Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mary Harding Copper Leaf Pendant

I had some very happy mail today.  Last month I made a comment in reply to an Inside the Studio Post on the Art Bead Scene Blog, featuring Mary Harding . I wish I knew what date that was as I can't seem to find it now.
To encourage visitors to leave comments they choose one winner from each days comments and I WON.
 Today I received my prize from Mary Harding,  a lovely handcrafted Leaf pendant made from Copper Clay. Not only did Mary send me this lovely piece of art BUT she packaged it ever so beautifully in a hand stamped box wrapped with the most colourful ribbon and as a special treat it was tied to a gorgeous ceramic heart bead that was also made by Mary. I am so delighted with these miniature works of art. I love the warm earthiness of the copper and it's almost duplicated in the glazes used in the ceramic piece.  I think Mary uses real leaves to create her moulds and then can replicate nature in metal or ceramic. The ribbon is a mix of purples and olive green that goes so well with the colours in the pendants.
I've included links to the Art Bead Scene blog, Mary's blog and her website as well (click on the purple links above.)
Here is a photo of the two pieces I received. Aren't they GORGEOUS?
the copper pendant on the left (as viewed here) and the ceramic pendant (heart) on the right
Now to think of a project to do them justice.

To add to this serendipity, I discovered that Mary and I don't live all that far from each other (in the grand scheme of things. She lives in Northern New York state near the Canadian Border and I live in eastern Ontario,  just a skip across the St Lawrence river from her. Truly a small world.

This world wide web has closed the distances between so many of us artists.

Thanks Mary for such a lovely gift. I hope we get to meet in person, sometime soon.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party REVEAL DAY

It's here;  it's  BEAD SOUP showtime. This is going to be one GIGANTIC PARTY 
Thanks for stopping by to see what I've been up to lately. 

Lori Anderson, our fearless leader (there are over 500 of us) assigned us partners in March; we then sent our bead soup mixes to each other and once received, we then spent the interim weeks planning, designing, creating and assembling. 

The requirement was to use the focal bead, the clasp , and as many beads as we desired; adding if necessary supplies and beads from our stash (and we all have one), to create a piece of jewellery or art or whatever took our fancy.  (or wherever our muse led us).

If this is your first time to my blog , WELCOME!  
To save you from having to search through past posts here is a photo of what my partner
  Heather d'Entremont sent me and then  photos of the finished piece. 
Lots of polymer clay goodies; lava rock beads in three sizes; some crystals; two clasps; one large focal polymer clay pendant; some seashell strands; and a pair of pretty pink and copper earrings as a wee gift.

Here is what I made with just some of what she sent me.   
(to use it all would make for a very heavy and busy necklace.)

long neck view
choker view to show clasp polymer filled pewter cup bezel and hook
side view to show size of beads
 This is a short choker length necklace as I didn't want the pendant to be able to swing too freely and risk damaging it when it's being worn.

I'd love to hear what you think of the final outcome. It's quite a departure for me as Heather is a whiz at making millifiori polymer clay. (and I'm not).

I'd love it if you'd also pop over to Heathers blog to see what she made with the soup I sent her.

Here is a link to the other participants blogs.
Enjoy the tour, there are over 500 of us so I'm sure you won't be able to visit them, all especially in one day. The link post has a list of all the participants so you can choose who to visit and when.