Sunday, April 6, 2014

Color of Dreams Blog Hop

I chose to participate in the Color of Dreams Blog Hop (click on the picture below to reach the "home blog")
Each participating artist was given an orphan/ooak bead created by artist Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams Boutique to design with. We were to create something with it and post on our blog April 6, Sunday.
Today's the day!!

I received a little round polymer clay bead with floral canes. Being a polymer clay artist myself, I know what it's like to make small beads. I don't make them very often.

As for my dream? My dream is that everyone may experience beauty during their day. A garden, a smiling face, a giggling child, a piece of art... whatever makes them feel alive.

I chose to use a coppery chain and clasp, and used the clasp as part of an accent in a necklace, bringing it to the front. I hung the little bead on the clasp. Then I created my own sculpted leaf beads, and antiqued them. I used my friend Bonnie Polinski's ceramic flower beads and one of her ceramic rounds as well as some sparkly crystals and more of my leaf beads to create a dangle as the focal.

Check out the rest of the artists in the hop:
Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone          Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts


Cory Tompkins said...

I think it looks great!

Alicia said...

A beautiful concept - I like how you were able to create more bits around the original bead, to enrich it. Love the necklace: so simple, and yet so elegant!

Jean said...

Soooooo Pretty!

jean :)

Shirley Moore said...

What a beautiful necklace! It has all the elements I love, classic design, a bit of girly, supreme wearability!

Lori Schneider said...

Very pretty

Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends said...

Jael, wow!! Your necklace is stunning! It's beautiful. I love your dream -- as beautiful as your jewelry, Jael!

Charis Designs said...

Very pretty! I love how you used your own creations to highlight and add to Patricia's bead. Christie

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

What a beautiful dream to share, Jael! I, too, love seeing the creations of fellow polymer clay artists... I agree, we appreciate the skill and talent that goes into creating them :) Your design is a beautiful development of the floral theme... I especially love the placement of Patricia's bead, making the clasp another point of interest :)

MirandAck said...

I love the colors and asymmetry of this necklace!

anafiassa said...

What a beautiful necklace! I absolutely love the combination of colors, and the way that you used the clasp as an accent (and those leaf beads, and the Color of Dreams bead, and...).

Thank you so much for sharing, and for bringing a piece of beauty into my day. :)

Anonymous said...

This is a great design where the bead is part of a color coordinated garden. Super cute.

Jayne Capps said...

I really like what you did w/ your bead. We got the same one, & it is so interesting to see different results.

kathy stemke said...


Becky Pancake said...

Jael your necklace is very pretty. You did a great job of picking colors to highlight the bead.

Shaiha said...

I am in love! The colors of your necklace and the flow is just spot on. And it looks so comfortable to wear and just my style.

Veralynne Malone said...

Beautiful! Using with the other beads really made it pop. Great job and thanks for posting!

Gina said...

very pretty nice work

Nelly May said...

The colours work perfectly. A beautiful piece indeed.

tappingflamingo said...

What a nice dream, and love that necklace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tappingflamingo said...

What a nice dream, and I LOVE that necklace!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathleen Breeding said...

Color wow. Wonderful and enjoyable.

Here Bead Dragons said...

What a great looking piece - it's neat.

Nan Smith said...

I love your necklace! The beads you made are wonderful and work beautifully with your original bead. The colours are great together and I really admire how you managed to make the asymmetry work. Those are two areas I want to work on....polymer clay AND asymmetrical design. Thank you for showing me how an expert does it. Another dream for me.

Kepi said...

Gorgeous necklace, your leaves perfectly showcased the bead. Everything works so well together, beautiful design!

asri wahyuningsih said...

This is AWESOME necklace, Elegant I love it!!


Linda said...

really beautiful, indeed! i LOVE copper with blues - so timeless and classic!

kmorgan said...

Jael, what a pretty necklace! Your leaves are just the right color & so pretty! I also love the movement this necklace has. It will be FUN to wear!

KayzKreationz said...

The leaf beads you created go wonderfully with our bead and really set it off. Love the copper and the necklace as a whole. Your dream is great.

Kathy Lindemer said...

Lovely colors!

Robin Reed said...

I really love the design. Great colors and movement. Nice Job!!

Audrey BĂ©langer said...

This piece is so lovely and elegant, I could see it go with about anything ! Sorry this comment took so long, this week has been a little heretic.

Dini Bruinsma said...

What a ♥beautiful necklace. There's so much 'to see' in it! All those little details, I love it. Gorgeous beads and a ♥gorgeous stylish design.

The Indignant Bunny said...

Wow! What a beautiful piece!