Saturday, March 18, 2017

Succulent Pots

I just love all the succulents you can buy at the local plant stores and the great variety that is available.  I made a bunch of little pots to display these wonderful specimens.  They are all small about 3 x 3 inches and are glazed in a copper brown that has gold flecks or sparkles.   The pots are hand built with a organic feel, with curves and crevices in free form designs.  Made of clay, shaped, dried, fired, glazed inside and out and fired again before becoming one of a kind pots.  They were glazed with a food safe glaze and should be hand washed only.  The pots are listed in my shop, the succulent are not included and are only shown to help showcase the potential of the pot.  Succulents are available at your local nursery and can be easily added to the pot.




Monday, December 26, 2016

Mixed Media-Pottery and Weaving

I just finished some pendants where I added holes in order to be able to weave in the opening.  I will be listing the pendant frames in the shop soon.  You will be able to weave the middle yourself.  I wanted to give you a peek at them and a brief tutorial.
Each of the pendants has an odd number of holes.  Take embroidery thread, or thin wire and start with one hole and cross over to the opposite side.


Continue in a clock like fashion of crossing over to the other side until you have used all the holes.  At this point I tied off the thread and later added a dot of glue to insure it would stay tied.
A image of the back.

A image of the front.  I then took yarn that I had and used a bobby pin to make it easier to weave the yarn over and under the thread.


With this image you can see the design starting to take shape.  Continue to weave over and under to fill as much of the opening as you desire.
I left a tail of the original thread and then added a yarn where I wove over the first thread to help secure it.  I like the contrast of the texture adding the yarn.

Another shot of the front and I think I could have event added some seed beads as I was putting in the original threads so they would have hit at the holes if I wanted to add a little more texture and bling.


 When I was done with the yarn I tied it off in the back and added a dot of glue to secure the knot so it wouldn't unravel later.


Here is another example where I used a heavier cord for the base and sari ribbon to weave through the cord.

On this version I used a thin wire as the base for weaving and added a ribbon and a fuzzy yarn.

A close up of the one I used for the tutorial and below all three examples together.  I think you could add a ribbon or leather cord and wear as is or let your imagination run wild.

I will have these in my shop soon.

Lyn from 2Simplify sent me these photos of two bracelets she made using some of my Elli beads and I wanted to share these as well.  Notice the cure coin and charms she used on the back of this piece, when you do something similar with your designs it helps to balance the weight of the piece and lessens the chance that the bracelet will turn on your wrist as you wear it.


This is the worldly mix color, one of my favorites and the texture was made with a vintage piece of tatting.


Monday, September 26, 2016

The Tale of Two Texas Gals

Another Texas gal, Kerry Best with Kerry Best Designs is from Allen Texas about three hours North of me.  She has been making some great wrapped designs with my cuff beads.  Kerry commented on using my Captured Moments Pottery Beads " I'm also in Texas and love making all kinds of jewelry, but beaded wraps are probably my favorite. Your cuff beads really add a unique look, and everyone loves the quotes. The last set was so popular, I sold them before they were finished."   Well you can see why they sold so quickly as they really are cute.  Kerry has other fun wraps in her shop at Etsy.  If you have photos of designs you have made using my pieces send them to me so I can showcase them on the blog.  If you have sent photos in the past and I haven't used them please send them again.  Enjoy!

This one is in Stormy Blue


Malachite Green
Copper Brown


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Design in Stringing Magazine

I was flipping through my Jewelry Stringing Magazine Fall 2016 and found one of my focal cuff beads that was featured in the magazine.  I am unsure who submitted the piece to the magazine but congratulations for being published.  I some new designs I hope to photograph and list soon.  It is a challenge to cover all aspects of the business from making, firing, glazing, photographing, listing and blogging.  I appreciate all my customers and love seeing the designs they make with my Captured Moments Pottery Beads.





Monday, May 30, 2016

Where have I been?

Hello, It has been way too long since I have posted.  We started the process of moving late last year and we have successfully done so now, if you don't count the boxes I need to unpack or the art that needs to be hung....OR you get the idea.

I have bowls full of beads that I finally photographed yesterday and I will be posting them as soon as I can. 

Also I have had some lovely designs sent to me by customers, and if you sent me some photos and I have not posted them then please re-send and I will post soon.

Here are some great bracelets made by Susan Dorado with Blue Licorice using some of my cuff pottery beads.  Her shop on Etsy has lots of cute designs.  I appreciate her sharing these photos with me.
Aromatherapy bead used on this design

This image shows the back of the bead where you can add essential oils

I really like the double strand that she has used in this design

This is the Elli bead in copper brown with the whimsy design

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This one has such an earthy feel to it and it is accented with a cut Karma bead


This design was made by Anna Brasher, it is a unique mix of leather and peals and one of my pendant cross beads.

A sneak peek of some beads I will list soon.  These have a nature theme to them.

Dandelion pendant bead

Great earthy feel of land and water

This one reminds me of the Japanese wave paintings



Sunday, September 13, 2015

Grab Bag Sell

It's GRAB BAG TIME, after finally having time to go thru stock I am ready for my GRAB BAG SELL.  Also I have marked down many items 50-60% off.  I only have so much storage space and I am trying to make room for new items.  The kiln just shut off a few minutes ago and it is full of more beads that I will be adding soon.  Please also find new in my shop beads with un-glazed backs for aromatherapy; just add a few drops of essential oils to the back of the beads and your body heat will release the fragrance.

Remember going to a five and dime and buying a grab bag, here is your chance for a mix of pendants and beads. I am clearing out room for new pieces. I just listed the grab bag sell in my shop.  This is the third or fourth time that I have had the sell; many customers who purchase the grab bags return for more. 

I have pendants with bezels, small beads, cuff beads, some steampunk and a few crosses, but all and all a huge mix. Some are older designs, some are trial pieces, some have glazes that are no longer available. This might just spark your creativity or challenge you to create with what's in the box. Should be fun, with a value of $25-30 for each 10 buck bag.
Previous sells sold out quickly. While supplies last. No returns.

I have a handful of crosses, if you want crosses...please mention it at check out. Crosses will not be included in your grab bag unless you ask.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

New Designs

This is the last day of Summer in Texas as school officially starts tomorrow.  It is 100 plus degrees outside most days and the ground is parched from the heat.  Road trips to visit family and friends and to explore the great state of Texas are done for this Summer.  With a new school year comes the promise of new discoveries and mixed emotions.  The opportunity for my girls to discover new knowledge and friends, but more rigid schedules and no sleeping in.  Fall will bring cooler weather and a welcome relief from the Texas heat.  School sports will begin and be added to my busy schedule.  All in the great circle of life that I live as a mom and artist.   

Sometime I have a million ideas, but not enough hours to explore them.  Yet, I am thankful for the moments I spend in my roles and I am thankful when an idea becomes tangible.  I am always excited to open the kiln, to see what was earth is now art.  I love the art of pottery for its inconsistencies and variety.  That a glaze is never the same, and that it has a free nature about it.  It amazes me that mud can be manipulated and made so beautiful.  Each bead I make is made entirely by hand, from forming and cutting the mud or clay.  To texturing and shaping it, with molds that were once mud and now they become press molds to recreate a design that has been etched into them.  The kiln is the only item that requires electricity, it takes me weeks to be able to produce enough to fire the kiln and it takes approx. 9 hours to fire and more that 24 additional hours to cool before I can lift the door and see the fruit of my labor. From the day I pull the mud out and start a bead until the day it comes from the last fire of the kiln is a 6-8 week process.  So in the spirit of new discoveries, here are some of my latest designs that began at the start of summer and are just now ready to share at the end.

 These beautiful beads have a large dimensional; flower in vibrant orange and yellow.  I made this set for myself using some agate beads and cord for the pendant and one of my distressed leather cuffs and cord to assemble the cuff.  It is a beautiful set to wear.  I have these beads available in my shop.


 This Elli bead features a horse head with a leather texture background.  It is curved and would be a great start to a western bracelet.  A different type of horse below, a seahorse.  This one is flat for a pendant but I made some curved for cuffs, this is a larger version of my ELLI bead.

 

This is a set I made for a friend using the last of a glaze that I had (This color is no longer available) 
I mixed my beads with Azurite stones and it is a great combo of blues and greens.  I made 2 pair of earring to give her some variety. 


The above great design was made with my art washes bead by Christina Hosford.  She made the bracelet as a gift for her favorite artist friend Brandi Dayton She made her a double strand bracelet with Labradorite, Phantom Quartz, Garnets, Kiwi Jasper, Mookaite and Turquoise.   She states that "It was a really fun piece to make, and I really enjoyed working with your pottery piece."

I hope you enjoy the new designs, I will have them in my shop soon.  If you don't see them in the shop send me a message and I will send you the link.  Thanks, Cindy