Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Want To See How I Organize?

Artist Answer

Marcie Abney of La Bella Joya Jewelry published my "Artist Answer" this week on her blog.  My question is "How do you organize".   Any beader knows that this is a loaded question!

Please check out her La Bella Joya Blog to see my answer.  Also stop by Marcie's Etsy shop to see her amazing seed bead jewelry.  Her work is absolutely stunning.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Erin Siegel & Lorelei Eurto's - A Book and a Call for Contributors!!!


Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto are writing their first book and are looking for contributors!

Please check their blog links below for more information.

We want this to be fun and exciting for you as well! We are sharing this opportunity with all of you here in this beading community. We are looking for jewelry designers to contribute projects to our book! Yes, that’s right, YOU could be apart of this with us and have YOUR work “out there” and published in a BOOK and get paid for it!!! What could be better than that! We have chosen one contributor already, but we’ve decided to open the field up and give some others a chance to be part of this project. We are looking for one other designer, possibly two. If you are chosen to contribute to the book, you will be paid on a per project basis. We would like up to 5 projects from each contributor. Your jewelry designs and complete instructions will be printed in the book along with your name and contact info. You will also receive a free copy of the book when it is published. We are excited to be able to take an opportunity like this and share it. We hope you will be really enthusiastic about this upcoming book project! So, now you want to know what the book is about, right? Well here it goes:

Title: A Jewelry Accord: 50+ Innovative Styles Using Leather, Lace, Ribbon & Cords
A fundamental jewelry-making instruction book with a focus on the use of alternative materials in beaded jewelry such as, leather cord, suede lace, waxed linen cord, cotton cord, silk cord, ribbons and other cords. This book teaches how to incorporate these materials into jewelry designs using basic jewelry-making techniques such as stringing, wire-wrapping, knotting and braiding. 

  Congratulations Erin and Lorelei!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gaea's Candy

 Gaea's Beads and Pendants

 Have you ever seen Gaea Cannaday's artisan ceramic beads and pendants?  She is an extremely talented clay artist who also creates enchanting jewelry designs that are frequently published in such magazines as "Stringing" and "Jewelry Affaire"

Gaea contacted me after I purchased some of her fabulous art beads.  She asked me if I would like to trade jewelry for beads and pendants.  I was very honored by this request.  I wanted to share with you the beautiful beads I received.  Please check out Gaea Esty store, website and blog to view and purchase her creative designs.


One of my local beads shops "Brea Bead Works" featured Gaea's pendants at trunk show last weekend.  Below is a photo of some of the pendants I purchased. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Jewelry Affaire - Autumn 2010

Jewelry Affaire
Autumn 2010

The sophomore issue of "Jewelry Affaire" magazine is now at your local newsstands.  Beth and her staff at Stampington & Co. definitely made this issue extraordinary.  The magazine is perfect for all skill levels from beginner to advanced multi-media artists.  I have 7 designs in this issue.

"Courageous Cara" is named after my fabulous cousin who survived breast cancer.  The heart pendant and clasp are handmade by Zoa Art.  I love their designs.

"Leann" is named after another fabulous cousin (all my cousins are fabulous).  It features lemon faceted chalcedony, sari silk and Vintaj Natural Brass.

"Beth's Beauty" is named after Beth Livesay, Editor of Jewelry Affaire Magazine.  She went crazy over this design when I visited the Stampington & Co. offices.  So, I gifted the piece to her.

Once again "Shimmering Sara" is named after another fabulous cousin (Wow I have a lot of fabulous cousins!).  She is actually my kindred spirit cousin.  She creates unbelievable works of art in oil and pottery.  Click here to see some of her work "Sara Pescke".

Another family connection "Eau Claire" is named after my Aunt Claire who is more like a sister to me than an aunt.  She is a terrific writer and is frequently published.  Click here to visit Claire Yezbak Fadden.

Finally, no relation here.  "Classic Quartz" is just a simple design created with wire wrapped faceted quartz and Vintaj Natural Brass.

"Flight Of The Fancy" is made out of Czech glass and Vintaj Natural Brass.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Wikio Exclusive - Jewelry Making Rankings for October 2010

 Wikio's New Rankings
for October 2010 
Jewelry Making 

I was contacted this morning by Oliver at Wikio asking me if I would like to post an exclusive on the October Rankings.  I am new to Wikio so I am very excited to have this honor.  The rankings will be available on the site later on this week but for now you can only see them here!

Top Jewelry Making Blogs

1Art Bead Scene Blog
2Lorelei's Blog
3Andrew Thornton
4Beading Arts
5Carmi's Art/Life World
6Lampwork Diva aka Cindy Gimbrone
7Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
8Earthenwood Studio Bead Blog
9Pretty Things Jewelry Making
11A Bead A Day
12Rings & Things Hot New Items
13Melissa J. Lee
15Humblebeads Blog
16 Bling On The Blog (Denise Yezbak Moore)
17Cynthia Thornton of Green Girl Studios
18Gaea's Ceramic and Art Studio Blog
19Beads of Clay Blog
Ranking made by Wikio

I am very excited to have made the top 20.  It is a honor and I would like to thank everyone who takes the time to visit my blog.  If you have a blog I suggest you go to the Wikio site and sign-up.

 What is Wikio?
Wikio is an information portal with a news search engine that searches press sites and blogs.
With Wikio you can very easily create pages to follow the breaking news that interests you. Our info is continuously updated!

Wikio is a participative service: you can publish an article directly on the site or comment on an existing item.

You can also vote for an article or a group that captures your interest in order to increase its visibility on the site.

Each page offers an RSS feed that allows you to subscribe to receive the information that appears there in the reader of your choice.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bead Trends Call

Here is your chance to be
published in Bead Trends Magazine!

Bead Trends is a series of beautiful idea books. They feature a
great variety of incredible jewelry and bead creations.

Bead Trends (April 2011) Call
Bead Trends is currently looking for designs with the
following themes for our April 2011 issue:
Quick & Easy

Fashion Favorites - Features designs from a
           variety of styles and mediums that can be a
           personal favorite or necessary staple in any wardrobe.

 Birthstone - Diamond/Crystal

 Anything Goes - The beaded possibilities are endless and not
 just limited to jewelry. What about pillows, table runners,
picture frames, lamps, clothing, candle collars, wine g
lass charms, and home decor?! This category can contain
jewelry and a whole lot more!

Earrings - Beautiful and expressive! The perfect way to
frame the face!

Spring! - Whether using beautiful florals, spring colors,
or natures element like butterflies and dragonflies, these are
 fresh styles perfect for the season.

Inspired By...- Designs that were inspired by something you
 love including nature, family, memories, art and more. We
want to see your inspirational pieces and hear their stories.

Fabulous Focals - Whether showcased at the center of a design,
creatively asymmetrical, or even on a brooch, focals are the
attention getter for many beautiful designs!

Oh So Charming - Charms and dangles are a wonderful way
to add movement and interest to all types of jewelry.

Teen Trends - Teens have their own wonderful eclectic
sense of style setting many new fashion trends.

If you would like to submit your work to this publication,
please e-mail a photograph, the name or title of your piece,
and contact information to:
If submitting multiple pieces, please send a separate e-mail
and photograph for each design.

Deadline for the April 2011 issue is 11:59 p.m. MDT,
October 25th, 2010. All ideas should be your original work
and not previously published.

We will review all submissions, and if selected, we will
contact you by November 1st with additional information.
 All pieces will need to be shipped to us directly for
photography and arrive in our office by November 12th.
 Your creation will be returned to you insured, after the
issue has been printed.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Bead Trends Magazine - October 2010

Bead Trends Magazine 
October 2010

The October issue of Bead Trends has just hit the Newsstands.

I have one project in this issue "Bel Ami Shari".  This piece was named after my friend Shari Vallejos.  Shari is a wonderful person.   She is a beautiful, strong woman who I admire very much.

I love creating these heirloom designs out of sterling silver and semi precious stones.  I am sure this technique must have a name.  I call it "intricate wire work."  If anyone knows the name of this specific technique, please let me know.

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