Book Launch Party Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Win a Free Space in My Next Online Workshop! Sunday, June 19, 2016
Win a free space in my next online workshop!
Registration for all workshops are currently re-opened and on sale. Save $50 off the Art of Color, Cane Design Bootcamp or Moths, Monarchs & Milkweed and $10 off Feathers & Friends.
Use code CLASS20 to save $20 off any two or more $75 classes.
Sale ends Tuesday.
Classes are self-paced with life-time access to the step-by-step videos and instructions.
Bead Class Sale! Friday, June 17, 2016
I've opened registration for my popular beadmaking classes for the next few days and have a special offer just for you!
100 Days of Beads Challenge Wednesday, June 15, 2016
I decided to challenge myself to make a new bead everyday for the 100 days. I love a good creative challenge to keep me on my toes.
I've had this tiger lily idea in my sketchbook for a few weeks and wanted to see it come to life. I may revisit it again soon.
Tiger lilies are my favorite flowers. I love to see them growing wild along old country roads.
I created these pendants last week, lilies have been in my mind!
Bead & Button Events and New Bead Preview Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Hello! I have been quite the busy bee over the past few months. Since April I've shared my skills with the Baltimore Bead Society, sailed the Caribbean on the Bead Cruise, moved into a new home and then spent four awesome days teaching with the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild and in the middle of all of that my latest book was launched into the world.
The bead-making awesomeness contained in the book is going to fill your days with inspiration and creativity. 52 bead-making projects using clay, plastic, wire, paper stone, wood and fiber. I had the best time creating the beads and exploring all these different materials and ways to make a bead. You could try a new one each week for entire year! The Bead-Making Lab can be found in your local book shop or online at Amazon. (affiliate link.) I am going to host an official party for the book on June 22nd with free projects, giveaways and more!
Whirlwind? Why yes it has been. The move was unexpected and has quite turned my life upside down. But box by box, it's being put back together as we settle into our sweet little home near the shores of Lake Michigan. Thankfully the move was just down the road. But a move is a move - are they ever easy?
With the Bead Cruise in May and a full teaching schedule I had made the decision last year not to have a booth a Bead & Button. I confess, it was one that I went back and forth wishing I could do it all. I will miss visiting with all my customers and sharing new work in person. But I am going to be at the show, shopping, doing demos and signing books. And while my head knows it's not show time, my hands have not got the message and I have just uploaded lots of new beads to my Etsy shop.
Bead & Button Events
In between my shopping adventures you can find me on the show floor this weekend doing a few demos and signing books!
Vintaj Willow Metal Sketch Demo
Booth 921 (Vintaj)
Friday 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Stop by the amazing Vintaj booth to shop, visit and catch my demo featuring the Willow Metal Sketch using Vintaj metal blanks featured in my book Beautiful Elements.
Book Signing and Wrapped Silk Bead Demo
Booth 401 (Kalmbach Books)
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
I'll be signing copies of Beautiful Elements in the Kalmbach book on Saturday. Along with signing books I'll demo how to create the silk wrapped beads from the book. I have free silk bead kits for the first 20 participants.
Three Image Resources for Jewelry Designers and Beadmakers Monday, April 11, 2016
Inspiration Kits! Thursday, April 7, 2016
This is the Art Bead Scene's inspiration for the April Monthly Challenge. It's an amazing painting by Helen Frankenthaler titled Jacob's Ladder. I love this color palette so much!
I pulled together some inspiration kits with beads that reflect the painting. You can find them in my Humblebeads VIP Party group here.
Beautiful Elements Book-Along Winners Thursday, March 31, 2016
My friend Mary Harding had fun creating wire wreaths as part of her chain for this necklace that features a copper leaf from the book and one her amazing copper toggle and one of her ceramic beads.
Mary also had fun putting her spin on the oak leaf connector in the book with a metal texture. OH, Mary, this is speaking my language.
Mary also used one her wire wreaths in this gorgeous wrapped bracelet that was featured on the Art Bead Scene this week. Love it!
Beautiful Elements Resource List Sunday, March 20, 2016
Beautiful Elements Reader Showcase Thursday, March 10, 2016
Hello! I wanted to feature a few designers who have jumped in and created projects inspired by techniques in Beautiful Elements. If you haven't heard, I am having a fun Book-Along to celebrate my new book. You can read all about it here. So let's see what folks have whipped up!
And she created earrings to match. Sarah blogged about her creations here.
Each chapter in the book starts out with basic techniques, this chapter I first cover how to make the acorn headpins and the basic oak leaf. I then take you through several projects featuring those elements. The leaf is used a pendant, bracelet cuff and toggle clasps.
Lorelei Eurto did a nice book review and created this bracelet inspired by the silk wrapped beads in the book. She did her beads with batik fabric - looks awesome and put them together in a bracelet of her own design. Read Lorelei's book review here.
The introduction in the book starts:
"This book represents the unlimited potential of raw materials. The most important raw material you possess is creativity. Limited only by what you can dream up with metal, wire, and clay, there are a million directions to travel in jewelry making. When exploring these basic materials, you'll never get bored or run out of ideas. One project gives birth to a new variation, one idea sparks another, and on it goes."
That was the essence of the projects I created for the book. I wanted to show how to create two or three elements and repeat them in various ways to create a collection of jewelry. I hoped to show you how to take a motif and translate it over and over in new ways and that the projects in the book are just a starting point. I know once you learn the basics and feel confident in the technique you'll add these elemements to your box of tricks and pull them out to create designs that are new and unique to you!