29 Jun 2013

My Country......of Thee I Bead................................ The Reveal

Whooosssss..... I almost miss the deadline.....Thank's God.... it is still the 29th June 2013........I have to run my fingers as fast as I can to reach the finish line.....

Before starting I like to thank Nan Smith for including me in this challenge and to my friends from Indonesia, who are also in this challenge, Lilikrist and Asri Wahyuningsih (who now live in USA).
I am from Indonesia, a lovely country spread across the equator....If you do not know where it is please look at Dini's map in Nan's blog ....( love the map very much)
.... I copy it here.

On the right....just over Australia....  lays Indonesia with its islands in red and white colors. The data showed that there are about 17,508 islands (the data varies), big and small, spread along the country. The length of all the islands combined with the seas is 5150 km and the width is 1700 km with the area of the lands is 1,9 million km2 and the area of the seas is 7,9 million km2. I cite the statistics just to show that the country is so wide but on the other hand the islands are spread along the areas... this is one reason among other that made us have so many ethnic groups, each have their own culture...... So for this challenge I picked one from Java island, to be precise from central Java.

This is what I made for my beloved country

the overall look

 The chain

The pendant

Recently I was crazy in love to wire crochet..... so that's what I made for this challenge....I used this technique for this jewelry, both for the pendant and for the chain.

Now the story about the pendant.... it shows 3 figures which we, in Indonesia, called "Wayang" or in English translated as puppet. The Wayang's is played by a "Dalang" (director) and because the Dalang sits and plays the puppets behind a screen and the viewers only can see the shadow of the puppets, the show is called "shadow puppet". To show what I mean, this is a show of "Wayang":

The Dalang plays the puppet (from the Dalang view)

The viewers see the shadow of the puppet

The show usually tells the stories of Mahabrata or Ramayana- India's story adopted by Indonesian's about 1500 year BC- and it takes about 8 hours or so.

My pendant consists of 3 characters from Ramayana, from left to right, Sinta, her husband Rama, and Rama's brother, Laksmana. Ramayana is a love story between Rama and Sinta. Rama is supposed to be a King in Ayodya but he was exiled from his country so that his step brother (Bharata) can be a king of Ayodya. During the isolation, Sinta was kidnapped by an evil giant-Rahwana. But good always win against the bad, so Rama can win his wife back and they live happily ever after. These are their pictures as Wayang;
 Rama and Sinta


This story is played by dancers every full moon in Candi Prambanan (Prambanan Temple) near Yogyakarta (a city in Central Java) and also was put as reliefs in the temple. This is the picture of the dancers playing Ramayana in front of the Prambanan Temple.

Now back to the necklace, I made the chain with white and red color as an image of our flag, our symbol of bravery and purity. 

Hope you like my  necklace and my story....

And these are all other participants, have fun to blog hop in each country;

Nan Smith (host): wirednan.blogspot.ca Canada

Dini Bruinsma: http://angazabychanges.blogspot.ca The Netherlands

Stephanie Weiss : http://uniquelymebwd.blogspot.com  USA

Ana Cravidao (ACBeads) :http://acbeads.blogspot.com. Portugal

Vera: veradesigns.blogspot.com   Germany (USA)

Delilah: http://mssdelilah.wordpress.com             Romania

LiliKrist: http://pcbylik.blogspot.com                            Indonesia

N Vakentine Studio :  www.nvalentine.blogspot.com  Canada

Karin: maverickbeads.blogspot.ca                                Calgary, Canada

Diah Anggreni : http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com         Indonesia

Karen : www.overthemoon-design.com                                 Australia

Cath Thomas : http://samohtac.blogspot.ca                    Switzerland

Asri Wahyuningsih : http://asribeadwork.blogspot.com     USA

Crysalis Jewelry Design                                              Denmark ( Canada)

Jasvanti Patel: www.jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com         USA

Lola: http://beadlolabead.blogspot.ca              USA

Beccy Peterson           Sweden (USA)

Paula Hisel : www.simplybeadiful.weebly.com    USA

Inge von Roos: ingetraud.wordpress.com                Germany

Laurie Vyselaar: Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com.     USA

Toltec Jewels: http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com    USA

Anindita Basu: www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com  USA

27 Apr 2013

whoooopppssss.....Bead Soup Blog Party 3 rd reveal......

I am very late to published my works.... this Saturday is a very-very busy day. I have to complete furniture purchasing for my office today so that on Monday everyone can work with new furniture. I just got home very tired but remember that I haven't upload my works..... so stop feeling miserable and start to work....

Today is the 3rd reveal day....whewwww.... lucky me I have finished my work days ago. Actually, I planned to change the necklace, but as I think more I decided to stick to my 1st attempt. To remind you on the bead soup sending by Elizabeth Jones, these are they...... very cute......

And these are the end results:

I used the clasp and the focal in different places. I put the clasp in the 1st bracelet, while the focal I put it in the necklace.The 2nd bracelet is for all the other beads left. I use viking knit as accent in the necklace and make it as simple as possible to give more focus to the focal. For the color, I choose the earthy colors.... brown, yellow and green.....

Hopefully Elizabeth likes what I did to the bead soup ingredients she sent......

And these are the links to the other 3rd revealers:
Adlinah Kamsir www.dreamstruckdesigns.blogspot.com
Agi Kiss http://moonsafaribeads.blogspot.com
Alenka Obid www.pepita-handmade.blogspot.com
Alison Sachs www.beadsbyearthtones.blogspot.com
Amanda Tibbetts http://www.amandamade.com/blog
Amy Sims www.amysimsdesigns.com
Ana Cravidao http://acbeads.blogspot.com
Andra Marasteanu http://bijouxdemonange.blogspot.com
Andria Poole www.Jewelleryartiste.blogspot.com
Angela Perkins http://jeweledinspirations.blogspot.com
Anja Schultz http://anjas-perlenwelt.blogspot.de/
Ann Sherwood http://ann-sherwood.blogspot.com/
Anna Nordeman http://annas-adornments.blogspot.com
Annita Wilson http://awjewelryandbeadwork.blogspot.com/
Arlene Dean http://aglassbash.blogspot.com/
Astrid Boyce http://astridboyce.blogspot.com/
Barb Fernald http://barbarasfernald.com/
Betty James Hoppensteadt www.tybetastidbits.blogspot.com
Birgit Klughardt www.gitesbeads-gite.blogspot.com
Bonnie Coursolle http://jaspersgems.blogspot.ca/
Brandy Thomason McNair www.bellavitajewelry.blogspot.com
Brenda Sigafoos http://brenda-sigafoos.blogspot.com
Carmen Lau http://littlemake.blogspot.com/
Carol Wilson http://jetadorn.blogspot.com/
Caroline Dewison http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Cassie Donlen www.cassiedonlen.blogspot.com
Catharine Temaluru http://ienmaginationsjewelry.wordpress.com
Catherine Turrell http://fairysketches.blogspot.co.uk
Cheri Reed www.creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com
Cherrie Warzocha http://colorsofshae.blogspot.com/
Christa Murphy http://adventuresofwonebeadywoman.blogspot.com/
Christina Hickman http://vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com/
Christina Stofmeel www.fengbeads.com
Christine Hansen http://intuitivesparks.blogspot.com
Christine Stonefield www.sweetgirldesign.blogspot.com
Cilla Watkins www.tellyourgirlfriends.com
Cindy Cima Edwards www.cindycima.com
Claire Lockwood www.somethingtodowithyourhands.com
Colleen Vinthagen http://www.thewireworkshop.com/blog/
Dagmar Liebisch http://kokopellidesign.blogspot.de/
Dana Fowler www.blogjunepur.blogspot.com
Danielle Kelley http://imbuethemuse.blogspot.com/
Deb Fortin www.studiok24.blogspot.ca
Dee Elgie http://cherryobsidia.blogspot.co.uk
Denise Milward http://milwardstorysofar.wordpress.com/
Diah Anggreni http://pernik-manik.blogspot.com/
Diana Gonzalez www.arteypoemas.com
Diane Valasek http://dragonflyclose.blogspot.com/
Dita Basu http://www.alankarshilpa.blogspot.com
Donetta Farrington http://simplygorgeous-donetta.blogspot.com/
Doris Stumpf http://glaszwerg.blogspot.de/
Elizabeth Bunn http://elizabethbeads.blogspot.com
Elizabeth Drake http://mutteringsofacrone.wordpress.com/
Elizabeth Jones http://www.eyekandyjewellery.com
Elizabeth Stolarczyk http://elizabethsart.blogspot.co.uk/
Ema Kilroy http://www.emakdesigns.com/blog
Erin Kenny http://beadifultherapy.blogspot.ca/
Evelyn Duberry Www.ShebaMakeda.com
Fay Wolfenden www.torchfairy.blogspot.com
Francesca Watson http://francescawatson.com/
Gen Smith http://gennysworld.blogspot.com/
Ginger Davis Allman www.thebluebottletree.com
Giorgia Rossini www.joyblonde.blogspot.com
Hannah Annear www.quirkyhannah.wordpress.com
Heather Otto http://www.thecrafthopper.com
Heidi Kingman www.Heidikingman.blogspot.com
Ildiko Jarai www.sviroalkotasai.blogspot.hu
Inge von Roos http://ingetraud.wordpress.com/
Iveth Caruso www.CreativeAtelier.net
Jackie Locantore http://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/blog/MorningStarSanctuaryStudio
Jacqueline Keller www.creartelier.blogspot.com
Jane Pranata Lim http://cherryeve.blogspot.com
Jennifer Davis http://jennifersjewelsandjunk.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Tough http://jenniferbeads.blogspot.com
Jenny Vidberg http://shymessmycken.blogspot.com/
Jessica Klaaren Http://cellardoorjewelry.blogspot.com
Joanna Matuszczyk http://filcowe.blogspot.com
Joyce Becker www.joycesjoyfulgems.blogspot.com
Judith Johnston http://www.lampworkbeadlounge.com/
Judy Riley www.threeredbeads.blogspot.com
JuLee Wolfe www.thepolymerpenguin.blogspot.com
June Butt http://www.onewhiteswan.blogspot.co.nz/
Karen Mitchell http://www.overthemoon-design.com
Kari Asbury http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com/
Karin King www.maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Karin von Hoeren www.creativeideen.de
Karla Morgan http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Kathrin Lembke http://allesperle.blogspot.de/
Kathy Stemke http://vintagememoriesjewelry.blogspot.com
Katja Benevol Gabrijelcic http://slovoni.blogspot.com
Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Kay Thomerson http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com
Kelley Fogle www.mylifeonebeadatatime.blogspot.com
Keren Panthaki https://vasdea.wordpress.com
Kimberly Idalski http://www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com
Kirsi Loponen http://peikkonen.blogspot.com
Klaudia Tóth http://www.klaudiabizsu.hu/
Krista Quantrill www.cornucopiaofcrafts.blogspot.ca
Kristina Hahn Eleniak www.peacockandlime.wordpress.com
Kristina Johansson www.wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com
Laney Mead http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk/
Lara Lutrick http://www.lutrick.blogspot.com/
Laura Guenther www.blueantiquities.blogspot.com
Lauren Potts www.lpsjewelry.blogspot.com
Laurie Vyselaar www.Lefthandjewelry.wordpress.com
Leah Tees www.mybeadylittleeyes.blogspot.ca
Lena Adams http://mommaslilbirdiesblog.blogspot.com
Lesley Watt www.thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com
Leslie Wayment www.aabeadsonline.com/blog/
LiliKrist http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/
Linda Kropp http://lindasartbarn.blogspot.com/
Linda Newnham http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
Linda Younkman www.lindysdesigns.blogspot.com
Lisa Boucher http://lisasclayhappenings.blogspot.com/
Lizzie Clarke www.theneedtobead.blogspot.com
Lora Bright http://fandangling.wordpress.com/
Lorelle McIntyre http://beadyart.blogspot.com.au
Lori Anderson www.PrettyThingsBlog.com
Lori Finney http://lori-finney.blogspot.ca/
Lucie Bouvier http://www.carlosbeadstore.com/blog/
Malin de Koning http://beadingbymalindekoning.blogspot.se
Marina Dobrynina http://savonfeutre.blogspot.fr/
Marina Kosovic http://machoopko-design.blogspot.com/
Marion Simmons http://www.shadetreejewelry.com/blog.html
Marita Suominen http://momentofjewelry.blogspot.fi/
Marjolein Trewavas http://roomforchangemeuk.blogspot.co.uk/
Marsela Schroth www.marselita.de
Martha Aleo www.ornamento.wordpress.com
Mary Govaars www.mlhjewelrydesigns.com
Mary K McGraw http://mkaymac.blogspot.com/
Maybeline Tay http://thejewelrylarder.blogspot.sg/
Mea-B. Uebler www.glasorakel.blogspot.com
Melissa Trudinger www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Menka Gupta http://menkag.blogspot.com
Merja Sundström http://suntsan.blogspot.fi/
Merja Syrjämäki http://helmiriippuvuus.blogspot.fi/
Michelle Buettner http://www.MiShelDesigns.blogspot.com
Mischelle Fanucchi http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Michelle Escano www.cabbycraft.blogspot.com
Michelle Wigginton http://adornedonadelaide.blogspot.ca/
Milla Hope www.Lbcreativeart.com
Miranda Ackerely www.mirandack.com
Mowse Doyle http://mowsemadethis.blogspot.com/

16 Apr 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party - 2nd Reveal

To see the list of names for the 2nd reveal Bead Soup Blog Party, please click here . As the 1st reveal, there are many participants go beyond their comfort zones.... and the results are surprising but still very beautiful......

30 Mar 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party - First Reveal

Yesterday (Indonesia time) was the first reveal of the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party arranged by Lori Anderson. I did some touring and they are all made beautiful jewelry. Some are surprisingly creative and thinking out of the box, out of their comfortable zone by creating different style than what they usually made. Many are stick to their style or at least put their thew in their creation.

And because all are beautiful, it is difficult for me just to make a short visit. When I am interested to the bead soup result, then I always spend more time to see the rest of the blog and i really enjoy the tour.

If you like to visit all blogs, just go to Lori's blog here and you can see a new different, peaceful and beautiful world......

And for mine.... wait to 13 April 2013 where the 3rd group will reveal.............. see you then....... Now let's start the touring again................

23 Mar 2013

Breakfast with Motemanika Beads

I liked to spend this weekend with Motemanika Beads. Remember my bead swap partner from the 1st Indonesian Bead Swap? She had already made some jewelries from the beads I sent to her, but I hadn't got a single thing.... So I thought I should sat and looked at the beads closely again (I did it several times before and came to nothing) to have an idea.....

So I started very early, while I had my breakfast I opened my "Motemanika" special box and I didn't know whether this was because of the hot chocolate or something else.... but I got an idea when I saw the maroon bead soup.....

My breakfast

Maroon Beauty

I stringed the bead soup with crocheted wire while the pendant was tied with coiled wire. So.....that's this weekend breakfast.... maybe next I can do lunch or dinner for other beads.

1st Tantang Dirimoe - King of the Jungle

I participated in this challenge, 1st Tantang Dirimoe, which started in early February 2013. The challenge was to make something, jewelry or other type of art or craft which should be inspired from the painting "In Letzter Not" by Raden Saleh. You can read all the details from this link. The link is also provide you with the end results from each participant. My opinion on the end results is just one word..... Amazing...... Amazing to see how one painting can be translated into many different form - as many as the participants, which is different one from another and...... amazing to see that there are so much talents involving in the process of creating. I can see that all participants has given their best to translate the painting into one or more pieces of creation. My eyes have difficulty to choose because all are beautiful.

Now about my end result. I made this choker from copper wire, druzy stone and faux pearls...... the choker and the focal point are crocheted wire. The focal point is also can be use separately as a brooch because I put a pin for attaching the brooch to the choker. 

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

The clasp

When I saw the painting for the first time, I was attracted to the man and the horse.... I could see the surprised face of the man and the afraid gesture of the horse.... I liked to translate them into something, I even had bought some beautiful horse charms.  Because I was not an art person, I had to find a way to be able to absorb all the elements of the painting.... so I put the painting in my laptop and make it as a background of the desktop, so that I could see it every time I was using the laptop.....

And eventually what I then saw was the lion, so strong and powerful.... with its golden mane..... flying to attack the horse......the King of the Jungle..... and that's what I made....

For me being a winner is not that important, but the most important thing that I really appreciated from this challenge is that it gave me a valuable lesson on how to look for an inspiration and how to translate and process the inspiration to become something handmade by me.