Friday, March 7, 2008

Pay it Forward

Thanks to KiwiEllen, I have joined in the Pay It Forward project.

The first three people who comment on my blog will receive something handmade from me, if they in turn will do the same thing... See the rules below:

Pay It forward rules: I will send a handmade gift (something beaded) to the first 3 people who leave a Comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange (and email me their mailing address), and who make the same pledge on their own blogs. I don't know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward meaning you will do the same for three people who comment on your blog. Please click the comment box right below this paragraph and type your comments . Don't forget to send me your snail mail privately.


Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Beaded bracelet

Marcia Kmack of Cave Creek Glassworks gave me the lampwork focal bead as a challenge and told me to "Make something cool".
After a few attempts, I decided to go with the flow of the design.
This creation used large triangular seed beads and incorporates brick, square and ladder stitch.

I wanted a clasp that would not take away from the design. The clasp works on the same principle as a belt buckle. Velcro is hidden inside the peyote/brick stitch clasp for closure.

Thanks Marcia!!

O-Ring Mania

The things you can do with O-rings! The idea stemmed from an article in the bead magazine. I used O-rings as well as nylon washers. The O-ring with turquoise colored beads has ruffles.

On the bracelet, I used a smaller sized O-ring which is a perfect size for the bracelet. In the center of the O-ring, I placed an iridescent button which is sewn onto a small round piece of suede. The bracelet is done in modified 2-drop peyote.

Stained glass

Don recently completed the 5 panels of stained glass windows for the Great Room. The abstract depicts the colors of the desert from sunrise to sunset. There are over 1,000 little squares of cut glass total.

Chunky Book Pages

I am participating in a Chunky book swap with the theme of House/Home. Each artist is making 27 identical or similar pages and our hostess will swap them out with the others in the group.

There are a series of techniques used on the pages which include stenciling, masking, watercolor, painting, stamping and transparencies. The Page is entitled "Home or Hive?" Click the photo for a more detailed look at the photo.

Beaded bracelet - Published!

This bracelet is being featured on page 23 of the Step by Step Beads magazine, Mar/April 2008 issue. It is entitled Beaded Frames and incorporates Hex and size 11 seed beads. Crystals and glass beads embellish the creation.