Johana Nunez from Puerto Rico. I forgot to say that this is an international group with artisans from ALL OVER! It's such a neat way to get to know artists with similar passion for jewelry making. Johana sent me a lovely collection of her own enameled beads and components that I showed here. This is a quick picture of my gift.
Copper bracelet with the large enameled bead from Johana as the focal and 4 beautiful matching lampwork beads from Rosemary of Rosemary's Glass Art. The clasp is one that I made.
"Sort of " asymmetrical earrings with Johana's enameled beads paired with 2 orphan beads from Petra of Scorched Earth on Etsy. Because these beads weren't the same colour I had decided to use them in a pair of asymmetrical earrings and while digging through my Scorched Earth collection ( LOL, everybody has one, don't they?) I found these perfectly matching ceramic drops in the exact same colours!! How weird is that? So they are asymmetrical because they are different colours but otherwise they are the same. I know what I'll call them.
"The Same , but Different Earrings"
Johana included the sweet little Czech glass beads in a soft , pale pink which is a colour and style that I rarely use but I was determined to use them, especially those little pink flowers. Again it was time to dig through my hoarded beads. this time I found these gorgeous pink mix lampwork beads that I scored in the Advent sale from Maryse at GlassBeadArt.
My only concern about these didn't show up until I photographed and it's too late to change it now ( it's almost midnight!). The pink waxed linen thread must have picked up some errant remains of liver of sulphur from my hands and the thread looks "grubby " in the pictures . Honestly, I did wash my hands! Luckily I have enough linen thread to replace it. I think I might have to wear gloves to work with it next time.A valuable lesson.
Next I made another bracelet to feature the wonderful handmade clasp made by Johana. It is in etched copper with a beautiful enameled flower on it. Sorry it's so difficult to see in this picture but it has the leaf veins delicately etched on it and the word "love" etched along one side ( the bottom of the leaf in this picture) .
I love it and since copper is my first love it was a no brainer. Also I'm really liking that gorgeous yellowish-green colour this year. I had this polymer clay Trilobite focal from Staci Louise Smith in my stash and some green lampwork glass beads made by Michaela Pabeschitz, who was my partner for last year's Bead Soup Blog Party. I made the copper celtic knots and antiqued them in LOS.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I've made for this challenge . There were 2 other pieces that I wanted to use but I had a couple of accidents which made that impossible.
This sweet handmade birdie "flew" out of my hands and broke his tail off. I tried to fix him but didn't trust him to survive being part of jewelry. He'll just stay as my mascot in my studio.
Remember these wonderful copper headpins with the enameled flowers on the ends. I wanted to use them as the top part of earrings with other beads hanging from them but I bent the copper too enthusiastically and destroyed them! I was devastated because I love these. Another lesson learned!
I hope you enjoyed my post and will hop over to my partner's blog to see what she made with what I sent her. I can't wait to see what Johana comes up with. The picture below shows you what I sent to her.
After you've checked out the Puerto Rican and Canadian artistry I hope you will hop over to the other blogs to see what my jewelry buddies have made for the party. Enjoy!
Here's the list of partners: