I’m thrilled…. and scared.
Now that the catalog is out, I can tell you!
I’m teaching three classes at Bead & Button in 2013!
Classes open soon for registration!
I’ll also have my same booth – #410.

Boro Floral Beads underwritten by ABR Imagery

Tuesday – http://www.beadandbuttonshowstore.com/b130944.html
Description: Use borosilicate glass and several lampworking techniques to create detailed, lifelike floral beads. This is a perfect introduction to borosilicate glass for students who already have soft glass bead-making experience. Students will leave with several large scale floral beads. Class involves the use of a torch with open flame and gases. Wear safety (didymium) glasses, cotton clothing, and closed-toe shoes. Tie long hair back.

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS & TOHO Beads Present: Intro to Beaded Soutache (2 possible class times)

Tuesday Evening – http://www.beadandbuttonshowstore.com/b130620.html
Sunday Morning – http://www.beadandbuttonshowstore.com/b131763.html
Description: Originally used to adorn military uniforms, bridal veils, and clothing, soutache braid has made its way into the jewelry world. Combine braid and beads, then assemble into a soft bracelet, a hard cuff, or a fabulous barrette.
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS & TOHO Beads Present: Garden Trellis Crystal Bracelet

Wednesday – http://www.beadandbuttonshowstore.com/b130705.html
Description: Weave a romantic bracelet that looks like a rich Victorian heirloom. Embellish with over one hundred crystals for extra bling. Students can make either a soft bracelet or a rigid cuf

I’ve been finished with my Kalmbach Bead Soup piece for quite a while, but I just couldn’t get a good photo of it on my jewelry bust because it was just too long.

As a reminder… The whole idea stemmed from Lori Anderson, who has hosted a “Bead Soup Blog Party” for a couple of years now.  You can read about the original idea here: https://sites.google.com/site/beadsoupparty2012/.  Anyhow, Lori has written a book based off her Blog Party called Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash.  You can get it on Amazon.  Its less than $14.00.  I ended up getting it for my Nook and the downloadable version was just under $11. 

So – finally had a chance to photograph it on Danielle.  And I don’t think that it needs much more discussion.


Well, six days in and I’ve already missed a day of blogging.  And today is going to be a throwaway.  Last night I got overwhelmed by a project and by the time I stopped working on it, it was 12:30 and I had to get up early this morning to run errands before I took the rest of the morning and afternoon off with my friend Barb.  We went to the Ohio Renaissance Festival.  And yes, we dressed up.  If you are my Facebook friend, then maybe she’ll post photos and tag me and I’ll share.
I have absolutely nothing of any use to say today anyhow.  Except that the project I’m working on is going to be my newest pattern and I’m really tickled by it.  And I need to buy more seed beads because I don’t have enough in this house.
By the way, I found the photo on Beading Daily’s Facebook page and it was also forwarded to me by Candys… and I haven’t actually finished my project yet.
Stay tuned…

I’ve been thinking about personal challenges and deadlines a lot recently.  I’ve noticed that working from home gives me a huge leeway on which I take on.  If I succeed at meeting them I get a sense of accomplishment.  If not, then no big deal.  Its not like my boss is going to fire me.

And furthermore, I am a beading artist.  I enjoy what I do and take frequent breaks to play with puppies, but I’m not really under any sort of major situation here.  I’m not saving the world and I rarely even think any deep thoughts.  I might save a bead or two but if not then that’s not all that big a deal either.

This month, I’ve decided to take on the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  31 blog posts in 31 days.  I do a lot of writing anyhow since I write tutorials for beading.  But once again, tutorial writing is not really any sort of non-flexible deadline unless I happen to have an upcoming class.  I’ve also had an idea for a novel about lampworkers running around in my head recently and perhaps this will give me the regiment of sitting down and writing everyday.

At this point I have to admit that I fully intended on blowing today off and then writing two posts tomorrow all like “what?  It didn’t post when I wrote it?”

Nope.  That didn’t fly with me either.  Not even in my head.

This is probably the worst month I could choose to do this.  I have an upcoming bead show, a finished jewelry show, classes in Chicago, some other stuff I’ve probably forgotten about, and a photoshoot with my lovely model so I can get my last challenge piece ready to put on Etsy and to send to Kalmbach Publishing Company for their Facebook Page.  That challenge piece is done other than the photo.

I plan on doing a Beading Challenge due at the end of this month that involves feathers.  I decided that yesterday.  I haven’t started it yet.  It’ll be peacock feathers – if I ever get around to ordering them.

And this morning I woke up and decided to do the Etsy Beadweavers October Challenge which is due in… two days.  So, that’s what I’ve been working on today even though I think I ruined the focal bead I made this morning by matte etching it.  The piece itself is about halfway done.  Honestly, I should have been making Halloween Themed Beads and also working on a couple of orders.

Its Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I intend on embarrassing a friend of mine and survivor by discussing on this blog how fabulous she is.

At least it all gives me plenty to blog about.

I was all heck-bent on trying to finish up my Kalmbach Bead Soup Party Piece today.

As a background, a while ago I posted about getting my wonderful selection of beads in the mail via Kalmbach Publishing Company.  They were donated from Eva Sherman at Grand River Beads.

The whole idea stemmed from Lori Anderson, who has hosted a “Bead Soup Blog Party” for a couple of years now.  You can read about the original idea here: https://sites.google.com/site/beadsoupparty2012/.  Anyhow, Lori has written a book based off her Blog Party called Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash.  You can get it on Amazon.  Its less than $14.00

This is my sixth installment on the series and I really just wanted to get the piece done and off to Kalmbach.  However, I think I’ll get another photoshoot before I do that.  You can see the finished piece below, but
I’m going to want a better shot before I put it up for sale and before I send it off to Kalmbach.

This piece ended up using one of my favorite color combos.  Purple and orange look like a fantastic sunset but I haven’t named it yet.  To finish it off, I had to complete the bead embroidery on the collar and then back it with ultrasuede and edge it.  I also had to add the front piece and fringe it (of course).  I know, this doesn’t have a lot of fringe on it for one of my pieces.  I might go back and add more.

 I have to tell you that while I was edging, I planned on adding the fringe at the same time but I was watching this silly show in which three guys compare three cars. I wouldn’t necessarily have stopped on the show except they were trying out these mini cars and it was ridiculous.  To make it even more ridiculous, they took then hunting out in the Louisiana Bayou with some folks who lived down there and… well, you can imagine how that all turned out.  I am embarrassed to admit that by the end of it my sides hurt because I was laughing so hard.

Its actually going to hang quite a bit lower on a person – below the neck, not around it.  I’ll have to get my lovely model Danielle involved so you can really see it.

A little while ago, I posted about getting my wonderful selection of beads in the mail via Kalmbach Publishing Company.  They were donated from Eva Sherman at Grand River Beads.

As an overview, the whole idea stemmed from Lori Anderson, who has hosted a “Bead Soup Blog Party” for a couple of years now.  You can read about the original idea here: https://sites.google.com/site/beadsoupparty2012/.  Anyhow, Lori has written a book based off her Blog Party called Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash.  You can get it on Amazon.  Its less than $14.00

This is my fifth installment on the series.  I was stymied for a little bit on my project because the top half was bead embroidered and the bottom half was all wirewrapped and it looked like two different projects. I’d already removed some of the fringe, which breaks two of my rules (always add more fringe and never take things apart).  So, I set it aside for a little while.

Carol, from Dancing Beads in Oregon, actually came to my rescue.  She suggested that perhaps there needed to be more about the butterfly on the top section.  I realized that she was 100% correct.  Her idea was to remove some of the purple triangular beads and re-angle them so they looked like wings.  The problem with that was twofold – firstly, they were REALLY glued and sewn down.  Secondly, I actually working on pretty crummy fabric stiffener.  Once its complete and backed with the steel form, it’ll be nice and sturdy, but just now if i even THINK about cutting that off I’ll probably rip the stuff.  Always use good quality backing (don’t do what I did).

Anyhow, so here’s the update.  I’ve added angled filigree wings on the upper part that are backed in orange ultrasuede (it’ll be trimmed and cut to size later) and I took apart the flower at the bottom and backed it with the same ultrasueded.  This makes it lighter than it was beforehand (it was backed with a big bead) plus adds some of the bead embroidery down below.

See you next time!

As an overview, I’m working on a piece that is a Bead Soup Challenge.  Eva Sherman from Grand River Beads sent a selection of fun beads over to Kalmbach Publishing Company and they forwarded the selection to me.  Deadline is October 31st and I thought I was doing ok, but I just ran across a snag.  I’ll get to it in a second.  I think I’m still okay for time.

Check out the links that the bottom of this posting to see where this piece started and how it is progressing.

Last night, I added more wirewrapping to the base and also some more bead embroidery to the top.  There was actually more fringe onthe base, but I actually removed it because it was getting too heavy and I wanted to reserve some of those cool tube beads for the side fringe.

Here’s what I’ve got right now.

Anyhow, so I’m not too happy with it today.  I should say I like the top, and I like the bottom, but I DON’T LIKE THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER.  They look like two different necklaces.  Also, those leaves still look pretty pink, even though are orange IRL.

So, I think I’ll probably set aside this project and let it stew for a day or two.  I’ve got orders I’ve been ignoring anyhow that I ought to catch up on.

Tune in later for the next installment…