April 23, 2014

Bead Table Wednesday

Hello and welcome to Bead Table Wednesday! Today on my table are wishes and dreams because I have no time for making jewelry right now and I would really like too. But I am feverishly filling orders and very busy with deadlines this week. But a girl can dream! I picked up these Czech glass beads at a store I visited in Florida while on the Bead Cruise.  They have just been calling me to play, soon beadies, soon!.

I have a few new colorways for my Feather series. These are very summery and some will be heading off to Ornamentea very soon along with lots of other goodies for a Humblebeads Trunk Show. I'll share more details about dates when they have safely arrived at the store. 

Another thing I've been playing with that will be making it's way into my shop in different colors are new shapes for my Branch Disk beads.  My Branch beads are by far one of my most popular designs and I thought it was time to branch out into different shapes. Ha, I'm puny.  So in my Etsy shop I have tiny rounds and these fun wafer disks.  

And the other new shape that I have been playing with is square disk beads. These would be awesome for earrings and also they would look great as spacers.

Here you can get a better view of the shape of the square beads.  

So this is what's on my Bead Table today.  If you'd like them to be on your Bead Table next week, check out the new beads in my Etsy shop.  You know, just trying to be helpful.

What is Bead Table Wednesday? It's a day to connect with other bead and jewelry artists around the world to share the good, the bad (as in awesome) and the ugly - hey I know what your bead table really looks like because mine looks the same!

You can share your blog posts in the InLinkz tool below or you can share you photos on Instagram with the tagged #beadtablewednesday




April 22, 2014

Mojo Challenge Week 6: The Poetry of Beads

Oh no, I had lost my mojo for the Mojo Challenge! I've been scrambling around between events, deadlines and battling viruses. Fun! And terrible for blogging.  But I'm back and we are going to tackle the next 6 weeks with excitement and creativity - because that's why you are checking in each week right? 

Your Assignemnt:
Create a piece of jewelry inspired by a poem, quote or a song.

 Nothing Gold Can Stay inspired by Robert Frost's poem.

Tips for Getting Your Beads to Sing:
If you have my book Jewelry Designs from Nature, I have a great article on the poetry and beads that you should check out.

So how to do you get from a song, quote or poem to a piece of jewelry?  Look for visual clues in the text, it may be a symbol like a nest or bird, or a word or it could be a color or imagery described a poem. Find beads that express those ideas as your focal and work from there.

Don't spend a lot of time searching for the perfect quote or song.  Pick one that is already meaningful to you and gather up your beads.

Check out my Inspired by Nature Jewelry Challenge from a few years ago for some instant inspiration.  I paired up photographs with a poem and gave design tips for each set.


Share your progress!
If you write a blog post about your Week 6 Challenge share the link by clicking on the blue button below.  If you don't have a blog leave a comment here to let me know you participated in the Facebook group this week.

What is the Jewelry Mojo Challenge? Click here to read all about it.  Can you still join? Yes! You can follow along and do all 12 weeks or pick and choose the ones you find inspiring.  



April 7, 2014

Mojo Challenge Week 5: Jewelry Redos

I took a little hiatus due to my travelling schedule. I hope you are all ready to jump in and start again with week 5 of the Jewelry Making Mojo Challenge.  Let's rev up those creative engines this week!

Your Assignment:
Take apart a few older designs and use the pieces to create a new creation.

We all have that pile of jewelry that we have either fallen out of love with or it sat in a box because it was only 'meh' and didn't have the design punch we were hoping to achieve.  Maybe it's older jewelry that is no longer in fashion or doesn't fit your style any longer. Whatever the case, I know you have some jewelry that could use a second chance.  I know I do!

So pull out those pieces, remember to snap a before photo and then get to work disassembling and then working your mojo.


Tips for Redos:
*Look for pieces that have special beads you'd like to reuse.
*Take apart a few pieces to give yourself more choices and who knows, maybe you'll be on a roll and create several new designs from your reclaimed goods.
*Focus on the principles of good design to make sure your round two is a stronger piece of jewelry.

Here is a must-read series on the 7 Principles of Design for Jewelry Making on Fire Mountain Gem's website. (Scroll down on at the bottom of the article for the links to the entire series.)

Share your progress!
If you write a blog post about your Week 5 Challenge share the link by clicking on the blue button below.  If you don't have a blog leave a comment here to let me know you participated in the Facebook group this week.

What is the Jewelry Mojo Challenge? Click here to read all about it.  Can you still join? Yes! You can follow along and do all 12 weeks or pick and choose the ones you find inspiring.
 


March 19, 2014

Bead Table Wednesday

Finishing up some last minute Bead Cruise beads before I head out tomorrow. These are my hibiscus flower pendants in process.

See you all March 31st when I return with the Mojo Challenge. You have two weeks to catch up or revisit your favorite challenges so far.


So what's on your Bead Table today? Share the good, the bad or the truely messy!

March 16, 2014

Vintaj Art Bead Partner

I'm so excited to announce today that I'm the next Vintaj Art Bead Partner!

Vintaj and Humblebeads go together like peas and carrots.  Their earthy natural brass, copper and arte metal findings are the perfect compliment to my nature-inspired designs.  Last year the Vintaj team assigned me the theme of field journal and I could have been more pleased with such a sweet theme. 

You can win that big pile of Vintaj and Humblebeads above - click here to enter.

The Vintaj team has put together a Pinterst board with my beads, their components, jewelry they made for the theme and a few tutorials. They will be featuring the Field Journal theme on their website this month and on their blog.  


The Vintaj Partner beads will be in my Etsy shop while I'm on the Bead Cruise.  My assistant will be shipping out Etsy orders while I'm gone.  Poor guy, I go on vacation for a week - he gets to go to the Post Office.  


If you are quick you can still use the discount code SAILAWAY for 25% off your Etsy order today.