Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 I got a little carried with both taking pictures and painting metal today!  I need to seal these but I made them with my new Big Kick that I got from Michael's last week.  I was having some issue with the blank sheets of copper and silver for embossing, it seemed to me like it was entirely to thick.  So I went and bought some of the Vintaj blanks and found that they were the same thickness.  So I worked just a little harder and got a Bunch of blanks embossed.  And there they sat.  Well today was my day off and I sanded and polished and painted quite a few of them.  Not sure you can tell the colors very well but they are really great in person.  It was messy and a lot of fun.  Now that they are all on here and I gave you a bit of info, I am going to go back to beading!!!  Have a wonderful week!

 Wood from a bracelet I took apart!  love the way it turned out!

 Plain blanks on the right and on the left and below are some embossed and etched pieces.

Kind of hard to see the patterns but I used the embossing folders of the butterfly and the birds from Vintaj and the etching folder of the leaves.

You can see the pattern really well here.

 These are the paints and the sanding stick I used.  The stick is actually a large nail file/emery board that has several surfaces.  It works great and we got it from our local dollar store!

 Hopefully you can see these colors.  They came out great!

I finally got some pictures up for here just now!!! LOL.  I still don't know how to do this very well! But they are here!  This first picture is the Week 7 of the Year of Jewelry Challenge... Off the Cuff.  This bracelet is made of a chain bracelet I got a while back, kind of chain maille,[ I am still trying to learn how to do that], and a pewter colored filigree piece.  I attached it to the chain with big o rings and use the o rings to put my charms on.  The charms are dangles that I made with turquoise dyed magnasite and crystals and a key , to turn the lock of your imagination!

 I usually know what something is going to look like when I start putting it together.  Not this piece,  It was quite litterally ...Off The Cuff.

So this piece is for the Year of Jewelry, Week 8, Multiples. Large ceramic focals lend drama and the crystals  and black round beads and bead caps tie it all together.  It is no a matchy matchy set but a coordinating set instead.  Multiple pieces that can be worn together or separate.

 And this piece is the Week 9 Year of Jewelry entry, week 9 is Simplicity.  This works for that!  Large oval pearly acrylic beads and cherry quartz[glass] with just a touch of silver toned spacers.

This next piece  is for the Non-Blogger,Blogger challenge on Bead Soup Cafe.  The picture is of an Ethiopian Market and the People that are there.  We are to use the picture to inspire us to make a piece of jewelry that speaks to us through this picture.  I thought the picture show warmth and tradition ans well as difference and aloofness.  It seemed to be a study in textures and contrasts.  I love the picture.  This is the piece that I created for it.

I really am having fun with all the challenges and the BSBP7 that I am in.  And I am in a person to person bead swap for sea urchin colors and I can't wait for that either!! 

I hope everybody has a Blessed week.

Always remember you are always in my heart and in my prayers, Love you all and GOD BLESS!!!