H is for Hawaiian Influence

Shell pendant from Club creative Studio. Inspired by Hawaii.
Shell pendant from Club creative Studio. Inspired by Hawaii.

The I am thankful for the experience to have a new-found Hawaiian influence within my art.

Collection of shells.
Collection of shells.

Since Club Creative Studio relocated to Hawaii, I have naturally created items that have had a Hawaiian flair to them.  Most times it includes the use of shells.

Shells from Hawaii are incorporated into Club Creative Studio ocean-theme art.
Shells from Hawaii are incorporated into Club Creative Studio ocean-theme art.

It is probably no surprise that using shells in creative ways are popular here.  I have discovered new ways to incorporate shells and ocean-themes into recent jewelry art that I create. It has been a fun challenge as well as an expressive opportunity.

Shells are incorporated into these Club Creative Studio hand-made bracelets.
Shells are incorporated into these Club Creative Studio hand-made bracelets.

The island of Oahu has many inspirational factors to spark creativity. Culture, bright colors, flora, fauna, ocean waves, undersea life, mountains, craters, tropical jungles and sandy beaches just to name a few influences.

Shell and wire art from Club Creative Studio.
Shell and wire art from Club Creative Studio.

I have combined beads, charms, wires and shells in creative ways, and I see no limitations to the creative process featuring shells.

If you are interested in having a special shell wire-wrapped, I do custom requests and would love to help you transform one of your collected shells into wearable art.  You may also check out the inventory online to see if there are readily available items to chose from. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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Question and Answer Time

“Why would I spend money on a hand-made Club Creative Studio accessory?”

I have the answer to this question.

You are a jewelry or art lover with a special desire.

You have an affinity and connection with unique one-of-a-kind, wearable art and want others to know about your personal style without saying a word.  You deserve to own one-of-a-kind art.

Fiesta Flower Statement Necklace.
Fiesta Flower Statement Necklace.

I serve you, because I care about standing out, just as you do!

The creations from Club Creative Studio fit the bill for expressive people who want to overcome ordinary. Custom requests are welcome or browse the inventory online.

Keep Calm and Bead On. From Club Creative Studio.
Keep Calm and Bead On. From Club Creative Studio.

 

 

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A Call For Pinterest Persons

If you are a fan of Pinterest and all of the wonderfully inspiring categories, I have a call-out for you to join me there.

Pinterest is an online sharing community where there are many visuals posted from an array of people.  I love show-casing Club Creative Studio Art there as well as linking my blog posts to the site. I post to share and inspire you with our art.

If you have time, check out my boards and see the useful and fun information I share there. I have several board collections to follow. Simply press the “See on Pinterest” button below in this post. Once on the site you can Join Pinterest for free if you are not already familiar with it. I am thrilled to have you follow the boards you wish by pushing the “Follow” tab to see what I am sharing next. Thank you!

Follow Club Creative Art’s board Hand-Made Beads- Gifts of Art on Pinterest.

 

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J is for: Jewelry

J is for jewelry.  Many appreciate hand-made jewelry…and for good reasons.

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When I decided to design my own jewelry art items and make my own hand-made beads to incorporate in jewelry and other items, I knew it was going to be an expressive time for me.  It has become a welcomed challenge to be creative everyday.  I knew I was going to be able to help people become more bold in their personal styles, and I knew I had the time and talent to share art and share my creative journey efforts with others.

Growing up with creative ideas and armed with an Art Education background, I already had the stepping stones laid out for me to follow a creative path.  I have looked forward ever since then to ways that I could help others overcome ordinary and appreciate being individual and one-of-a-kind, just as my jewelry line and other hand-made beaded items offer.

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One of the coolest aspects of making exclusive pieces of art is knowing that the process can not and will not be duplicated. I have happily discovered that there are limitless ways that I can create and although a technique may be used in the same manner, the experience, materials and product outcome are always different. This allows me to continuously offer one-of-a-kind jewelry items. I am so proud of that.  Jewelry makes women, men and gift-givers feel good. Holding on to good moments and memories are what makes life more full.

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My exception to creating items with a similar outcome are for wedding party requests or specific custom orders for matching sets. When this is possible, I oblige.  Sometimes jewelry art calls for commonality as in those special cases.

The most rewarding art creations however, come from the times that I am able to experiment and create “free-form” art. Without any pre-conceived notions, expectations, sketches or even particular materials in hand- those are the challenges that face me with the most satisfaction. These are the times that jewelry works with me and for me.

To view more creations, remember that Club Creative Studio can be found on many different media platforms such as our Newsletter (see sidebar click-in option), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblar. Are you following the creativity?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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H is for: One Point Hair Pin

Club Creative Studio- Close-up: Tip Hair Pin
Club Creative Studio- Close-up: Tip Hair Pin

Club Creative Studio takes pride in creating with beads. There are many projects in the works and projects yet to be discovered. Today, I share photos of my first one point hair pin project.

Start point of Club Creative Studio's one point hair pin.
Start point of Club Creative Studio’s one point hair pin.

Two wooden one point hair pins were included in my bead soup challenge mix from Tami Norris.  I had never used a hair pin personally and I had also never thought to create one with beads…until now.

What is a One Point Hair Pin?

A one point hair pin is a hair accessory.  The long stem stick ends in a point at one end and has a knob ornament on the other end. The pins are worn both to help anchor hair into place as well as to add decoration.

Where did the hair pin originate? The single stemmed hairpin was in existence in early Greek, Roman and Egyptian times although some anthropologists believe that even the very earliest cave dwellers used everything from thorns, sticks, bones and stone to fashion crude hair pins. So, this is nothing “new”, although it is new to me creating one.

The point hair pins have been documented as being worn in China in the earliest days of the Chinese empire.  The single stem hairpins from the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries were elaborately adorned. So, it is fitting that I adorn one with hand-made beading.

Club Creative Studio-beginning beads on a hair pin accessory.
Club Creative Studio-beginning beads on a hair pin accessory.

It has been recorded by historians that a wooden hair-pin was found among Roman remains at Uriconium.

Japanese versions were very long and were created without pin head adornments.  They were also worn in pairs with the stick’s ends projecting for an impressive distance from opposites of the scalp.  Often the pins were crossed in the middle.

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I started out making a beaded bead. I used seed beads. The idea was to use the tip as a form for the bead. The last step would be to embellish the bead.

Because I used such small beads, the results were delicate. It seemed like an eternity to complete, but I am happy with the end project.  Now on to attempt number two!

Are you a fan of wearing hair pins? What do you like about hair pins and where do you purchase your collection?  Have you ever considered ordering a custom-made or beaded hair pin for yourself or a friend?  I am curious.

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G is for: Grateful

 

Close-Up Bead Soup Challenge 2014The Bead Soup Challenge is underway for me at Club Creative Studio. I have received my beads and I am grateful that I can finally start my creative journey.

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The bead soup challenge allows those paired up to exchange a stash of beads that are challenging and inspire creativity, then they share their final creations online, in their blogs, and on Pinterest to name a few platforms.

This year, I assigned myself on the list as a “seed bead” artist, which was a new category.  I also was granted by special permission, a second “Bead Angel” whom shared a variety of great beads. I got both boxes in the mail recently.

Bead Batch from: Robin Reed Artistry Hand Crafted Bead Designs.

My Cup Reith Over!

Here is a generous and inspirational portion of beads shared by Robin.
Here is a generous and inspirational portion of beads shared by Robin.

This bead soup mixture contained focal beads, seed beads, crystals, glass beads, clasps and even buttons! There is NO QUESTION that I am inspired and eager to start creating from this creative bead batch. I follow Robin Kae Reed’s blog at http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com at Artistry Handcrafted Bead Designs

I love this color palette.
I love this color palette.

Robin also included several bags of green tea- that is a wonderful surprise!

This year I am certainly experiencing a challenge with this bead soup event. I have found a way that works for me to use mismatched beads and elements and I hope that the projects I have in mind show my creative side, and growth as well as an artist.

I have certainly grown to appreciate my strengths to create with what is in front of me at any given point in time. I am grateful that I can create from shared elements.

Bead Batch From: Tami Norris

This is a mixed media bead soup.
This is a mixed media bead soup.

Tami shared wooden hair sticks (which I have never made before), plastic beads, faux pastel pearl beads, some hand-made resin dome cabochons, cream satin ribbon, seed beads, miscellaneous and irregular glass beads, metal florals, and a clasp.

I have chosen select elements from this batch and I am pleasantly surprised at what has evolved! This challenge has given me added confidence in my skills to develop art that is truly unique stemming from resources that are uncommon to me in normal use.

Stop by the additional blogs which will follow this blog post, highlighting the progress made in these two specific bead challenges. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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F is for: Finally Finished

Club Creative Studio invests time in creating one-of-a-kind, hand-made beaded items.  Today’s feature is a statement necklace that took about three days of on-and-off work. The creative process for me can be short or long in duration, it depends on the final bead count.

PHASE ONE:

Phase One: laying out a few elements for considerations.
Phase One: laying out a few elements for considerations.

PHASE TWO:

Phase Two: close-up of focal portion of hand-made beaded statement necklace from Club Creative Studio
Phase Two: close-up of focal portion of hand-made beaded statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.

PHASE THREE:

Phase Three: Half of the statement necklace. It is evolving.
Phase Three: Half of the statement necklace. It is evolving.

FINAL PHASE FOUR:

I wish I would have counted the number of beads I used in this statement necklace. Now, I  am just curious and still wondering of the actual count of beads that were incorporated.

The thrill of creating hand-made jewelry is being witness to the art process and evolution.  Although drafts and initial design ideas are considered, art changes and evolves in all phases of development. Sometimes the process is quick, sometimes it takes days to finish. It is ALWAYS, however a rewarding process to see start to finish art.

Final Phase: Finished Art!
Final Phase: Finished Art!

Do you have a project I can work on for you? The creativity is ready to be shared! Contact me to discuss your custom design jewelry needs. http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

 

 

 

 

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B is for: Beaded Beads

Close-up beaded bead, hand-made from Club Creative Studio
Close-up beaded bead, hand-made from Club Creative Studio

B is for Beaded Beads. This is Day Two of the A to Z Challenge.  I love creating hand-made beads created from beads.  Think of a beaded bead as a creative larger bead made from many smaller beads.

Blue crystal and pearl beaded bead.
Blue crystal and pearl beaded bead.

There are two common types of beaded beads.

The first type of beaded beads are made by adding beads around an entire “blank” bead, or some type of inner core.  Commonly, wood beads are covered and they become the inner structure.  Beads added around it form a new beaded shell, or covering.

I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the shape I want for my bead shape.
I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the shape I want for my bead shape.

The second type of beaded beads are the kind that I most like to create because I have compete control over the final size and shape of the completed bead.  This is where imagination and creativity come into play of designing a beaded bead. I often use a marker or pen to stabilize the beads into the shape that I want when I first begin creating a beaded bead without a inner core.

Festive and colorful beaded beads hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
Festive and colorful beaded beads with no inner core. Hand-made by Club Creative Studio.
More hand-made beaded beads from Club Creative Studio.
More hand-made beaded beads from Club Creative Studio.

Creating and incorporating hand-made beaded beads into the jewelry art that I create offers yet another unique element. These beads are one-of-kind, and I believe are also extraordinary.

To view additional beaded creations from the Club Creative Studio collection, please feel free to browse the website shopping section tab at http://www.clubcreativestudio.com or write me to inform me of your custom jewelry requests. I love creating Art That Sets You Apart!

 

 

 

 

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My 2014 Bead Soup- Boxed Up for Mail

My 2014 Bead Soup box: Go Big Red.
My 2014 Bead Soup box: Go Big Red.

 

My 2014 Bead Soup is ready to be mailed out.  I have boxed up my collection of beads for my beading/blog challenge along with a few other goodies for my assigned partner.

The distorted photographs in this blog post are intentional.  Because the contents of the box have not reached the eyes of Tami Norris my bead challenge partner to date, I have distorted the photographs so that she remains surprised until she opens up her box.

As a hint of content I will share that the box has an array of findings and beads.  Some are hand-made clay beads from Club Creative Studio and there is a hand-painted crystal focal in there, as well as elements to use on a pair of earrings.

 

 

Handmade beads- swirl distorted photo.
Handmade beads- swirl distorted photo.

My soup (collection of beads) has a theme of red, white, and black.  I have entitled the collection: GO BIG RED.

Since discovering that my new Wisconsin friend, Tami also has a family tie to the state of Nebraska, I decided to go with the ever popular Nebraska football team color theme of red and white.  One saying everyone knows there is: “Go Big Red”.

My swirl distorted photo of my hand painted crystal pendant for  2014 bead soup challenge.
My swirl distorted photo of my hand painted crystal pendant for 2014 bead soup challenge.

My assigned partner likes to work in mixed media, so I included a few other jewelry making/craft elements for her enjoyment and consideration to use in this Bead Soup challenge.

Stay tuned to the next few blog posts about this Bead Soup Challenge. I am sure it will be interesting to see what she comes up with in design and use of these beads as well as what she decides to send me to work with as well.

 

A distortion of my bead soup.
A distortion of my bead soup.
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Starting a Difficult Project- Prove It to Yourself

Whenever I run into a beading challenge or start a difficult new project, there is an element of proof to be proven. I am “new” to double-holed seed beads. Club Creative Studio is always open to expanding skills and trying new techniques.

Small seed beads and double holed beads.
Small seed beads and double holed beads.

Head-On Challenge. A few days ago I met with someone that unknowingly placed doubts into my mind about a particular bead embroidery project I told her about.  I showed her a photograph of something that I was planning to tackle. I already knew in my mind what I wanted to change as far as the design, as well as my color scheme. I was excited for the challenge head-on.

Don’t let anyone steal your ladder to rise above your current skill level.

Know thy self. Obviously, this person was not aware of my current skill level, desire to create, or dedication to accomplish a difficult challenge.  She told me that this was an “advanced project” and I would need assistance to complete it. Once again I say:

Don’t let anyone steal your ladder to rise above your current skill level.

Persevere.  Although this person never said I could not do this, the doubts came to mind that I would be frustrated in attempting it. When you have a dream, goal, or new experience in front of you: be confident.  Know that you have it inside yourself to do your best.  If it takes a while to reach your sights, then use a longer ladder.  Step by step keep perseverance close at hand. You will succeed with or without help of another.  Just try.

My first "double-holed" bead embroidery project.
My first “double-holed” bead embroidery project.

For the record, I did not need assistance of another to create this wonderful beaded pendant. I have the gumption to create many more varieties of this beaded creation and I am proud of this first attempt at an “advanced” level project.

Finished beaded challenge. I DID IT!
Finished beaded challenge. I DID IT!

If you need encouragement in your beading project, please consider sending me an e-mail for support. I am always functioning on the side of creativity. veronica@clubcreativestudio.com

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