Friday, January 25, 2013

Bead Addicts, Jewelry Making Machines & Connoisseurs of Handmade

An Urban Designer / Planner during the week, and an amateur jewelry maker over the weekends, I accidentally came across the Art Bead Scene Blog in early 2012.

I had just started experimenting with jewelry making techniques, finding new materials and textures, and was absolutely enthralled by the words: ART BEAD.

Within no time I became an avid follower of this blog, started discovering a super talented populace of bead artists, turned into a connoisseur of art beads, and drew inspiration to handcraft jewelry designs on a more regular basis...

It was an ABS Challenge "art bead" search, that led me to make my first PINTEREST BOARD - a tool to forage for beads and other media in the virtual world. The Pinterest board turned into my working canvas - to create a collage of ingredients, inspiration images, ideas to translate, and tutorials to learn new techniques...

Over the last couple of months I have been religiously creating Pinterest Boards for the monthly ABS challenges, and I have now been invited to be the official:
Art Bead Scene - Pinterest Board Curator woohoooo !!....

JANUARY 2013 ABS Challenge is themed around a duo of elegant dancing peacocks amongst a lush landscape  -  "Black Peacocks With Japanese Persimmons" by Jesse Arms Botke, 1940.


Inspired by the subject, palette and technique of the painting, here are a few of my favorite "art bead" look up the artists for their other interesting works !

LAMPWORK GLASS FOCAL - by Deanna Chase of CDLampwork

HAND-DYED RIBBON - by Heidi of Jamnglass

ETCHED & PATINATED BRASS DISCS - by Lisa Liddy of MetalMeThis

BEADED BEAD -  by Malin de Koning of MalindeKoning



LAMPWORK GLASS BEAD SET - by Donna Millard of DonnaMillard

And here are a few artists who will create LIMITED EDITION ART BEADS for the MONTHLY CHALLENGES - be sure to check out their yearly subscriptions!

POLYMER CLAY PENDANT - by Heather Powers of humblebeads

POLYMER CLAY PENDANT - by Erin Prais-Hintz of TesoriTrovati

Stay tuned for February's inspirational ABS Monthly Challenge painting, and the PINTEREST BOARD  !

Kaushambi Shah at


Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

These colors are very inspirational.

TesoriTrovati said...

Wonderful to have you on the team, Miss Kaushambi! You have an eye for color and detail and it will be fun to see where this will take us. Enjoy the day. Erin

Malin de Koning said...

Art Bead Scene Pinterest board! Great idea! Great curator in you, Kaushambi. I know I will be an avid follower of this. And thank you so much for featuring my work. I am honored to be in such great company!

All my best,

Kathy Lindemer said...

Thanks for listing some sources of gorgeous beads!

Linda said...

I love what you have pulled together here--esp. love the peacock feathers by Erin!!! Thanks for sharing!