Isleen ~ Color of Dreams Blog Hop

Isleen ~ Color of Dreams Blog Hop

Published On: 04-05-2014 11:49pm

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I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in this blog hop hosted by Toltec Jewels.  We were each given a beautiful polymer zclay bead "orphan" made by  Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams Boutique. We were asked to create something with it, then also to share a dream that has come true, is in progress, or one for the future. 

Here is a picture of the bead I received, along with some things I started pulling out to go with it.  
This is part of my process-I find beads that I feel go "with" the idea or in this instance, component I want to feature.  Then when I have a good stash, I usually have a vague sense of what kind of piece I want to make.  Then I have to decide what technique to use.  Sometimes it works out well, sometimes it doesn't and I have to redo one or all of the steps.

This time I decided to use a Right Angle Weave twist, embellished with teeny turquoise chunks and these glorious copper pearls.  Anytime I can incorporate pearls into a piece, my heart is delighted.  The lariat rope itself is made of these opalescent glass beads that accent the stripes and lighter tones in the bead.  I really wanted the bead to be the focal, so i went with an embellished beaded bezel.  This one is the second try-the first one was a bulky disaster and had to be demolished and then banished.

Isleen Closeup

So now I bet you want to know about my dream(s)... Well, mine is simple, has come true, am constantly working on it, and have more hopes for the future...

I dare to dream to let myself be the artist I am.

Please take a look at the rest of the pictures of my piece HERE IN MY SHOP! and let me know what you think!

Also, Please try to take a looksie at the rest of the participants:
Honorary Artist: Patricia Handschuh
Patricia's blog:            The Color of Dreams        
Patricias Etsy:             The Color of Dreams
Hostess: TJ                Jewel School Friends
Kay Thomerson           KayzKreationz
Audrey Belanger          Toki No Hourousha

Alicia Marinache          All the Pretty Things
Terry Carter                TappingFlamingo
Lori Schneider             Bead Addict
Jenny Kyrlach             Wonder and Whimsy
Asri Wahyuingsih         Asri's Beadwork
Dini Bruinsma              Angaza by Changes
Karla Morgan              Texas Pepper Jams
Debbie Rasmussen        A Little of This, A Little of That
Veralynne Malone         Designed by Vera
Kathy Stemke               Vintage Memories Jewelry Design
Mowse Doyle               Mowse Made This
Heather Richter             Desert Jewelry Designs
Lori Poppe                   Adventures in Creativity with LorilliJean

Jayne Capps                Mama's Got To Doodle
Andrea Glick                Zenith Jade Creations
Kathleen Breeding         99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Becky Pancake             Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Karin Martinez              Fairies Market
Miranda Ackerley          Mirandack

Penny Houghton           Smelly Nelly
Carolyn Lawson           Carolyn's Creations
Chris Eisenberg            Wanderware
Christie Murrow          Charis Designs Jewelry
Monique Urquhart        A Half-Baked Notion
Eve Shelby                  Raindrop Creations Jewelry by Evelyn
Cryss Thain                 Here Bead Dragons
Jasvanti Patel               Jewelry By Jasvanti
Nan Smith                   NanMade Handmade Jewelry
Sue Kennedy               SueBeads
Jean Yates                   Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Debbie Rogers             Debbies Treasures
Marybeth Rich             A Few Words From Within the Pines
Shirley Moore              Beads and Bread
Shaia Williams             Shaiha's Ramblings
Kathy Lindemer           Bay Moon Design
Linda Anderson           From the Bead Board
Judy Turner               Silver Rains
Gloria Allen                Gloria Allen Designs
Regina Wood              Ginas-Design
Robin Reed                Artistry HCBD
Mary Goovars            MLH Jewelry Designs
Marlene Cupo             Amazing Designs
CJ Bauschka              4 His Glory Creations
Robin Showstack        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Cynthia O'Toole          Sparkles and Sweets

Jael Thorp                 Jael's Art Jewels
Renetha Stanziano      Lamplight Crafts

Reader's Comments

By Guest on 04/10/2014 @ 06:08am

I LOVE your dream: "I dare to dream to let myself be the artist I am." Fabulous! And indeed you should, Miranda. You are a beautiful artist! Your jewelry design is outstanding -- the glow of the copper pearls and beauty of the turquoise are right on with your twisted RAw and focal bezel in soft white -- simply exquisite! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talents and amazing jewelry with us. I'm honored, as always, to have you share your art in my blog hop! xxoo Rita Toltec Jewels

By Guest on 04/09/2014 @ 12:34am

Wonderful Miranda!!! I love the way you wove the color in and the way the bead really shows up!!! Great job!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

By Guest on 04/08/2014 @ 02:35am

Wow! That's gorgeous! I love the bead work & the lariat! :)

By Guest on 04/07/2014 @ 08:43pm

Your beadwork is gorgeous. Well done!

By Guest on 04/07/2014 @ 08:36pm

Lovely--both your artwork, and your dream! I really like the colors you paired with your bead... Best of luck to you on your artistic journey! :)

By Guest on 04/07/2014 @ 08:20pm

Very pretty piece, indeed! Well done!

By Guest on 04/07/2014 @ 05:08pm

Absolutely stunning necklace, love love love the colors.

By Guest on 04/07/2014 @ 05:39am

Beautiful necklace, Miranda. I so admire the work you seed bead artists do and love the works of art you create. I'd say you're well on your way to realizing your dream!

By Guest on 04/06/2014 @ 07:53pm

Beautiful. You really pulled it together with the colors. Great job and thanks for posting!

By Guest on 04/06/2014 @ 07:27pm

Oh gosh Miranda! I love the way you bezeled the bead, and I'm rather taken with that rope! Looks totally different from the twist I created. Amazing what a difference beads will make. I'm with you, I need to let me be me. :)

By Guest on 04/06/2014 @ 06:38pm

Gorgeous necklace, Miranda! I just love the colors - they match the bead perfectly!

By Guest on 04/06/2014 @ 06:14pm

Gorgeous design and colour choices, Miranda! Your other photos are lovely, too. Hope all your dreams keep coming true :)

By Guest on 04/06/2014 @ 03:43pm

I think you've done a great job with pulling out all the gorgeous colors, as well as keeping the bead as the beautiful focal part. Nicely done! Christie

By Guest on 04/06/2014 @ 03:23pm

Beautiful! Love the pearls that accent throughout the necklace. Kathy

By Guest on 04/06/2014 @ 02:19pm

Beautiful necklace Miranda. Your made great bead choices to accent Patricia's bead perfectly.

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