Wings and Beads

Wings and Beads
Wear Old It's New Again

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Color Blog Hop 2017

Welcome to the Color blog Hop sponsored by Lisa Lodge of Pine Ridge Treasures. We all purchased a kit and the challenge was to create a piece. Here is my kit, Pearls in two sizes, some stones, silver metals and aqua colored beads.

From the metal I used spacers and Ear finding.

I created these Chandelier earrings:

This beautiful A symmetrical Necklace.

The Coordinate set. Sometimes simple can be quite Lovely.

Please join the rest of the designers in the Hop

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Gloria Allen, Wings and Beads

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2017


I have signed up for the 3rd Annual Swap N Hop sponsored by Cherry on the Top designer Linda Anderson.  the Challenge being, design a piece from a focal, Clasp and/or beads sent to you from another designer.
I design Vintage Inspired Statement pieces with romantic indulgence and a pinch of contemporary.  I string, and wire wrap using Brass Stampings, Gemstones, and Lampwork Beads. I love Cameo's and have a Ethnic Cameo Collection. These are examples of some of my Pieces:

Some Earrings:


Thanks for visiting and do stop by my Shop

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Honey Do January Challenge

January Honey Do Inspiration Challenge photo. The Challenge began in 2016 from Eric Wentling to his wife Sarajo Wentling of SJ Designs Jewelry   Sarajo invited other designers to play along.  So this month I did my Charmie Bracelets.  The multitude of blues inspired these three Pieces. I luv watching these birds fluttering around in my garden amongst my flowers. The first bracelet is Blue Czech glass beads and beige flowers with a little sparkling crystal like the outdoor sun at this time of year.

Light Blue Charmie with Flowers
Bracelet #2 has crystals, fresh water pearls, Lapis, czech glass and this bracelet has SOLD.

Mixed Blues with Flowers and Leaves
Bracelet #3 has crystals, czech glass, my own Polymer disc bead, A resin flower, garden Silver plated brass charms from Bsue Boutiques

Charmie with Silver Plated Brass Charms and Owl.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

ABS December Challenge

America Windows one of three Pannels gifted to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1977. Read about it HERE Meanwhile I took the gorgeous color palette Blue, Red and Yellow and created this bracelet.

The smile Ceramic Bracelet bar was created by Suzieq Beads. I have added Czech glass Pansy beads both blue and red. Spotted Dalmation Jasper gemstone, blue glass pearls, red agate gemstones, yellow Czech glass flowers, yellow and blue crystals wire wrapped into dangles and chain. Brass bead caps and Lobster clasp as closure.

As always thank you for stopping by for a few minutes.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

BALC 2017

The sign ups have begun, and the excitement is gathering like steady gusts of wind.  The 2017 Build A Line Class with Brenda Sue Lansdowne of B'sue Boutiques has begun.  The class starts in January and Once again I have been invited to be a moderator.  As in life you are always learning something new, so it is in the Jewelry designing business.  I love to moderate because Although I design, create and sell jewelry, being part of a group brings new insights and questions.  Do you have a style that you like? Do you even know, if  you even have a style? Did you know you have favorite colors to design with? and Why? Are these colors that you wear, or see outside your window or do they remind you of someone? Favorite Aunt, Grannie, sister, or pet. Maybe your favorite place in the world. Maybe just because. I asked myself these questions when I took the class.

Guess what, I like pink. Just because I'm a girl I guess. I love blue. As a child I loved to stretch out look at the blue sky and dream of foreign places. I love Purple and Green. Green seems to enrich my milk chocolate skin tone and goes nicely with pink and purple. I love the green Tree's and Shrubs in spring as the bend and sway with spring breeze. Just some thoughts I had and realized when taking the class myself in 2015.
I love brass and love to incorporate it into my designs. I started out purchasing any and all brass I could get my hands on. What the class taught me was every piece is not for me.  I wasted good money on items I can't use, will never use, may not even ever learn how to use. I learned how to stock my favorites in case my vendor runs dry, lol. I learned I loved filigree all those fancy swirls.  I love flowers. What are some of my favs you ask;
I love the Lacy heart

Luggage Tag; I love all the swirls and floral motif.  I love flowers.

I love these lacy wings, swirls and flowers.  Your beginning to see a eclectic pattern to my mind right. Lol. These pieces are in a designer finish known as Silverware at Bsue boutique. They are solid brass stampings plated in 99% fine silver. Prettiest, finest Silver stampings you will find anywhere.  However when I step away from silver my favorite finish is Brass Ox. It feels, looks so Vintage to me. How bout this Ribbon Connector, simply gorgeous
My wings all lacy

When adding color choose raw brass
See, hmmm that purple and green,
Love that silverware. Join me and my design challenges as I moderate the three month class and continue working my line. Til next week; Choose to wear Vintage, because its new again. All you designers and hobbiest go visit Bsue Boutiques you wont be disappointed.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Allegory Design Challenge Reveal-Autumn Fire

Welcome to the Allegory Gallery Design Challenge Autumn Fire.  This is the Kit the designers were offered for purchase to accept the challenge. Seed beads, wax linen cord, Vintage Large hole and smaller beads, Gemstone chips, and the mystery component made by Andrew Thornton.

Mystery component photo is courtesy of Ann Schroeder from  BEAD LOVE 

So this gorgeous Color Autumn fire an Orange Red and brown blend created great inspiration for me.
I created lots of Earrings:

Short Dangle and drop:

I created these Filigree Brass Cameo earrings in the Autumn fire color:

I Designed this matching Rare Vintage Brass Locket Necklace which can be purchased HERE

Then back to my wire wrapping roots I wrapped this large bead and started playing, I will be back to finish. I will finish wireing (spell check needed, lol) and hang on silver chain a long Necklace.

For this statement piece I wire wrapped beads and created this focal using the mystery component. I mounted it into a Rare piece of Chocolate Brass from BSue Boutiques , wire some coils and beads into the mount also then I worked the neckline for this bold focal.

Using beads from the Challenge kit and a few from Jessie James Beads

Thank s for the visit and please drop a line.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ABS October Monthly Challenge

This month the Challenge photo is "Dragonfly Lamp" You can go HERE to Art Bead Scene and read all about the Art and Challenge. So I found a Dragon fly connector in my stash by Green Girl Studio's. I purchased the connector at Beadfest this year when I met the multi talented Andrew Thornton and William Jones. 
With Vintage, Art Nouvea came along at the end of the Victorian era in 1890 and lasted through the Edwardian era 1910. Jewelry was influenced by Nature, and Japanese art. Elegant sweeping lines that evoked movement of water and clouds.  Leaves, flowers, birds, and dragonflies as well as depictions of the female form. Elaborite enamel work in muted shades.  So I colored the connector with yellow and purple coloring.  To the glorified(gloria influenced) lol, Dragonfly, I added czech glass flowers, yellow agate gemstones with crystal rondells making my dangles and suspended from chain.

Necklace from the back as Pretty as the front
Dragon Fly Necklace front

I loved these colors and was inspired to create one of my Cameo in purple with this color scheme also:

Thank you so much for stopping by. Remeber to wear Vintage, Its new again.