Friday, February 12, 2016

Fairy Pod Earrings

Sometimes you just have to let the beads speak and keep the design simple. Such was the case with these pod headpins that I created. That magical teal color with its variations and depth needed space to sing. 

I paired them up with butterfly wing spacers and copper plated hematite. 

Simple but intriguing. Sometimes you have to let those beads do the talking! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Wake Up Little Drusy

This is just going to be a short post because I only just got back from 6 weeks of traveling and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
I've managed to have gotten myself sick upon re-entry. I'll blame the gem show this time.
It even had a name "The Tucson Crud" because it was certainly going around many of the exhibition halls.
What we have here are some little drusy discs that I picked up at the gem show a few years ago. I haven't seen any offered since then in this nice wee size but I squirreled some away for myself.
These had a bit of yellow coloration which went well with the African powder glass spacers.
The silken mini squares are by Outwest. I don't buy a lot of lampwork being a lampworker myself  but she does such a good job with this shape I had to pick myself up a few. Somehow they make they yellow which I have hardest time working with all come together nicely.
The nice long earwires are by Faerystones on Etsy

Thanks for looking,
Numinositybeads by Kimberly

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My Salvaged Heart

Talk about being at the right place at the right time.  Just happen to run by my favorite consignment store and found these heart dagger earrings calling my name.  

Now keep in mind, they didn't look like this when I found them, but with a little work and re-design, adding my own aged Cherub charms, they transformed perfectly.  I think I could pull off a similar style using some components already in my stash. 

I think I would take these over a box of chocolates and a dozen roses any day ♥♥♥

Enjoy friends! Thanks for stopping by and see ya in two weeks, ☺

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Rustic Hearts Aquamarine Gemstone Earrings

Rustic copper hearts with a dotted hammered texture. Paired with green Aquamarine gemstones and fine silver hoops.  

  My shop has been pretty bare for many weeks now. I have been down and out with migraine headaches. 

Yesterday was one of the only days I've been able to work in what feels like ages. My creative side has been starving for this time. Craving the torch and hammer!

It feels amazing to be able to make jewelry again.
Just listed today... 
These and matching accessories 
available at Art and Soul Jewelry


Monday, February 8, 2016


Sometimes things in life work out a bit differently than planned. I really planned on showing you a new pair of earrings today. I even set aside some art beads and vintage components to play with the minute I had some downtime. It never happened. 
So I hope you don’t mind I am sharing this pair I made a couple of months ago instead.
Beautiful lampwork headpins made by the very talented and inspirational bead artist JulieWong Sontag, combined with lampwork spacer beads from Amy Hall and handmade copper ear wires by my friend Lucy Haslam of Faerystone.
Thank you for looking and I hope to see you in two weeks, this time with a new pair of earrings.


Friday, February 5, 2016

We're All Ears :: February Inspiration
NOTE: This artwork is to be used for educational purposes only.
So I went to the MET. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wish I could say that I was actually in New York City. It was online. And they have a function there called Artwork of the Day, a random piece of art to enjoy every day. This was the artwork on Wednesday, February 3rd.

This is a gilded copper alloy statue dating to the 18th century of a standing Buddha.
NOTE: This artwork is to be used for educational purposes only.
According to the MET: "This work represents the Kandyan-period style of Buddha imagery at its best. The Buddha's physique is robust and the full face does not display the softness of features seen in lesser works of the period. The auspicious marks (lakshana) seen so prominently on the gilded seated Buddha displayed nearby appear here as well, and the left arm is now lowered, a convention that persisted throughout the later Kandyan period."
NOTE: This artwork is to be used for educational purposes only.
From another earlier 16th c. gilded statue, I read that Buddha exhibited many marks of lakshana - or his Buddhahood. Things like his extended earlobes, his urna forehead mark, the ushnisha or flame protuberance on his head and lotus markings on the hand and feet.

What I love about this....
  • the peaceful expression on Buddha's face
  • the flame motif over his head
  • the slight verdigris color blooming in the crevices
  • the ripples like water in his robes
  • his outstretched hand
  • the palm of his hand has flowers carved into it
  • the tight nubs of his hair
  • the square earring shapes in his lobes
  • the swirl bindi on his forehead 
  • the flower shaped dais he is standing on

(To see these really up close, click on the links to the MET, then click on the picture to zoom in to see every minute detail.)

What inspires you with this ancient statue?

Make a earrings inspired by the Standing Buddha statue and join me here on Friday, February 19th for the reveal of the We're All Ears February Challenge!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Curve With Silence

Since I started doing ceramics, I've been ruminating on trying to make my work more 'from scratch'. I recently started doing metalwork classes to help me to this end. The thing now is trying to co-ordinate all the different lines of development/experimentation that I'm doing with these different materials. Do I sit down and sketch designs then make all the elements? I don't tend to work like that. I've always favoured the chance, 'hands on', combining of things, the designs that come to you when you happen to have some of the materials in front of you.

I've just finished (and listed!) a large batch of beads. When making them I did make the time to make some beads just for me, to use in pieces that were already formed in my head. This pair of earrings is one example.

Admittedly there wasn't much to add. Really, sometimes, I'm just a sucker for 'sticking a pearl on top'. I did stretch to a pair of blackened vintage bezels, drilled to make bead caps, and a couple of etched brass rings.
And I don't think they need any thing more. They're listed here on Etsy.

Bye for now, Claire