Thursday, 29 March 2018

Honey Do List, March Challenge


Sarajo Wentling hosts a blog hop challenge on her site every month. The inspiration is a photo taken by her husband Eric. The challenge is meant to inspire Sarajo to design outside of her comfort zone and use up some of her stash. Happily she shares and invites us to join along

This month’s inspiration is this photo of a rusted, crusty window with lots of heavy streaks of rusted iron and copper minerals, blackened areas and even a bit of what looks like very white snow around the edges of the glass panes

Photo courtesy of Eric Wentling

The brown colours on the lower window panes and the light yellows on the top ones seemed like a perfect fit to me.


Going through my stash I found the perfect stoneware pendant with a pretty daisy on it, created by Leslie Watt. The background is glazed in brown with the daisy in white and the perfect yellow centre. Digging further I found the perfect brecciated jasper rounds, a great complementary colour for the pendant background. Since the jasper rounds were so large I only used a few and needed something to balance them. Some glass rondelles filled the bill. I used a pale ivory waxed linen to string everything. To keep the necklace from being too heavy I added length with an antiqued brass chain and lobster clasp

Daisy Burst Necklace


I was in the mood to continue this colour exploration and made another necklace. This time I used a large mandala inspired polymer clay bead from Staci Louise Smith. There is a different pattern pressed into the front and back along with different colours on each side. For fun I added an antiqued brass key to swing from the bottom and used a very large antiqued bronze open loop as the bail. To bring out both sets of colours in the focal I decided to use gemstones again, this time surreal jasper ovals with streaks of different colours and hand carved yellow jade. Everything is strung on waxed linen again, with a chunkier antiqued bronze chain to add length


Iron Age Necklace

And here’s the reverse side of the pendant


I had a great time making these necklaces and hope you like them too.

You can find both in my online shop. Please check out all the other creations here


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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Art Elements March Theme - Nests


The Art Elements team have changed their monthly challenge format, going with themes now instead of component of the month. Using a theme allows participants to select their favourite art medium and create using it. The only rule is to use the theme in the creation.

For March Cathy Mendola selected nests as the theme 





I followed my favourite medium and created jewellery for the challenge. Inspired by a pretty little charm of a bird in flight I created this pendant


Nesting Pendant

Created by Melissa Trudinger, the image of the bird is sealed in resin and has the added touch of a polymer clay textured back with the word Soar impressed into it

Reverse side of pendant

The birds nest holds 6 tiny Swarovski pearls in the duskiest of greens that matches the background of the bird photo. I used 22 gage brass wire that I antiqued with gun blue before making the nest. The same wire was also put to use to make the bail. I hung the pendant from a silk and lace neck cord

I had such fun with the pendant nest that I decided to make matching earrings

Nesting Earrings

The tiny earring nests are made with the same wire and Swarovski pearls as the pendant. They were a little more difficult to make because of the ½” size but still satisfying



I had a great time making these and hope you like them too. You can find both in my online shop.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Pretty Palettes, March Challenge



It’s been awhile since I joined the Pretty Palettes challenge. I’m thrilled to be able to join this month. The March challenge is based on this pretty artwork. You can read more about it here


 A Moment to Dream

Molly also provided this colour palette and selection of beads for it, however we are not limited to using these beads.







Following my usual mode I searched my bead stash for both unusual focals and suitable colours. First came this bright and sunny bracelet. I pulled from the brightest of yellow in the photo. Though it doesn’t match the colour palette I’m happy with it



Joyful Bracelet


This bracelet exudes joy with its bright springtime colours.  The colourful ceramic bullseye bead, made by Jennifer Jangles, is slightly different on each side. I used cheerful pressed glass hearts, stars and round beads to complement the ceramic bead. Everything is strung on waxed linen and finished with an antiqued brass toggle clasp

I decided to play with the other colours in the artwork and palette, focusing on the blues, light greens and the darker colours on the bottom row



Moments Pendant


The star of the pendant is the pretty polymer clay dogwood flower by Heather Powers. I used freshwater pearls in 3 sizes that were dyed 2 colours, moonlight silver and olive, as stackers on top of the flower. It felt like just a bit more colour was needed. I found cotton floss in complementary colours and made the little tassel which I finished with an antiqued brass cap. For the wires, chain and sweet heart toggle clasp I used antiqued bronze which helped to bring out the darker colours in the flower bead. I’m very happy with how this pendant looks and came together

You can find both in my online shop. Please check out all the other creations on reveal day here

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

We’re All Ears March Challenge – Celebrate Contrast


 I am late to the party but still happy to participate in the Earrings Everyday blog hop this month. This month’s challenge is built the achromatic look of black and white


Black and White


The inspiration post had a link to a Buzzfeed article on mixing, matching and playing with clashing prints. I have to admit I did struggle with some of their ideas. They are definitely not for everyone

I had planned several styles of earrings for the challenge and ran short on time. I did succeed in making 2 pairs with the second being a variation on the first

Chroma Earrings

This style of polymer clay plumeria flowers has always been a favourite. I had them in several colours and sizes but am running short now. I used the last 2 pair of black and white ones for this challenge

Chroma Earrings

The dangling little beads are snow quartz that I tied onto fireline. They almost seem to float over the shoulders. The ear wires are gunmetal, keeping with the black and white theme

In the Night Earrings


I was so pleased with the first version of these earrings that I decided to make a contrasting version with lots of black and very little white. Again I started with the polymer clay plumeria flowers

In the Night Earrings

For this pair I used faceted hematite beads for the dangles. It felt like these earrings could have the same emphasis with fewer dangle beads than in the whiter pair. Just to give a little change I decided to add a gunmetal loop to the top. It turns these earrings into great shoulder dusters

Please come and check out what everyone else created at the Earrings Everyday site.

Both pair of earrings are available in my online shop

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