Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal

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My first year participating in Lori McDaniel Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party. For those not in the know a Bead Soup is an event where partners send selections of beads of their choice to each other and then we make a piece of jewelry using their soup.

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Here is my soup from ceramic artist Michelle McCarthy made in her studio Firefly Design Studio. She has the most amazing beads and nature is her inspiration. So when I received her soup I fell in love with the Tree of Life pendant. I’ve never used ceramic beads in my design and I have to say I’ve found a new love. Michelle has a way of bring nature alive. The colors and textures are so pretty. When ever I wear a necklace I tend to play with it all day. This is going to be one of those pieces as Michelle has made it come to life.

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Using all the lucsious ceramic beads here is my necklace that I call “Birds of Life”. The little copper birds were just meant to be added to this design, it bings the earthy greens and browns of the ceramic beads to life. Love how the birds seem to be flittering among the beads and copper chain.

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I love how this piece turned out and is now among one of my very favorite I’ve ever created. Hope I did justice to Michelle’s beautiful ceramic pieces. Be sure to stop by Michelle’s blog at www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com to see what she created with the bead soup I sent her. Plus be sure to stop by Lori McDaniel Andersons page and browse through all the bloggers in the reveal. Thanks Lori for having be in the 8th Annual BSBP. Now I'me off to browse the other bloggers.

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Simple Summer Elegence

Summer fashion means sun dresses, sandals, strappy tops and tees, plus lots of shiny, jingling jewelry. For me though it seems when I buy new summer outfits I can’t always find just the right jewelry pieces. This year I set myself a challenge to make up some really fast fun simple and elegant pieces.

First a trip to my local Joann’s Fabric and Craft store, straight to the jewelry aisle. I turned the corner and what did I see, a gorgeous display of Blue Moon Beads chains. So envision this, a grown woman standing in the bead aisle with their mouth hanging open (I’m sure I drooled a little). Got my chain, grabbed some jump rings, clasps and headed home to create. Now to challenge myself and see how long it will take to make some stunning summer jewelry.

Love this gold chain necklace, time to make: 5 minutes

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Measure out enough chain to make your necklace, place it around your shoulders, decide where to add your Blue Moon Bead pendant (love this one with the beads and chain dangles), add a clasp (I used a pretty Blue Moon Bead toggle clasp). Five minutes and a pretty necklace that you made in no time.

ImageThis snake chain also from Blue Moon Beads (comes in different diameters) is even easier and took 5 minutes. Glue on the end caps that come with the chain (thanks to Blue Moon Bead for including the end cap with the chain). Add a jump ring and clasp and wrap it around your wrist (wrap bracelets are a big trend right now). Added bonus with this bracelet its convertible and can also be worn as a necklace drapped double.

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Last project uses this luscious sparkly black cup chain and fancy black chain with. Time spent 15 minutes.

Measure your chain (about 7 inches) snap on the end cap and gently squeeze closed, add jump rings and a clasp and your done. I added another Blue Moon Bead pendant for more blingy fun and movement.

You now have 3 pieces of gorgeous, blingy, sparkling summer jewelry. The hardest part of these pieces is hanging on to them because all our friends are going to want them. Which means your next summer get together is going to be a jewelry making party. Anyone need a good Margarita recipe for the girls night jewelry party?

All products are Blue Moon Beads and the only tools used were two pairs of chain nose pliers and E6000 glue. Don’t forget you can find all these components at your local Joann’s Fabric and Craft store.

Chain, Chain, everywhere there is Chain

Chain, Chain, Chain. It’s everywhere and I love it all. In the summer I want my jewelry to be light and airy and chain is perfect for that. So using Blue Moon Beads small black and gold chain and a decorative chain with Pearls captured within the links I added more Blue Moon Beads and came up with these great summer bracelets I’ll be wearing this year. Oh and not to forget the pretty earrings I whipped up in no time.

Urban Warrior Bracelet

This is a simple little bracelet, that took nearly no time to put together. Using Blue Moon Beads 27″ Metal Chain in Black and Gold, I cut two 7″ pices of Black chain and one 7′ piece of Goldtone chain and sandwiched the Goldtone chain between the Black chain. The I pulled out some Blue Moon Beads Urban Warrior charms added those to the chain, added a clasp and in 20 minutes I had this nifty lightweight bracelet.

Green Bracelet

This next bracelet is fun, colorful and prefect for hanging out with friends at your local aquarium, Sunday brunch or even riding around in the boat on the lake.

Grab a 7″ piece of the Blue Moon Bead Silver Metal chain with Pearls captured in the links (this is such a pretty chain in itself, all you would need is to add a clasp). For me more is always less, I’m just that kind of gal. So I grabbed the Blue Moon Bead Tin Mix, Melon Ball and Mud Pie, Blue Moon Beads 6MM White Pearls some silver plated head pins and made lots of pretty dangles. Attached those to the chain with silver plated jump rings and added a toggle clasp. Fun and Flirty for summer.

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I had a couple of the Blue Moon Bead Tin Mix, Melon Ball beads left over so I took 5 minutes and whipped up this pair of earrings to match the bracelet. Beads, head pins, make a few loops, attach jump rings and ear wires. Thats all there is to these simple earrings.

Inspiring Inspiration!

Every have one of those creative blocks? You know what you want to create but it just doesn’t seem to be working with your vision?
Well that didn’t happen to me when I raided my bead stash this month. I found inspiration when I opened my box of pendants and saw two of the new Blue Moon Beads Amulets staring up at me and before you know it I had two really pretty necklaces created. But wait inspiration didn’t stop there I came up with a pretty bracelet and a cute little summer ring.
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Owl necklace
The Amulet Collection from Blue Moon Beads is so inspiring and pretty, head over to your local Michael’s store and check out all the pieces. You’ll be ispired to make your own beautiful jewelry.

The Buddha symbol brings “Enlightenment”. In the case of this necklace he certainly enlightened me to create this pretty necklace. Using Blue Moon Beads 27″ Gold Chain, Blue Moon Beads 5″ String of BD Glass Green Beads, Blue Moon Bead Glass Pearls I added all this to the chain using head pins and jump rings, added the Buddha and finished it off with a goldtone toggle clasp.

The Owl is Symbolic of Wisdom and Foresight. I certainly felt wise while making this necklace. I love the Blue Moon Beads Owl Amulet, so using some antique brass chain, links and red swarovski crystals I was able to pull this piece together in about 30 minutes.

Bangle bracelet

While your at the craft store look for the Blue Moon Beads Bangle Bracelet. Then look through your stash of beads like I did and I bet you will find some big hole beads you forgot you had. Twist off the end of the bangle, add your beads and you have an instant bracelet. Bonus of this is you can change up this piece to match any outfit or fit any mood by just changing the beads around.
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My last inspiration was this sweet little summer flower ring. Simple, fast to make and your going to get tons of compliments, everyone will want to know where you got it, and you can tell them you made it yourself.
A ring blank, a Katidid bezel, some clear 6’0 sead beads and some larger blue beads, glue this to the ring blank, then use a Blue Moon Bead Fashion A La Carte fashion flower (these come in 4 colors in the packet) and glue it in the center of the Katidid bezel.

Your now all set with jewelry to wear with your summer outfits.

Looms, Beads and Sparkle Oh My!

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Not being a woman who is known for her patience I have always shied away from working with those tiny little seed beads. That is until I found the Beadalon Jewel Loom designed by Julianna Hudgins. Truth be told I have never used a bead loom and was a little intimidated at first. Turns out this is the easiest tool I have every used. I was amazed at how incredibly simple the loom is to use. Once you try it you to will be hooked.

For my first project I gathered my Blue Moon Bead Jet Black Bugle beads and strung those on the loom for the base of the bracelet. Then using Blue Moon Light Blue Turquoise 6/0 beads, Jet 10/0 seed beads and Blue Moon Bead Global Nomad line Opaque Turquoise 10/0 seed beads and made a beautiful bracelet, with loops, fringe and lots of movement.
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For the second project I made my Mermaid Ring.
Using more Blue Moon Bead seed beads in Light Blue size 10/0. for the base of the ring. Layed out 11 warp threads, added 10 blue seed beads and strung 3 1/4″ of beads. Attached a blue/green foil bead, with teal blue swarovski crystals to the center of the base. Then attached alternating loops of blue and green seed beads around the center beads. Removed this from the Beadalon Jewel Loom and joined the ends to form the ring.
Each project took less than 2 hours and I love the results. Fun and unique jewelry pieces to wow all you friends with.

You can find a tutorial on YouTube done by Julianna Hudgins on how to use the Beadalon Jewel Loom.

Mixed Media Necklace

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Mixed Media and mixed metals in jewelry design is so popular now and when I saw the new Blue Moon Bead Urban Warrior line of beads and chain I envisioned something fun and edgy. So I went digging in my stash of leather and found the perfect brown suede to add to this necklace.

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First I gathered my supplies, Blue Moon Beads gold tone curb link chain, Blue Moon Bead gold tone Pendant that has gold tone beads and accent pieces, Green Pearl and accent beads, Urban Warrior Drop Chain and drops and a BMB goldtone toggle clasp, jump rings and head pins.

On the pendant I added the green shell beads using head pins to the pendant and attached the center of the chain. For the leather pieces, I drew a simple pattern (2 sizes) on paper, traced it onto the brown suede and cut out the leather pieces, punched a small hole, layered the two suede pieces the Urban Warrior drops and attached to the chain with jump rings evenly spaced (7 on each side) of the pendant. I also added two Green Shell pearl drops with copper rondeles on each side of the pendant for a little more color. Once that was completed I took a piece of 24 gauge copper wire and three colored metal tone rondelles and wove it through the chain, wrapped the ends of the wire into the chain. From here all that was left was to add the BMB gold toggle clasp.

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Such a simple, fun, edgy design. Hope this design inspires you to incorporate different materials in your jewelry pieces.

Items Used:
Blue Moon Bead Goldtone Curb Link Chain
Blue Moon Bead Pendant Metal/YL
Blue Moon Bead Bead Mix MTL GLS SHL GRN
Blue Moon Bead STR 12″ BD PLST RNDL MLTC
Blue Moon Bead Oval goldtone jump rings and head pins
Blue Moon Bead Goldtone Toggle Clasp
Blue Moon Bead Urban Warrior Drops
Blue Moon Bead Urban Warrior Chain with drops
24 Gauge Copper Wire
Brown Suede leather

Feathers Everywhere

Feathers, Feathers Everywhere! Seems like the fashion trend of feathers will be in styles again in 2013. Being that I love feather jewelry, when I saw these feather pendants from Blue Moom Bead I knew they would be in my jewelry wardrobe.

The first necklace uses the Black & Silver Blue Moon Bead feather pendant. My newest technique that I learned in a class last September is Kumihimo (for those of you not familiar, this is the ancient art of Japanese board braiding). It is so much fun and very easy and once you incorporate beads it takes on a life of its own.

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When I found the black tinsel/bead cord and white silk rattail I knew it was waiting for me to braid it. Once braided I added the end caps, jump rings and the black cable chain, clasp and attached the black/silver feather pendant. Quick simple project that took about 90 minutes to make.

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For this necklace the Blue Moon Bead Feather Pendant became the focal point for this asymeterical necklace. With jumprings I attached a small silver and a black chain to the top of the feather pendant and added a decorative chain to the other side with a jump ring. Using more Blue Moon Beads in a clear and Smoky color and gunmetal spacers strung and attached to the feather pendant and then attached more of the silver and black small chain, added a loster claw clasp. But that was just not enough for me, I had to add a few dangles of chain with the clear and smoky beads. Ta dah that was just the finishing touch the necklace needed.

Fun, new feathery designs for 2013.

Welcome to my first blog!

Welcome to my first blog post! This is going to be fun, connecting with everyone who shares the same interests as I do. I love to craft, take something that is just maybe a piece of paper, a leaf, a gemstone, a tired piece of furniture and make it come to life, give it a second chance at being something more wonderful.
As this is my first blog post I’m going to depend on you my new crafty friends to give me input. My family and friends will have nothing but good things to say. Pssst: they always say nice things to me, they love me and would never tell me if my blog posts sucked big time. So I will be listening to all my new crafty friends for advise and topics. Tell me what you do and don’t like.
In the months ahead I plan on sharing a lot of really great info. Craft projects, such as papercrafting, jewelry design and advice (which are my obsession and passion). I’m new to art journaling so you can come along with me as I learn. DIY is also something I love to do and I’ll include lots of tips and tricks I have learned (thanks to my Dad the carpenter, handy man). There will be guest bloggers interviews and I will be including their advice on what, where and how to create projects and find items you can use in your projects. Head over and like my FB page DebbieRogersJewelry/facebook.com, where I will be having giveaways for fun crafting items.
So stay tuned for lots of fun, zany and side-splitting excitement.