Friday, February 20, 2015

Build A Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques, Sandra Ballard of Mama San's Mojo, Part 2

This is part 2 of the Build A Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques

This is what I have learned since Part 1:

That I'm not interested in building a line of jewelry, quite satisfied with being a free spirit and designing what I like, when I want to. But, I'm not a quitter; so I'm going to follow this through to the last blog hop of part 3.

I found that when I was posed with this challenge I couldn't create anything at all. Just sat and stared at my work table, moving things from here to there. It was like someone gave me a white crayon and a yellow crayon and a picture of a box and said, "These are your tools to create with, nothing more".  Hmmm, I cannot create that way; it is not art.

 I read some posts by Brenda Sue, about who is a designer or who is a hobbyist, and (a light bulb went off) it really explained to me what direction to take. Once I came to terms that I am not a designer, nor wish to be one; my creative muse came back full force! I haven't stopped creating new and wonderful things; since I came to this realization.

B'sue Components: Brass Hats and Bezel Bracelet

B'sue components: Black Brass Hat and Brass Bow tie
I am creating a line of Cat's in Hat's jewelry. The photos above were taken during their process of creation.

Here is what I have finished:

Cat's in Hat's Charm Bracelet
B'sue components used in charm bracelet: Bezel Bracelet, spectra beads, various brass charms.

Cat in Hat Pendant Necklace

Blog Hop List:

Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques
Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs
Jann Tague
Clever Designs by Jann
Judy King
Apt to Wander Studio
Linzi Alford
Magpie in the Sky, Spoil Heap Tales
Cynthia Wainscott
Exotic Peru
Carole Carlson
Lynn Stinten
Marica Zammit
Bead Lovelies
Catherine Shattuck
Michaele Collie
The Vintage Gem
Mary Craig
Jewelry Alchemy
Lee Koopman
Strega Jewelry
Erin Whitacre
Shattered Time Jewelry
Monica Casady
MJCasady Copper Works
Leila West
Leila Nicole Designs
Cindy Peterson
Howling Dog Jewelry
Leila Belcher
Leila Bee Designs
Gloria Allen
Wings and Beads
Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs
Tammy Adams
Paisley Lizard
Lynda O'Mara
LOmara Creative
Elizabeth Hildreth
Dana Hickey
Wind Dancer Studios
Janet Calardo
Jan Lea Designs
Maria Clark
Sweet Willow Designs
Lori Beekman
B. Accessorized
Jennifer Kroeger
Relic Charm
Amy Jorgensen
Hoarder's Corner
Robin Reed
Artistry: Handcrafted Bead Designs
Ingrid Anderson
Lilis Gems
Louise O'Shields
Desire Divine Jewels
Susan Killam
Killam Creative
Mary Katherine Deis
The Rose Sword: Artisan and Vintage Collectible Jewelry
Nike Bottalico
Nike Bottalico
Susan Bowerman
Woodside Wireworks
Kristy Le
Kristy Le Trendy Jewelry Designs
Jan Peters
Stylized Vintage
Mitzie Crider
Needful Luxuries Occasional Blog
Gina Hockett
Freestyle Elements
Linda Anderson
From the Bead Board
Alexandra Sefton
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
Melida Boman
The Journey of Pens and Things
Teresa Shurter
TreeZ's Treasurs
Melissa Latimer
Smithed Up
Renee Hong
Fine and Dandy Jewelry and Art
Nadine Edris
Moondance Jewelry
Lori Meyer
Parisienne Girl
Jennifer Merrill Williams
Artists of All Stripes
Denise Lussier Poirier
Jewelry by Denise
Renee Allen
Small Stuff Design
Autumn Adams
Autumn Dawns
Elizabeth Owens
1996 Shabby Lane
Kat BarronMiller
Midnight Kat Productions Art Jewelry
Sandra Ballard
Mama San's Mojo
Coral Law

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mojo Rising

Navajo Mojo Rising

After a week of catching the dreaded flu (I barely get sick); I am creating again!!! Is my Mojo Rising? Let's hope it is and it's here to stay!

I'm crazy about a new technique I've learned while sick (gotta love utube). Mokume Gane: I love this so much; I cannot convey in mere words. Above is one of many pieces I've created and below:

Earth Evolves

The pair upper right appear to have resurrected a flair from: Gustav Klimt

What I love about this art form is that no two pieces will ever be alike (right up my alley)!!! Keeps my attention!

And a photo below (not finished yet) of a pair of shoulder duster earrings (not with Mokume Gane):

I also opened a 2nd Etsy Shop: Bead East which soon will be filled with Mokume Gane Beads and other random bead offerings. Please visit me there! Would love to have you drop in!