Friday, May 29, 2015

Jewelry From the Tackle Box

I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces my daughter made.

She was feeling creative and I mentioned I had a plate of salvaged fishing lures from a trash bag my father-in-law brought.

She dug through the plate where I had placed the salvaged pieces and then made some amazing jewelry.

I love how she incorporated tackle bits and pieces into the chains as well.

My husband clipped off the barbs on the hooks so they would not be dangerous.

They melted off the lead on the lure so it was safe as well.

She wrapped it with wire and beads.

Just a little...

Not too much...

Sometimes the simplest things can be so beautiful.

Some of the pieces from this series were actually featured in the Spring 2015 issue of GreenCraft.

She made several pieces that were not chosen.

The next necklace is simple and elegant.

My daughter has a great eye.

She knows when enough is enough.

The next necklace incorporates the fishing tackle into the chain but not the pendant.

One of the things I loved about her designs was that you would never notice the tackle unless you knew what you were looking at.

It is subtle.

The next one is my favorite.

It is actually the one she kept to wear herself.

I don't blame her one bit.

It is the perfect combination of vintage and modern with that unexpected twist.

I love how she thinks outside the box.

The tackle box in this case....

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Blues with a touch of Sparkle Polymer Clay Wrap Bracelet

One of the things I love about polymer clay is playing with finishes.

Currently I prefer plain white clay that I can color and change.

This may change as I was looking at my clay supply and I have lots of color.  

I may begin experimenting with it soon.

Today I wanted to share this sparkly little wrap bracelet.

The beads were dyed to color.

Some were rubbed with mica powders.

Then they were dipped in Varathane and rolled or dipped in fine glitter.

Once dry, I redipped them in Varathane to hold the glitter on.

I love the effect and the glitter does not seem to come off all over everything.

How fabulous is that?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Guest Contributor at Plucky's Second Thought

I did a quick polymer clay post over at Plucky's Second Thought.

You can find the tutorial for this fun little owl here.

Fly on over to visit Jess and see the post there.

Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Bohemian Owl Necklace

Just a quick little post today.

This sweet Bohemian owl necklace already has a home thanks to a post on Facebook, but I could not resist sharing.

Between the polymer beads are bamboo felt and vintage book page tube beads.

The whole piece is fun and a little funky.

Some pieces beg to be noticed.

This is one of them.

Hope you  have a great week.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Disk Bracelets...

I fell in love and began pinching and making my own disk beads.

Piles and piles of them.

My husband looked puzzled as I filled the tray to bake them.

After they were baked, I colored them in all sorts of ways.

And then the knotting began.

In an evening, a little pile of bracelets grew on the couch arm beside me.

I was in love.

And then I started wearing them and realized they were more comfortable than you can imagine.

The two I wear all the time are rustic stone looking and rustic redware looking.

I am thinking I may need to adopt a big pile of these pales and brights as well.

I have come to prefer my own hand forged clasps.

They add to the look I want and they are really easy to maneuver by yourself.

Worn, beachy blues...

I may have to keep this one...

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Friday, May 22, 2015

One Year Blogaversary and a Giveaway!

It is hard to believe I have been blogging one year.

When I started, I wanted to share tutorials and art and some great places I know.

I think I am still there but different too.

I have done over 170 posts this first year.


That's a lot.

And I hope to do even more in year two.

I will share everything I learned another time.

But for today I wanted to give back to those of you that stop by and read this little blog.

Please leave me a comment below telling me your favorite post or posts and I will enter your name in a drawing to win this necklace.

I will draw a winner in one week so keep reading to see if it is you.

Thanks for reading my little blog.

Thanks for stopping by today and every day.....

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Have Paracord?

One of the things my daughter has made for years is paracord bracelets.

She started at the beginning of their popularity a few years ago and continues to still make them.

While you can find them everywhere it seems, hers are such high quality.

Her knots are tight and even.

My husband has worn his since she first made it for him years ago.

She sells them in our Etsy shop Artistic Endeavors 101.

She has collected paracord in varying weights and colors.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Delicate Pink Wire Necklace

I thought I would share another necklace my daughter made.

She looks at materials so differently than I do.

I love to watch her create and then learn from her.

There is such a simple beauty in her designs.

Delicate and lovely...

Unique combinations of beads and components.

It all comes together into a sweet design.

Here is another one.

With a little silk...

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