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Stone of July:
A stone of ambition and drive, carnelian is a power stone. Excellent
career stone, it is very helpful in making choices and decisions.
Carnelian is the most powerful action stone for focusing, realization
and self-actualization. Increases physical energy. Protection against
the emotions of fear and anger. Zodiac signs: Taurus (Bull), Cancer
(Crab), Leo (Lion).
Carnelian in human history
One of the
July stones is carnelian. It has long held a presence in
world history and the beliefs and customs of ancient
civilizations. From Europe, to Asia, to the Middle East,
archaeologists have found examples of carnelian use.
Carnelian was recovered from Bronze Age Minoan layers at Knossos
on Crete in a form that demonstrated its use in decorative arts;
this use dates to approximately 1800 BC. Ancient Greeks and
Romans called it Sardius and used the stone for cameos and
intaglios. Carnelian was used widely during Roman times 2000
years before the present era to make signet or seal rings for
imprinting a seal with wax on correspondence or other important
documents (hot wax does not stick to carnelian).
Sard (the brownish red variety of carnelian) was used for Assyrian
cylinder seals, Egyptian and Phoenician scarabs, and early Greek
and Etruscan gems. In more modern times, Goethe attributed the
powers of protection against evil, of continuation of hope and
comfort, and of good luck.
The greatest myths surrounding the stone carnelian, come from the
Egyptian Culture. The Egyptian goddess Isis protected the dead
with a carnelian amulet named Thet. After being soaked in Ankhami
flower water, on a Sycamore plinth (a type of tile) and placed on
the body of the deceased, Isis would grant the person protection
from harm while moving through the afterlife.
The stone also appears In Hebrew Mythology; Aaron's breastplate
included a carnelian stone. Buddhists in China and India created
amulets inlaid with carnelian and other semi-precious stones,
ascribing to them powers of protection and utilizing them for many
rituals. In India, Hindu astrology names carnelian as the secondary
stone of Scorpios.
The first Colorworks Challenge was held by
Step by Step Beads Magazine. The
orange-purple-green tertiary triad presents a challenge
of bold and striking contrasts, and contest participants
had to create a piece of bead jewelry with the predominant
colors of that triad (any shades of those colors).
Finalists were selected by Margie Deeb, Colorworks author,
and the editors by Step by Step Beads.
The first place winner is Cheri Stewart - who will receive
a copy of Margie Deeb's book for her To Bead necklace.
Her winning piece will be showcased along with the
following other 9 finalists as the top ten entries to our
contest, in a special Colorworks gallery in the
November/December issue by Step by Step Beads:
• Lindly Haunani, Translucent Lei
• Maureen Thomas, Circles & Squares
• Gretchen Coats, Floral Vibrance
• Carol Simmons, Jeweled Bead Necklace
• Maron Mehnert, Tribal Unity
• Pippit Carlington, Peace, Love and All That Jazz
Zoya Gutina, Lush Spring Blues
• Dawn O'Bryan-Lamb, Venus and Neptune
• Mikki Ferrugiaro, Watermelon and Peaches
Our warmest congratulations to all Colorworks Challenge finalists!
Agnes Nyisztor lives in Hungary, in a small town called
Bekescsaba. She started working with beads about five
years ago, when she made a few critters for her
granddaughter. Soon Agnes created several simple necklaces
and bracelets, and she noticed that she fell in love
with beadwork! As time has passed, she gotten involved
more and more and she started learning the beading
techniques from newsletters, magazines and books.
Agnes went along step by step, it was not an easy process,
sometimes she struggled, but never gave up! She was getting
more captured by the world of beads and became interested
in all the great opportunities beading offers.
With the help of the Internet, a whole world of beading has
opened up to her. She was enchanted by the beadwork of world
known jewelers and she thought that she would never be able
to make the wonderful things they do. Agnes got so much help
from senior jewelry makers and she wants to take the
opportunity now to thank all of them for that. Now, basically,
she has got no day without beads!
Agnes says, "I like using all techniques I have learned, but
my favorite is the peyote stitch. When I saw, on the website
of Julia Pretls, the boxes made by this famous bead artist,
I fell in love with them. It was love at first sight.
My friend Eva Fisher presented me Julia's book called Little
Bead Boxes, and this book meant a lot to me. I was able to
learn special techniques and how to make beaded boxes. I made
nearly all the boxes from the book, while designing my own
new ones. In total, I have created 24 beaded boxes using a
huge amount of Delica beads!"
Full article by Agnes Nyisztor
Gallery of beaded boxes by Agnes Nyisztor
Incorporating Art is the short story on the necklace recently
created by Zoya Gutina. She says, "At the end of June surfing
I found out there very interesting pieces - pendants replicated
portions of famous paintings from artists such as Chagall,
Mucha, Klimt, Botticelli, Matisse and Picasso, handpainted by
Russian pendants feature just a small piece of the whole
paintings, but in doing so, the essence of the artistry is
captured! I fell in love with one of them featuring The Dream
by Picasso, that reminded me of the traditional Russian folk art -
Palekh lacquer miniatures, and decided to take it.
The backing of the pendant was a piece of black onyx, and the
pendant was drilled from top to bottom. It's great for a wide
range of stringing opportunities but not for beadweaving.
Nevertheless, I found how I could incorporate that piece of art
into my beadwoven necklace! It was a pleasure to play with colors
and texture. I decided not to round angles on the netting base
of my necklace, because the pendant is rectangular and I
wanted to keep the common shapes. I've tried to use the same
colors as on the miniature, but without big bright spots, just
to accent the beauty of the pendant. Now Picasso's Dream Necklace
is done. I hope you will like my new beadwork!"
If you have a story on a jewelry piece making you want to
tell the others, send us your story with a photo, and we'll
Picasso's Dream Necklace by Zoya Gutina
Ganutell, wire and beads
Marina Somova, who lives in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg),
believes that her jewelry comes from her soul and keeps the
warmth of her hands. It is her goal to bring joy and happiness
to people through her jewelry. This goal began 13 years ago
when her friend showed Marina the beadwork she had done; Marina
was astounded that the adornments were made by her friend and
thought she would never be able to create anything as wonderful.
Her friend then taught Marina to do beading and mentored her
as she learned. Right from the beginning Marina said she would
only create art that she liked and nothing designed by others -
she still does not do custom work keeping all of her jewelry
to things that she likes.
As Marina learned to work with beads she also was knitting,
cross-stitching and doing other crafts. Though her dream all
along was to become a jewelry designer and she felt that
beads were the best media to make her dream come true. Due
to illness, Marina has to spend much of her time at home and
says that beadwork has saved her life. She has used the
Internet to discover the work of artists around the world.
When Marina discovered ganutell, a Maltese art form of making
artificial flowers from wire, thread, and beads, she was in
awe of the beauty of ganutell flowers. She then had the idea
to make the flowers smaller and incorporate them into one of
her jewelry pieces.
She was very happy with her creation as
were her friends, which was a great impression for her. Since
ganutell, which is now a distinctively Maltese art form, was
something she wanted to do more of Marina learned bead wirework
since they are closely related.
Now, Marina, who is proud that she lives in one of the most
beautiful cities in the world, is a universal artist working
with different media. Everywhere her jewelry is seen it brings
in success for her. When she first started designing jewelry
Marina just wanted to get some skills and now she focuses on
making pieces that will be liked by others. Though she will
not make replicas of her pieces; they will all remain unique
to this artist.
Ganutell, wire and bead jewelry by Marina Somova
Step by step - bead chains
Three more small tutorials for beginners by Victoria Katamashvili.
Today you can learn chain stitches, that can be applied when
making beaded jewelry and any bead decorations. We believe, they
will be useful for those who wants to start beading and not only
for them. Have fun! If you got stuck, you may ask Victoria any
Bead Fest Philadelphia
Expo: August 19 - 23, 2009
Valley Forge Convention Center
1160 1st Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
The 8th annual Bead Fest Philadelphia festival is the largest
bead & jewelry show on the East Coast. Special events include:
Meet the Instructors Reception - come and meet the world famous
instructors, see what they are teaching and sign up for workshops.
There will be also Moonlight Bead In event - you can bring a
project you are currently working on and get a chance to mingle
with fellow beaders, Interweave Editors and Bead Fest staff!
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