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Finding Your Voice as an Artist!

Finding Your Voice as an Artist!

Finding your voice as an artist!  Read my journey and discover your own voice in the blog post today!!

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Hello 2015! A little late is better than never!

A Beautiful Beginning...

The Light Within Beads!  A burst of color that glows, paired with the rugged facets of hand carving.

I thought these beads would be the appropriate beginning to a new year.  They embody my true beliefs of the human spirit.  With every new carving and facet we glow from beneath; revealing our true selves.  We can choose to allow those cuts and scrapes to diminish us, or to empower our light.  I turned these into a stunning, asymmetrical necklace that will bring about the wearers own inner spirit!  These lovely beads were inspired by Rebecca Watkins!  

The completed "The Light Within" Necklace

New Year, New Things Happening!

The opening of my newest addition!  My own jewelry supply and component store!

The opening of my newest addition!  My own jewelry supply and component store!

The Barnacle Beads Supply opened up just before the start of 2015. This store is my creative outlet for bead and component making.  It's my way of being able to offer my art to other jewelry artists who crave something entirely different and unique.  If you have a love for creating your own designs feel free to visit this store on my website or on Etsy!

A View of What's New...

And as we say here in Charleston...Ya'll have a good one!

                         Beautiful gulls all lined in a row....photo courtesy of tripadvisor.com  

                         Beautiful gulls all lined in a row....photo courtesy of tripadvisor.com  



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New Texture Technique and New Organic Designs!

I have been having a lot of fun the past few days!  I really enjoy pushing my limits with the clay, and have discovered a love for creating organic shapes, textures, and colors!  Here is a little sneak peek for you!      I   came up with this great new texture technique that I like to call "Ruffling."  You can see it on this textured bead very clearly:

I have been having a lot of fun the past few days!  I really enjoy pushing my limits with the clay, and have discovered a love for creating organic shapes, textures, and colors!  Here is a little sneak peek for you!

I came up with this great new texture technique that I like to call "Ruffling."  You can see it on this textured bead very clearly:

Here is how you do it:  I used a blend of Premo! white and Premo! Ecru, with just a hint of yellow.  I created a very, very soft lump of clay by conditioning and warming with my hands.  Once I molded the clay into the organic shape I desired I took a knitting needle and swirled, whipped, and whirled the inner and outer edges.  Think of whipping cream (just not as aggressively) on a smaller scale!  You should press into the clay and create circles while pulling upward to give the "ruffled effect."

Once I complete my desired effect I allow the clay to sit for at least an hour.  This gives it a chance to firm up. I then used various inks and pastels on this one to give it the worn palette. 

This is such a fun technique and I hope you enjoy creating your own organic designs with this helpful little texturing technique!

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