"The Cream Puff"

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

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Artisan Components Galore Oh My!

    Welcome to the Artisan Component Marketplace Blog Hop.
    I was a very lucky girl to be picked as one of the winners of this awesome design kit, and have been happily creating away.

    Most of you probably already know that the awesome starburst diamond shaped copper component is by Kristi Bowman. Her work is quite recognizable.
    The beautifully colored and textured ceramic flower donut is by Marla's Mud, whom I'm also familiar with.
    The very cool printed wood toggle clasp is by Kari Asbury Avenue Designs, who's work is new to me. I know her name from the Artisan Component Marketplace and Creative Bead Chat forums on facebook, but I was unfamiliar with her work. I love adding new and different things to my work, so I was really excited about working with this one. 
    Oh, who am I kidding, I was very excited about all of them!
    The kit also includes some juicy hot pink sari silk, as well as some vintage blue.

                 "Cottage Rose"
"Cottage Rose" earrings
    So the first design I worked on contains an item from the kit that very few of you will recognize.
    I actually cut up the beautiful artwork on Kari Asbury's business card and decoupaged snippets onto mismatched hammered copper cuttings to create my own artisan components. Accented them with an array of miscellaneous seed beads, Hot pink Snakeskin Jasper pumpkin beads, and a fuchsia Agate nugget on a stamped copper blossom. The "Cottage Rose" earrings hang 3 inches long on handmade copper ear wires.

                      "Morning Glory"
"Morning Glory" earrings

    Next I worked with the juicy hot pink sari silk. I wrapped a pair of large rings with the sari silk, and embellished them with an array of miscellaneous seed beads. They hang 2 1/2 inches long on handmade copper scroll ear wires.
Morning Glories
    An Amethyst nugget hangs from one ear wire, and a beautiful crackled heather Magnesite nugget hangs from the other. A pair of darling little lilac lampwork glass bird headpins dangle from the bottom of the hoops. I wish I could credit the lampwork artist, but I bought these birds several years ago, and for the life of me I can't remember where or find that info now.

"Morning Glory" bracelet

    My first thought when I received the kit was that Kristi Bowman's diamond shaped starburst copper component should be a bracelet bar focal. However, it wasn't quite large enough to make the impact I would like.
    I set out to frame it, by tracing the diamond and cutting it out of copper sheet. I hammered and worked the metal until it spread out enough to form a frame around Kristi's component. I sandwiched a snippet of the sari silk between the two pieces of copper to add a little texture and make Kristi's component pop.
    Strung between a heather Magnesite nugget, a copper cage bead, a fuchsia Agate nugget, and a lilac lampwork glass spacer bead on one side, and an Amethyst nugget, and a floral etched copper heart component that I just made on the other side.
    I wrapped another large ring with the hot pink sari silk and seed bead accents, and made a copper scrolled toggle bar to latch it with.
    I added a few lavender glass leaves, Magenta fresh water pearl berry dangles, and finished it up with the last of those darling little lampwork glass bird headpins.
"Morning Glory" bracelet

           "Raspberry Parfait" 

"Raspberry Parfait" necklace
   I used the pretty pink ceramic flower donut from Marla's Mud as the focal for my necklace.
   The dragonfly that dangles from it came from Kari Asbury's hangtag which I cut out and decoupaged on hammered copper. The dragonfly hangs from a London Blue Mystic Topaz cube, and a lilac lampwork glass spacer bead.
    Next to that a plum colored ceramic pansy pendant by Grubbi hangs on a chain of magenta fresh water pearls.
     The last dangle is an etched copper heart, stamped with my signature PS, that hangs from a hot pink fresh water coin pearl, with a fuchsia Agate nugget dangle.
Raspberry Parfait Hydrangeas

    The two raspberry spotted and swirled lampwork glass beads, strung on plum colored sari silk, just above the flower donut focal were made by my mother, Carol Rowe.
    The pink ceramic Frangipani blossom on the right is by Scorched Earth.
    Unfortunately I can't recall the artist who made the speckled lampwork donut just above the blossom. It was a gift with another purchase, so I have no record of where it came from.
    Just above that, I place Kari Asbury's toggle with the beautiful floral lace design front and center.
    Above that, a stack of purple Quartz crystal points on the left. Hot pink coin pearl, Aqua Terra Jasper oval, copper cage bead on the right.
    A pair of soft pink ceramic sprig beads by Natalie Pappas of NKP designs meet in the middle.
    Topped by more ceramic art beads by Grubbi, lampwork glass beads by my mother, Quartz crystal points, hot pink fresh water pearls, and a large Agate coin.
    Finished off with sari silk across the back of the neck for a comfortable fit. The beaded chain is 28 inches long and the pendant hangs 5 inches.
"Raspberry Parfait" necklace

    I had a really great time creating all my goodies for the blog hop with these fabulous components. The colors just made me really happy, and it was really easy to design with such beautiful inspiration.
    A huge thank you to Kari Asbury, Marla James, and Kristi Bowman for contributing their beautiful components, and giving me this opportunity.

    If you haven't yet, make sure you head on over to the Artisan component Marketplace and check out all the fabulous handmade components that are being offered by all the amazing artists over there.  Or come on over to the ACM facebook group and get to know the artists a bit. I promise you won't be sorry.

    Now it's time to go check out all the other amazing designs created for this challenge. Here is the list of participants:

Brandy Haag - BHjewelry

Carolyn - Carolyn's Creations

Jenny Kyrlach - Wonder and Whimsy

Kelly Hosford Patterson - Traveling SideShow       <---- you are here

Lori Poppe - Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean

Rachel Mallis - Mint

Robin Kae Reed - Artistry

Terri Arcas - Drift N Blue

Gloria Allen - Wings and Beads

                Peace, Love & PyxeeDust!


  1. Wow ! You are a fantastic talented designer ! Beautiful pieces, so much color blasting out! Thanks for sharing :) I really love what you did with Kristis copper piece :)

  2. OMG You are an awesome Designer. Beautiful Pieces

  3. Absolutely LOVE what you came up with! Very ingenious to use the business cards in the manner you did! I never knew you could decoupage onto metal! Stunning!

  4. Absolutely GORGEOUS! I really love everything! I think my favorite, tough choice, are the earrings...so creative to use the card images! You really used every last bit of artisan goodness. Thank you so much for joining the fun and creating such stunning designs.

  5. Amazing combination of nice, fresh, spring colors! Really great job! Adorable jewelry!