Hello again! I hope you all are enjoying these last few crazy days
before Christmas relaxing with a nice big cup of something warm and your
favorite beads… Ha! I know that’s just what I’m doing! 😉 Oh well, we
In discussion for our last blog posts for
2013, our fabulous leader Jen Cameron suggested that we each share a new
or favorite technique we learned this year and something we each hope
to learn in 2014. So here’s mine…
I can’t say I learned
any new techniques per se — mostly I just experimented with some ideas.
As you probably already know, I really enjoying painting and have a
paintbrush AND beads in hand whenever possible. (And of course paint all
over my fingers and whatever surface I happen to be near!)
my playing, I made variations of these beads — using scraps from past
projects and adding a crackle effect with paint — it’s a simple
technique, but with very nice results. You can see my mini tutorial here.
Textured and painted in many, many thin layers and finally crackled to make these colorful “Tattered Butterfly Wing” beads. I’m really loving this effect!
Rainy Day Pendants
made with tiny hand drawn umbrellas on shrink plastic and embedded in
polymer… polymer that was painted, of course. They sure made my rainy
day less dreary! These were inspired by Rebecca Watkins of
Artybecca. You can see some of her designs here.
crochet! My focus for the past few years has been my own bead making
and my poor bead stash of gemstones, glass lovelies and art beads has
dwindled down to a very embarrassing teeny tiny amount.
and more I’ve been thinking about expanding my jewelry making and recently when browsing Etsy I stumbled across the above gorgeousness in
someones favorites and knew I would have to learn how! It wasn’t the
first time I’d seen bead crochet, but these striking designs really
caught my eye and inspired me. These are by Ann Teplova of Chudibeads on Etsy where she shares her beautiful creations and her tutorials.
Ann’s work got me looking for more examples and of course I couldn’t forget about AJE teammate, the talented Kristen Stevens — she is always whipping up some beautifully detailed creation. These are a couple of my favorites…
I’m sure you already know about Kristen’s beaded beads — gorgeous too!
They were the CoM for November and I made these new earrings with the
pair she gave me…
hopefully for me, this new year brings more beads to replenish my stash and time for jewelry making. What new techniques have you learned this year? Do you have
anything planned for 2014 yet? Do share!
Wishing you each a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with lots of time to enjoy family and beads!