Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Eye Candy Day

I haven't shown jewelry in what feels like ages.  To be quite frank, I haven't had the gumption to pick up a single tool or bead since before Christmas.  My husband says it's just that time of year when people are in a funk (is that true?).  But today it's actually lovely outside and I've been able to take some pictures.


I've had these beads from Dawn White for a long time.  I knew I had to have them, but didn't know quite what to do with them!  I love the "stick" beads for the texture, and the black and white designs are just wonderfully done.  

Then I realized I had a strand of center-drilled matte onyx in my drawer and pulled that out, and along with some White Opal Swarovski crystals, I was able to continue the basic pattern.  Really, this is an incredibly simple stringing design, but I thought it best to wait for JUST the right accent beads to pull this together.  And I like it!



These are very simple, too.  It's all about the beads!  The raku ceramic was made by Beads of Clay, and I didn't want to muck around with over-designing it.  Brass bees were all the extra adornment these earrings needed.  

I think a lot of jewelry designers worry about finding that awesome-cool-fantabulous design, but sometimes, just let the beads do the work.  Choosing pretty beads is just as important a skill as knowing what and how much to do to them.



These beads were also made by Dawn White, and they're in my favorite colors!  When I bought them, I knew I was going to make a cha-cha bracelet with them.  It just came down to picking the right beads.

With lampwork beads like these, you have to keep in mind the shades of color and work to not have a color clash.  I had at least ten different bags of pink beads on my table trying to not only match up shades, but to decide how much color, how deep a color, and how many shapes I should use.  I like how it turned out.  



This bracelet is an example of what to do to change a design from simple to one-of-a-kind cool.  The square ceramic nuggets are lovely and colorful on their own, but they needed something -- some OOMPH.  I added the gray polymer clay owl by Barbara Bechtel and a polymer clay imprinted charm by Swoon Dimples.  For a little more, I added a hibiscus flower charm at the back of the pink charm.  Because the bracelet incorporates a lot of colors and visual impact, I chose a simple toggle clasp.  

Knowing when to STOP designing is sometimes hard!


These earrings are made with lampwork head pins from SueBeads and sweet matte silver lily blossoms.  I've struggled with using lampwork head pins in a unique way, and one day they just ended up sitting next to the lily blossoms.  PING, on went the light bulb.  They fit inside perfectly, and I'm showing front and back.

The lesson here is sometimes a messy work space can bring the right beads together!


This is a long necklace (and I have yet to figure out how to take good "on the model" shots, darn it!).  I used lampwork beads by JulsBeads, a "PEACE" ceramic bead by Diane Hawkey, and chain from Ad/Adornments.  LOVE that there are Swarovski crystal pearls to match -- bonus!  I added bleached wood and large pewter ovals, and found a very cool decorative lobster claw clasp at Hobby Lobby.  


This is an example of my collecting random beads and holding onto them for just the right thing.  I always have a big tray of "need to use" beads handy, and this design began with Jul's beads, then the pearls, and finally the ceramic bead.



This is, of course, from a big bowl of Bead Soup.  I threw together colors, stirred, and then tried not to over-think it.  



And finally, a clasp I made.  I've been trying to work more with heavy-gauge wire, and this clasp is a result of that practice.  I hammered it and oxidized it and there you go!  I have to admit, I'm not quite sure how I made the Thai bead portion, but that's part of the magic of wire -- experimentation can bring good things!


I hope you enjoyed the eye candy -- I'll try not to make it such a long time between showings!




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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.




50 comments:

  1. I am in total awe of your talent and also of your ability to explain what you did and how you did it! That is so hard for so many people to do! YOU rock my world! xoxox jean

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  2. Drooooolworthy eye-candy!
    Wow! The black and white is my fav, and then the clasp is next. Was making a mental note of asking how you did that thai bead part when I read you don't remember :-) Haha :)
    Now I want to make a clasp!

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  3. Love them all! I love how you used the headpins, I have never seen them used that way before! Thanks for linking to me! I love your clasp, too! I hope you figure out how you made the thai bead part!

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  4. Really pretty stuff Lori!

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  5. I love your bead stash. Sounds like you need a warm weather vacation! We never get super cold for very long, but the past few days have been 60 - 80F, and even with some overcast skies, the temps are a real mood booster. Throw in some beaches (we only have swamp)and fruity drinks and you've got the perfect cure for winter funk.

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  6. So very pretty. You do great work!

    Holly

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  7. I love eye candy days!

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  8. These are beautiful!

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  9. Wow! It was worth the wait!

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  10. Oh my, your muse has been very busy. Each creation is divine and also quite unique. I love the way that they look so free form and uncontrived. It is an art to know how to listen to the beads and do their bidding instead of trying to force them into a creation that does not suit them ... and you have definitely mastered how to do this.

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  11. Simply beautiful. I am amazed that you can buy beads and KNOW what you are going to do with them. Your eye-candy certainly has made my day.

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  12. Fabulous :) I love all of them and damn >.< you make your own clasps too? So not fair... you got kissed by the talent fairy big time ;) lol Looking forward to seeing more :)

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  13. These are all so beautiful! I'm especially taken with the top one...it's totally not what I usually "like" but it's soooo striking!

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  14. Loved seeing all the eye candy - You are very talented! Yes - Your husband is right! It is that time of the year. I always get in a funk after the holidays and don't usually recover til the first signs of Spring. :-D I have a necklace project on my table now that has been setting there for days, decluttering that needs to be finished, and the list goes on.
    Enjoy your evening.

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  15. Your work is simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I am lovin' that last piece with the wire work!

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  16. Oh la la... so many nice pieces! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  17. WOW! What a productive day..beautiful creations!

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  18. Wow, Lori, you really have a talent for putting just the right colors and beads together. These are GORGEOUS!

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  19. Lori,
    You always have something pretty to show. You do wonderful work.
    Therese

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  20. They're all gorgeous but I am seriously in love with the cha-cha lampwork bracelet in coral/pink/purple! :)

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  21. I don't mind the long while in between eye candy posts - you more than make up for it. In quantity and quality! Love, love, love the cha-cha bracelet.

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  22. Love your eye candy!! They all are so colorful and fun. I particularly love the clasp that you made. What gauge wire are you using? The hammering really makes it interesting.

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  23. I agree with the hubby, January is a funk kinda month, or maybe we're just in need of a little time away.
    Your designs are all lovely. I like how you did a quick explanation for each piece. Nice!

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  24. OMG! Everything is beautiful! I love how you explain your thought process behind each piece. But that clasp...simply awesome and that piece is my definite favorite! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Yes Lori...it has been a while yet now my eyes are gloriously happy seeing all your beautiful jewelry. I adore your descriptions and history of the beads you use. Delicious dear...

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  26. DROOL!!!!!! You've got a great eye for color & style!

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  27. I love your style! The eye candy was delicious. ;)

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  28. I enjoyed this post immensely! Love works, all of them!

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  29. What a lovely blog you have here, Lori. Your jewelry (and photography) is beautiful - my favorite piece is the bead soup design! And your wire work is stunning. Well done, you! :o)

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  30. Lori,
    For someone in a funk you have been doing wonderful work. Thank you for sharing all the photos - and the explanations.

    Would you also be willing to share the photo editing tool? I love the uneven borders, and those black line scribbles. What did you use to get those borders?
    Thanks in advance.

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  31. Man, you really do pick the best beads (and colors, too)! I wish I could have you in my pocket during the gem show in a couple of weeks!! Feel free to come on out and show me how you do it!

    I love those peach/silver earrings w/the head pins from suebeads - fabulous!! And that cha-cha bracelet - oh my!!

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  32. Such fun things, Lori. You always get me going!
    Deep thanks for your lovely comments and support!
    Big hugs,
    Suz

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  33. That pink cha cha bracelet is sooo pretty!!

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  34. I love all the different styles in your jewelry! Adorable! And I very much like your clasp. It is a wonderful idea of linking to all the great artists you have known.

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  35. Love the pieces, earrings with butterfly are so pretty with great attention to detail.

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  36. Great clasp on that last one. I would like to play more with wire and metal to make my own components. That looks great. And the way you combine all those pinks and purples, swoon worthy! Thanks for sharing the results of your session! Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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  37. Everything in just lovely. Too many favorites to name. Feels good to be creating again, right?

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  38. I do love that expression 'being in a funk' definitely a January thing! You have made absolutely wonderful creations,most certainly back in the swing of things.

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  39. Gorgeous creations :) Your work is so pretty! Love your wire clasp :)

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  40. Very pretty! And your husband is right...funk-y time of year.

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  41. Eye candy days are one of my favorites! They're all beautiful!

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  42. Wish I had even just a teaspoon of how talented and creative you are, Lori!

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  43. I love the bracelet that has the little bell like flowers. I have been looking for that type of bead. Thanks I will try to find Dawn White.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  44. I totally LOVE those lampwork headpin earrings, Lori, LOVE THEM.

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  45. We all need downtime and to not beat ourselves up over this simple fact of life. And I love that clasp.

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  46. The floral designs and the dragonflies are looking very pretty sitting on the neck pieces and the earrings.I love insects when on my jewelry.

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  47. Lori, your talent has a far reach. I love every darn one of them. More please.

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  48. Oh wow! You are so inspiring! My faves are the owl bracelet and bee earrings. :)

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