Thursday, April 23, 2015

Inspired 2015 Bangle Variation with Earrings & Pendant

I am getting ready to send a grouping of Spring/Summer jewelry to send off to Angelwood Gallery for their May 9th Open House and something really inspired me to revisit the Inspired by Spring 2015 Bangle that I had finished earlier this year. The colorway that I'm working with has shifted some and I took out all of the lime greens (that group is over at the Lansing Art Gallery).  I decided to make the bangle about half the size of the original design.  I'm very please with it's outcome.

Bangle $110

I was at Zoobies on Tuesday night for Knitting Happy Hour and I met Carrie and Jason who were sitting at the table next to us. Carrie really love the bangle, I was making the matching earrings at the time.  In case she keeps thinking about it I had her snap a photo of the bangle and gave her my card.  I liked her interpretation of it, she said that the design reminded her of looking through window panes over a canyon.  (I wasn't comparing the bangles at the time so I actually quoted Kerrie a lower price on accident, which I would still honor).

Earrings $50.00

Pendant Front

Pendant Back

I feel really good about the amount of jewelry I have been finishing for the four galleries that carry my work.  As of late it's about all I can focus on since I'm in a transitional time in my life and my beading travels on-he-go well. 

Now, I am going to get ready for my divorce hearing. Wish me luck!

Monday, April 20, 2015

HGA's Small Expressions 2015: Climbing

I am excited to announce that my piece "Climbing" was accepted into the Handweaver's Guild of America juried show, Small Expressions 2015.   This show will be running May 28th, 2015 through July 4th 2015 at the Textiles Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I was so excited about getting into this show that I immediately looked up flights for the opening reception weekend.  I have always wanted to get over to the Textile Center, but never had the chance when visiting Minneapolis, so it's time!  The opening reception is May 28th.  I'm so looking forward to going and hope to see anyone that's in the area there!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Departure Bangle

Departure Bangle $250

Lately I have been focused on trying to get sets of jewelry swapped out to galleries.  I'm beading a lot as my main focus since it's portable and a lot of changes are happening in the next month.  I am trying to make my "usual" groupings with a color focus, but I keep straying from what I feel is my norm.

This bangle started with my beading wandering into double-leaves, thinking I'd try more than two, but then giving up.  It sat in my bead bag for a while until I decided it was important to do something with this weekend.  The double leaves by themselves weren't exciting me, so I made some additional accents for the middles.

It looks a little like fairy wings to me, and with it being an interesting bangle variation, I felt that calling it the "Departure" bangle was appropriate at this point in my life.

I debated finishing it as a bangle or as a bracelet, and decided on the bangle shape.  I finally played with some of the square double-hole Miyuki Tila beads that I had bought earlier this year on the sides of the leaves as a connecting point.

(back view)

I am actually quite happy as to how this piece turned out. It's a bit larger than my "normal" sized bangles since I was guessing about the number of beads to go around.  If you'd like to see it in person, come to the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild Fiber Feast this weekend (tickets are sold out, but you can come shop before and after the event).

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Smaller Leaf Bracelet Variation

I was going through my inventory to take over the that Lansing Art Gallery this week and realized that I completely forgot to post about one of my bracelet variations!

As I play with different sized leaves, I wanted to my a smaller, more delicate version of the leaf bracelet.  This piece turned out quite successful with that focus. 

It matches one of my Spring 2015 color combos, other pieces can be seen HERE.  And of course, all of this set with pink, fuchsia, orange, lime and purple can be seen and purchased at that Lansing Art Gallery shop right now!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Leaf Bracelet Variation

Leaf Bracelet Variation $120.00

I have been meaning to start in on some different variations of leaf bracelets, and a new color combo got me inspired to do one.  I bought a fantastic shirt from my favorite Grand Rapids boutique, Lee & Birch and it go me moving my spring color collection to a little more pink and no lime green.

This piece as a two-pearl clasp, which I have been waffling on the size of the pearl, but it really hangs on well, so I'm going to be wearing it a lot to see how it feels. So far so good at the office yesterday.

I'm looking at these photos thinking to myself, "wow, that's a lot of pink for me to be working with." I must have spring fever, plus a ton of changes going on in my life.  Lets shake it up some hey?

You will probably be able to see this particular piece for sale at the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild Fiber Feast on April 18th in the sales area.  I don't have anything in the fashion show itself, but I will be modeling.  Tickets are sold out, however, the general public is invited to shop early and after the fashion show.  More info at 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

3 Pairs of Beaded Earrings

I was inspired today to get a few smaller pair of earrings done for my Spring color grouping.  I started my day at Strange Matter Coffee.  I have been meaning to go there for a while and today was the prefect day.  I managed to run into 2 friends and made a new one who was working on her PHD at MSU.

Leaf Earrings with Orange Pearl accents $40.00

I have been meaning to get back to work and the pour over coffee at Strange Matter (and the atmosphere, and the music that I could relate to playing in the background softly) really helped.  I think I'm ready for my first jewelry swap for the Lansing Art Gallery.

Tiny Light Orange Open Pod Earrings with lime green accents  $35.00

Tiny Striped Pod Earrings $35.00

Monday, March 23, 2015

Shuto Con and Elf Ear Tips

Costume, Cosplay

Ok, so this was just a little learning experience that I had this weekend and a tip that I thought I should share.  I've been keeping myself busy and having too much fun with things I've always wanted to do. This weekend was the anime convention in Lansing, Shuto Con.  Every year I have observed thousands of costumed people running around downtown Lansing and thought: I want to be there.  I was into Sailor Moon in high school, in college there was an anime group that showed movies and tv shows once a month and then life got busy.  I've been playing catch up and one of my recent favorites is Sword Art Online.

As I waffled on buying a three day pass, I also was considering costuming.  I didn't have time to make something, but I do have LOTS of dress-up pieces. I decided a generic character from Sword Art Online (someone who would have definitely died, I've never beaten a boss in a video game, except maybe that first level of Mario on original Nintendo...).

So EARS.  I have had pointy ear tips since college, after using them for Halloween or something, I kept them in my makeup case. Hence, every once in a while when I was getting ready to go out dancing or to a concert, I'd put them on. They were just subtle enough that not everyone necessarily noticed. You're supposed to use Spirit Gum to apply these on to your ears, but I quickly realized that my skin was too sensitive for it and I spent a week or two with my ears swollen and itchy (it was awful).  Since then, I would just balance them over my ears and hope no one touched them....but they're pointy ears sticking out from under my hair, people can't help themselves.

I considered getting my ears pierced in the cartilage just for the purpose of keeping them on.  I have one ear pierced like takes for ever to heal! Plus, then I tried to thread it through, it was hard, maybe I'll get better at it.  As I went though my wardrobe I ran into Matchsticks, a double-stick tape for clothing-to-skin application.  I thought, why not?  I cut them a bit smaller and just attached them in one spot a the top interior of my ear (triangular fossa area).  They stayed on all day, no issues.  I ended up out at a bar for a friend's birthday in costume afterwards and did have a few people tug on them (they did ask to touch them first), no issues. 

Also, at the end of the night, they came off easily, and the tape rolled off of the latex with ease. I remember having to get new ears on occasion because the spirit gum made them gross and sticky.

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Ears pre-makeup

Another tip on ears.  They come pretty light skin-toned. I saw a number of people at Shuto Con with this issue. All you have to do to get them the correct color is use a liquid foundation.  I applied it when they were off my ears, just with my fingers, it takes really well.

Lastly, Shuto Con was a blast. I can't wait for next year, talk about people who are SERIOUS about making costumes: 
Skeksis, the dark crystal
I met a Skeksis (and the panel was how he was MADE. So cool)

Me and Valeta

Up-close of another monster from the panel.

Her wings were folded up and then she pulled down on two grips to open them up!

I was just a Japanese school girl on Friday since my costume wasn't done.

Lots of light up pieces too. Hello #eTextiles!