Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
These would look great against white hemp cord too!
Monday, April 25, 2011
I think I'll just look at these for a while! The cool part is I now have a fun bead mix to share with you all week! Have a great evening!
Sunday, April 24, 2011
First, do we need a new bracelet or earrings to make tomorrow a better day? If yes, get your beads out!!
Barbe's giving away the latest Industrial Chic booklet and some charms!
Here's a fresh idea for spring - a garden gate clasp.
What are your plans for your siver scraps now that silver is crazy expensive?
As part of the Artbead challenge, "What's Old is New Again", Cyndi has constructed a flapper-style necklace from some very cool components!
We all scream for Ice Cream! Melanie shows how she designed and made a new line of sweet pendants.
Cindy's made some new blush pink drops, come see what she's done with them!
This weeks blog features the poppies of Paris and the jewelery it inspires.
A lovely tree branch, soft pink flowers and wisps of silk inspired two necklace designs.
Andrew takes a peak at Anne Choi's new BRONZE beads!
This week Carmi has a short tutorial on using resin as a glaze.
Rio Grande is encouraging a wonderful way of helping the people of Japan and it is SO EASY! Read about it on Jean's blog!
Melissa is brooding about issues of originality this week.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The pendant is so darn cute and I LOVE the combination of ribbon and cording he used! Aww! I think, for me, what makes the dolphin so adorable is the eye which looks so much like a "googly-eye". As a crafter, I have a soft spot for "googly-eyes!"
If you have my book, A Bead in Time, you know my husband and I hugged dolphins during a caribbean vacation. They really are sweet looking because of their constant smile and almost dog-like nature.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I've just selected a variety of glass and crystal beads, some vintage, that I think will work well with this very cool "flea market find" bead that I came across several years ago. I have always wanted to use this, but never figured out how.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
This is one of those cases! LOOK at this swarovski pendant!!! It's 22"x15" and comes in every color! It is called the Baroque Pendant. If you click on that link it will take you directly to the Swarovski site where you can switch out all the colors and every one of them is great!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Andrew debuts his new filigree bezels filled with vintage stamps coated in resin. Check them out!
A vintage belt buckle takes center stage in a bold necklace designed by Charlene
Melissa is back and is wondering if anyone else has trouble using materials that are "too special" in their projects?
Melanie introduces a new egg themed design and wonders what the Earthenwood Design Team will hatch up in jewelry designs.
Cindy shares one of her free projects.
The final chapter of Cyndi's e-book is now available! "Fibers, Fabrics, and Beads" challenges you to integrate all the fiber arts that you already love with your bead embroidery!
The Art Bead Scene shows off this month's challenge. Come take a look!
Pets and children are wonderful, but they can make jewelry making very challenging!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
This is a product made by the Plaid company and it has some kind of finish on it that gives it a white silver, almost matte, appearance. The heart dangle was just like the icing on the cake!
I can't wait to get started on my bracelet, but first, I need to find these chains!! If you've seen them recently, please drop me a line! :) Have a great weekend!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The fun part was squeezing the paint from high above the spinner and watching it get pulled into the centrifical force!
Even though the designs were all rather similar, it didn't really matter. It was more about the individual experience each time you placed a piece of paper on the spinner. What a fun game!! I am pretty sure I have one stored in a closet here somewhere, I might have to dig it out for the weekend.
Hope you're having a great week!!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The prize is a $100 Artbeads Gift Certificate! You can enter this giveaway just by leaving a comment on the Artbeads Blog for Beaders describing your favorite themed product and what you would create with it. The winner will be selected at random and announced on their blog.
More info will be coming from Artbeads next week, so stay tuned!
Monday, April 11, 2011
I had the funniest thought though as it seemed like forever until the light changed so I could run across and into my building....I thought it would be so cool if they were raindrop beads!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Have a great week!! :)
The Tax Man Cometh! Get some advice from the Art Bead Scene.
Cyndi has a copy of the wonderful new book "Endless Sparkle" that she is just dying to give away!
Carmi has a new bezel to show off on a brooch.
Andrew shares his new signature tags and announces his plans for a new jewelry line.
Let's revisit some flakey advice from Cindy.
April is Autism Awareness month, so consider making jewelry as a way to bring some attention to this disorder.
Jean is involved in an "A to Z" blogging challenge and at the same time comes up with a great idea for the letter "D" -- Katie Hacker's design contest! Come and see what it is all about!
Got a small pendant that needs a little punch? Charlene shares five ways to give a small pendant more pizazz.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
What do you think?
Friday, April 8, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
A few weeks ago, Swarovski Elements launched the official free Create Your Style and app that gives Swarovski fans a way to make their own creations using the sparkling elements.
The Create Your Style app is your direct connection to inspiring ideas, sparkling designs and the latest crystal innovations. With this app users can browse latest design projects like special holiday creations, get instant information about every Swarovski Element within that design project and learn step-by-step directions on how to bead and create.
Perfect for any DIY enthusiast, this app takes the creator from step one to a dazzling final product they’ll love to share.
The free app is available to download at iTunes now: http://bit.ly/hCjL4I
Here is some more information on the Create Your Style Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/eUjeRF
ENJOY!! If anyone out there has already downloaded the app, I'd love to hear about it!! :)
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Carmi will be launching a brand new blog featuring resin crafts!
ABS Editor, Cindy Gimbrone has a new look in her winter studio/office. Come take a look!
Despite the high price of silver, Andrew creates a treasure trove of decorative headpins out of fine silver and metal clay.
Next month in the US is tax time. If you have a jewelry business, Tammy has some tax tips for you.
Jean is stunned and proud when the great art glass bead maker Cathy Lybarger honors her with her own "Jean Mask " bead ! Wow!
Charlene's feeling froggy and designs a necklace in green and brown tones
Do you like copper and turquoise together? Then you're going to love this new tutorial that Cyndi wrote up for you!
Cindy shares her "DO" for the week.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Butterflies and spring seem to go hand in hand!
Friday, April 1, 2011
I'm taking a paper crafting class tomorrow, I wish you all could come with me! We're making a mini-album that only requires a pair of scissors and a glue stick, but looks very complex!
Talk about beads interacting together, this white necklace is amazing!! I know how much work is involved in adding all of these great beads to a base of seed beads. The result is an eye catching work of art!! WOW! Here is the description posted on Etsy:
"I made this dramatic looking necklace with lots of assorted white and clear glass beads on a white aurora borealis seed bead base. This is a necklace for times you want a bold yet elegant piece that commands attention. Being mostly clear and white, it goes with nearly all colours in your wardrobe. It has a dangle focal pendant attached.It fastens with a sterling silver toggle clasp."
Being an eclectic sort of person, I was then drawn to her wire woven bracelet for its wonderful metally elegance!