Creative Corsage

Club Creative Studio clay corsage.
Club Creative Studio clay corsage.

There are many special occasions that call for wearing a floral corsage.  Flowers are a beautiful expression highlighting nature in a small cluster. How do you display a corsage creatively after your special event?  Let us share a few ideas.

Often times fresh flowers are used in a corsage. Unfortunately, fresh flowers in a corsage do not last long. They wilt, lose color, and eventually break down.

Club Creative Studio has a solution to extending the life of a corsage and offers display ideas once your special occasion is a memory.

Who wouldn’t want a corsage to last as a treasured keepsake? When you order and purchase a Club Creative Studio hand-sculpted clay corsage or other floral arrangement, you are automatically extending the visual life of your flowers.

Clay floral items do not wilt from the sun, our creations hold their vibrant colors and will last a long while with little care.  This is why they can be displayed in other ways after they are worn for your special occasion in the traditional way.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you wish to display and extend the visual life of your clay corsage floral arrangement.

Nine Creative Ways to Display a Corsage:

Club Creative Studio Clay Art on a hat.
Display Club Creative Studio Art on a hat.
Display a corsage on a basket lid or on the side of a handle.
Display a corsage on a basket lid or on the side of a handle.

 

A simple bowl or soap dish can be a great resting place for a Club Creative Studio clay corsage after it is worn.
A simple bowl or soap dish can be a great resting place for a Club Creative Studio clay corsage after it is worn.
Placed on top of stacked books, this clay floral corsage has a new place of value.
Placed on top of stacked books, this clay floral corsage has a new place of value.
Use a clay corsage as a replacement for a common bow on a gift.
Use a clay corsage as a replacement for a common bow on a gift.
I added the Club Creative Studio clay corsage to an existing floral arrangement for a pop of color.
I added the Club Creative Studio clay corsage to an existing floral arrangement for a pop of color.
A Club Creative Studio clay corsage is ready to take with you as pin it to a fabric purse or bag.
A Club Creative Studio clay corsage is ready to take with you as pin it to a fabric purse or bag.
Dress up a lamp shade with a few beads on a tassel and a clay corsage as I did.
Dress up a lamp shade with a few beads on a tassel and a clay corsage as I did.
I used a hair tie to attach a clay floral corsage to the spout of this lotion container.
I used a hair tie to attach a clay floral corsage to the spout of this lotion container.

Stay tuned as I offer additional display idea suggestions.  Let me know if  you have a favorite idea from this list of nine so far. I would love to hear from you on this subject matter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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D is for: Do It With Style

Women’s fashions and design are ever-changing revolving aspects in life. Are you prepared to do it with style?

Every season, the runway styles dictate what is fashionable, popular and on trend. Are you ready for Spring and ready to be part of the seasonal changes?

What is going to be hot fashion topics for Spring 2015?

How might a jewelry designer interpret or work with these trends? Allow me to share the ways that I have tackled the challenge of the trends predicted so far.

Fringe- Easy way to make a statement with a Western/Santa Fe style.

There is no doubt that fringe adds fun to fashion. It is dramatic, shows movement, and has a sense of flow and carefree whimsy. How might you find this trend in Club Creative Studio jewelry art?  Here is an example of jewelry art I have created with beaded fringe detail.  It is a hand-made beaded statement necklace. The color palate I use may also reflect the feel of the Southwest.

Club Creative Studio- HAnd-made beaded Fringe Necklace.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-made Beaded Fringe Necklace.

Suede-A trend that can come in different colors.

I enjoy that suede can be utilized in many ways because of the width cut variations available.  I like adding a simple suede strand to my colorful hand-rolled clay pendant creations because the colors coordinate without being distracting.  It is a change of pace from wearing a common metal chain necklace. The over-all look is also casual and relaxed for any age.

Club Creative Studio- Hand-rolled clay pendants on a suede strand.
Club Creative Studio- Hand-rolled clay pendants on a suede strand.

The 70’s are back- it’s a more polished version.

I love that the 70’s were about free-flowing blouse styles and fun fabric prints. As Club Creative Studio creates hand-made items with a Boho feel, this trend in style will seem more evident, creative and comfortable, like these examples do.

Whimsical Art from Club Creative Studio.
Whimsical Art from Club Creative Studio.

Ruffles-Structural and sweet at the same time.

Ruffled materials do not have to bring back bad memories like it does for me. I recall my Mother sewing a ruffle at the bottom of my jean pant legs as I grew to extend the length of the pants, and their wear time. Just when I thought that was bad enough…she would go and add a second and third layer of ruffles. Lord, I wish I had a photo of me wearing those pants right now.

Ruffles can add a look of innocence and boldness at the same time. Club Creative Studio has carried forth this trend in designing a ruffled edge incorporated with added bead embellishments.  This necklace is a great example of how a ruffle-look can be a structural strength to a fashion statement necklace.

Ruffle edge statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.
Ruffle edge statement necklace from Club Creative Studio.

Have you been made aware of any additional stylish trends in store for us this year?  Which trend mentioned above appeals to you the most?  Which jewelry trend do you tend to model the most often of those mentioned above?  Please share, I’d love to know what appeals or radiates in you.

If you are interested in viewing more hand-made art that may reflect these particular Spring trends, I welcome you to view the revolving inventory of Club Creative Studio at: http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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Q is for Quick Beading

If you ask me, there is no such thing as “quick beading”.

Fiesta Flower Statement Necklace.
Fiesta Flower Statement Necklace.

Creating anything from scratch takes care and time. It is for this reason that I don’t believe a quality hand-made item can be created quickly when beading is concerned.  Beading requires many steps. Being “fast” for me is not a concern as much as being creative and careful.

When I create my own clay or glass beads, this adds time onto my total creation time. Adding another element to the art process is like adding more hours to the clock. It is a layered process.

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When working with seed beads especially, quick is not a word in my vocabulary.  It takes time to sort, count and add very small beads for each project.  I believe that there are no real “short-cuts” to take to speed up creation except experience.

Practice affords me the confidence to “see” the direction I wish to go in design. Practice also allows me the ease of my step-by-step routines to flow more readily, or bounce back from mistakes easily. The more I bead, the “quicker” I seem at decision making but the overall process still requires time invested.

If you are wondering of the average time investment in beading technique alone per project- I would estimate that I do not undertake many projects that are not worked up from start to finish in less than an hour.  Numerous projects require a time investment of several hours. In some cases, it may take weeks of dedicated time to end up with a creation that has many phases.

Elegant beaded strands form Club Creative Studio
Elegant beaded strands form Club Creative Studio

The act of physical beading alone is not the only factor in determining the time it takes to finish a project. I believe that the prep time and decision-making time is also an important dynamic to creating art. It is also important to factor in the time it takes to add finishing touches. For example a beaded project may appear complete but, maybe it calls for reinforced areas requiring back steps or adding elements or polishing. These factors add to the clock.

Although I have touched upon how long beading may take, I also want to stress that time is also irrelevant in most cases of  the one creating because they get “lost” in their art and value the outcome more than the time it took for creation.  Time is a gift that is added onto the art.

So, the next opportunity you have to examine a hand-made beaded item versus a manufactured beaded art item, think of me and many other bead artists who have dedicated time and talent to creating items with love.  We have dedicated time and have shared that with you.

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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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Thank you for wearing and Sharing Club Creative Studio Art

Thank you for wearing and sharing Club Creative Studio Art.

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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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