Beads, beads, beads...

Beads, beads, beads...

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bo Jangles

I am enamored of making fuzzy, dangly neckpieces.  It seems I add more and more dangles to each one that I make.  I have done well at a local art gallery with these pieces.  The The Rehoboth Art League is situated on a beautiful campus in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  If you are ever in the area and enjoy art galleries it is definitely worth visiting.

The latest piece that I have finished is in greens and blues.  Fun to make and fun to wear!


The turquoise drops are made from translucent polymer mixed with alcohol inks.  Messy to do but the colors have a different look that I like... very watery.  So this one I called Bo Jangles... reminds me of the beach and if the beads made noise it would definitely jangle!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fun with "Man Tools"!

Not really man tools but Harbor Freight is definitely one of my hubby's favorite stores.  He walks up and down every aisle very slowly... just like I do at the craft stores... you never know what you might find that you might be able to use - especially when making polymer beads.

I found this carving set at Harbor Freight.  It was inexpensive and I thought the tools would be fun to use on polymer beads for texture. 



Some of the points are a little sharp so be careful if you purchase a set of these.  I had fun making these beads with the carving tools.



  I also got some brass and aluminum tubing in round and square at the "man store" hobby shop....you know where they sell boats, planes, trains and helicopter parts... 






They make great little squares, circles and petals in the clay.  I do the texturing before they are baked then dust them with some mica powders... I named this set "ninja"... the big bead looks like a ninja face to me!  If I have to shop with my hubby I make the most of it... and try to think out of the box!  An interesting find is that these tools cost less than those made specifically for polymer clay design work.  That is always good!

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Library Donation

I haven't blogged for awhile. I have been busy with life and frustrated with trying to leave comments on other blogs. I can if I sign in and don't check the "Stay signed in" box. Hope they get it fixed soon. I have been reading your blogs though and so enjoy seeing what everyone is up to. Lots of great creating going on out there.
I have been busy with some projects. I was asked to donate some art work to a fund raiser for our local library. I ended up on the Sustainability Committee because I was hoping to get the library involved in an art show. My dream is to bring other artists into our area and promote the arts in Seaford, DE. My vision is to have a show that has decent prizes and several categories. Paintings, photography, fiber art, jewelry... It would be a huge project and would take involvement by the whole community. I am about to give up because I am not finding anyone else passionate enough about it to help me push it to reality!

In the mean time I am committed to help our library raise money.   The Seaford Library and Cultural Center  is beautiful and enjoyed by many people in the community.  We are having a fund raising dinner tonight with a local author for our speaker.  It should be a fun event. 

They asked me for a painting.  I have not painted much for awhile and really don't have any inventory that I want to part with so I made some jewelry.  It is colorful and will be fun for summer.






I am going to spend some time with my Friday Bead Friends today.  Girl talk, lunch and some beading!  Can't beat that for a fun day... then off to the Library tonight.  I hope someone looooves this set of wearable art!  I had fun making it!