Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
There's something about this group of beads that is beautiful and sweet. In my mind, they chose to hang out and appreciate each other and for that reason they look great together! :)
THANKS SO MUCH!! More blog gratitude links tomorrow!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
And now, just a reminder that the Artbeads.com $100k Gift Card Giveaway ends at Midnight Wednesday, 12/22/10!! Just click on the above link for all the details!! Basically you can choose up to ten of your family, friends, fellow bloggers, etc. to receive a free $10 gift card (one per household). More info is available when you click the link.
Another very cool giveaway is the Artbeads.com I-PAD GIVEAWAY! WOW!! I understand it's the IPad with 3G capability so you can get online just about anywhere. Everyone who places an order between now and the end of the year will get an automatic entry for a chance to win. There is an alternate way to enter for those who don't want to place an order.
THANKS Artbeads.com for the generous giveaways!! :)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
|About.com Jewelry Making |
Tammy reviews an innovative new web-based magazines from Interweave.
|Art Bead Scene |
It's the ABS annual Twelve Days of free art bead jewelry projects! Stop by and try out the Jingle Berry Lariat!
|Beading Arts |
How about an entire month of fast and easy tutorials for handmade jewelry gifts?
|Beads & Books |
Michelle shares ideas for beaded napkin rings to decorate your holiday table.
|Carmi's Art/Life World |
Carmi makes a button pin much more attractive with a felted background!
|Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva |
Inspired by the snow on the ground, Cindy created a new ring - the Flurry Flower!
|Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio |
Lorelei has moved her bead studio, yet again!
|Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! |
Jean is delighted to present one of her latest book reviews of a remarkable book called 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs. Come and immerse yourself in the fascination of the heights which can be achieved using this medium through the brilliance of a collection of fantastic jewelry designers!
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Want to win some luscious lucite components from The Hole Bead Shoppe? Seize your chance in this week's Thursday Giveaway!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Question 4: I've read that some pieces can be rock tumbled to shine them up. How does that work? Does it work on colored or coated jump rings?
Answer: Most chainmaille can be tumbled in a rock tumbler. I recommend using stainless steel shot with a bit of burnshing compound. But you can still receive excellent results sans shot. What is happening, is that the shot (and the jump rings themselves) are acting like hundreds of tiny hammers, whittling away at any minor surface imperfections, which makes your piece nice and shiny. I want to emphasize minor! If you scratch the ring, you're not going to buff away the scratch just by tumbling. If you tumble sterling or copper pieces to a mirror finish, you'll also help prevent tarnishing, as the smooth surface doesn't have as much surface area for oxidation to take place as a rough surface does.
I have tumbled every sort of colored ring, with few bad affects. The color is affected most on titanium rings. Tumbling doesn't remove the color completely, but it does alter and mute it. You wouldn't want to tumble colored ring pieces for hours on end, but for 20 minutes here and there, it's perfectly fine.
Question 5: Would you recommend that beginners start with sterling silver jump rings or can they "jump" right in using the coated rings that come in MANY colors?
Answer: Actually, I recommend that beginners don't start with sterling because of the cost. Now while I'm never one to tell people to NEVER do something, I do let beginners know that I've had more than one student who started with sterling silver, and then months later looked back at their first pieces, and were disappointed with the poor closures and felt the need to go back and re-do those projects. So it might be a good idea to start practicing on base metal (including those beautiful anodized aluminum or enameled copper colors) and then work your way up to sterling.
Some weaves (such as the Half Persians and Dragonscale) I highly recommend learning in multiple colors, because it really helps students see the pattern.
Question 6: Is it possible to learn chainmaille on your own through books and blogs or is it necessary to take a class to get started?
Blue Buddha Boutique
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
It's such a gorgeous button and turned into a fabulous ring! It's not vintage, but to me feels like it is. It is the perfect size to slightly cover the fingers to the left and right of the ring finger which is a look I love, especially when you are wearing a hand-crafted button ring! It does NOT looks like it came out of an arts&crafts night!
THANK YOU for stopping by and taking the time to share kindness, information, encouragement and stories!! It means more to me than you know!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Art Bead Scene
This month's challenge artwork is by John Anster Fitzgerald - who is that you may ask? Come over to ABS and find out!
Mama's Minerals returns with another fabulous giveaway for Cyndi's readers!
Beads & Books
Michelle turns a ceramic pendant into a Christmas ornament.
About.com Jewelry Making
Are you feeling blue? Good, because that is the perfect color for beaded jewelry.
Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva
Cindy's been stamping metal and has some thoughtful things to say about Lisa Niven Kelly's book, "Stamped Metal Jewelry."
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
This week's Thursday Giveaway is brought to you by Cindy Gimbrone, the Lampwork Diva! Enter to win an assortment of inspiring jewelry components!
Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie shows that inspiration can come from anywhere, including the bathroom sink!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean has a new book giveaway! 500 Enameled Objects--a celebration of color on metal--what a divine, mesmerizing book to own and cherish! Please come and sign up for this very special giveaway!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Please visit the blog, "Where Women Create" if you have a minute and are interested in winning a copy of my beading book!
Friday, December 10, 2010
In the title of this blog post, I was going to mention Robyn Hawk's blog or website name, but we're talking about someone who maintains not one or two blogs, but multiple blogs and facebook pages!!
This is quite a feat and I am sitting here in awe...
Thanks a million Robyn, your passion for jewelry, gems and art comes through!!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
My Mom, Dad and I all took the class and let me tell you, we had some difficulty with the first couple of rows. I thought it was sort of like math, all of a sudden the fog clears and you get it!! I loved the finished product and couldn't wait to learn more!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Regardless of the reasons, it is nice to have no guilt for playing with beads and craft materials.
If you are looking for some great giveaways, please check out last Wednesday's post for information about the "Where Women Create" 12 days of Christmas giveaways!! Three great items up for grabs every single day until 12/12/10!
Here's to a great new week!! Please join me in taking a trip through the fun and friendly blogs below to see what else has been happening in the beading and blogging world. :)
Beading Arts What can you do with a handful of circuit breakers?
Beads & Books Michelle begins a weekly challenge for herself, using books as inspiration for jewelry designs.
Carmi's Art/Life World This week Carmi has a very simple Santa that she made with a free digital download.
Cindy Gimbrone, The Lampwork Diva Cindy doles out some "flakey" business advice in her "Take It Tuesday" post.
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean is so happy to have a recent design appear in an upcoming GORGEOUS book! Come see!
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton Celebrate the holidays with Vintaj! Check out one of their limited edition kits or one of their beautiful pieces of finished jewelry!
About.com Jewelry Making Have you started your list of DIY gifts to make for this season? Here's a slew of jewelry and other crafty ideas for you.
Art Bead Scene Wondering if you should pick up that new magazine? ABS reviews 101 bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
Bead Soup Blog Party -- Jewelry Swap Challenge Come see the small swaps that go on in the Bead Soup Blog Party Yahoo Group!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
So, I grabbed 4 or 5 bead boxes and was determined to make something out of what I found in them to replace it.
The extra hematite bead adds a little something extra that made me stare at it wondering whether I liked it or not. I didn't dislike it and it seemed more interesting than the simpler version, so there you go.
Another simple project to add to my collection!! Love that shiny hematite!
Friday, December 3, 2010
On the "jewelry designs" page of her website, she lists the current publications she is in and even shares projects previously published.
Michelle writes about her creative adventures every Tuesday and Friday on her blog, Beads & Books, which has a great tagline to clearly express her unique perspective, "Reading and writing in an arts and craft world".
She is preparing for an arts and crafts show tomorrow and shared some of the earrings in her collection.
I LOVE that her earring cards give ideas for books based on the earrings selected... Now THAT is creative!! :)
I had a great time scrolling through her posts on a wide variety of subjects, from how to submit designs to magazines to advice for using resin.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Actually, I still love that bracelet on memory wire because it goes with anything all year!
I'd love to hear your thoughts or your own experiences breaking out of the typical holiday jewelry box!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
In the words of Jo Packham and Paige Hill, "Starting today and continuing each day until December 12th, we will feature three fabulous artists on our blog. They will be sharing their cherished holiday traditions, plus giving away a FANTASTIC prize ... Yes, that's three prizes a day! Three chances to win! And believe me when I say FANTASTIC prizes!!!!"
I am truly honored to be part of the festivities on Day 11!
The first giveaway was just posted and it's a doozy! Jo and Paige have the first items up for grabs on the kick-off post as follows:
-THE LATEST COPY of WHERE WOMEN CREATE Magazine
-THE PREMIER ISSUE of WHERE WOMEN COOK Magazine
-A copy of "Where Women Create" book of inspiration
-A copy of the "Where Women Create" book of inspiring work spaces
-A Where Women Create logo charm bracelet
-PLUS a SWAG bag!
Head here for instructions for how to win these and many other items over the next 11 days!!!