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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).
Onyx fact sheet
ruby, onyx is a July gem for some people. Onyx is a form
of quartz. The colors of its bands range from white to almost
every color (save some shades, such as purple or blue).
Commonly, specimens of onyx available contain bands of colors
of white, tan, and brown. The word "onyx" comes through Latin
ONYX, from the Greek word ONYX meaning "claw"
or "fingernail". With its flesh tone color, onyx can be said
to resemble a fingernail.
The name "onyx" has sometimes been used, incorrectly, to label
other banded lapidary materials, such as banded calcite found
in Mexico, Pakistan, and other places, and often carved,
polished and sold. This material is much softer than true onyx,
and much more readily available. The majority of carved items
sold as "onyx" today is this carbonate material. The best
onyx is found in the Arabian Peninsula, Brazil, Uruguay, and
Onyx has a variety called sardonyx in which the colored bands
are sard (shades of red) rather than black. Pure black onyx is
common, and perhaps the most famous variety, but not as
common as onyx with banded colors.
Onyx has a long history of use for hardstone carving and jewelry,
where it is usually cut as a cabochon, or into beads, and is also
used for intaglio or cameo engraved gems, where the bands make
the image contrast with the ground. Some onyx is natural but
much is produced by the staining of agate.
Onyx was known to the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Use of
sardonyx appears in the art of Minoan Crete, notably from the
archaeological recoveries at Knossos. Onyx was used in Egypt as
early as the Second Dynasty to make bowls and other pottery
items. Onyx is also mentioned in the Bible at various points, such
as the priests' garments and the foundation of the city of Heaven
Fashion Colorworks contest is over!
The first international Fashion Colorworks 2010 Beading
Contest is over! We would like to say THANK YOU
to all entrants, jurors, and sponsors who helped us make
the contest successful. 83 participants from 20 countries
submitted 132 entries! Today we celebrate our bead
holiday together, with our winners, all participants,
jurors, sponsors, and bead lovers. In general, we
reached our goal and feel happy! We are looking forward
to seeing all of them in 2011 and hope that the next
year contest would attract more artists!
Fashion Colorworks 2010 Beading Contest - Winners
Fashion Colorworks 2010. First Place Winner
First Place Winner - Olga Pettersson
Olga says, "...In August I will celebrate two years of being a
seed bead addict. My ex-coworker, Jonas Forslund, is the
person to blame. One relatively warm Swedish spring afternoon
we were working in the lab and I was complaining about not
being able to find any decent jewelry: the entire city was
wearing variations of the same design, which was a long,
linked silver chain. Jonas reasonably pointed out that
perhaps it was a time for me to start making my own. It has
to be mentioned that Jonas himself is quite a gifted and
creative person; we still have couple of his drawings
hanging in our office. Curious what is on them? Microbes,
Well, I have listened to him and went to Panduro (a chain of
hobby-suppliers in the Northern Europe) and bought some D.I.Y.
jewelry kits and round-nose pliers. My first bracelet was ready
in two hours. I had no idea what I was doing and if I was doing
it right, but I had a blast. After that, there was a necklace,
and another one, and another dozen of them... My hands started
burning when I was not making anything! However, stringing
quickly became boring for me, and while my newborn baby was
asleep, I have started browsing the WWW for tips and inspiration.
As a result, I discovered FiremountainGems.com and came across
their gallery of designs. There were stunning designs by Tatiana
Van Iten that left me absolutely speechless. It became clear
that I just had to find out HOW on the Earth it was made! Google
brought me to Tatiana's tutorial on
Russian Leaves at... taaa-daaa... MyLovelyBeads.com
and once there I learned about work of Zoya Gutina. And, finally,
I found Sherri Serafini's video tutorial on bead embroidery and
Those massive and spectacular designs of Tatiana, Zoya and Sherri
have impressed me by their unique look, as well as the color,
shape and texture. You see, I have been living in Sweden for quite
some time now. Sweden is the country of simple jewelry and modest
people, and you are not supposed to stand out from the crowd! My
Lord, I was thinking then - how and where to are you supposed to
wear THAT? Luckily for me, a voice of adventure had kicked in at
that point, saying - who cares! Just look at that beauty! Why
don't you try to make something like that?.."
Full article by Olga Pettersson
Gallery of bead artwork by Olga Pettersson
This year's Flex Your Creativity Beading Contest supported by Soft
Flex Company is on Steampunk designs. Are you not sure
what Steampunk means? Check out
the short article on that type of jewelry! Design entries must
include exposed beading wire. All beading wire must be one of
Soft Flex Company brands - Soft Flex, Soft Touch, Extreme,
Metallics or Econoflex. You may use any color or diameter in
your design. There is no limit to the number of designs that you
may enter. The company encourages you to feature beads and
findings from your local bead shop as well as create your beads
and findings from found materials - clock parts, gears, washers,
screws, bolts, bottle caps etc. Lampworkers, recycled glass
from bottles, made into parts and components are encouraged, too.
Prizes are great! All entries must be received by September 1, 2010.
Flex your creativity!
Christina (aka Good Quill Hunting) is sponsoring the Second
Annual Haute Couture Beading Contest. Using one of the
36 presented Haute Couture Fashion photos as inspiration in
color, technique, textures, shapes, and style, you are
supposed to create a piece of jewelry. Go bold, go bright,
use your imagination to conjure up your wildest dreams, as
fashion designers have! You may use multi-media in this,
but the main part of your work has to be done with seed beads.
Prizes are also great! Deadline for contest is November 1, 2010.
Winners will be chosen on November 26, 2010. Prizes will be
shipped out within 72 hours of contest results.
Haute Couture Beading Contest
Fashion Colorworks 2010. Second Place Winner
Second Place Winner - Evgeniya Semina
Born and grown up in a small city of Novotroitsk, Orenburg
region, Russia (the South Urals), Evgeniya Semina first
learned beading just a year ago, when she found out websites
dedicated to that on Internet. The capability of
beads as media for crafting amazed her, she got inspired
and decided to give it a try.
Evgeniya is only 17, she is a very purposeful person, and
when her very first jewelry making attempts were successful,
she started entering beading contests. As she says, she
likes the sense of excitement following the process of
design and jewelry making for a contest.
When Evgeniya has learned about Fashion Colorworks, she
decided to surpass herself and create an unusual and
non-trivial piece. Once she has found on Internet an
image of a fairy girl, and kept it in her mind. That
image inspired Evgeniya to create a fairy and flowery
tiara for the contest.
Evgeniya has drawn a lot of sketches, doing that again
and again; she has picked up materials for weeks; but she
still was afraid that she couldn't create such a big and
complicated piece of adornment. Evgeniya spent four months
to design and make her tiara, it was her own record!
As all participants, Evgeniya submitted her entry and
started waiting for the results, tracking new entries,
comparing them with her own beadwork and thinking about
her chance to make the final. During that, she has got
so much inspiration, that she wanted beading more, and
more, and more!
The first wave of happiness covered Evgeniya when her
work was juried into the final; her Waltz Of Flowers
Tiara was in top 10 out of 132 other entries! As she
said, she didn't dream to win. She picked up for herself
a few favorite pieces and was glad to know, that all of
them got the highest scores.
In 10 days the winners were announced, and again
Evgeniya's work won, it took the Second Place! Well
done! Of course, Evgeniya deserved that recognition
for her hard work and full dedication to creative
process. There is no doubt, that she will develop her
skills, and new wins will come to her! When we asked
Evgeniya about participation in the Fashion Coloworks
2011, she said, "I understand, that my chance to win
the second contest in a row is almost impossible, but
I will try!"
We would like to congratulate Olga Pettersson
and Evgeniya Semina one more time and to wish
them success! We are looking forward to seeing your
new stunning beadworks in Fashion Coloworks next year!
Gallery of bead artwork by Evgeniya Semina
Step by step - Embroidery on netting base. Part 2
Today we publish part 2 of the tutorial on embroidery
on netting base by Victoria Katamashvili. That's a very
small tutorial, literally a set of samples, but can be
in interest for you.
Tutorial: Embroidery on netting base. Part 2
Victoriya Katamashvili. Embroidery on netting base in jewelry design
Bead Fest Philadelphia
August 18 - 22, 2010
Valley Forge Convention Center
1160 1st Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
The 9th annual Bead Fest Philadelphia festival is the largest
bead & jewelry show on the East Coast. Special events include
Meet the Teachers Reception - come and meet the world famous
instructors. Learn more about what they are teaching and sign
up for workshops. Instructors will also be selling their kits
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