Pages

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Color of Dreams Blog Hop Reveal

THE BIG REVEAL!
Each participating artist was given an orphan/ooak bead created by artist Patricia Handschuh of The Color of Dreams Boutique to design with. We simply created with the bead we received and showed our dreams with our jewelry design!
 
 
 
 
I've been creating jewelry for a little over a year now. My dream is to become an established jewelry designer with my own unique style. I learn something new about jewelry design almost everyday. My dream also includes creating a distinctive and unique jewelry style to share with my customers. Blending traditional beadwork with wire work and my funkier style of steampunk in this dream necklace approaches that aim. As you can see I had fun incorporating jewelry artist Patricia Handschuh's gorgeous flower bead in my chunky design. You'll find it right in the center of my focal. Because turquoise and copper is my favorite color combination, I loaded this necklace with copper wire, gears, crystal and complimentary turquoise beads as well as soft creamy ribbon. 
 
I started making jewelry by taking vintage and antique jewelry and creating something different. Then I found steampunk...then wire wrapping...then embossing metals... and then patinas...etc.   I love so many styles and techniques!!! I guess I've always enjoyed combining mediums and creating the unexpected?  "If you can dream it, you can accomplish it."
 
Thank you Toltec Jewels for Jewel School Friends for this beautiful challenge! It made me search deep down inside my soul for my dream.
 
PS: I'm thinking of changing my business name. How about Steampunk N Earthstones?
 

http://pinterest.com/kathystemke/
https://twitter.com/kathystemke
http://etsysteampunkjewelry.tumblr.com/
http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com/
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kathy-Stemke
https://www.facebook.com/VintageMemoriesJewelryDesignAndAccessories     
 

53 comments:

  1. Kathy, I love it! You are so talented! beautiful! jean xox

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jean. Your life is an inspiration to me.
      Hugs, kathy

      Delete
  2. Your use of mixed materials is awesome! Great piece.
    MirandAck.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your wonderful comment. I wasn't sure if I had pulled it together. I love to mix it up!
      kathy

      Delete
  3. Great style Kathy. I too have turquoise and copper as a favorite go to color combo.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Becky. Gotta love turquoise and copper!!! It reminds me of the beach.
      kathy

      Delete
  4. Hey, we did get the same bead! I love your piece. Funny how two people can take the same bead and come out with totally different, yet beautiful creations...of course it didn't hurt to get such a pretty bead...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm AMAZED at all the incredibly different designs that have been represented with similar beads on this blog hop!!!! We're all so unique.
      kathy

      Delete
  5. I admire your ability to use metals in a way that is lyrical and not overwhelming, Kathy (metals are the last frontier for me *TeeHee*). All the elements are combined beautifully here in your design to make the perfect home for Patricia's wonderful bead. Keep dreaming!

    IMHO, "Steampunk N Earthstones" would certainly be a more vivid description of your style. Good luck with your business plans!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow, Monique, I really needed to hear that! I'm still sooooo unsure of my jewelry. I love to explore and try new things!!

      Thanks, I kinda like the new name too. I'm waiting for Bead Soup to be over before I change it.

      Delete
  6. I think you are already achieving your dream - unique and beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jael. You're so kind. Now I need to sell my jewelry as fast as I make it to make room for the new designs. That's the difficult part.
      kathy

      Delete
  7. Great design! Love how you highlighted the turquoise.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Shaiha. Turquoise brings me to the seashore which is where I'd always like to be.
      kathy

      Delete
  8. So beautiful! I love your work! and kind like the different name....could be a great idea. Excellent job and thanks for posting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Veralynne. That cinches it for me...I'm going with the new name after Bead Soup.

      Delete
  9. Very unique and interesting piece. You are well on your way to making your dreams come true!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love how you incorporated the bead into a larger focal. Well done!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Kathy. I like chunky, funky jewekry.

      Delete
  11. An amazing piece. Unique, gorgeous and skilful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your encouraging words. As artists we need affirmation for our work. Sometimes I wonder if I went too far with a design? hehehe

      Delete
  12. I'm in love with anything copper. I see steam punk and vintage.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Steampunk and vintage are my heart too!!

      Delete
  13. So innovative and yet simple curves with structural design as well. Great Piece!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you from your affirmation. I appreciate it.

      Delete
  14. It's definitely unique - and beautiful too! I personally love the turquoise / copper combination, so this piece is right up my alley :) You definitely mastered mixed media - the necklace is strong and subtle, gentle and powerful at the same time. Great job - and keep the dream alive :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Alicia. I appreciate your kind words.

      Delete
  15. Great creation, Kathy. You highlighted the turquoise in the bead so nicely with the larger focal. i really like the way you mix and match styles and elements. Very individual and interesting. Like the new name!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks, Nan. I guess I'm on the right track.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow great design, a real showstopper. Love the way the color pops out of the bead!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, I tried to highlight the bead.

      Delete
  18. How delightful! I love how you took Patricia's bead and incorporated it into your own style... and what a beautiful color combination! I really like your piece--thanks so much for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you very much. It's true, I wouldn't necessarily choose that type of bead for my style necklace. But the contrasting points of view seem to make it more interesting. That's why I love these bead hops...they really stretch you.

      Delete
  19. Beautiful necklace with such interesting pieces. Very unique and creative with metal and wire wrapping.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. Your beautiful bead inspired something very different than I ever did before.

      Delete
  20. I totally agree with you! I love that you mixed & matched & experimented with different mediums. You highlighted the colors in your bead so well. I love unique pieces that stand on their own! You did it! Great job :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! You get me. That's my thing mix n match for interest!

      Delete
  21. Kathy, I am blown away you've only been making jewelry for a year! Indeed, your dream come true as you follow your gift and bliss - your necklace is gorgeous! I love the gentle turquoise of the enameling and copper, the soft ribbon juxtaposed with the metals. A wonderful tribute to your dream and lovely jewelry arts!
    I vote for "Steampunk N Earthstones" -- cool name! Although I also find "Vintage Memories" very attractive too. But your new name is diverse and inclusive of your mixed media style.
    Thank you for sharing your talents with us in our hop! It's a joy to see your art inspired by the pretty bead and your destiny! xxo Rita

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Rita. this has been a wonderful experience. It's great to hear your positive remarks knowing how experienced a jewelry designer you are.
      Hugs, kathy

      Delete
  22. Love the shape and color, the texture and the color, the movement...and did I mention I LOVE the color!!! Really Great Job Kathy!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. What a great piece. I love the metal and wire work mixed with the bead and the ribbon, too. The colors you used are great. Love it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you. I really enjoyed putting it together.

      Delete
  24. WOW! I am gobsmacked! This is so different and brilliant and full of life and color. love, love, love Christie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. WOW, I learned a new word...gobsmacked! I love your reaction to my necklace...it made my day. Thank you. Hugs.

      Delete
  25. When I look at your beautiful necklace and close my eyes, I can still see it... Those colours, you created a very ♥unique piece of jewellery!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Dini. I'm grateful for your encouraging words. I will treasure them.
      Hugs.

      Delete
  26. Oh, WOW ! I love that big and colorful focal ! Lovely piece ! Sorry this comment took so long, this week has been a little heretic.

    ReplyDelete