Royal Feather Jewelry Challenge & Blog Hop

I‘m posting from the road now, in Brooklyn- so apologies that this is late…

It has been awhile since I joined in on one of Jewelry designer Andrew Thornton’s jewelry challenges. Andrew has always been one of my most favorite jewelry designers on the planet, and NO one puts together a sumptuous selection of beads- like Andrew. His palates are always studied and interesting. I love it that he is at it again and putting kits out into the world.

How this jewelry challenge works: Andrew selects a theme, matches beads and findings for it in a kit (see below), offers a limited number of kits, we TRY to get them (they go fast!!), we design jewelry, and the BEST part- we blog hop to ALL the other designers to see what everyone has made. Be sure to hop the blog list at the bottom of this note.

Andrew’s Royal Feather jewelry challenge includes beads of royal blues, greens, purples (like the tail of a peacock feather)- with coppers and silvers- and lots of beads including crystals, wood, glass, sequins- along with Andrew’s own very cool crown stamped mystery component! LOVE it!!!

The kit:

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42″ long Lariat: My first photos are not the best- but here is my first piece:

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To the kit I added: a few green pearls, one heavy mystic purple/blue quartz point- added to the center (for balance/weight), and a Green Girl Studios pewter hook clasp to one end. I am again making lariats because they are endlessly variable in how they can be worn- opera long length or  doubled to princess length (17-18″), etc.  I just love them.  I will be posting bracelet and earrings when I get back in town this weekend: those posed the real challenge 😉

Please visit the other challenge participants here:

Kari Asbury
Ann Schroeder
Sarajo Wentling
Christina Porter
Tammy Bowman
Tara Linda

* And also on Andrew Thornton’s blog:
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Margriet Schnabel
Keisha Russell
Tara Linda
Alison Herrington
Laurel Ross
Marcia Gilbert
Joanne Goldberg
Crystal Lombardo Farrell
Cheryl Lee Tucker

Artists for Disaster Relief: Silent Auction Blog Hop

Make a bid for jewelry and help Typhoon victims at the same time. I am a participating artist in this drive to contribute to the recovery effort for typhoon Haiyan, Philipines. I’m offering 2 pieces of jewelery for auction- 100% of the proceeds going to CARE. Read on and come back soon to see the other piece I’ll be donating.

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I am a participating artist in this drive to contribute in the recovery effort for typhoon victims of Haiyan, Philippines. I will be offering 2 pieces of jewelery for auction- 100% of the proceeds going to CARE.  This wonderful way to help comes from artist Andrew Thornton, and is an ideal way to get finished jewelry, supplies, and fineart for gifts, while *simultaneously* donating to help others. Visit the blogs of the other artists below to see more pieces you can bid on.

HOW IT WORKS:    Just leave a comment on this post until Dec. 16!

Leave a comment below naming the piece you want and the price you bid for it- and come back often to see how it’s going. That’s it!  Bids start today at $10, and can be for any increment after that. My auction Bidding ends Dec. 16th, since I just got back in town.

I will announce the winner here and on FB/Twitter- on Dec. 16. If your bid is the final one- you’ve won! and I will send you a Paypal invoice.  (I  will pay for US shipping.)  As soon as you pay, I quickly donate 100% of the price to non-profit CARE who is active now in delivering medical supplies, blankets, housing, and food to displaced victims. Bidding is open to US and international residents. (Sorry, only US shipping is included.) Be sure to leave your email contact (if your avatar doesn’t have a direct link back to you- most do not, so that I can reach you when you win. It is amazing how many winners I  have *not* been able to contact over the years!)

My donated pieces are inspired by the American southwest and recent travels, and I will be posting the inspirations next. Here is the first one:

Moss Memories:  (Retail $42)      Navajo inspired design. Hoops- peridot stone chips, turquoise heishi and slices, horn. Bali sterling silver earwires. Length from top of wire to bottom: 2.65″

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1920’s Holiday Ball (below) Retail: $45

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These have wonderful marcasite rounds, with built in lever-back earwires (I think the earwire is sterling, but no marks), Red wine Czech crystal rondelles, non-tarnish sterling, all atop a creamy white one inch Biwa pearl. Perfect party pair!!  

Thank you for bidding! Enjoy the bloghop of participants below:

Here’s a list of participating artists (Ending Dec. 6): Be sure to read their rules, as some differ.

Ribbon Cord, Ribbon Beads

Experiments in using fine rayon and silk ribbon to make cords and and ribbon beads in jewelry. New Three Muses jewelry creations!

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Of course leave it the illogic of stress that I would schedule a jewelry trunk show for THIS weekend- smack in the middle of recording sessions. Argghhh! What was I thinking?!  New baubles for Friday’s show soon.  But for now, I want to share a break through from this summer working with textiles to make ribbon beads. Some of which you may have noticed a few of these turning up in my shop lately.

Do you collect ribbon? What to do with all of the fabric strips you’ve amassed?  For jewelry, I’ve tried varied things in design with mixed success; fabrics may fray and come apart; fine rayon and silk often snag on chunkier clay pendants that I’m so drawn to this year.

ribbonClay-WondrousFine ribbon (rayon and silk) can work nicely simply string up with single pearls, but finishing them around metal findings can be tricky for the long term life of your piece, and that matters.

While I have made my own cords covered in those gorgeous silk sari fabrics over the years, now I’m focusing on finer ribbons like those of AbbieANDEllie to make cords like the one on the right featuring a Fanciful Devices pendant.

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While I love the messy look of the sari silk cord wraps for some designs- as with the ‘neatness’ of the Buddhist pendant, conversely, sometimes you want a more refined wrap to contrast a rustic clay pendant. Especially where the wrap shows a color gradient.  This led to making long cords and smaller chunks of chord, using the same fine fabric ribbons– whaaa-la!   Ribbon beads…

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The left side shows sari ribbon, the right rayon and black-edged ribbon from AbbieEllie. I’ve spent a LOT of time experimenting with different materials- several adhesives (water repellent and non), and finishing products to ‘fix’ the wrapped fabric after- testing out the colorfast effects on the fabrics. The most important thing for me through all of this- seeing how the beads hold up to wear in everyday jewelry.

I’ve discovered that  waterproof matters with fabric on a necklace and especially bracelets: sometimes you just forget to take them off (i.e., I always start to wash dishes or cook before thinking of removing bangles.)  And I have clients who boast of never removing jewerelry. OK- I don’t think fabric beads will do well with daily showers!  But normal wear, they work great. In my exploration of materials- I talked to several artists and designers along the way too, including Patsy at Abby&Ellie about fabrics, and Kate of Quisnam (whose work is magical!).  My quest with Three Muses designs is to use natural materials- semi-precious stones & metals- in jewelry that lasts and that has little to no base metal. These ribbon beads and cord with fine fabrics add color and more to design with!

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talisman1-31Four Corners Talisman:  My first ribbon bead features- feather, Navajo carvings, arrows, clay beads by Wondrous Strange, GreyBird, bone and deerskin.

Reveal Day and Blog Hop! Art of Science Creative Challenge: Orion’s Nebula

Today is reveal day for the artists participating in the first annual Art of Science Creative Challenge first pitched here. The challenge: to create something, anything- inspired by this NASA image of the birthplace of stars… Orion’s Nebula! Check out these artists, poets, designers and Enjoy the Blog Hop!!

Today is reveal day for the artists participating in the first annual Art of Science Creative Challenge first pitched here. The challenge: to create something, anything- inspired by this NASA image of the birthplace of stars… Orion’s Nebula!

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I finished one piece and have others in the works- a bracelet, and pendants inspired by Marina Rios’ designs (resin dryng…), so stop back by in a day or so to see more.

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For the pendant on this necklace, I used a Mayan raku lentil focal (Wonderous Strange) with subdued but shimmering gold/pink/blue hues. From a gold hand-hammered link, dangles of large raw appetite, chalcedony, and smoky quartz teardrops.  (My first headpins inspired by Fanciful Devices- headpins tutorial.. Yippee! 😉

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The color palate of this photo was hard to cover completely! At first I started with saturated colors and lots of crystals for stars. But I was drawn to the Mayan lentil (as a pod for birthing…), and wanted to keep it more organic.  For the oranges and pinks, I used some coveted enameled rounds from Andrew Thornton, along with fire agate, and light citrine. Two more colors of blue Chalcedony for the aquas.  All finished off with grey, peach, and tanzanite colored silk sari ribbons.  I’ll post the other pieces as I finish them. (the picture keeps inspiring more!)

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There is a delay in blog postings (my west-coast bent and a late reminder)  😉  BUT keep checking back: the artists participating are a diverse (cool!!) group of poets, designers, jewelers,  photographers.  Some are posting after work today, from various time zones, or need more time  Check back over the next coupla’ days.

Happy Blog hopping!

Tara Linda      (You are here)

Angie Warren 

D of Wondrous Strange Designs

Andrew Thornton

Sarajo~ SJ Designs

Marina of Fanciful Devices

Things To Do Today: Before the End of the World

“Post more poems! And more Macro! Less verbage on your blog.” 😉 It’s true, I do miss writing. So that will be on tomorrow’s list: play more music; write a poem. In case the world goes on.

On Today’s To Do list:

Send more Accordion Babes calendars to the North Pole.   For Real- that’s where this order is from; North Pole, Alaska!  For  5 years, I’ve mailed out CDs & calendars, to every state, and nearly every country by now, but this is my geography lesson of the day;  NP Alaska, within the Fairbanks North Star area,  4.2 sq. miles big, and with around 2,300 people.

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Map of Alaska highlighting Fairbanks North Star Borough (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Book my 2013 World Tour~ USA, Canada, & Europe are in the works, in case the world goes on.   Today, I got requests to come to Maine, TX & NYC.   (Send me your favorite venues to see music, and I will do my best to book them if they are enroute.)

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Finish painting the Guest room before holiday guests arrive:  Here you see supervisor, Chula,  closely inspecting the prep work.  She’s a tough boss, and doesn’t much care about doomsday theories.

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Write!  I got this small edict from a good friend and faithful reader to this blog:

“Post more poems! And more Macro! Less verbage on your blog.”   😉 It’s true, I do miss writing.  So that will be on tomorrow’s list: play more music; write a poem.  In case the world goes on.

Post new jewelry to my shop, Three Muses:

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peacockNckl Forest Peacock;  tiger eye, green hessonite garnet, blue goldstone- with stoneware leaf pendant (Black Mud Studios), and copper peacock owl pendant by Andrew Thornton.

Journeywork of the Stars- Whitman, Rain, Old Books,

So much of Whitman’s work is pivotal to the artist; whether new & looking for courage, or established & needing to kindle the spark through dark nights; Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself & Leaves of Grass make wonderful companions- positive & magnanimous. I like how Whitman essays & poems read like manifestos: not just to pioneers establishing new frontier, but also to the fledgling– daring to wonder (in song!) about his/her own vast store of untapped potential. Celebration. Youth. Joy & unbridled passion. Fearlessness in the face of it all. Blake, Rilke, & Whitman- are all good for stirring the heart and soul this way; an urging for us all to drink down the elixir of our own gifts- with passion and confidence.

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“I know I have the best of time and space– and that I was

    never measured, and never will be measured.

I tramp a perpetual journey,

My signs are a rain-proof coat and good shoes and a

   staff cut from the woods; …”

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journeywork of the stars.
And the pismire is equal, and a grain of sand, and the egg of a wren…”     from Leaves of Grass, first publication- 1855.

Rereading Walt Whitman.  So much of his work is pivotal to the artist; whether new & looking for courage, or established & needing to keep kindled the spark through dark nights; Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself & Leaves of Grass make wonderful companions- positive & magnanimous.  I like how Whitman essays & poems read like manifestos: not just to pioneers establishing new frontier, but to the fledgling– daring to wonder (in song!) about his/her own vast store of untapped potential.  Celebration. Youth. Joy & unbridled passion. Fearlessness in the face of it all.  Blake, Rilke, & Whitman- are all good for stirring the heart and soul this way;  an urging for us all to drink down the elixir of our own gifts- with passion and confidence.  Aaah- if I had read any of these as a child writer, when first searching in the fathomless world…                       But spark & kindling… always here, every day of the week 😉

Timed with the growing buzz of holidays, I crave stillness, more time to read, & books. Big, old books.  And a nesting corner to hold them on rainy nights.  From Pinterest board of Books & Reading Corners.

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Not sure why, but mid-19th c. authors/books are grabbing me now.  Despite their sometimes crazy blatant sexist, racist, and plain Machiavellian slants of empire- I like the lexicon and language of the day. And the day-in-the-life snapshot of a pioneering spirit.  And I’m wanting to get back to one of those “100 greatest books” lists.  Found a vintage store nearby that has very cool old books… ;).

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Of course this goes against my streamline-the-library mentality of our last move. But the illustrations in this  1923 Jungle Book…

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or this Milton poetry book illustrated by Blake, are tough to pass on. Amazing to read one of these printed in a year near its original publication…Like this 1888 edition of James Fennimore Cooper novels.  I had opened the preface to learn what a “leather stocking” meant, but learned instead of the many biases toward the “savages.”  Ugh… early cultural bias- uncultured & stark awful.

New “Greatest book lists” keep spawning…

100 Greatest Novels: http://www.adherents.com/people/100_novel.html

**World List- 100 Top Books of All Time: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/may/08/books.booksnews

I love the international lists: “This list of the 100 best books of all time was prepared by Norwegian Book Clubs. They asked 100 authors from 54 countries around the world to nominate the ten books which have had the most decisive impact on the cultural history of the world, and left a mark on the authors’ own thinking. Don Quixote was named as the top book in history but otherwise no ranking was provided.”

100 Best Novels- both Random’s and it’s Reader’s lists- are interesting. http://www.modernlibrary.com/top-100/100-best-novels/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2003/oct/12/features.fiction

What have I missed?  Tell me your favorite book lists!