Friday, June 29, 2012

Big Hole Blog Hop

When I saw Kristi Bowman’s components I was in love. I did not realize that I had been following her on flickr for over a year, because her things weren’t in copper when I started following her. I have not worked with copper before because it is not a color I wear, but the patina of Kristi’s pieces is so rich, I was totally sucked in! I really wanted to participate, and entered, crossing my fingers. I was so excited my name was chosen! I waited to see which component I would get in the mail. While I waited, I browsed Kristi's etsy site. Have you taken a look? It’s got some great components at wonderful prices! 

Finally mine arrived! I got this one! 

At first I thought it was a bit plain, but then I thought wow, it’s very ocean-like, very shell-like, and I was grateful that it spoke to me. It was just as rich and enticing in person as it was in the photograph. I knew right away that I was going to use it as a clasp. I have been having a hard time finding really interesting clasps lately, so this was a no-brainer for me. The component just HAD to be a clasp!
I immediately began grabbing beads from my stash. My first instinct was to grab the purples, very sure that was the direction that I was going to go. I dug out quite a few of them. They were nice and rich! Still, that beach-y, ocean-y feel kept grabbing me. While I was digging, I found some unknown gem stone squares I had leftover from a necklace I made for my mom. I only had six left, but the dark turquoise had a pinkish vein in it that picked up the copper and made it sing! I started pulling a lot more aqua beads. Finally I found it. It was THE BEAD! I found an aqua conch shell from Unicorn Beads that I had for a couple of years. It was a bead I bought because it was beautiful, but I had just never been able to use it in anything. It was a perfect color match to the turquoise gem stones. It was then that asked DD#2 for a consult. She’s not a jewelry maker; she’s a fine artist, doing mostly drawing and painting. She tends to roll her eyes in confusion when it comes to beads, but she does like color. Because I was an art teacher, she often consults me on her art work. I think she felt sorry for me and decided that since DD#1 (also a jewelry maker) wasn’t around to consult with, she would listen to me. She took a look and actually offered an opinion. She loved the ocean-y look to the big hole component. She is a real lover of the ocean, so I knew she would pick up on that. She loved the aqua, and purple is her favorite color, so I knew she would be fair. We discussed the pluses and minuses of each color and in the end the fact that the component spoke to both of us in the same way (we think a lot alike) we agreed I had to use the dark turquoise conch shell. 
The actually construction was very difficult, and very time consuming. I didn’t have anything copper. I had to make all of my own jump rings and more importantly, the toggle for the clasp. I’m pretty happy with the way things came out. I gave myself a deadline of the Wednesday before the project was due to post so that I would have plenty of time to photograph and write the post. I didn’t want to be that one person who was late for my first blog hop!
 Thank you Kristi Bowman for trusting me with a lovely piece of your work and allowing me to participate in your Big Hole Blog Hop! Please enjoy the rest of the Hop and check out what the rest of the participants have made with their components!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Alice In Wonderland Blog Hop

Don't miss the Alice in Wonderland Blog Hop! Today is the reveal and it's a great trip down the rabbit hole! Below are the participants. 

Ginger Bishop

Staci Louise Originals

Genea Beads

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Heidi Post

Donna Bradley

Linda Hanes
Birgitta Lejonklou

Libellula Jewelry and Cicada Silver

Linda Florian

Dyanne Cantrell

Nicole Valentine Rimmel

Jo in Wonderland

Fresh Baked Designs