Friday, October 7, 2011

Create your own clasp for a piece of jewelry using wire or beads.

Here are the guidelines for the Create Your Own Clasp Challenge:

  • The Challenge ran from July 19, 2011 until September 15, 2011.
  • The piece submitted was made during the time of the Challenge.
  • The entire clasp was made by an Ohio Beader. No premade parts were used, such as buttons or snaps.
  • This Challenge is a contest. The winner was decided by Art Beads’ employees.
  • A prize from Art Beads was awarded to the winner.

What is an Ohio Beaders Challenge? It is a call to all Ohio Beaders members to engage in a jewelry making related undertaking that is a personal test of one's abilities or resources and is demanding but stimulating to those engaged in it. The purpose is to "push" you to make something you may not make otherwise. It is to stretch your beading limits.


The winner chosen by ArtBeads is Diana. ArtBeads said:

We have a winner! We had four people here at Artbeads vote, myself, our two copywriters and two jewelry designers. We picked the below design for originality and unique creative spirit…

And the winner is…. Diana!

Thank you for allowing Artbeads to participate in your challenge.

Below are the other wonderful submissions for our Create Your Own Clasp Challenge:





 
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

What Was Old is New Again -

Jewelry, an accessory or home décor constructed from a vintage item(s), gathered from flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores, family & friends, or lying around your own house.

Here are the guidelines for the What Was Old is New Again Challenge:

· The Challenge runs from May 15, 2011 until July 15, 2011.

· The piece must be made during the time of the Challenge.

· For the purpose of this Challenge “vintage” is considered to be at least 20 years old.

· The vintage item(s) can be jewelry parts or materials not originally intended to be jewelry.

· The vintage item(s) must be the main focus of the new piece.

· The new piece can be jewelry, an accessory or home décor.

· The stringing or wrapping wire, clasp and supporting beads can be new.

What is an Ohio Beaders Challenge? It is a call to all Ohio Beaders members to engage in a jewelry making related undertaking that is a personal test of one's abilities or resources and is demanding but stimulating to those engaged in it. The purpose is to "push" you to make something you may not make otherwise. It is to stretch your beading limits. It is not a contest. It is not a swap. You keep your project and photos are posted in the Ohio Beaders Showcase.

· When? This Challenge is a time limited event starting May 15, 2011 and runs until July 15, 2011.

· Theme? The theme is “What Was Old is New Again” which means you are making any type of jewelry, an accessory or home décor constructed from a vintage item(s), gathered from flea markets, yard sales, thrift stores, family & friends, or lying around your own house.

Below are the pieces made for this Challenge!


Signe says, "My Great Aunt Martha was the most positive influence in my life and the lessons she taught me are still with me. She gave me this cameo many years ago but I never wore it. I made a simple peyote bracelet and centered the cameo on it and it is stunning. Now I wear it often."


Rosalie says, "
The beaded cab is a carved cameo that looks like bone that I bought at a flea market in Florida. The bracelet is made with metal buttons found at a flea market also."


Judy says, "I made the pendant from a pin that belonged to my grandmother who passed away in 1948. Always wanted to wear the pin, but the pin backing did not stay shut and I didn't want to lose it. Removed the pin backing, made the pendant and necklace."

Diana says, "I didn't even have to go further than my own home. I was so used to seeing this object that I forgot I had it.

The pieces I used are crystals that hang from candle stick holders that used to be on the dining room table in my mom's home.
I can remember seeing them before I was married so they have to be at least 35 years old. (time sure has a way of slipping by)

There was a pair of these on the dining room table at mom and dad's along with a matching fruit bowl. (think of '
My Big Fat Greek Wedding' when you try to picture my home growing up - only we're Sicilian - same thing) One candlestick broke. The crystal base cracked and had a bad tilt to it so I removed the crystals and sold the base at a garage sale. I saved the good one and keep it tucked away in my dining room cabinet. The crystals I used for this challenge came off the broken candlestick holder. They were dingy, but once I washed them up they sparkled like new. The crystals are beautiful.

I made the necklace first, then realized I wasn't doing justice to the crystal by wrapping it up in seed beads to I made the earrings very simple to allow light to pass through easily."


Cheryl says, "This cuff was made from old watch parts and buttons with seed beads, Swarovski crystals, pearls, and anything else I could think of. The hands on the watch are moveable. I really enjoyed making this cuff, and I am pleased with the way it turned out."

Bonnie says, "When my mother passed away, my sisters and I found this perfume bottle among the toiletries she "inherited" when my grandmother passed away. I don't think my mother ever wore it but I remember Grammie and Aunt 'Dessa (one of her sisters) wearing Evening in Paris when I was kid. (I remembered because I thought the bottles were so beautiful and I still think so ;-D) I'm not sure if they still make it or not, but I haven't seen any for years."

Eva says, "
Who doesn't love vintage themed creations that combine elegance and drama? The Queen Victoria cuff was created using a new product; WireKnitZ as the base, then finished with gros grain ribbon and a vintage brooch added as the focal.





 
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