The January Etsy Beadweavers Challenge is up and polls are ready for you to cast your vote!  Please visit our team blog, http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com between the now and January 15th, 2013 and vote for your favorite entry.

IF YOU ALREADY VOTED ON THE FIRST DAY, PLEASE TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AND VOTE AGAIN.  WE FORGOT ONE OF THE PIECES SO IT WAS ADDED IN AND THE VOTE WAS RESET!

Usually the Etsy Beadweavers take a break from Challenges in January, to help everyone recover after the busy holidays.  However, this year the moderators decided to open the polls again for a very special challenge.  This new challenge has no theme and is open to any new work that is created from September 29, 2012 to January 5th, 2013.  Only beaders who have not won a challenge beforehand can enter this challenge.

So… here I go!  This piece was inspired by a set of abalone shells I purchased last time I was in Northern California.  It is asymmetrical, which was a real struggle for me.  In addition, the colors I used were based off the shells but are not colors I generally use.  It does have plenty of fringe, though.

I also had 80 grams of baby blue 8/0 silver lined seed beads and about 50 grams of some sweet pink 6/0 silver lined seed beads, both gifts from Toho president Iwao Yamanaka at Bead & Button a few years ago that worked perfectly with the shells.
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I’m working on turning this piece into a tutorial.  It shows you how to set a freeform cabochon or flat-ish shell into beadwork using four sizes of seed beads.  In addition, it shows a fringing technique (no surprise there) and a beaded bead technique.  TUTORIAL WILL BE AVAILALBE FEBRUARY 1st ON MY ETSY SITE.  http://hannahrachel.etsy.com 

Please note that there are restrictions on harvesting and shipping abalone shells, so
BEFORE YOU PURCHASE THIS TUTORAL, MAKE SURE YOU EITHER CAN GET THE SHELLS OR BE PREPARED TO SUBSTITUTE ANOTHER SHELL TYPE OR CABOCHON.
I got my shells from Beki at Out on A Whim Beads.  She cannot ship, so if you are near her store, drop on by and see if she has them in stock.  I’ve also found them on the internet and assume that these sellers have permission to ship.  I don’t know whether they are reputable, though and take no responsibility for the quality.  You might want to email them before you order.

The beads are available from Bobby Beads.  

 

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