Friday, August 31, 2007
6 Reasons to Join a Bead Society
1. It's not good to always bead alone. Meet other like-minded bead-aholics who won't judge the hoard of beads you have stashed away.
2. It's fun! Bead societies will often have challenges or contests. Our bead society has a design contest every year along with 2 annual parties.
3. You'll be in the know. Bead Societies will help you keep up-to-date on the bead shows coming to your area, as well as opportunities for you to showcase your jewelry.
4. Learn something new. Most meetings will have a special presentation or speaker. Bead Societies often host classes for their members at special rates.
5. Discounts. Yes! Membership has it's privileges. If you belong to your local Bead Society, you might be able to get discounts at your local bead shops.
6. You'll discover the beadmakers in your area and find new art beads you must have!
When it comes to organizations that are run by volunteers, you'll get more out of it if you become involved! Bead Societies are always in need of talented new members to keep the organization growing and lively. Our society doesn't meet during the summer and I'm looking forward to seeing them again next month!
Want to see if there is a society near you? Check out the extensive and up-to-date list on the Rings & Things message board.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Beadmaker Interview: Jennifer Heynen of Jangles
Ceramic Tube Bead Necklace by Jangles, available as individual beads or as a kit.
Make sure to visit Jennifer's website, Jangles at http://www.jangles.net/ to see all the great colorful items she has to offer.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Renaissance Style Jewelry
"O, beauty, till now I never knew thee!"
(Henry VIII, Act 1, Sc.4)
You may feel the same way once you feast your eyes on jewelry in the style of the Renaissance . Full of pearls, gold filagree and gems in long strands, it's luscious! This wasn't jewelry for the masses but rather for the wealthy and those of royal birth.
Adornmynts creates lovely contemporary jewelry in the Renaissance style.
Feeling inspired? Guyot Brothers has an extensive selection of filligree stampings to set you off on your journey to creating a royal piece of jewelry for yourself!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Last Call~ABS August Challenge ends soon!
Floral inspired necklace with quotes directly from the Shakespearean Play by Melissa Lee
Another Shakespearean quote can be found in this woodland themed design by Cindy of Alchemical Journey
Monday, August 27, 2007
Findings Worth Finding - Springall Adventures
Is there a more perfect clasp? Not for me! I love this design from Springall Adventures found at Fusion Beads.
The artist is Pam Springall and it looks like she does a few bead shows, but doesn't have a website that I could find. I love the organic and earthy nature of her work. The perfect compliment to any floral art beads that you may have stashed away in your collection.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
As the Bead Turns, 8/26/07
Humblebeads: Heather shares more photo tips using Beverly Herman's beautiful bracelets, one of which features a Humblebeads bead. Take a peek above at one of the "after" shots, and check out the blog for the "befores" and the photo tips...
Bead Arts: Here is Cyndi's latest installment in the Bead Journal Project, inspired and run by Robin Atkins!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
A Tomato Cage and Me...Alternative Uses for Art Beads
I think the beads whispered to the tomato cage - "let's work together." I know, I know, the beads don't talk and neither does the tomato cage, but sometimes art does have a way of speaking to us. Does it speak to you?
Friday, August 24, 2007
Fit to Print Review: Celtic Knots For Jewellery
Looking to add a lovely knot or two to your jewelry creations?
If so, take a look at this book written by Suzen Millodot and published by Search Press. It takes the mystery out of Celtic knots with concise instructions and color photos of each step. Having never made a Celtic knot before, I was surprised that within minutes I made a beautiful knot from which to hang a pendant!
Even though it is chock full of projects, there are lots of opportunities to improvise with the plethora of decorative and functional knots found in this book. Suzen is a teacher and it shows in this clearly written and beautiful instructional book which I highly recommend.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Bead Scoop - Electroformed Beads
The mix of metal and glass is an intriguing combination. Most electroformed beads use copper and we've all seen the amazing collection of copper findings that are on the market. What an incredible way to add new life to your jewelry creations.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Virginia Miska and I (Elaine Ray) got together for a quick collaboration. The subtle purple tone in the background of Virginia's love birds matched up perfect with my small, purple cubes. Also used are sea shell chips and blackish seed beads. Shells seem to blend beautifully with clay pieces, I suppose since they both are naturally occurring part of our earth.
This picture is just a scan done on my scanner/printer which turns out to be a fairly good, easy and cost effective, but not perfect way, to show my work. Now, tomorrow I will ship this necklace with coordinating earrings and bracelet to Virginia. There, her husband will professionally photograph the necklace. Once that is done, we will post both pictures to give you good visual images to compare as you are trying to decide when and how to photo your work. I think you will see that there are times and places to do a quick scan of your jewelry (such as to post on your blog) and times to when it is worth the time and effort to do it properly (maybe to use in your print advertising).
Stay tuned and we'll get you those images.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Beads and bracelet inspired by Monet's water lily paintings by Heather Powers.
2. New tricks - challenge yourself to learn something new today. Wire-wrap a pendant if you haven't before. Never worked with seed beads? Add fringe to an art bead pendant for some extra punch. Create a chain bracelet to showcase your latest art bead treasures. What technique have you been longing to try, but haven't made the time to learn?
Bracelet from CND Jewelry Tales.
3. Know your limits - try limiting yourself to using only one color, one material or pick a few random beads that you must use together. By limiting your choices, you can open up new design possibilities.4. Have camera, will bead - go outside today with your camera, take 10 photos of things that catch your eye. Print them out, cut them up and glue them into a notebook. Use the colors and designs to inspire your next color combination.
5. Take up the challenge - whether it's our Art Bead Scene monthly challenge or another like Inspire Me Thrusday, use the call of a challenge to stretch yourself into uncharted beading territory.
Necklace by Norma Dalton of Off Center Productions.
MySpace for Grown Ups?
Indiepublic is part of the new social network called Ning. You can connect to artists and designers across the globe, share photos & videos, post in forums, post to your blog on your page, join groups, meet new friends and find inspiration at every turn. Indiepublic is brought to you by the folks of cuteable, home of a daily dose of colorful indie* eyecandy!
You start by creating your own page, here is mine. Then plug into the community. A new feature is the Indiepublic Learning Library. It's a place for indie-oriented how-to articles, inspirational stories and more!
Here is one I submitted on finding arts & crafts shows.
It's like myspace in the way you connect with a community, share and make new friends, but without all the flashing lights, music and gizmos that can turn people away.
If you join, stop by to say hi. Friends are like beads, you can never have too many!
(*No, indie isn't an Indiana Jones fan club. Indie is the word for independent designers, artist and crafters who brake out of the mass market mold to offer you unique handcrafted goods.)
Sunday, August 19, 2007
As the Bead Turns - August 19th
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Findings Worth Finding: Sumptuous Leather Cord
I have been on a quest for some time to find a really good leather cord to use for hanging my pendants. Since I have a entire drawer full of cord that I have purchased over the years, I can attest to the fact that they vary from source to source. Some are too tough and crack, some are too irregular in their diameter, some have been wound around spools and won't lie straight, others aren't pliable enough to make a loop and still others just plain look cheap.
Recently I discovered Greco Leather Cord, who specializes in providing quality leather cord. When I received my order from them recently I knew I had finally found the best cord on the market. The Natural color I ordered in the 1.8 mm. was so consistent in width and was supple enough to make some handsome and very sturdy knots. The other color I ordered was Moose, which I have never seen offered anywhere else. It reminds me so much of my first pair of Frye boots from the seventies after a year of constant wear...anyone out there that has owned a pair of these knows exactly what I mean... a warm, rich, dark tan (by the way, I recently learned that there is a pair displayed in the Smithsonian Museum as an emblem of the anti-war and women's liberation era!).
There are are so many shades to choose from at Greco Leather - I counted 26 fabulous colors in the 1.8mm width! They also carry six other widths in the most popular colors, which are the Black, Natural and Moose.
Check them out - I'm so sure you will love these cords!
Friday, August 17, 2007
The Bead Scoop: Inspirational Tools
Nina Designs' Jewelry Design Ideas
Melanie Brooks Lukacs is the ceramic beadmaker of Earthenwood Studio, who blogs from her Metro Detroit, Michigan home.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Midsummer, Midnight Bead Theme
Above the Cloud silver bead by Anne Choi
Queen of the Night bead (two views) by Glass by Sarah
Night Sky ceramic pendants by Gaea
Raven lampwork bead by Kerri Fuhr
Pewter moon link by Green Girl Studios
Rabbit and Moon ceramic pendant by Virginia Miska
Stoneware Toggle by Elaine Ray, available at Ornamentea
Celestial pendants, charms, and links in porcelain by Earthenwood Studio
Call for Entries - Refined: Abundance
REFINED is a bi-annual exhibit of jewelry and metal work hosted by the School of Art at Austin State University in Texas.
This year's juried exhibition seeks to exhibit the wide breadth of originality throughout the world in response to the concept of "Abundance" in the medium of jewelry. "The theme should be understood in the broadest of terms, seeking to accommodate a range of work - from flamboyant to a more quiet expression - while responding to the theme conceptually or formally."
The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2007 and application and guidelines for submission can be found at the university's website.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Food for Thought Winner
1. Green Girl Studios
2. Joan Miller Porcelains
3. Creative Impressions in Clay
4. Earthenwood Studios.
The winner is Gaea.
(Thanks to Tari, from Creative Impressions in Clay for drawing our winner.)
(Garlic Pendant from Joan Miller's Etsy shop)
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Food for Thought
How well do you know your Art Bead Scene? Identify the 4 beadmakers who created these food inspired art beads and you could win a $20 gift certificate from Humblebeads.com.
(hint: all of these beadmakers have been 'scene'.)