Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Artisan Wish List : April 2014

I missed the March Wish List *sad* but that's ok...I'm back again for April *yyyeee* Lately, my taste to handmade items are not just limited to jewelry supplies. But increasing to day to day needs as well. Danger threatening for my wallet and credit card *warning *

I am mobile person. Almost every week goes out town. And I pick backpack to transport all my needs for out of town. I like the backpack Ingrid's design of Wooly Bison. And I love backpack made from waxed canvas. 

I never bought raku or stoneware before. When I found Wondrous Strange Designs, it's quite unique...primitive and rustic. Something that become my second theme favorite. You should go to the shop now and find yourself for extraordinary beads and buttons.

I never stop admire lampwork beads artist. They are so superb dealing with hot melting rod. What I like about Sari's lampwork is she is not afraid using bright colors on her design. Just stop by to her shop Gaialai and your eyes will enjoy the relaxation of her charming beads work.

Monthly Challenge April 2014 Reveal Day

Happy Earth Day!

Still April right *smile* So what did you do on Earth Day? Done nothing? On April 22nd I raise funds to be donated to organization working for the environment. This time the funds will be donated to Polar Bear International. Unfortunately my Remaining Forest unsold. However, funds collected not bad amount *happy*

Lets get back to the Monthly Challenge for April. To celebrate Earth Day I picked Edward Foster's painting for source of inspiration. Here his out of ordinary painting about Mother Earth...

Oil on canvas
60 x 48 inches

Edward Foster is a professional artist from UK. Edward exhibits throughout the country and has been featured in several national magazines. The majority of his paintings deal with personal experiences he has whilst in nature. Gaia is spiritual painting. A depiction of the Earth goddess.

With the Gaia painting for inspiration, finally I decided to make four bag charms...yes FOUR *giggling* to represent the four elements in the Earth...Fire...Air...Water...Earth...Just like last month, my design not only beadweaving, I used knotting and wirework too. Learning by doing...that is my motto for my jewelry making world *grin* So here my four elements bag charms...

::: CHOLERIC :::
Fire has been an important part of all cultures and religions from pre-history to modern day and was vital to the development of civilization. It has been regarded in many different contexts throughout history, but especially as a metaphysical constant of the world.
Here I used simple knotting tecnique. I am still very new about this technique. So do not be surprised if the result is less tidy *poor* I choose glass bangle, synthetic cord, red petal Gudo traditional glass beads,  Indopacific Gudo traditional glass beads in red and yellow.

::: SANGUINE :::
Air is often seen as a universal power or pure substance. Its supposed fundamental importance to life can be seen in words such as aspireinspireperspire and spirit, all derived from the Latin spirare.
Another wirework using seedbeads from me. Don't ask me about the cloud, that is pure my imaginary cloud *wink* although the result is still ugly, but there is a certain satisfaction that I feel when seeing the result become. The pink bird of Gudo tradional glass bead flying high in the clouds *giggle* and for the clouds I used faceted glass bead and China crystal beads plus cloud wirework.

Water is one of the elements in ancient Greek philosophy, in the Asian Indian system Panchamahabhuta, and in theChinese cosmological and physiological system Wu Xing. In contemporary esoteric traditions, it is commonly associated with the qualities of emotion and intuition.
Well...come back to my favorite technique, beadweaving. I used embellish peyote stitch. I choose electroplate drop glass beads, yellow fish Gudo traditional glass bead and delica for the embellish beads. I love the colors combo for this design *wink*

Earth is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. It was commonly associated with qualities of heaviness, matter and the terrestrial world. Due to thehero cults, and chthonic underworld deities, the element of earth is also associated with the sensual aspects of both life and death in later occultism.
Another simple knotting. Truly simple I think *grin* I tried to combine the land (brown) and various plant species that live on it (colorful). So I picked gaharu wood beads and tulip resin beads. Isn't it pretty ha?

I'm quite satisfy with my result *smile* Specially with the Air and the Water. A lot of learning process and exploring more jewelry technique. Now is time to visit other participant of this month challenge. Just click on their name ok...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Show Off

Beads make me happy!
Specially the artisan one. my yummy duppy beads and components for my weekend beads therapy.

by Esterina K. Jagiella
She is a polymer clay beads artist of Indonesia who first I know. One look at her work, wanting to buy it all. Below is her latest work. And I am proud to have them.

Pack of Dream
Mostly components on this pack by Nunn Design. I waited for the discount *to be honest* cause for the price is little bit expensive. So when the discount was come, quickly I grabbed the wishlist bangles *wink* marigold flower embellishment and bead cores. And for the loop connector oval with boat, that just to complete my connector inventory. Everytimes I shop from overseas online stores, I never forget to buy Delica. Because Delica less popular in Indonesia, so hard to find the seller here *sad*

by Rebekah Payne
Rebekah is one of my wishlist artists. I bought these beads when she had special offer a while ago. I've been several times to buy her work. Why? I love the way she colors her work. Just like she paints on the beads and that is the soul for each polymer clay beads she made. 

Czech Cathedral Glass Bead
From all kinds of Czech glass beads, one that I don't have is cathedral beads. And when the discount underway, I bought several types and colors.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mojo Challenge Week 5 - Jewelry Redos

I'm so excited with this week assignment!
I have long wanted to repair some of the jewelry I ever made. So perfect momento *thanks Heather* So lets start my jewelry redo journey...

== Redo This Jewelry Design ==
Meet with my January jewelry design for The Year of Jewelry Project. I must admit that something 'meh' with the final result. Just not like my imagination, but I had to reveal it although not succeed. Although the necklace above can be used separately, still leaves something jammed. So I have to redo the design.
Here when the lower part (Pigeon Paradise) separately from the top part (Bird's Nest).
But still I will redo the design. Something is not working there, so I have fixed it *smile*

== 1st Redo ==
I took off the two beaded triangle beads and leaves one. And keep this part to make-over.

== 2nd Redo ==
I added some beads to the beaded triangle. Sparkle of Swarovski butterfly crystal bead, wood beads and tulip resin beads to give beauty element.

== 3rd Redo ==
Plain green dangles have turned to be vines that grow in the forest. Mostly I used beadweaving technique. There are Czech leaf glass bead and seed beads, Miyuki seed beads too.

== 4th Redo ==
I made ​​quite a lot redo on Czech glass beads firepolish. Mostly I used embellished beadweaving. And for embellish beads I used Keshi pearls, Czech O beads and seed beads.
Take a look closer to the Keshi pearls. I'm so happy finally I can used my O beads *smile*

== 5th Redo ==
This part is special challenging for me. 
I want to add small beaded flower, so here my Cengkeh flower cluster *smile*

== Additional Part ==
 The neck part, I play with green hues. I want to give the impression, that this section is the deepest part of the forest with little of sunshine.
 I used fringe technique to show the impression of foliage. The front part, which is still get sunburn, the foliage looks longer and brownish green. I used dyed faceted round agate gemstones, China seed beads, Miyuki seed beads, Czech dagger glass beads.
The back part, the foliage looks shorter with deep green colors. 
 Link between additional part and redo part. I used 18ga wire for the jump-ring.
I still use 18ga wire *different color* to connect the pigeon and additional part.

== Final Result ==
::: The Remaining Forest :::
Remaining Forest's size is about 36" (long opera). 
Actually, I would like to engage The Remaining Forestin to a contest. Incidentally the theme of the contest is "GREEN". But I made ​​a mistake in terms of record the last date to entry the work *so sad* If you Ladies what to know the finalists of the GREEN contest, please click HERE.
When I did this project, I remembered that Earth Day soon. And for this jewelry design, I dedicate to celebrate Earth Day this year. And you can bid the necklace together with other artisan works on Earth Day Fundraising held by Manik Jawa on April 22th 2014. 100% of sales of Remaining Forest necklace will be included in the fundraising.

Time to find out other participants of this Mojo Challenge. You can find them at Heather's blog post H.E.R.E. or Facebook Mojo group HERE