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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Giveaway: glass jewelry book

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Create Jewelry - Glass
by Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett

As a part of our celebration of all things beads - and definitely all things glass - I'll be giving away a copy of this terrific book published by Interweave Press.  Although I think that the book is best suited for beginners, it has some really fun designs in it that intermediate and advanced beaders will enjoy too.  You can read my review of the book here.

To enter my contest to win your own free copy of this book, leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite material is for bead stringing.  If you don't do stringing, tell me what you do instead!  If you tweet or post on facebook, etc about this contest, leave me a second message and you'll be entered twice!  Deadline for entry is next Wednesday evening :-)


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New sponsor: Casey Sharpe


I have another brilliant jewelry artist to introduce you to today: Casey Sharpe is a metal worker who makes lovely brooches, pins, rings, charms, and many other gorgeous pieces.  She is a brand new sponsor of Beading Arts, so you'll be able to find her banner ad in the sidebar!

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Starting a jewelry business

Think twice! But do it if it's really your dream.


More than two years ago, Kaytee of Simplexities had some very wise advice to share. At the time, she gave me permission to repost her list on another blog, which has since gone defunct. (See, not only jewelry businesses, but also jewelry blogs are a tough business!) The advice is timeless, so here it is for those who are thinking about launching your own jewelry business this year:
1. LOTS of people have “just started making jewelry” and are pretty good at it and after a few weeks, want to start selling. They have dreams of making it into a dream career, spending their days making beautiful jewelry, and the world beating a path to their door to buy it. It ain’t happening.

2. There are LOTS of long established beaders, doing excellent, prize winning work who are not selling enough jewelry to make it a career– many of them suppliment their “day jobs” with teaching, putting together kits and/or patterns of their MARKETABLE pieces, not with selling those pieces. And, they are “hustling” to get those teaching contracts and selling the kits. Or they went to selling beads and/or other beading supplies.

3. The market is saturated with nice, everyday type jewelry. With Swarovski crystals, Bali silver, gemstone beads…. Lots of competition at every craft fair and church bazaar… lots of people attempting to put together home shows… selling at boutiques, beauty salons and wherever else they can. China noticed the trend– WalMart and Target and the dollar stores are also now your competition. And, remember point 1– lots of the people who would have been your market, are now making their own items, or their mom/sister/best friend is, even if they are not selling. If you make back your materials costs and fees, you’ll be doing pretty good.

4. If you want a career in any sort self-employed endeavor– study up on BUSINESS. Usually, there are small business classes at local adult ed centers, community colleges, and/or through the SBA. Learn a bit of accounting– at least enough to put together what your tax advisor needs. And yes, you should have a tax advisor who is experienced with preparing home/small business forms. Determine your market and write a business plan. Find or make an inventory program (JDM or similar, or even just Excel) that works for you to keep track of things– and an accounting program–Quicken will do for a start. Be prepared to spend as much or more time attending to the “business” as in making the jewelry.

5. Find out what you need in terms of permits, licenses, insurance… sales tax collection… zoning laws…. These vary community to community.

6. Do you have enough room at home or do you need to rent studio/storage space? When I go to shows, I can carry the jewelry in one “little” bag… but the displays fill up my Matrix, with the back seat folded down. They, and the beads, take up a lot of room at home, too. Hubby is constantly complaining about it.

7. Do you have the time and financial support to pursue a business start-up? It generally takes a couple of years for a new business to just break even– how are you going to feed yourself in the meantime? How much can you invest out of your own funds? Can you qualify for a SBA or similar loan? They generally won’t loan to “home businesses”.

8. If you are going to have a website… even just a photo hosting site album… make sure you spell-check.
If you are not daunted by Kaytee’s list, then good! You might want to think about taking Tammy Powley’s Jewelry Business Crash Course, a free e-course designed to walk you through the process. Another great resource you should take a look at is Nicolette Tallmadge's podcast How to choose an online art website service if you decide to let Etsy or someone else host it for you.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Another new sponsor: Lyn Foley


Lyn Foley is the maker of gorgeous lampwork glass beads and finished jewelry!  She keeps a blog as well where you can see the latest creations that Lyn has put together...how about that stunning piece above for starters?

Lyn is my newest sponsor, and I am delighted to introduce you to her work.  You'll see her ad banner over in the sidebar, and that link will take you directly to the glass beads that she has available. 


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An update from Margie Deeb


Margie Deeb is a busy busy lady, busy writing, teaching, and of course beading!  But recently Margie took time out to tell me about a great honor that she has received: her book The Beader's Color Palette has been chosen by Library-Journal as the BEST Craft How-to Book of 2009!!

About this new accomplishment, Margie writes:

The Library-Journal is very prestigious, and recommends books in EVERY subject, fiction and non, for the whole country. So I am thrilled. It huge! And a great honor! And I am glad to see the subject of color being chosen as a top book, and the subject of beads. The Beader’s Color Palette was chosen above thousands of other books in every craft you can imagine. I am proud and beaming.

Congratulations, Margie!!

I'd like to invite you to read Margie's original artist profile that she did for Beading Arts





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Seed bead tutorials from the archives

Midnight at the Oasis

There are quite a few seed bead tutorials in the archives that I'd like to share with you...both off-loom bead weaving and bead embroidery.  Some of these are quick and dirty techniques, and some follow a larger project from beginning to end.  Enjoy!


Bead embroidery techniques

Free e-book on bead embroidery stitches

Treasure Chest: a basic bead embroidered project

Peyote stitch a beaded bead

The spiral stitch

A freeform beaded pendant from a geode

Two drop peyote beaded beads

Right angle weave bezel and bail

Cigar box handbag

A simple square stitch bail

Twisted peyote spiral necklace

Simple cuff bracelet

A wrapped paua necklace

Freeform seed bead necklace

Spiral square stitch

Autumn Arbor

Beaded cabochon pendants

A freeform beaded bauble

Beaded flowers

Floral bead embroidered necklace

Interesting spiral

Deco scarab necklace

Lady of Shalott

Midnight at the Oasis

Floral seed bead chain

Embroidered cuff bracelets

Making barnacles with seed beads

Monday, March 29, 2010

A new sponsor: The Artful Crafter


Over the next week or so, you will be seeing some brand new sponsor ads appearing in the sidebar of Beading Arts!  The results of my sponsorship ad contest are in, and today I'd like to introduce you to Eileen Bergen, who writes The Artful Crafter blog and also maintains The Artful Crafter website

I've spoken about Eileen before: there are basically no art forms that Eileen hasn't tried or hasn't at least wanted to try!  Family friendly ideas for all seasons and holidays, wearables, decorative home goods, and lots of business tips...that's what you'll find at Eileen's corner of the web. 

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Bead embroidered cuff bracelets


I promised a few weeks ago that I would write up instructions for how to make the bead embroidered cuff bracelets that I'm doing each month for the Bead Journal Project 2010.  You can see all of my bracelets as they appear each month by choosing Bead Journal Project under the heading "Categories" in the sidebar.  Or just click on the last link!

Anyway, here's how I am making them.  Not all of the fabrics are as complicated as this one.  Sometimes I have painted the fabric, and sometimes I'm using plain commercial fabric.  Steps 3 through 5 deal with making a more complicated collaged fabric base.



1. Decide on pattern and draw it for future reference - measurement of wrist plus 1 inch for button overlap.




2. Pick and cut background fabric larger than pattern. Iron on a piece of Pellon fusible interfacing (lightweight) to back.




3. Layer on embellishment fabrics, zig zag stitching into place.




4. Cut to just a hair larger than size of pattern.

5. Zig zag stitch all around outside.




6. Stitch on button closure and embellish with beads and embroidery threads.




7. Twist and zig zag stitch some fibers for a loop closure. Machine stitch into place on back of embellished bracelet top.




8. Pin top to a backing fabric all around the outside and a few spots inside to keep from slipping. Cut backing even with top. Machine baste all around the edge.




9. Embroider around the edge with buttonhole stitch, adding beads every other stitch. Do not sew beads to the edge where the button is - the loop end will overlap it.

Note: The button used is a Susan Clarke Originals, made in the Czech Republic

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Best Bead Embroidery Books:

Art of Bead Embroidery by Heidi Kummli & Sherry Serefini
Beading on Fabric by Larkin Jean Van Horn
Beading With Cabochons by Jamie Cloud Eakin
Bead Embroidery by Valerie Campbell-Harding
Beaded Embellishment: Techniques & Designs for Embroidering on Cloth by Amy C. Clarke
Embeadery by Margaret Ball


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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Seed bead artist: Paula Huckabay


Paula loves to play with seed beads. Well, actually, it seems that Paula loves to play with beads of all different types! But for today, I want to share some of her beautiful seed bead designs with you. Visit Pacific Jewelry Designs to see more of Paula Huckabay's work.



Paula writes:

As a jewelry designer of many years I am always learning new things and I find myself drawn more and more to working with seed beads. It is one of the most artistic forms of beading and I love the ability it gives me to be really creative. I feel as if I am just embarking on a new path and I can't wait to see where it leads.


The Blushing Ivory Freeform Peyote bracelet (shown above) is not yet on my website but will be later this month, it is away for photography for Bead Trends magazine. I was chosen as the featured designer in the March 2010 issue, a wonderful compliment!




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Seed bead artist: Dawn Dalto


Although Dawn Dalto started out her jewelry business like most of us, thinking that she would like to make a living by selling her beadwork, she ended up following a path that led her more into pattern design and sales! Isn't it great to know that bends and twists in the road are not a bad thing?



Taking her marketing tasks seriously, Dawn is a very busy girl online, maintaining several websites and also selling through several pattern sales sites:
http://www.bluebearbeads.com
http://bluebearbeads.etsy.com
http://bead-patterns.com
http://sova-enterprises.com
http://www.dawndalto.net
http://www.artistwrangler.com


Dawn writes:
During the prime of my beady career I owned a brick & mortar bead store, travelled and sold beads at bead shows, designed and sold my own jewelry and beadwork at art/craft shows and designed and sold my patterns and kits. I have travelled and taught (mostly on the east coast) at many a bead shop or show.

Around 2006 beads, though still popular were knocked off the top of the craft shop pile by knitting. This was when I went back to work at a "day job". I had managed to build my business so that it supported me from about 2002-2006. Lots of long hours, lots of worrying and finally when the ends didn't meet in the middle anymore I had to face reality and get back in the workforce. A lot of the "business" end of things had driven the joy out of why I was so excited about beading in the first place.




For 4 years I have worked at a Ceramic Art Center. I had never touched clay before starting there and was hired because I had administrative skills, was an artist, but didn't actually work in clay. Today is the 3rd day that I no longer have a "day job", but have returned to being a full time artist. During my time at the clay center I did start working in clay and love it. It has resulted in a medium change for me, but also for a wiser look at the arts & crafts market. I felt I had to return to being self-sufficient as an artist because the work environment had become toxic for me.

I still love talking to folks about beading and helping educate and teach when asked, but it has become a part of what I do not the singular thing. I sell beads and patterns, sell my ceramic art and freelance as an "Artist Wrangler" to help other artists with advice and guidance. My plan is to use a little of all of my talents to remain self employed, pay the bills and be happy most of all.




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Friday, March 26, 2010

Seed bead artist: Cheri Meyer

"Freeform" might very well be Cheri Meyer's middle name! Everything she sees that catches her eye sends her running for her beads, putting them together however it seems right at the time.




You can contact Cheri online through these three sites:
http://fromoutofthecracks.blogspot.com/
http://www.etsy.com/shop/fromoutofthecracks
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47279986@N05/





Cheri writes:

My free form peyote stitch bead work has no actual pattern or preconceived idea of how the piece will look when finished. It all starts with some visual inspiration that crosses my path, a mixture of color, a unique bead, a colorful pattern from a piece of material or a painting that speaks to me. Once the inspiration strikes my enthusiasm to gather a colorful pallet of beads becomes a passionate journey to take a needle and thread and one bead at a time to create something so wonderfully complex you can’t stop looking it!




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Bead & jewelry blogging round-up!


The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew recaps a recent trip to Detroit for the Great Lakes Bead Guild's Bead Bonanza.

About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy has been showing off some of her favorite jewelry pieces on her blog this week like this pretty earring and necklace set. 

Art Bead Scene
It's the Art Bead Scene Monthly Carnival Blog. This month's theme is "passion."

Carmi's Art/Life World
A vintage TUMs container becomes a necklace centerpiece in Carmi's project this week.  

Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva
Rewind: Is your bronze metal clay warping? Then Cindy's got the tool for you - Rawhide!  

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Whoo- whoo! New porcelain owl pendants inspired by internet sensation Molly the Owl  

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei is playing around with the idea of collections and series in her jewelry line.  

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean's sharp eye spots the first announcement of a BeadStyle Magazine special issue she will be appearing in!  

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Seed bead artists from the archives

Amy Clarke Moore

I love sharing new artists with you, but I don't want to forget about the ones we've already visited with! Especially because new people are joining our happy little band of bead and jewelry crazies every day, and they may not have seen these terrific artists!


Please drop me a line if you'd like to share your work! There's always room for more :-) Just email cyndi @ mazeltovjewelry.com (remove the spaces) anytime.

Susan Shaw

Morwyn Dow

Karen Paust

Margie Deeb

Denise Perreault

Dulcey Heller

Amy Clarke Moore

Tina Koyama

Mary Tafoya

Beverly Ash Gilbert

Nancy Peterson

Jean Hutter

Kathryn lane Berkowitz

Sylvia Windhurst

Paula Motsinger Meyncke


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Seed bead artist: MaryLou Holvenstot

Her passion is the cuff bracelet, but MaryLou Holvenstot does much much more! In fact, MaryLou is another beader who has discovered that selling patterns as well as finished work can improve her business.

Bois Peint, an original woodgrain design peyote cuff
You can connect with MaryLou online at these sites:
http://time2cre8.etsy.com/
http://time2cre8.blogspot.com




The Color of Light, a freeform peyote cuff


MaryLou writes:

I've been creating in one form or another for my entire life, having grown up in a household of creative and artistic family members. My own artistic path has included pen and ink drawing, knitting, crocheting, sewing, photography, and a variety of other crafts. Then, while attending a Bead and Button show in 2005, I discovered seed beads; and life since then has been consumed with creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry from these tiny bits of glass.

Cybele, a one-of-a-kind necklace featuring a raku cabochon and driftwood 

A self-taught beadweaver, I've relied on books and magazines to learn the techniques employed in my work. My style runs the gamut from whimsical to serious, from simple to complex, and everything in between. With a background in drafting and in pen and ink drawing, I enjoy creating designs for beadwoven bracelets and cuffs and often revel in how a design changes simply by using different bead colors. Over the years I've amassed a collection of seashells, driftwood, and natural stones that frequently find their way into my creations; and I'm always on the lookout for unusual items that can be incorporated into a special piece. I also spend a lot of time looking for artisan-made beads and buttons (lampwork, ceramic, porcelain, polymer clay) that I can showcase in my designs, and I've enjoyed creating collaborative pieces with a number of artists.



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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring cleaning: jewelry business tips

It's spring, and it's time to clean out the old bad habits and sweep in the new. I've been hoarding up these great tips from master jewelry makers, and it's time to share them with you before I lose my list!


I know that not everyone names their beadwork or jewelry pieces, but I do. The biggest challenge I face is that I can't seem to come up with GOOD names! Maybe this article by Laura Kay will help me:
How to name your handcrafted bead jewelry

While we're at it, let's take a look at our jewelry creations and decide if they are going to be pieces that sell. The best name in the world won't help if our designs are lame! Alisa Johnson helps us with that:
Crafting jewelry that sells

If you make multiples of your pieces, and are interested in selling them through stores, you will learn a lot from Eileen Bergen's explanation of bar codes and how to get them:
Bar codes and sku's

Here's one that's stumped me ever since I went full-time in art making and writing about it: how to answer nosy questions about how much I make. Miss Manner's has the perfect answer, and I thank Elaine Luther for the link:
Creative reader rich at (he)art



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Recent publications: March 2010



Eye Candy Quilts: Super-Fast Fun with Beads, Baubles, Buttons and More by Melody Crust

Your Seed Bead Style: Accents, Embellishments, and Adornments by the Editors of Bead&Button Magazine

Beading in No Time by Linda Peterson

Sherri Haab Jewelry Inspirations: Techniques and Designs from the Artist's Studio by Sherri Haab







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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My picks for the 7 Kreativ Bloggers award


Earlier this week I told you about receiving a Kreativ Blogger award from my friend and blogging buddy Eileen at The Artful Crafter. I just figured out that if I tell you that you really need to go visit Eileen because her blog and website are a never-ending treasure trove of ideas and projects and good advice, then I can probably get away with sharing 7 more bloggers with you and end up telling you about 8 instead ;-)

Anyway, here are the rules again for accepting this award and passing it on:

1. Post the image of the award
2. Thank the person who gave it to me
3. Link to the person who gave it to me
4. Tell you seven things about myself that you probably don't know
5. Choose seven great bloggers to give this award to
6. Give a link to their blogs
7. Leave them a message on their blog

I did # 1 through 4 in the earlier post, so today I'm going to share my picks with you.  While it's tempting to share the ones that I often refer to here, I think I really need to point out some blogs to you that are creative in different ways.  Sure, it's important to feast you eyes on beautiful beadwork regularly, but it's just as important to cross genres and fill your mind and heart with work from other disciplines.  To that end, here are some of the most creative blogs that I'd like to share with you:

Danielle Hurley
My daughter Dani has been an artist since before she could make her first mark.  At age three she announced to her father and me, "Art is my life."  And she meant it.  Her work followed an unconventional path in that she is equally gifted in mathematics, receiving a degree in art with a minor in math.  Unlike me, she is not put off by numbers at all, and revels in being able to design complicated projects that need a mathematician's understanding.

Nicole Weston, Baking Bites
Nicole is as much of a chocoholic as I am, but she has also chosen to create beautiful desserts and treats that actually don't involve chocolate.  She has broadened my horizons as to what constitutes a proper dessert, and that is no easy feat!  Nicole's photography is gorgeous, and everything she bakes makes me drool. 

Darren Rowse, Problogger
Why would I include a blog about blogging on a Kreativ Blogger list?  Because if you want to make your blog better, for whatever reason, Darren is the go-to guy.  Whether or not you have any interest in making money from your artwork or from your writing about it, Darren's blog will help you figure out how to make sure that people beyond your immediate circle of friends find out about you.  Full of a million ideas and tips to make your writing sing.

Sharon Boggon, Pin Tangle
Well, I'm getting closer to bead artists here.  Sharon is a fiber artist, an extraordinary embroidery queen who was able to tempt me into taking an online class.  I have been in love with Sharon's heavily encrusted crazy quilting for years, and it finally fit my schedule to take a class with her.  Her blog is amazing, with new treats for your eyes just about every day.   

Amit Gupta, Photojojo
So many cool things to do with your camera and so little time.  Not just your camera, but all kinds of cool camera accessories, Photoshop tricks, things to do with your photos, on and on and on and on.  Most of it is DIY, and all of it is FUN.

Lisa Crone, A Bead A Day
I like big complicated projects as much as the next person.  Ok, maybe a bit more than the next person.  But what really gets my creative juices flowing is Lisa's gentle approach: here is a lovely bead, and here's a great idea or two of what to do with it!  Lisa profiles all the best beads...bet on it!

Rena Klingenberg, Jewelry Business Blog
Rena is a businessperson's businessperson.  I really appreciate the thorough and accurate way that she handles all sorts of topics that interest those of us trying to make an income from our art.  There are links on this site to Rena's other sites, which are equally helpful, covering jewelry display, home jewelry business tips, and Rena's own gorgeous work.   

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Embroidery stitches with beads


Chain stitch by The Bead Wrangler

This is slightly different from what we normally think of as "bead embroidery". Embroidery with beads uses small seed beads to create traditional embroidery stitches that you would normally do with embroidery floss. The Bead Wrangler has a good introduction to this art form if you'd like to give it a try. There are several adjustments that you’ll need to make when you decide to start filling your embroidery stitches with beads, and she goes over all the basics! Sharon B also incorporates a lot of beads into her crazy quilt stitched masterpieces. In fact, you can find lots of embroidery artists who add beads to the mix with lovely results.

Here are a few more to check out:

Nancy Eha

Embeadery, by Margaret Ball

Pretty Impressive Stuff
Beaded versions of many embroidery stitches




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Bead Journal Project: bracelet for March


The coastline in New England is rough and somber-hued in late winter and early spring. In fact, spring doesn't even come until very late.  I grew up in central Pennsylvania, a region where winters are just as harsh as here in New England, but spring comes much much earlier.  Certainly by the end of March at the latest.

But we didn't have the ocean bordering us in Pennsylvania.  New Jersey kind of got in the way, and we only visited the shore during the summer, the tourist time of year.  I love the ocean in winter, but I never knew that until we moved to New England :-)

This is my Bead Journal Project piece for March, celebrating the ocean at an unusual time of year.  I decorated it with barnacles (which I'll teach you how to make in a few weeks), shell chips, and pearls.   

January
February



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Monday, March 22, 2010

Kreativ Blogger Award


Wow.  What can I say?  I was really knocked back the other day when my friend Eileen, who I swear knows more about every different craft under the sun than anyone, picked me as one of the 7 Most Kreativ Bloggers she knows.  Eileen writes The Artful Crafter, and there just aren't any art forms I can think of that she's not willing to try!

I don't know how I'm ever going to be able to keep my picks to just seven.  I read a LOT of different people each week, probably like you do too.  And there are so many different forms of creativity that I think I might even like to stretch my definition a bit.  Anyway, here are the rules for accepting this award and passing it on:

1. Post the image of the award
2. Thank the person who gave it to me
3. Link to the person who gave it to me
4. Tell you seven things about myself that you probably don't know
5. Choose seven great bloggers to give this award to
6. Give a link to their blogs
7. Leave them a message on their blog

I guess that today I will tell you about the seven things you may not know.  And maybe you don't want to know!  That's ok...you don't need to read any further if you don't want to.  This is personal stuff and doesn't really have anything to do with beads ;-)   The rest of this week, I'll share with you the seven other bloggers that I'll give this award to.  

Things about me that you probably don't know:

1. I once ran across the Grand Canyon with my marathoning group, and I'm wondering if I will ever do anything that awesome ever ever again. Ever.

2. We bought an old house twenty-some years ago, because we thought it might be fun to DIY renovate. It wasn't. So when we outgrew that house, we promptly bought another old fixer-upper. Smart, huh? It's a great house though...

3. Italy was the most jaw-dropping place I've ever been. I didn't even want to go, really (I don't like being away from home), but it was so great I'm glad I went.

4. I love to read. That's probably why I became an English professor and later ended up working at the library. It was no fun working at the library...there was no time to read.  So I decided to do art fulltime, and there's still no time to read.

5. I fantasize about owning dogs again. I miss having a dog or two. But I realize how much work they are and that I'm not in a position right now to give them that time and attention they need.

6. I love God. I mean, I'm just totally crazy about Him. I know that I only love Him because He loved me first, which means my love isn't as perfect as His. But I really am nuts about Him.

7. I love my family.  Ok, maybe that's not a real big surprise, but I also LIKE all of them.  I've got the best husband, son, daughter, daugher-in-law, grandbaby, mother, father, brother, inlaws, nieces and nephews that anyone could ever have.  



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Sublime Spring bracelet





The beginning of Spring lifts my soul each year, even though here in New England we're just as likely to have April snowstorms as we are to have gentle breezes, soft rains, and flowers poking bravely upwards!

When Artbeads.com contacted me and asked me to create a special Spring project using any materials that I wanted, I knew it was going to have to have something to do with flowers.  Even though we do get April and May snowstorms, I have planted tons of bulbs over the years that to manage to brighten my days...as long as they're not totally buried in snow!




So the product that I picked to use in my Spring jewelry project was, ironically enough, ICE Resin  :-)  I paired this with a beautiful round frame Patera bracelet and proceded to make fantasy flowers.

Materials and tools

Antique Copper-Plated Brass Round Frame Patera Bracelet
ICE Resin and mixing tools
Acrylic paints or inks
50 inches of lace
Nymo thread, white
22 gauge colored craft wire
Pearl-finished beads
Glass or lucite leaves
Jump rings


Scissors
Mixing cups
Sewing needle
Flat nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Steel mandrel
Ruler
Tweezers



1. Cut 5 pieces of lace, 10 inches each, and color them in thin acrylics or inks.


2. Snip the lace slightly every 2 inches along one edge.  Take a running stitch along the other edge and gather the lace into rounds that will fit along the edges of the bracelet frames.  Stitch the circle closed.


3. Cut 3 inch lengths of colored craft wire for a total of 15 lengths. 


4. Turn a wide loop and bend it so that the wire continues up from the center of the loop at a right angle.  Slide on a large bead. 


5. Use a mandrel or the small tip of your round nose pliers to create a spring shape.  Bend the wire until the pearl is able to sit upright. 


6. Using small dabs of glue or double-sided tape if needed, arrange 3 springs in each frame.


7. Mix up the resin according to directions.  There is a video http://www.artbeads.com/ice-resin-ht-video.html at the Artbeads.com site.  Drizzle a small amount of resin into each frame and add smaller beads around the springs.  When all beads are in place, drizzle more resin over the tops, being careful not to overfill and overflow the shallow edges. 


8. Brush a small amount of resin along the inner edge of the lace circles.  Place them on the frames and allow them to dry thoroughly overnight.


9. Attach clusters of leaves together with jump rings and attach to the loops between each frame. 





As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received ICE Resin and a Pantera bracelet free of charge from Artbeads.com in order to create a project free of charge for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
  

Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

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