Updated – Etsy!  AGAIN!
I’ve added even more to the Beads and Kits sections!  Check them out – I’m getting ready for the Rocky Mountain Bead Society show, so get ’em before the show!

Also, Etsy rolled a new instant downloads option.  If you didn’t catch this in my last newsletter, this means that when you purchase a tutorial, you’ll get a link to automatically download your tutorial to your computer.  Yippee!

Also check the artisan focal beads, beaded jewelry, and euro-style big hole beads sections for some crazy clearance prices.

  Updated – Etsy!
I’ve added even more to the Beads and kits sections! 
Check them out!

Also, Etsy rolled a new instant downloads option.  This means that when you purchase a tutorial, you’ll get a link to automatically download your tutorial to your computer.  No more waiting for me to get back to my computer – instead you get instant gratification!  Yippee!  I think all of my tutorials are now available for immediate download.  Let me know if you find any that I’ve missed.    

Updated – Etsy!

Nothing new in the Clearance Section, but I’ve added more to the Artisan Lampwork Focal Beads, the Floral Beads/Pendants and the Critter Beads/Sculptures sections!  Check them out!

Also, Etsy is rolling out a new instant  downloads sections.  This means that when you purchase a tutorial, you’ll get a link to automatically download your tutorial to your computer.  No more waiting for me to get back to my computer and instant gratification!  Yippee!  So…  please be patient with me while I add all of my tutorials to this service.
Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild Spring Bead Bonanza
Sunday, March 17th, 2013
10am – 5pm
A full show of my tutorials, more kits than usual and a whole slew of new lampwork beads this spring at the Southfield Michigan Bead show!  I’ll be in the same space as usual.I might have a few new patterns, too – drop by the booth and ask “what’s new?”.

Southfield Municipal Pavilion
26000 Evergreen Road
I’m teaching at Bead & Button in 2013! Classes are now open for registration!
BnBThe Bead & Button show floor has been reconfigured, so they’ve moved my booth over one spot – I’ll be in the same row, just closer to the front.  Booth #408, right next to Knot Just Beads.

 Boro Floral Beads underwritten by ABR Imagery

: Use borosilicate glass and several lampworking te
chniques 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
Sunday and Tuesday Night Classes are full!
NEW! Wednesday Morning –  http://www.beadandbuttonshowstore.com/b131807.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.

I’m not sure if an online magazine is technically printed or published, but Diane Woodall was kind enough to place my article in her newest issue of the Soda Lime Times!

First, a little about the magazine, as described on her website.

Soda Lime Times is an In-Box Magazine about Lampwork bead making, for Lampwork beadmakers.
Soda Lime Times is:
Check Mark A magazine filled with informative, entertaining and educational content by well known beadmakers worldwide.
Check Mark A source of inspiration and knowledge for those that use lampwork beads to make jewelry; and, a feast for the eyes for those that admire the art of glass bead making.
Check Mark Multiple Step-by-Step Tutorials, included in each issue, that range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate skill levels, and beyond; with techniques, materials and protocols covered in detail.

Its a wonderful source of information, eye candy and tutorials.  You can subscribe to it here for $4.99 per month:  http://www.sodalimetimes.com/

This particular issue is all about SPECIAL FINISHES.  It has tips, eye candy and four tutorials in it

  • Copper Electroforming On Glass Beads By Kate Fowle Meleney
  • Coldworking 101 By Libby Leuchtman
  • Sandblasted and Oil Painted Beads By Me! 
  • Moss Rocks – Using Baking Soda on Beads By Mary Lockwood

The photos are of oil painted, sandblasted and electroformed beads!

As a reminder, late last month, I signed up for the 7th Bead Soup Blog Party.
You can read more about it here http://goodrivergallery.blogspot.com/2013/01/bead-soup-blog-party-sign-ups.html.

I’d like you all to meet my Bead Soup Blog Party Swap Buddy, Darlene Fortier!  Darlene owns Darlicious Rejuvenations and in her own words she “creates one-of-a-kind recycled and salvaged jewelry with a hint of bike.”

You can see her her Etsy Store – http://www.etsy.com/shop/darlicioushouse
Or… you can follow her blog – http://www.darliciousrejuvenations.blogspot.com/

Today, my bead soup came in the mail from her.  I have a couple of ideas on what I’ll make with it, but my reveal date is on March 30, so…  keep an eye on this blog and you can see it then!

It includes
*A sterling silver clasp
* A lampwork bead by Kevin O’Grady
* Matte AB seed beads
*  Antique steel cut seed beads – I don’t think I can bear to use them, they get rarer and rarer.
* Vintage Czech Glass Beads

She also put in a little “gifty” packet, which I thought was super sweet.  Thank you!  She should be getting her bead soup from me today.  So, here’s a preview of what I sent to her, and keep an eye on her blog to really see it!