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Monday, August 31, 2009

Beadwork - Chicklet Bracelet

Here is a new colour combination of Maria's wonderful Chicklet bracelet. Using both bronze and copper metallic seed beads to accent warm brown tone beads this is a great bracelet for the fall.

I worked up this sample in about 3 hours. Maria will have kits available at Bead Oasis and Creativ Festival.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Beadwork - Pearl Ring

Here is a ring with a Swarovski pearl and herringbone stitch. It is from the new issue of Beadwork, designed by Maria Teresa Ferreira.
This was an interesting piece to make. I liked how you did the different parts and then assembled them. I was able to finish this piece in an afternoon. I look forward to making others with different colour pearls or even a crystal.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Beadwork - Magazines, videos and shows

The newest issue of Beadwork magazine has an article about my first beading instructor, Maria Rypan. I now help Maria by making samples of some of her pieces and working at her booth during local bead shows. The magazine includes the instructions for Maria beautiful Scythian Gold necklace. I beaded the piece that was used for the photographs in the magazine.

Here are two recent videos about Maria and her beadwork.

It almost the start of the fall bead show season. The first local show that I will be helping Maria at is Canadian Bead Oasis fall show. Maria will be teaching a number of classes including the project in Beadwork magazine. The next show is CreativFestival where will also be teaching a number of classes including a new bracelet design with Swarovski cystals. Maria and I will also be doing a number of free make and take earring sessions.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Beadwork - Sea Aneome 3


I have finished the last box is my series of boxes. In this one the green is the predominate colour.


Here is the complete series. It has been interesting to see the differences in the boxes because of the colour placement.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Beadwork - Rosary


Here is my latest creation... and it is not a box.

This rosary has been a challenge. Originally I had some beautiful pressed glass beads that I was going to use, but they were a very orange red. They did not work with the great lampwork beads by Amy Waldman Smith. I found the perfect fire polished red beads. I have strung them with sterling silver spacers, the lampwork beads and a few Swarovski crystals to hold the lampwork beads in place.

This is a gift for my friend Debbie's aunt, Sister Rita, who will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of taking her vows as a nun.