Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Call to Create With Lisa New

I thought I blogged about this already, but apparently not...and, since I'm sitting in Dallas for about six hours, I have time to get some writing in!

During the Love My Art Jewelry (LMAJ) Call to Create for November, I submitted two pieces.  The first was one featuring the LizaJayne bead that I wrote about a week or so ago.  The other one features art glass by Lisa New as the focal piece to a bunch of pink and brown strands.  I'm not normally into multi-strand pieces, but I had just enough of these big pearls to do about six inches.  And, it turned out, I had some tourmaline chips and some brown coral to do just that length, too.  I had a bit of drama when it came to finding a cone that would fit over them and match the antiqued look of the chain.  I figured out a way to use some colored wire to create my own and they worked out perfectly!

Winter Pink Necklace available on Etsy
Apparently this inspiration bead was my lucky charm because I got randomly chosen from the entries to win a massive set of Barbara Lewis beads!  The Call to Create went out in late October with a unique color palette that included the pale pink that I decided to use.  Well, you never know what might come of an entry into something like this...at a minimum it's finding new friends and inspiration.  To actually win the giveaway takes it to a whole new level.  The prize that Barbara generously provided is a set of all the beads from her Autumn Bliss cover piece on the latest issue of Handmade Jewelry:

Now that I'm feeling lucky and have new Hawaiian beads to motivate me even more, I guess it's time to sit down and work with the LMAJ December Call to Create color palette:

Bring on the bright yellow kukui nuts!!  haaaaaaaa


  1. Jen, Thanks for writing about Call to Create. Even though the winner (you!) is chosen at random ... your piece is oh so deserving ... Gorgeous as a matter of fact!

  2. I agree with Barbara, this piece is amazing. That focal is so gorgeous and I love all the strands of different shapes and colors, you really did a beautiful job!!

  3. Jen, I was really drawn to that necklace when I was looking aroung LMAJ flikr. I like the way the colors and texture come togeterh. But what I first saw and kind of drooled over was your clever alternative to bead cones.

  4. Your new header grabbed me and made me sit up taller! I love it! So pretty. So perfect for the season. I have to check out that mag. Enjoy the day!

  5. Hey girl! Are you missing Hawaii like I am? I miss that freakin hot tub! ;) I found you, so come find me now! Amber

  6. This is an absolutely STUNNING piece, Jen! Always love your work!


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