Upon first glance, the painting inspiration for February is layers of tapestries and bling with rose petals raining down from adoring maidens lining the street for this triumphant knight. And while all that is truly in this painting, there is a lot ...

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"Art Bead Scene Blog" - 5 new articles

  1. Perfect Pairings :: Jewels of Sayuri + Lori Schneider
  2. "Bohemian Inspired Jewelry" Book Project
  3. The Tale of a Tool by Mary Harding
  4. Monday Muse: Tropical Beads
  5. Perfect Pairings :: Bay Moon Designs + Brooke Bock + Beady Eyed Bunny
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Perfect Pairings :: Jewels of Sayuri + Lori Schneider


Upon first glance, the painting inspiration for February is layers of tapestries and bling with rose petals raining down from adoring maidens lining the street for this triumphant knight. And while all that is truly in this painting, there is a lot more. When you really start to look, you notice the more subtle imagery and the meaning of the title becomes more apparent. I am glad that Divya went back and really looked at the painting beyond what her first reaction was. For she discovered the message and translated that into her jewelry admirably. I think the contrast with the hard and thorny barbed wire frame holding in the softer pink and gold cabochon and the touches of crystals and the central rose make this necklace that much more intense and meaningful. In order to truly see the light you need the dark. In order to appreciate the beauty of the rose you need to respect the thorn.

Featured Designer :: Jewels of Sayuri
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Featured Bead Artist :: Lori Schneider

We are now using Pinterest! 
You can find more details in this post about the exciting new changes,
including a board devoted to art beads inspired by the monthly challenge!
(Ooh! Look! More pretty beads to lust after!)

Pretty please make sure that you post a link in your Pinterest description
so that I have someplace to attribute the picture! 
And don't forget to tell us about those art beads - providing links to bead makers is appreciated!

Deadline February 26th to get your pictures posted to the Pinterest boards for the creation of the Monthly Challenge Recap post for February 28th
TIP: If you upload your photo rather than pin it from your blog or shop, edit the pin (the little pencil button) and add your link as the source. Save your edits. This will allow us to click directly on your photo and go to your blog or shop to read more about your entry. If you don't, I might not be able to access the photo to share it.


    

"Bohemian Inspired Jewelry" Book Project

I see designers use the word "Bohemian" or "Boho" a lot when talking about their jewelry.  So I was wondering, "Is my jewelry Bohemian?"  I thought I would get out my book called "Bohemian Inspired Jewelry" by authors Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel.  Right in the books introduction, Lorelei and Erin explain in depth what is Bohemian inspired jewelry.  They say, "It's an artistic, nature inspired, and playful combination of materials and textures."  They go on to say, "Key features of Bohemian style include vibrant colors, organic materials such as wood, stone or clay, and patterned or textured fibers such as leather, ribbon, or cord."



I started looking more through the book, and the authors do an excellent job of introducing the reader to all these things in the guide before all the 50 finished jewelry designs.  I contacted Lorelei for permission to use her design on page 48 called "Quietude" as the inspiration for my design.  She said yes, so I was excited to share this with you.  This is the picture from the book:


What drew me in to this necklace was the use of disc beads, the focal pendant and the bar on top of it. A while ago, I discovered wax linen and how much I like knotting vs. stringing wire and crimping, so it is my go to stringing material.  Lorelei teaches the reader how to knot through the discs so they lie flat instead of having to stack them on the stringing material.  I am a ceramic bead artist, so I made my own inspirational pendant, the bar component and a heart bead (there is a heart bead a few beads up on the left side).  I couldn't find a metal button, so I used a heart lobster claw clasp instead.


I chose an entirely different color scheme, but followed along with the book directions.  I think my new necklace in the cool blue and purple tones, is calming, so I put the word Dream on the pendant. I purchased the lampwork disc beads in a Facebook group and I don't recall the artist's name (sorry!).  I hope this inspires you to get out your copy of the book and do this with a design that inspires you!  If you don't have a copy, they can be purchased on Amazon or at http://interweavestore.com

Next month I will be taking another design out of the book and doing this again, but I would like to invite you to do it with me!  Page 114 "The Beach House", also designed by Lorelei Eurto, is our inspiration.  If you don't have the book, here is the necklace:


Isn't it pretty with the multiple strands of beads across the front and the toggle on the side?  I have been wanting to try peanut beads, so here is my opportunity!  I don't know the exact day I will be blogging again, but have it made in 30 days, and you can post in the comments your design.  Thanks and I hope you'll play a long!

Michelle McCarthy, Firefly Design Studio
    

The Tale of a Tool by Mary Harding

Free form Peyote Stitch necklace by Mary Harding
Earlier this winter when I was working on the above necklace, I was browsing pages on the Bello Mundo site and ended up on their blog looking at the blog post that teaches how to make a Mala necklace and wondering how I would ever make all those tiny knots between the beads.
My previous experience making knots was nothing to be proud of--see below
                                                          Picture of my not so good  irregular knotting

It turns out that far into the post on Making A Mala Necklace, after learning about its history and meaning, I came to the Materials Needed section (for the second necklace discusses, the Amethyst) and tucked in there as the last item was the AWL, a tool noted for being helpful for tying knots. (My experience with such a tool was for making divots in metal .) The word was clickable and I found myself  looking at the tool I will be extolling  the virtues of in this post:
The Tulip Awl
Close up of the Tulip Awl showing how fine the point is and its protective plastic cap

And better yet I had a coupon for 30% off.  ( Bello Modo has sales very often). This awl  has a cushioned grip which is very comfortable and enough heft to be well balanced when you are working with it.

When it arrived I tried it out instantly on the same beads as above (with a thicker piece of waxed linen) to see if my knotting would be improved.
Better but not yet perfect knotting using my Tulip Awl  Maple Leaf Pendant by Mary Harding


The rest of this tale is a list of what else this tool can do:

Undo knots in beading thread and fine wire
Remove stitching  mistakes in bead work i.e. pulling threads (stronger than a needle)
Clear holes in some beads like polymer clay or pearls
Break unwanted beads in seed beading projects
Tie tiny knots in fringe and other places

And

Some Art Beads to enjoy:

Handmade Ceramic Art Beads by Gaea


Handmade Porcelain Ceramic Beads with a crackle glaze  by Mary Harding
                      Handmade stoneware ceramic beads with sprigging by Natalie Pappas NKP Designs


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Please let us know if you have tried this tool in the comment section below. Perhaps you have found even more uses for it.
Mary

www.maryhardingjewelry.etsy.com
www. facebook.com/MaryHardingJewelry
    

Monday Muse: Tropical Beads

 
As you are reading this I'm floating blissfully to a tropical island while hanging out with 65 creative, beady friends. It's Bead Cruise time!

I've been super inspired by the ocean and our Mexican destinations. Above you can see my latest birds with starfish, shells and coral designs. 

 
These earring charms look like treasures swept along a seaweed current. 

 
 
I'm teaching how to make these sea inspired headpins in one of my classes. Those are Nunn Design copper charms. 

 
Along with all those soft beachy hues, I was inspired by Mexican embroidery. I know I'll be shopping for some fun examples on the islands and taking lots of photos! 

 
I made these pendants inspired by Mexican ceramic tiles. These were my gift to our Bead Cruisers in our gift swag bags. 

Take a mental vacation on Pinterest this week and create jewelry inspired by your dream vacation. 
    

Perfect Pairings :: Bay Moon Designs + Brooke Bock + Beady Eyed Bunny


Despite not being a big heart fan, that beautiful bauble drew me right in. There is something so cheery about its shape and color. And then I had to take a closer look at those gorgeous rose beads, which I recognized immediately as belonging to Leah Curtis. The unexpected soft blue gives this a more ethereal look. It is simply wonderful and evokes the love that the maidens are showering on the knight in shining armor with their rose petals. 

Featured Designer :: Bay Moon Designs
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Featured Bead Artist :: Brooke Bock + Beady Eyed Bunny

We are now using Pinterest! 
You can find more details in this post about the exciting new changes,
including a board devoted to art beads inspired by the monthly challenge!
(Ooh! Look! More pretty beads to lust after!)

Pretty please make sure that you post a link in your Pinterest description
so that I have someplace to attribute the picture! 
And don't forget to tell us about those art beads - providing links to bead makers is appreciated!

Deadline February 26th to get your pictures posted to the Pinterest boards for the creation of the Monthly Challenge Recap post for February 28th
TIP: If you upload your photo rather than pin it from your blog or shop, edit the pin (the little pencil button) and add your link as the source. Save your edits. This will allow us to click directly on your photo and go to your blog or shop to read more about your entry. If you don't, I might not be able to access the photo to share it.




    

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