Posts Tagged ‘art beads’

Working on new Beads

September 20, 2012

I haven’t worked with polymer clay in a long time… before I start opening even more packages, I decided to use up some stuff I had started ages ago. I don’t even remember when I made that flower cane or what inspired it. The cane’s still reasonably good, unfortunately the bronze clay for the base bead was a “bit” dry, so it was very crumbly to work with and I got tiny bits of fimo about everywhere now. Never let it come to that, it’s no fun.

But I like the beads, even though they are not all quite the size I wanted them to be – I can’t wait to make necklaces in that colour scheme. Somehow they remind me of the meadow saffrons growing in the park right now, even though the flowers on the beads are blue rather than purple. Must be because of the missing green leaves, just these strange pale flowers coming out of the autumn brown ground…


Yet another Blog Giveaway at Lorelei’s!

March 6, 2012

Lorelei is having a blog giveaway. Again. I know, right? That lady is spoiling her readers. This giveaway ends tomorrow. Unfortunately, I have no idea whether or not this one is open for us people living outside the US. Had to share it anyway, because – just look at those beads! All of that is polymer clay!!! I should go and hide in a corner, seriously. The beads were made by Hillovely:

Blog Challenge at Lorelei’s!

March 5, 2012

Head over to Lorelei’s Blog for a lovely blog challenge that, for once, is open to participants outside the US, too (like me, yay!). She will draw 10 random commenters tomorrow, who will receive a pair of these beauties to try out:

Good luck to you (and me!)! 🙂

Valentine’s Day?

December 19, 2011

No, it isn’t quite Valentine’s day yet. But I had this heart pendant and wanted to use it… besides, if I create this stuff now, I might be able to sell it around Valentine’s day – who knows. I’m not really a big fan of that holiday, or heart-themed jewelry for that matter, but I still kind of like how this turned out – dainty and cute, but not too sweet, I think. The green beads and dark chain probably helped a bit, at least that was my intention… I’ll have to shorten it and add a toggle, for some reason I always make my necklaces too long. I could save so much chain if I didn’t.

Hidden Magic Connectors

March 26, 2011

Not quite as good as the diamond-shaped pendants with the picture corner, just some small pendants (bottom row) and connectors (top row) made of the remaining hidden magic clay. I still have some left that I want to turn into beads if it works out the way I imagine it. I also have been planning to start a new block of different colours, but somehow I don’t get around to it – I suppose I will some time in the next few days. I do have a plan for the current monthly challenge, so I’d really better. Or the month will be over. Yeah, time flies…

Monthly Challenge February

February 19, 2011

This month‘s lovely inspiration painting is John Singer Sargent’s “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose”:


As I believe I’ve said before, the colour palette really gave me headaches:


It’s so… soft. Sweet. Girly. Romantic. And I just don’t have a hand for that stuff. But, I had to try. So I got some pinks and purples and a nice dark green, and sat down to make some “hidden magic”.  It was my first serious attempt at this technique, so the results are OK, I guess. First I made the pendant that I showed you yesterday, then some connectors to pick up the green – I like the somewhat leafy appearance of those. I went for a look that’s both romantic and modern, therefore the design is asymmetrical. The stacked papillon seed beads make me think of a panicle, maybe lilac.

Mica Shift Heart Pendant

January 30, 2011

Well, I mentioned wanting to make another heart pendant that isn’t red – here’s one. I tried to do a mica shift version of the Seal of Rassilon, but I guess the pattern was a little too complicated and not deep enough. Part of the design worked OK anyway, so I made it into this pendant instead. The surface is smooth, just that slight shimmery swirl inside. That dark grey mica clay was new at my local hardware store, as was a dark blue and wine red variant – I’m not sure if it’s just new to that shop or a whole new brand, but I am really curious to try  those colours next (both for more hearts like this, and for further Seal of Rassilon pendants). And then I will have to see what  I want to turn this into, still no idea.

ABS – August Challenge

August 31, 2010

Yeah, I actually made it! Last minute. Or did I? I have no idea what the time limit is, exactly. But in any case, this is the first necklace I’ve completed in two months, which is its own reward. The picture is horrible, sorry, but I can’t do any better without daylight…

Dance – Necklace

June 25, 2010

Another last minute challenge entry. I think it captures the spirit of the painting rather well. I don’t usually do beaded tassels (too much wire-wrapping 😉 ), but when I looked at the dancer’s swinging shirt, I knew that I needed to create something with similar movement. What do you think?

Dance – Sing – Love – Live

June 24, 2010

Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
Love as though you’ve never been hurt,
Live every day as if it were your last.

I don’t know why the monthly inspiration painting on Art Bead Scene brought these words to my mind, but it did. They were turned into word charms immediately, of course. I tried a different shape this time, because I wanted them to look more elegant – what do you think?

Now I want to make another entry with the “Dance” connector… if I can think of something, that is.