Does your earring collection need a fix?

There’s nothing like a new accessory to spruce up your wardrobe. I have many different styles at Winters Work on the Islesford Dock. The restaurant may be closed for lunch on Monday and Tuesday, but Sue Hill’s shop is open! Here is a sampling of what is available:

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Summer season at Winters Work

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New year, new necklaces, old friends. Come to the Islesford Dock and check out Sue’s shop; Winters Work.

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960 sterling metal clay

(Yes, I’m still hopping to read all of the bead soup blogs. I have about 50 to go. If you’re still hopping too and are looking for my post about bead soup, click here.)

 

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Way back in February, Celie Fago introduced a new  alloy of sterling PMC.  (Click link to read her blog post about it.) One reason I had never jumped on the PMC sterling bandwagon is that I really don’t like the mess of firing in carbon. (Sterling silver, by definition, is an alloy of  92.5% fine silver and 7.5% copper or germanium in the case of Argentium™ sterling silver.) PMC sterling has just enough copper in it to require the carbon firing that one must use with other base metal clays like copper and bronze. I use carbon firing for those because I have to, not because I like it. When it comes to precious metal clay, my favorite version is PMC+, which is 99% fine silver. It can be fired on an open shelf, which means I can fire many more pieces at one time.  The only drawback to fine silver is that it is soft. It can be work hardened, but it still won’t have the strength of sterling silver. For some components  I make, it would be great to have the strength of sterling with the ease of firing without carbon.

When Tim McCreight wondered what would happen if PMC sterling were enriched with more fine silver, Celie decided to give it a try. The result was an enriched sterling clay that could be fired on an open shelf. Look Ma, no charcoal! Thank you Celie! The new sterling clay is creating quite a buzz in the metal clay community and I knew I wanted to give it a try too.
I started by making some simple toggle clasps using rolled “snakes” of clay, some washer shapes to use in multi-strand necklaces, some cone ends, and a bangle. I also wondered about firing synthetic stones in place. (The suggested temperature for using these in fine silver clay is lower than the 1500º needed to fire the enriched sterling clay.) And, I made a few of my usual “rock” beads to see if I noticed any difference in them with the 960 sterling clay. Results after firing:
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The stones I tried withstood the temperature, and everything else seemed to have fired well. A few of the pieces have added details made from PMC sheet. There was no problem using that on top of the 960 clay.
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I did run into a little trouble with cracking on the bangle and with the seam on one of my “rock” beads.
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I have never made a bangle with fine silver clay, so I’m not sure if this was a design flaw on my part. I wanted to test the strength of the 960 clay by making this type of bracelet.  I may have over supported it by dropping it into a pile of investment rather than putting it flat on a tile to fire it. (I use investment to support my pieces in the kiln rather than vermiculite.) I think the investment prevented some of the shrinkage as the piece fired, causing cracks and stress spots.
The bead is a different story, and something I learned while trying the 960. When I put two pieces of unfired PMC together, I do not use slip. I use water on each edge and squidge them together. This technique has worked well for me. However, the 960 does not seem quite as able to make enough of its own slip on the surface to work like this when putting two pieces together. I would definitely try using slip instead of water, next time, or I would go over the seams with another smudge of clay and then sand it down when dry. Below, one of the rings for the toggle that did not bond like I had hoped when using water along the seam.
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Another indication that the bangle was affected by the investment is that it is slightly wider at the bottom.
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I figured I had nothing to lose by trying to reshape  this on a mandrel. The bracelet seemed to take the hammering okay. It had the sound of a work-hardened piece of silver. But, when I tried to squeeze it a little bit, to see just how hard it was, it cracked and broke. It became a good test piece at that point, and this is how many stress points there were:
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I will have to try this again, firing flat on a tile, to see if it happens again.  I really don’t think it’s the fault of the clay. The pieces were all sintered, and I could not snap the smaller pieces. Even the seam of the bracelet did not break, though it was starting to crack.
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I hammered the heck out of this one piece just to see what it would do to the look of the PMC sheet triangles on the surface. I kind of like the effect.
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PMC+ (on the left) and 960 PMC (on the right) look a little different when they come out of the kiln. Actually, these pieces have also been in the tumbler and you can still see the difference.
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But, after applying liver of sulphur, tumbling and then buffing, I see no difference in their appearance.
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All in all it felt like a good first experiment with 960. There are a lot of other things I would like to try with it, including carving before firing. Right now I’m giving the unused portion of the 960 a test to see how it well it stores in a plastic container while I am busy using the components I made in pieces I’m finishing up for galleries this summer. Stay tuned!

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It’s Bead Soup Blog Party time!

So, grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in to hop around the internet and get your fill of creativity as you bounce from blog to blog to see just what people were able to make with beads that came as a surprise in the mail.

To review, the rules are that when you are paired with your partner, you get in touch and exchange beads. You must include a focal piece and a clasp along with whatever other beads you want to send. Participants create something with the beads they receive, adding from their own stock if they wish. The only requirement is that you use the clasp and the focal piece in your creations.

My partner, Barbara Mason, lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she divides her time between being a hospice nurse and making jewelry. Her website is called Adorningly Yours, and she makes some very cool things. Be sure to check it out! This is her second time participating in the BSBP and my third time.

Here are the beads she sent to me:  (I apologize for the photo quality, I took the picture in haste!)

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And now for the reveal. I don’t tend to use focal pieces much in my work so I have found this part of the Bead Soup to be a challenge in all 3 of the times I have participated. The large focal stone, mushroom jasper, is mesmerizing to look at and I love the green and red aspect of it. Here is the necklace I made with it. It is strung on silk ribbon which ended up being my least favorite part of the necklace.

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I’m not satisfied with how this piece came out, but think the components have potential to be reworked into something I like better. For me that is what the Bead Soup project is all about. Trying something new and learning from it.

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The second necklace uses one of the two handmade sterling silver clasps from Barbara. Isn’t it interesting that we each sent the other a clasp of silver, featuring dots, that we had made ourselves? This necklace also includes the Moss Agate pieces Barbara sent, to which I added a variety of quartz from my own stash of beads.

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Last is a necklace I made when we had the extra week added to the BSBP deadline. (Thank you Lori! Hope you’re feeling better!) I used the striped quartz as a focal for this one and explored going from a double strand to a single strand using hammered silver rings. Those tiny glass beads in the connecting loops are actually from my first bead soup partner3 years ago. Kind of fun to find a way to use them in this future BSBP piece!

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Now it’s time for you to hop on over to the other blogs. Take your time. There were 500 of us who signed up for this! It’s going to take me all week, at least, to see what everyone has made. Inspiring and fun. The names and links are below. Make sure you check out my partner Barbara Mason’s blog FIRST.  Here’s a photo of the eclectic soup I sent to her. I can’t wait to see what she chose to use from it!

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The every long list of participants and their links:

Lori Anderson, Hostess     www.PrettyThingsBlog.com

Tina Bosh                                  http://bookbug-somanybookssolittletime.blogspot.com/

Kristina Hahn Eleniak                 www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com

Kari Asbury                               www.hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Kris Binsfield                             www.cherishdesigns.wordpress.com

Cheryl Gangle                            www.RockCandyJewelryDesign.blogspot.com

Amber Dawn                             www.InventiveSoul.blogspot.com

Michelle Wigginton                     http://adornedonadelaide.weebly.com/

Kayla Potega                              http://teejewelry.blogspot.com/

Becky Pancake                           www.beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com

 

 

Debbie Rogers                             http://debbiestreasuresandgems.wordpress.com/

Jenny Kyrlach                             www.anafiassa.blogspot.com

Genea Crivello-Knable                 www.geneabeads.blogspot.com

Deborah Read                             www.deborahreadcom.blogspot.com

Julianna Cannon                          http://julsbeads.blogspot.com/

Lisa Liddy                                  www.lisaliddy.wordpress.com

Debbie Rasmussen                      www.Kepirasmussen.blogspot.ca

Iveth Caruso                               www.creativeatelier.net/blog

Rana Wilson                               http://ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com/

Corrie Williams                           http://thecedarbeader.blogspot.com.au

 

 

Linda Anderson                          http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

Miranda Ackerley                       http://blog.mirandack.com/

Andra Weber                             www.andrasjoyfuljourney.blogspot.com

Loretta Carstensen                      http://www.designsbyloretta.blogspot.com/

Penny Houghton                         www.smellynelly.blogspot.com.au

Tania Hagen                               http://pelimadesign.blogspot.co.nz/

Robin Reed                                www.willowdragon.blogspot.com

Laurie Vyselaar                           www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com

Rachel Baron                              www.rbarondesigns.blogspot.com

Erin Guest                                   www.renlish.com

 

 

Emma Todd                                            www.apolymerpenchant.com

Kelly Schermerhorn                            http://meanderingwithkelly.blogspot.com/

Dana Hickey                                            http://magpieapproved.blogspot.com

Rebecca Ednie                                       http://eclecticendeavours.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                       http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com/

Sherri Levinton                                      www.cuttergazette.blogspot.com

RaMona Woolson                                www.jerseygirlsbeadwork.blogspot.com

Jo-Ann Woolverton                             www.Itsabeadifulcreation.blogspot.ca

Audrey Belanger                                  http://esperianterra.blogspot.ca/

Candida Castleberry                            http://spunsugarbeadworks.blogspot.com

 

 

Renetha Stanziano                              https://www.lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/

Carolyn Chenault                                  www.carolynchenault.wordpress.com

Toltec  Jewels                                        www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Diana Welte                                            http://lilyweeds.blogspot.com

Jean A. Wells                                          www.jeanawells.blogspot.com

Bev Breisinger                                       http://countryfrogcreations.blogspot.com/

Autumn Adams                                     www.autumndawns.blogspot.com

DiYana Alcalde                                       www.agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com

Patty Gasparino                                    www.mylifeunderthebus.typepad.com

Karen Mitchell                                       www.overthemoon-design.com

 

 

Regina Santerre                                    http://reginaswritings.blogspot.com/

Dhea Powers                                         http://javabead.blogspot.com/

Jayne Capps                                           https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Keri Lee Sereika                                    www.pinklemonade.typepad.com

Melissa Trudinger                                www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                              http://ladelizchica.blogspot.com/

Jeanne Steck                                          www.gemsbyjeannemarie.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                     http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Kay Thomerson                                     http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

 

 

Maybeline Tay                                       http://thejewelrylarder.blogspot.sg/

Jackie Locantore                                   http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStarSanctuaryStudio

D’Arsie Manzella                                   http://thisherenowmamacita.blogspot.com

Jacqueline Marchant                          http://jaacquelinesjewels.blogspot.com/

Beccy Peterson                                     www.yanasmom.blogspot.com

Katie Nielson-Nunez                           www.Vikingcraft.blogspot.com

Heidi Kingman                                       http://heidikingman.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick                                           http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Rose Johnson                                        http://swtrosethorn.blogspot.com/

 

 

Nicole Demore                                      http://healingbeading.blogspot.com/

Marti Conrad                                          http://marticsclay.blogspot.com

Marianna Boylan                                  www.stargirlshop.blogspot.com

Mitzie Crider                                          www.needfulluxuries.com

Christa Murphy                                     www.adventuresofwonbeadywoman.blogspot.com

Alisa Siceloff                                           www.armoredmermaid.blogspot.com

Maria Rios                                               http://mlourdes24.blogspot.com/

Tracy Martin                                           www.nutkittensjewelry.blogspot.com

Nan Emmett                                           www.spiritrattles.blogspot.com
Jelveh Jafarian                                          http://jelvehdesigns.blogspot.com/

 

 

Ali McCarthy                                           www.northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com

Jennifer LaVite                                      www.drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml                                          www.craftydscreations.wordpress.com

Valerie Kravette                                   http://gettingabeadon.blogspot.com

Bobbie Rafferty                                    www.beadsong.blogspot.com

Kathleen Breeding                               http://99bobotw.blogspot.com

Kristi Brokaw                                          www.Kristibrokawdesigns.blogspot.com

Lisa Suver                                                http://fanceethat.blogspot.com/

Natalie Moten                                       http://runningoutofthread.blogspot.com/

Jami Shipp                                               http://celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com/

 

 

Diana Shiraishi                                       www.JasmineTeaDesigns.blogspot.com

Heather Otto                                         http://www.thecrafthopper.com

Ghislaine Kruse-van Erp                    www.kruseartllc.com

Lisa Knappenberger                            www.liraysadesigns.blogspot.com

Charlene Jacka                                      http://clay-space.com/blog

Patty Miller                                             http://pattymillerbeads.blogspot.com/

Sandi James                                            www.dobedobeaddo.blogspot.com

Marianne Hurley                                  www.Readsandbeads.wordpress.com

Cris Peacock                                           http://crispart.blogspot.com/

Andrea Rivers                                        http://turtlesoupcreative.blogspot.com/

 

 

Gloria Allen                                             http://gloriaallendesigns.blogspot.com/

Kandice Seeber                                     http://coloraddictionblog.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas                                           http://www.esfera.me/travel/

Sandy Richardson                                 www.SandyscoloringBox.blogspot.com

Hajer Waheed                                       www.mybeadedworld.wordpress.com

Cynthia Abner                                       http://createdtreasures.blogspot.com/

Peggy Johnson                                      http://charmbarn.blogspot.com/

Tina Holden                                             www.beadcomber.ca

Julie Bowen                                            http://blog.autochthonous-evolved.com

Heather Richter                                    http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

 

 

Sarah Strover                                         www.beaupepys.blogspot.com

Kimberly Idalski                                     www.kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com

Sandi Volpe                                            www.sandivolpe.com

Tandra Boyer                                         http://alittleinkalicious.blogspot.com/

Klaudete Koon                                      http://www.klaudetekoon.blogspot.com

Michaela Pabeschitz                           http://der-lamardebonita.blogspot.co.at/

Mea-B. Uebler                                      http://schmuck-der-gut-tut.blogspot.de

Mandi Effron                                          www.craft-o-licious.blogspot.com

Evelyn Shelby                                        http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Shai Williams                                          http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/

 

 

Natalie Davidson                                  http://www.northshoredays.com

Evelyn Duberry                                     www.Shebamakeda.com

Eszter Czibulyas                                    http://bigyogyar.blogspot.com

Sylvia Lupberger                                   http://www.lusyls-kreativseite.blogspot.de/

Divya N                                                     www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Blanca Medina                                       www.peru-medesigns.com

Ginger Davis Allman                            http://thebluebottletree.com

Chris Eisenberg                                     http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

 

 

Katja Benevol Gabrrijelcic                 http://slovoni.blogspot.com

Jodie Marshall                                       www.marshalljodie.blogspot.com

Margareta Saari                                    http://magsinhelmet.blogspot.fi/

Menka Gupta                                        http://menkag.blogspot.com/

Dian Hierschel                                        www.mydias.de

Kashmira Patel                                      http://sadafulee.blogspot.com

Christina Miles                                       http://wingsnscales.blogspot.com/

Inge von Roos                                        www.ingetraud.wordpress.com

Sam Siegel                                               http://samsbeadshopandjewelry.blogspot.com/

Gina Hockett                                          http://www.freestyleelements.blogspot.com

 

 

Linda Newnham                                   http://earth-shinedesigns.blogspot.co.uk/

Enikö Fabian                                           www.perleni.blogspot.com

Dorota Żerańska                                   http://gdymamczas.blogspot.com

Shalini Austin                                         http://jewellery-by-shalini.blogspot.co.uk

Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens                    www.glassbeadart.blogspot.com

Silke Groeber                                         http://just-beads.blogspot.com

Birgit Klughardt                                     www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com

Rebecca Anderson                              www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Niky Sayers                                             http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk

Stefanie Teufel                                     http://stefaniessammelsurium.blogspot.com

 

 

Rosantia Petkova                                 http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Alenka Obid                                            www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com

Jacqueline Keller                                  www.creartelier.blogspot.com

Sam Waghorn                                        http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk

Jackie Ryan                                             http://kydojewellery.blogspot.co.uk/

Kumi Fisher                                             www.kumifisher.blogspot.com

Joan Williams                                         www.lilrubyjewelry.com

Stephanie Weiss                                   http://uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com/

Elsbeth Fuchs                                         www.acrimbolda.blogspot.com

Johanna Nash                                        http://http://firephoenixcreations.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

Natascha Marty                                    http://www.sommerlicht.ch

Sarah Goode                                          www.pookledo.blogspot.com

Agata Grygiel                                         http://www.inaurem.pl/

Jeannine Vetsch-Bokstaller                  www.jevebo-art.blogspot.com

Rebecca Sirevaag                                 www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com

Magdalena Sikora                                http://www.porannagazeta.blogspot.com/

Ana Krepel                                              http://catspajamas-dogstuxedos.blogspot.com/

Saskia Letta                                             www.puenktliundanton.blogspot.com

Beth Emery                                             www.storiesbyindigoheart.blogspot.com

Lizzie Clarke                                            www.theneedtobead.blogspot.com

 

 

Evie and Beth McCord                        http://ebbeadandmetalworks.blogspot.com/

Marcia Dunne                                        www.thealternativefoundry.blogspot.co.uk

Agi Kiss                                                     http://moonsafaribeads.blogspot.com

Esterina Jagiella                                     http://ekleijar.blogspot.com/

Judith Johnston                                    http://www.judith-johnston.com/blog/

Jenny Vidberg                                       http://shymessmycken.blogspot.se/

Klaudia Toth                                           http://www.klaudiabizsu.hu

Merja Sundström                                 http://suntsan.blogspot.fi/

Colleen Vinthagen                               http://www.thewireworkshop.com/blog

Leah Curtis                                              http://beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Giorgia Rossini                                       http://joyblonde.blogspot.it/

Sandra Wollberg                                   www.city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.com/‎

Annica Larsson                                      http://zestyfrog.wordpress.com/

Johana Nunez                                        www.artincendi.com

Krafty Max                                              http://kraftymax.blogspot.com/

Lori Schneider                                        www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com

Mary Govaars                                        www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi            http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Maddison Langford                             www.maddy-moo.blogspot.com

Ginger Bishop                                        http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com/

 

 

Birgitta Lejonklou                                 www.lejonklou.blogspot.se

Lesley Watt                                             www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com

Doris Stumpf                                          www.glaszwerg.blogspot.com

Marjolein Trewavas                            http://roomforchangemeuk.blogspot.co.uk/

Silvia Sernicola                                       http://pipa-the-latest.blogspot.it/

Roxanne Blanc                                       http://strikesmyfancy-2013.blogspot.com/

Wendy Chamberlain                           http://wendy-essentialbears.blogspot.co.uk/

Siobhán Keogh                                      www.vovsjewellery.blogspot.ie

Claire Fabian                                           www.saraccino.blogspot.com

Katrin Fenzke                                         http://perlhuehner-schokojunkie.blogspot.de/

 

 

Eva Wills                                                   http://quiltingpug.blogspot.com/

Kathy Lindemer                                    http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/

Bridget Torres                                        www.shears58.net

Marina Passarella                                 http://annodarte2013.blogspot.it

Christina Hickman                                http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/

Tammie Everly                                       http://ttedesigns.blogspot.com/

Ana Cravidao                                          http://acbeads.blogspot.com

Keren Panthaki                                     www.vasdea.wordpress.com

Jennifer VaBenschoten                     http://www.vanbeads.blogspot.com

 

 

Solange Collin                                        http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com

Marina Kosović                                      http://machoopko-design.blogspot.com/

Michelle Tucker                                    www.michelleannstudio.com

Sue Rennie                                             http://moonandsevenstars.blogspot.co.uk/

Claire Lockwood                                   www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com

Barb Solem                                             www.ViviMagooPresents.com

Caroline Dewison                                 http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk

Noemi Baena Roman                          http://blog.noemibaena.com/

Marsela Schroth                                   www.marselita.de

 

 

Amy Severino                                        http://www.amybeads.blogspot.com/

Vonna Maslanka                                   http://justvonna.blogspot.com/

Andra Marasteanu                              http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com

Cherrie Warzocha                                www.colorsofshae.blogspot.com

Amanda Wacasey                                www.Mandyinmystic.blogspot.com

Marcy Lamberson                                www.StudioMarcy.blogspot.com

Lisa Johnson                                           http://spudandmrsbutters.blogspot.com/

Gail Vanderster-Zwang                      www.Angelmoose.blogspot.com

Laurie Keefe-Cecere                           http://cecerelyyours.blogspot.com

Asri Wahyuningsih                               http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com/

 

 

ChristineMurrow                                  www.charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com

Laurie Ament                                         http://isinglassdesign.blogspot.com/

Lilik Kristiani                                            http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Haussler                             www.pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com

Deb Fortin                                               www.studiok24.blogspot.ca

Kelly Hosford Patterson                    www.travelingsideshow.blogspot.com

Katy Heider                                             www.onthepondcreations.blogspot.com

Christine Stonefield                            www.sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com

Dagmar Liebisch                                    http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de

Sandra McGriff                                      http://skyescreativechaos.blogspot.ca

 

 

Sheila Daniels                                         http://www.cheekymagpie.com

Rossana De Gaspari                             www.Rdegas.blogspot.com

Cory Tompkins                                      Www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com

Sonya Stille                                             www.dreaminofbeads.blogspot.com

Judy Riggs                                                www.rigglettes.blogspot.com

Lora Bright                                               www.labweorc.wordpress.com

Tina Noonan                                           www.wingedimp.blogspot.com

Shawn Price                                            http://silkyshaven.blogspot.com

April Grinaway                                       http://brooklynbeadgoddess.blogspot.com

Cheryl Roe                                              www.beadroe.blogspot.com

 

 

Pam Hurst                                               http://pamhurst.blogspot.com

Shirley Moore                                        www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com

Emmanuelle Roué                               www.ashentara.blogspot.fr

Tammy Adams                                      http://paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Kristin Oppold                                        http://www.yayjewelry.blogspot.com

Catie Doman                                          http://drcatie.blogspot.com/

Sheila Prosterman                               www.catswithbeads.blogspot.com

Cheryl Foiles                                           http://cherylsartisticendeavors.blogspot.com/

Stephanie Perry                                    www.mustardbeadbystephanieperry.blogspot.com

Barbara Fernald                                    www.BarbaraSFernald.com

 

 

Debi Dufrene                                         http://debideauxdesigns.blogspot.com/

Kathy Stemke                                        http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com/

Anne Betenson                                     www.crystalriverbeads.blogspot.com

Chris Haussler                                        http://pixybugdesigns.blogspot.com

Catherine King                                       www.Catherines-Musings.blogspot.com

Andria Poole                                          www.jewelleryartiste.blogspot.co.uk

Sherri Stokey                                         www.knotjustmacrame.com

Sharyl King                                              http://catchenthesun.wordpress.com

Donna Millard                                        http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/

Gayle Dyck                                              www.dragonflydreamweaver.wordpress.com

 

 

Gen Smith                                               http://www.gennysworld.blogspot.com

Deanna Cox                                            http://deannaaki.wordpress.com/

Beti Horvath                                           www.stringingfool.blogspot.com

Rose Rushbrooke                                 www.roserushbrooke.com/blog/

Arlene Dean                                           http://aglassbash.blogspot.com

Maria Rosa Sharrow                            www.willowstreetshops.blogspot.com

Deborah Apodaca                                www.deborahapodacadesigns.blogspot.com

Veralynne Malone                               www.veradesigns.blogspot.com

Stacy Alderson                                      http://iridalsattic.blogspot.co.uk

Eva Sherman                                          http://evashermandesigns.blogspot.com/

 

 

Cassi Paslick                                            http://cassisbeads.blogspot.com/

Cindy Boissonneault                              www.dziar.com

Linda Sadler                                            www.idalouisejewelry.blogspot.com

Louise Glazier                                        http://lilyandjasmine.blogspot.com/

Susan McClelland                                 http://mistheword12.wordpress.com/

Kathrin Lembke                                    http://allesperle.blogspot.de/

Susanne Stelljes                                    www.Pearlify.blogspot.com

Terry Jeanette Carter                            www.tappingflamingo.blogspot.com

Susan Kelly                                              http://midlifegreaterexpectations.blogspot.com

 

 

Kim Paige                                                 http://www.redtree-studio.com/blog/

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell                   www.deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com

Annita Wilson                                        http://awjewelryandbeadwork.blogspot.com/

Tracey Leeder                                        http://abeadifulmess.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Bunn                                      http://elizabethbeads.blogspot.com

Allison Fitzpatrick                                 alspolkadotsandpaisley.blogspot.com

Tania Spivey                                           www.moobiegracedesigns.blogspot.com

Ilenia Ruzza                                             http://ile1974.blogspot.it/

Lauren Potts                                           www.lpsjewelry.blogspot.com

Lynn Jobber                                            http://thecreativeklutz.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Lee Koopman                                        http://stregajewellry.wordpress.com

Carol Wilson                                           http://jetadorn.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Woodford                            www.Elizabethcreates.blogspot.com

Deb McKinnis                                         www.willowbridgebeads.wordpress.com

Rochelle Brisson                                   http://www.acreativechelle.blogspot.com

Shari Replogle                                        www.playswithpaper.blogspot.com

Janeen Sorensen                                 www.wildvanilladesigns.com

Kat Barron Miller                                  http://mkpbeadart.blogspot.com/

Elaine Robitaille                                     http:/www.tooaquarius.com

Darlene Fortier                                      www.darliciousrejuvenations.blogspot.com

 

 

Leslie Schenkel                                      http://twistedchicken.wordpress.com/

Kym Hunter                                            http://kymhunterdesigns.blogspot.com/

Leslie Wayment                                    http://www.aabeadsonline.com/blog/

Beckie Robison                                      http://spiralfirestudios.blogspot.com

Hannah Trost                                         www.pzdesigns.blogspot.com

Kim Hutchinson                                     www.jumbledhutch.wordpress.com

Liz Engriser                                              www.beadcontagion.blogspot.com

Diah Anggreni                                        https://mymaniks.wordpress.com

Monique Urquhart                              http://ahalfbakednotion.blogspot.com/

Kim Williams                                           www.kimmwilliams.blogspot.com

 

 

Theresa Buchle                                     http://www.bead-mused.blogspot.com

Susan Bowie                                           http://susanbowie.wordpress.com

Pam DeBoer                                           http://pamelas-studio.blogspot.com/

Skylar Bre’z                                             http://brisingbeads.blogspot.com/

Janet Loomis                                          www.anvilartifacts.blogspot.com

Tari Kahrs                                                 http://brush.typepad.com/my-blog/

Nancy Smith                                           www.wirednan.blogspot.ca

Erin Grant                                                www.ErinsJewelryCreations.blogspot.com

Barbara Mason                                      www.Adorninglyyours.com

Karin King                                                www.maverickbeads.blogspot.ca

 

 

Mary K. McGraw                                  www.mkaymac.blogspot.com

Mandi Ainsworth                                 www.beadcircle.com

Jasvanti Patel                                         http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

Donna Conklin                                       www.PrimaDonnaBeads.com

Karen Jones                                            http://offthetopcreations.blogspot.ca/

Lori Finney                                              www.lori-finney.blogspot.ca

Sheila Davis                                             http://www.stonedesignsbysheila.blogspot.com/

Sabine Dittrich                                       www.perlendschungel.blogspot.com

 

 

Nicole Valentine Rimmer                  www.nvalentine.blogspot.com

Marge Beebe                                         www.rockcreekcreations.blogspot.com

Michelle McCarthy                              Www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com

Chandra Merod                                    www.Junipergoods.blogspot.com

Nancy Olliver                                          http://nancyolliver.com/blog/

Alison Sachs                                            http://beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com/

Kay Mallery                                             www.kaymreflections.blogspot.com

Beth Petricoin                                        http://createmyworlddesigns.blogspot.com/

Marta Grabalowska                             http://galeriakota.blogspot.com/

Clare Etheridge                                     http://www.catseatdogs.com

 

 

Heather Marston                                 http://cswdesignsbyhehe.blogspot.com

Ann Rishell                                              Http://mycriticaleye.com

Cece Cormier                                         http://www.thebeadingyogini.com/

Shannon German                                 www.Missficklemediacom.blogspot.com

Mary Ellen Merrigan                           http://www.maryellenbeads.com

Cheryl Brown                                         www.dragonflybeads.ca

Mary Hicks                                              http://uptwnsh-fallingintothesky.blogspot.com/

Judy Robinson                                       http://judyrobinsondesigns.com

Danielle Kelley                                       http://imbuethemuse.blogspot.com/

Cate van Alphen                                   http://fulgorine.wordpress.com/

 

 

Patricia Buchanan                                 www.braceletstoo.artfire.com

Billi R.S. Rothove                                   http://www.billi-rs-rothove.blogspot.com

Laura Blanck                                           www.laurablanck.blogspot.com

Pam Traub                                               http://www.klassyjoolz.blogspot.com

Fay Wolfenden                                     www.torchfairy.blogspot.com

Kristi Harrison                                        http://kristibasket-itsanewday.blogspot.com/

Karen Martinez                                     http://fairiesmarket.blogspot.com/

Sarah Singer                                           http://singingsongsofsixpence.blogspot.co.uk

Megan Tillery                                         http://cherryonion.wordpress.com/

Dana James                                            www.danasjewelrydesign.blogspot.com

 

 

Rachel Stewart                                      www.bluefinchjewelry.blogspot.com

Valerie Cook                                           www.kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com

Debra Gibson                                         http://debrasheart.blogspot.com/

Pat Haight                                                http://wigglebuttblog.blogspot.com/

Rachel Stanley                                       www.2catchahummingbird.blogspot.com

Sandra Pendragon                               www.SandraPendragon.blogspot.com

Anja Schultz                                            www.Anjas-perlenwelt.blogspot.de

Sharon Driscoll                                       www.sharondriscoll.blogspot.com

Lecia Woessner                                     https://www.copperroses.blogspot.com

Kitty Durmaj                                           www.perlesandlife.blogspot.com

 

 

Donetta Farrington                              http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/

Bonnie Coursolle                                  http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca/

Laurie Wirth                                            www.mermaidtreasuresart.blogspot.com

Lori Callahan                                           http://dancingwireandbeads.blogspot.com/

B.R. Kuhlman                                         www.mixedmayhemstudios.com

Karin Grosset Grange                         http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Rebekah Payne                                     http://www.treewingsstudio.com/

Lori Bowring Michaud                         http://artfullyornamental.blogspot.com

 

 

Jael Thorp                                                http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/

Patty Woodland                                    http://brokenteepee.com

Eleanor Burian-Mohr                          http://cornerstoregoddessjewelry.blogspot.com/

Susanna Lehto                                       www.othellehto.blogspot.fi

June Butt                                                 http://www.onewhiteswan.blogspot.co.nz/

Melissa Muir                                          www.Melissamuir.com/blog

Laney Mead                                           http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk/

Tamera Norris                                        http://bytameraleah.com/

Andrea Trank                                         www.heavenlanecreations.com

 

 

Marie Covert                                          http://thistledown-and-swaddlings.blogspot.com/

Valerie Tilghman                                   www.Artjewelzdimensions.blogspot.com

Jean Baldridge Yates                           http://prettykittydogmoonjewelry.blogspot.com/

Sierra Barrett                                         www.Giraffecanhas.wordpress.com

Patricia Robitaille                                  http://www.banglesandbrew.blogspot.com/

Leanne Loftus                                        www.firstimpressiondesign.blogspot.com

Sally Russick                                            http://thestudiosublime.com

Mallory Hoffman                                  http://rosebud101-fortheloveofbeads.blogspot.com/

Dini Bruinsma                                         www.angazabychanges.blogspot.nl

Marde Lowe                                           www.fancimar.com

 

 

Hannah Annear                                     www.quirkyhannah.wordpress.com

Patty Johnson                                        http://patricialjohnsonglassart.blogspot.com/

Valerie Norton                                      www.hot-fused-glass.com

Ann Sherwood                                      http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/

Staci Smith                                              www.stacilouiseoriginals.com

Jen Purple                                               www.purplefishstudio.blogspot.com

Ruth Szapa                                              www.trulytrudi.blogspot.com

CJ Bauschka                                            www.Fool4Jewels.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                         www.texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Suz Hamel                                               http://cardandjewelrycorner.blogspot.com/

 

 

Laura Guenther                                    www.Blueantiquities.blogspot.com

Elisabeth Auld                                        www.beadsforbusygals.com

Martha Aleo                                           www.ornamento.wordpress.com

Shiraz Biggie                                           www.secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Brendalee Astells                                    www.silverbee.ca

Heather d’Entremont                             http://frugalmacdougall.wordpress.com

Kelly Morgan                                          www.silverparrotdesigns.blogspot.com

Lori Blanchard                                        www.alainnjewelry.wordpress.com

 

 

Susan Kennedy                                     www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Rain Hannah                                           http://honeyandollie.com

Janice Warden Bergeron                   http://thejewelryroom.blogspot.ca/

Melissa Packer                                      www.melissascheapfrills.com

Jana Haverty                                          http://handlcreations.blogspot.com/

Cindy Ritchie                                          http://mooseriverglass.blogspot.com/

Marianne Baxter                                  www.simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com

Denise McCabe                                     www.cabewoman.blogspot.com

Sharon Palac                                           www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com

Cathy Buckley                                        www.cathybuckleycatsmeow.blogspot.com

 

 

Jennifer Van Horn                                http://jennifersjewelsandjunk.blogspot.com/

Crystal Rector                                        Www.autumnskyadornments.com/blog

Susan Walls                                             http://susansartcircus.com/blog

Penny Neville                                        http://copperpennydesigns.blogspot.com

Lisa Cone                                                 http://inspiredadornments.blogspot.com/

Heather Davis                                        www.heatherdavisdesigns.com

Michelle Escano                                    www.cabbycaft.blogspot.com

Carmen Lau                                            http://littlemake.blogspot.com

Janet Borzecki                                       www.jaybeejewelry.blogspot.com

Rhonda Hagerman                               http://mustardseedbeads.blogspot.com/

 

 

Katrina Taylor                                         www.iwannagoout.wordpress.com

Molly Alexander                                   http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com

Nicole Rennell                                       www.nicolerennell.com/blog

Chris McGilvery                                     www.mmmomentos.blogspot.com

Erin Prais-Hintz                                      http://treasures-found.blogspot.com

Dawn Williams                                       www.sadiejewelrydesign.blogspot.com

Kate Dufour                                            https://mixfolios.wordpress.com/

Robin Lynne Showstack                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/

Elizabeth Hodges                                  www.thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com

 

 

Adlinah Kamsir                                      http://dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.sg/

Carol Dillman                                          http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

Christine Hansen                                  http://intuitivesparks.blogspot.com/

Andrea Frank                                         http://andreajewelry.blogspot.com

Tracy Stillman                                         www.beadtrilogy.com

Denise Petersen                                   www.reinventedobjects.blogspot.com

Veronica Campos-Hallstrom                 www.clubcreativestudio.com/blog

Madonna Liza Cruz-Comia                http://crazy-notions.blogspot.com

Suzann Sladcik Wilson                        www.Beadphoria.wordpress.com

 

 

Terri Gauthier                                        http://terrisbloomingideas.blogspot.com

Alicia Marinache                                   http://www.allprettythings.ca

Barbara Bechtel                                    http://secondsurf.com

Hannah Rosner                                     http://goodrivergallery.blogspot.com

Keren von Hoeren                                www.creativeideen.de

Lea Avroch                                              http://lajewelrydesign.blogspot.com/

Maire Dodd                                            http://mairedodd.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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Time to set some traps

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Bruce is out on the water as I am sitting in the library in N.E. Harbor, waiting for an appointment. Yesterday he asked if I’d take a photo of his lobster traps, ready to hit the water, to send to a fellow fisherman in Nova Scotia. Why not add them here as well, I thought. This is the first batch of what will eventually be 800 traps in the water. C’mon you hungry lobsters, start crawling!

What a relief to have a sunny warm (40’s) day with no wind. Finally feels like spring.

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Work in progress

Necklace sections, soon to be assembled.

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Islesford beach rocks, English sea glass (Seaham Beach), handmade fine silver beads, 3mm sterling silver round beads, polymer clay, lampworked glass beads…

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Holly, I couldn’t reply to your comment with a photo, so I’ll edit the post. I’ll use these groupings to make some necklaces similar to this one:IMGP7976

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The beads have arrived!

I signed up to participate in the 8th annual Bead Soup Blog Party. My partner, Barbara Mason lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she divides her time between being a hospice nurse and making jewelry. her website is called Adorningly Yours, and she makes some very cool things. Be sure to check it out! This is her second time participating in the BSBP and my third time.

The rules are that when you are paired with your partner, you get in touch and exchange beads. You must include a focal piece and a clasp along with whatever other beads you want to send. Participants create something with the beads they receive, adding from their own stock if they wish. The only requirement is that you use the clasp and the focal piece in your creations. But you will likely use most, if not all, of the beads you received.

We take photos of the pieces we have made and May 3 is the big reveal date. On that day, everyone posts their photos on their own blog and you can hop from blog to blog to see what others have made. It’s a lot of fun, really gets the creative juices going, and you meet people from all over the world.

This is what I received:

IMGP6357It feels like a birthday having all these little packages to unwrap!

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IMGP6359 I’m not sure what this focal stone is, but it looks like it might be rhyolite. Also, this quick photo I took does not do justice to how pretty these beads are. In the top are 5 beads that are translucent green with dark stripy inclusions. Rutilated quartz? They really have me inspired today!

IMGP6363 The two striped beads below look like some kind of agate. The silver toggle claps are great. I’m wondering if Barbara made them herself?

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And, because she knows I work a lot with beach rocks from the east coast where I live, Barbara sent me a few rocks from the west coast!

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I’m off to the studio right now!

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