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Balance and transformation, spiritual evolution.
Stimulates intuitive power. Also represents fidelity,
loyalty, practicality, and responsibility. Eases
delivery in birthing, and also facilitates the
re-birthing process, as it helps one to recognize
and clear past negative experiences. Zodiac signs:
Capricorn (Seagoat), Scorpio (Scorpion).
Agate is a term applied not to a distinct mineral species,
but to an aggregate of various forms of silica, chiefly
chalcedony. Often agate coexists with layers or masses of
opal, jasper or crystalline quartz due to ambient variations
during the formation process. Coral, petrified wood and
other organic remains or porous rocks can also become
agatized. Agatized coral is often referred to as Petoskey
Agate or stone. Major varieties:
Arizona Striped Agate: this stone is a striped agate from
the southwestern USA.
Banded Agate: the bands in this stone are generally simple
and clean. Gray, white and shades of red are common
naturally-occurring colors. Green, yellow and black also
occur naturally, or can be enhanced by a variety of
Blood Agate (Red Agate, Pigeon Blood Agate): this variety
of agate displays a combination of milky white and a blood
red with yellow or black inclusions.
Blue Agate: agate of blue, often bright color. Often is
Blue Lace Agate: agate with medium blue, light blue and
white, finely bands in a lacy or wavy pattern is known by
this name. It is said to lighten situations and nurture
Botswana Agate: this agate hails from the African country
Botswana. It has a gray background, banded with fine,
parallel lines of brown, light gray, tan, mahogany, pink
and white, this gemstone may be almost mined out.
Brazilian Agate: it occurs in brownish tones
interlayered with white and gray. It is often dyed in
various colors for ornamental purposes.
Butterscotch Agate (Yellow Jade): agate of butterscotch
yellow color; looks like yellow jade.
Condor Agate: this stone comes from a difficult-to-reach
7,000-foot elevated plateau in Patagonia, Argentina,
discovered in 1992. The agate's bright reds and yellows
are made even more vivid by their contrasting bands of
cooler, more-subtle hues.
Full article "Multicolor agate"
Fashion Colorworks 2010
Just about two weeks to go! It's not late yet, the contest
continues, and you can submit your entries for the Fashion
Colorworks 2010 Beading Contest. June 15 is the last day. We
are looking forward to seeing your amazing beaded objects at
Fashion Colorworks 2010 Beading Contest - Entries
Joan Babcock's macrame obsession
Any media can be used for making jewelry. Joan Babcock lives
in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and her choice is fiber and beads.
Joan's bright, multicolor, and sunny pieces make all art lovers
admire her artworks.
Joan Babcock first took up macrame when she was a teenager
in Florida. It was during the tie-dye and flower power days and
macrame was considered way cool back then. Her first pieces
were necklaces of waxed cord and wooden beads and
watchbands that she sold to a "head" shop on Miami Beach.
Joan made large wall hangings of shells and driftwood and she
also made a few jute plant hangers and owls, some of which still
hang in her garage.
After Joan moved to Santa Fe in 1986, she walked into a
weaving shop called Handwoven Originals and saw some
jewelry by the late artist Tina Depuy. Joan recognized her
technique as macrame, but made on a much finer scale and
with a contemporary look very different from the clunky jute
and wooden beads of my teenage years. She knew right away
that she wanted to play around with cords and beads again.
Creating "micro-macrame" jewelry is a bit of an obsession but
also Joan's form of meditation. She often use the "Cavandoli
Knotting" technique to create pieces that resemble little woven
Other pieces are more sculptural, like her "Seashell
Series". Joan love to make things that are intricate and detailed.
She also enjoy working in metal and wire and incorporating
them into her designs.
It's Joan's hope that her work will counter some of the
dismissive opinions associated with the craft of macrame. For
the last few years, she has been teaching workshops in her
studio and at bead shows, and shops around the country. Joan
has also written two books and a DVD about micro-macrame
jewelry. You can see Joan's jewelry, books and kits online
in our gallery as well as at her website.
Full article by Joan Babcock
Gallery of fiber artwork by Joan Babcock
The Renaissance was a vibrant cultural movement that occurred
across Europe roughly between 1300 and 1600. The word
"Renaissance" is the French word for "rebirth". It originated in
Italy and turned cultural focus away from the strict values of
the Medieval period to a reworking of the classical Greek and
Roman virtues, it was a time of rebirth of humanism and new
discoveries in fine arts, music, literature, philosophy, science
and technology, architecture, religion and spirituality. Key
characteristics of Renaissance art include realistic linear
perspective, emphasis on the relationship between light and
shadow and a glorification of nature and the human figure.
It is possible that one historical event had more to do with
the change in the design of jewelry than any other. This
was the discovery of the new world. It was from these lands that
the great variety of animals were brought back to stir the
jewelers and buyers imaginations. Another discovery helped to
originate the title of "the jewel age" for the renaissance.
This was the conquering of Peru and Mexico, for it was there
that gold and silver were found in greater quantities then had
ever been known. With the findings of the Incas and the Aztecs,
the rulers of Europe were able to have the most spectacular
jewels made regardless of the amount of rare metal needed.
If any form of jewelry was chosen for the reason that is
outshone all other forms during the renaissance, it would have
to be the pendant. The pendant expressed the mental concepts
of the renaissance. It took a multiplicity of forms and embodied
many significances. The large irregularly shaped pearls, known
as baroque pearls, were extremely popular. Due to this widespread
acceptance, these pearls were often used as the center of design.
The inspiration of antiquity did not only take hold of the
medieval mind, but also that of the renaissance. A problem of
design occurred due to the lack of knowledge about the jewels
of Greek of Rome, for their jewels were practically unknown.
Antique cameos were collected and imitated, but most of these
were made during the revival of the middle ages. The fashion for
cameos spread quickly, but their work never surpassed that done
by the medieval craftsman.
The renaissance's contribution to the history of jewelry was also
its vivid colors. Jewelry became spectacularly eccentric with the
use of baroque pearls, enamels, faceted diamonds and colorful
stones. It was this bestowal that has made the greatest influence
on future jewelry craftsmen and collectors.
Beaded roses by Alex Kramarenko
The second our guest today is a man, that makes beaded flowers,
to be exact, roses. Alexandr Kramarenko lives in Ryazan, Russia,
and his late passion is beadwork.
Alexandr says, "Now, having become an experienced and calm person,
I know for sure what to do. Beaded flowers are the main aim and
only enjoyment in my life. The world mustn't be gray! The rest of
my life I'll spend in the search of beautiful forms, in the endless
play of volume and color. Everything that has been before is
denied. Now I'm a free gardener who quickly and smartly grows
beaded roses. After a long quest a joyful, unearthly way is found.
A mid-size rose takes approximately 15 hours. But I make a rose
step by step in a few days. At the same time I work at other
things. Each rose is different. You are looking for new lines,
forms, color. Today I've got a real collection of various kinds
The search for a compromise and harmony in everything: in the
construction, color, and form. The aim of art according to
Shakespeare is putting a mirror in front of nature or "to
measure harmony with the help of algebra," as a Russian writer
A.Pushkin said. I often measure real roses with a ruler.
It's difficult to find the idea of composition. Sometimes it
flies down from the heavens as an inspiration. Once I saw a
picture by S.Dali "A nude woman is looking at her body at the
old age." You may place two roses near each other - an old one
and a young one. Once I made a composition "An American Steve
presents Good to Russian children."
The base of the composition is a circle that means grimy grounds,
in other words, unbearable Russian reality. The kids from the
orphanage are standing around like tiny flowers. Steve as a big
flower is in the center. The golden beaded rays from him are
running up and down to the hearts of little flowers. Steve has
taken this composition to the US. He said that a hobby of making
beads is good for children in their spare time..."
Full article by Alex Kramarenko
Gallery of beaded roses by Alex Kramarenko
Step by step - St. Petersburg chain
Today we publish a tutorial by Victoria Katamashvili on
St. Petersburg chain stitch, one of the most interesting
techniques. Learn it, and the next month tutorial will be
a variation of St. Petersburg chain, that can be used for
creating exciting pieces of beaded jewelry.
Tutorial by Victoria Katamashvili: St. Petersburg chain
2010 Bead & Button Show
June 6 - June 13, 2010
Midwest Airlines Center
Do you love fashion and jewelry? Do you have a passion for
beautiful accessories? The Bead & Button Show is the largest
jewelry and bead show in the nation. Over 370 vendors will
be selling one-of-a-kind finished jewelry plus precious
gems, pearls, art beads, gold and silver, beading supplies
and books. The show will also feature a juried exhibit Bead
Dreams 2010 of inspiring bead art and over 500 bead and
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