Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tutorial and Shop Critique Form

Etsy has created & made available a shop critique form. I thought this was particularly cool, seeing as now we can easily evaluate each others shops, (at least, in English!).

Here's the link:

Also, Francesca created a LOVELY earring wire tutorial that I thought was pretty swanky. You can check that out here:


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Color of Dreams Blog Hop hosted by Toltec Jewels

You can see Toltec Jewel's blog post here about the hop... CLICK! And here's Toltec Jewel's second post about the blog hop... CLICK!

"If we can dream it, we can achieve it!"

I've always dreamed of being an artist... and I'll say I've succeeded at that one, BUT! I want to be able to support myself financially with my art. That's my next goal or DREAM. :)

I used cultured black sea glass rounds that I galaxy wrapped in copper wire, beautiful amazonite that matches the Color of Dreams bead perfectly, garnet in two different sizes of rounds and rainbow calsilica which I thought complimented the Color of Dreams bead beautifully. :)

And just for fun, here's one of my bird pictures that I drew! He's dreaming of SPRING!!!

And here's the list of participants:
Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
YOU ARE HERE: Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Goodies for BSBP I SENT to my partner, Andrea Frank!

THIS is the soup I sent my partner, Andrea Frank, in pictures. :)

Without further ado...

One of the focals I made for Andrea...

The other focal I made for Andrea! :) This one is very, very orange!

The red and orange soup I created...

Faceted glass rondelles in red, red-orange and orange. Ooooolala!

Faceted orange carnelian CAT!!! And Andrea loves cats, just like me! :)

Reconstituted stone red roses...

Some copper birdies...

Some tiny garnets- Andrea loves these!

A pretty red rose in polymer clay and a rainbow bead- both made by me!

Sue Beads - by a lampwork artist.

By Tiffany Goth-Smith. :)

A selection of findings and traditional clasps that I sent...

Here's one of the clasps I MADE! :)

Another copper clasp I made...

And the last clasp I made. They are all a little rustic! :)

Bead Soup Blog Party #8 FIRST POST!

Guess who got their Bead Soup in the mail today?! THIS GAL!

*does a little dance*

I am SO excited.

Andrea Frank gets her mix tomorrow, I hope!!! That is my esteemed partner in this project! You can find her blog right HERE:

Without further delay, here is the soup I was given to work with:

Packaged pretty!

Oooooo, a business card from another artist! I wonder what that could mean.... !!!

A bead by Sheila!
More beads by Sheila!

Beads by Sheila in the bottom right-

More pretty packaging!

My bead soup!!!
I am thrilled with the artist beads, OF COURSE!, and the other beads are so pretty. I hope I do this lovely mix justice! I'm sure I'll figure *something* out! :)


Saturday, March 1, 2014

3rd Annual Challenge of Music hosted by Treasures-Found

Here is the link to the wiki article about this song. Click here!

I should explain about this song, shouldn't I? This is the song I *always* think of when I think of my first (serious) boyfriend. It was first released in 1994... and re-released in 1995 as one of the Batman Forever soundtracks. I'm not entirely sure why the song reminds of him, except that it was probably played a lot on the radio while we were dating and afterwards. Plus, the lyrics are awesome! :) Here's a link to the lyric sheet, (CLICK!).

So, of course, my submission had to have a Love theme, or have a rose... luckily I had beads (or could make them!) to cover both bases.

 I made three lovely polymer clay roses... I've only used this one so far for this challenge. (In progress photo).

 Here's the finished necklace! It uses my polymer clay rose, Czech glass hearts, faceted china glass(?) rondelles, and white freshwater pearls along with copper wire and findings... I galaxy wrapped the freshwater pearls. (I'm hoping to get some better pictures tomorrow!)

Here's the "Galaxy Wrap" up close. Isn't it cool? :)

 And here's the necklace in natural light! I think the green mat washed out the red color some... I'll have to try another picture, yes, tomorrow! LOL!
 Click the image to go to the host's blog. :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Polymer Clay Fun for Valentine's Day!

Here are some absolutely lovely polymer clay charms & pendants I made recently for, you guessed it, a Valentine's Day Swap! :)

Without further ado, pictures:

I made doubles of EVERYTHING--> I originally had one partner and then inherited another for a total of TWO partners! Hence the doubles. :) But still, each one is UNIQUE because they are formed using my fingers individually. Wootz!

I used red pearl and white pearl clays, with a small smattering of plum for the flowers. Of course, I had to accent with rose quartz and cute little crystals. I also used a metal stamp, (LOL!), to make the indents of the little hearts.

Those little hearts you see on the white pearl clay are hand formed, for the most part. I used a toothpick to make the indent between the two "humps."

I do use a few cutters, some in the round and a diamond one to cut out the triangles between the humps of the hearts. :) Cutting those out by just using a knife would be pretty time-consuming, IMHO.

My favorite tools:
sharp knives/razor blades
bamboo skewers
diamond polymer clay cutter
round polymer clay cutters (Thanks for these, Kerri!)

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

The Ocean Blog Hop, A Bead Soup!

So I signed up for ANOTHER blog hop... can you tell I'm having just a little bit of fun? Here is the bead soup I was given by Pine Ridge Treasures, (AKA Lisa Lodge), to make something from (just to whet your appetite!):

Frosted white & orange sea glass...

Orange, yellow & white beads... a truly interesting mix... I wonder what I'll do with it!

An overview... it's a really nice pile of beads!
It's The Ocean Blog Hop...
I'm in the June 14th reveal! :)

Come back on June 14th to see what I've made! I'll try to take some teaser photos of the progress I make as I go along, but nothing concrete until the reveal date!