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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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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.

Kon Tiki Earrings

In 1947, Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl organized an expedition via raft to sail across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia. He posited the idea that pre-Columbian South American peoples could have settled in the Polynesia islands. The raft was named for the Inca sun god “Viracochoa”, and “Kon-Tiki” was an old name for the god.

My friend, Deborah Wear-Finkle, designed a pair of beaded earrings that evoke olden days of the Incas and Polynesia, and she rightly named them “Kon Tiki.” They do have a South Sea isle look about them. I imagine a time long ago, and a Polynesian tribal princess wearing them for a casual cookout with the gang on a beach:

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These are easy earrings to construct. I made my version with silver and grey seed beads, pink crescent beads, black O-beads, black dime beads (in the picture, they’re the smaller beads towards the bottom), and large beads topside (I used black wood beads from Africa on mine).

You can get the tutorial for Deborah’s “Kon Tiki Earrings” at her Esty shop, Shosin Arts. Click on this link: Kon Tiki Earrings.

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

Dressing Up Your Table with Embroidery

Though I normally have been teaching beading over the past few months, I offered a beginner class on thread embroidery. My students only had to bring their choice of plain cotton napkins, embroidery threads and needles, and I provided the hot iron transfers, iron, and ironing board.

So last week, I hosted this small class to teach a few embroidery basics. My students learned the satin, lazy daisy, and outline stitches, and best of all, we had fun, with childhood stories of attempting embroidery, but not continuing this craft – until now.

We used Aunt Martha’s hot iron transfers, specifically “Assorted Alphabets” #9240 and “New Monograms” #3739.

We took plain cotton napkins and hot ironed the transfers onto the edges of the napkins. Each student placed her monogram and/or flower design where she most creatively thought best.

Following are my finished projects in sets of two. I chose red cotton napkins made in India. I was pleased with my outcomes, though the napkins’ weave wasn’t as even as I liked. It made some of my embroidery stitches a little uneven. Future projects in this vein will be high quality cotton weave or linen.

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I plan on hosting more thread embroidery classes to teach other and more complicated stitches.
©Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

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.

 

Heart’s Desire

Normally, when I write about specific items for sale in my shop, I only publish articles on items that are currently for sale. Today is an exception.

Last week, I designed and created a purse charm with a Valentine’s Day theme: Pinks and reds, hearts and beads, et cetera.

I took 20 gauge red copper wire and fashioned a head pin. I added on a large acrylic heart bead, and hand wrapped it. Taking clear, pink, and red glass beads, I added clusters to the bottom of the heart and above it. Here is where I believe the more beads, the better. It resulted in a full, rich, and lush charm.

A silver plated clasp was what I used to bring it all together, and the result was a cute purse/zipper charm ready for Valentine’s Day and every loving day of the year.

It sold within a couple days after I listed it.

Though this charm I made as one-of-a-kind, I will be able to create a similar one for you. Just contact me through my Etsy shop, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, or on my Facebook page, and we can discuss the possibilities.

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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.

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.