Friday, September 30, 2016

September Monthly Challenge Recap


I think this painting by Paula Modersohn-Becker of the Old Poorhouse Woman is a fun choice for the start of fall. The garden of poppies on the field of green really grab me. The floppy heads of the poppies are mimicked in the circle pattern on her skirt and her bonnet. The colors are muted yet vibrant shades of red, pink, gold, green and blue. So much to love in this painting! Thank you to Mary Harding for pointing out this wonderful artist to me and suggesting we add her to our 2016 lineup!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Designing with Wood Beads

A few weeks ago, I was selling my ceramic beads in Pompano Beach, Florida and during a quick power shopping moment, I discovered natural wood beads and sticks at the Koru Beads booth. Tracey Jackson sells the most beautiful beads made from nature - shells, stones, wood, and so much more.  But the wood - I had to have it!  So many types and shades.  I was thinking earrings with the sticks and mini logs, pendants with the drift wood pieces (layering a beachy ceramic bead on top perhaps) and a stacking pendant with the longer sticks.  I also purchased a beautiful strand of Tibetan Agate that the color stripes matched up in pairs for earring accents.  Here's my haul:


So far I have made 2 pairs of earrings.  I made the birds out of mid fire buff clay and glazed one pair in shiny brown and one pair in shiny smokey blue.  So with the mini logs, a little bling gets thrown in to break up the brown tones.  I used 20g Vintaj wire and earring findings to wire wrap the pieces together.

The smokey blue glaze matched this pair of Tibetan Agate beads nicely.  I used the 2 shortest sticks, a crystal accent and again, 20g Vintaj wire and earring findings to wire wrap the pieces together.



Tracey will be adding the wood beads to her website this week, so be sure to check out www.truthjackson.com to get some for yourself!  I know I am excited to use the rest of my treasures in the near future.

Monday Muse and Beady Link Party

Hello! Daylight is getting shorter, temperatures colder and all things fall have captured my attention this week. I'm loving owls right now and have round up some of my current favorites. 

First up is this sweet little owl from Andrew Thornton with an intriguing painterly treatment found in the Allegory Gallery Etsy shop.

A minimal ceramic pendant in a perfectly rustic glaze from Cherryhill Studio.

My bead crush of the week are these adorable owl lampwork beads from Glass Afternoon.

The flowers on the belly of this owl just makes the whole design for me, what a stand out from Havana Beads.

Tiny owl charms from me over at Humblebeads - so cute as earrings or as tiny charms.

I love everything about this ceramic owl from Jenny Davies-Reazor. The color is so perfect for fall and the two holes opens up so many design options for this piece.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Inside the Studio with MaryHardingJewelry


Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process, or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you will leave  comments!  As an incentive, we offer a PRIZE each week to encourage you to use that keyboard and tell us what you think.

At the next Inside the Studio post a WINNER is chosen at random from all eligible entries.
Here are the results from the last Inside the Studio post.

Congratulations to Victoria Lee!!!  You are the winner of a $20.00 gift certificate from GardanneBeads.  Please contact GardanneBeads to claim your prize.
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Hello from MaryHardingJewelry!! 
 I am happy to be back  posting after a six month hiatus while I waited for my broken ankle to heal.  I just got back into my ceramic studio about 2 weeks ago so I have limited new ceramic work to share with you today.   Below is a picture of some I made in June, 2016 but could not glaze and fire until a few days ago!!  My studio was inaccessible to me until I healed well enough to get around with a cane.  When I was laid up I had to keep my ankle elevated most of the time, so I could spend limited time making beads and jewelry but I adapted!! I made the beads below for use in my free form peyote stitch jewelry.
                            Picture below is some beads I glaze fired this week.
Beads in their unfired, greenware state by MaryHardingJewelry


Here is one of the peyote bracelets not quite finished that I worked on during this time.  I am excited about using my new beads in some new bracelets and necklaces.  So happy to have been able to fire them.

Since I have been back in my studio, I have also been working on orders for some very patient customers and for an update in my Etsy shop. I have about 5 racks full of greenware waiting to be sponged and bisque fired (hopefully this weekend.)

                                         greenware awaiting further finishing

Since I could not fire my ceramic beads, and I was feeling the need for more immediate satisfaction, I turned to my polyclay skills which I learned a few years ago at Christine Damm's Art on The Farm Intensive Workshop.  I was able to work in polyclay while keeping my ankle elevated in my LazyBoy chair.  I devised a tray for the clay and conditioned it with my hands and worked from my lap. 


I share below some pictures of what I made.  Most importantly, the making helped me tremendously in terms of keeping up my spirits and and filling my need to be creative.


                                   Poly open tube beads by MaryHardingJewelry




                        poly beads made in my lap and stored on a soft surface before being cured


                                                       more uncured polybeads
     Large leaf necklace I made to  participate in a challenge--poly  clay MaryHardingJewelry

Large hollow beads in polyclay using technique learned from Claire Maunsell

         Lillies inspired by the art work of Paula Modersohn Becker  ABS September  Challenge artist

I hope you have enjoyed this look at how I adapted to not being able to create in my usual way and medium. 
And this brings me to my question for today.  What medium would you choose to express yourself if you could not engage in your usual way for an extended period of time?
Leave a comment below and you will be automatically entered to win a $20.00 gift certificate to my Etsy shop. Hopefully it will be restocked in a couple of weeks.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I love being able to post again!!
Mary
    

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Perfect Pairings :: Raspberry Fields Design + Golem Studios


The pendant in this necklace is crafted from a ceramic poppy cabochon from Golem Studios and some really fine bead embroidery. Seed beads have always been my nemesis in the beading world. So I am always stunned to see them wrangled so handily. I love the mix of colors (that bright pop of red!), the finishes (matte and metallic!), and the intricate nature of the design (those twigs holding the glass leaves!). This is a gorgeous piece of handcrafted goodness. We thank Raspberry Fields Design for sharing it with us!

Featured Designer :: Raspberry Fields Design

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Featured Bead Artists :: Golem Studio

We are now using Pinterest! 
You can find more details in this post about the exciting new changes,
including a board devoted to art beads inspired by the monthly challenge!
(Ooh! Look! More pretty beads to lust after!)

Pretty please make sure that you post a link in your Pinterest description
so that I have someplace to attribute the picture! 
And don't forget to tell us about those art beads - providing links to bead makers is appreciated!

Deadline September 28th to get your pictures posted to the Pinterest boards for the creation of the Monthly Challenge Recap post for September 30th.

TIP: If you upload your photo rather than pin it from your blog or shop, edit the pin (the little pencil button) and add your link as the source. Save your edits. This will allow us to click directly on your photo and go to your blog or shop to read more about your entry. If you don't, I might not be able to access the photo to share it.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Muse and Beady Link Party

Hello! Today my muse is ready to take flight, she's not quiet ready to face the week and is definitely ready to spread her wings and leave Monday in the dust!

Let's start out with this dreamy feather from Firefly Design Studio. I love the mottled blue, brown and cream colors.

This porcelain bohemian inspired feather is from Majoyoal from Spain. I think this might be my favorite pick from today.

Then is there is a perfect feather, it would be from Heather Wynn of SwoonDimples. From the color blend to the texture to the tiny bird stamp to the silver bail detail, it's amazing! 

I'm a big fan of these leather creations from TreeWingStudio that are textures and hand-painted in these fun geometric patterns. The trick to using a leather pendant like this is to pair it up with chain and stones or ceramic for a contrast of textures. 

 Ah yeah, these please! Copper electroplated feathers from Fottiniya - boy are the singing my song!

And finally, my latest feathered friends - birds, nest and feather totems. You can find them in my Humblebeads Etsy shop

Beady Link Party
We invite our readers to share their blog post links with us each week. As long as they feature jewelry or beads, share your favorite post from last week with us. We hope this will inspire you to blog a little more often and bring our community closer together.

1. Please only post blog new links each week. *

2. Visit at least two other blog links and leave a comment. We want to grow our blogging community and encourage you connect with each other.

3. You have until Wednesday each week to share your blog post.

We want to connect more with our readers! Join the party and share you latest beady blog link.

Haven't blogged in a while? It's the perfect time to share what you have been up to, what you find inspiring, your creative process, interview a favorite beadmaker, review a beady book - get creative and get blogging!

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Share you link using the "Add a Link" Inlinkz button below.

*We ask for fresh links, if you have a post that you haven't shared with us yet but it's a few weeks old, that's cool.
   
 


Thursday, September 15, 2016

September Monthly Challenge Color Palette and Bead Picks


I really like the dark and somber color palette in this month's challenge painting. Mixed in with those muddy neutrals are the loveliest unexpected pops of fall colors - the minty green in the sky, the pink mixed in with those red poppies, the periwinkle and my favorite is that ocher yellow. Even though the poppy red is the predominate color I would probably use it as an accent in my jewelry and focus on those smaller patches of interesting colors. 

And that's the interesting thing about the monthly challenge - you can pick and choose which colors that speak to you and use that as the inspirations for your next challenge. It's been a while since I've done the monthly challenge but these colors are so intriguing I think I will jump in and create a few new pieces with this fun fall palette. 
I picked some beads from the Art Bead Scene team shops that I would love to use for this challenge!

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