Tag Archive | Copper

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.

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Bead Jar Bonanza

We do a fun activity at our Bead Society each month that pays off well once a year.

At each meeting, every member is asked to bring a nice bead or two, or a beading supply item, and drop it in a huge plastic jar. The only caveat is to “donate a bead that you’d like to win back”.

This goes on throughout the year, and in the following January, we raffle off the bead jar in its overstuffed glory. We held the raffle a month late, however, so we raffled it off this past Monday.

When the red tickets were tossed about and mixed thoroughly in a large pitcher (we used what we could!), our Society President reached in and drew a ticket. Several people sighed aloud and said they were off a number.

I wasn’t off a number. I won the bead jar. It practically left me speechless.

This is the bead jar I won at our February 2016 Bead Society meeting.  Yes, it's stuffed to the brim! Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

This is the bead jar I won at our February 2016 Bead Society meeting. Yes, it’s stuffed to the brim!
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

Last night I took the jar and brought it to our porch and spread out the plethora of beads atop the forest green towel I laid across the table. Two hours or so later, I had them roughly sorted and looked through.

Cup chain, Swarovski bicones, cloisonne, glass pearls, handcrafted glass, bead wire; this is just a taste! Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

Cup chain, Swarovski bicones, cloisonne, glass pearls, handcrafted glass, cat’s eye, bead wire; this is just a taste!
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

There were a lot of good quality beads, some handmade beads, clay beads, fresh water pearls, wood beads, cloisonne beads, gem chips, metal beads, Lucite beads, charms, findings, partially completed projects, some beads I’m not sure what they are, and lots of wire, thread, and other sundries.

These look like Czech fire polished in one of my favorite hues:  Hyacinth.  Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

These look like Czech fire polished in one of my favorite hues: Hyacinth.
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

And so, what to do with all these beads?

One stipulation that we have at our Bead Society is that I make an item with some of the beads. Easy. Actually, I already have several projects in mind that I will donate for our regular raffles that we hold at each meeting.

Wow!  Glass pepper beads.  I LOVE pepper beads.  They'll be a part of something fabulous. Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

Wow! Glass pepper beads. I LOVE pepper beads. They’ll be a part of something fabulous.
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

After all, it would be a nice “thank you” to all the members who donated. You can’t beat that.

Claw beads.  Intriguing. Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

Claw beads. Intriguing.
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

No, no one lost a tooth.  It's a tooth-shaped bone tooth.  I'll have to put some teeth into the project that will incorporate this one. Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

No, no one lost a tooth. It’s a tooth-shaped bone tooth. I’ll have to put some teeth into the project that will incorporate this one.
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

In future blogs, I’ll share with you my creations from these tremendous beads.

Feast your eyes! Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

Feast your eyes!
Original photograph ©2016SusanMarieMolloy

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

Wireworking with Beads and a Shell

My finished pendant.

My finished pendant.

Last month at our Bead Society meeting, we had a wirework class that was perfect for those who like working with wire, and for those who never tried it before.

Using both 22 gauge and 20 gauge copper wire, small gem chips, and small glass beads, plus a clean olive shell from the beach, we worked a wire cage around the shell. Taking the thinner wire, we added our chips and beads to the cage. It took some manipulation and tweaking with flat nose pliers to ensure that the wire cage stayed secure on the shell.

The result was gorgeous! I plan on beading complementary rope so that I can wear this unique pendant.
©Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

Hotel Beach Show

I was at an arts and crafts show last weekend with Gene of Gene’s Joint.  We participated with three other artisans, at the invitation of a person who, on a whim, set it up.

We had a small conference room in a hotel, and the premise was that hotel guests would stop by on their way to the lobby.

I was pleased to sell one of my nicest pieces at the show.  The buyer liked the dyed orange jade nuggets, and she fell in love with the handcrafted wire settings I made for the earrings. They were the ones that Gene of Gene’s Joint taught me.  I used copper wire that married well with the orange jade nuggets, and I added Swarovski bicone elements to add just a touch of flash and sparkle.  To go with it, I wire wrapped a bracelet, and together they made a pretty and very unique set.

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One of the most unexpected sales that Gene made was as we were leaving and packing up.  We were headed out through the hotel lobby, and a young lady stopped to admire one of the earring displays we were carrying.  Right then and there, she bought Gene’s “Abacus Earrings,” hand wrapped with bronze wire and obsidian beads, set together to look like little abacuses.  She was thrilled at acquiring such a unique piece.

For both Gene of Gene’s Joint and I, it was a successful weekend.  We got our business promoted, sold our art, and made happy customers, too.

Shop at my store, Miss Poppy’s Boutique by CLICKING HERE.

Gene sells at Gene’s Joint by CLICKING HERE.

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

Spring Show

We set up our table at the Emerald Coast Bead Society Spring Bead Show earlier this month, and the event was successful. It was held at a local church in town.

My husband, who is an artist and owns Gene’s Joint, and I shared a table. This arrangement worked well. We could take breaks and cover one another’s’ items, and not skip a beat.

There's Gene from Gene's Joint preparing for the show.

There’s Gene from Gene’s Joint preparing for the show.

We visited our fellow artists’ tables, and we found some pretty nifty creations and supplies. We had a lot of fun talking and laughing with a fellow member whose table was behind ours. Fun times!

All of our fellow bead society members made lovely art, including jewelry, handcrafted glass and polymer clay beads, and similar art. I only wish I remembered to take a few pictures to show their outstanding work.

View from my side of the table with a few of my handcrafted charms and earrings.

View from my side of the table with a few of my handcrafted charms and earrings.

Lunch was tasty. The spinach quiche I had was delicious, and my husband’s turkey sandwich was to die for. The ladies of the church made a large selection of great-tasting and healthy food for our bead society.

One of the things that I would do differently would be to better organize our box of organza bags, gift boxes, and sales slips. I threw everything in a box (including extra business cards and pens) under the table, and it was sloppy. I’ll be better set up at our next show.

Show 1 Table

This is a mess. Organization is the key for the next show!

 

Overall, my husband and I had a fun time and sold a lot of our work. I even garnered a few custom orders.

I heartily suggest attending a bead show anywhere there is one available in your area. The work is beautiful, and sure beats the cheap, breakable junk that’s imported from China.

Before the crowds.

Before the crowds.

Support your local artists.

Happy Beading,

Susan Marie Molloy

Designer and Owner, Miss Poppy’s Boutique

 

Juicy Orange

When I shop for beads and findings, sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t, have a creation already sketched out. There are times — many times — that I will be looking for one thing in particular, and I come across something different altogether.  Most importantly, I am always on the lookout for the unique.

One day as I was searching for unique beads for no particular project, I came across a string or two of dyed jade beads.

Orange dyed jade beads.

Orange that looks juicy and fresh and evokes thoughts of citrus pieces and icy cold Dreamsicles on a summer day.

I bought as many beads as was available, knowing that some grand project would pop into my creative mind.

On my studio worktable, I laid them out, sorting by size, general shape, and shade of orange. I placed all the different colored wire next to them – silver, brass, black, red, gold. No, none of those worked. Then I tried copper. Voila! That was the ticket.

First, to make the bracelet, I hand wrapped several beads with the copper wire and added tiny pale pink crystal beads along each side of the bead. I added a simple lobster clasp, and the piece was finished. It looks rich, simple, lovely, unique, and a little Bohemian. It looks good dressed up or dressed down.

Juicy Orange Bracelet By Susan Marie Molloy of Miss Poppy's Boutique

Juicy Orange Bracelet By Susan Marie Molloy of Miss Poppy’s Boutique

Next, I enlisted the help of Gene from Gene’s Joint. Under his tutelage, I learned how to wire wrap a graceful S curve for a pair of earrings. I added several tiny pink crystal beads to each single orange bead earring and curved the wire just so to give it that “S”. I handcrafted ear wires, too, and hand wrapped them to each dangle. The result is stunning!

Orange Dyed Jade Earrings By Susan Marie Molloy of Miss Poppy's Boutique

Orange Dyed Jade Earrings By Susan Marie Molloy of Miss Poppy’s Boutique

I invite you to read more about these pieces by clicking on the pictures above. You will be taken to my Etsy shop in no time flat.

I hope you find these pieces irresistibly tempting.

~Susan Marie Molloy
Designer and Owner of Miss Poppy’s Boutique

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

 

Pink Copper

 

Yesterday I wrote about how I designed and created a flower garden for your wrist by means of a bracelet. When I created that piece, I was struck at how pretty pale pink looks with copper. You can read about it HERE.

To complement that bracelet, I designed and handcrafted a pair of dangle earrings.

Taking copper findings and ear wires, I went to my box of pink beads. Looking through the assortment, I decided upon the same faceted pink glass beads I used in the Flower Garden Bracelet.

Again, I hand wrapped the beads to the ear wires for the professional quality my customers demand. The result was a clean, smooth look. Copper spacer beads enhance the cotton candy pink glass beads.

When I finished this pair, I brought them to the sunlight. The flash and sparkle is indescribable!

I invite you to learn more about these earrings and to visit my Etsy shop by clicking on this link: Miss Poppy’s Boutique on Etsy.

I also invite you to contact me for custom and direct orders.

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~Susan Marie Molloy
Owner and Designer at Miss Poppy’s Boutique

 

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