Saturday, May 31, 2014

AJE May Component of the Month...Reveal Time!

I was so excited when I got the email from Sue Kennedy of Sue Beads inviting me to participate in Art Jewelry Elements May Component giveaway and blog hop! If you are not familiar with the AJE blog or the Component of the Month on the link above for more info and have a look around at this fantastic blog!

Sue kindly offered up a choice of beads or cabachons...I of course chose beads...I know, go figure! Above are pictures of the bead sets and individual was a surprise what colors we would receive. I received the second to last set on the right side...beautiful blues and although it looks light blue in the picture, it was actually more of a mint green color...very pretty.

So before I show my final designs I will say...I had a false start or two but didn't snap pictures as I was frantically tearing things apart at the last minute! Also, I took lots of pictures since I am still working on a new set up in the new studio space and since they all turned out good...I'm sharing them all!

I love how this necklace turned out. I used two of the three chicklets, one of my ephemera tiles, a large brass butterfly, and some beaded glass chain.

A close up of the chicklets, tile and glass chain...isn't that image gorgeous? My friend and digital collage artist, Ella of Calico Collage, designed a lovely sheet of gypsy, boho style images including this one. I will be adding tiles from these images to my supply shop soon...I've used the few I created in projects lately so I need to create a few more before they will be available. All of the brass elements are from Vintaj Brass Co.

Isn't this butterfly gorgeous! I really felt like the style complimented this design without distracting from all the art bead goodness. :)

and another close up of the gorgeous tile and chicklets...

and just one more of the whole necklace...did I mention I'm experimenting with my photo set up? If you would like to purchase this here. I bet you are wondering about that last chicklet too...asking yourself...did she stash it away? add it to the secret collection?

Nope! No now I'll mention my original design idea had all three chicklets, the tiles from each necklace and Irish waxed linen in a bracelet design...the colors just weren't working for me!

But this works for me. I love purples and greens and this gypsy soul image combines them beautifully! If you saw my post on the waxed linen blog hop last week...I told you there would be more coming!

Here's a close up of the beads at the top of the tile...deep purple crystals and beautiful green and purple matte lampwork squared rings from Outwest. Chain and finding are from Vintaj Brass Co.

One last picture...I might have to keep this one for myself... I decided to offer it in my shop after all. If you would like to purchase this here.

Thank you Sue for the opportunity to join in fun! Please visit the rest of the participants by clicking on their links below...and remember we all love to read your comments!


AJE Members

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Good Earth Challenge...the beads arrived!

Another Andrew Thornton bead kit and design challenge. I love these kits! Andrew puts together a wonderful assortment of beads in a beautiful color palette for these creative challenges. Only 20 kits available and you must buy a kit to here to see what I created from the last design kit, Dark Waters.

So my Good Earth kit arrived yesterday and it is delicious! Greens, golds, yellows, browns...the ideas are already brewing.

Close up of the glass beads and gorgeous Irish waxed linen...

More glass, brass feather and beautiful gold toggle clasp...

and then there's the premium blend of glass, wood, seed beads, sequins...all sorts of extra bead goodness!

as if all that isn't enough to get the creative muse going...Andrew creates a little something special he calls the mystery component. This special component is a mystery until our packages arrive in the mail...then we have a special reveal date...JUNE share it with all of you! This kit has TWO mystery goodies!

We have until July 10 to let our creative muses go...I hope you will join us then for a reveal and blog hop!

Friday, May 23, 2014

It's a waxed linen creation craze! Blog Hop and Reveal Time!

First off, THANK YOU, to our lovely hostess Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio...without her we would not have united today in our craze to create with waxed linen! As usual I was creating up to the last minute and am rushing to write my post...things are so hectic lately! I'll also mention in my defense...I have been working to create a new studio space in my house from one of our extra bedrooms and while it's not done...I have managed to create more disarray for myself and had to scramble to get photos since my photo station is still waiting on it's new place in the studio! But enough of all that...let's get to some creations!

First up, earrings! I am in love with the chicklet beads from Sue Beads. I have LOTS of them and she just keeps listing more lovely, tempting colors! This pair is a denim blue color and I've paired them with some rings from Outwest, in blue, green, cream and grey. They were a nice little extra with one of my purchases. Crystals in smoke and brass ear wires from Vintaj...everything brought together with a denim blue waxed linen of course! These earrings are long and have lots of them!

One more picture...I was experimenting with my make shift photo set up to get these. Not too bad considering how make shift it pictures of embarassing ;)

The other piece I completed is a necklace...the focal and large lava bead are actually from my bead soup leftovers. A few crystals, small lava beads and waxed linen complete the look.

The crystals and small lava beads were part of my 50% off sale finds at Michael's. 

A close up of the beautiful butterfly focal...

and a close up of the rest of the necklace... Well that's it for me...I do have a couple of works in progress but they weren't coming together in my last minute frenzy so they will wait for another day! I hope you'll stop by next week for a special reveal using more of those wonderful chicklet beads from Sue...there could be more waxed linen too!

Please visit the rest of the participants by clicking on their links below...and remember we all love to read your comments!

Kari Asbury you are here :)

A little late...We're All Ears May Reveal...

So I'm a week late...but better late than never right? Last week was the May Reveal for the monthly challenge We're All Ears from the Earring Everyday blog. Click here to see what Erin created as well as links to visit the other challenge participants!

Now on to my reveal...

The spirals are handmade by me from silver, brass and copper wire twisted together. The lampwork dangles are from Artbylisi on etsy. So I'll share one more picture from a different angle...the new studio is still in disarray so I had to set up an informal photo station to get these of course the light is a bit off :(

That's it for now...sorry for a short post but I still have to finish my post for the Waxed Linen Blog Hop tomorrow. Nothing like last minute rush!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Reveal Day! 8th Bead Soup Blog Hop is finally here!

Here is my original post about my partner and the goodies I also contains a brief explanation in case you aren't familiar with the Bead Soup Blog Hop and our lovely, inspiring hostess Lori Anderson. Now on to the reveal...

Beautiful, pale blue sea glass from my soup...I still have several of these beads left for another project since my partner graciously sent a whole strand! I thought they might be a bit heavy for earrings originally and was mulling other ideas when I ran across this wonderful chain at Michaels Craft Store in the Bead Gallery section...during a week when all Bead Gallery strands were 50% could I resist? They are tiny wood beads so very lightweight...I added a Swarovski crystal on the top (seen better in the next picture) since the holes in the sea glass are a bit larger and finished off with brass ear wires from Vintaj. I really love the way the chain creates just the right amount of movement.

My soup had a pair of rustic, pink wood beads...perfect for earrings, right? I tried several techniques before settling on this finished design. I wanted the beads to sit sideways so you could really see how pretty they are with a bit of gold, slightly worn. In that same trip to Michaels...they had pink and purple chain too...did I mention 50% off? That's completely my justification for adding more beads I didn't really need to my ever growing collection. A purple, pink hued luster finish glass bead and brass ear wires complete the look. These are ultra lightweight, for their size and lots of movement in all that beaded chain and dangle!


Aren't they just gorgeous, girly earrings...perfect for a summer dress or jeans and a tee shirt!


My partner was very generous with what she sent so I had a choice of focals and clasps to use...hop rules say you must at least use the focal and clasp you are sent...I've been on somewhat of a wax linen, cord knotting, type kick lately...not sure why. So I had some great dark orange colored cord I wanted to use with the bee focal and copper clasp. Faceted glass compliments of the 50%! They are called 'painted' and as you can really see in the next two pictures, they really do have a kind of water color painted look. I also like them for their bright colors, like crayons. :)

So I hand knotted all the beads on my lovely orange cord, and hung the bee focal from the clasp at the front of the necklace...just 'cuz I'm like that...I drive my hubby crazy with my asymetrical, off balance, 'weird-ass' designs...he always says things look good but wonders why I can create just one 'normal' thing? I guess it's just not me.

I have worn this necklace a couple of times and it seems to be a hit...looks very good with my standard casual favorite jeans, white tee and grey soft drape cardigan and mint green chucks ;)

I do have another necklace started with the butterfly focal, lava and rudraksha beads...but it won't be finished in time for the post. I hope you've enjoy visiting me today and I hope you will stop by Lori's blog here for a complete list of participants. We have nearly 500 participants...I hope you will take some time to hop around and enjoy all the wonderful designs!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dark Waters Design Challenge...Reveal Time!

I was so excited when I saw that Andrew Thornton was starting up his design challenge kits again. It's always a treat to get my hands on one of these precious, limited quantity, beady filled treats! This month's kit was filled with shades of watery blues and greens from clear tropical waters to deep dark oceans...truly gorgeous! This time Andrew really gave us a treat with this beautiful seahorse pendant...the "mystery" component...which is a surprise item included in all kits.

I really love this seahorse pendant but found myself really stump for designing anything with it from the beads included in the kit... I spent several days thinking on it then decided to look through my other beads for possible inspiration...that's when I found these beauties! A few small turquoise rondelles from my stash and the wax linen included with the design kit and suddenly a design was coming together. 

 I have worn this necklace twice and I am really struggling with whether I should keep it for myself or list it in one of my shops for sale... But enough about for some earrings... The kit included two of these beads so naturally they had to be earrings! 

Again, I struggled over using elements from the kit and ultimately went with items from my own stash to complete this fun design. I love the look of mix metals, especially the warm of copper and the cool of silver...I think these earrings pull that off perfectly. They are very light weight. 

and one more pair of earrings...I really love the look of the antiqued copper with the teal and turquoise colors in these warm and tropical...I need a vacation!

I hand formed these earrings including ear hooks from one piece of wire for each and hammered each side of the wire for texture. 

I hope you enjoyed my creations for the Dark Waters Challenge. Please stop by Andrew's blog here to see what he created as well as the other participants or visit the links below. Remember if you want to play along next time you have to follow Andrew's blog and be quick only a limited number of kits and they always go fast!

Kari Asbury you are here :)
Andrew Thornton, Marian Howarth, Julie Katz, Crystal Farrel, Laurel Ross, Alison Herrington