Posts Tagged ‘Vas Dea’

This month I have decided to join in with the AJE theme challenge of March Hares,  and the reveal day is today, yay!

The idea, is primarily to have fun, whilst creating some sort of jewellery element or piece that fits within the Hare theme, chosen by the talented pool of artists within the AJE team. I find that challenges are a great way to nudge your creative muse into shape, taking you out of the comfort zone you are currently residing in. This is one of the reasons I like them so much,  but I also really enjoy the reveal date. Seeing what other artists have created from the same seed of an idea, and how that has been interpreted is always a bit of a treat.

I thought that I would create some Hare beads of my own rather than make a piece of jewellery or use another artists art bead to fulfill the remit of this challenge.

Up until now, I have not made a hare or rabbit bead out of glass. I am not sure why, I do indeed own a rabbit, Jim, our family pet. Jim is also a girl and not a boy ( long story involving two vets to confirm the he/she bit). Jim is our rescue rabbit and not only did they get the girl/ boy thing wrong when we adopted her, but they forgot to tell us that she would indeed one day be rather large.. . She is a cross between a Rex and a Giant rabbit, utterly adorable , daft and quite a character. And although she is not a Hare, she was quite handy to take some sketches from.

As a result of my live inspiration, there is a little piece of Jim in each of the following beads I am about to show you.

Firstly,  I made a few beads with the Hares Moon gazing upwards, as so often depicted in books and other artists impressions of these animals.

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Then I made a few more Hare beads, slightly smaller, crouching down but still gazing up, I played around with a few different shades and colours of glass.

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Next,  I thought it would be a bit of fun to make a Hare sculpted head bead with Jim in mind. She has enormous ears and they can often be seen pointed in opposing directions, usually when we are chasing her around the garden trying to encourage her to go back into her cage so that Foxy Loxy doesn’t make a meal out of her.

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And finally I created few Hare sketched beads, these were definitely the most challenging, but the end result was worth it.

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It was fun taking part in this challenge, thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoyed my creative Hare journey, now I am off to see what the others have made in the March Hare AJE challenge.

AJE Team
Heather – Hidden Ridge Studio
Keren Panthaki   YOU ARE HERE
Karin Grosset Grange – Ginko et Coquelicot
Michelle McEnroe ( 4 pieces pinned on  the AJE Pinterest page)

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Happy New Year to you all.

This year I am toasting 15 years of creating with glass.

I am looking forward to spending more time torching, forging, enamelling and jewellery making. I do a lot of this already, but could do better at getting myself  ‘out there’ especially online.

My Etsy shop is being updated this month and will be filled with a selection of my jewellery. My web site is going to be tackled too.

I have made a promise to myself to just ‘post’, so instead of boring you all to tears with a lot of verbal drivel… here are a couple of items to brighten the New Year.


                                             All that Glistens 


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I have also been making more of my signature headpins


                                       Spring Birds and Buds



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Keren xx

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Summer is now upon us and the schools are due to break up in the next couple of weeks.

I look forward to this part of the year. I get to spend more time with the boys, enjoy our family summer holiday and can take full advantage of the long days and light evenings.

We have a wish list of family things to do this summer. All beginning with the letter F = fun! Ranging from: sleepovers, classic car shows, go-kart racing and popping into a few exhibitions that are currently running in London and other parts of the UK.

Talking of exhibitions, one that stands out for me this year is being held at the Broadfield House Glass Museum.

A lampwork necklace of mine has been selected and is featured in the exhibition called A String of Beads .

It runs from May 10th – Sept 14th 2014 inclusive.

For those of you that can’t make it, here is my necklace that is currently on display at the museum.

I created the focal and accent beads (lamp work) and then designed the necklace using semi-precious stones and my own Sterling Silver hand-forged clasp and findings.


                   Watercolour Tulips  –  Keren Panthaki 


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The birdies made me do it…..

I am a self confessed artisan bead bird freak ( try saying that after a G & T)!

I love to find ways of including them into my artwork, they do look so very cute – nestled amongst other art beads, or just as a focal point in a necklace or a pair of earrings. The ABS March inspirational challenge is to create a piece of jewellery with hand made artisan beads, and inspirational ideas based around the painting below.  I have created some cute birdie earrings, Spring Chicks – complete with my own handmade copper artisan discs and Sterling silver ear wires.



 Birds on Riser – 1944

by Adolf Dietrich






Spring Chick Artisan earrings with art beads and copper accents by Keren Panthaki

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Where does the time go? I can’t quite believe that we are into the first third of this month already. I usually find the beginning of the year a bit slow, but the last few weeks have just flown by and my feet have hardly touched the ground.

Along with my family commitments, I have been busy making jewellery, mainly earrings, and trying to sort out my online presence. The latter is proving to be rather time consuming…..

The earrings on the other hand are going quite well, especially as I find them pretty enjoyable to make. A lot more fun than reading through ‘terms and conditions’ for the umpteenth time. Though, not wanting to drown in jewellery, beads and hand-made elements this year, the web presence is a vital part of my business and I am on track to getting it sorted out.

As you can see I have been playing with enamels – my new love

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And mastering those elusive lampwork pretty pinks

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And finally, wrapping it up with my hand-made copper elements and enamel beads

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That felt so good…now, back to the web editing…..yawn….

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This year Lori Anderson of  www.prettythingsblog.com  decided to hold a Pinterest competition for the BSBP participants.

Lori and a panel of six other judges,  BeaducationFusion Beads,Kalmbach PublishingLima BeadsNina Designs & PJ Tool & Craft,  took part in viewing and judging over 900 individual pieces of submitted work,  created by 541 talented bead soup bloggers spread out across the globe.

There were some truly amazing entries, so as you can imagine – I am a little stunned, but very excited to have been selected as a prize winner.

My Ode to Spring Creations won a prize in the Best Use of Colour category – selected by Lima Beads.


It is very humbling to have been chosen as there were so many beautiful creative entries. Wow!

A huge thank you goes out to Lori for all her hard work in putting together the 7th BSBP. Also for her amazing creative drive and energy, without which, none of this would have been possible.

I would like to thank the judges too,  for what must have been an incredibly difficult task.

And last but not least, thank you Alison Sachs, my bead soup blog partner.

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