Friday, February 18, 2011

Spring Issue of Stringing!

It seems like it's harder to get jewelry designs published in the magazines these days! So many great designers submitting work, so I feel very fortunate that I have 2 jewelry designs in the upcoming issue of Stringing Magazine! A necklace and a bracelet. I can't wait to see the issue! It's on newsstands Tuesday, February, 22nd.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Earthenwood Design for February

Valentine's Day is just days away now, so it's time for more hearts! This cool heart lock pendant arrived in the mail just a few days ago from Melanie of Earthenwood Studio. I love this pendant! It looks like an antique locket to me. I started working with it as soon as I opened Melanie's package. I just couldn't resist! She sent heart pendants and a few other link pieces to all the design team members this month. I'm sorry I didn't take a picture of the things she sent, but you can see all the beads on her blog!

I made a simple, delicate necklace this time around. Romantic, but a little dark. Actually, as I was working out the design, I thought of that girl from the vampire movies! It does feel a little Twilight inspired, don't you think? I call it Lovers Locket. Three strands of red waxed linen cord braided together with faceted black onyx beads. Drops of pear-shaped faceted garnets and tiny hemite beads dangle from one side and with the heart pendant as well. Finished off with a Vintaj brass hook clasp and a gunmetal chain extender with a garnet drop.

Lovers Locket

I'm looking forward to seeing what the other design team members do with the beads this month! Here's the list:

Andrew Thornton
Gaea Cannaday
Denise Yezbak Moore
Erin Prais-Hintz 
Erin Siegel
Heather Powers
Lorelei Eurto
 Lori Anderson
Jean Yates
Marie Dodd 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bead Soup Received!

Here's my soup I received from my party partner, Dee Gordon! She wrote the cutest poem on her blog as she mailed out my package! Check that out here. When I opened Dee's package, I was whisk away on a tropical vacation! The tropical fish and colors of the seed beads and glass crystals make me think of azure waters and warm golden sun! So nice to think about in the middle of this snowy Winter! I love the wood bead and these beautiful silver pieces she sent, too. This whimsical tropical fish...well, he is just so adorable! I can't wait to start creating with him, I have some ideas already about what I will do. The jewelry reveal for the Bead Soup Blog Party begins February 26th! See you there!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Don't Miss This Giveaway!

I'm giving away a sample pack of Irish Waxed Linen Cord over on A Jewelry Accord! The giveaway package includes 3 yards each in 12 different colors! If you've ever wanted to give this material a try, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of. It's great stuff and once you give it a try, you'll be hooked!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bead Soup Sent!

I'm participating in the Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson. You can find out about the party and how it works on Lori's Bead Soup Party page. Here's the Bead Soup mix I shipped on over to my partner, Dee Gordon of Runako Designs! Dee makes gorgeous jewelry! Check out her blog and website. I had a fun time choosing just the right ingredients from my stash! I hope Dee finds this soup mix yummy enough to cook with! I think she does and I'm really looking forward to seeing what she dishes out! I will show you what she sent me as soon as I get around to taking a photo of it! So, stay tuned!