Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party Bead Hoarders Edition

to the

 2017 Bead Soup Blog Party

 If you want to sign up 
See what it's all about

This is the Link

Lori Anderson of Pretty Things is the AMAZING TALENTED HOST 
she has done a wonderful job explaining the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, AND WHY'S on her Blog.Sign up or follow along to see what all the talented party goers make! 

Below is a little eye-candy and an idea what the BSBP is all about.

I participated in the Bead Soup Blog Party in 2013. My partner, Beccy Peterson and I were able to participate without a Blog by posting on our FaceBook Page. Here are a couple pictures of what I received from Beccy and what I made.
This is what I received. 

We had to use the Focal and the Clasp.
 The Glass Focal was BEAUTIFUL,
As was the glass Toggle Clasp!

 Here is a close-up. I couldn't capture the true beauty or awesome colors of the focal - my photography skills are a work in progress!
I really enjoyed the challenge, working with beads and colors I wouldn't normally choose.
I also used waxed Linen cord, Leather cord and even broke out a stash of my Wooly Wire!!!

This is what I sent Beccy.


And she REALLY out did herself, She must have used EVERY bit of what I sent her!

 Come back Saturday February 11th to see who my partner will be! Also, mark your calendar for Saturday MARCH 25th for the REVEAL :-)


Monday, September 30, 2013

Craftsy..... Are YOU a Member?????

Good Morning~ Today I want to share a few projects that I have posted on Craftsy! Are You a member ? It is a GREAT Place to find inspiration and take classes, post projects that you have
 made and meet like minded people.

 Click the LINKS below to see some more Projects from A Family Affare....

Cynthia Necklace
A Best Friends Tears
Wrapped in Wire
Pearls with a TWIST
Autumn Sunset
Dipped in GOLD
Flower Power


   Thanks for taking time to read my Blog ~ Kelli

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Polymer Clay Rose and Sari Silk Bracelet
 These are not the most recent pieces I
 made, but they do show a couple of
roses I made out of polymer clay. I made
these for a friend that wanted something
a little different than she usually wore and
the colors she wanted were a Granny Smith
Apple Green and a Teal/Turqouise color. 
She liked the Roses I made in different 
colors with polymer clay, so I knew what
I was making but those colors together 
made me a bit unsure. I started by making
a blend of the two colors and added a pearl
clay,to give it a little SPARKLE . I sculpted
the roses and thought " I hope the colors are
not SO NEON bright when they are finished
baking!!!" Well they did turn out a little on
the bright side but overall looked good .
Playing with Polymer Clay.........

My next step was to figure out how I was
going to turn these Roses into usable jewelry
components.... It was a good thing I made
EXTRA . I ruined the first two trying to cut
the backs so they were flat and would lay
right as focals. That is when I found a piece
of filligree that used to be the base of a pair
of clip on earrings I had taken apart and I
knew how I would make the focal for the
bracelet . I attached the rose to the filigree
using Bake and Bond (a liquid clay
bonding agent) after re-baking to cure the
Bake and Bond, I had my focal ready to
attach to my bracelet... I had the perfect
piece of Sari Silk from NorthcottWilson on
Etsy. I attached the filigree rose focal and
sari silk using a bezel I made from
Argentium Silver wire along with the
hook which is part of the hook and
eye closure. The eye of the closure is a
loop i made with the sari silk. I was
so excited to finish that bracelet but I
still had the necklace to design...
Polymer Clay and Czech Fire Polished Crystal Necklace

  At least I had drilled a STRAIGHT hole thru one of the Roses to use for the focal of the necklace. The only guideline had to follow was to make it a three strand necklace, I thought that wouldn't be to tough. But I thought WRONG!!!! Before I was finished I took all SIX strands (three on each side) apart THREE times!
I attached a three strand connector with a wrapped loop and put it thru the hole I drilled thru the rose, attached another three strand connector and finished with another wrapped loop. That was the easy part. Next I attached Soft Flex Sterling Silver 19 Strand medium wire to the three strand connectors. I used different shaped crystals ~ rounds and rondels in 6-8mm size, It looked GREAT, so i finished with two more three strand connectors and attached the lobster clasp and was FINISHED!!! Not so lucky, since it was the first time I had made a three strand necklace, I didn't take in to consideration the size or shape of the beads, or that the strands had to get a bit longer as I worked towards the outside strand!!!! WOW it took a whole night of beading those strands and re-beading until FINALLY I worked out the design FLAWS and was really DONE!!! After ALL that work I wanted to keep both pieces, but I also knew I had to start making a little money to keep funding my bead addiction...