Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blu Mudd Challenge #6

Good Day everyone!  I hope all of you are beading away happily!  I have recently been beading for Blu Mudd Challenge #6.  It was a black and white challenge this go round.  We have an wonderful array of eye candy to view at the link so please by all means click the link.  Please take the time to view each and every submission individually, choose "like"as many times as you like to vote for your favorites!  You won't be disappointed !!!

Here are some photos of my personal submission:


For my first piece I chose a pattern "Lady Sybil" by Sandra Scholte.  I ended up deviating from the pattern and going my own way with it.  But it was her pattern that got me started and inspired the look of the entire piece.  You can purchase her patterns on Etsy here Trinkets Beadwork she has amazing patterns from which to choose!!  For my 2nd piece I chose to learn a new stitch, Chenielle Stitch.  It works up lovely, quick and easy.  I am going to use this new stitch over & over!!

I hope you enjoy viewing everyone's challenge pieces they all worked hard and they are all very talented women.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Blu Mudd Design Challenge

I had the pleasure of being a participant in the Blu Mudd Design Challenge 5.  Moriah Betterly a very talented clay artist furnished each artist with a leaf cuff, acorn and 3 matching tubular beads.  There were different color pallets, randomly mailed to the artists so the color choices were by surprise!  I love surprises!  My pieces were green, red with the tiniest hint of blue....well here let me show you.  (The photo will enlarge if you click on it :)


Leaf & Acorn Challenge 5  Vote for me here :)
I purchased complimentary beads from my local bead shop "The Bead Strand" in Ocala, FL.  For my design I chose Miyuki 8/0 seed beads in 4 colors. 3 in different hues in Picasso seed beads, and a deep reddish hue matte seed bead. The colors in the seed beads seemed to be from the same glaze Moriah used on the leaf.  I thought the beads complimented the leaf so well I had to use them.  I chose to create my necklace using a spiral herringbone stitch. 

Please click on the link above under the photo, "Leaf & Acorn Challenge 5" and vote for me by pressing "Like", and please leave a comment that you visited!  You can view all the entries in the challenge by pushing previous/next button.  Feel free to vote for all your favorite pieces, vote as often as you wish pushing "like" on each jewelry photo.  

There are so many talented artists this round, you won't believe the creativity.  All the artists have made some absolutely beautiful eye candy, so please support all of us by visiting and voting!  Thank you!!

Well I had a little acorn left over, and a vintage copper leaf choker necklace that was begging to become a bracelet soooo...here is what I made with my little acorn:


This piece isn't part of the challenge, click on the photo to see it larger.  The touch of patina is natural on the earrings and bracelet.

A BIG Thank You to Moriah Betterly of Blu Mudd for sponsering this challenge.  Her challenges are always fun, her clay work is impeccable, check out her shop for more styles and clay art.

Blu Mudd Challenge 5 Photos!!! Click Me!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bead Chat Magazine & Znetshows Sea Glass 5x5 Test Group

I am one of 5 randomly chosen artists on Artisan Whimsy to be chosen for the 5x5 July Test group.  Currently published in their online magazine "Bead Chat Magazine". We worked with fabulous Beach Glass Beads presented to us by Znetshows.  Znetshows has an extensive wholesale selection of gemstones and beads and their website  is updated daily! Be sure to check back here for updates as I will post photos when I receive my "Beach Glass".  Thank you to Znetshows and Artisan Whimsy for this opportunity!

i was inspired by childhood memories of long walks on the beach, looking for the perfect shell or bit of glass as a "treasure" to take home.  Below are photos of the jewelry i made using the "Beach Glass".

Happy Beading!



Go Gators!

Blu Mudd Design Team

I am so happy to have been chosen to participate in the Blu Mudd Design Team for a 2nd time!  If you are not familiar with Blu Mudd please take a gander at the Etsy Shop and you will see a lovely selection of unique jewelry components, pendants, buttons, cabochons etc... skillfully created by Moriah Betterly.  
Below is a sampling of components that Moriah so graciously sent out to each of the participants.  The challenge is to create a jewelry design utilizing the pendant you receive.  The pendants are randomly chosen, and until you open the package you don't know what you are getting!  Fun! Fun! Fun! We submit one photo of our finished piece to Moriah.



 Moriah has posted the photos on the Blue Mudd facebook page and everyone (that means all of you! ) can now vote on your favorite piece.  But I do encourage you to take a visit to view the pieces and vote on your personal favorites.  One comment = one vote and you may comment on several pieces, but each piece only once!   That said, the voting has begun and there are only two days left to vote!

Here is a photo of my finished piece, but please look at each artist submission and vote on YOUR favorite, I did!





Below is a photo of my piece for the first Blu Mudd Design Team

This is my original design created specifically to coordinate with the pendant given to me from Blu Mudd.  I used a spiral herringbone stitch, to create the necklace. 



Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

It was my pleasure to be partnered with Jean A. Wells please be sure to check out her blog for some amazing pieces!
Jean sent me some lovely ingredients for my soup. Here is her winning recipe. 1 handmade pendant created by the very talented Kylie Parry, 25 Brown Sugar beads, 1Fancy Floral Clasp, 1 Green Jasper Nugget, 6 10 mm wood roundelles, 2 Green Picasso Czech Bicone Beads, 5 Dark Forest Porcelain Beads by Ingrid, 8 8mm Fire Polish Topaz Beads and 8 8mm Topaz Crackle Beads.




Here is what I created using her recipe. I hope you enjoy it.
First for the bracelet here I drilled a second hole in the pendant made by Kylie Parry, I made a copper spiral which I then covered with some lovely fiber that is meant to be doll hair. I did a right angle weave with an assortment of the beads from my soup along with some Czech fire polish from my own collection. I made a little pair of earrings to match shown further below.




The bracelet below was created with beads from the soup with the addition of found metal washers from the local recycle business, I also made the S hooks, the closure is a snap clasp from my stash.




The next bracelet was created using a lamp work bead that was given to me as a gift from a friend, sugar beads from the soup, turquoise Heidi beads and red size 11 seed beads. I used a recycled clasp doe this piece.





Finally two pair of earrings using Beads from the soup in addition to fiber, components, & Czech fire polish from my stash.





I hope you enjoyed my blog and are having lots of fun hopping around the participating artist's blogs! I am! Please leave a comment that you were here.

A BIG Thank You to Lori Anderson for organizing this fantastic annual event. Be sure to continue your journey by visiting all the Participants. I am in awe of all the artists and the wonderful talent on display.
This is what I sent to Jean, I made the ceramic pendants, and face pendant that you see at the bottom right of the photo. WOW did she ever work some magic with this soup! I love all the pieces she created!



-Happy Beading! Judy

Saturday, May 5, 2012

One Crayon Color Challenge Blog Hop!

I am really happy to be a part of this challenge hosted by Sally Russick.
Please visit her blog at The Studio Sublime
Normally my work tends to be in contrasting color schemes rather than monochromatic shcemes. I enjoyed the challenge of creating a piece in varying shades of ORANGE!! I,love Orange it shouts out loud! What's your favorite crayon color? Be sure to look for your favorite color on Sally's blog where you will find a lot of very talented artists for your blog hopping pleasure!
I call this "out of the swamp" any members of the "Gator Nation" out there?
Since I used rather generic findings for the clasp, I dressed it up with a little Gator. The faceted rondelles were purchased from Lydia at Beedtime Bead Shop here in Ocala. The Preciosa crystals were acquired at Birdsong Beads in Andrews, NC on one of out many trips up to Murphy.
There was no pattern for this bracelet, I just started beading in a right angle weave sort of way with some additions...



Please enjoy the blog hop today! All the artist links can be found at The Studio Sublime
-Happy Beading! Judy

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ex Post Facto Jewelry: Art Bead Love Tour!

Ex Post Facto Jewelry: Art Bead Love Tour!: It is time for the next stop on the Art Bead Love Tour!!! The winner could be you -- read the details below, copied from Love My Art Jewelr...