Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

chain reaction

combining chain with beads turned out to be a bit of a math problem
but luckily it was may favorite subject 
(next to art class)
i was a bit tricky at first 
 trying to hold the beads and chain in place 
once the middle three rows where done it got easier
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below , a simpler, just as effective project 


Tuesday, 24 October 2017

making it big, necklace that is


not long ago,
john bead outlet had a sale on these wonderful bezels
buy 2 get 10 free
its always good to have a stash on hand 
for when an idea hits you
i also pick ups a variety of crosses at bead dynasty


going through my stash i also found some acrylic flowers
which look great with the necklace below




Friday, 13 October 2017

more skull jewelry

as always, one thing leads to another and another
i enjoyed the last 2 necklaces so much and had some leftover
skulls and just had to make more
searching through my stash i found a fun skull cameo and lava beads
combined with red pearls and metal  
i like the look

(below)
i also found a cross which i filled with resin clay
 and added some howlite and turquoise



Wednesday, 11 October 2017

chain reaction

it always starts with one little thing which sends me down a path to making a ton more
these little skulls i found at the john bead outlet
they matched perfectly with my leftover howllite
a bit of chain and some nylon coated wire



after wearing it out, a few friends wanted one of there own
which lead me to several more
i love this one below

Monday, 2 October 2017

encaustic

working with the heat gun and blow torch
oil pastels and metallic oil paint
i had a bit of fun experimenting







Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Friday, 22 September 2017

encaustic, mirror image

back in the grove
my friend kirsten  took an amazing photo of this tree
i love trees in my art
so i asked it i could use it in one of my painting
 a bit of tweeking in photoshop so i could use it as a transfer

below, i added some shellac and then blow torched it


i decided to make 2 paintings and gave one to kirsten for her birthday

Sunday, 20 August 2017

mixing it up!

going through my stash always inspires me
sometimes i wish i could have them all on display
just so i will be reminded to use them instead of hoarding
the other day while looking for something else
i found several containers with vintage crystals
i didn't realize i had so many
which lead me to a few bags of metal flowers, leaves and a few  pins
once i got out the wire it all came together
but some how i didn't even put a dent in my collection


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

now that's a jig!!


what a wonderful birthday gift from my friend carmi
she signed us up for classes and a make and take
taught by cindy goldrick
using  brenda schweders  amazing jig





Tuesday, 25 July 2017

what to do with a mixed bag of beads


on my last visit to the john bead outlet 
i found these mixed bags of beads for only $7.68
it didn't take long before i designed several necklaces
and have ideas for a few more,
just hope they have some left if stock 


Thursday, 6 July 2017

encaustic

it's a new day , it's a new dawn , it's a new life!
"sunrise", 12x24 encaustic on wood panel
a special painting for a special friend who is battling cancer
i know how difficult this is 
and my hope is to inspire her to brave each new day
no matter what it brings because tomorrow will get a little bit easier


last year she purchased below
"eclipse" , 12x24 encaustic on wood panel
i think they make a great pair



Friday, 30 June 2017

happy canada day, eh!

its been awhile since wanted to paint
not sure why, just busy making jewelry and working
a few times i heated up my plates and primed a few boards 
thinking something would spark 
i even painted several red 
with canada day in mind
i finally got a chance to complete one project
happy 150th canada

Monday, 19 June 2017

driftwood jewelry, part 2

sometimes the wood was just the perfect size and shape!!
having fun creating with these unique puzzle pieces



Sunday, 18 June 2017

driftwood jewelry

switching things up a bit
a few years ago i collected at ton of driftwood
and finally got a chance to set it all out and 
find just the right pieces to create some wonderful pieces
above, some red coral with pearls
below , using abalone shells, wire , beads and pearls



Tuesday, 25 April 2017

pearl and howlite necklace

i've been enjoying working with howlite
i like the irregular shapes and the contrast with the pearls

Friday, 7 April 2017

mixed bags of beads

 with so many beads in my stash its still nice to have some pick out a selection for you
Laura, at the John Bead Outlet has a great eye for this and makes some great mixed bags
and once in a while i get lucky enough to be there at the right time and score a few
above, a combo of pearls and wood beads
(i threw in the smaller ones)
and below, a combination i would have never have picked out
but something appealed to me when i saw it so .........
since they where both on sale for 50% off 
why not try them both

Friday, 24 March 2017

shells and pearls and beads, oh my!

 reorganizing my jewelry stash to make way for some new supplies
i came across some shells i thought i should finally make something with
after a bit of "play" i came up with several ideas
 and of course ,
one thing always leads to another 
 and another

Thursday, 9 March 2017

turquoise inspiration

last  weekends sale at the john bead outlet
got me buying stones i normally couldn't afford
but with 50 percent off , how could i resist
below just a few samples of what i purchased
playing around with different combos and
finally something sparked
something a little different for me
i think i will enjoy this new style