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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Color Palette Challenge

Color Palette Inspiration
for the Beads of Clay
Professional Artisan Team Members

Every Month on the BOC Public blog
Brandi Husey of BrandiGirlBlog is going to write up a post focusing on a couple of color palettes to inspire our bead and design creativity for the month ahead.
I hope to participate each month.
I look forward to trying glaze colors that I have not used before
and re using colors that I love.
I would love for you to follow along on my adventure.

July 2012 Brandi Girl Color Palette Inspiration

I really love this Pier Palette. I was especially drawn to the Mustard Color.
And knowing that Fall is right around the corner
this is what I came up with.

I have always loved Trees. 
My mother used to take me on long walks in the woods
 and she would teach me the names of the trees and how to identify them.
I was especially drawn to the mighty Oak.
I thought the acorns were just plain cute. :-)
So fast forward about 40 years.........
I happened across a plaster mold from the 1950s.
It had Oak leaf shapes and acorns and pine cones.
I have never figured out why the pine cones were a part of this mold.
Maybe just to confuse people??  It worked.  hehe
ANYway......  I have used it quite a few times in the fall. 
But I have never glazed them this way. 
I left the tops (the cupule) of the Acorns without any glaze to show off 
the Porcelain's natural beauty, and just glazed the bottoms (the nut).

Tell me what you think?
Did I meet the challenge?
Or show I have made a sailboat bead??

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Its that time again!
Another Suburban Girl Design Team Reveal!
 I started with 2 charms from Diana Ptaszynski and
a Beautiful handmade lampwork bead from Jan Onipenco
And found a few of my tiny roundelles to add to the mix.

So now what? I have some cute pieces. What the heck do I do now? 
As you all know, I am a Ceramic BEAD Artist. I am SO NOT a jewelry Designer!
I had not a clue, what to do with these. My first thought was to get a huge jump ring, put all of these on it, and hang it from a silk ribbon. What about a clasp, you ask? Tie a knot! I don't know!
Now... remembering the nightmares I had before the last SGDC ,
I made up my mind that I was gonna ask for help right away and avoid these horrible dreams altogether.
So I contacted my Designer Friend, Jessica Stoops
I showed her the above picture and just like magic, she had an idea. 

*side note* I really wish I had the same brain cells as all of you designers. 
Cause, if  I did, I could be creating all the perfect components that you all want. :-D
The first thing she tried to explain to me was how to make 
one of these looparoundthingymaabobbers. 
I remembered that I had taken a class with Susan Schwartzenberger
at the StonyCreek Bead Store.   Susan did her VERY best to teach me how to work with wire. 
And I really enjoyed her class. But, I am just not cut out for Jewelry Designing Greatness.
I kept trying and ended up with this. 

So? What do you think? Should I tare it apart and start over? 
Or is it a keeper?

Be sure to check out all of the 
Suburban Girl Studio Design Team members blogs to see what they created!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Art Bead Earring Swap

I was hooked up with Cilla Watkins and Sally Russick to swap earrings. 
Little did I know how awesomely talented these ladies are!!!!!
Check out what they made!

Created by Cilla Watkins

Created by Sally Russick

If only I had HALF their talent!
Thank you Ladies!!!!

Please visit all of the swap participants blogs
 to see everyone's creations

Diana Ptaszynski
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Jenny Davies Reazor
Melinda Orr
Cilla Watkins
Stephanie Haussler
Sally Russick
Susan Kennedy
Cheryl Brown
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