Archive for April, 2013

Finally the day has arrived for the 3rd Reveal –  in the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.

Here is the Soup that Alison sent me, it was a pretty colour palette that I found easy to work with. The focal bead was made from polymer clay, as were two matching smaller beads ; also included were some blue polymer birdies, wooden beads, a mix of metal hoops and enamelled coils. Alison also sent me some lightweight copper chain and some pretty blue / green sari silk.


 Here is the hand made  Bead Soup mix I sent to Alison, I wonder how she got on? 


I started off by making some earrings,   I wanted to keep things quite simple in design, the idea is that you could wear these with both the necklace and bracelet without the whole ensemble being a bit over the top.

Ode to Spring earrings


Next came the bracelet, lots of interest, but again not too clunky as the components are quite light.  I find heavy bracelets quite annoying to wear so the polymer and lightweight mixed metals really helped keep it all nice and light. For a splash more colour I also added a few of my own lampwork beads.

Ode to Spring bracelet


And  finally  the necklace, this piece really pulls the whole set together, I drilled another hole in the pendant to make it into a focal connector.   Then I added my own handmade lampwork and copper clasp to balance the piece,  and included some more of my lampwork beads and headpins to add weight and texture.  Can you spot the baby birdie ?  it is my personal little ` Ode to Spring ‘ and goes along with the woodland them of the collection.

Ode to Spring necklace


And now it is time to visit some of the other participants to see the delights that they have created.

Adlinah Kamsir http://www.dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.com
Agi Kiss http://moonsafaribeads.blogspot.com
Alenka Obid http://www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Alison Sachs http://www.beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com
Amanda Tibbetts http://www.amandamade.com/blog
Amy Sims http://www.amysimsdesigns.com
Ana Cravidao http://acbeads.blogspot.com
Andra Marasteanu http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com
Andria Poole http://www.Jewelleryartiste.blogspot.com
Angela Perkins http://jeweledinspirations.blogspot.com
Anja Schultz http://anjas-perlenwelt.blogspot.de
Ann Sherwood http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com
Anna Nordeman http://annas-adornments.blogspot.com
Annita Wilson http://awjewelryandbeadwork.blogspot.com
Arlene Dean http://aglassbash.blogspot.com
Astrid Boyce http://astridboyce.blogspot.com
Barb Fernald http://barbarasfernald.com
Betty James Hoppensteadt http://www.tybetastidbits.blogspot.com
Birgit Klughardt http://www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com
Bonnie Coursolle http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca
Brandy Thomason McNair http://www.bellavitajewelry.blogspot.com
Brenda Sigafoos http://brenda-sigafoos.blogspot.com
Carmen Lau http://littlemake.blogspot.com
Carol Wilson http://jetadorn.blogspot.com
Caroline Dewison http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Cassie Donlen http://www.cassiedonlen.blogspot.com
Catharine Temaluru http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com
Catherine Turrell http://fairysketches.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri Reed http://www.creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Cherrie Warzocha http://colorsofshae.blogspot.com
Christa Murphy http://adventuresofwonebeadywoman.blogspot.com
Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com
Christina Stofmeel http://www.fengbeads.com
Christine Hansen http://intuitivesparks.blogspot.com
Christine Stonefield http://www.sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com
Cilla Watkins http://www.tellyourgirlfriends.com
Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com
Claire Lockwood http://www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com
Colleen Vinthagen http://www.thewireworkshop.com/blog
Dagmar Liebisch http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de
Dana Fowler http://www.blogjunepur.blogspot.com
Danielle Kelley http://imbuethemuse.blogspot.com
Deb Fortin http://www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.co.uk
Denise Milward http://milwardstorysofar.wordpress.com
Diah Anggreni http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com
Diana Gonzalez http://www.arteypoemas.com
Diane Valasek http://dragonflyclose.blogspot.com
Dita Basu http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com
Doris Stumpf http://glaszwerg.blogspot.de
Elizabeth Bunn http://elizabethbeads.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Drake http://mutteringsofacrone.wordpress.com
Elizabeth Jones http://www.eyekandyjewellery.com
Elizabeth Stolarczyk http://elizabethsart.blogspot.co.uk
Ema Kilroy http://www.emakdesigns.com/blog
Erin Kenny http://beadifultherapy.blogspot.ca
Evelyn Duberry Www.ShebaMakeda.com
Fay Wolfenden http://www.torchfairy.blogspot.com
Francesca Watson http://francescawatson.com
Gen Smith http://gennysworld.blogspot.com
Ginger Davis Allman http://www.thebluebottletree.com
Giorgia Rossini http://www.joyblonde.blogspot.com
Hannah Annear http://www.quirkyhannah.wordpress.com
Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Heidi Kingman http://www.Heidikingman.blogspot.com
Ildiko Jarai http://www.sviroalkotasai.blogspot.hu
Iveth Caruso http://www.CreativeAtelier.net
Jackie Locantore http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStarSanctuaryStudio
Jacqueline Keller http://www.creartelier.blogspot.com
Jane Pranata Lim http://cherryeve.blogspot.com
Jennifer Davis http://jennifersjewelsandjunk.blogspot.com

Jennifer Tough http://jenniferbeads.blogspot.ca
Jenny Vidberg http://shymessmycken.blogspot.se
Jessica Klaaren Http://cellardoorjewelry.blogspot.com
Joanna Matuszczyk http://filcowe.blogspot.com
Joyce Becker http://www.joycesjoyfulgems.blogspot.com
Judith Johnston http://www.lampworkbeadlounge.com
Judy Riley http://www.threeredbeads.blogspot.com
JuLee Wolfe http://www.thepolymerpenguin.blogspot.com
June Butt http://www.onewhiteswan.blogspot.co.nz
Karen Mitchell http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Karin King http://www.maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Karin von Hoeren http://www.creativeideen.de
Karla Morgan http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com
Kathrin Lembke http://allesperle.blogspot.de
Kathy Stemke http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic http://slovoni.blogspot.com
Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com
Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Kelley Fogle http://www.mylifeonebeadatatime.blogspot.com
Keren Panthaki https://vasdea.wordpress.com
Kimberly Idalski http://www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com
Kirsi Loponen http://peikkonen.blogspot.com
Klaudia Tóth http://www.klaudiabizsu.hu
Krista Quantrill http://www.cornucopiaofcrafts.blogspot.ca
Kristina Hahn Eleniak http://www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Kristina Johansson http://www.wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com
Laney Mead http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk
Lara Lutrick http://www.lutrick.blogspot.com
Laura Guenther http://www.blueantiquities.blogspot.com
Lauren Potts http://www.lpsjewelry.blogspot.com
Laurie Vyselaar http://www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Leah Tees http://www.mybeadylittleeyes.blogspot.ca
Lena Adams http://mommaslilbirdiesblog.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt http://www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Leslie Wayment http://www.aabeadsonline.com/blog
LiliKrist http://pcbylik.blogspot.com
Linda Kropp http://lindasartbarn.blogspot.com
Linda Newnham http://www.earth-shine.co.uk
Linda Younkman http://www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Boucher http://lisasclayhappenings.blogspot.com
Lizzie Clarke http://www.theneedtobead.blogspot.com
Lora Bright http://fandangling.wordpress.com
Lorelle McIntyre http://beadyart.blogspot.com.au
Lori Anderson http://www.PrettyThingsBlog.com
Lori Finney http://lori-finney.blogspot.ca
Lucie Bouvier http://www.carlosbeadstore.com/blog
Malin de Koning http://beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.se
Marina Dobrynina http://savonfeutre.blogspot.fr
Marina Kosovic http://machoopko-design.blogspot.com
Marion Simmons http://www.shadetreejewelry.com/blog.html
Marita Suominen http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi
Marjolein Trewavas http://roomforchangemeuk.blogspot.co.uk
Marsela Schroth http://www.marselita.de
Martha Aleo http://www.ornamento.wordpress.com
Mary Govaars http://www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Mary K McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com
Maybeline Tay http://thejewelrylarder.blogspot.sg
Mea-B. Uebler http://www.glasorakel.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger http://www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Menka Gupta http://menkag.blogspot.com
Merja Sundström http://suntsan.blogspot.fi
Merja Syrjämäki http://helmiriippuvuus.blogspot.fi
Michelle Buettner http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Michelle Escano http://www.cabbycraft.blogspot.com
Michelle Wigginton http://adornedonadelaide.blogspot.ca
Milla Hope http://www.Lbcreativeart.com
Miranda Ackerley http://www.mirandack.com

Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com

Mrs M Makes http://www.mrsmmakes.wordpress.com
Nan Smith http://www.wirednan.blogspot.com
Natalie Davidson http://northshoredays.blogspot.co.nz
Natalie Moten http://runningoutofthread.blogspot.com
Natascha Marty http://www.sommerlicht.ch
Nikki Banham-Hall http://jewellerymakingblog.blogspot.co.uk
Noemi Baena http://blog.noemibaena.com
Norma Turvey http://moonlitfantaseas.blogspot.com
Pam DeBoer http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com
Pam Hurst http://www.pamhurst.blogspot.com
Patti Pruhs http://threebeadsandastring.blogspot.com
Penny Houghton http://www.smellynelly.blogspot.com.au
Penny Mills http://www.cobblestone-lane.blogspot.com
Rachel Van-Walsh http://www.balancedcrafts.com/blog
Rebecca Sirevaag http://www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Regina Santerre http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com
Regina Wood http://www.gina-design.blogspot.com
Roberta Fauntroy http://www.thevirtualbeadsociety.wordpress.com
Rosanagh Watson http://ring-a-ring-a-rosie.blogspot.co.uk

  Rose Johnson http://swtrosethorn.blogspot.com

Rosemary Cheslock http://www.glasseyebutterfly.tumblr.com

Rossana De Gaspari http://rdegas.blogspot.com
Sabine Dittrich http://www.perlendschungel.blogspot.com
Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreations.tumblr.com
Sandi James http://www.dobedobeaddo.blogspot.com
Sandra McGriff http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca
Sandra Wollberg http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.com
Sandra Young http://gypsyroadbeads.blogspot.ca
Shai Williams http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com
Sharon Palac http://www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com
Sierra Barrett http://giraffecanhas.wordpress.com
Silke Gröber http://just-beads.blogspot.com
Siobhán Keogh http://vovsjewellery.blogspot.ie
Stefanie Teufel http://stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com
Stephanie Stamper http://www.Skwds.blogspot.com
Sue Hamel http://cardandjewelrycorner.blogspot.com
Sue Rennie http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk
Susan Kennedy http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Susan McClelland http://mistheword12.wordpress.com
Susanna Lehto http://othellehto.blogspot.fi
Suse Stelljes http://www.pearlify.blogspot.de
Susie Hibdon http://vintagesusieandwings.blogspot.com
Suzann Sladcik Wilson http://www.BeadphoriaBlog.com
Tara Plote http://newbiebeader.blogspot.com
Terri G. http://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com
Terry Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com
Terry Matuszyk http://pinkchapeau.wordpress.com
Theresa Frank http://www.theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Tina Bosh http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com
Tina Noonan http://www.wingedimp.blogspot.com
Toltec Jewels http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Facebook Participants

Audrey Allen https://www.facebook.com/adallen07
Cindy Wimmer Muse https://www.facebook.com/mritech813
Cynthia O’Toole https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.otoole
Deb Floros https://www.facebook.com/deb.floros
Debbie Jensen https://www.facebook.com/debbie.jensen.984
Erin Honeycutt https://www.facebook.com/erin.honeycutt1
Kaushambi Shah https://www.facebook.com/kaushambi.shah
Lisa Lloyd Harrison https://www.facebook.com/lisa.lloydharrison
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For the last couple of weeks I have busied myself with sorting out a small corner of the house. I did manage a small jaunt to France, Germany and Bruges, boys Easter hols, but more about that later. I am feeling quite pleased with myself as I have now created some extra studio space 🙂 primarily,  to make component metal parts for my jewellery. I had outgrown the previous spot and needed somewhere larger with running water and a secondary torch to hand too. I am now on the hunt for another kiln, but this is proving to be a bit of a challenge as Kilns are invariably expensive and I must make sure I end up with the right one….

When I first started making jewellery I used to buy Artisan findings from individual makers. Artisan findings are usually well made, but you do have to look around and make sure that you are indeed buying something that someone has actually fashioned themselves. Handmade  items of any quality are often expensive, you are paying for time, skill, materials and the ideas and creativity of the maker. A lot of these items are fairly individual compared to the mass-produced market, but there is nothing quite like making your own components for truly unique pieces of jewellery.

Metalsmithing is time-consuming, so I often approach it in splurges and spend a few days making a number of pieces that I then have to hand,  ready to use in my work.

Copper Clasps and Hoops

DSC_0138And now for a glimpse of my travels to mainland Europe

It would be rude not to share some of the fab photos I took on the trip, fun was had by all, even if the weather was a little bracing at times.


Padlocks of Love on the Hohenzollernbrücke Bridge in Koln Germany with the Cathedral in the background. I have so many cool pics of these locks, it was an amazing day.


I actually climbed up the Jakobsberg mountain in Boppard to take this picture, it was bit rough underfoot but I made it to the top in one piece,  the view was spectacular.


Bunny’s best side – a chocolate shop in Bruges, believe me – this bunny  was big!

photoOyster shells in the window of a fish restaurant in Bruges

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