Friday, October 9, 2015

Inside the Studio - with Julie of Uglibeads!

Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive, we offer a prize each week to encourage you to use that keyboard and tell us what you think. The following week a winner is chosen at random from all eligible entries. And here are the results from last week!

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Hi, it's me, Julie! Happy Friday, and nice to see you again for Inside the Studio! 

There have been lots of exciting things going on lately in the world of Uglibeads! Last week there was an auction, this week a new blog post, the weekly email newsletter came out yesterday (click here to sign up to receive those in future), and of course - big Etsy update happening tomorrow (9 AM MDT, Saturday October 10) - some new smoky ivory, marsala-y, cranberry-ish beads! And whatever else I have time to photograph before then ;)

And... just... stuff! Lots of good stuff happening lately. I'm always curious to know what's behind it whenever I go through a really creatively productive time. As if there was some magic I could bottle up and put away for the next time the muse goes on vacation. Knowing my muse, she probably hasn't unpacked her bags since she got home from the last one...

Unfortunately, there is no 'muse magic'. But there is yoga. And that's kind of the same thing.

Now.... when I say 'yoga', I really mean, 'that thing I do for myself because it makes me feel joyful, and connected, and powerful, and peaceful, and grounded, and balanced, and AWESOME.' It's a shorthand. When I say 'yoga', replace it with whatever it is that does the same for you. Your joyful, connected, happy, awesome thing.

So I love yoga. A lot. It's become a vital part of my creative practice. If you asked me what the most important tool is in my studio, I might say my yoga mat. It calms me, it helps me focus so I can sit for longer and have a more productive day at the torch, it helps decrease shoulder and back pain from sitting hunched over, it helps me to keep my mind clear when I'm working on new ideas... It's a no-brainer. But even so, sometimes I really struggle to set aside even 10 minutes a day. Every morning, I think, 'Yikes... I have so much to do today... I just don't have time." If I happen to look over at my desk and see the 'to-do-list' staring at me, that's it. No yoga.

But recently, I had a revelation during - of course - an online yoga class. In the middle of some long, drawn-out pose, the teacher (Felicia Tomasko, yogaglo) was chatting about the ever-present 'to-do-list', that (frustratingly) never really gets shorter, no matter how hard you work away at it. As soon as you cross something off, you remember something else that needs doing, and it gets added to the list.

So, as she so wisely said (loosely paraphrased by me - I was too busy breathing to take notes),

the real victory is not in crossing things off your to-do list,

it is in *setting aside the to-do list*

to make time for the things that are really important to you.

Lying flat on my back on my yoga mat, taking that all in, a lot of things suddenly made a LOT of sense. Things that bring you joy, things that bring you closer to the people you love or closer to yourself... those are MUST do's. Not to-do's.

BIG difference.

Just for fun, I experimented this week, keeping a running list on a pad of yellow legal paper. All the things I needed to get to during the week to keep Uglibeads running smoothly. Usually I just sort of keep it 'up here' in my head, or on about 83 post-it-notes stuck all over my desk. But I must say, I felt a little calmer having it all in one place. I'm about 95% less likely to forget something, and there's comfort in that.

And here's how it went: even though I worked harder than usual to clear my plate this week, the list is now longer than it was when I started. Yes, longer. I'm making anti-progress! 

Do you know that feeling? It goes something like this:


It's ok. Scream into a pillow if you have to. You can borrow mine.

So that's where my head has been at the last few weeks. Keep a watchful eye on 'the list', while being mindful of the times when I need to set the list aside to make room for the things that keep me going.

I painted a butterfly...

I went to my beginners' metalsmithing class and sawed out little triangles and circles for hours and hours like a zen master...

I started to experiment with a new series of beads called the 'earth angel' series (full of colors and watery-sky-cloud-star inspiration that I can't wait to dive into!!) and made a new amulet necklace with the first pendant in the series...

I sat and drank this amazing latte in a coffee shop right around the corner from my house...

I picked up some beautiful new inspiration...

And... I managed to cross a few more things off the list in between. Balance.

So - no, my life is not all painting butterflies and doing yoga and drinking coffee and collecting rocks and leaves. And neither is yours. Nor should it be. It's not always realistic to take time away from the to-do's. There are a lot of things in life that need to get crossed off the list by somebody, or our world would be in a state of total chaos.

But sometimes you can take a moment. And when you do, it goes something like this: 


So, here's where the BIG GIVEAWAY comes in! And my question for you: what is the first thing you would do if you could 'set the list aside' for a few minutes, or a few hours, or... longer? Let me know in the comments below, and you'll be entered to win a special mini-pendant, made just for you, from my new 'earth angel' series (similar to the one shown in the necklace above). The winner will be announced in next Friday's ITS post.

Thanks so much for joining me - until next time!



Julie is a glass beadmaker with a passion for building community and inspiring conversation around her writing. Her best work comes from that magical place where nature meets creative flow. You will find her hanging out most days in her Uglibeads Facebook group or on Instagram, and you're invited to join in the adventure by signing up for her weekly email newsletter.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Buying and Selling on Facebook

I am pretty new to the retail aspect of Facebook.  I started out with buying destash bead items and still love to do that.  The first bead related group that I joined years ago was Creative Bead Chat. With well over 10,000 members, it is a great resource for all things related to the beaders world.  I found out about new destash groups there (and many other groups), joined and started shopping. Paypal is the preferred form of paying and getting paid.  I have added lots of new goodies to my stash this way.

I am a ceramic bead artist, so my first experience with selling on Facebook was through the Ceramic Art Bead Market.  It is a juried group meaning I emailed photos to a group of judges or group administrators to be approved to sell.  This is not a destash group.  It is of the highest quality, original ceramic bead art sold with a minimum bid price of $9.  I will get more into bidding, bid increments and the buy it now feature in a bit.  This group is only about 6 months old and is quickly approaching 2,000 members!  The artists take turns doing a weekly giveaway which keeps the members excited and involved.  There is also a Ceramic Art Bead Market Gallery where jewelry designs made with the beads purchased are displayed.  Here is one of my bead sets that was sold through this group.

I have fun selling.  After you put up a listing, group members "like" your post and comment on it.  I get a notification every time someone does that.  Well, it could be a potential bid or buyer!  It is very exciting. Soon I discovered finished jewelry groups and handmade groups.  I design jewelry with my beads and make functional pottery.  I have been approved to sell in Art Beads, Heartfelt Handmade Auctions, Beautiful Artisans Auctions, Jewelry Makers Open Market, Elite Artisan Jewelry and Jewelry Designers Open Market.  Here is a pottery dish that sold through Beautiful Artisans Auction.
To find out more about the above groups, put the name in the Facebook search bar and read about the details and rules.  You will find this in the FILES or PINNED post.  So what terms do you need to know?  SB = starting bid or the minimum the artist will accept for their item.  BI = bid increments or what dollar increase each bid should be (usually $1 but it will be stated) and finally BIN = buy it now.  This amount is what will guarantee your purchase of the item.  Shipping is added and a Paypal invoice is sent to the winner.

Have fun, buy some art and maybe sell some art...all on Facebook!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Perfect Pairings :: Egyptian Style

It is a bit early in the month for too many entries, so I decided that I would go in search of some wonderful art beads that have the royal Egyptian flair inspired by this month's artwork + some pairings of beads that could be intriguing.

Saraccino (she's working on these!) + black peacock nugget pearls

Let's see what you come up with for next week!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Selling More Jewelry Part 3 - Selling at Events

This week we are going to focus on selling your jewelry at live events. I wanted to go over this information early because you can still apply for some shows right now and schedule events with enough lead time before the holiday season.

This week I'll cover:
Markets and Holiday Shows
Trunk Shows
Home Parties

Getting your work in front of the right people is the easiest and quickest way to sell your jewelry. For each of us the right people means different things. Over the course of 20 years of selling jewelry I've done a little bit of most kinds of shows. From the church bazaar to high school fundraiser, to events in stadiums, to shows with cultural centers and art museums.

For me, I need to be where people are who appreciate art and have disposable income. My best shows cater to older women, have something to do with cultural centers or the arts and are usually part of a fundraiser for an organization.

Holiday Markets and Shows
Shows are always a bit of gamble.  The hard part about shows is that good ones have application deadlines months and months in advance, usually at the beginning of the year. So if you have shows scheduled already - awesome sauce, you are are ahead of the game. If not, make a list of the top shows in your area and their deadlines so next year you aren't in the same spot!

If you don't have shows booked yet, let's discuss how to hustle.

1. Look for shows that are art related, not craft shows for your best bet. Craft shows are always a bomb for me. It's just not my crowd. It may be your crowd, it's hard to say. Know the show a little bit before you commit to the application. New to an area? Most shows have a Facebook page with photos from the previous year, great way to tell what kind of crowd and vendors will be there.

I like holiday markets at art centers, those work well in our area. I've signed up for two. These type of shows often have you drop off your work, they display it and sell it over a period of time and then you are paid within a few weeks after the event.

Check out your local cultural center or art museums to see if they host holiday shows.

Visit sites like Art Fair Calendar or check your state Arts Council to see if they have a listing of shows. Google can be your friend, type in your town and holiday art shows to see what's in your area.

2. Look for shows that are juried and handmade only. There is many a holiday market that is not handmade and it's not your crowd if you are selling art bead jewelry!

3. It's better to invest in one or two quality shows with a higher booth fee than to do several small shows that aren't your market but have a lower both fee. Don't shy away from shows that take a commission, this is common with shows that are fundraisers for art and cultural centers. These have always been my best shows. I paid much more in commissions, but I also sold more jewelry than at any other type of event.

4. If you are going to do a church or school show, does the community have money to spend? If you live an area like a do, a little farm town - the answer is no. But I can look at shows an hour away and would consider doing shows in more affluent areas. It's not a judgement, but you need to go where shoppers have money to spend on handmade jewelry and aren't looking for a bargain! Some travel may be required.

Trunk Shows
This one takes a little more courage on your part and requires picking up the phone and doing a little leg work before you begin. A trunk show is an event at a store, office or other location where you set up your display for a day or several hours. Usually there is a percentage of the sales that is given to the store or a donation to an organization or charity.

Here is a great article on trunk show basics.

My tips: visit shops first, if it's not busy ask who books special events or who is the shop buyer. Get a card and call. You can set up the event over the phone or ask for a few minutes to bring in your work. You can email, but you will get better results calling.

Look for shops or boutiques that match your jewelry style.

Get creative with places that might host a trunk show!

School or colleges - you can do a trunk show at a school during lunch hour as a fundraiser. Bring lots of earrings and affordable stocking stuffer type items. I used to do trunk shows at my art school for several days before the holidays. Work with your contact to have your show on payday, be smart!

Or think about local businesses or offices that might like to host a trunk show. Some larger businesses even have small holiday shows for their employees, I've participated in a few over the years. I know in San Antonio there is a very large insurance company that hosts artisans to come in for the day so their workers can shop during their break.

Think about what kind of businesses you could partner with to host a trunk show for the day. Do you know anyone who works in a busy office or school?

Promote the event onsite a few weeks before. If you are going to go into a business, work with the contact person to send her flyers or postcards for the event.

Home Parties and Open House Events
A home party is a trunk show in your home or hosted by someone else. It's an easy way to share your jewelry with your friends and family and offer them a little relaxed holiday shopping. Take a chance on a holiday open house, it's a nice throw your local customers, friends and family a little holiday jewelry party - who doesn't love that!

Read Lorelei Eurto's advice for hosting a jewelry Open House.

And stop by the Jewelry Making Journal for tips Home Party Success.

Tips for Shows

No matter where you sell face to face this holiday season keep these tips in mind:

1. Adjust your inventory to the event and crowd. Design simpler pieces with gift giving in mind. Think earrings, simple pendants and bracelets and holiday/winter themes.

2. Keep your displays simple, clutter-free and don't put everything out at once. Display your work in themes or sets (remember the merchandising lesson last week!).  Use bed risers to raise your tables for easy shopping at events. Think neutrals for props and table clothes, your jewelry should stand out more than your displays.

3. Collect emails at events. Have a guest book at every event for people to sign up for your email list or ask them to enter their email when they check out with a credit card. Offer a special gift (free shipping or a percentage off to those who sign up.) More on email later - but don't miss a single opportunity to collect emails from your customers or potential customers. If someone asks for a business card at a show say, "Sure, and I'd love to have you sign up for my email list to get special promotions and holiday offers."

4. Create postcard invites. Use Vista Print to print up postcards and invites to events. Sign up for their mailing list and take advantage of sales.

5. Become a better salesperson. Engage with every customer at an event, a friendly hello and short little pitch about your work or what makes your jewelry unique will go a long way. If someone is looking at something intently, offer a mirror so they can try it on, if they say it's for a gift, offer them a little story about the piece that has captured their eye. Don't be shy, don't feel like a pushy sales person.

YOU ARE THERE TO HELP and fill a need! No one likes to sell but everyone loves to share. Helping and sharing, hello! That's being a good salesperson.

Use this give and take method of selling: when at your booth, greet, give a short and light pitch, let them look. Offer more information or ask if they have any questions if they stick around. Offer the mirror. Give them space to decide. Ask if they are buying a gift, let them know you have gift boxes if you do. Ask if they need any help with gift ideas. Listen to them and see what they really need. Let them ponder for a bit. Let them know you take credit cards. (And you better if you are doing shows!!!) While they are shopping, look busy doing something at your table. NOT ON YOUR PHONE. I also recommend standing as much as possible while you are there to sell.

Read this great article on Sales Techniques for Craftspeople.

*Look at your schedule, any weeks you'd like to book before the holidays?

*Research shows and options. Books events.

*Schedule your own Open House. Order postcards.

*Create a FRANK list and use your list to see who you know who works in an office, school or might like to host a home party or attend your open house. 

(A)cquaintances or Activities

Remember, all you can do is ask - a no won't kill you. I promise!

Read over week 1 & 2 of this series and catch up.

Share your tips for events in the comments below.

Monday, October 5, 2015

October Challenge Color Palettes

What a fun challenge for this month! The color palette is very gemstone inspired, isn't it? Carnelian orange, lapis blue, dark turquoise and golden yellow. Here are a few color palettes to inspire your creations this month.

First up, I picked the brighter hues in the painting. Don't be afraid to use gold or raw brass instead of the a yellow hue in your jewelry. Or use darkened copper for the copper hues. Metals count as a color. When working with a brighter palette like this one, you may want to zero in on one color as the main color of the design and use the other hues as accents. 

For the second palette, I focused on the complementary colors and omitted the golden hues. Focusing on the oranges, turquoise and blue narrows the color palette. I'd probably throw in some white to lighten up the palette too.

The third palette moves away from the brighter colors and I went for more of the muted tones in the painting. This offers a nice alternative for those of you who might not be feeling those brighter colors.

So what do you think? Are you ready to jump in and create something amazing this month?

Monthly challenge guidelines can be found here.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October Monthly Sponsor + Prizes

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Ma'at from Tom of Queen Nefertari has many different elements that can be used for inspiration: hieroglyphics, symbolism, mythology, goddesses, queens, birds, orange, purples, greens and yellows .
We can't wait to see where your creativity takes you with the art for this months challenge! 
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Friday, October 2, 2015

October Monthly Challenge

Ma'at from Tomb of the Queen Nerfertari
Valley of the Queens

About the Art
Depictions of mythological deities were painted in the tomb of Queen Nefertari. The winged goddess Ma'at is the symbol of truth, order, law, morality and justice. Queen Nefertari lived around 1300-1255 BC and was the first wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II. Her tomb was rediscovered in 1904 by the Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli. It is located in the Valley of the Queens, near the ancient city of Thebes, Egypt. It is one of the best preserved and most ornate of all known tombs. In 2003 the tomb was closed to the general public.
There to receive the queen's offerings are three goddesses: Isis; her sister, Nephthys; and Ma'at, squatting with outstretched wings. The sisters are seated on imbricated throne bases, but only Isis wears a beaded dress. Nephthys is clothed far more simply in a green ankle-length shift.
Ma'at is shown in a red dress, her green wings extended to shield the queen's cartouche. Next to it, a shen ring reminds us that the cartouche derives from a modified shen sign. Behind Ma'at and set apart from the scene by a narrow painted band is a partial titulary of the queen: "king's great
wife, Nefertari, beloved of Mut."
The cartouche behind Ma'at integrates well into the body of the text and does not seem an afterthought.

About Nefertari and her tomb
Living in the XIXth Dynasty (c. 1295-1255 B.C.), her full name was Nefertari Merytmut, meaning "Beautiful Companion, Beloved of Mut". She was the Great Royal Wife of Ramesses the Great, one of the best known of the Egyptian queens, next to Cleopatra, Nefertiti and Hatshepsut. Her tomb, QV66, is the largest, most lavishly decorated and spectacular in the Valley of the Queens. Ramesses II also constructed for her a temple at Abu Simbel, next to his own colossal monument. He even made the size of her statues, on its facade, to the same scale as his own.
Nefertari's origins are unknown, but discoveries in her tomb, which include a cartouche of the Pharaoh Ay (found on a what was either a pommel of a cane or a knob from a chest), suggest she may have been related to rulers of the 18th Dynasty, included Tutankhamun, Nefertiti, Akhenaten and Ay. She married Ramesses at age of thirteen, who was himself only fifteen, before he became pharaoh. She was the most important of his eight wives for at least the following twenty years. She died sometime during the 25th regnal rear of the reign of Ramesses and the reason for her death remains uncertain.
Although she had at least four sons and two daughters, none of these succeeded to the throne. The heir to the throne of Ramesses II was Prince Merneptah, his 13th son by another wife, Isetnofret.
Not all of the names of the 100 plus children of Ramesses are known, and in many cases their mothers cannot be identified with certainty. The following children can be attributed to Nefertari:
• Prince Amun-her-khepeshef, crown prince, commander of the troops.
• Prince Pareherwenemef.
• Prince Meriatum, high priest of Heliopolis.
• Prince Meryre.
• Princess Meritamen, chantress of Amun and priestess of Hathor.
• Princess Henuttawy.
There could be others.

• "King's great wife": this, and the following three titles, identifies Nefertari as pre-eminent among the eight known wives of Ramesses II.
• "King's great wife, his beloved",
• "Wife of the strong bull",
• "God's wife",
• "Mother of the king", this confirms that one of Nefertari's sons had been chosen to succeed                   Ramesses.
• "Hereditary noblewoman", this indicates that Nefertari came from noble stock.
• "Great of praise",
• "Mistress of charm, sweetness and love",
• "Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt": this, and the next two variants, indicates that Nefertari               exercised some role in state affairs.
• "Mistress of the two lands",
• "Mistress of all lands",
• "Pleasant in the twin plumes": this refers to her preferred twin-plumed headdress, the same as the         one worn by the god Amun.
• "For whom the sun shines": a unique inscription from the fa├žade of her Temple at Abu Simbel.
• "Great of favours": possibly indicating some judicial role which she held.

Discovered by Ernesto Schiaparelli in 1904, the tomb of Nefertari (QV66) is situated at the bottom of the north side of the main wadi in the Valley of the Queens.
The limestone in the Theban area is not of very high quality and it is fractured by earthquakes; it also has bands of flint. All of this means that several layers of plaster were required to be applied to the walls before painting.
Because of the many serious problems, which affected its beautifully painted walls, the tomb was closed to the public in the 1950's. Repairs had been carried out to try to stabilise the serious cracks in the plaster, of with large areas had completely broken away. But it wasn't until 1986 that the first serious modern work was carried out in order to stabilise the paintings, which was undertaken by the Getty Conservation Institute of America. Later, in February 1988, a full restoration started, preceded by a various studies carried out by an international team of scientists.
It was found that the main culprit for the damage was not ancient tomb robbers, but nature itself. Even here it was not earthquakes but salt which caused the problem. The local limestone contains salt, as did the mud from the Nile, used to make the plaster. The seepage of water through the rock had created crystals, which had caused the plaster to crack and the paint to flake. These crystals, which can grow extremely large, often to centimetres in size, have forced large areas of plaster from the walls, many of which it was impossible to restore. Even since the time of Schiaperelli's photography of the tomb, the effect of the destruction has been progressive, as best seen in a comparison of the condition after the recent conservation and a black and white photo taken by Schiaparelli.
Earlier attempts at conservation was done by pasting large strips of paper or thick gauze over the cracks. These had a detrimental affect and had to be carefully removed, and the plaster and paint secured, using more modern techniques, before cleaning and final conservation work could be completed.
The aim of the project was to stabilise and clean the tomb, not to restore it to is original state. Small missing areas were, however, filled with plaster. These were not painted to match the missing colour, but were painted in "trattegio" (straight lines) to produce an almost identical match of colour; water based paint was used, for easy removal if at some future date it found to be inappropriate. This, from a distance, gives the visual effect of solid colour, but allows the area to be identified by future historians and conservators as not being the original.
The conservation was completed in April 1992, but the tomb wasn't reopened to the public until November 1995. Admission was severely restricted, limiting the group size and number of daily visitors in order to try to preserve the fragile micro climatic. No form of photography was allowed.
In January 2003 it was once again closed to the public. Even the limited number of tourists have an effect on the surface of the paintings. Their moist bacteria-laden breath causes mould to grow on the surface; the tomb is after all a closed environment.
When discovered, Nefertari's tomb was found to have been badly damaged, plundered and left open to the elements of nature and mankind.
Among the remains found by Schiaparelli were several scarabs, pieces from the queens pink granite sarcophagus lid and fragments from a guilded coffin lid. More details about the sarcophagus follow below. There was also many pottery fragments and remains of about thirty shabti (or ushabti) figures, plus the lid of a shabti box. In one of the burial chamber wall recesses was found the wooden djed-pillar from a magic brick. As mention previously, was what was either a pommel of a cane or a knob from a chest, which included a cartouche of the Pharaoh Ay. The only body parts were of legs.
Some items of Nefertari's jewelry appeared on the antiquities market in Luxor, in 1904. These were purchased by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. They included a large guilded silver plaque, a small plaque of embossed gold, a guilded bronze pendant and four figurines of servants. It is reasonable to presume that these items were part of the queen's burial equipment.
During the conservation by the Getty Institute, a gold fragment from a bracelet was found in one of the burial chamber annexes.
Last, but not least, were a pair of Nefertari's sandals, which somehow escaped the clutches of looters.
The remains of the pink granite lid found by Schiaparelli are in the Turin museum.
The sarcophagus was oblong. As usual with royal sarcophaguses of the 18th Dynasty, it combined both images and texts. These texts are produced in longitudinal and transverse bands, imitating a mummy fastenings. See photo and line drawing
At the foot end, the figure of Isis is located between Nekhbet and Wadjet, which would therefore lead one to assume that at the head end would have been two squatting Anubis figures either side of Nephthys. On top of the lid, level with her face, can be recognised the goddess Nut, with expanded wings, kneeling on the hieroglyphic sign for gold.
The supplication of Nefertari is addressed to the great goddess: "[...] Descend, mother Nut, spread yourself onto my body so that you can place me between the eternal stars which are in you, and that I do not die [...] " and the goddess replies: "[...] I spread onto my daughter's body, the Osiris, the king's great wife, mistress of the Two Lands, Nefertari, beloved of Mut, justified, in the very name of Nut, Ra himself has purified you. Your mother Nut will is pleased to lead you towards the horizon, you are justified by the great god". (Based on the translation by Anna Maria Donadoni Roveri).
One mystery remains: where is the main body of the sarcophagus? Had Nefertari's, as with so many others, been removed and re-used for another deceased in the Third Intermediate Period?
A disturbing fact was recorded by Christian Leblanc: when he searched the tomb of queen Tuya, the mother of Ramesses II, he recovered fragments of a pink granite sarcophagus with the name of ... Nefertari !
Leblanc proposes that these fragments came from the main body of the queen's sarcophagus, which had been dragged outside of her tomb, then smashed. These pieces were then reused by the new occupants of the tomb of Tuya for internal functions.
Regarding the mummy: Schiaparelli only found part of the two knees in the funeral chamber, among shreds of material coming from the mummification.
This was a very sad end for "the most beautiful of all".

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Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.

An Art Bead must be used in your piece to qualify for the monthly challenge.

***Beads strung on a chain, by themselves and beads simply added to wire or cord will not be accepted.***

Please add the tag or title SEP ABS to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.

Deadline is October 31st. 
You may upload 2 entries per month.

• Beads Makers Pinterest Board-Art beads must be created by you and fit the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge theme. They can be made for the challenge or ones you have made before. 2 entries per month are allowed. 

One entry will be picked by the editors each month for a free month of advertising on the Art Bead Scene. Bead entries have to be pinned by the 30th of the month.

Beads only - do not post jewelry on this board. If a post doesn't fit the challenge it will be deleted.

Monthly Challenge Recap
• Please post at least one single shot of your creation on the Pinterest Board. This will be used to make a collage for the Monthly Challenge Gallery. Every creation will be added to the collage, regardless of a blog post. So everyone gets included!

Your entry must be on Pinterest 2 days BEFORE the recap to be included.

• Be sure to share with us the name of the art bead artist in the description of your photo so that if you are selected for the weekly Perfect Pairings on Wednesdays, both you as the designer and the art bead artist can get the credit you both deserve!

• An InLinkz button will be added to the bottom of the Monthly Challenge Recap post. Here you will be able to link up your blog post if you have one. It is no longer necessary to add your blog post URL to the description unless you want to. Be sure to hop around and see all the great inspiration and leave some comment love!

• The Monthly Challenge Recap with Blog Tour will be posted on October 31st.

Monthly Challenge Winners
• One prize winner will be selected at random from all pictures posted on the Pinterest board.

• One prize winner will be selected at random from all blog posts added to the hop for the Monthly Challenge Recap post. So if you want to be in the pool for the second prize, be sure to use the InLinkz code at the bottom of the post to share your process and inspirations!

• Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on November 1st.

Perfect Pairings :: Designer + Art Bead Artist
• Formerly the Featured Designer of the Week, our new Perfect Pairings will focus on both the jewelry designer and the art bead artist. 

• Be sure to point out all the art bead artists in your work in the description of the photo on the Pinterest Board. Links to their website or shop are appreciated. That way we can all find new art beads to love!

• From all the entries during the month, an editor will pick their favorite design to be featured every Wednesday here on ABS, so get those entries in soon.

What is an Art Bead?
An art bead is a bead, charm, button or finding made by an independent artist. Art beads are the vision and handiwork of an individual artist. You can read more about art beads here.

***A bead that is handmade is not necessarily an art bead. Hill Tribe Silver, Kazuri ceramic beads or lampwork beads made in factories are examples of handmade beads that are not considered art beads.

Beaded beads, stamped metal pendants or wire-wrapped components are not considered art beads for our challenge.***