Monday, February 28, 2011

Rock Candy


I have a passion for Czech glass beads. I love the colors, the cuts, shapes and sparkle. I really like the picasso beads with their addition of a vintage like coating. It seems everything I make these days is with Czech glass....I suppose it is another phase, like  the one I just had with the making earrings, so I will roll with it. 



These beads are amazing and large at 14 x 16 mm with an amazing luster finish. I did not think they needed much so I just wire wrapped them in copper (I really wanted sterling, but yikes the price!) but in the end I am very pleased with the copper. Instead of doing anything fancy and adding other things to the bracelet I settled on making a chunky wire wrapped toggle. The piece definitely has a "Wilma Flinestone" style. 

 You can find Rock Candy in my Etsy shop.


 I took these pictures yesterday using some of the photography tips I got from this site. It was a dark rainy day and these pictures were taken in front of the window using the foil board.  I have never been able to take pictures like this before on a dark day. Good photography is key to showing off your items, so go and check the site out.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Caution Hot Soup!


Welcome to the 3rd Bead Soup Blog Party!
The Bead Soup Party  reveal is here!
The big reveal features the talents of 210 bloggers and jewelry designers.
What is a Bead Soup Blog Party?

Each beader was paired up with another jewelry designer and tasked with sending the following:
~ A focal
~ A special clasp (not just a lobster claw)
~ Some coordinating spacers or beads

Using the focal and the clasp was mandatory, but we could use anything from our own stash to round out the rest, and choose to use the coordinating beads or not. I was paired with Jen of Jen Judd Rocks.

This is the amazing stash Jen sent me. It included an agate sterling clasp, lapis,wood pieces, silver spiral, pearls, lampwork,ceramic, agate, shell, citrine and Czech glass beads. 





Here's what I made!




I added some amethyst and beach glass beads some sterling spacers and sterling wire. I added one Jen's chunky pearls to the floral pendant.

 Because Jen sent me so much love, I also made another piece.





All information about the party (and future ones!) can be found by clicking here.


Come see what the rest of us made!


1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things


2. Kitty Durmaj, Perles and Life 


3.  Michelle Heim, Life In the Bead Lane 


4.  Lisa Petrillo, Lucid Moon Studio


5.  Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations


6.  Paige Maxim, Paige Maxim Designs


7.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things


8.  Cheryl Roe, BeadRoe


9.  Heidi Post, Ex Post Facto


10.  Cindy Wimmer, Sweet Bead Studio


11.  Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas


12.  Rachel Walsh, Balanced Crafts


13.  Marian Hertzog, M's Place


14.  Mary McGraw, MK's Musings


15.  Sarabeth Burke, Chronicles of Sarita


16.  Deci Worland, Gem Trails 


17.  Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found


18.  Laura Zeiner, Stick Lizard Designs


19.  Kristin Latimer, MJM Jewelry Designs


20.  Cathryn Brooks-Williams, Chile Cats


21.  Holly Westfall, Silver Rose Designs


22.  Janna Harttgen, Palima-Lim 


23.  Libby Leuchtman, Libby Leu


24.  Rebecca Anderson, Songbeads


25.  Deb Hunter, Living On Air


26.  Diana Ptaszynski, Suburban Girl Studio


27.  Jennifer VanBenschoten, VanBeads 


28.  Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter


29.  Cyndi Lavin, Beading Arts


30.  Courtney Breul, Beads by Breul


31.  Stefanie Teufel, Stefanie's Sammelsurium


32.  Patricia Gasparino, My Life Under the Bus


33.  Tari Khars, Pearl and Pebble


34.  Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Kristi Bowman Design


35.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle


36.  Becky Fairclough, Chameleons Designs


37.  Evie and Beth McCord, EB Bead & Metal Works


38. Lynne Bowland, Islandgirl's Insights


39.  Barbara Lewis, Painting With Fire


40.  Lorelei Eurto, Inside the Studio


41.  Stacy Hartis, Sissy & Jack's


42.  Jennifer Cameron, Glass Addictions


43.  Marcie Abney, La Bella Joya 


44.  Johanna Rhodes, Fire Phoenix Creations


45.  Nan Emmett, Spirit Rattles 


46.  Melissa Mesara, One Eared Pig  


47.  Amanda Davie, Articulations


48.  Cherin Poovey, Lanyard Lady


49.  Virginia Joste, ViviBijoux


50.  Andrew Thornton, The Writing and Art of AndrewThornton 

51.  Lori Dorrington, Lori's Glassworks


52.  Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio Chronicles


53.  Kate Gardenghi, Tropical Blonde


54.  Serena Trent, PinkIce Jewel's Blog


55. Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin de Koning


56.  Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings


57.  Francy Inman, 8 Second Studio 


58.  Amy Freeland, Copper Diem


59.  Lisa Liddy, Joolz By Lisa


60.  Sandi Lee James,  Do Be Do Bead Do


61.  Mary Harding, Mary Harding Bead Blog 


62.  Stacey Curry, Star Hitched Wagon


63.  Leslie Gidden, Mad Maggie Designs


64.  Elisabeth Auld, Beads For Busy Gals


65.  Niky Sayers, Silver Nik Nats


66.  Linda Djokic, Lutka and Co.


67.  Tracy Bell, Copper, Glass, and Recycled Trash


68.  Laurel Steven, Rue's Daftique


69.  Ingrid McCue, Wrapped In Silver


70.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit


71.  Diana Hawkey, Diana Hawkey


72.  Norma Turvey, Moonlit Fantaseas


73.  Jeanette Ryan, Jeanette Blix


74.  Jackie Ryan, Silver Lodge Gems




76.  Debbie Goering, Prairie Emporium 


77.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art 


78.  Jana Trupovniece, Stories of the Secret Garden  


79.  Amy Severino, Amy Beads 


80.  Emma Thomas, Fred Beans Nook


81.  Karen Zanco, Everyday Gypsy


82.  Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria


83.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods


84.  Dana James, Dana's Jewelry Designs


85.  Kristina Johansson, Wild Roses and Blackberries


86.  CJ Bauschka, CJ Bauschka


87.  Angela Barribea, Re: Angela Rae


88. Marcy Lamberson, Studio Marcy


89.  Tanya Floyd, Glass Migrations


90.  Lisa Kavanaugh, Beading Bliss


91.  Sue Hodgkinson, Hello Gorgeous 


92.  Jenni Connolly, Jenni's Bead 


93.  Nally Parfyonova, Nally's Creations 


94.  Karyn White, Releases By Rufydoof  


95. Emanda Johnson, Artemisia Studio 


96.  Sandy Richardson, Sandy's Coloring Box


97.  Cindy Dolezal,  Cindy Dolezal Designs 


98.  Stacie Stamper, Park Avenue


99. Mallory Hoffman, For the Love of Beads




101.  Nicole Valentine-Rimmer, N. Valentine Studio


102.  Jacinta Meyers, Jamberrysong's Creations 


103.  Charlene Gary, Gray Girl Studios


104.  Rubiee Hayes, Glitter and Keys Galore


105.  Marge Beebe, Rock Creek Creations


106.  Elizabeth Freeman, Turquoise Sky


107.  Shelby Foxwell, Sundown Bead Designs Rhetoric


108.  Lynda Moseley, Diva Designs


109.  Grace Danel,  Grace Beading


110.  Lois Moon, Que Onda Quitman


111.  Agnes Shapiro, Beader Bubbe 


112.  Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo 

113.  Judy Glende, Judith B. Designs   You are here!


114.  Mary Ellen Parker, Bee Tree By Me


115. Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf


116.  Charlene Sevier, The Bead Dreamer


117. Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles 


118.  Cory Celaya, Art With Moxie 


119.  Ronda Adams, The Ravished Heart 


120.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe Designs 


121. Anna Lear, The Laughing Raven 


122. Susie Hibdon, Vintagesusie & Wings  


123.  Amanda Austin, Sea Shore Glass 


124.  Jennifer Velasquez, Jen Judd Rocks 


125.  Hazel Ward, All Those Things 


126.  Brenda Salzano, Salzanos 


127.  Dee Gordon, Runako Designs by Dee 


128.  Anna Denisova, Anita-M 


129.  Margaret Saari, Mags-Jewelry


130.  Genea Crivello-Knable, Genea Beads 


131.  Penny Neville, Copper Penny


132.  Angela Blasingame, Hopemore


133. Helena Fritz, Beadwork by H's Blog


134. Stephanie LaRose, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder


135. Stephanie Haussler, PixyBug Designs


136. Diane Cook, Rosa & Josies  


137.  Maryse Thillens, Glass Bead Art


138.  Jennifer Pride, Jewelry by J.P.


139.  Shannon Chomanczuk, For My Sweet Daughter


140.  Lisa Godfrey, Bead Happy


141.  Heather Pyle, Welcome to My  Muse


142.  Regina Santerre, Regina's Writings


143.  Liz DeLuca, Creative Arty Facts


144.  Sig Wynne-Evans, Beaded Bear's Nonsense


145.  Loretta Carstensen, Loretta's Boutique


146.  Raida Disbrow, Havana Beads 


147.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul 


148.  Shelly Graves, Stars Dance With Me  


149.  Jess Italia Lincoln, Vintaj Blog 


150. JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions


151.  Carrie Tahquechi, Carrie T


152.  Staci Smith, Staci Louise Originals


153.  Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Quiet Area 


154.  Ema Kilroy, Ema K Designs


155. Magdalena Sikora, Poranna Gazeta


156.  Nicole Keller, Nicki's Reef


157.  Ann Rishell, My Critical Eye

158.  Noemi Baena, Fire, Metal, and Color 


159. Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman 


160.  Barbara Blaszczyk, Labotorium Flory


161.  Collette Collins, Firefly Myst


162.  Carola Greiser, Polymer Clay Shed


163.  Joanna Kopijczuk, Bizuteria z Filcu


164. LeAnn Weih, Summers Studio 


165.  Cassandra Watsham, Design by Cassandra


166. Anna Motz, Stunning


167.  Shea Zukowski, Gr8findings


168.  Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads


169.  Lisa Boucher, Lisa's Clay Happenings


170.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope


171.  Alison Crenshaw, Beads by Earth Tones


172.  Dorcas Midkiff, Wondrous Strange Designs 


173.  Melissa Rediger, Sea of Glass 


174.  Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre  




176.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Blog


177. Patsy Evins, Patsy Evins Studio


178.  Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're


179.  Suzette Bentley, Ellie's Bijoux


180.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me


181.  Lyn Foley, Lyn Foley Wearable Art


182. Tara Plote, The Newbie Beader's Blog


183. Natalie Schuetz, Natalie S Perlen 


184. Kim Hutchinson, Running on Ink


185. Haley Frank, Wide Eyed Smilin 


186. Grace Caputo, Suddenly Last Summer


187. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp, Skye Jewels 


188. Erin Siegel, Erin Siegel Jewelry 


189.  Janea McDonald, Organized Chaos


190.  Kristi Evenson, Colie Bug & Co.


191.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry


192.  Hilary Frye, FryeStyle


193. Whitney Lassini, Whitney Lassini


194. Nancy Schindler, The Rabbit Muse


195. Pam Brisse, The Blue Between


196. Beth Bricker, Vintage Sweets


197.  Ruthie Stickney, Rose Works Jewelry and Gifts


198.  Rose Noble, Lady Noble Designs


199. Karen Williams, Baublicious


200.  Claire Maunsell, The Next Bend


201.  Christine Damm, Stories They Tell


202.  Kerry Bogert, Kab's Creative Concepts


203.  Wendy Blum, Sand & Sea Designs


204.  Juli Cannon, Julsbeads


205.  Jenny Robledo, La Dona Boutique


206.  Krista French, French Elegant Jewelry


207.  Pam Krinski, Ewa Beads


208.  Melissa Meman, Melissa Meman, Art, Life, Love


209.  Dana Jones, Dana's Jewelry


210.  Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread


The next party's sign ups begin August 1-3, 2011. Don't miss it!


Friday, February 25, 2011

Just a little peak...

My bead soup is done...put a fork in it done...ta da done! I can't wait to see all the reveals tomorrow and I hope all my readers will join in and see them too.


Click here to see the blog hop list.

Click here to see the amazing world map of partiers.

See y'all tomorrow! 

 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Brotherly Love



How about these two don't they just look so sweet? NOT! 
more on them below.



 This is a design style we have seen a lot of by various designers, it is a favorite of mine and thought I would join in and make a piece for my Etsy shop.  I just recently  purchased these gorgeous vintage teal rosary beads and the antique steel cut button and knew they would pair so nicely together. 

 I am still working on my pictures with the tips from yesterdays post, the bottom one could use a bit of work.



...so back to my boys.. 
When Morgan was just a baby they got along famously, Jack took on the role of his mother and bathed him and they played constantly. Now, Morgan still wants to play but Jack just opens up his mouth with a huge hiss and growls at him. We don't really understand the change in Jack, at first I thought he was sick or hurt, but he is fine. We did discover on Morgan that he had an extremely oil section on his tail, I thought he had gotten into something and washed it several times, but no change. So, we Googled  greasy tail on cats and low and behold he has what is called "Stud Tail". Now, I have had cats my whole life and never had a cat with this nor have I heard of it. Morgan has already been neutered so it is strange that he has this.  Apparently it is like a teenager with acne. So perhaps Jack can sense his adolescence and is not liking it! In the meantime the house sounds like the Serengeti with wild cats running and roaring. However when they are sleeping on my bed they are fine, Jack will take to cleaning Morgan again and all is well. Go figure! 



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Improve your pictures for $12

 this is not a reveal....

Yep, that's right 12 bucks! ...and it works! I was working on my pictures for the big Bead Soup reveal and used the tips that photography pro Mariano talked about in this great tutorial. Some of the things I was doing was similar but without the use of the reflective card. 

The tutorial was found on Handmadeology.com
  "Handmadeology exists for the purpose of teaching artists how to successfully sell their handmade goods online, and to feature the newest handmade, vintage and supply items found on Etsy." Timothy Adams is the brainchild behind this site and offers great tips to you for your Etsy business.


Monday, February 21, 2011

Orangutan and the Hound

 No matter how many times I see this I laugh and cry. What an amazing friendship.
Click the link....it will make you smile.
Orangutan and the Hound

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Still at it

my earring craze that is....

I finished another 10 pair...two I gave away as a gift, one pair for me and the others will be posted on Etsy sometime later today. Most of these are a chunky drop earrings. My hairdresser said she would love a pair of drops, so off I went with that idea. Hope you like them.


I cringe at the price of sterling and actually broke down and purchased some wire from Monster Slayer. These beads are from Ferrarioriginalbeads 


 Etched copper with African Opal, czech and copper beads.


 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New Earrings


 This weeks obsession are earrings. All kinds...all colors. Don't know why, it is just my thing this week. Thoughts are flowing through my head like crazy and I suppose it is because I can make a pair and be done with it in a reasonably short time and move on to the next pair. 10:30 last night I had a thought and went into my studio and worked until 12:30, had to do it before I forgot, that's how I roll ...so here you have the results of the last few days. 


SOLD



 

Green Tea


...so there you have it. What is your obsession this week?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Etchings



I spent two days working on some new etched pieces, some for my Flapyourwings Etsy shop and others for me. Most of the pieces came out good and then there were some duds.  


My favorite is the "good pony" tag...it conjures up good memories, a time a few years ago when a friends horses were a very important part of my life. I miss them everyday....still.

look at the little ears peeking out....


 One of my etched pendants is the focal for this layered necklace. A butterfly image and the word "Inspire" evoke images of spring and inspiration. Tiny Czech glass beads are linked in a rosary fashion and a vintage brass chain is added as another layer to adorn the neck. 


You can find this piece on my website JudithBDesigns