Bead Shop Update this Friday, 14th July, at 6.30pm GMT

So, I’m dropping in here to share details of my latest bead shop update. It will happen this Friday, 14th July, at 6.30pm. Here’s a little preview of some of the beads that will be available. Apologies for the iffy white balance on some pictures. This sunny weather has made taking photographs a real bind…

moths group

bullets flower 1sawdust tusks grouptattered stoneware set 1

lilac metallisc breastplate connector 2 tattered cones graphic porcelain discs feather pair 3 crackled skinny ombre bullet headpins fancy headpins 1blended pinks lily pins earthy sunset moth wings ruby blue crescent columnspierced pod old gold earring charms sd rounds sets sd buds set of three stone shards 2 earthy twisted tusks

These last tusks look kinda odd in this photo, but they are really one of my favourite things! Anyway, here’s a link to the shop. I hope you’ll stop by this Friday, 14th July, at 6.30pm GMT. Ciao for now, Claire

New Beads – Shop Update Today, 6.30pm BST

It seems to have taken me the longest time but I finally have my latest batch of beads ready to add to the bead shop tonight. There are around 150 items waiting to be listed. They’ll be going live today, 19th August, at 6.30pm BST. There or there abouts. Here’s just a little of what will be available.

bead sets

These cones were a hit last time, so I’ve made up some more…

cones group

…including a small number of matching pairs.

cone pairs

Talking of matching pairs, a while ago, I made myself a stack of beads. It was only when I finished that it occurred to me that it would be kinda helpful to have some smaller beads, to use at the top of earrings and suchlike. My default size that I tend towards when making beads is always kinda big, I realised. So, I challenged myself –

earring pair setsNow I just need to make some for me to use… There are six sets in all; if they don’t go I might start pinching them myself. And here are some of the gazillion pairs of earring charms and beads that I’ve made to go with them.

earring pairs

Really, there are loads, and that’s not to mention the healthy pile of points and wedge pairs that I’ve made.

points etc

And then there’s the headpins too – there’s also a lot of them.

headpins

But it’s not all earring-y things. There are a number of new focals – some of which took an age to decorate…

focals

And I came up with a new look bird design.

birds group

I’ve also made up multiples of some rounds and rondelles with some of my favourite glazes, so they can be bought singly.

singles

Finally, I’ve made a number of one-of-a-kind focals and head pin bundles, and some other bits and bobs, which I’ll be selling on Ceramic Art Bead Market in the next few days. In the meantime, all these and many more will be available in the bead shop later today.

Art Bead Scene team member’s challenge blog hop

Once again, the editorial team (or some of the editorial team!) from Art Bead Scene have decided to take on the monthly challenge. Here’s the challenge image.

Amapolas-News of spring and other nature studies 1917

Amapolas, 1913

Illustration published in News of Spring and Other Nature Studies

by Edward Julius Detmold

I have to admit that this one had me a little stumped. It’s been a hectic (for me) week and I left my makes till the last minute. So, yesterday saw me scratching around, desperately trying to put something together. For some reason, I was quite set on making earrings. I’m not sure what my problem was. There are a couple of obvious tropes – poppies and butterflies – but the things that appealed to me most in this image were the windswept-ness (nope, not a word) and the slightly faded, washed out colours. The poppies and butterflies I had in my stash were too crisp and stylised to work, so I tried focusing on the colours. As ever, Brandi’s palette post was a great help. I tried pulling together various elements using the different shades Brandi picked out, but I was still struggling. Finally, I remembered some suede poppies that I got some time ago. In the same box I found some lovely wooden oval shaped buttons, that matched the grey-brown in the palette. I stacked up some bead caps to form the poppy centres and – lo! – I had the makings of a pair of earrings. But I’d forgotten something – guess what? Art beads, of course!  I tried sitting a number of rondelles on the top of the buttons but they were all too big and too busy. Eventually, I reached for a pair of lampwork spacers that I’ve had for ages. They were just right: and a beautiful shade of deep olive green. Unfortunately, I’ve had them so long, I have forgotten where they came from….. Sorry!

poppy earrings 1

Perhaps art beads should be playing a more prominent role but, really, after all my troubles I decided they’d have to do.

poppy earrings 2

To compensate, I managed to come up with another pair. I decided to swerve the various reds and worked with some of the more muted, earthy shades, the greens and browns. I’d already been playing around with a pair of bronzy-brown Scorched Earth leaves. I teamed them with some of my own ceramic roses.

rose leaf earrings 1

The roses had actually been kiln casualties.  I glazed them with one of the most crazy glazes I’ve ever encountered (I hadn’t used it before). Anyway, it broke up in a very strange way, leaving the roses largely a creamy colour but with a subtle marbling of plum, which is a good match for that in Brandi’s palette.

detail rose

It’s quite a pleasing effect and I might have listed them if they hadn’t also adhered themselves to the wires on which they were hung. Still, I kept hold of them and now I had the perfect use for them. After sitting some dainty dusky pink and white picasso rondelles on top of the roses, I made the wires into connectors. I hung the leaves below them with more czech glass and some little porcelain beads.

rose leaf 2

Looking at these pieces, I seem to have travelled some way from the inspiration, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. So long as the process leads to results with which you are happy, then the inspiration has served its purpose.

Be sure to have a look at what everyone else has come up with:

Art Bead Scene

Rebecca Anderson – Songbead

Tari Sasser – Creative Impressions in Clay

Heather Powers – Humblebeads

 

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.

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)

mosaic

(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!

New Beads

I seem to be falling into a pattern of post titles: ‘New Beads’, ‘New Jewellery’, ‘New Beads’, etc.  I have both to share but I’ll stick to the beads for now.  Just a few quick pictures of some pieces I listed a couple of days ago.  Some have sold but a number a are still available in the bead shop:

fox beads

bird headpins

painted washers august

patina pendants

silver words

stitched pebbles

I’ll be back soon with some jewellery pics.  Ta-ra for now!

More new jewellery

It’s market day again this weekend, so I’ve been busy making up more stock.  I hadn’t quite realised how busy, until I started taking all the photos.  They’re a bit dark, I’m afraid, but there’s plenty of them.  If there’s anything you fancy, just give me a shout.

stripe spike

(ceramic spikes – Scorched Earthblue eyes

(ceramic charm, tube, cap and connector – Scorched Earth, lampwork bead – Tartan Trout, beaded bead – Malin de Koning, beach pottery button – Grey Bird Studio)

crystal clouds

(ceramic cloud – Grubbi)

jonquil

olive owl

(ceramic owl – Blueberribeads)

pale heart

(ceramic heart – Bo Hulley Beads)

quatz-y house

(ceramic house – Elukka, patina clasp – Something to do Beads)

red flower cluster necklace

(lampwork focal – At The Edge (also Cheeky Cherub Designs))

the light

(ceramic lantern and charm – Scorched Earth)

verd bird pendant necklace

(ceramic heart charm – Scorched Earth, bronze polymer bird, patina chain and hoops – Something to do Beads)

Why must necklaces be so tricky to photograph?  These last earrings earrings aren’t actually going on the stall.  They’re already stuck in my ears.  Had to be done…

platinum drops

(ceramic drops – Scorched Earth)

New designs

Just a quick blog post, this – with pictures of new jewellery designs, and very few words!  I’ll be doing my regular market in a week or so and I may not get around to listing these before then, so do let me know if there’s anything that catches you eye.poppy

(polymer poppy – Elise Canning, ceramic heart – Scorched Earth)

feather fall

(dip-dye vintage feather – Something to do Beads)

peacock saucer

(lampwork beads – Cheeky Cherub Designs, dyed patina chain – Something to do Beads)

feather bed

(ceramic heart – Scorched Earth, rose bead – Gaea)

stonewash

(lampwork beads – Cheeky Cherub Designs)

ombre bird pearls

(porcelain bird – Blueberribeads)