Saturday, March 30, 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Reveal and a Giveaway!

Welcome to the 7th Bead Soup Blog Reveal Party!! Thank you LORI ANDERSON for hosting this blog party! This is the first time that I participated in the Bead Soup Blog Party. My partner was Heather from CSW Designs. A big THANK YOU to Heather -she was very generous with the beautiful (some were handmade) pieces that she sent me. Since this was my first time, I wasn't exactly sure how things would go, but I am happy to report things have gone very smoothly. I enjoyed this challenge quite a bit and it allowed me to work outside of my norm.
Here is the soup I received from Heather
Now I had to decide what I was going to make with all these beads! I decided to work with the copper element and not patina it (usually I patina my metals). I also determined that I would not use all of these beads and would have several left over. The rules were that you must use the clasp and focal in whatever you created. I started out wire wrapping the focal and soldering some hand formed circular links. I also added a few of my own beads for more red. Here are the pics:

Love that Sari ribbon!

I will be giving this piece away to one lucky reader (USA only). If you are interested in winning this all you have to do to win is leave a comment that you want to be entered into the drawing (you do not have to be a follower of my blog although I would really LOVE it if you followed me too!) I will draw a winner on April 15th. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out all of the other participants by clicking HERE

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Luck or Divine Intervention?

I just finished making a very special necklace. You see, this necklace has a story behind it. About a year ago, a 9 year old girl named Heather was walking into church, when a bullet went through her leg. This was not a drive by shooting or any type of willful incident. It just happened to be a stray bullet from someone target shooting in the vicinity. Wrong place at the wrong time? Or right place at the wrong time? Who knows. Thankfully Heather is OK. I was asked to make a necklace for Heather with the bullet that went through her leg. Here is what I came up with.

The Bullet

Up close- I swear I see a saint!! See it?? 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lucky Penny Necklace

Greetings everyone! Today I am sharing some hand stamped lucky penny necklaces I made. Everyone knows the saying, "find a penny pick it up, all day long you will have good luck." So why are pennies lucky? There are many different beliefs and stories surrounding this. The most common belief stems from the ancient superstition that metal was a gift from the gods and was intended to protect against evil. As times changed, the belief also changed into pennies (since they are copper) and protection against evil changed to good luck. Whether you believe the hype or not these are still a fun necklace great alone or layered. These will be for sale at Riverwalk.

Louie Approves!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

New Display

I found this wooden display at the thrift store for $4.99. I'm pretty sure it's handmade. I figured I could use it for some of my jewelry. I started out painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. Normally, I would probably just use spray paint but its freezing outside and I am impatient. Plus, a little Annie goes a very long way so I didn't use very much at all. It was nice to be able to paint in the comfort of my nice warm dining room as this paint has very little odor and dries super fast. I painted it with one thin coat. After the first coat was dry, I painted a second coat. After, I waxed it lightly, then distressed then waxed then buffed it. Then I drilled holes on the bottom half where I put ten cute little hooks for my handmade earring cards. The top half will hold necklaces. What do you think?

Here is what the display looked like originally - boring!

After Annie Sloan

After paint, distressing and wax

Cute little hooks

Up close

Handmade earring cards

The whole view