Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bead & Jewelry Linky Love


I fell of the face of the earth this week, and I'm not quite sure why. After several days of playdates, errand-running, and, well, making puppets and holding puppet shows with the Short One (the one on the left is the SO's), I gave up worrying about jewelry design (and my lack of progress thereof), and here we are. The most exciting thing I have to relate is the partially-obscured sign in my dentist's office that I read today during an emergency visit (I have a root canal in my immediate future, alas): Blessed are those who hold lively discussions with the helplessly mute.

I do have PMC components for my Use the Muse II contest piece firing in my kiln right now, though. I'm a little worried that I may have miscalculated the shrinkage rate on these pieces, but in an hour or so I should be put out of my misery one way or the other.

Call me optimistic, but I expect to be back to the usual beady posts this week. In the meantime, here are your intriguing links for the week:

Humblebeads
Check out the 2009 Bead Cruise design contest winners!

Art Bead Scene
Art Bead Scene's monthly challenge painting for July is the Lascaux Cave Paintings. Get your stash of beads out in ivory, red and brown to match the color palette of these ancient drawings.

Beading Arts
Wonderful wonderful wonderful new CopprClay! Cyndi is so excited about this new material that she can't stop playing with it!

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi attempts to create a necklace after a resin pouring disaster.

Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva
Cindy shows off some new chain and realizes one should never shop for jeans on her lunch hour.

A Bead A Day
Lisa’s “Swarovski Summer Picnic” project is progressing. The only thing missing are the crystally butterflies!!

Jean Campbell
Jean Campbell finished off her new LeTemps Necklace design which marries bling to grunge. Hurray!

About.com Jewelry Making
School's out for summer, but is it really? Nope, not when you can take one of these free jewelry making e-courses.

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei has busted out of the studio and into the Museum of Art for a trunk show.

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews a different, colorful, and inspiring book called Glass, by Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Challenging himself with a smaller scale, Andrew tackles doll jewelry. Check out five new designs with dolls in mind!

Strands of Beads
Melissa talks about where to find reliable information on copyrights - the U.S. Copyright Office, of course!

2 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

I will be excited to see that the Use the Muse contestants came up with! I didn't make it in this time...but that is all well since I have no time to begin with!
I love the SO's puppet. So full of spunk that one!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Lisa said...

Hi there! So glad to hear I'm not the only one!! :)

I wanted to stop by to see if you would be interested in having a little fun with the Rings & Things gang. Dave R. agreed to allow the Blog Partners team to pick out some beads for them to use in a creative jewelry project. If you get a chance to send Dave a tweet with your picks, it sounds like they are up for a fun little "challenge".

Have a great week!! Lisa C.