Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Andrew hosts a week-long Virtual Yard Sale! The week is filled with Ebay sales, new products added to the Shop, lots of giveaways, and some major deals!
Andrew Thornton, a wonderful person and a member of our group, is having a "Virtual Yard Sale" as he calls it . Check it out on Jean's blog and then go have FUN!
Resin Crafts has a great tutorial showing you how to create a pendant with a spoon.
Carmi's new ring features a rock garden!
Melanie opens a weeked bead store at her local artist market and has lots of pictures of her booth to share.
Looking for some creative jewelry displays? So is ABS Editor Heather Powers. Come check out what she's found.
Looking to make some easy metalsmithing jewelry? Take a look at these new jewelry videos.
Free-form peyote stitch and wire work...what could be more fun than combining the two?!
Friday, June 24, 2011
"Welcome to my shop! I'm Cherie Ranfranz and I live in lovely NW Wisconsin. My studio is located in my home that I share with my husband, Golden Retriever and two cats. I hope you enjoy my beads as much as I enjoy creating them! The name "Happy skull" just came to me right after I made the mosaic which is now my avatar!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Art Bead Scene dishes up some lovely sunshine - come get some!
Cyndi Lavin, multi media artist and beader extraordinaire, has added a new chapter to her e-book! Please read my review of it! Her book is now 5 chapters long and is filled with great ideas and beauty -- irresistible! Plus, as you may know,the first chapter continues to be a FREE download! Hooray!
Get in the mood for summer jewelry fun with two turtle jewelry tutorials from Tammy.
Resing crafts has a special $200 give-a-way ending June 21!
Carmi is experimenting with Apoxie Sculpt!
Cyndi's favorite wire guru, Paul Bishop, shares a wonderful tutorial with Cyndi's readers!
Want a "post-Bead&Button Show" stash of jewelry-making goodies? Enter to win this week's Thursday Giveaway!
Have you ever wondered how much traffic websites such as Etsy or ArtFire get? Michelle shares a free online tool that gives you quick website statistics.
Ever wonder if the Knew Concepts red jeweler's saw frame is really better? Charlene shares her take on it.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
"Everyone needs an ally, someone who supports and loves you no matter what. These beads express that sentiment and have a well loved feel to them, just like that special person.
Handmade of a custom mix lavendar polymer clay. Each bead is hand formed and hand stamped then cured. Each bead is given a well worn patina and a final coat of clear satin. Beads measure between 12-13mm with a 2-3mm beadhole. These beads are matched pairs perfect for earrings or a set of necklaces, one for you and one for your ally!"
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The heart represents metaphorically our emotions, our feelings. Pairing the symbol of the heart with a mandala means to me the universe is in each one of us, it is in our hearts.
So, I give you the universe in this heart.
The heart is hand carved from polymer clay by me. It measures 31mm by 32mm and is 9mm thick. It has been antiqued and had a final matte finish added to seal it. The loop is 20 gauge Vintaj wire."Thank you Cindy! It's so amazing when you can feel the love an artist puts into their work. This is a great example of that!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Jean "reviews" a few items from the fabulously lush and unique online bead store, ARTBEADS! See what she does with some of the materials which she purchased there!
Barbe shows off The Queen and her Industrial Chic Crown
Cindy's put together a few of her favorites and come up with a sweet ring.
Resin Crafts blog has a post introducing shrinky dink to resin.
Lorelei put together a nice collection of items that would be great for your Art Bead Scene challenge entry this month.
Michelle shares two different summertime necklaces she made using components from Earthenwood Studio.
Tammy has a new Twitter account and an updated Facebook page for her site. Please like & follow her!
Come see what ABS has in store for this month's challenge!
Copper tubing makes wonderful copper beads!
Carmi has featured her "Waiting for the bus" ring.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
"The beauty of polymer clay is that it is the great pretender. It will mimic all kinds of materials including metal, glass and stone. One thing it does really well, is copy the look of ceramic and stoneware.
Many polymer clay artists have their own way of getting the look of faux ceramic and stoneware, using a variety of different techniques. Most of them use liquid polymer clay. I find that although the liquid polymer does give wonderful look, it still lacks the shine of real ceramic or stoneware glaze. So a further finish is usually needed.
I have come up with a faux stoneware or ceramic technique that gets that glassy glazed look, in one easy step. I think you are really going to enjoy it."
Thanks so much to Cindy for always having something new and interesting to teach!
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I wonder if she just lets random neighbors come in her house and play with her clay? Hmm, I might have to get in touch with her and ask. :)
Monday, June 6, 2011
Okay, I just cannot get this song out of my head! I heard "Burning Love" over the weekend and all of a sudden it came into my mind this evening and it's not budging!
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Michelle shares the bracelet she made with a 4-hole porcelain bracelet bar from Chinook Jewelry.
Charlene creates a book and an alphabet stepping way outside the box. Don't we all need to from time to time?
Jean reviews the third in a fine series of books by Marthe Le Van. This one is expressly about rings which you can make in 30 minute or less! And they are OUTRAGEOUSLY gorgeous. Come see!
Carmi has a four part series on mold making on Resin Crafts blog this week.
Summer is just days away. Come on over to check out the latest installtion from the Earthenwood Design Team.
Look what's sprung up underneath one of Cindy's Red Lotus Pods!
Carmi features a newly molded pendant on this week's necklace sample.
Wire tutorials and resources galore on Beading Arts this week!
The trend is bracelets. Check out the cool art bead components ABS found for you!
There are lots of recent graduates out there. Here are some jewelry tutorials designed for the graduate.