Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop

It's 4th of June already here :) . It's time to reveal what I've been made for this Blog Hop. 
This is the 2nd time I participate in Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop. Thanks a lot to Terra who still remembered to add me in her email to the participants to be :)
After one year, I'm still here in my comfort zone, making & selling jewelries made from many ordinary materials. Up to some days ago, I still had no idea of what should I make for this Blog Hop. Got so many deadline to catch up, actually.. :) 
Well, a couple weeks ago, I saw a link in a Craft DIY Facebook Page about a bracelet made from hex nuts. The images of the bracelet kept flyin' on my mind. Besides, I have a new friend who is specialized in making steampunk kind of jewelries. I really inspired by him. I really wanted to make at least one jewelry like those too. Just didn't know when I could stop by a heavy equipment store. 
Then last Saturday, I went to a hypermarket, browsed around and found that they sold heavy equipments too. So I bought some packs of hex nuts [along with the bolts too of course and until now I don't know what to do with the bolts :D ].
Bought them in the afternoon and started to make something up from them all night long. Firstly I wanted to make a necklace. But I found out that the amount of the small hex nuts were just too few. So I changed the design, and made a bracelet/ring. For this bracelet/ring I only use metal materials. I connected the hex nuts with copper jump rings, added metal skull charms, and voila!

The next morning I woke up with an idea of making a necklace with the bigger size of hex nuts. I combined some colors and materials. I used stainless steel chain, iron chains to connect the hex nuts [I run out the jump rings which size could be used as connector for the big hex nuts, so I took off the chain one by one and combined them with the hex nuts], antique brass skull spacers & howlite stone skull beads. And here's the result :)

After making the necklace, I saw that there were some hex nuts left. I took 2 pieces and created them to be a pair of earrings.

 And that's a wrap. Now it's time to hop to the other participants blogs. The list is below.
Enjoy the hop and Happy Skull Appreciation Day! :)

Rick St Dennis
Airless Chambers
Lady Brayton
Black Dragon
Miko << you're here
Creepy Glowbug
Leigh S-B Designs
Donna M
Donna W
De Stempelwinkel
Evil Edna
Bombshell Stamps
Movie Magic Monthly Blog
Little Black Kitten

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party ; 3rd Reveal

Finally my turn has come :) 
To refresh your memory, Lori had partnered me with Tanya Boden of Fusion Muse.
This is the soup I received from her.. [I especially love the round ceramic pendant & the toggle clasp which she made by herself ;)].

And here are the result of my cooking ;)

1. A short necklace using the orange resin beads, the silver spacers, the purple husk beads, and the double faced glass bead focal. I used some of my wooden beads with similar colors for the rope.

2. A pair of earrings to match the short necklace using the orange resin beads, the orange stones [I don't know what the stones' name, are they howlite?], with some purple wooden beads from my stash.

3. A long necklace using the round ceramic pendant & the brass toggle clasp. I added some glass beads & a dragonfly charm from my stash.

4. The last piece I made. At first I was quite confused of what to do with the colorful tiny glass beads. And I decided not to use them when suddenly the idea hit me.
Here it is, a simple bracelet :)

And that's a wrap. 

Thank you very much especially to my friend & lovely supplier, Mba Lili Krist of Manik Jawa, for letting me know about this event. And of course to  Lori Anderson, the host of this superb blog hop party. You guys rawk! ;)

Now hop to the other participants, and enjoy the beautiful pieces they made.

Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming
Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin'
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann's Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barb Solem, Vivi Magoo Presents
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie're
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry

Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth's Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous

Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food Lodging

Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. Designs

Jennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul's Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo's Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce's Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy's Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori's Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem's PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi's Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua >>> YOU ARE HERE ;)
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee's Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin' of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse >>> DON'T FORGET TO SEE MY PARTNER'S ;)
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Where Bloggers Create 2012

I don't know what to say, since among all of the participants, maybe I'm the only one who doesn't have a real 'studio' to create the jewelries.. ;)

I started making jewelries around June 2011. Up to May 2012, I worked on the floor, at my family's living room... And yes, it's messy to the max.. :)


After almost a year sitting on the floor working, I kinda feel pain in my back.. so I decided to move to a big desk that used to be my son's study desk. Lucky me, the desk can be opened and widened up to around 2 m long .. 
The left side is my son's study area, and the right side is my 'working station' ;)

And here are the details of my stuffs... 

And what the 'supplies' become....

That's it... ;)

Thanks to Karen Valentine  as the host of this Party, for letting me participate ;)
And I'm sure you're all curious of how the others' places look like. Here's the list of all participants... Take the tour... Now :)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

My Soup Is Here!! [BSBP part 1]

The soup for me had arrived!!
They came from my partner in Thailand, Tanya Boden of Fusion Muse
Before this event, Tanya had sent me a pack of beautiful beads as a gift. Here they are...

Aren't they amazing? Love them sooo much!

Actually, I really wanted to buy them from her, but she just sent them to me for free. In return, I promoted her site in my circle. I hope she got new customers from that.. :)

Now I'm so excited. The BSBP package from her had arrived, and I love them all just as the first package.

You see the colors? They're so beautiful. I have already pictured what I'm gonna do with them :)

But you have to be more patient, coz I had picked the last day [25 August] for revealing what the beads will become.

I never expected the Indonesian Post deliver the package this fast.. If only I knew, I would pick earlier date of revealing ;))

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Donuts

Been quite a long time since my last post... Well.. not because I have nothing to write, but it's just me.. Busy bee with this and that..:)
For me, writing a post needs an exclusive time. A time when I don't do anything with everything.. :) 
So, I apologize for that... for letting you see the same thing every time you stop by.. 

OK, this topic I want to share now is actually an old one. Coz I had planned to write about this since... 2-3 weeks ago. But then again, I got busy with the chores, with my online shop [that alhamdulillah is running smooth up to now :)], with the 'distractions' that I myself created to compensate my hectic days [should I mention it? OK... went to malls 3 times a week were those distractions haha... ]

Back to the topic.. it's about donuts. Yes, donuts.. or at least I see them as donuts. Some little-hard-colorful-things with the shape of donuts. The seller called them UFOS. I, on the other hand, insisted to call them donuts... ;))
Here they are ..

Picture taken from Manik Jawa, the seller
When I saw these beads in Manik Jawa's April Listing, I fell in love with the unique shape & the colors at first sight. So impulsively like always, I ordered yellow 10 pcs, blue 10 pcs, and red 20 pcs.

Like always, when ordering beads from Manik Jawa, I never had anything in mind of what those beads will become. I just ordered, and what they will become, I think about it later... ;)

So, when these funky beads arrived, first thing came up in my mind was 'crap! what should I do with them??'
As you see in the picture, the hole is exactly in the middle of the bead. That's why I call the donuts instead of UFO ;). I never made anything with this kind of beads before. 
Well, I'm still a baby in this beading zone, so when I bump into something new like this, I got panicked. I didn't have any idea at all for these beads except one : send them to whoever partner I will get in the Bead Soup Blog Party. I know that the rule is 'do not send beads that we want to throw'. But if I 'throw away' the beads to the person who knows how to use them, wouldn't it be better? OK, it's settled that I will just give them all to my partner.

But... One day.. 2-3 weeks ago, when I prepared the stuffs for June's Collection for my online shop, incidentally I try to put a big jump ring into the bead hole. I stared at the shape it became, and suddenly I forgot my plan to give those donuts to my partner [sorry partner... but you'll still get other beautiful beads from me, I promise :)].

Here's the first stuff I made from the donuts 

Yes.. Dancing Donuts is the name for the series. I made earrings from each colors, which, thank God, had been sold except for the blue ones. I also made 2 necklaces from them and they're all sold out ;D

One of my customer requested a key holder using the donuts mixed with other beads full colors, thank God I still had some at that time...

And that's a wrap. Finally I spent all of my donuts into some things... useful.. ;)