Art Bead Scene – team members’ challenge blog hop (October 2014)

I really love this month’s ABS challenge image, Milton Avery’s Autumn.

autumn-1944 Milton AveryIf you read this blog regularly you’ll know I’ve been busy making stacks of autumnal pieces, but none of them have included the unusual touches of purple-pink and deep blue found in Avery’s painting.  So this felt like a whole new brief and I’m really glad I found the time to make something. When Heather suggested this ABS team members’, challenge I hadn’t been certain that I’d have the opportunity to make anything. But, anyway, I did and here it is.

fauve 1Just adding the blue and the purple-pink really creates a departure from the more typical autumn shades.  I included one of my beads: the little blue owl. I’d kept hold of him because the glaze on him isn’t as even as it could be and he has that slight blotch around the eye. I rather like him, imperfections and all, and I think he looks quite at home here. In Brandi’s palette post, she picks out a pale grey blue as well as a deeper blue and that wee owl introduces the former. Brandi also picked out an even deeper, almost black blue. I’ve added this tone with the inclusion of a patinated hoop from Grubbi.  To get that vivid purple-pink, I reached for a strand of pink crazy lace agate that I’ve had for an age.

fauve 2You can see both the pink and the blue in the final art bead I used in this piece, a glittering raku round from Elements Pottery.  It’s been a bit of a colour eye-opener for me, this challenge, and I’m always really grateful when I get one of those! I have some doubts about the orange flower at the front and have been wondering if it’s a bit too sudden. But, I figured Avery’s painting has plenty of sudden colour so it’s staying put!  This bracelet is available here in my Etsy shop.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the team have come up with – I’m expecting quite a range of different takes on the challenge image. To see what everyone else has made just follow these links.

New jewellery round-up

My jewellery making has been curtailed recently, what with all the bead making.  However, I have found time, here and there, to make a few new pieces.  My resolution not to make stacks of autumnal designs didn’t stand for very long.

falling leaves 1

(enamel leaf – C-Koop)

one leaf, two leaves 1

(ceramic tubes – Golem Studios)

love leaves 1

(ceramic hearts and button – Bo Hulley)

I guess this last couple aren’t too autumnal. Can’t say the same about these…

turning leaves 1

I’ve also been working in some of my new beads, which has been particularly satisfying.

between the leaves 1

(ceramic bird – Something to do Beads)

lone flyer 1

(ceramic bird – Something to do Beads)

You can tell that the season has turned just by looking at some of these photos, particularly the ones I took of this necklace.

flying south 2

(ceramic bird – Slate Studio, ceramic coins – Blueberribeads)

I had to photoshop the bejesus out of them just to get them looking this respectable, which isn’t very respectable. I should take them again really…. we’ll see… Lots of birds in all these pieces, aren’t there?  Here’s another one of these:

stag bracelet

(ceramic stag bead – Jo Lucksted)

Something less autumnal here:

betwixt bracelet 1

(ceramic cubes – Grubbi; raku cube – Jubilee; button clasp – Amanda Davie)

And matching earrings. Although the bracelet has sold, so I guess they’re just earrings.

cubed and stacked

(ceramic cubes – Grubbi)

And I think that’s the lot. As I indicated, some of these have sold but the majority that haven’t gone are available on Etsy.  There’s a couple still to list which should be up some time tomorrow.  Do let me know if there’s something you’d like which you can’t see in the shop.

Some of the new things….

So, writing for two other blogs has lead me to neglect my own. I have bags of new stuff to show you: both jewellery and beads.  I added some of my new ceramic beads to the bead shop on Thursday. A good number have been snapped up, which is great because it gives me an excuse to keep making them, which I’m absolutely loving doing.  There is still a reasonable number of beads available, so do have a look if you fancy.  I’ll do a post here soon about the new beads but if you’re particularly curious, head here to see a post I did about them on Art Bead Scene.

Today, I’m gonna share my latest jewellery makes. Tomorrow is market day, so are you ready to see the inevitable heap of new things?  Whenever we get to this time of year, I tell myself, ‘Don’t go overboard with the autumnal designs’. And, every year, what happens?

woodlands 1

(lampwork rondelle – Puffafish; wooden barrel – Pymatuning Crafts)

garland 1

(ceramic leaf: Scorched Earth)


(ceramic bead – Gaea)

[I have a confession to make here: that pod-like ornament thing, I spotted it (and very much liked it) in a Fanciful Devices piece. She did share where it came from and without giving it too much thought, I ordered some. Then I wasn’t sure about whether that was a good thing. But, well, they turned up and I’d paid for them, so I thought, ‘Sod it’.]

toffee apples 1

fire fly 1

I actually made the following one a little while.

foxy 1

But it sold the other day, so…

hare here

I do love Jo Lucksted‘s woodland critters – They match these czech leaves perfectly. And, well, yes, autumn.  I put these together super quick today.

chevrons and angels

They’re less autumn than some of the other pieces. I rather like them; I won’t mind if they don’t sell.  It hasn’t been all falling leaves and mists and fruitfulness.  Here’s a pair of earrings made with one of my ceramic bits.

collective 1

(ceramic feather – Something to do Beads; ceramic drop – Scorched Earth)

Which leads us neatly to this month’s crop of Scorched Earth earrings. More asymmetry here –

another story

(ceramic spike – Scorched Earth; ceramic connector – Ragged Robyn)

aurora waters

I won’t give the credits for them all. Basically: Scorched Earth!

polka tips 1

These were harder to photograph than they had any reason to be. As were these…

wind chimes 1

And while we’re on the subject of tricky to photo, bloody labradorite!

light on slate 1

(ceramic wheel – Happy Fallout)

I also made a crop of cheaper earrings recently with some particularly choice new czech glass shapes, sans art beads.

cutters 1

throwback 1

I do love a 70s colour scheme…

Oh my goodness! I’ve still got a heap of photos to add. Hmmmm…. I can’t face it! There’s been just far too much photographing and photoshopping recently.

dexy hates photography

Dexy agrees. He’s sitting, here, in front of my ever-so hifalutin photo set up. He goes crazy when I start setting it up. And I’m starting to feel a little crazed going through all these photos (maybe you are too?), so I’ll be back another day with the rest of the helping. It’s time for wine!

Guess what?… new jewellery

So, it’s properly Autumn now, hey?  I’ve been hiding inside, trying to shake off the last of my cold.  Here’s some new makes from the last couple of days.


(beaded beads – Malin de Koning, ceramic flowers – Captured Moments)


daints 1

(ceramic heart – Scorched Earth)

cocoon bloom

(fibre beads – Carolyn Saxby, headpins – The Curious Bead Shop)

crackle 1

(ceramic drop – Scorched Earth, faceted polymer bead – Something to do Beads)


(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)


(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)


(enamel connectors – 4 Ophelia)

This last pair is mine – I seem to be getting quite good at rewarding myself.  And here’s a final couple of bracelets, which I’ve already listed.  I did a bit of a listing blitz to stock up the shop ready for this weekend, when…. well, watch this space!

mustard indigo bracelet

earthen 1

(ceramic hoop – Scorched Earth)