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The Designing Process

il_570xn-1050051277_g9yxThings are still hopping in our bead shop, and while we’re busy with that, I thought I’d share another of my original designs with you.

When I’m not teaching art, or working on my books (yes, I’m a published author, too), or travelling, or being involved with the day-to-day routine of life, I find inspiration to create from the world that surrounds me. Last year, I designed an easy beaded Christmas ornament cover that proves to be a huge hit with my customers time and again.

Just like with anything else, designing a project is easy, and it’s not. The Beading Muse was kind to me with my Noelle Christmas Ornament Cover project. One evening, I was organizing my Czech glass beads and came across some pretty pink ones I forgot I had. I paired them with some green ones, and liking the combination, it was natural for me to accent them with some silver lined seed beads and a few larger black beads. They looked good on the beading mat and would look even better as an ornament cover.

The color combination may seem unlikely Christmas colors, but my thinking is that if you like it, it works. For example, I’ve seen Christmas trees decorated with all purple – ornaments and lights – and though that’s not my preference, it works for others. Anything goes.

So, I settled into my studio, dug out a clear, round ornament, a needle, scissors, and Fireline ® and got to work. After a few tries and a few restarts, I was on a roll to creating this ornament cover. The picture of how it should look was in my mind; I didn’t even sketch it out first, as I usually do, for each method is different in creating something.

This particular project turned out well, in spite of all the backtracking and a few restarts. The trickiest part was actually taking clear photographs of the steps, then adding diagrams to each to show what needs to be done to create a pretty finished piece. Lighting was key to producing clear images, of course.

As I mentioned earlier, this became my most popular ornament cover tutorial to date. It takes little time to make and can be made in your color combination. Several of my students and customers shared pictures of their finished ones, which I will share here at a later date. Their color combinations are creative and pretty!

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

Happy Beading!

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

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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.

 

Artist Progression

Boho2.jpgIt’s been awhile since I last published an article on this blog. Business is going very well, and with the Christmas and Hanukkah nearing, I am filling numerous custom orders in addition to selling what I already have on the market. Sales are keeping me in the black and very busy, and somewhat to the detriment of my other passion – writing poetry and short stories. Nevertheless, just as water seeks its own level, I will return to writing when it should be so.

I attended a bead show last weekend, and quite by accident. My husband and I were taking a break and walking around the downtown area in our town. We happened upon a sign advertising a bead show, so we followed the arrows and found ourselves among fellow artists displaying and selling their creations – from seed beadwork, to handcrafted glass beads, to metal work, et cetera.

As I am an artist that leans towards unique beads, handcrafted beads, and quality vintage beads, this was like rising to a bead paradise. I was enthusiastic over the beautiful handmade lampwork beads and purchased a few. Additionally, I purchased some gemstones and metal beads, too.

Though I may touch and pick up myriad items, only those that bring a creation to my mind at that moment will find their way into my studio.

I met an artist who creates some of the most beautiful seed bead/sewing work I have ever seen. She won contests, and had several of her works on display. My favorite is a creamy white crown with a cameo focal; it would be perfect for a bride. The piece has a look and feel of a Russian Orthodox bride’s crown and a 1920s hair accessory for an elegant party setting

This artist also invited me and my husband Gene (of Gene’s Joint) to attend the next local bead society’s meeting. We are looking forward to it and to hopefully join. Meeting and networking with fellow artists is important if one wants to continue to learn new techniques and teach what one knows, too.

As time progresses, I will be sharing with my readers knowledge I gain and anecdotes along the way.

Meanwhile, I invite you to visit my online shop at Miss Poppy’s Boutique. (You can click on my pictures here to view details on the items.)

You may also contact me for questions and custom orders by emailing me: Poppy at SusanMarieMolloy dot net.

As ever,

Susan

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

Oranges! Oranges!

I made this bracelet with the intent of making it kind of retro and kitschy. How often do you seen oranges on a bracelet? This on has it! Seven vintage glass beads shaped like luscious oranges are nestled between vintage glass leaves. This unique handcrafted bracelet is set in silver plate and connects with a simple toggle clasp. It measures approximately 8-1/2″ inches long, and can be easily made smaller, if necessary. Lightweight and colorful, here’s a fun way to bring a little Florida or California to your wardrobe.

 

This would be a great gift for mom, sister, daughter, niece, grandma, or teacher! I invite you to visit my Etsy store, Miss Poppy’s Boutique by clicking this link. There’s also another Etsy store, Gene’s Joint, where Gene makes unique handcrafted jewelry and findings. Check it out HERE.

 

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