Monday, August 31, 2015

Fire Mountain Gems seed bead contest

Myst of Avalon
by Cyndi Lavin

So I just got notification on Friday that Myst of Avalon won a Silver Medal in the seed bead contest sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems.  The next contest coming up that FMG will sponsor is the Swarovski crystal contest, which closes October 30, 2015

All the winning designs, from several years past through current, are linked here if you'd like to look through them for inspiration: beading contest winners



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Friday, August 28, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!



Art Bead Scene
Check out Mary's review of the new book 'Handcrafted Metal Findings' - it looks awesome!

Connie Gee's Designs
Connie has added a new free pattern to her site. It is the first in a series of vase-themed patterns inspired by motifs from vintage samplers.

Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to Be Done!
Jean reviews the spectacular new book, Fine Art Wire Weaving by Sarah Thompson -- what a great design book!

Lost Earring Cleverly Replaced
Eileen lost one of the earrings the very first time she wore this pretty set. Don't you just hate when that happens?

Video Book Review
The Crafty Princess takes a look at a new book called "Super Cute Crochet for Little Feet."

How to Sew a Pillow
This easy pillow tutorial uses scrap fabric (from an old receiving blanket) to make a perfect pillow for a little kid's rest time.

Christian Art Greeting Cards
Cherie introduces some new greeting cards she's made with her artwork.

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
For August, the Inspired by Reading Book Club read, "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. See what the participants were inspired to create with this fantastical book in mind!



Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Recent publications: August 2015



Jewelry Making: Step by step Guide To Creating Your Own Original And Unique Jewelry by Julia Riley

Beaded Chain Mail Jewelry: Timeless Techniques with a Twist by Dylon Whyte

Ancient Worlds, Modern Beads: 30 Stunning Beadwork Designs Inspired by Treasures from Ancient Civilisations by Mortira Natasha van Pelt

Diamond Weave: A complete guide to mastering the bead world's newest stitch by Cath Thomas and Gerlinde Lenz

30 Minute Jewellery: What Can You Make in Half an Hour or Less? by Beverley McCullough

Brace Yourself!: A collection of bracelets patterns with unique beads, stones and tatted lace by Victoria Clarke

Fine Art Wire Weaving: Weaving Techniques for Stunning Jewelry Designs by Sarah Thompson


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Friday, August 21, 2015

heART beats from other blogs!



Treasure Hunt
Connie's added a new pattern to her Etsy shop called Treasure Hunt. It would be great for an ornament or card.

DIY Chalkboard Sign
Getting ready for back to school? This easy chalkboard sign is made out of a canvas and is a great prop for first day of school photos.

Whiten Yellowed Plastic
Do you know how easy it is to whiten plastic yellowed by age? Eileen demonstrates on her Ott task lamp and also whitened a Braun juicer with awesome results! Everything old is new again.

Doll Experiment Wrap Up
Malibu Barbie is back to give a wrap up of the doll crafting experimentation, good and bad.


Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Portal to Dreams



Ohmygosh...I made this piece, Portal to Dreams, such a long time ago, but somehow I think I neglected to ever write about it!  This was back when I wasn't as careful to get good process pictures, so I only have a few to show you.  But the basics of making a piece like this are actually fairly simple.  You can get pretty much all the details you need by going through my step-by-step instructions found in the free first chapter of Every Bead Has a Story.  There you'll learn stack stitch, edging brick stitch, how to back and finish a piece with a clean edge, and how to make and attach the beaded straps.


The sodalite slab that I used for a centerpiece had a hole cut into it, so I took advantage of that by doing some gold wire wrapping.  At the bottom of the stone, I fashioned a wrapped loop to later allow dangles to hang freely.  The beadwork surrounding the stone was done entirely in stack stitch, mostly with larger beads at the top of smaller sized bead "stalks".

When the pendant was completely beaded to my satisfaction, I cut it out and backed it with another piece of non-woven heavy fabric.  I stitched around the edges, adding beads and accents with an edging brick stitch.  I stitched a couple of wire connectors to the top corners, sandwiching them in between the fabric layers.  All these instructions can be found in the free e-book chapter linked above.


A couple of beaded straps and some beaded dangles completed the piece.


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