Monday, April 13, 2015

Torch Enameling 101

During Bead Fest Santa Fe I was able to take a class with Sara Lukkonen owner of C-Koop Beads from Duluth, Minnesota.  Sara shared her expertise with us teaching basic enameling techniques. 


 I especially liked that she emphasized safety precautions repeatedly throughout the class.  SAFETY FIRST!!!  Because everyone knows that the more you do something the more "comfortable" we become.  Comfort is fine but being safe is the most important -- we are working with FIRE and glass powder!

With 30 years of enameling/bead making experience Sara creates quality components and shares her expertise nation-wide. Here is another photo of Sara teaching torch enameling techniques in Santa Fe, NM.



Her easy to follow instructions inspired me to try my hand at torch enameling so I set up a new station in my studio.  We'll see what transpires. 


Components I made in class

If there's something in particular you are interested in learning about I encourage you to take a class.  The environment allows the creative process to begin without worrying about EVERYTHING because so much is done for you.  Step-by-step instructions, instant feedback, Q & A and praise!  Get out there and do it!


Karen




Thursday, April 9, 2015

Game of Thrones Jewelry Reveal

Game of Thrones fans are anxiously waiting for Season 5 to begin.  Will you be watching? Many of my beading buddies and I anxious to find out where Tyrion is and whether or not the dragons turn on Dany?  Who will live and who will die?  

The costume designers on go all out and create a fantasy world that captivates (us) their audience. There is something for everyone ... that's what makes it exciting and so fun to watch.


Margaery Tyrell's wedding dress
As a tribute to Game of Thrones Heather Powers owner of HumbleBeads invited jewelry makers to join her in the Game of Thrones blog hop!  Heather recommended that we choose a House or character as our inspiration.  

I chose Castle Black for obvious reasons...Jon Snow.  



Jon Snow is Lord Commander of the the Night's Watch who's duty is to guard The Wall; protecting the Seven Kingdoms in the far north. The Night's Watch live in Castle Black which is located in a remote region at the base of a glacier.  You won't see an actual castle here it's more of a fort.  


Headquarters of Night's Watch
This dark and chilling place is home to a band of misfit soldiers who take their vow to serve and protect seriously.  They face their enemies in the harshest of elements.  

To represent this cold dark place I chose some pretty onyx round and faceted beads.  I strung them with silver crystals and included a couple of Venetian beads that give the look of cracked ice.  



The show is sometimes very dark and I love black so I automatically was drawn to my stash of black beads.  The silver and gun metal findings represent the armor that you see throughout the show.  



Please stop by the other blogs to see the wonderful creations that they're showing in the Game of Thrones Jewelry Challenge.  Do leave a post telling me who your favorite GOT character is....



Karen






Wednesday, March 18, 2015

BeadFest Santa Fe 2015

Have you heard... Santa Fe is the host to one of three BeadFest conventions this year.  There will be workshops and shopping for bead enthusiasts and jewelry makers alike.  I'm very excited because I am registered for a couple of classes.

I've purchased many components from Sara Lukkonen from C-Koop Beads but I'm thrilled to be taking a class with her on enameling!!!!  I will definitely be stopping by her booth right after class to see what beads, buttons and components she's brought to the Land of Enchantment.


Cooky Schock is in NM teaching Braided, Beaded and Wired and I will be participating in that class as well.  Cooky has worked published in many trade magazines and shows her work throughout California.  There are many other talented teachers and artists showing their work and teaching workshops at BeadFest. 

                                     http://www.eiseverywhere.com/image.php?acc=1736=132415 Braided, Beaded & Wired: Bangles & Cuffs Workshops by Cooky Schock

Gail Stouffer is an artist who transforms glass, metal and clay to create some amazing pieces.  I believe that during BeadFest Santa Fe she's teaching on metal clay!


As a simple stringer I'm excited to learn new skills and meet folks from around the country.  Last time I attended BeadFest I had an absolutely fantastic time.  There will be vendors offering kits, components, spools of chain and dazzling baubles for every shopper in the City Different. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Love Is In The Air

It’s been some time since I’ve posted to the blog.  Sometimes when you’ve been away for awhile things are awkward.  Well let’s not focus on what hasn’t happened and look forward to what might happen.  Let’s spread the LOVE - tis the season for fun, togetherness and romance.



valentines day hearts that fly red heart balloons textured illustrated hard iPhone 6 case



LOVE those around you.
Love yourself.
Love the world.