Monday, January 6, 2014

Amuse Your Muse Monday with Rebecca of Songbead

Happy New Year! Not the first 2014 Art Bead Scene post by any means, but my first blog post of the new year. Let's hope it's a good one for us all - full of creativity, inspiration and Art Beads! I have some exciting plans for Songbead - watch this space - and I am looking forward to seeing new beads coming from my Art Bead Scene teammates too. 

When I looked up January and its symbolism, I found out/reminded myself of much - January comes from Janus, as I'm sure many of you know already - the literally two-faced God of Roman mythology. But did you know (I didn't!) that Janus is the God of the doorway? He's also the God of new beginnings, transitions and time amongst other things, but it's this idea of a doorway that really captured my imagination. It reminds me of that image that comes up in many stories - being faced with a collection of doors and having to make a choice....which doors will you choose to enter this year? Who knows where each one will lead.....

I could have chosen 'Doors' as our monthly theme for these Art Bead curations, but I thought that would be a little tricky, coming up with door beads every week! So instead, I took inspiration from January's birthstone; also apt as many of us work with gemstones alongside Art Beads. I decided to make a treasury to share with you today, and somewhere along the way, the rich slightly purplish shade of Garnet became a brighter, more coral-red. 

'Red, Burgundy, Coral Handmade Beads for January on the Art Bead Scene' by thecuriousbeadshop

Little Lady / Spring Tone Ce...

Handmade Ceramic Beads Round...

Handmade Lampwork Beads ORAN...

Handmade stoneware ceramic b...

Book Bead Blue Leaf Front ...

Strawberry Soda - Handmade L...


feathered friends - cardinal...

Dahlia Pendant

Little BIRD HOUSE beads hand...

Breast Cancer Support Epheme...

Handmade polymer clay wrappe...

RED TULIPS, Lampwork Glass F...

Red and Coral Glass Disc Bea...

Red handmade lampwork glass ...

Handmade Lampwork Red Bead S...

Perhaps I felt that beads for the new year needed more vibrancy and more visual punch.....however it happened, I hope you like what I've curated for you. Please leave your own links for red, coral, burgundy and garnet Art Beads in the comments below, yours or another's. I'd love to see some more vibrant inspiration for this month! (And of course, those of you looking ahead - these are perfect for a certain day coming up in February.....).

And now for the BeadBlogger Links:

A Bead A Day
Special sparkly gloves call for special sparkly earrings! Lisa is sharing the results of her trip to JoAnn, etc. 

Resin Crafts Blog
The combination of transfers to resin clay and a resin glaze can result in some spectacular pieces!

Looking at Yarn Sizes
Which size yarn should you use? This video covers the various sizes of yarns and what they might be useful for.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Using a lap grinder, Andrew facets polymer clay to create really cool, geometric beads.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Are you looking for copyright free images for your artwork? You ought to know the ins and outs of vintage image copyrights. Usage restrictions may depend on where you find the images. 

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! 
Jean writes the story of the very first piece of jewelry she made for 2014..."The Viola Pendant", and tells how it came to be designed and named. 

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi has a review of a new book on working more paint into your mixed media work...everything you need to know!

Beading Arts
Cyndi finished up her last piece for the 2013 Bead Journal Project! On to 2014!!

Rebecca is a Scottish jewellery designer, currently living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. You can read more about her and her work at her blog, and see more of her jewellery at She also has a supplies shop at


Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Hi Rebecca... lovely to see 2014 begin with lots of AWESOME! Here are some links from a few of my favorite handmade artists:

Canada's A Polymer Penchant:

South Africa's AfricanWhimsey:

Israel's NadinArtGlass:

Australia's feyglass:

UK's ScorchedEarth:

Hope you are keeping warm and dry!

Desiree Malan said...

Mad about coral and red in all of its many shades. He4re is one of my favourite EarthButterBeads, a lovely deep, dark red.