Sunday, April 6, 2014

Color of Dreams reveal

Rita of Toltec Jewels put together a lovely blog hop: Color of Dreams. She sent 50 (fifty!) of us an orphan, ooak bead by Patricia Handschuh: colourful bits of dreams, indeed! Look at them:

Mine is not in the picture, I came late to the party - and I believe Rita purchased more beads after taking this gorgeous picture.

Being far, far away from Rita (across the border), my bead came in about 10 days ago. That was my luck, I believe, I didn't have time to think too much, I had to create something. But... what? The beads are charming and tiny, about 1/2 "... How can I make it into a focal, without overpowering it?

Then I started to think about dreams - I have so many, and they are all colourful... just like my charm. Purple and violet, with yellow blossoms, and green sprigs of hope. I always dreamed in colour, consciously or not, vivid, bright dreams. When I was young(er) I once was afraid that once a dream come true, there is nothing else to follow it. I believe for a while I stopped trying to follow my dreams, out of this incoherent fear. Then I grew up and I realized that once a dream is completed, your life continues, and you make more dreams. We are dream factories, each of us, isn't that a nice idea?

So I started to complete dream after dream, in no particular order, as opportunities arrived - and something fabulous happened: the more dream I could 'check off' my list, the more dreams appeared :)

Along these lines of thoughts, while still searching for a perfect solution for my bead, an idea presented itself: how about a frame?! ah, now we can talk!

I must admit it has been a hard one. I now know why - I chose the wrong size for the frame's wire. But I left the house with just half of my bag, so I had to make it work as it was. The enameling went OK per se - it's not as stellar as I wanted it in this composition (I had a hard time getting the frame to stick to everything, skill-learning in progress :) ). Bottom line: it's a beautiful idea, the implementation is not perfect. Dream still in progress - and it already gave birth to a couple of other ideas (which I promptly drew on a piece of paper).

Here is my Exotic Dream:
Exotic dreams: ooak polymer clay, copper, enamel, metal work, ooak pendant :: All Pretty Things

Exotic dreams: ooak polymer clay, copper, enamel, metal work, ooak pendant :: All Pretty Things

Exotic dreams: ooak polymer clay, copper, enamel, metal work, ooak pendant :: All Pretty Things

Thank you for checking my colourful dreams - thank you, Rita, for the lovely opportunity, and to a wonderful artist, Patricia, for creating such gems! It was a pleasure working with it!

Please make sure you check the other artists' dreams - it will be a colourful Sunday!

Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams      
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends

Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha
Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean
Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack
Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets
Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts


  1. This is totally cool! Great shape reference emphasizing the bead! Love it! jean

  2. I love your design! I also love your idea of us being dream factories!

  3. Alicia your enameling really made that bead pop. I like your wire frame. Your necklace is very creative and unique.

  4. How cool!!! I like the frame work. The colors really accent the bead. Would never have "dreamed" something like that. Excellent work. Thanks for posting!

  5. Super cool. I love how you think out of the box or should I say in the box. hehehe It's great how the frame echoes the shape of the focal bead and the circles add so much interest. Dream factories hmmm...nice.

  6. Oooh, the bead looks like a little garden at the center of a beautiful courtyard, Alicia. Sorry if that is a little prosaic... just my first impression, a bird's eye view of a charming little house, with towers encircling it. Well I guess my bird must be an architect *TeeHee* I love the boldness and originality and (dare I say it?) the asymmetry :)

  7. The necklace is simply lovely, and wonderfully creative. The idea of us being dream factories makes me smile--and I think it's true! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  8. I read that as "erotic dream" at first and I thought that is pretty tame. LOL. I think it's a great idea that really showcases the bead. The great thing about dreams is that they change as you change and grow; so does our art. So exciting and so may possibilities.

  9. First I have to say that those beads are stunning - really glorious in all of their color.

    Your piece is really pretty. The bead at center with the frame showcasing it is just lovely and as others have said the enameling brings it all back to center.

  10. Very cool idea! I got my bead fairly recently too, and sometimes I think it's better not to have too much time to think.

  11. I love your idea of framing the gorgeous bead. I agree with your notion of our being dream factories.

  12. What a great idea! I just love the frame and if you aren't yet satisfied with the design, I can hardly wait to see it when you are because it is stunning now.

  13. You and I were on the same wavelength Alicia! I framed my bead as well, with (of course) seed beads. I do love seeing your piece still evolving, which is what happens so many times with our dreams. Well done dear!

  14. Love the frame idea! Yours is really unique and fun!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

  15. Very unique idea - it allows the bead to stand out!

  16. It's really exotic design love it.


  17. I love how you framed the bead. It looks very exotic and unique. Keep on dreaming up ideas.

  18. You surely made sure to keep the pillow bead as a focal. I love your interpretation of your dream.

  19. Wow, I must say it again WOW!!! I love this creative idea and dream it is wonderful and your bead is really cute too!!!

  20. One of a kind jewelry for a one of a kind bead! Love what you did....striking and unique!

  21. The frames, circles, and textures are all wonderful! Dreams morph and turn and can take a while to complete, but the journey is rich and full of side dreams we may not have been aware we had.
    This is a lovely piece, Alicia :-)

  22. Beautifully showcased, gorgeous design making the bead the standout center piece-love it.

  23. I love the frame idea, a perfect Dream Catcher. You really let your bead shine!

  24. So wonderfully different - art deco almost! I love it to bits.

  25. Alicia I love the way you framed your bead! It highlights that dreams are achievable & yet there are more to be had. I'm like you, I dream in color too. We must be very artistic people !!!! :)

  26. Oh awesome!! Alicia, this is brilliant! Creating an industrial, metal, factory like frame to represent the understanding that we are dream factories is genius! A piece that truly reaches the level of wearable art/ true art jewelry. Stunning! I love your enameling, your metal work, your wirework, your innovative, postmodern & enchanting dream pendant! This rocks!

    Bravo!! And thank you for sharing your gifts with us!
    xxoo Rita

  27. I like it. I love the framework and like the uniqueness of it. I think the framework is just right for your bead. Love the enameling with it.

  28. What a fabulous design for that beautiful bead! May the outcome of the dream for the final and/or other designs be positive for you. I do love this design already!

  29. That is so incredibly out of the box- love it! You did such a great job with taking a sweet little bead and making it edgy and so very cool. Christie

  30. Minunat! Splendid ! Extraordinar !
    Intră în "sfera" desenului şi a culorilor pentru care am o maaaare slăbiciune !
    Succes şi la mai mare !

  31. Oh, I love how you created a focal around your bead like that ! Sorry this comment comes so late, this week has been a little heretic.


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