Upcoming Events    Thursday, February 12, 2015

I am teaching two workshops in Baltimore next month. If you've wanted to attend my annual retreat this is the next best thing for you East Coast girls! 
 
The workshops are March 7 & 8 and you can find all the details and sign up here: 
http://www.baltimorebead.org/weekend-workshops/
 
I am teaching the Metal Sketches workshop pictured above. Learn how to sketch on metal and create unique clasps and findings to use in your jewelry designs.
I'm also teaching a beadmaking workshop sharing how to create the Hibiscus Flower Pendant featured below. That will be a full day polymer clay beadmaking, wire and metalwork - yeah mixed media!!! 
I'm about to go down the rabbit hole and venture off on Bead Cruise 2015. Our 10th anniversary has a fun Alice in Wonderland theme that I am loving! 
 
My Etsy shop will be closed until 2/23. You may still place orders at Humblebeads.com but orders won't be filled until after I return. 

Poppies    Monday, February 9, 2015

I created new poppy pendants to go with this month's Art Bead Scene challenge. Be sure to stop by the ABS this month and play along! 

I created them in a few colors to match some silk I picked up for the Bead Cruise. Most of these are going with me on the cruise but I added a few in my Etsy shop.
 
My shop will close tonight at midnight and will reopen when I return from my travels on the 23rd. 

Wedgwood Inspired Beads    Saturday, February 7, 2015

I've been working on some new beads inspired by Wedgwood Pottery. The type of pottery is actually called Jasperware. It has a white raised relief sculpture on a matte background. 
 
I whipped these up in spring colors and paired them with birds and leafy disk beads.
You can find a few of them in my Etsy shop.

Flamenco Bird Pendant Free Project    Friday, February 6, 2015

I love the way these tiny glass lentils and flowers dance under this trio of colorful birds. Free feel to make your own version of this fun pendant.
 
Supplies:
3 polymer clay birds
5 8mm Czech glass lentil beads
3 Czech glass flower beads
4mm fire polished glass bead
2 8mm copper spacers
1 5mm copper spacer
2 15mm Arte Metal jump rings
5 7mm gunmetal jump rings
2 4mm gunmetal jump rings
26" gunmetal cable chain
3 1" brass headpins
8" 22 gauge steel wire.
 
1. Attach a 7mm jump ring to the lentil bead, repeat 4 times. Set aside.
 
2. Add a flower bead to a headpin, create a simple loop. Repeat 2 more times.
 
3. At 2" from the bottom of the wire, create a large loop with round nose pliers. Open the loop the chain nose pliers and add the 3 flower dangles. Close the loop and and wrap the remaining tail of the wire above the loop to create a wrapped loop.
 
3. String on a bird, 8mm spacer, bird, 8mm spacer, bird, 4mm spacer, fire polished beads.
 
4. Create a wrapped loop on above the last bead.
 
5. Open a 15mm jump ring, string on the 5 lentil dangles and the bottom of the bird pendant, close the jump ring.
 
6. Attach the 4mm jump rings to each end of the chain.
 
7. Open a 15mm jump ring, string on the top of the bird pendant and two jump rings on the end of the chain. Close jump ring.
 
Resources: Birds: www.humblebeads.etsy.com. Glass beads: www.fusionbeads.com. Spacers:www.rings-things.com. Headpins, chain and jump rings: www.hobbylobby.com. Steel wire:www.acehardware.com

Valentine Inspirations    Thursday, February 5, 2015

How is it February already? Well, I guess that just means we are all that much closer to Spring! And I'm ready for it. Right. Now. 
 
So Valentines Day is in 10 days, it also happens to be the day I set sail for Bead Cruise 2015. We are celebrating our 10th anniversary. The sari silk above is my inspiration color palette for beads I'm making for the cruise. 

My favorite heart pendants capture those colors too. 

I snapped this sunrise a few weeks ago. Those colors have been on my bead table ever since. It was the perfect break from January's monochromatic gray and snowy white. A little slice of heaven was captured that morning. This world is filled with wonder! 

In fact, that very day I sat down and made these birds inspired by the sunrise! Loving peachy/pink hues this year. 

Need more Valentines inspiration? Check out this wire heart tutorial that I shared on the Art Bead Scene last year. 
 
What helps you cope with the mid-winter blahs? 

Cruise Wear    Monday, January 26, 2015

Cruise Wear

 

 

Chevron dress
avenue.com

 

 

Forever 21 top
forever21.com

 

 

Old Navy plus size t shirt
oldnavy.gap.com

 

 

Forever 21 crochet top
forever21.com

 

 

Old Navy cardigan
oldnavy.gap.com

 

 

White top
avenue.com

 

 

Old Navy blue jean jacket
oldnavy.gap.com

 

 

Plus size skirt
avenue.com

 

 

Old Navy stretch pants
oldnavy.gap.com

 

 

Black legging
torrid.com

 

 

Pantone Spring Colors    Monday, January 12, 2015

Before the holidays I mixed up these colors inspired by Pantone's Spring 2015 picks. I always find their palette inspiring. 
 
I finally made some time this week to make beads with these colors. 
For this collection I pulled the custard yellow, classic blue, strawberry ice, toasted almond, lucite green, glacier gray and tiny touches of tangerine. The looks so fresh and happy! 

My inspirations were lace patterns, butterfly wings, entwined vines and birds, lots and lots of birds. 

I find as soon as the world turns winter white and gray I am ravenous for color. Thankfully my bead table is quite the color feast!

So which spring hues are you digging? 

Muffin Challenge Winners    Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Wow, I have just skimmed through your blogs - I will dig into them tonight. But I am super impressed by everyone that joined the challenge! You worked hard to get those pieces finished and it seems muffin tins are magical creativity portals - who knew! What a great start for the new year. 

 
If you missed the challenge I encourage you to give yourself a deadline, fill up 6-12 muffin cups with everything you need for project in each cup and then spend a few hours cranking out the work! 
 
You'll have a finished pile of jewelry before you know it! 
 
I noticed several mentioned that they did edit as they went along creating, I did too! Sometimes a bead just tells you what it needs - so listen! 
 
So let's move on to the three winners that were chosen by random from all the qualifying entries.
The first place winner is Michelle McCarthy who has won a $75 gift certificate to Humblebeads.com.
 
My two runners up are going to receive a little gift bag worth $30 from my bead stash! 
 
Strega and Shaiha are my two other winners! Email me your mailing address ladies, I have goodies to send your way. 

 

So did you love the challenge? 
 
Do you want more challenges in 2015?
 
What are some challenging issues you have when it comes to making jewelry? 
 
Chat with me in the comments below and I will find fun and creative ways to keep you inspired! 

Muffin Tin Challenge Reveal    Sunday, January 4, 2015

I am such a procrastinator, which is why I need a good challenge or a deadline to get anything done! After finding the surface of my desk again this afternoon I set out to make my first jewelry of 2015!
I went with 6 projects as my goal because I knew time would be short between other deadlines and the holidays. I pulled out items that fit the colors and themes from Stringing and Create Jewelry magazine submission guidelines. 
 
As soon as I finished my creative session though I had to face reality - I just don't have time to submit these when so many other deadlines are pressing me for time right now. 
 
I will either sell these or use them for free projects on my blog or other projects I need to finish up. I need someone to write up my submissions for me! Where is my bead fairy when I need her. 
 
So what did I make? 

This is my favorite set. I'm so color hungry right now was the world is washed in gray and white! I thought these would fit the turquoise theme for Stringing. 

My second piece celebrates when autumn is ablaze with color. 

The pendant on the left was inspired by the earth tone palette from Create Jewelry and the branchy one on the right fit the themes of fringe or mixed metals. 

The tree piece fit the mixed metal theme with copper leaves, shibuichi pendant and gunmetal findings. 

A close up of my hibiscus pendant and a beautiful collection of pastel art beads with the sweetest bird copper coin from Green Girl. 
 
I'm not giving many details about the pieces since they will be used in projects featured in other places soon - in case you are wondering. 
 
Scroll down to the original Muffin Tin Challenge post to submit your entry for the challenge. I'm excited to see what everyone has made and feel completely energized by all this productivity! 

 

Humblebeads Incentive Program    Saturday, January 3, 2015

Hey Humblebeads fans - if getting your work published in beading magazines is on your 2015 bucket list then I would like to sweeten the pot for you and encourage you to reach those goals!

If you have a published designs in a magazine in 2015 that feature Humblebeads I will gift you with a $25 gift certificate for each piece that is published. All you have to do is send me the photo of the published piece/s in the magazine and I'll email you a gift certificate to use at www.humblebeads.com

Here are the contributor guidelines for 
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