"The Cream Puff"

"The Cream Puff"
"The Cream Puff" was shown by request @ Liberty Art Gallery, Long Beach Ca. April '12

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Znetshows Partner Pics Summer Challenge and GIVEAWAY ............. WOO HOO!!!!

Welcome to " Znetshows Partner Picks Summer Challenge and Giveaway" ........WOO HOO!!!

"Let Summer Sweep those Sari Blues Away"
    Must admit that I was I already almost done with this set and it has been sitting on my bench waiting for it's finishing touches for quite some time.
    "What was missing?" you ask.

    Hot pink pearls!

    I bought a few online. They all turned out to be the wrong shade when they arrived.

    I had seen what I needed at a local bead store, but with my car out of commission...... not so easy getting there on foot. 
    They have limited hours and the trip would require enough time to walk a mile each way, as well as the "lost time" while sucked in at the bead store. 
    So this poor baby sat...... and waited....... patiently........... until........
                   Hope saved the day!!!!  
    The pearl selection she picked out for me turned out to be the perfect Raspberry pink pearls (BDS1923-17FIVE) that I needed. I added on the little dangles, and the motion brought these beauties to life.                                      
    Wire worked copper frames show off little gems of recycled sari silk  A gorgeous scrap of deep iridescent blue and purple fibers woven to a lustrous sheen with just a hint of hot pink. At 4 inches long, they almost brush the shoulders with their sweeping eyelash fringe. 
    The Dichroic glass squares were actually button covers. I removed the backing and soldered a bar across the back which I used to wire them into place.
    Flashy brilliant blue like sunlight on the ocean.Both the sari silk and the Dichroic glass shimmer in every light. 
    I topped them with hot pink snake skin Jasper on handmade copper ear wires. 
    Raspberry pink pearls and heishi squares of Apatite dangle and dance. 

The necklace is a similar configuration, with the Snakeskin Jasper hanging in front instead of above. 
    It hangs from a simple copper cuff necklace, attached by wirey  copper scrolled squiggles. 
The bracelet is completely framed in free form wire work.  One half is sari silk embellished with hot pink mercury glass seed beads and raspberry pink rice pearls. The other half is open with three hot pink Snake skin Jasper pumpkin beads wired in and framed by scroll work. Topped with a Dichroic glass square and a hook and eye closure. 
    Flash back to my Red Hot and Righteous Blues post for more on this magical sari silk. 

This is the photo that Hope used as inspiration for the selection of beads she picked out for me. 

  " Trade Winds"
                 by John Masefield 
                            (from Salt Water ballads)

In the harbor, in the island, in the Spanish Seas,
Are the tiny white houses and the orange trees,
And day-long, night-long, the cool and pleasant breeze
    Of the steady Trade Winds blowing.

There is red wine, the nutty Spanish ale,
The shuffle of the dancers, the old salt's tale,
The squeaking fiddle, the soughing in the sail,
    Of the steady Trade Winds blowing.

And o'night there's fire-flies and the yellow moon, 
And in the ghostly palm trees the sleepy tune,
Of the quiet voice calling me, the long low croon,
    Of the steady Trade Winds blowing. 

This is the selection Hope picked for me.

    The only thing I didn't use was the Amethyst nuggets (BDS1931-01). I haven't come up with an idea for those YET, but I'll keep you posted when I do.
    Remember that hot pink shell donut from the Dimaonds in the Rough Challenge? I finally came up with something brilliant for that. I should get that one posted soon. Be sure to check back.
"Postcard from Paradise"

     Recently I had seen  a blog post "Tell me a story - the art of personal adornment" on the Love My Art Jewelry blog. The newest contributing member, Karen McGovern had all sorts of collage ideas with recycling eyeglass lenses using cold connections.
    These ideas were all fresh in my mind when I opened up my selection of Beads.
    It didn't take me long to figure out what to do with that black lip shell coin pendant (PT530-09).
    My "snow globe" or "shadow box" pendant is made from the 2 inch black lip shell coin and an eyeglass lens.
    It took me few to find a lens the right size. As it turns out, an uncut lens is exactly 2 inches.
    Both pieces are domed leaving a nice space for treasures in the center. Foil wrapped and soldered to trap all my treasures.
    I decoupaged a postage stamp with a lovely white crane on a tranquil background on the inside.
    Tucked into my treasure box: a Turquoise sea turtle, one of my enameled sea horse charms, a selection of seashells, a small piece of sea glass (plucked from the tide pools on afternoon outing of beach combing with a special friend - lots of loving memories and positive energy there), lots of sparkly white sand (and some glitter), and a pearl.
    A couple of green seashells (I drilled myself - 1st time) attach to the bail at the bottom and start the necklace of on an asymmetrical pattern.
     I used the turquoise colored cultured sea glass oval rings (S63-B28), alternated with oval shaped turquoise beads and silver colored free form spacer beads (MO259-AS) , and lacey silver colored dolphin charms. The sea glass ovals and the dolphin charms have pearls dangling on balled head pins for added fluidity.

    I was really proud of how my snow globe pendant turned out. Then when I was soldering on the bail, I over heated it and cracked the glass  : (


    Well, I'll have to order a new eye glass  and repair it.
    When fixed I plan to hand paint on the back
         "Wish you were here...."

"Sail Away"

    The Chinese crystal axe beads (RS106-121), which when flipped over looked like little sail boats, the inspiration for these earrings.
    The crystals were very difficult to photograph. They appear almost a smokey lavender in the light, but flash with brilliant violet and purple in low light. The flash of my camera washed out all the color, but without the flash you couldn't see a thing.
    Chinese crystals on knotted twine, and brass dolphins, hang from purple stick pearls on handmade gold filled ear wires,and tied with a splash of sparkly fiber.

"Red Sails in the Sunset"

    This is another piece that was on my bench. More a collection of parts and an idea, I should say.
    I had made the sailboat pendant a while ago from shard-ware. The bottom of the boat was a broken half of a cone incense burner. The sail was from a broken orchid pot with a lovely crackle glaze. I had patinead vintage buttons with a royal crest design to match the finish on the pendant. I had cut out maritime signal flags. I had a few spacer beads made of some sort of dyed shell or stone......but something was missing. I lacked the thread to tie my idea together.
     Once again ...... Hope saves the day!!!

    The gray colored cultured sea glass rondelle bead (BDS1859-15) turned out to be the perfect thing to tie it all together. Yeah!
    I used them as spacers , as well as embellishments on my pennant flags. The smokey color took on a violet tone next to the lavenders and blended perfectly.
    Choker length. Wired and hinged in three pieces; the bail and two  sides.  Closes with a vintage button and fabric loop toggle.
    The seed bead section in the bail was recycled from a broken necklace.
    The fiber came from a multitude of places. The bail wrap and toggle are from a hand dyed vintage linen pillow case edging. The cording arrived in a strand of beads I purchased. The eyelet lace is hand dyed scraps left over from a skirt I made in high school. The plaid came in a batch of designer scraps donated from a friend.
    One man's trash is another wo-man's treasure.

 It sure is nice to get a few things off my back-log. Perfectly timed with this summery vacation theme.  I hope your feeling all relaxed and enjoying those tropical breezes now.

Be sure you go over to the Znet Blog and enter the give-away they are having for a selection of their beads.

You can enter in several ways.
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That's SIX chances to win!!
The giveaway will be open until 5pm (Eastern time) July 19th.
Good luck!!

While your there, make sure you find the list of all the participants so you can see all the marvelous treasures everyone is making with all those goodies that are up for grabs. 

                                 Happy Hopping, Skipping , and Jumping!!!


  1. I'm so glad some of the bits I picked helped saved the day! You made some awesome pieces. So full of imagination and ingenuity! I hate that the eyeglass cracked as I really, really love the treasure box idea. I hope it's not too hard to get another one. I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the beads! I'm sure it'll be just as amazing. :)

  2. What an imagination. I especially love the sailboats.

  3. Amazing designs Kelly. The snow globe pendent is a wonderful idea. Very creative and unique. Red Sails in the Sunset is also a show stopper.

  4. OH no, so sorry about the glass, but it turned out great. You made some very unusual creative pieces. I really like your Sail Away earrings with the dolphins. So fun.

  5. Great color combination. I really like how you made a sail boat and put that in your piece, very fun! And your dolphin earrings are so cute! Looks like you had lots of fun putting your pieces together...very nice!