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!!!!!

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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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ZNetShows Spring Challenge Reveal

My designs can be found on pages 45-48. You ill want to check out all the awesome designs.

My designs can be found on pages 45-48. You ill want to check out all the awesome designs.

I call this necklace Daffodils because it reminds me of the first flowers we see when Spring finally arrives. I used the beautiful Chinese Crystal Axe in Sunglow & a beautiful green Rondelle. I added a few vintage jade beads for accent.I call this necklace Daffodils because it reminds me of the first flowers we see when Spring finally arrives. I used the beautiful Chinese Crystal Axe in Sunglow & a beautiful green Rondelle. I added a few vintage jade beads for accent.

Earrings to go with the necklace. I used the green Rondelle and added small yellow crystals and vintage jade.

Earrings to go with the necklace. I used the green Rondelle and added small yellow crystals and vintage jade.

These earrings are so much fun. I added the half bottle lip Cultured Sea Glass and Cultured Sea Glass spacers to make these funky Spring dangles.

These earrings are so much fun. I added the half bottle lip Cultured Sea Glass and Cultured Sea Glass spacers to make these funky Spring dangles.

 Tangerine Summer This bracelet made itself. I added gold spacers to the tangerine cubes. One of my favorite pieces.

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This bracelet made itself. I added gold spacers to the tangerine cubes. One of my favorite pieces.

 Earrings made with Cultured Sea Glass Disks and loops with crystals.

Earrings made with Cultured Sea Glass Disks and loops with crystals.

ZNETSHOWS 7000 Bracelets For Hope

IMG_0070 IMG_0072 IMG_0074 IMG_0076 IMG_0078 IMG_0080I was once again allowed to participate in another wonderful ZNETSHOWS challenge. I was challenged to make blue bracelets for HOPE. 7000 Bracelets of Hope is an initiative from the Global Genes RARE project, which is an advocacy organization for individuals with rare and genetic diseases. Their symbol is a denim ribbon, a play on genes=jeans. You can find more about the Global Genes project on their website (https://globalgenes.org/). This organization started the 7000 Bracelets of Hope initiative to provide blue-themed bracelets to families fighting rare and genetic diseases. I hope the folks getting these will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

ZnetShows, Inc. cultured sea glass conch shell beads.

When I found out about the new, beautiful cultured sea glass conch shell beads from ZnetShows, Inc. I knew I had to get my hands on them. Imagine my delight when my package arrived with so many beautiful colours. 

I wanted to make something different. A necklace  I could wear to a Pow Wow or to the television station. I decided to use a fluke made from bison bone as my focal. I added date seeds and round  bison bone beads. A few hair pipe beads and Greek leather. Image

Next, I needed earrings to complete my set. I added date seeds with bison bone disks and some Greek leather. Thank you ZnetShows, Inc. for letting play and create. I had a blast !!IMG_8772