Thursday, March 20, 2014

5 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party

The 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party is on its way..... There have been so many interesting and beautiful Soups sent and received. The choices of Focal, Clasps, components and color schemes are amazing. I can't wait for the Reveal Day to see all the wonderful creations...

I am so excited to be participating for the first time in Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party. I have been partnered with Lori Callahan. Our partnership is special as I am the first Jewelry Maker Lori has met online who resides in the same State.

Lori started Jewelry making in the late 70's, after landing her first job at a Bead Shop. Lori's latest passion is Bead Embroidery. She loves this beading method and has created a few pieces that have encouraged her to continue perfecting the skill...

Lori and I have been chatting online about our passions, family and life itself. She shared two of her Facebook Jewelry photo albums. Her jewelry work is beautiful. This is one of my favorite pieces... The color scheme of this Necklace is amazing!!

Come visit Lori's Facebook page HERE to see more of her beautiful Jewelry.

Lori sent me a wonderful Bead Soup, including a beautiful Metal Filigree Pendant. The Clasp she chose is a beautiful Shank Button, which complements the rest of her Soup components. Here is the Soup I received from my partner Lori....

I decided on a Summer Themed Soup for Lori and am thrill to know she has wanted to create some Beach Themed Jewelry. My soup included an ABALONE Shell Pendant, along with Amber Glass Starfish, Aqua Shell Nuggets, Glass rounds and various Seed Beads... Here is the Soup I sent Lori.

I hope Lori has fun with my Soup Ingredients.
I can't wait to begin creating my piece.

Happy Beading!!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

3 St. Patrick's Felt Trees

I enjoyed so much creating my Ombre Valentine's Trees; I knew I wanted to make Shamrock trees for St. Patrick's Day!!!
I used my favorite craft supply; Freezer Paper to cut, cut and then cut some more shamrocks out of felt. This sounds time consuming to cut so many leaf clovers, but with my very sharp scissors I was determined to make this a fun chore.

To make your own felt trees you will need the following supplies....

To make it easier to cut small clovers from Felt, I used Freezer Paper and my printer. Cut sheets of Freezer Paper that is just slightly smaller than your printer paper. Tape the freezer paper, shiny side down onto your printer paper sheets at each corner using masking tape.
Load your freezer paper into the printer paper tray. I loaded mine facing down. You might want to check your printer loading directions. Print your template.
For my trees, I printed 6 sheets, 2 for each felt color. Press the Freezer Paper sheets shiny side down onto the sheets of felt using a warm iron-no steam.

If you wish to use my Shamrock Template to make your very own Felt Tree, click on the right arrow to download and print the file.

PLEASE NOTE: this file is for Personal use only. Please do not claim or sell it as your own!!!

Spray paint your glass candlestick. I gave mine two coats. Let dry completely.

Cut your felt clovers. Starting from the bottom of the cone, begin pinning your clovers using the sequins and pins, overlapping the clovers as you go. Continue pinning your clovers working in rows.

I cut down the St. Patrick's pick wires to about 2 inches. After your cone is completely cover with the felt clovers; hot glue the pick onto the cone's top. Let dry completely. Finally, glue the candlestick to the bottom of the cone.

I love how my St. Patrick's Felt Trees turned out. The Gold candlesticks complement the Gold sequins beautifully...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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