This little guy is a Japanese kokeshi doll - probably part of a nesting set, although I have no recollection of having any other kokeshi but him - and he really doesn't have anything to do with beads at all. I've had him since as far back as I can remember, at least since I was 4, and like the wooden beads I showed you earlier in the week, he arrived on our doorstep in a package of toys that my mother shipped up to give to the Short One.
Cynthia Thornton has a wonderful post on her blog about a set of beautiful kokeshi she recently painted. It reminded me of my own childhood, although the little guy above is obviously a much cruder specimen. Cynthia's are completely gorgeous, so you should take a look, if you have time. (Being a collector by nature, it's all I can do not to start amassing a grouping of kokeshi, but I'm trying to resist mightily at the moment, as every spare spot in our house right now is taken up with, well, with BEADS.) Anyway, I thought it would be appropriate to show him to you today, since my bead blog post for the week is about the lovely shibuichi clasps that Green Girl Studios creates.
With no further ado, here are your intriguing links for the week:
Art Bead Scene It's March and the snow is beginning to thaw. Color comes alive in Red Fish for this month's challenge.
Carmi's Art/Life World Carmi turns a gift of hand felted beads into some lovely new rings! Perfect for spring.
About.com Jewelry Making New Lucky Earrings Project - Hot off the jewelry press table, here's a new earring project just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
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
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