Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Prize from Artisticaos

Last April I was one of the lucky winners of the Art Bead Scene challenge.  My prize (drum roll) was a bead bundle ($50 value) from Terri Del Signore!!! 

Well I'm sure you can relate when I say that beads go into my stash but very few make it out!!!  

My love of ART BEADS comes from my sincere appreciation for the time, attention and creativeness that artisans take when they create beautiful things for others to enjoy.  You can really see that in Terri's work.  Her ceramic beads are well made and come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and sizes.  She incorporates her love of nature into her designs, which I like.   

Well these pretties just jumped out at me the other day so, I couldn't keep them a hidden treasure any longer.  I got ahold of my my Wubbers looping pliers and sat down to work on my design.  I knew that I wanted to add these colorful beads to a bright shiny piece of silver chain because I like necklaces that I can drape over my head-no clasp needed.  


I was fired up so I thought that a nice enameled component would add to the positive space within the design.  After checking my work/design I decided that a large pendant would work well for the length of chain that I was using.  I found a large copper dragonfly component in my stash (surprise, surprise).  I layered several coats of Vintage Patinas by Ranger Ink on the dragonfly, sanded it between coats and then polished it with a jewelers cloth.  

The necklace is lightweight and perfect for any season.  





Thanks to Terri Del Signore for the lovely beads & the Art Bead Scene team for putting these monthly blog hops together.  They're so much fun and it's always interesting to see the diverse combination of colors and patterns in everyone's jewelry designs.  

Keep Creating,
Karen


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Twists n Turns

This year during the Tucson Gem Show I took a class with Ronda Stevens.  I made a crystal wrapped pendant.  This was a good opportunity to get reacquainted with wire.  I've made a couple of other pendants since.  What do you think?  I'm still not sure that this is something I'm going to work at perfecting but it's a nice way to add dress up a drilled cabochon or bead.    

Twists N Turns Class in Tucson


Project Made in Class

Quartz Crystal Woven Pendant


Keep Creating My Friends,
Karen

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Pillow Top & A Book Review

Hi friends!  I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  I had an absolutely wonderful week & weekend with family & friends.  

I took some time to gather a book, a sewing machine and some colorful fabric.  Pillow Pop by Heather Bostic is a nice collection of pillow patterns from various contributors.  Let me just say that I am a novice sewer hoping to improve my skills so I  think this book is a great start.   

Pillow Pop & Pillow Top

The book is full of nice photos and easy to follow instructions.  There is a handy section with construction techniques and there are several templates too!

I chose fabric from the Block Party Squares by Sandy Gervais for Moda.  I fell in love with this colorful bundle and have had it in my stash for some time.  



I've had the book Pillow Pop for a little while now too so it was time to put the two together and work some magic.  I cut out a small heart to add to the pillow top, an appliqué of sorts.  


 
The final product is a 14x14 pillow cover.  I'm happy with my rendition of the Life Aquatic pattern in Heather's book.  If you want some inspiration check out Heather's blog, you'll find an explosion of colorful pillows, patterns and tutorials.

Keep Creating, 
Karen
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Colorful Jasper Gemstones

Fall is upon us once again ladies and gents!  The fall colors are lighting up the landscape in vibrant shades of yellow, red and brown. We've harvested all our crops and now we are ready to celebrate the season!  It's a great time to be creative and make costumes, delicious treats and of course JEWELRY. 

I encourage you to draw inspiration from the beautiful colors you see in nature.  For me these warm colors remind me of the unique gemstone Jasper.  You can find Jasper stones in a variety of colors including black, red, yellow, blue, cream, brown & green.  Rock collectors say that Jasper's unique colors make it irresistible.  There are many different kinds of jasper; picture jasper, ocean jasper, bumblebee jasper, mookaite jasper, dalmatian jasper to name a few.  Jasper is found in many parts of the world.  

Some folks list Jasper as one of the birthstones for March.  Like many stones, jasper is considered to have healing properties and believers say it can protect you from negative energies and stabilize your aura. 

It's the pretty colors of this gemstone that captivate me.  I think one of the stone’s appealing characteristics is the mottled coloring.  Sometimes it looks like spots and bands that show off different colors and shapes in the rock.  It may trick you to believe that these are imperfections in the stone, however these patterns adds to Jasper's unique qualities.


Stone work by Antonio Martinez-107 carats

Take a look at the Bruneau Jasper bead pictured above, Bruneau Jasper comes from Bruneau Canyon in Idaho.  Much of this stone comes in brown with a milky cream color running through the stone.  I’d say, the irregularity of this stone's color will make for a unique jewelry piece, what do you think?. 

I thought I'd share some beautiful jewelry designs that include jasper beads.  Here are some wonderful Pins featuring handmade jewelry items created by talented artisans on Etsy! 









Step out of the box and be creative in your own COLORFUL way! Enjoy the process of crafting and designing using your favorite JASPER stones. Remember, it’s not only about the end product but also about the course of getting creatively busy with your mind, body and soul.  

Don’t forget to share your finished work with us here at Fairies Market!

Keep Creating,
Karen

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