Friday, June 16, 2017

{We're All Ears} June Creative Challenge (Серьги по заданию, июнь)


    Hello friends, It's time to reveal my earrings made for "We're All Ears" monthly challenge. This time we’ve been inspired by the uniqueness and beauty of fire flies. I've seen some by the Buffalo bayou here in Houston: very pretty tiny bright lights!
   
      I've made two pairs of earrings:
(1) For this pair, I used oval black Czech glass beads with iridescent dots paired with round black faceted glass beads. The spiraled wire mimics the insect's antennas. Several jump rings connect the earrings to the earwires.


(2) this pair is just to express some light and sparkle associated with fire flies: assorted glass beads, jump rings. I asked my husband what the earrings remind him of. He said: Christmas :))

       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, May 19, 2017

{We're All Ears} May Creative Challenge (Серьги по заданию, май)

      Hello friends! It's time to reveal my earrings which I’ve made for the monthly challenge «We’re All Ears".
      This month, our theme is: “transformation.” Erin has suggested taking some “trash” and transforming it into something special: in short, make a pair of earrings from some junk/recycled materials.


     Here are the earrings I’ve made:
I used brass shell casings for the earrings. The shell casings were sitting at my desk drawer for 3 years. It was time to throw them away: so I decided to give it a try and make a pair of earrings.
     I cleaned them with ketchup (great cleaner, btw), and then cut them into pieces with my jewelry saw. I sanded them down, and polished with some sand paper. The last stage: I made holes and assembled the earrings adding some glass beads. Voilà! I was pleasantly surprised with the results.


       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.

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.

   
     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

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.

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 Blueberribeads.co.uk
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