Yes, even more gorgeous beads to show off today. These are a part of bead sets by Melanie Brooks Lukacs of Earthenwood Studio and Heather Powers of Humblebeads. Anyone who's been reading this blog knows that I love Earthenwood Studio beads. I don't think I've previously talked about Humblebeads, though. Heather Powers does the most amazing things with polymer clay. Her cane work is incredibly detailed and her application of the canes on each bead creates this really lush landscape. "Romantic" is a word that comes to mind when I see her beads. She's also, like Melanie, an incredibly talented jewelry designer.
Anyway, even though these beads have just recently come into my possession, they are very special to me, as they are the reason this blog came into being in the first place. A while back, bead artist Cindy Gimbrone, Melanie and Heather, along with other bead artists, created The Bead Exploration Collaboration, a challenge where two bead artists and a jewelry designer would get together and create individual designs combining sets of beads that the two artists would make. The results are then displayed on the respective participants websites and/or blogs. To see the results of an earlier collaboration, please go here. Earlier this year, Melanie and Heather kindly invited me to participate in a new Exploration Collaboration. The only problem was, being a complete neophyte, I didn't have a blog or website! Thus, this blog was born.
These bead sets are fantastic, aren't they? I've already started designing a new necklace for them. I hope you'll come back to view the results, around the end of the month, once the Exploration Collaboration has concluded.
There's still time to enter my A Little Something Wicked Giveaway here.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
A word about copyright
As indicated in the copyright notice, the contents of this blog are copyright by me. To the extent that instructions to make jewelry, beads, knit items or other instructions are included in this blog, they are free for you to use to make the projects for personal use. They should not be used for commercial purposes, ie, to make items for resale.