Bead Box 16 - Stocked

Holy Bead Box! How have I made it to number sixteen!? And, I don't see me stopping there either. Ha. Let me quickly explain my bead box for those of you who are just finding me (Hiiiiii! 👋👋) My bead box is a basic 17-compartment plastic organizer. I try to keep it stocked with one design per compartment to take with me when I travel or to use when I'm uninspired. It's come in very handy over the years. (I'll link all the other versions at the bottom of this post.) 

I like to share what I've packed into each of these boxes and then reveal how (and if) they came together. This particular iteration of the box was actually stocked at the end of June but I haven't touched it yet. I suppose that's a good sign that I've been inspired in other ways. However, now that I'm looking at these designs, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I packed the box. Luckily, I did sketch out a few of them (but not all of them 🤦‍♀️). Here's what I've got. 

This soldered word bubble, along with the beads, jump rings, and head pins will eventually become a necklace. I plan to use the larger beads as links for a chain and have the seed beads as dangles from the chain. Hopefully, this will echo the little loops on the outside of the charm. That's the idea anyway. 

The focal to this necklace is that house-shaped soldered china shard. My sketch shows a large jump ring and the larger shell bead dangle hanging within the loop. (I've just added the jumping.) The other beads will be used for the chain of the necklace. 

I seriously had to refer to my sketch to figure out what's supposed to be going on here. Of course, the soldered wire circles are part of the pendant. I'll have the soldered stone, the star, and a red bead dangling from them. The large red beads will also be used as part of the pendant while the small red ones and the silver beads will make up the chain. Easy enough, right?

I hardly ever create mismatched earrings, but that's the idea for these.

This simple mix of a word bubble and some pretty beads will make up a bracelet. 

I'm kinda tickled that I could match these greens so well. The green stone beads, glass pearls, and silver seed beads will become a pretty beaded chain for this found shard pendant. 

This shard charm in the shape of a heart is too neat not to use. While it would make a fine bracelet charm, I want it to be a bit more prominent, so it will be the solitary focal in a necklace. The selected beads and tin will be used in the chain. I expect to finish it out with some metal chain. 

By now you can probably tell that I focused on using some of my soldered bits for this box. I love this little quartz point but it needs a little something else with it. The wooden flower has been in my stash (along with a few others) for quite a while. I think they pair up nicely together for a focal (along with a few tiny bead dangles.) The other wood and glass beads will make up some of the handmade chain for this necklace. 

After so many necklace designs, I knew I needed to throw in a few earrings so I sifted through some brass charms in my stash. The little butterfly charms will dangle from some sort of stack of the other beads - maybe. 🤷‍♀️ I didn't sketch this one out. I'm sure it seemed like an obvious design at the time. I'll figure it out, I'm sure. 

This earring design seems a bit more obvious. I do love both the brass leaves and those turquoise-colored beads. These should turn out quite lovely and simple. 

There's one large compartment in the bead box, and that's where this design sits. The Lucky Duck Pendant was one of my assemblage projects for both my 100 Day Project and for Ina's #4Core. You can click the link to watch my tutorial on making it. It will be the focal piece to a green and black necklace chain with the beads gathered there. 

Back to the earring designs...These brass connectors will be wire-wrapped to the beads here - somehow. Again, I'll figure it out. 

THIS design I did sketch out. (Whew!!) I've had these pale, pale blue sequins for ages. I'm glad I'll be working them into a pair of earrings. I'll wire up and shape the sequins into a circle and the black beads will hang from the circles. They should be interesting. 

This little soldered stone along with those mother-of-pearl heishi beads and the little Czech glass melon beads will become a bracelet. I think it will be a cute little thing. 

I've moved those little alligator-skin-looking tin pieces around on my desk for a while now. The khaki-colored e-beads will be looped at the top of them for a pair of interesting earrings. They feel kinda safari-inspired. 

I really wish I had sketched out what I had in mind for these. I know they will be earrings...but beyond that, I have only inklings of what I intended. I have an idea of what I can do but am not sure if it was my original intent. I suppose it doesn't matter anymore.

The design for these earrings feels pretty obvious to me and doesn't need a sketch. They should be pretty cute when they're finished. 

And, that's what I have in mind for Bead Box 16. I haven't started on it at all yet as I've been so busy with ICAD and other projects. And, that's a good thing. This box isn't really intended for everyday use. I am itching to start on these now that I've been reminded of what's in it. Maybe another day! For now, here are the other Bead Box versions - stocked and reveals.

What do you think? Do any of these designs spark your interest? Are you curious about how they'll turn out? I'd really love to know. 

ICAD 46-61

Index Card a Day (ICAD), a 61-day mixed media challenge to altered an index card each day, has wrapped up as of the end of July. I'm still a bit surprised that I was able to get a video up of my process for each of these cards almost every day (I think there were only one or two exceptions). Since I've shared the first 45 cards with links to their videos, here is the last batch for 2022.

Day 46

Day 47

Day 48

Day 49

Day 50

Day 51

Day 52

Day 53

Day 54

Day 55

Day 56

Day 57

Day 58

Day 59

Day 60

Day 61

All in all, I'm happy with the bulk of what I created over these two months. And, I hope you enjoyed some of the process along with me!

Honey Do List Reveal (July 2022)

I was kicking myself for not having the time to participate in last month's Honey Do List challenge from SJ Designs Jewelry as the inspiration photo was of a Chihuly glass art installation, and I LOVE Chihuly's work. Fortunately, Sarajo and Eric used another photo of Chihuly's art this month too. YAY! 

Something about this inspiration felt watery and almost jellyfish-like. And, the colors...they're almost all there! I knew I could make something from this eye candy of inspiration.

As a design ambassador for Jesse James Beads (#jjbambassador), I have received a beautiful array of beads, pendants, chains, and other glorious bits in the past several months. So, I let these two "challenges" combine and created a couple pairs of earrings from some of my JJB stashes for the Honey Do List. 

Between the underwater feel, the glass itself, and the color array of the inspiration photo, these earrings fell together. The mermaid tails came from my latest mix from the May 2022 Magical Mystery Bead Box while the yellow and orange beads are part of the Sunset Goddess Bead Mix

It may come as no surprise to anyone, but the blue of the inspiration photo really stood out to me personally. And, then there were the lines on much of the glass that caught my eye. This collection of beads (also from the May Magical Mystery Bead Box) seemed to emulate those points to me. Aren't they gorgeous?

Once I had these two earrings made, I knew I could be done with the challenge, but something told me to try playing with my tin as well. I kept seeing crinkled discs in the inspiration photo. So, I cut out a bunch of discs, altered them, and created this wonky pendant. 

While I do feel that it captures the inspiration, it just doesn't feel quite right.

So, with the leftover discs, I created this one instead.

It worked out much better!

Hopefully, I can bring in more of those gorgeous Jesse James Beads to make a simple chain for at least one of these pendants, but I was running out of time again before this reveal. The chain(s) will have to come later.

Now, I invite you to head over to the Honey Do List reveal to see what Sarajo made with the inspiration. There, you will also find links to the other artists who participated as well as a way to add your own link if you want to play along!

Thanks to Sarajo and Eric for another beautiful challenge!!

Fairy Magic Assemblage Art for #4Core

As soon as I watched Ina Solsbery's announcement of what the four core ingredients were for her #4core challenge, I had inklings of an idea. The theme of this month's 2D or 3D mixed media piece was to pick out a talent or superpower. I almost immediately knew that it would be "Magic" for me. I had the initial vision to create some sort of wizard (think Harry Potter) study, but that seemed like a stretch for me, and it felt very close to what Ina created last month. So, other ideas began to brew. One morning, I woke up and knew that this beauty was what I need to make. 

Ina's other three "ingredients" were to have a description (basically the name of your talent/superpower) within the piece, add a bit of a map, and include wood in its natural color. 

I am completely taken with what I was able to put together. Everything about this shadowbox piece makes me smile. And, it really wasn't that hard to create. Getting started was the biggest hurdle.

You can watch my Fairy Magic Assemblage Art video on YouTube. It shares each of the steps I took to make my own magic. 

Here are a few more detailed shots of the piece so you can see some of what I love about it. 
There's a special something about that golden frame contrasting against the natural sticks and moss. 

Can you ever really go wrong with crackle paste?

What's not to love about a serious fairy and a quote from Roald Dahl?

This piece will be staying in my own collection for now, but I do have a few other assemblage pieces available in the Etsy Shop

So, what do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?

ICAD 31-45

 I've made it through the third quarter of ICAD (Index Card a Day) and am ready to share with you what I created in those days. Clicking on the picture and/or caption should take you to the video of that card being made. Enjoy!!

Day 31

Day 32

Day 33

Day 34

Day 36

Day 37

Day 38

Day 39

Day 40

Day 41

Day 42

Day 43

Day 44

Day 45

There are some real winners and some other lessons learned in this bunch. I can't believe there's only one last quarter of this challenge to go. So...which is your favorite?

Bead Box 16 - Stocked

Holy Bead Box! How have I made it to number sixteen!? And, I don't see me stopping there either. Ha. Let me quickly explain my bead box ...