Monday, August 14, 2017

We've Moved!

After 10 years here on blogger the Art Bead Scene finally has a home of own. 

Visit - bookmark our site, add us to your favorite blog reader and stop by often to see what's new in the world of artisan beads and jewelry.

Please update your links if you link to the ABS. 

We are super excited about all the new challenges and look forward to welcoming you at our new digs!

Don't worry, all your favorite Art Bead Scene posts are now on on our new site. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Perfect Pairings :: Ann Schroeder + MayaHoney + Leah Kelly

Everyone knows that if you are going to wear a ballgown that you will twirl and twirl in it all night long, reveling in the swishing and sashaying! That is what drew me to this beautiful necklace that Ann Schroeder made. Those sari silks in the artsy handmade tassel have the same effect as those swishy skirts! All the rich colors of their attire is represented in the drops of glass from MayaHoney and Leah Kelly, and the deep dark forest represented in the long strand of black glass beads. I also love the attention to detail in the little bit of rhinestone bling peeking out from the silks, as every princess needs her bling!

Featured Designer :: Ann Schroeder
Featured Bead Artists :: MayaHoney + Leah Kelly

Stay tuned for information coming soon on our revamped website!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Moon Magic With Terri DelSignore and Inviciti Beads

I See The Moon And The Moon Sees Me...

Hello from the worktable of The Earring Whisperer...errr, Loralee!
 It's late Summer and my mind is already drifting off to my favorite season of Autumn.  I love the colors and the night magic of it all!

The two featured rustic moon charms are by Terri DelSignore of Artisticaos.  I've fallen completely for her work, it's charming, warm and rustically elegant!

I wanted to keep the focus on the crescent shape of the moons, so decided to wire-wrap very pale yellow crystals around the frame. It makes an interesting pattern, yet doesn't overpower the focal. The wire loops were on the larger side with a nice area to work with, so I was able to add charms, too! For a little night magic, I used petite, decorative, eye charms by Inviciti.  

I had purchased a second pair of crescent moons and at first I was going to build a frame loop but thought...nah, let's put them upright!  I really wanted this pair to have a primitive vibe and keep them simple. I made some over sized ear-wires with larger loops not only for a more prominent appearance, but also so the moons would move freely.  For the dangling charms I hammered the wire at the ends keeping it rustic. I stacked some bright gold plated hematite and also added these amazing polymer rounds by Marina Rios of Fancifuldevices. Those little polymer beads are wonders unto themselves and complimented the design amazingly.

One of my favorite things to do in jewelry design, is to bring unexpected shapes and patterns together. My worktable is purposely cluttered with just about every material and type of bead. Organized chaos. I must try out dozens upon dozens of shapes until that little voice in my head says "yessss".

I usually start with one piece that I'm particularly fond of.  For the pair of earrings below, it was the vintage faceted crystals at the bottom. They are little stunners in person. I suppose I would need to shoot a video to capture the full prism of color they give off.  I haven't run across this shape/size very often and frankly, I don't remember where or when I got them!

I used little moons, again, by Inviciti. They were the perfect proportion and size. The gold is warm and the scratched rustic texture is a nice contrast to the perfectly, perfect, crystals.

 Lastly, and I can't explain it, but I love, loveee these little plastic hand-dyed puffs with the other two. I think it lends a softness and a bit of mystery. Each bead completely wonderful on their own, yet together, magic.

It is always an honor and a pleasure to share my work with you and I'm thrilled that you stopped by to have a peek!  Until next time!

Very truly yours,

Loralee xo

Loralee Kolton Jewerly

Monday, August 7, 2017

10 Ten Tips for Smarter Shopping at a Bead Show

Are you heading to BeadFest in Philadelphia next weekend? I'm busy working on some last minute creations, can't wait to share them! You can find two of the Art Bead Scene contributors at the show this year. I'm so excited about returning to BeadFest. I'll be bringing tons of new work!

 Humblebeads booth 565

Fellow ABS team member Ashley Bonney from Summer Wind Art will be debuting at BeadFest this year. I can't wait to meet Ashley and shop for her beads!

Summer Wind Art - Booth 450B

Be sure to stop and visit William and Andrew from Allegory Gallery. We love having them as an Art Bead Scene sponsor. You'll always find something for your next project at their booth!

Allegory Gallery - Booth 451A

Walking into a big bead show like BeadFest can be overwhelming for newbies and old pros alike. Here are my top 10 tips for getting the most out of a bead show.

1. Check out the list of vendors and mark your must see booths. 
  • Head to the booths with limited selections and one-of-a-kind items first for the best selection. 
  • Artisan's Alley at BeadFest would be my first stop.

2. Get social before the show! 

  • Check out the Facebook or Instagram accounts of your favorite vendors to see what they are bringing to the show. 
  • Follow BeadFest on FB & Instagram to discover new vendors. 

3. Stop by Candie Cooper's Tailgate Party before the show opens for exclusive specials!

4. Save on non-bead expenses like the show entrance fee. Here is a coupon for you to print out.

5. Test drive specialty tools at the show to try them out! 

  • Decide beforehand if you are going to budget for larger purchases like tools or if you'll go home and order them. 
  • Take advantage of show specials  to save on larger purchases. 

6. Bring your sales tax license and take advantage of deeper discounts on beads you buy in larger quantities.

  • Before the show print out your business info and sales tax number on mailing labels to speed up the check out process at wholesale vendors. 
  • Don't have a sales tax license? Pair up with the friend to shop at booths that offer discounts on larger quantities. 
7. Take breaks during the show. You'll make better choices if you aren't worn out!

  • Mix up shopping with visiting with friends. Check out demos and make & takes at the show to pace yourself. 
8. Shop for stones at the show. There is nothing like being able to pick out the perfect stands in person!

9. Before the show take a good look at your bead inventory. 

  • Take photos of your current art bead collection to help you shop the show for coordinating beads. 
  • Download a few color palettes or design challenges to use a shopping guide. Narrow down your choices while you shop for focal beads and coordinates so they are more likely to get used after you get home from the show!
10. Stock up on rare finds! If you find something you really love at the show, find out if you can purchase more online later. If not, stock up at the show. There is nothing worse than finding a great bead you love to use in your designs and not being able to get more after it's gone!

Friday, August 4, 2017

August Monthly Challenge Sponsors: Allegory Gallery + Summer Wind

We have two very talented artists as our wonderful sponsor for the August Challenge. We will have 2  Lucky Winners this Month!

Allegory Gallery
Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery creates handmade jewelry, jewelry components and unique art at his studio in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

"We are a creative space that's one part bead store, one part jewelry boutique, one part fine art gallery, and one part gift shop. The aim of Allegory Gallery is to promote artisan craftspeople, inspire the community to explore their creativity, and act as a focal point for classes and artistic education in the area."

Andrew is donating in everything pictured above valued over $50 which is composed of Czech Glass, vintage plastic, blue tiger eye, chocolate jasper, Marsha Neal cabochon, vintage seed beads, and waxed linen.  

Visit Andrew on FacebookEtsyTwitterInstagramAndrew's Blog and Allegory Blog.
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Summer Wind
Ashley Bonney creates handmade wood beads by woodburning the design and handpainting each one. Ashley is also a jewelry designer and accepts custom orders. 
All of this fabulous creativity happens in her Lynchburg Virginia studio.

Ashley is donating beads and components valued over $50.

Visit Ashley at her Facebook and Etsy Shop.

Twelve Princesses on the way to the Dance by Kay Nieslen

New instructions on where to submit photos of your wonderful Jewelry and Bead creations will be coming soon!!

This Month's art has many different elements that can be used for inspiration:  female form, couture, trees, night, peaches, pinks, and high contrast.

We can't wait to see where your creativity takes you with the art for this month's challenge! 

**IMPORTANT** Please remember to put AUG ABS in the title or tag of your submission(s).  Details for where to post your entries are coming soon.

Provide us with the artist of the Art Beads used and we always love to know all the materials you used. 

***Art Beads MUST be used in your entry.***

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August Monthly Challenge

Twelve Princesses on the Way to the Dance
Kay Nieslen
Published in 1923
Watercolor and ink

This month we are delving into the realms of fairy tales and dreams with Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen. Influenced by the theater, the design of the Art Nouveau movement and woodcuts from China and Japan, his stylized illustrations were popular during the Golden Age of Illustration.

Which direction will your jewelry take this month? Will you pull from the opulent patterns of the dresses? Play with silk ribbon and floral beads inspired by the Princesses? Will you explore the repetitive elements of the tall trees using wire or gather beads mimicking the branches and leaves cascading down from the forest canopy? Will you mix the dark tones of black and grey with the pastel tones of peach, coral, lavender, greens and warm cream hues? So many directions to go, I can't wait to see what you create!

What is the Monthly Challenge?
Every month we challenge our readers to create jewelry inspired by the featured artwork. You have until the end of the month to share your work and then we pick two winners to receive beads and jewelry-making supplies from our sponsors. Our only rule? You must use at least one art bead in your piece!

About the Art & Artist:
Kay Nielsen was commissioned to illustrate Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales, written by Author Quiller-Couch. It was one of these illustrations that is our featured artwork for this month.

His work was mainly watercolor and pen, focused on detailed and stylized design. His most celebrated illustrations where for the book East of the Sun and West of the Moon. 

Nielsen's work has a theatrical quality. No doubt influenced by his parents, who were well-known Danish actors, and his work on designing sets for theater productions during WWI. In his later life he moved to Hollywood and worked for Walt Disney, most notably on Fantasia.  

Born in 1886 in Copenhagen, he was tutored at home after the age of 12 and then taught art at a traditional academy. While living in London in 1912 his illustration career took off with a series of book commissions. He illustrated tales by Hans Andersen, the Brother's Grimm and Arabian Nights. After his work for Disney in 1941, he returned to Denmark. Unfortunately publication tastes had changed and Nielsen's work was no longer in fashion. He lived in poverty in his later years. His work is now celebrated as one of the pillars during the Golden Age of Illustration. 

Important Changes Happening this Month!

We are process of creating a new home for the Art Bead Scene and it will be finished next week! Don't worry, you'll be able to find us at now and always.

The best thing about our new website will be our reader gallery where you can directly upload your entry this month to our site! We'll post directions and details as soon as the new site is revealed. 

We will no longer do the monthly recap since you'll share your photo and links directly here on our new gallery. 

How to Enter the Monthly Jewelry Challenge:

Create something using an art bead that fits within our monthly theme. We post the art to be used as your inspiration to create. This challenge is open to jewelry-makers, fiber artists, collage artist, etc. The art bead can be created by you or someone else. The challenge is to inspire those who use art beads and to see all the different ways art beads can be incorporated into your handiwork.

An Art Bead must be used in your piece to qualify for the monthly challenge.

Upload your photo to our new photo gallery (details coming next week!) Please add the tag or title AUG ABS to your photos. Include a short description, who created the art beads and a link to your blog, if you have one.

Deadline is August 31st.
You may upload two entries per month.

***Beads strung on a chain, by themselves and beads simply added to wire or cord will not be accepted.***

Entries for Bead Artists

Art beads must be created by you and fit the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge theme. They can be made for the challenge or ones you have made before. Two entries per month are allowed. 

One entry will be picked by the editors each month for a free month of advertising on the Art Bead Scene. Bead entries have to be pinned by the 30th of the month.

Monthly Challenge Winners

• Two prize winner will be selected at random from all pictures posted in our new gallery! 

• Winners will be randomly chosen from all the qualifying entries on September 1st.

Perfect Pairings: Designer + Art Bead Artist

• Perfect Pairings focus on both the jewelry designer and the art bead artist. 

• Be sure to point out all the art bead artists in your work in the description of the photos when you upload to the new gallery. Links to their website or shop are appreciated. That way we can all find new art beads to love!

• From all the entries during the month, an editor will pick their favorite design to be featured on Friday here on the ABS, so get those entries in soon.

What is an Art Bead?

An art bead is a bead, charm, button or finding made by an independent artist. Art beads are the vision and handiwork of an individual artist. You can read more about art beads here.

***A bead that is handmade is not necessarily an art bead. Hill Tribe Silver, Kazuri ceramic beads or lampwork beads made in factories are examples of handmade beads that are not considered art beads.

Beaded beads, stamped metal pendants or wire-wrapped components are not considered art beads for our challenge.***

Join us tomorrow to see our prizes and sponsors for August! 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July Monthly Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the July Monthly Challenge winners! 
1 winner was chosen randomly from all the challenge entrants.
1 winner was chosen randomly from the Linked blog entries.
Winner of a month of advertising on ABS from the Monthly Challenge Bead category.
Our First lucky winner is Alison Herrington/Alison Adorns.
She has won an assortment of beads and supplies valued over $50 from Allegory Gallery
Our Second lucky winner is Jenny Kyrlach/Anafiassa.
She has won beads and supplies valued over $50 from Junque Jules.
Our Winner from the Bead Entries of the Monthly Challenge is Linda Landig/Linda Landig Jewelry.
She has won a Month of Advertising here on Art Bead Scene
Please e-mail an image and link for your ad.

A huge thank you to Allegory Gallery and Junque Jules our July Monthly Challenge sponsors!

( email address is acting wonky sometimes) with your information (Name and address) so your prizes may be sent to you.

A Big THANK YOU to everyone who entered this month! We were so fortunate to have so many beautiful entries and experience such creativity from our wonderful readers.

Visit us tomorrow to see what August's challenge brings.

Bead Table Wednesday - Silk & Wire Beads

Today on Bead Table Wednesday I shared how to whip up silk and wire beads to use in your jewelry creation.

I also showed how to put together this pendant featuring a Firefly Studio charm and a Humblebeads lentil bead. A Vintaj hammered ring and jump rings pulls the look together. The last part of the video shows how to create adjustable knots on leather cord.

Resources for today's video:
Silk ribbon: Design Talented One
Hammered rings and jump rings: Vintaj
20 gauge natural brass colored Parawire from Vintaj
19 gauge dark annealed steel wire & Renaissance Wax (
14 gauge copper wire for the bead mandrel
3mm deerskin leather: or

Art Beads:
Polymer clay lentils: Humblebeads
Ceramic charms: Firefly Design Studio
Enamel charms: Gardanne Beads

I also have kits for today's project on my website, click here.

Join me every Wednesday on my Humblebeads Facebook biz page at 1 p.m EST for Bead Table Wednesday where I share free projects, tips and resources!

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Monthly Challenge

This month's challenge art, Tiger in a Tropical Storm by Henri Rousseau, reminds me of this most famous poem.

The Tyger
BY William Blake

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? 

In what distant deeps or skies. 
Burnt the fire of thine eyes? 
On what wings dare he aspire? 
What the hand, dare seize the fire? 

And what shoulder, & what art, 
Could twist the sinews of thy heart? 
And when thy heart began to beat, 
What dread hand? & what dread feet? 

What the hammer? what the chain, 
In what furnace was thy brain? 
What the anvil? what dread grasp, 
Dare its deadly terrors clasp! 

When the stars threw down their spears 
And water'd heaven with their tears: 
Did he smile his work to see? 
Did he who made the Lamb make thee? 

Tyger Tyger burning bright, 
In the forests of the night: 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

The tiger in this poem, and in this painting, is a fearsome sight. It is fully of raw power and unbridled fury. I see the coiled tiger about to strike in the midst of this great stormy wind. Makes me wonder if I am the hunter or the prey. A powerful poem - and art - indeed.

Loads to work with! So many greens, the shapes of the leaves, the stripes of the tiger, the lightning bolt in the sky. What intrigued you about this painting? Let's see what you created...

If you put up a post (on your blog, your Facebook, your Instagram, etc) grab the URL and upload it below for a second chance to win fantastic prizes!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bead Table Wednesday - Vintaj Patina Paints and Stencils

Today on Bead Table Wednesday I shared how to create painterly pendants using stencils and Vintaj patinas on brass blanks.

You can watch the video here:

Resources mentioned in the video:

(*Amazon affiliate links)

Vintaj Patina colors used today: chalcedony, coral, green opal, white gold, rose gold

The Painter's Garden Pendant 

34mm hand-painted brass pendant 
Painted leaf pendant
13-15mm polymer clay disk
flower bead cap
4 Czech glass leaf and flower beads
English cut glass bead
Brass flower bead cap
2 4mm Czech glass rondells
2 6mm Czech glass melon beads
Arte Metal leaf charm
2 4mm spacers
2 11/0 nickel seed beads
15" 20 gauge brass wire
26" gunmetal chain
15mm brass etched jump ring
8mm gunmetal jump ring
5mm brass jump ring
2 2" copper ball headpins
1. String the glass flower onto the headpin, create a messy wrapped loop. Repeat with the English cut glass bead and flower bead cap. String both dangles on a 5mm jump ring.
2. Attach an 8mm jump ring to the bottom of the hand-painted pendant, slide on the painted leaf pendant, small leaf charm and jump ring with the two dangles. Close the jump ring.
3. Cut a 5" length of wire, create a large loop. Open the loop and slide through the top of the pendant. Wrap the wire around the top of the loop, tightly two times and then two more times loosely. String on a disk bead and create a wrapped loop on top of the bead.
4. Attach the 15mm jump ring to the top of the wrapped loop.
5. Cut two 5" lengths of the wire. Create a wrapped loop, string on a rondell, spacer, glass leaf bead, nickel seed bead and glass melon bead. Create a loop on top of the last bead, open the loop and string on the chain, close loop and wrap the wire under the loop tightly two times and loosely two - three times to create a messy wrap. 
I have a limited number of complete kits on my website for today's project. You can find them here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Corfu Blue:Free Necklace Tutorial from MaryHardingJewelry

Last month I promised a tutorial using the above components and that is what we will be doing today.  Since then I have given the necklace a name.   My inspiration came from watching  The Durrels in Corfu (streaming on Netflix)  and then reading Gerald Durrel's Corfu Trilogy.  Upon arriving in Corfu for the first time, Gerald describes the sea surrounding Corfu as "butterfly blue."  Feeling sure that these crackle glazed porcelain beads must be that color, I was inspired to name my necklace Corfu Blue.
I have made some changes in my original plan.  What follows  is a picture of it laid out before I actually put it together.

And then I made some more changes and here is  how it looks now.
                                                     Photograph of the full necklace

                                   close up of the Leaf Pendant and the Large bail

8 feet of 20 gauge sterling silver wire (patina before using.)
5 Corfu blue porcelain beads --ranging in size from 8mm-14mm
1 porcelain Corfu blue bird bead
2  10mm golden bronze stoneware beads
1 small porcelain flower charm
8 10 mm dark brass or steel jump rings
2 dark brass or steel 11mm jump rings
3 7mm dark brass jump rings
11  6mm dark brass jump rings
1 dark brass  eye pin
5-6 inches eclectic handmade chain
3 pieces of 6 inch chain (one teal and 2 gray)
1 Copper and Wire Toggle clasp
1 Zola Elements Patina Green Brass Scrolled Focal Link 64mm x 56mm
11 size 6 antique gold color seed beads
1 Queen Ann's Lace Ceramic Leaf Pendant

1. Using the 6 mm jump rings attach the #6 seed beads to the 8 loops on the Zola Elements Bail
2.  Wire wrap both ends of the golden bronze 10mm beads  each with a 6 inch piece of the sterling silver wire.  Enough wire has been allowed to double wrap them if you wish.
3.  Attach the golden bronze beads to each end of the bail with an 8 mm jump ring.
4.  Attach an 11mm jump ring to each end of the group of  three strands of 6 inch chain (one teal and 2 gray)
4.  Make a wire wrapped chain with 2 Corfu blue beads and 1 bird bead.  Position the bird bead between the two other beads.
5.  Make another wire wrapped chain with the three more of the Corfu blue beads
6.   Attach one chain of beads on each side of the necklace to the golden bronze beads with an 8mm jump ring.
7.  Then attach the last wrapped loop of chain on the left to the eclectic handmade chain and on the right side to the three chain strands.
8.  Use an 11mm jump ring to attach the eclectic chain to the copper toggle clasp
9.  Chain together 3 of the 5mm jump rings and add them to the toggle bar
10.  Attach the above  chain to the group of 3 chains 10mm jump ring
11.  Make a wrapped loop on the small flower with the eye pin making sure to attach it to a ring in the chain before you closed it.
12. Add the Ceramic Leaf Pendant to the loop at the center of your Zola Elements Bail with an 11 mm jump ring  Attach 3  # 6 seed beads on the 6mm jump rings to the 11mm jump ring as seen in the picture above.

Your necklace is finished.  Since this necklace is composed of many handmade elements, I encourage you to substitute beads and chain from your own stash or search on Etsy and other places for handmade components and art beads.  General Sources for supplies follow.

Art beads, Ceramic Leaf Pendant,  handmade chain, toggle clasp and are made by me. I have listed the leaf pendant and a set of the corfu blue beads and bird as Made To Order  in my Etsy shop    I also encourage you to seek out substitutions or beads from your own stash to make this necklace.   I have checked Lima beads and you should be able to get one of the Zola Elements Bails. Here is the link 
Teal Patinated chain
Zola Elements Bail  at this link:
Jump rings and eye pins
Golden Bronze ceramic beads Firefly Design Studio

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I enjoyed making this necklace and sharing its progress and development with you.  Look forward to seeing  you next month.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Inspirations from The Clay Hen

My posts here are centred around inspiration and there are certain artist that stand out to me as artists that are directly inspired by the world around them.  Melissa Gable is one of those artist that comes to mind.  She once made the tiniest, cutest ceramic teapot beads that I adored!!  I love her work and asked her if she would share with us, the things that inspire her most.  So here is what Melissa had to say:
I have been making ceramic beads and components for nearly 3 years, I started with earthenware but I now mainly work in porcelain as I find it nice and strong once it has been fired. My beads and components are sold under my The Clay Hen name. I have also just started to make one off slab constructed leaf plates with underglaze and sgraffito design

In my past life I was a potter for ten years...I hope to get back to someday, once my studio is bigger! I used to make funky one off functional ware from teapots to bowls. I LOVE working in clay! I love all aspect of making, but I have to say my favourite part is opening the kiln, it is always such a surprise and there is a touch of alchemy about it. I live on the beautiful Far South Coast of NSW in Australia, surrounded by nature, which I absolutely love.

My first experience in clay was when I did a course in 1991 – 92 in ceramics. It was an excellent course that taught me all the fundamentals of ceramics, from throwing to glaze technology. From that point on I was hooked.  I have been working in clay on and off for about 25 years, although I did have a break for a few years and worked as a web publisher in Government, prefer the clay work!
My recent work has been inspired from trips to the beach, snorkelling:

Seeing how the seaweed sways in the ocean currents, spying octopus under rocks with their tentacles darting out to touch your foot and watching the silver fish glimmer as they swim about. Really amazing!! I think my experiences seep into my brain and then come out as I am working. I occasionally draw my ideas, especially if I don’t want to forget them. But, a lot of the time it is from experimenting with the clay in the studio…just playing around.
My last series was partly inspired by looking at Nasturtium petals and just how utterly beautiful they are! I did a series of pod and petal inspired beads.

I develop a new technique that gives me a water colour effect after the final firing.

The porcelain I am using is very fine and white so it is a perfect canvas for this particular technique. I especially love it when it is combined with oxides and a peak of white clay shows through.
I have also started to do a range of rustic caps made from the fine porcelain and raku clay which has a lot of grog in it, this gives it a rustic quality and some of the glazes just look fantastic on it.

Where you can find Melissa's work:

Isn't Melissa's work amazing!! I Have some of her rustic pods on their way to me and I just cannot wait to get them and make earrings for myself!!
As you are reading this I am still a few days from being home from my trip. I am putting this post together before flying off to Italy.  I look forward to next post - sharing lots of inspiration from my trip!!  See you then! And until then....
Wishing you all "inspiration in everyday"!!
Terri Del Signore