The entries for the April challenge are in! They are as always simply beautiful, creative and amazing! Etsy Beadweavers took the time and have the talent to create these inspiring challenge pieces! Tiny little beads and a needle and thread along with incredible patience bring these selections to you to vote and choose your favourite.

Voting begins on Thursday, April 9th and ends midnight April 15th. Show your appreciation for the efforts of these amazing artists and take on the difficult task of voting for your favorite. http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com

Here’s my addition to the challenge, but I have to admit that I didn’t vote for it!

“Make Love Not War” was created for the Etsy Beadweavers Time Machine Challenge.
This is also a part of a series of designs I’m started working up for the Taos town’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider.” In 1969, we were still in the grips of the Vietnam War. It just so happens that an anniversary piece also fits in with with the Etsy Beadweaver’s April Challenge.

Hopper lives here in Taos, and the town is gearing up for a summer-long festival spanning many of the museums and galleries. Taos has a long history of being a mecca for artists and hippies.

Made of rifle casings I found while hiking near the Rio Grande Gorge, seed beads, lampworked glass flower buds and lampworked spacer beads (stuffed into the bottom of the casing, difficult to see in the photos, but they are PINK!)

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