Teams are a community feature on Etsy where you can connect with other members. With Teams, you can meet people with common interests, and collaborate. The Teams feature makes it easy for you to join an existing team or to create, maintain, and promote a new one. It’s also a way for shoppers to browse by theme or location and find shops that might interest them.  Teams sometimes do arts/crafts fairs in real life, promote each other’s shops and hold challenges or contests.

I am part of a number of teams on Etsy and I’ll speak about a few more of my teams tomorrow.  But today, I want to talk about one of the more active teams I’m part of.

From the team announcement; “The Etsy Beadweavers Team is made up of bead artists who aspire to successfully market their beadwoven creations on and elsewhere. As such the EBW Team has two areas of focus:1) Practical business help, including sales promotion by networking, marketing and creating awareness of beadweaving as an art. 2)Artistic inspiration, instruction and encouragement.. The Beadweavers’ creations are different from many of the traditional beaded items, in that they are woven from hundreds or thousands of tiny beads to create intricate designs and pictures. These weavings take the form of both art and jewelry. Each piece takes many hours to complete, with some larger pieces taking weeks or even months.”

Each month, the Etsy Beadweavers pose a challenge to their members.  Many of these pieces are some of the most creative beadweaving pieces I’ve seen.

Winter Sunrise (photo above) was created for the October Etsy Beadweavers Challenge, “Misty Winters Sunrise.” I went ahead and completely missed the mark on the muted/misty part of this, but perhaps my teammates will put up with me when they look at the last photo and see my inspiration. I get a little bit sidetracked by color sometimes. The photograph was taken by Robert Herst. See how everyone else fit the misty, muted part of this challenge by visiting our team blog, between today and 15th and vote for your favorite entry.

17.5″ necklace in 45mm (2″) focal bead, decorated with a black skeletal tree and a full rising sun on a graduated background. Focal is made of Italian glass and is semi-matte. Toggle clasp, Czech glass, Swarovski crystal and seed beads.  Cannot be lengthened or shortened, sorry.

My lampwork focal beads are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln for lasting durability and cleaned using a diamond Dremel bit.  Beads vary a little in size and shape since they are all individually made. Some parts are sculptural and therefore thicker or raised.

Incidentally, this technique is an embellished spiderweb necklace. I have a beginning level tutorial on how you can make your own here

Pictures were taken in a table top photo studio and the bead has been enlarged to show details. Colors may slightly vary on different monitors.