Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Art Bead Scene" April Monthly challenge (Украшение по заданию)

      Hello friends! Today, I’d like to show you my earrings which I’ve made for April Monthly challenge at the ArtBeadScene blog.
      Here is the amazing painting by Paul Gauguin called “Matamoe or Landscape with Peacocks” (1892). The painting is our inspiration for this month’s challenge. Gauguin is one of my favorite painters- impressionists. I always admired his choice of colors: very bright and vibrant.


       About the art beads: I made these orange glass cabochons during a glass fusion class which I took awhile ago. To make a round cab, you need to cut tiny squares of glass, glue them together, and “bake” in a special kiln.
      For the earrings, I wrapped the cabs with wire, added leaf-shaped glass beads and green barrel beads. I like how the earrings turned out: they look like some exotic fruit from the painting.

   
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

{We're All Ears} April Creative Challenge (Серьги по заданию, апрель)

      Hello friends! It's time to reveal my earrings which I’ve made for the monthly challenge «We’re All Ears”).
     This month, our host Erin suggested: “use the EGG as your Muse for April”. Originally, I was going to cross-stitch a small Ukrainian pattern on a piece of Aida and then wrap it around a metal disc and use for my earrings.
    I have a book with tons of Ukrainian cross-stitch patterns: they would perfectly mimic Pysanky’s egg design. But, unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do it. Maybe, next time…
     Here are the earrings I’ve made:

     “Pretty Little Eggs” earrings. To “make an egg”, I used yellow glass faceted beads which I slid on a headpin between the two white plastic bead cups; I also attached a wire coiled link to each egg to make the design more interesting.
     Thank you for visiting and commenting. Please, check out my Etsy store for more unique & one-of-a-kind vintage and handmade jewelry. Yours, Oksana.

Monday, March 27, 2017

March Theme Challenge “Amulet Bags" (Сумочка-амулет по заданию)

     Hello dear friends! This month I’m participating in the March’s Theme Challenge “Amulet Bags/Pouches” hosted on the blog ART ELEMENTS.
     This is my very first time to be a participant of this challenge. I’ve never created any amulet bag/pouches before, but I have sewn some cosmetic pouches. I thought it would be fun to make a tiny bag.
     For my bag, I used some beige felt. I sew it together with blanket stitches and decorated the piece with seed bead embroidery. Originally I intended to carry a small tube of sunscreen in the bag, but it turned out too small, and can only fit a dental floss container. But, I like how it turned out anyway. And I get to practice several old/new embroidery stitches: lazy daisy, wheatear chain and fern.
     Here is my little bag:
The pattern for the bag is from Pinterest

     Thank you for visiting and commenting. Please, check out my Etsy store for some unique & one-of-a-kind vintage and handmade jewelry. Yours, Oksana
 P.S. Please visit these blogs to see what other participants have created.

BLOG HOP:

 Blueberribeads.co.uk
Cmendola.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

"Art Bead Scene" March Monthly challenge (Украшение по заданию)

     Hello friends! Today, I’d like to show you my necklace which I’ve made for March Monthly challenge at the ArtBeadScene blog.
     Here is the beautiful and delicate painting by Marianne North called “Armed Bird's Nest in Acacia Bush, Chile” (1870). The painting is our inspiration for this month’s challenge.


     My favorite thing about the painting is its soft pastel hues. So calming… Also, when I look at the painting, I picture myself in the mountains, breathing the mountain air and enjoying the view. Wouldn’t it be perfect?
    About the art bead: I made this bead/pendant myself. It’s my very first attempt at "mastering" a Cloisonné technique. In my mind I pictured a gorgeous neon color butterfly, but it didn’t turn out this way. Not perfect, I know. But I decided it’s better to incorporate this pendant in a necklace than to hide it in a drawer. Especially, because some of its colors (yellow and blue) remind me of the colors in the painting. I also used assorted glass beads, as well as yellow jade beads, and also chalcedony periwinkle flat rounds in the necklace.

     Thank you for visiting and commenting. Please, check out my Etsy store for more unique & one-of-a-kind vintage and handmade jewelry. Yours, Oksana.

Friday, March 17, 2017

{We're All Ears} March Creative Challenge (Серьги по заданию, март)

     Hello friends! It's time to reveal my earrings which I’ve made for the monthly challenge «We’re All Ears”. Beautiful owls are our inspiration for this month’s challenge:


     When I think of owls, I imagine some magical creatures, kind of like those we read about in “Harry Potter”. I only saw a live owl once, they are not easy to spot, and this adds up to their mystique. I’m also a little scared of them, maybe because they are large birds, and their beak seems sharp.
     Here are the earrings I came up with for the challenge:
     1) "Spring Owls". For this pair, I used some owl charms I bought a while ago in Los Angele; also, assorted glass beads which I attached to each charm with wire:
2) "White Owl Feather". I couldn't resist and made a pair using white feathers. Not sure, which bird they come from, but they look pretty, especially paired with some turquoise colored howlite beads.

     Thank you for visiting and commenting.
      Please, check out my Etsy store for more unique & one-of-a-kind vintage and handmade jewelry. Yours, Oksana.