Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Introducing My Bead Soup Blog Party Bead Hoarders Edition Partner!

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I have a new partner due to unforseen circumstances.  I hope one day to be paired with Brenda
Sigafoos again!  My Brand Spanking New Partner is Arlene Dean!  I am sure that we will have
fun with the swap!

                           I would like to introduce my partner, Brenda Sigafoos.  I have no
                    idea what she will be sending because I don't know her and we have
                yet to exchange any clues about ourselves.  So from one bead hoarder
           to another I can't wait to see what Brenda sends me!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Introduction Of My Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Partner

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I would like to introduce you to my Bead Peep Swap N Hop partner,  Her name is Naomi Knafla.
She makes jewelry as a hobby, as well as for gifts and her style is pretty eclectic. She likes a mix of elegant, Boho, and whimsical and her favorite colors are jewel tones.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bead Hopping and Swapping All Over The Place!

                        It's that time of year again for all of us bead aficionados!
              Swapping and hopping all over the place.  Exchanges of beads with
            partners you might know in real life, or are in the same face book bead
            group with, or maybe you might never have heard of.  That's what makes it
            so exciting.
                       Getting matched up with a bead swapping partner is nothing like
            getting matched up with the hospital you hoped you would for your intern-
            ship/medical residency.  For one thing, our patients are not alive.  That is
            because they come to life with a little imagination AND artistic flair!
                         I for one can't wait for the challenges to start!  BRING IT ON!
                                                           Robin  ♡      

ps, from 1/30/17
              A little bit about me. I know I just posted about swapping and hopping
        and added some photos of my work, but I really didn't tell you about my style.
        I have been doing a lot of work with copper, brass, German silver and aluminum.
        I found that I adore painting metals with fire!  The colors that I get are different
        each time.  I know what you're thinking...How can a person that likes everything
        to be match, matchy perfect justify that.  Well, it's just the artiste in me.  LOL
              I also have been experimenting with leather, cutting, riveting and etching
        the metals,  I recently have become enamored with some new Czech etched a/b
        beads and new colors of crystal.  Gemstones seem to just pop when I use them with
        those beads and with the metals.
             I wonder if it's legal to be having so much fun doing something you love!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The 2016 Swap N Hop!

                          The time has come again for the annual Bead Peeps SWAP N HOP!

I asked to be paired with someone overseas for this swap and was so very delighted to be matched up with Rozantia Petkova from Sofia,Bulgaria!  Such a talented designer and I MUST add wire wrapper!

When my my beady goodness arrived I could hardly contain my elation!  Inside the package was a really cool metal box that contained the drool worthy swap!  She not only sent me some scrumptious lampwork beads, gemstones, a cool copper clasp, and an artisan ceramic pendant, BUT, she included something that I coveted!  One of her wire wrapped pieces of sea glass!  How lucky was and am I?! By the way, I used every single bead!  Thank you  Rozantia!  Please make sure you visit Rozantia's blog too...Here is the link...Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Here is what I sent to Rozantia...

Take a gander at the deliciousness that I received from Rozantia...

To this I added beads and copper findings from my bead stash to create all the pieces I would like to share with you in this chapter of my blog.

The first piece I designed was the Wire Wrapped Sea Glass Goddess Necklace.

Using the wire wrapped sea glass pendant I added pale green sea glass beads, matte green jasper that   matches the pendant, crystal, crystal encrusted copper color pewter, and copper daisy shaped pewter spacer beads.  

  For the rest of the pieces I tried a new technique, Fire Painting Copper!  Yes, the person that almost lost her fingers due to mishandling a soldering iron used a TORCH to paint copper!  Unbelievable as it seems I didn't burn any fingers OR hair.  I am HOOKED!!!

When the flame hits the metal the colors are very intense.  Just as a watercolorist dips a brush into water and paint the colors are never exact so each piece of copper will never be exactly the same!

Next I decided to make some earrings that can be worn with this necklace.  

 The pair on the left was made using fire painted copper chain and copper wire along with the delicate Czech glass drops beads.  The paler green sea glass pair of earrings was also made with fire painted copper that  I wire wrapped to showcase the winged shaped pieces and added a fire polished bead to the top of each earring.  Finally, I made the third pair of earrings with the lampwork beads and fire painted copper daisy spacers.   All three pairs of earrings are on copper plated lever back ear wires.

My ode to the 60's and 70's is The Flower Power Necklace!

To the beautiful ceramic focal piece and gemstones I added a randomly wired and hammered copper piece that I made and wrapped with the fire painted wire and firepolished Czech beads, fire painted   flowers, matte jade beads, and more of the Czech firepolished beads.  Completing the look are copper daisy spacer beads, antiqued copper plated tubes and lobster claw clasp and copper plated jump rings.

Now for the matching earrings! 

In these two pairs of earrings you can actually see how the fire painted copper looks.  To the pair of gemstone beads I added fire painted copper chain and fire painted copper end caps.  For the Czech glass owl earrings I again added the fire painted chain and copper filigree stampings that I again fire painted.  I also added the fire painted wire and copper plated lever back ear wires.
 For the pair on the left I added to the gemstones fire painted copper drops and fire painted wires and findings in the middle.  The pair of earring on the right I made using the matte jade beads and gemstones and fire painted copper flowers.  Both pairs have copper plated lever back ear wires.

  This pair of Czech flower beads and matte jade beads and copper daisy spacers earrings hang off hammered and fire painted copper washers.

  Finally, these earrings, made of gemstone and matte jade beads have a fire painted bead cap and copper plated lever back ear wires.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my creations and blog.  A very special thank you to our Hostess Linda Anderson for coordinating all of the Bead Peeps!
Here is a link to everyone that participated in this year's Swap N Hop!          

Linda Anderson - Hostess - http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com/...
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/ Krafty Max http://kraftymax.net


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Bead Peeps 2nd annual Swap 'n Hop!

     I would like to take a few minutes away from my unpacking of tons of beads in my new
home to introduce you to my new partner in crime for this challenge, Rozantia Petkova!
I had signed up for an international partner and to my surprise was rewarded with the
very creative Rozantia, who is from Sofia, Bulgaria. Rozantia has been going out of the
box shall we say and trying new techniques and mastering them all!

     I am so very happy that she was able to check out my work and even introducing them to
her followers in her blog while I was busy trying to find a new place to live because I was so
crazed looking that I didn't have time to discuss our mutual love of choosing beads, design
and creating the finished pieces. I also couldn't believe my eyes when I read how she goes
about creating her wire wrapped pieces since I often make quick sketches when designing,
even though a lot of them are in my head.

I too, have taken the liberty of posting some of my favorite pieces of hers!

Rozantia made the above for Baba Marta Day-a Bulgarian holiday-and it is so colorful and cheerful!

     I love these too!  The wire work is so imaginative!

     Here is a link to her blog site!  http://bairozan.blogspot.bg/2016/02/new-challenges.html
I hope you will take a look!



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Great Beadalon Goodie Giveaway

I will be posting more often once I move but I just had to
tell you all about this Giveaway from http://www.allfreejewelrymaking.com/sweeps/The-Beadalon-Artistic-Wire-Prize-Package-2016-CHA-Sponsor#contestTop

Tools, wires and a whole lot of jewelry making goodness!
Just follow the link and enter to win!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"Welcome to Faery"-19th Blogger/nonblogger challenge Bead Peeps!

                                    The Faery King and Queen....

I couldn't choose just from one of the Faery inspirational collage photos so I
based my necklace on all of them.  '

I also decided to do what I do best...think about the challenge and procrastinate
for the day.  Then, as usual, I started the necklace at 9pm tonight.  LOL

I did have an idea and actually pulled out the ceramic pendant-artist unknown
earlier and just knew it was to be the focal piece!

I gathered everything in a little pile on my bead board a Kristal Wick Sassy Silky,
a new/old brass flower, some farfale beads, 2 beautiful blue beads-I just love the
color and gloss, a pewter fairy,  an iridescent butterfly. brass wire, vintage chain,
a pewter clasp, and of course the Faery King himself!

After staring at the components for a long-like all day-time it came to me!  As you
can see, the Faery King has decided to emerge from his forest surrounded by leaves
and his little Faery Queen!  A butterfly has fluttered by and dragonflies flutter
around the Sassy Silky tube protecting them!

Now I present to you The Faery King and Faery Queen in all their glory!!!

Thank you for stopping by!