Sunday, January 27, 2013

Show Me Sunday - More Bird Beads with Rebecca Anderson of Songbead

So we've made it through January with some really spectacular and unusual bird beads being shared here by you - thank you for all your ideas and inspiration! I have also enjoyed my own little trawls through Etsy, discovering new bead artists to share with you. I hope you've found some new favourites amongst the three (yes, three - that's 48 different bird beads in the treasuries alone!) treasuries I created especially for Art Bead Scene. Here's the third - this time, I looked for owl beads too; after all, owls are birds too. I could have kept going with these, I had quite a few more in my Etsy favourites, but here are the chosen beads for this week. A fine selection, I'm sure you'll agree. 

'More Bird Beads Again!' by thecuriousbeadshop

A third collection of handmade bird beads from artists across the world.


Folk Art Birds - Soft Teal a...
$4.00

Lampwork glass owl bead 96
$10.00

Southwestern Lampwork Bird B...
$17.00

Green Bird Beads - Polymer C...
$7.00

Handmade Owl Bead, Ombre Owl...
$4.50

Boro Lampwork Bird Bead Blue...
$15.00

Owl Beads
$8.00

Sparkling Bling Owl Bead
$18.00

Wise Little Owl Charms
$4.00

A Little Owl Bead Sculptural...
$45.00

Humming bird bead
$45.00

Bird Beads, Turquoise Bird, ...
$10.00

Lampwork Owl Bead Lime Green...
$8.00

3 Handmade Stoneware Beads -...
$10.50

Polymer Clay Owl Beads - Han...
$10.00

Flock- handmade ceramic bird...
$21.00

I sometimes wonder, reading and writing the posts here on Art Bead Scene, how often does seeing beads or components featured here, make you run off and buy? I know for me, discovering and sharing new bead artists is one of my favourite parts of social media. But is it the same for you? Do you get excited to discover beads by artists you've never heard of before. That's one of the reasons I've been creating these treasuries  - maximum bead exposure! But would you rather just see a few, or even just one bead, highlighted each week? Let me know. 

We're now approaching February and so for next week, I'd like to take a sideways step into the world of packaging and presentation. Bags, ribbons, boxes, sticky tape, stickers, fabric.....how do you present your jewellery when you give it to people, or sell it to the public? Leave a link to your favourites here, or at our Facebook page. I know sometimes it's easier to link to something on Facebook than to pop back here with the copied link and past it into the comments. You could even link to a photo of your own packaging - show us how you present it.

And now for the Bead Blogger links:

A Bead A Day 
Do you enjoy altering store bought beads? Lisa's looking for thoughts on the "blue wash" she's working on.

About.com Jewelry Making 
Get hammered and make some pretty Valentine's Day jewelry. 

Beading Arts 
Cyndi has been gathering up some of the best business advice that she came across this past year.

Resin Crafts! 
Now that Carmi has a new resin clay to work with, options are endless for mold making!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! 
The Memories and Thanks Blog Hop which was orchestrated by the wonderful Lori Anderson was very moving to participate in. Jean thanks a young friend of her son Robert for her devotion and for everything she has done for Jean's family!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton 
Andrew shares three class samples he made using Premium Seed Bead Mixes and peyote stitch.  

See you here next week for some inspiring packaging ideas!

Rebecca is a Scottish jewellery designer, currently living in Manchester, England. You can read more about her and her work at her blog, songbeads.blogspot.com and see more of her jewellery at songbead.etsy.com. She also has a supplies shop at thecuriousbeadshop.etsy.com   

5 comments:

Claire Lockwood said...

I bought one of the beads from your last bird treasury - a lampwork finch from The Glass Bunny. I know she's sold several since then!

Kathy Lindemer said...

I had business cards made by Moo. They had a deal with Etsy in the Fall and have a discounted price for the mini's. A few months later I got matching stickers from them when they had a special. I always put my earrings in a pretty pouch with my business cards. Handmade cards go in clear cellophane bags with a business card and sticker to hold them clothed. I package my children's necklaces that way also. When I seal my mailing envelopes I have black tape with the letter B for BayMoonDesign that I use. I feel it is important to make your product feel special to the receiver.

Gale said...

I, for one, can't get enough bird beads. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to seeing what's up with packaging, too....

Ann Schroeder said...

I love being exposed to new bead artists I might not have known about. I have found many of my favorites (and bought from them) via blogs like this or by jewelry artists who list the makers of the components they use, which I really appreciate.

Sharyl said...

I love the way you are doing it now, showing a variety of artists/beads at once! I do often go take a look at their stores afterward! If I can't buy at the time, at least I'm introduced to their work and sometimes revisit later to buy something! Keep 'em coming! :-)