500 Beaded Jewelry – Call for Entries

500 Beaded Jewelry Lark Jewelry & Beading seeks excellent photographs of excellent, original beaded jewelry pieces to publish in a new collection, 500 Beaded Jewelry, that will be juried by Ray Hemachandra. All jewelry forms, such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, pendants, rings, etc., will be considered, and we hope to capture a diversity of forms. The book will publish in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013. Download the PDF entry form here. (From Ray: I want to emphasize using professional photography with excellent focus, background, contrast, and color. Beaded work is notoriously difficult to photograph well, and because this is a …

New this week: Tiny Seedbeaders Rejoice!

Tiny Seedbeaders, Rejoice. Calling all tiny seedbeaders! Which is not to say seedbeaders of slight stature, but rather, all those who rejoice in the minuscule, tiny perfection of seedbeads so small – they resemble grains of sand. This week, we have, just for you, size 15/0 Toho Charlottes (that is, beads with a single facet cut into them) and, if you prefer the tube shape of the Miyuki Delica beads – we have them too, in size 15/0. Either way – with 80 new colours – you’ll be in tiny bead heaven! If seedbeads that small leave you squinting and …

Offbeat Bride

Wedding season is coming up, and with it a bunch of stressed out brides trying to please everyone except themselves.  Before you plan too much – take a look at Offbead Bride. I’ll admit, I got completely distracted with this site. It’s fascinating – be sure to pour a cup of something before you sit down.  Dwyn sent me the link last week, but I just recently got a chance to poke around – there are a lot of really cool DIY projects on how to make a fairy veil, blinging your wedding numbers and such, but truly it’s the …

Lampwork Trunk Show & Classes

The Lampwork Trunk Show is next weekend (May 14 10 – 5pm) at beadFX. The Trunk Show is a show for lampwork artists to display their fabulous handmade beads with beadmaking demos throughout the day. Tasty refreshments too! Come by and you’ll find one-of-a-kind glass beads and wonderful people. Here are the classes coming up next week: Let’s Wrap Them Up with Rae Huggins, May 10 6-8pm Learn to Make Glass Beads (4 hr class) with Dwyn Tomlinson, May 10 5 – 9pm Dangle Drop Earrings with Nadine Foskin, May 12 6 – 7:30pm Adios Amigas!

A Little Something for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day this coming weekend – second Sunday in May – and while some of you – most of you probably – still have your mom active and mobile and living “in the world” – some of us have mothers that have downsized just about everything, have moved into a retirement home, and have declared a ban on gifts that take up any space at all. All well and good, but it really limits the gift options! You find you need to stick to consumables like food (ha – with her restricted diet – no choices there) or soaps, or …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Bronze Dragonfly

Here is the fired dragonfly that I discussed making last week. I am disappointed with it for many reasons. For one I think that the chaos in my life recently had made it difficult to focus on any one thing. When this happens it is a good reminder to slow down and take a moment to focus. I think this little guy is a beginning but not what I had hoped. Anyway, I don’ t mind sharing my disappointments along with the victories. . Of note, I noticed the cz’s turned out a little hazy. This is the second time …