Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Le Jardin

 The necklace I created for the 2020 Toho Challenge.
This is the second time I have participated in the challenge, and once again, I only snapped a couple of quick pictures before sending it off.
The necklace will be exhibited in Japan until the 2021 Bead and Button show.
I have written tutorials for most of the flower designs, and am busy assembling them into a book. A few of the blossoms including the poppy and fuchsia are currently available in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Toho Challenge 2020

The Toho Challenge colors for 2020 were called "A Spectrum of Joy", and for me the palette was perfect.

My piece is a floral necklace which I called Le Jardin.
To see the finished necklace, click on the link above.
Some of the floral components are shown below.

My completed design has over 300 hours of work involved. 
The base was created in two layers.
 I used a hand carved nephrite jade focal as my added design element.

To see all designs by the featured artists, click the link for Team Toho 

 Some of the elements prior to attaching them to the base.
All of the floral elements will soon be available as tutorials in my Etsy shop. Enjoy a 15% discount with the coupon code SPRING.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Beading competitions 2020

Beading contests 2020

Beads Biennale 
Deadline - February 26, 2020
First round judging free, second round $90
Artist is responsible for cost of shipping design to Japan for exhibition.

Upper Mid-West Bead Society 
Whooo'll Bead for Owls?
Up to three entries for a $25 entry fee. Benefits the International Owl Center.
Deadline to enter May 18. 
Grand Prize $1000 

Fashion Colorworks
My Lovely Beads
Contest based on Pantone Colors of the year
Deadline June 15, 2020. Free entry
Bead Dreams
Sponsored by Bead and Button magazine
Deadline extended - June 29, 2020
Entry fee $35

Museum of Beadwork
Sponsored by Caravan Beads
Theme - Wings and Stings
Requirements- 75% Miyuki brand beads
10 photographs allowed
Due by midnight on June 15, 2020
$25 entry fee
Grand prize $500 cash plus $500 gift certificate to Caravan Beads 

Interweave Jewelry, Bead and Gem Awards
Sponsored by Beadwork magazine
Four categories, $1000 cash grand prize 
Deadline July 1, 2020 
$35 entry fee

Seed bead contest 
Sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems
Free entry.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Stella Polaris

My daughter Autumn and my 2019 Battle of the Beadsmith entry, Stella Polaris.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Toho Challenge 2019

For the 2019 Toho Challenge I made a three part design. 

Valley of the Flowers

The necklace is in two sections that can be worn together or separately.
The lariat is 42” inches long with 31 bell flowers. The rope is made using fire polish and round beads as well as demi round and round seed beads.
The multi component necklace features a version of my Candied flowers design and some multi hole bead components based on a project from my book, Colorful Components. The 40mm sieve pin in embellished with teacup beads and can be removed and worn as a stand alone piece.
The fused glass focal was made by Karen Leonardo.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Colorful Components

Colorful Components: Transform multi-hole beads into beautiful jewelry with this fresh and approachable component-based stitching method.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Beading Contests 2019

There are many types of competitions for beaders.

Here are the links for contests in 2019-

Bead Dreams- beaddreams-international-jewelry-artistry-awards

Fire Mountain Gems   firemountaingems.com

Fashion Colorworks  mylovelybeads.com

Facet Design monthly challenges  february-design-challenge

Preciosa Ornela preciosa-ornela.com/en/contest

Toho challenge   2019-toho-mini-challenge

Friday, February 8, 2019

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Dragonflies Never Retreat

My necklace for the 2018 Battle of the BeadSmith featured beaded flowers based on plants growing in my garden. I usually start with a general idea, but I am never sure what I will end up with when I start a project for a contest. This year I decided to make some flowers I had never tried to make with beads before. The bee balm was challenging; I built the spiky blossoms using delica beads using a peyote stitch idea that had been simmering in my brain for a few years. It worked so well, I made an extended variation to create trumpet vine flowers. Those flowers ended up using a mix of peyote, ladder and brick stitch, with herringbone end caps.
This is a photo from 10 am day the project was due. None of the components are connected; the base is not even sewn together. One of the reasons my photos submitted to the battle did not do the necklace justice was because I took them at ten pm after beading all day. Usually I take 500 photos so I get four great shots; this time I took twenty and had just enough time to send them in. One rule to remember- make sure you leave enough time to take good photos! 

Here are some photos of the finished necklace. Eventually I will take some better ones.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Fashion Colorworks 2018

 My entry into the 2018 Fashion Colorworks contest.

I chose the triad with my favorite colors.

I used charms from Kabela Design.

And also Swarovski crystals and pearls, some are vintage.

The necklace can also be worn as a bracelet and a choker.

The name of the piece is Harmony.