Nov 16, 2013

November Magic: Lampwork and Clay Blog Hop

Welcome to the Handcrafted Artisan Lampwork & Clay Blog Hop 
hosted by Lisa Lodge of A Grateful Artist

The beads I received to create with are some of the most beautiful Lisa has ever sent! I added in the owl ceramic and a few larger ceramic beads to the pile, admiring the gentle shades and ceramic texture and color. The mix of our beads feels like November to me, and gives me a lovely sense of connection to nature. 

(Click on picture to enlarge text :) Art beads by Gaea (pattern) and Beadfreaky (owl)

Here are the beads Lisa sent and my beads gathered from my stash for the challenge. As much as I would have liked to have used everything & presented several pieces of jewelry, I got as far as creating components and photographing one complete design before cutting my palm with a very sharp bread knife! A butterfly bandage is healing my palm right now. I avoided stitches but probably needed them. I'm thinking with stitches instead of a butterfly,  I'd be creating away! So, additional art jewelry designs to be be continued, sigh.

Ok, on to our handcrafted lampwork and ceramic hop! 

(Click on picture to enlarge text :) Art beads by Gaea (pattern) and Beady Eyed Bunny (bird).

Hello pretty birdie! 

A better peek at the simple pretty twisted bugle strand.

And the components I created just before I cut my hand: 
embossed brass and copper discs with Lisa Liddy's Color Me This patina in Fern Green, Turquoise, and Plum. 

And beadwork created for the Metal & Seed Bead Hop that I was hoping to incorporate today to compliment a very special bead gifted to me by Lisa for my daughter -- a dragonfly by Havana Beads!

 Inspired by Shirley Moore's beautiful beadwork components  (bottom left), I began creating additional beadwork diamonds (they are built up & need RAW yet) to become a necklace of abstract autumn leaves -- an autumn garden for the dragonfly, Demeter's love for her daughter & wait for reunion.  I'm so wanting to use my hand already and get creating with all the components for both blog hops!  
Inspired by Shirley Moore's beautiful beadwork component ( bottom left) 
And extra, for fun & for the kids: 
 I also created 66 art charms, or 22 sets, for the Beads of Courage Exchange and Auction! Two of my sets are being auctioned. 
38 artists came together to create the art charms, and today special art charms created by Beads of Courage participants themselves will be listed. The handcrafted charms start at $7.50, and 100% of the proceeds goes to Beads of Courage, an organization supporting children with serious illnesses by giving them beads that tell, honor, record, and share their stories of courage. 
to start off the Season of hope and goodwill! :)

Art charms created with more art beads! You can read about them here :) 

Thank you Lisa for creating a blog hop featuring jewelry made with artisan crafted ceramic and lampwork art beads! My new necklace is a new favorite for me -- I love it. 

The Artists:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Annette Rivers, MamaOwl's Mess
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Linda Aspenson Bergstrom, TBD
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Connie Tipton, TBD
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
Michele Dotson, Star Jewels
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Jennifer Clifford, TBD
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyns Creations
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper's Gems
Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles


  1. Sorry about the cut on your hand.
    In spite of that you did a great job of designing your necklace.

  2. Rita! You can't cut your hand, you have too much creating to do! And, even with an injured hand, you still come up with something that beautiful. I have to say, I adore that simple rope you strung it on too. I love that you kept everything in the soft, easy range of colors. Awesome work girl!

  3. Lisa sent you a great mix to work with. I really like how you combined everything together.

  4. Rita - your beautiful heart shines through in everything that you do. Of course, the pieces you created are beautiful (as always). What is especially beautiful, though is the positive intentions and wishes behind the process. Thanks so much for being in the hop!

  5. What great beads and I love love how you put them together. It felt like a walk in the forest on an autumn day,

  6. rustic...great piece for this time of year!

  7. I'm sorry about your hand, Rita! Looks like it didn't stop you though, wow! I love what you've done with the ceramic beads and so happy to see my little bird amongst them.

  8. Well Rita, It's safe to say, NOTHING keeps you from creating! Sorry about your hand. Love the beads you had to work with & terrific job on your necklace. I really like the simplicity of the rope to show off the pendant! Heal fast!

  9. What great beads you got. And I love your owl focal. So sorry to hear about your hand, Rita. Hope it's healing well so you can get on with your creating. I love the one piece you did get done before your injury. Will be watching for what else you get to make.

  10. Reading your opening statement was like taking a meditative breath. Yum. Am savoring the moment and how much you enjoyed your beads. And loving the tribal look of your necklace. Wonderful.

  11. Hope your hand heals quickly! Your necklace is wonderful! I love those muted, natural tones too and your design is wonderful!

  12. Rita, I am sorry to hear about your accident. You sure had a lot on your plate! All of your work is wonderful and inspiring. Your photos are great too.

  13. oh no! hope the cut heals quickly!! Beautiful beads and love the earthy design (as you know!) so pretty

  14. So sorry about your accident and I hope your hand heals fast! I love your necklace and I love your story.


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