ZnetShows Mini Summer Blog Hop

new arrivals blog hop bannerOnce again I am so lucky. I was asked to make something with the new arrivals of ZnetShows Cultured Sea Glass. I was sent PMX11-B28 ( Cultured sea glass freeform regular center drilled nugget graduated stacking mix ) and PMX13-B28 ( Cultured sea glass freeform large hole nuggets ). There just isn’t anything prettier than the color turquoise. Add it to beautiful glass and POW you have something special.

IMG_3946I wasnt sure what I wanted to do with these beauties so with my good friend Sandra Washington, we decided to visit our local Mexican restaurant. Have you ever seen one one of those giant blue margaritas? images

My inspiration was on the glass not in it. 🙂

 

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I added some epsom salt with a little clear polish to give the beads a salted or sanded look. I had a few of ZnetShows # S06-B28FIVE rounds and a few beads from my private stash. They actually glow in the dark !! This was just too cool. I hope you like my newest creations. I call this set…Salt on the rim. 😉

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Its really hard to see but they do glow in the dark…..

If you like my designs please visit my FaceBook Page Stones and Bones Jewelry Designs and my Pinterest page Susan Nelson Bowie. Thanks!

 

Please visit these other talented designers to see what they made.

Creative Spark Magazine 2016 Summer Issue

When I was asked to participate in this challenge I jumped at the opportunity. This challenge made me very nostalgic . I was asked to use some of the wonderful beads from www.ZnetShows.com and create summertime on a string.

As I thought about what summer means to me I remembered as a young girl being dropped off at the pool when they opened at 10:00 am and staying until closing time. Walking from the pool to the stables to ride the painted pony bareback and then back to the pool. The days seemed a week long. There was so much to do and see, so much to create.

My summers were filled with sun, water, nature, music and dance. I hope you enjoy my newest designs. Look close enough and I think you’ll see my summer.

 

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 Chokers were originally designed for the purpose of protecting the necks and throats of the First Nation warriors during battle. They were and still are used to adorn themselves during specific tribal ceremonies. They were also worn to show a high social ranking among the tribes, and as a sign of wealth.

 My choker was made using www.ZnetShows.com Cultured Sea Glass tubes, bone. leather and feathers. As with most things Native, each colour has a meaning as well. The colours may mean different things to different tribes. I hope to see my dear friend and brother Frank wearing this one with his dance regalia this summer at our annual Pow Wow.

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Along the same lines as the choker I used the www.ZnetShows.com Cultured Sea Glass tube beads to make this necklace. So many patterns mimic that of nature. Sometimes a bird, sometimes a snake. It just depends on the intention.

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As I said in my opening, the days and nights seemed to last forever and ran together to make one beautiful memory. If I wasn’t at the pool, I was at the beach. I love the water. I am Piscean through and through. Different tribes used different treasures from nature to make their jewelry depending on what part of the country they lived. So…When at the beach….

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For this necklace I used www.ZnetShows.com Cultured Sea Glass Nuggets, tubes and their beautiful Chinese Crystal Beads. I added the shells to finish it. Shells were once used as currency by many tribes.

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For my last creation I decided to stay with my roots. My Spirit guide is the crow. She is a messenger as well as a trickster. My kind of girl. I used www.ZnetShows.com Cultured Sea Glass Tubes and Nuggets. I finished it off with their Chinese Crystal Beads. I added this beautiful pendant I received from my bestie Sandra Washington. She is also a featured artist .

To see my designs along with a list of everything I used and and link to buy these beautiful beads please check out this issue of Creative Spark Magazine. There are so many talented and diverse designers showcased that I know something will spark your interest. Enjoy !!!!!

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Many thanks to Hope Smitherman. This beautiful magazine would not be possible without her. Mwah!!!!!

Creative Spark Magazine Winter 2015 Challenge

As a designer for ZnetShows Inc. it has been my pleasure to work with so many talented people. We are given the opportunity to design with such great products. There are times when we do NOT know what beads we will be given and what the theme might be. Other times we are allowed to choose whatever we want to work with.  I am not really sure which I prefer. Both are such fun.  As many of you beaders know, finding new beads to work with can be a challenge or at the very least expensive. I find new and exciting things each and every time I shop from ZnetShows Inc.

Please take the time to look at all the wonderful work done by so many designers. We love designing for you. Visit their blogs and pages. My work can be found on pages 24-26 .cover-2

You can see more about ZNetShows here: www.facebook.com/znetshows & www.znetshows.blogspot.com They also sell Wholesale .

In this challenge, we were given the theme “ICY”. Here are the beads they sent me.IMG_0157

I looked through my FaceBook posts and found these pictures. They were my inspiration
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This is my husband Larry.  Last year when Atlanta was shut down for several days due to ice, snow and 18 wheeler traffic jams, he was caught in the storm overnight.  I called him every hour to make sure he was ok.
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My car had these “ICY ALIENS” on all four wheel…My Inspiration !!!

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I used these ZNetShows Products in this design I call it “Alien Ice”
S84-B88 – Cultured Sea Glass double hole cone beads Light Aqua `Coke` bottle Seafoam

RT127-28 – Faceted Chinese crystal glass rondelles in Turquoise Bay

BDS1926-03 – Cultured Sea Glass pebbles in aquamarine

I wired the cones into a star shape and made a handmade clasp and ear wires.

 

My next challenge was to use the beautiful Cultured Sea Glass pebbles in Tangerine.  Hmmm?????  Orange and Icy.  Aha , as a former bartender I decided to call this one “Tequila Sunrise on Ice.” I added a handmade gold clasp and ear wires.  TA DA !!!!!!!

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I used ZNetShows’ S50-B83FIVE Cultured Sea Glass freeform button spacer Beads in Tangerine. I added a bone focal,  some beautiful Orange Agates and well as a handmade silver clasp. The earrings have handmade silver ear wires.  Thirsty Yet?

 

My next creation was fun to make. You see the glass beads I used were “glow in the dark”  The beads reminded me of the new grass under the ice.  I call this “Glow Worm”  I added a Tibetan Hand Carved Ohm pendent.  I matched this with some copper beads and a hand made copper clasp.

I used S03-20-ONE-Cultured Sea Glass rounds 4mm 2-0 in Light Olive and S81-B23-Cultured Sea Glass tube beads in Peridot.

                                      

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A special thanks to Bill and Hope for everything they do and everything they let us do!!!!!!

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8TH Annual Bead Soup Blog Hop

Welcome to the 8TH annual bead Soup Blog Hop ! This is my second round of making “soup” from bead ingredients sent to me by a randomly selected partner. We were paired up by master “Chef” Lori Anderson. Each person participating gathered an assortment of beads, a focal and a unique clasp. This year participants were encouraged to send a clasp that could be used as a focal in a necklace or bracelet. My partner for BSP this year is Suzann Sladcik Wilson. I sent her an assortment of Dragon’s Blood Coral, Dragon’s Blood Jasper, pink Jasper, green shell pearls, hand carved Agate tube beads, African wood/bone beads, a Tagua nut circle, green Jasper bear, copper birds, hand made copper beads and a clasp from a metal smith local to the West Metro region of Atlanta, Lee Anne Messerschmidt.

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If you would like to see what Suzann made with the beads I sent her, please visit her at Beadphoria.

Now, onto my soup…

This year’s ingredients were an interesting mix of beads. There was a strand on beautiful champagne-colourd crystals and some faux pearls ( which unfortunately, were damaged in transit and could not be used), some resin beads that resemble watermelon seeds, onyx beads, some round beads that look like burnt peanut candy (they’re seed pods but I do not know what type), some cream lamp work style beads, 3 silver toggle clasps and a rectangular focal with a time collage embossed on the front.

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I started with the onyx beads, deciding early to keep it pretty simple. I added some purple crystal drops. Purple being… well have you seen my hair? Ha !

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I then made several sweet pairs of earrings. I always enjoy trying to decide if I want to make something classic and refined, cute and fun, bold and a little off-beat or daringly funky. Here are some of the earrings I created for this challenge. Can you guess my favorites ???

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The next item I made was a necklace using the lamp work-style beads. I used a focal from my own collection and added in some wooden beads and the champagne coloured crystals. I intended to use some of the seed pods but the necklace went together so easily that I didn’t want to make a change.
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Now the best (my favorite) piece uses the focal and one of the clasps. I altered the focal by added an infinity charm to continue the time theme. I then started adding other pieces from my collection. I used handcuff charms to attach the charms. At the bottom I added a crow (my Spirit Animal) a fertility Goddess and a hamas. At the top I wired a winged skull. The necklace was beginning to take shape in a way that I like. I had some trouble deciding what to do with the necklace part. I wanted to string some of the beads from the soup, but they didn’t seem bold enough for this “new” pendant. Luckily I found some funky chain that made it all work. I attached one of the clasps I was sent and as always, I added my signature CROW charm. This piece appeals to my funky not-always-so-inner rebel.

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That’s it for this year’s soup. If you would like to purchase any of thesepieces, visit my shop, CROWS CREATION’S on Zibbet.

Please visit the other chefs this year. You can find them here.

Happy Beading.
Peace and Love,

Susan