Sunday, January 7, 2018

January Art Bead Scene Challenge

Title of watercolor:  Spring  By: Frances MacDonald

Title: Spring
By: Frances MacDonald
Date: c. 1900-1905
Medium: Watercolor on linen

Every month the Art Bead Scene challenges their readers to create jewelry inspired by a featured artwork. You have until the end of the month to share your work and then they pick two winners to receive beads and jewelry-making supplies from their sponsors. The only rule is that you must use at least one art bead in your piece!

This month's artwork is Spring by Frances MacDonald (1873-1921). She was a Scottish painter who contributed greatly to the “Glasgow Style” during the 1890s.  She was a great influence during the Art Nouveau period and the styles that it ushered in. Her style of Art Nouveau (literally “new art”) with its fluid linear forms is inspired by natural plant life, drawing on nature, gender, symbolism, mythology and modernity. The dreamy colors of the period were light and neutral, metallic and natural. The shapes are languid but there is also an element of more modern geometry, like squares and intersecting lines.

Pantone's Color of the Year--Ultra Violet
Pantone's Color of the Year--Ultra Violet

The color of the year for 2018 is Ultraviolet and this painting is perfect inspiration for using violet in a piece of art jewelry.  I love purple so this is my big chance to use some from my hoard of beads to create. 
Pansies Photo by Jakub Jacobsky on Unsplash
I look forward to pansies in the fall and spring so I couldn't resist these floral beads by by British artisan Natalie McKenna of Grubbi. The pansy beads have the perfect purples, greens, and yellow colors in the painting and the subject of pansies is perfect for this watercolor.  

Long Pansy Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Long Pansy Earrings by BayMoonDesign
I love the fact that these ceramics have a pretty back which is a green leaf.  These pretty floral beads are paired with violet Swarvoski crystals and pearls that dangle from the bottoms.  A couple of Czech glass matte metallics English cut beads and a few Czech glass luster root beer AB O-beads top off the earrings.  The pansy earrings have sterling silver ear wires. These handmade earrings are available HERE.

Other side of Long Pansy Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Other side of Long Pansy Earrings by BayMoonDesign
 These pansy earrings make a great birthday or Valentine gift.

I find the fact that these earrings are ceramics amazing. They look a lot like wood. I discovered that these ceramics are made from stoneware clay. Once shaped they are left to dry out for up to 7 days, they then go through their first bisque firing at cone 04 for approx 14 hour including cooling. They are then glazed with high fire glazes and fired for a second time to cone 6 (1222C) for approx 18 hours including cooling. A third and fourth firing in the kiln makes the image/word permanent. A lot of time and effort goes into these miniature pieces of art.

What are your thoughts on these ceramics and earrings?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

December Art Bead Scene Challenge

Title: Still Life with Tulips and Fruit Bowl
By: Susan Valadon
Date: 1924
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Every month the Art Bead Scene challenges their readers to create jewelry inspired by the featured artwork. The only rule is that you must use at least one art bead in your piece!  This month's inspiration piece is perfect for Christmas time.  I love the reds and greens in  "Still Life with Tulips and Fruit Bowl" by Susan Valadon.  Suzanne Valadon (1865 - 1938) was a French painter and artists’ model who was born in France.  In 1894, Valadon became the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. 

  Red Rose Art Necklace by BayMoonDesign

                                    Red Rose Art Necklace by BayMoonDesign

I used a lampwork bead with deep red, olive green and navy blue in it.  I added a handmade green head pin and a brass bead cap to it.  I used red glass beads in the necklace to brighten the color palette.  I spaced the green blister pearls with small brown pearls. I also used  jasper and special a handmade fiber and paper bead of my creation.  I included a pretty polymer clay red rose art bead by Leah Curtis.  I love how the necklace turned out.  It is available for purchase HERE.  I think it would make a very special gift.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Art Elements Christmas Blog Hop

Photo of owl by Philip Marsh on Unspla
Photo by Philip Marsh on Unsplash
Welcome to the Art Elements Christmas Blog Hop sponsored by Art Elements.   Anyone can join in this challenge and you can make your ornaments from any material you please and in any style you like – it just has to be hand made. The goal of the challenge is to have fun and maybe be inspired to try something new and make something different.
front of owl ornament by BayMoonDesign
owl ornament by BayMoonDesign

I have been saving Altoid tins for a number of years. I like to have them on hand to ship delicate pieces of jewelry and I store bead mixes in them too. Recently, I had been toying with the idea of making Christmas ornaments from them. I have collected a few ideas of what other folks have done with Altoid boxes here on Pinterest. There are also several tutorials there. After gathering ideas and reading tutorials, I decided that my Altoid tin ornament will be centered around some cute owls that I found on a Christmas card given to me by a dear friend in the 1980's.

Back of the ornament
Back of the ornament
I used that card as the background on the ornament and to cover the back and sides of the tin I used some paper with a wood pattern that I had on hand.  I dug into my collection of art beads and a ceramic with a heart on it. I added a few beads to it.   I used beading wire and crimp beads to connect them.  Before attaching them to the Altoid tin I used a hole punch and placed two small holes which I centered on the bottom of the tin prior to attaching any paper to the tin.  I opened a jump ring and inserted into the two holes, and then closed the jump ring.  This is where I attached my strand of beads.  I then covered the inside of the tin with part of the card.  To cover the bottom and sides, I used wood patterned paper. Modge Podge was used to adhere the paper to the tin.  I used scraps of white trim around the edges and added a snowflake that I made from paper.  I also added a tiny tree and owl that I found at the store.  The final touches to the ornament include a strand of white and brown twine that I ran around the sides and up to the top.  This twine serves as a way to hang the ornament.  I also added a white bow at the top.   I made 2 ornaments using this owl card.  I plan to give one of my friend that sent me the card in the '80's for her family Christmas tree and one to my daughter who loves owls.  Be careful what you send me!  It just may make it back to you.

Photo of hot beverage by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
Now go and grab a hot beverage and sit back and enjoy seeing what ornament other folks made for this blog hop.  A special thanks to  Lesley Watt for organizing this.  A visit to the blogs and comments are appreciated.

Guest Designers

Art Elements Team

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

We're All Ears :: 3rd Annual Use Your Leftovers Challenge!

Welcome to the We're All Ears 3rd Annual Use Your Leftovers Challenge.  The directions began with a request to take a picture of my bead table.  I hate to show what it looks like.  It is amazing I can find anything on it and sometimes I can't.

My bead table

Next, we were directed to find a divided box, bin, baggies or small bowls and go through the stash on your  table picking out coordinated sets that you can use to create earrings. Put these pieces together with ear wires, chain, findings, etc in each division of the box.  Work quickly! Don't take too much time, just focus on filling the sections.  

Divided box with earring parts
Divided box with earring parts

I have a divided box that I use to store earrings components that need to be turned into earrings.  I like to keep my components together in small plastic bags.

I set a timer and allowed 1 hour to make whatever I could in that time.  

Modern  Red Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Modern  Red Earrings by BayMoonDesign

My first pair of earrings  are modern red earrings.  I love the casual look of the red lampwork paired with black ear wires and black jump rings. These are red earrings that are about 1 inches long from the top of the ear wire. The beautiful red lampwork beads were made by artisan Sue Kennedy. I love how the glass looks in the light. The color makes them perfect for lots of holidays like the Christmas, Valentine's Day, Memorial Day.

Bohemian Lilac Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Boho Lilac Earrings by BayMoonDesign
The next pair that I made are boho lilac earrings.  I combined lilac ceramic beads with sterling silver ear wires. These modern geometric earrings are a little over an inch from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the ceramic. I think that they have a fun and casual look. I love how the lilac ceramics have a hint of other pastel shades. I just love the color--so hard to find. The ceramics are by artisan Marsha Neal Studio.

Pink Heart Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Pink Heart Earrings by BayMoonDesign
For my last pair,  I paired the  pretty pink heart ceramics with pink and rose Swarovski crystals and sterling ear wires. I love the sterling silver hearts that are at the bottom of the floral heart design. The ceramic hearts are by British artisan Natalie McKenna of Grubbi.   These earrings are available for purchase here.

In the spirit of giving, , the organizer of this blog hop is offering a giveaway of an Emergency Earring Making kit - with beads and findings to use to make multiple pairs of earrings - valued at over $40.  In order to be chosen, you have to participate in the blog hop starting on December 15th! Winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries on December 25th.  The LinkyTools party is open until December 25th so you have lots of time to play and visit!

Let's get this leftover party started right HERE at Erin's website. Thanks for organizing this Erin.