Tag Archives: hand-made clay beads

“B” is for Broken

2 Apr

Club Creative Studio loves broken jewelry! And why? Because it is a challenge to take the unwanted pieces and fix or assemble and arrange elements in a new and exciting way.  I often create jewelry art from custom requests and I encourage people to look for or consider using items to incorporate from what they may already have.  Miscellaneous vintage, broken and mismatched metals, gems, rhinestone and beads make beautiful additions to use in a new item. It also turns trash into tiny treasures.

There are a few situations where creating a upcycled product is a bit nerve-racking. I was once handed a strand of crystal faceted beads and asked to take the necklace apart and create separate items so that the new creation could be worn to a family wedding.  The original necklace was very old and was not the style or correct length for this person to wear.  The outcome I made was going to be worn to be symbolic of the representation of a great-grandmother’s presence at the ceremony. Talk about pressure! I needed to make this item just right for sure!

As it turned out, a simple re-strand and added similar crystals brought the original necklace back to life and gave it a second chance to be enjoyed in the forms of a shorter necklace and a matching bracelet. The customer was happy, the memory of great-grandmother was preserved and the once single strand necklace became a two piece family keep-sake.

Transforming an older necklace strand into something new is a welcome challenge for Club Creative Studio. I call it a Upcycle Challenge".

Let’s look at this necklace  as an example of what I did to “up cycle” it.  It was transformed into two new separate items that were enjoyed from the once older unused necklace. Fun!

Inspired by the old beads, I gathered a collection from my stash beads to create the new items. This is a gathering of mixed metals, glass, and hand-rolled polymer clay beads from Club Creative Studio.

The results of combining the older beads and items I felt gave new life to the new items created.

Take time to see what hidden treasures you may have that can be repurposed into something you can rediscover as a modern jewelry piece.

For additional views of hand-made jewelry art from Club Creative Studio, please visit:

http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

Feature Friday- Beautiful Beads

19 Aug

I posted on the Club Creative Studio Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ClubCreativeStudio a photo of small plastic disks.  The disks are used in golf as markers for golf ball placement and they are pushed into the ground and stay put by the protruding part in the middle of the disk.

I use golf markers differently

I pose the question:  What might someone do with this item that is different from it’s intended use?  How creative can you be?  Think hard. Do you know a way that a common item can be used differently to help you?

I recently posted  a great definition of creativity on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/clubcreativeart “New thinking leads to new possibilities.”  I do believe that you need to be able to open up to new experiences to gain the opportunity to see things in a different light.  Also, being brave is a big part of creativity.  One has to step out-of-bounds to experience a different view from the world of rules and expectations. When speaking and referring to creativity, risk-taking is a desired characteristic.  Being strong and willing to look deeper with new materials and techniques is what can transform creative juice into a totally new concoction.

I have used a common golf marker disk in an uncommon way in art.  The disks now help me in my business because it makes a job easier.  It was a challenge for me to take a photograph of a bead because of its potential to roll.  It  is now an easier task for me as I conveniently place an individual bead onto the golf placement disk.  It is held secure, still and is a solution to better picture-taking.  The ease and swiftness of  attaching my bead leads to a smooth photography session, and ultimately a better photograph.  Yeah for thinking outside of the box and making it work for my needs.

Club Creative Studio Hand-Rolled Clay Beads

Enjoy admiring the details of my hand-rolled polymer clay beads. I enjoy creating one-of-a-kind, limited count beads in various sizes, shapes and with hand-mixed colors.  You will find some beads are also hand-glossed and some are left sanded and in their natural state after baking.  These wonderful beads are so fun for me to create.  Most beads involve upwards of 13 steps before completion of a single bead from start to finish.  Club Creative Studio beads are a labor of love to say the least.  Items that incorporate our hand-made beads are considered ART THAT SETS YOU APART because of  uniqueness and special visual qualities. I strive to BE CREATIVE EVERYDAY!

Enjoy the View at:  http://www.clubcreativestudio.com

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