Saturday, July 18, 2015

Pine Ridge Treasures' Beach Blog Hop 2015

Hello and welcome to a special blog hop, hosted by lovely Lisa of Pine Ridge Treasures.

Back in March she sent us a kit of cultured sea glass and some other elements:

Beach blog hop: seaglass, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry, 3-in-1 necklace :: All Pretty Things

I was so enchanted by my glass ~ I love sea glass (even when it's cultured) and the colours of my package was speaking of dark nights with purple dreams.

But then my crazy life intervened and while the package was always on my mind, the same mind wouldn't come up with a design.

I tried this:

Beach blog hop: seaglass, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry, 3-in-1 necklace :: All Pretty Things

It looked beautiful on the mat, but it was definitely not me. Back to thinking.

Earlier this week it became this:

Beach blog hop: seaglass, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry, 3-in-1 necklace :: All Pretty Things

I tried to knot the seas glass, thinking I can wrap it around my wrist as well. But I did't like it either.

So Friday evening I was in panic mode and went back to what I feel it is me: wire :)

I have created 2 different tassels: one using fabric scraps from a dress I always loved to pieces (the blue & white material), a gorgeous piece of lace sent by my mom, and a leather flower (also sent by my mom). I added one of the glass pieces, wire wrapped, and one of the 2 boat charms. Instant love!

Beach blog hop: seaglass, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry, 3-in-1 necklace :: All Pretty Things

The second tassel is even more simple in design: a wrapped wire circle, added a few small glass pieces, in an  asymmetric design; with a few of the elements: 2 of the beach glass pieces, the other boat charm, and one of the metal beads made into a small charm. Love? check!

Beach blog hop: seaglass, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry, 3-in-1 necklace :: All Pretty Things
Now what to do for the actual necklace? I must admit I am not 100% in love with this one ~ the left side with the 4 long tubes is beautiful and perfect; the asymmetric left side... not so much. I have the nagging feeling I will end up taking that part off and coming up with something else. In the meantime, it is usable and beautiful.

Beach blog hop: seaglass, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry, 3-in-1 necklace :: All Pretty Things

The best part of this? it really is 3 necklaces: the simple, flowing one, with no tassels.

Beach blog hop: seaglass, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry, 3-in-1 necklace :: All Pretty Things

#2 with one of the tassels.

Beach blog hop: seaglass, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry, 3-in-1 necklace :: All Pretty Things

#3 with the other tassel.

Beach blog hop: seaglass, wire wrapping, ooak jewelry, 3-in-1 necklace :: All Pretty Things

This was my journey; thank you for following along!

Thank you, Lisa, for the wonderful kit and the opportunity to get out of my usual gemstones 'box'. Obviously I didn't get too much out of the box :) I still have tons of the glass which I hope to put to good use (I love the lovely lavender shade! or that star). I also need to find a name, Starry Night comes to mind (especially for #1 or #3) :)

Please ensure you visit the group - I am looking forward to seeing what beauties have been created!

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations
Candida Elkins Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
Susan Anderson, La Main Tresor
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Margaret Pelech, Margaret Pelech's Blog
Lisa Prewitt Knappenberger, LiRaysa Designs
Carol Briody, A Beads Life
Karin Grosset Grange, Ginkgo et Coquelicot
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Rosee Floss Hanemaayer, Silver Penny Artisans
Saundra Farren, Something by Saundra
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things <- you're here
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
MaryAnne Kelly Hobbs-Fernie - TBD
Kelly Fletcher – TBD
Diana Chavis - TBD

Friday, June 26, 2015

CC7A, June edition - hosted by Sally Russick

Welcome to a new installment of our CC7A Odyssey. Speaking of Odyssey, William had a new colleague this year, fresh from Greece. A lovely young man, who's favourite author is... Homer! Can you imagine being 12 yo and having read Homer? I think I'll have William read some serious classics this summer.

But I digress :) This month is hosted by Sally and she chose soft summer hues as her palette:

At first, I thought it will be a huge challenge for me, as I am never soft. Colours or otherwise, I am a very energetic person, moving from A to B with the speed of light (or not moving at all, extremes is my middle name :) ) and that shows in my designs too. They are always full of colour, full of energy and rarely soft. Make than never.

You know how recently I tried (for the 2nd time) enamels. My first attempt this time has not be overly successful: I was using transparent flux over copper, and transparent enamels. Nice effect, but not the bold colours I have bee expected. I figured out it was transparents, when I was thinking I am using opaques. So I tried again, white base and opaques on top. Bolder, but still not what I wanted. Then it dawned on me and I made one more try: white base, followed by layers of transparent. Victory!! I'll show you the 3 levels at the end of this article, 'cause now it's all about soft summer hues, and not bold summer hues :)


CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, embroidery thread crochet, Crazy Lace Agate, wire wrapping, ooak necklace, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things


I am not as soft as Sally's image will imply, however I am not sure I can go any softer!

CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, embroidery thread crochet, Crazy Lace Agate, wire wrapping, ooak necklace, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

The stones are soft, aren't they? All 3 on the right are Crazy Lace Agate, the one on the left it is a Rhyolite.

Every year, around Christmas and June I seem to create a small collection... what for? It's quite simple: for William's teachers. I think I should revisit the past 6 years of these mini-collection and really have done them as such.

Anyhow, I keep digressing (sorry, my brain is quite fried these days). This is my Soft Summer Hues interpretation and I am definitely sticking with it:

CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, embroidery thread crochet, Crazy Lace Agate, wire wrapping, ooak necklace, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, embroidery thread crochet, Crazy Lace Agate, wire wrapping, ooak necklace, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, embroidery thread crochet, Rhyolite, wire wrapping, ooak necklace, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, embroidery thread crochet, Crazy Lace Agate, wire wrapping, ooak necklace, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, embroidery thread crochet, Crazy Lace Agate, wire wrapping, ooak necklace, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, embroidery thread crochet, Crazy Lace Agate, wire wrapping, ooak necklace, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

As you see, the necklaces are quite unique in their own way: the enameled charm, the stone, the wrap, the colours of the neckpiece; while they are linked by the similar elements. I am so grateful for my box of embroidery threads. It is a blast to open that box and search for colours that will work for a certain piece. Whipping up the neckpiece is a fast affair for me, as crochet is in my blood and in time I've also learned to make the wire wrapped ends perfectly the same for all.

Every finding is hand made (except for the jump rings) and you don't want to know how I flame-painted the hooks at the end! It's quite a funny story :) The wrapped links have a double job: link in the fabric elements to the wire elements (by using the lovely size 6 seed beads) and to serve as a possible shortening / lengthening elements for the necklace. It took me a while to think the neckpieces, but I am (at this moment) almost as proud of their design as I am of the enameled pieces.

That was my journey for this month's CC7A; thank you, Sally, for getting me way out of my comfort zone and having to travel where I haven't traveled before!

Please make sue you visit everyone else in our small, but mighty group:

Sally (June host)
Monique (August)
Cynthia (September)
Christine (November)
Alicia (April host) ~ you are here
Therese (May host)

I haven't forgotten about the enamel progression, here it is:

CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, ooak components :: All Pretty Things

This is transparent flux, with transparent enamel on top. Soft :)
CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, ooak components :: All Pretty Things

This is white base, and opaque enamel on top. Better, but not very fond of the result.
CC7A, Summer Soft Hues: copper, enamel, ooak components :: All Pretty Things

Bingo!: white base (1010, 2 coats) with transparent enamel on top (2300, Opalescent Green, 3 coats),

Thursday, June 25, 2015

8 Illusions you can do with water

Now that the summer vacation has started, we can have fun and experiment :)




8 Illusions you can do with water
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Work in progress

As you know by now, I am in love with copper, glass, and stones (precious or semi- or simply stones). I found myself working more and more just in these 3 mediums, and while I don't spend too much time designing or making a lot these days, I try to do something every week. Of course, that means not much gets finished; no matter how much I try to hammer, solder, tumble, and put the finishes touches in less than 2 hours, it never works.

Thus, some work in progress ~ and hopefully you'll see the finished items some time this century as well!

Copper pendant ~ washers, metal working, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

Besides the 4 elements above, one thing I truly love in life is circles. Maybe because they are such a perfect shape, no angles, no start, no finish, Extremely versatile shape. The pendant above gave me some troubles (the washers did not want to stay soldered to each other), but I still love it. I am not sure if it's finished or not, I think I will add some heat patina and evaluate the status again. I love the rough look on some of the washers and I think once it has patina and a neckpiece it'll be done. Right now, at least, I don't feel like adding anything else (but I am known to change my mind a lot).

Copper ring ~ metal working, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

Aah - this piece... THE ring. I can't start telling you how much I love it and for how long I dreamed about making it. And guess what, apparently I need to dream about something long enough, 'cause this time the soldering went really, really quickly and well. I have tried this new copper paste solder (from Tucson ;) ) and I am purely in love!

Copper ring ~ metal working, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty ThingsCopper ring ~ metal working, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

The ring is not fully finished, it had been in the tumbler for a while, but I think I'll use the dremel on it first, heat patina as well, then give it one more tumble.

Copper ring ~ metal working, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

When I tumbled the 2 pieces above I found this ring waiting patiently, God knows for how long... rustic and very simple. I like it :)

Copper links: wire, Thompson enamel, metal working, ooak jewelry :: All Pretty Things

Now onto the perfect combination of the 2 'loves' (metal and glass): enameled copper. Last week I made the links and today I enameled them. I wasn't very sure why the colour won't show better... until I arrived home and discovered my mistake: for some unknown reasons I thought 1000s are the transparent codes and I happily used 2000s, which I was sure are the opaques. You guessed it, it's the other way around.

Oh, well - I still like the end result, a lot. But I think I'll give it a try next week with the opaques :)

OOAK Pendant: copper wire, Thompson enamel, metal working, ooak jewelry, crazy lace agate :: All Pretty ThingsOOAK Pendant: copper wire, Thompson enamel, metal working, ooak jewelry, crazy lace agate :: All Pretty Things

Crazy Lace agate in a cute trapezoidal shape.

OOAK Pendant: copper wire, Thompson enamel, metal working, ooak jewelry, crazy lace agate :: All Pretty Things

Crazy lace agate (again)

OOAK Pendant: copper wire, Thompson enamel, metal working, ooak jewelry, crazy lace agate :: All Pretty ThingsOOAK Pendant: copper wire, Thompson enamel, metal working, ooak jewelry, crazy lace agate :: All Pretty Things

And, of course, one more crazy lace agate (someone went to the store last week and found herself loose in the gemstone area)

OOAK Pendant: copper wire, Thompson enamel, metal working, ooak jewelry, rhyolite :: All Pretty Things

This one - I cannot capture the frame well in the picture. If you wonder, yes, I wanted the 'rough', ragged look of the half-fired enamel. Why? because I love the feel and look of it. The stone is a Rhyolite. The pendant is quite big now - all stones are about 2 in in height, so you can imagine... (mental note: add a ruler or quarter to the pictures, for easy visual reference).

That was my WIP report for the week... now that I figured out the transparent / opaque mystery, I itch to get back and re-do the links / frames. Patience is the name of the game, I guess.

Thank you for stopping by!