley Graham Turnerhttp://shelleygrahamturner.blogspot.com
Sonya Stille http://dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com
Dyanne Cantrellhttp://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com
Anindita Basuhttp://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.com
Gina Hocketthttp://freestyleelements.blogspot.com--You are here
Lori Jean Poppehttp://lorillijeanscreativecorner.blogspot.com
Charlie Jackahttp://clay-space.com/blog
Stephanie Stamper (Woods)http://skwds.blogspot.com
Mary Hicks, Shannon Hickshttp://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com