Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Send us a link to your alternate uses for Art Beads.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Jennifer of the Naughty Secretary Club searches world wide for the bits that go into her revamped vintage jewelry. This past week she ventured to the Brimfield, Mass flea market. Read her blog and get the full report as well as a few online jewelry shopping suggestions she discovered on her trip!
Mother’s bracelets are true classics! Jean Yates was commissioned (by her husband Jim’s pal, Rob) to create a very pretty one for his wife, due in October. See what they created together by phone, and find out if the mother-to-be liked it or not!
Margot of The Impatient Blogger whines about her “stupid thumb” and shares “fabulicious” photos and trend spotting thoughts from this year’s Summer CHA Show. Yipee!
Robin Atkins has started a year-long Bead Journal Project. Here is Cyndi of Bead Arts
contribution for the month of July!
Cindy Gimbrone of the Lampwork Diva blog joined her lampwork glass spirals with Melanie of Earthenwood Studio's porcelain shell charms. Both artists then teamed with Jean Yates to work on a Collaboration Exploration, where all three designed a piece of jewelry using both sets of bead elements. Click on each of their blogs to see the results!
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Now you need a treat don't you? Have fun looking at all the entries to this month's ABS challenge.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Artistic purple or Artsy Fartsy items to wear! You need to be comfortable and fashionable while you bead. So let's get dressed so we can go shopping!
Start singing, "Purple Rain, Purple Rain......ooow."
Feeling the Purple Love...My Favorite Clogs to stand on your feet all day, Dansko.
Purple pliers to go!
Keeping time in Purple.
Beading with my friends Peri&Winkle.
Writing with the Color Purple.
Some of the most beautiful Hand-Dyed Ribbon I have seen.
Purple related shopping:
Purple Haze Lavendar :: The Purple Store :: ColorPurple.com :: Grandma Purple :: Purple Panache
You are a purple person if:
You are imaginative, sensitive,
artistic and sophisticated.
You have noble ideals and a keen
appreciation of the cultural.
You are alert, demanding, foresighted,
confident, resourceful, spontaneous
and highly independent.
You take delight in the beautiful,
the gracious, the sensitive, but
maintain an attitude of
In love you seek to attain a magical
quality and refuse to settle
for anything less.
You refuse to be "swept-off your
feet" unless genuineness and
integrity can be absolutely
You are active in the support of
things you believe in, and are
concerned with the pursuit of
truth and other human values.
You take chances and believe
that you must do so to make
the most of what life has to offer.
Purple is an exclusive color,
mystical in quality, blending
the two extremes of the spectrum,
red and blue. Traditionally, purple
represents splendor, dignity,
royalty, rank, and wealth.
Purple is a unique color, and it
is a truly unique individual
who holds it dear.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
2 small art beads
2 6mm accent beads
2 earring wires
4 silver 6mm flat spacers
silver seed beads size 11
seed beads size 8
4 crimp beads
flexible beading wire .015
flat nose pliers
Thread a silver seed bead unto both wires.
Step 2: Thread onto both wires, 6mm accent bead, 6mm silver spacer, art bead, 6mm silver spacer.
Step 3: One on wire, thread a pattern of 1 size 8/0 seed bead, 1 silver seed, 1 size 8/0 seed bead until your desired length. Thread crimp bead, make sure all the beads are tightly pressed unto the beading wire, with no gaps, flatten crimp bead. Make sure the crimp bead is completely flattened, as this is what holds the beads unto the wire. Trim beading wire if it is showing. Repeat step for the other wire, varying the length if desired.
Size 8/0 seed beads are larger seed beads, you can find a nice selection at Charlene's Beads.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Melanie began the journey of writing this article quite a while ago and the time and care put into the article shows as she explains how porcelain, stoneware and earthenware clays are used to make fired beads and pendants. There are many, many examples in the magazine but I wanted to show you some right here that coincide with our monthly challenge theme of Mermaid's Grotto.
Make sure you check out this issue of Simply Beads to see Melanie's other submissions!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
To make this bracelet Melanie used wire mesh tubing to encase glass beads. I have never used mesh tubing, but really like the way it jazzes up the look of the bracelet between the beach charms. It got me remembering my charm bracelet from when I was a kid (looonnngggg time ago!) and wondered if I could now instead make a Mood Bracelet. I could clip on what ever art beads I wanted to set my mood for the day. My own wrists are something I see about 1 million times a day - could I help set my state of mind just by glancing at the bracelet so often??????
In place of jump rings, imagine using cute little lobster claws to hook and unhook the charms from this same basic bracelet. You could:
Have a Rock'n Day at the Pool with Your Friends:
Transport yourself to a Starry Sky Full of Romance:
Do the Cha Cha in the Streets, wearing fancy shoes and a bright pink rose behind your ear!
Grab the love of your life and go have a Popsicle in the Park:
Put on that new summer frock and head out for a Day at the Art Museum:
Take a Trip Back in Time:
Join a Drum Circle to set your body in motion.
Send us a link showing your favorite Mood Altering Art Beads!