Thursday, June 24, 2010

Celebrating Summer

                                           First Day of Summer Sunrise   4:45 AM

First Day of Summer Beads

First Day of Summer Tumbling

Summer is my favorite season. I was up early to welcome it to the North Country. I feel blessed to have had such a beautiful day and the time to do some of my favorite activities. 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Right Angle Weave Bracelet

I have been making a lot of bracelets and necklaces lately for a shop in the Adirondacks called Red Truck Pottery in Chestertown, New York. The owner, Bill Knoble, has moved to this area lately since he married one of my good friends.  Bill makes incredible ceramic dinner ware and fires it in a giant wood fueled kiln.  His glazes are to die for.  As you can imagine, I am pleased to be asked to have my jewelry in his shop.
 The photos above are one of the bracelets I have been making.  I used turquoise rounds,  tiny mookite disks and one of my toggle clasps with those great leaf toggle bars from Bello Modo.  The bead work is made with number 6  seed beads and is the right angle weave stitch.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Peyote Plain

A new peyote stitch bracelet without any surface decoration.  The button is in the back and it is overlapped onto the bracelet so that there is no skin showing when I wear it.

More tumbled, stained stoneware beads.  I now have a new barrel--clear plastic--for my tumbler.  I had a rubber one and it would get the black sludggies every so often.  Now I can watch my beads tumble and pull them when the color is just right.  I can't wait to try it.

When I was working with these wonderful multicolored seed beads (bracelet above), I noticed how well they go with the teal ceramic beads.  So now I have a partly finished bracelet with the two together.  Just waiting until I get the right button to close it with--and to finish the edges.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Donation Bracelet

Tuscan Sun Bracelet

Made with my handmade Tuscan red ceramic beads, deep red sea glass beads from The Beadin'Path, small mookite disc beads and Sun Toggle Clasp from Lima Beads. 
Bracelet is constructed with right angle weave.

I am donating this bracelet to a silent auction to raise money for GardenShare.  Their mission is " to build a North Country where all of us have enough to eat and enough to share—where our food choices are healthy for us, for our communities, and for the environment. "

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Art Bead Scene Carnival Bloggers Statement Necklace

Statement Necklace Honoring Ceramic Beads of Clay Artists 

I made this necklace from ceramic beads and pendants that I have collected over the years as part of the Yahoo Beads-of-Clay group

handmade ceramic beads, buttons or pendants from the the following artists  are included in this statement necklace

Captain's Clay
Tyler Hennigan
Joan Tucker
Marti Conrad
Natalie Gillihan
Annie O'Fallon
Virginia Miska
Shattera Clay
Jessica Sharrah
Melanie Brooks
Lisa Peters
Christine Smith
Vanessa Gilkes
Lisa Shifflett
Kristie Roeder
Marla James
Tracy Isley
Creative Impressions in Clay
Yolanda's Clay
Mary Harding
Marsha Neal
Gail Splaver
Golem Studio
Barb Tilley
Natalie Pappas
Marsha Hedrick
Joan Miller
Cindy Dolezal
Annie Dilker
Evelyn Peckham Arvey
Mossy Hill Studio
Elaine Ray
Andi Fasimpaur
Maku Studio
Lisa Stevens

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