Tag Archive | Beadwork

Mélange Bracelet

Well, the time sure flew by since the last time I wrote an article, and a lot has happened since then, too.

These past two months found me helping out as a buyer for our online bead shop, creating custom items (like bookmarks, ornaments, jewelry, and accessories), revamping my cookbook library, and cleaning and organizing my studio. I’m sure I had some relaxation time in there somewhere!

The other day, as I was going through boxes of beads and art supplies, I rediscovered bags of gemstones and glass chips. I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them or what I had in mind when I acquired them, but Fate helped. As I was combining bags of the same item into boxes, a few accidently fell together and Voila! – a new custom combination was born.

With my last goldstone box clasp, I created a simply sophisticated three-strand bracelet with a little AccuFlex and the mélange of obsidian, peridot, tourmaline, yellow turquoise, goldstone, and marble stones. The final product surprised me. It’s pretty!

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img_20161120_173334If you would like to create your own Melange Bracelet, I am offering kits in my shop and the beads only, if preferred. To learn more, please click this LINK FOR KIT and the LINK FOR THE GEMSTONE BEADS ONLY. The goldstone box clasp is not available, so I included a three strand tube clasp in this kit in its place.

I like happy surprises. Happy Beading!

©Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within

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Moonglow in the Palm of Your Hand

chakra-2aA couple weeks ago, as I was researching for some new projects, I stumbled upon the prettiest cabochons I ever saw:  LunaSoft.

These cabochons have such a beautifully soft and glowing presence about them, they mesmerized me.  When they arrived in my bead shop, one or more of each available color, it was “ooooo” and “ahhhh” non-stop.   It’s one thing to see them in a photograph, and quite another to see them live.

The colors are rich.  The glow is soft.  The backs are metal coated.  The faces feel like they are lightly coated with rubber, or something like it.  The biggest question I had was, “How are they to work with?”

“Wow!” is my answer.

I choose to design a peyote bezel for a pendant using Japanese seed beads and SuperDuo beads, worked around a copper-hued LunaSoft cabochon.  Working the bezel around the cabochon proved to be remarkably pleasant.  I would even go so far to say that the coating seemed to hold the bezel well while stitching.   The way the cabochon seemed to change its glow was amusing.  Depending on how the light hit it, it looked solid, it seemed to glow, or it flashed a rich coppery hue with depth.  I have several more tutorials in the works using LunaSoft cabochons.

Other LunaSoft colors range from reds, to blues, to greens, to oranges, to white and black, and more. At the moment, we have several colors of the round 23mm ones in our bead shop.  I plan to order more in different sizes and shapes to stock in October.  In the meantime, see what’s available now:  CLICK HERE to see more.

If you like something a little different and something fun to work with, I recommend the LunaSoft cabochons, hands down.

If you’d like to learn more about my tutorial, CLICK HERE.

Add some moon glow to your repertoire!

©Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

Spring Flowers Bookmark

BookmarkSpringFling2Earlier this year, I won the bead jar raffle at our Bead Society meeting.  At every meeting, members donate a nice bead or two, or some beading supplies, which all go into a huge jar and is raffled off at the start of the new year.  That’s a full year of supplies for a bead addict’s delight!

As I wrote in “Bead Jar Bonanza,” I won that jar this year.  And what I decided to do was make some things from its contents and donate them each month for our Society’s raffle.

For the month of March, I donated my Spring Flowers Bookmark.  I took a metal bookmark, some glass faceted roundels, glass pearls, and Lucite flowers from the bead jar.  I added a singular diminutive clay butterfly bead from my own supply, and the final project is this sweet springtime bookmark.  Each bead was hand wire wrapped on a length of chain.  It’s surprisingly lightweight and is balanced well, too.

The member who won this was thrilled!

I am already working on another creation that I’ll donate at next month’s meeting.  Stay tuned.

©Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique

Variety

WhiteKnittedShawlIt’s been a busy year already – we’re only eighteen days into 2016! – and my plans to expand my shop are coming along pleasantly. 

My shop, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, is just that—a boutique.  That was, and is, the true emphasis since my shop opened.  It may seem that I focus only on the art of beadwork, but it goes much further than that.   

This year, I will be offering other handcrafted items created by me.  Periodically, you will find crocheted and knitted items, embroidery, and other fancy needlework articles.  Unique artwork in other mediums will also find their way to my shop.  (More to come on that in future blogs!) 

Naturally, I will continue to write tutorials (patterns) for the many beadwork and threadwork pieces I create. 

So, what have I been up to?

Since my studio needed organizing, I spent a day or two sifting through my supplies.  Labeled boxes helped immensely, and deciding what to destash (the art of offering one’s unneeded supplies to those who need them) resulted in a better organized work space.  My studio offers a pretty Nature view from a window that brings in the sun.  That, plus neatness, really counts when I work!

Crocheting called me back.  I’m working on a shawl that is light enough to keep the chill away, and airy looking to look perfect during the summer months.  I find that having a shawl handy is important to have year ‘round where air conditioning seems to be overwrought where I live.  When public places have the air conditioning down so low, I shiver, so then it’s time for me to break out any one of my beautiful shawls – light woolen ones, knitted ones, and crocheted ones.  Fashion and functionality is key for me to keep the chill at bay.

During my organizing project, I rediscovered yards and yards of lots of pretty material with which I reacquainted myself. Cottons, chiffons, and shantung are folded neatly in my studio, waiting for me to break out the pinking shears and sewing machine.  One of my favorites is the couple yards of cotton material printed with reddish-orange lobsters.  It would be perfect as kitchen curtains.  Very kitschy!

Beadwork is still on my agenda.  I teach it, and that is going well, too.  A portion of my studio work table holds a large notebook, and within holds notes and sketches of future projects that I will transcribe into tutorials/patterns and teach in the upcoming months.

Of course, I do quite a bit more that what I outlined so far.  In other avenues, I published another anthology of my poetry.  I’m working on a novel.  There are notes on my family genealogy that need to be bound into a book.  Thousands of family photographs are slowly being catalogued.  I’m even meticulously preparing a book of my family’s recipes that date to the years in the old country.

Then there’s the daily business of running a household and having fun, too.  Many have asked how I could be so busy and still create my art.

Well, for me, it’s all about being well organized, keeping only good people in my life, and loving all the parts of my life. 

 Life is beautiful.  Art is everywhere.  Embrace the gifts you have.

 ©Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.