Beau Dangles

Handcrafted Jewelry — Designed to be Different


Create 5 Art Challenge — Day 1

Friend and artist Judi Martinez nominated me for the Create 5 Art Challenge. The idea is to produce a new piece of art each day for 5 days, posting it on FaceBook or your blog or website as you go.

Here’s one of the cute little fish she’s painting as part of her challenge. You can find her other Art Challenge pieces here.

Wili Wili in acrylics by Judith Martinez Acrylic ~ 6 in x 8 in

Judi isn’t too sure where all this started — but I need a push right now, so I accepted. It’s sort of like a chain letter, without the dire threats of damnation if you fail to pass it on.

Here’s today’s effort — Ball & Chain.

Okay. You don’t know it, but I started this piece about 2 years ago. Since then it has sat on the shelf above my computer. I’d occasionally look at it, I mean really look at it, and think, Well, it shouldn’t be too hard to finish. I should just do it. Then of course, I wouldn’t.

Today. I. Did. Finish. It.

Now that that’s out of the way, I need to fulfill the rest of the challenge — nominating another artist to join our creative march. Hmmm …



Class Act

When I teach a new class for the first time I’m always concerned about how it will go. Is it too challenging? Too simple? Are the directions clear? Did I underestimate the time needed to complete it?

As it turned out, I needn’t have worried. It was an enjoyable evening.

I took a selection of  beads and several finished examples so each woman got to choose her own colour scheme.

They did a wonderful job and completed their beaded ornament covers with time to spare. They also gave me several good ideas for clarifying the written instructions. Their feedback is worth its weight in beads :-).


Beaded Ornaments

I like beaded ornaments. They’re pretty and easy to make once you have the basic pattern. You can hang them in a window to catch the light or add a special touch to your Christmas tree.

This fall I’ll be offering a class on making beaded ornaments like this one. If you’re interested you can find more information here.

Beaded Ornament