Happy blossom Springtime, our dear friends! We are again
with you and happy to see you! Read in the April's issue
of MyLovelyBeads.com newsletter:
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Clear quartz is the universal stone. Everyone
should have one! It is a pure and powerful energy
source. It receives, activates, stores, transmits,
and amplifies energy. Stimulates brain functions
and activates all levels of consciousness. Excellent
for meditation. Brings harmony to the soul. Zodiac
signs: all of them.
Gemstone from ancientry
Have you ever noticed how beautiful and attractive is
jewelry with a petrified fossil, mammoth bones, petrified
wood and other such venerable age of antiquities in the
tens or hundreds of millions of years? Funny question,
isn't it? These ancient gems excite the imagination and
attract with its unusual appearance and inconceivable age.
So that certainly is not only noticed, but they themselves
make or buy decorations with these rarities. And have
you ever heard about jewelry with dinobones, gems of
Yes, it's fossilized dinosaur bones - the fossil, which
arose as a result of saturation of the remains of ancient
dinosaurs with minerals from aqueous solutions, which
gradually filled the pores, while maintaining bone structure.
Dinobone (from DINOSAUR and BONE)
is a raw material for lapidary works of art, because many
of the dinosaur bones found are of no value to
paleontologists, as they are in poor condition, often
fragmented and broken into pieces. Therefore usually
finds of fossil bones in the nature are not remarkable.
Decorative appearance dinobone acquires only after final
Substance of dinosaur bones is replaced by different
minerals. Most often it is limestone or calcium, giving
the fossil sand color, as well as quartz, filling voids of
bones. There are dinobones with hematite, pyrite or
marcasite. Colors and shades of dinobone vary, but
most common are red, yellow and blue-gray, and one
of the rarest dinobone species contain cells filled with
agate in different colors.
Dinobones are the most beautiful when they are cut, so
often they are treated as cabochons of different shapes,
which means that they are quite fertile material for
beadworkers. In the U.S., where the remains of ancient
reptiles are found most often, dinobone is considered
stone for men and used for the design of men's jewelry.
Due to the fact that the nature of dinobone was opened
relatively recently, this gem has not yet had time to
acquire and legends. But dinobone, by virtue of its
origin, is petrified legend itself that has come down to
us through the hundreds of millions of years.
Fashion Colorworks 2011
Last year one of the contest jurors, Kerrie Slade, said, "Now, there
are lots of good reasons to have a go at this contest, not only is it
a great personal challenge to work in set color combinations, but it's
free to enter, it's open to international entrants, judging is from
photos only (so you don't have to worry about packing and posting your
creation) and there are prizes to be won - how many beading contests
can say all of that?"
The contest continues, you can submit your entries for the Fashion
Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest in three categories until June 15.
On the pictures above you can see fragments of four first entries we
received. You think, "Beadworks must be amazing", and you're right!
We are looking forward to seeing your stunning beaded objects at the
Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest Rules
Unique beadwork and beyond
Eva Maria Keiser, an American bead artist, is well known by
her amazing mostly 3-D beadworks as well as her bead tutorials.
She has been beading for many years, and her beautiful jewelry
is a real eye-catcher that always attracts common attention.
Eva Maria says, "From my early years in Austria, to my current
home in the USA, my world travels, education, and life itself,
have been further enriched by the ability to express myself
artistically. It has been a long journey to the medium of beads,
but well worth it. Beadwork allows me to remember, to forget,
to forgive, and to have a universal voice. I am thankful for
the many who live their art and who taught and shared with me
their way of life; expressly to the matrons of my informative
years, who were very talented and enterprising.
They taught me by example and by lesson how to be
resourceful and to rely on imagination and intuition. They
excelled in clothing construction (sans patterns), culinary
skills and the ability to see great humor during most
difficult of times. Their homes were warm, elegantly
arranged and embellished with inherited and needle crafted
fineries. There was always delicious food cooking and
music from the great composers in the background. Fresh
cut flowers on dustless furniture in beautiful crystal vases
rounded the senses. There was also an abundance of fine
stationery and writing instruments, which intrigued me, the
These wonderful teachers encouraged my curiosity, which
was fortunate for me, because "how" was and still is my
favorite question. How is this made, how can I do it, and
sometimes how can this be?
From the age of five, needlework was a regular part of my
studies. I would watch my mother and marvel as her
graceful fingers moved swiftly across fabric leaving a trail
of the smallest most precise stitches. And I was mesmerized
by the beautiful colors. My fingers were so clumsy and the
stitches uneven, but I quickly learned that persistence is a
virtue. I soon performed stitches worthy of fine fabric
application rather than the coarse "practice" cloth. With
those sessions came stories of family, heritage, and tales
Full article by Eva Maria Keiser
Bead artwork by Eva Maria Keiser
E-Patterns and Tutorials: www.keiserdesigns.com/KDC_Learn.htm
(please keep in mind they are for personal use only)
Juicy summer jewelry
Another guest of our newsletter, Alexandra Matveenko,
originally is from Yakutsk (Eastern Siberia), and now
she lives in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. It
is always pleasure to see her bright multicolor pieces
Alexandra says, "As far as I remember,
crafts have always been present in my life and it was
only natural that I'm crafting: all my friends addicted
to embroidery and knitting. Now I cannot say exactly
who taught me. Something I learned in the classroom
work at school, something from friends and something
out of magazines. Fortunately, I easily learn and my
parents were pleased to receive gifts made by the
hands of his daughter.
My mother sometimes sewed on the machine, I cannot
remember anything more, my parents were focused on
their work, so my craft hobbies were not a family ones.
I was engaged in embroidery and cros-stitching, sewing,
knitting, flame paintings on wood - I loved everything,
because I was getting the pleasure of creation, when a
coil of thread turns blouse, and a piece of fabric -
Beads have always attracted me; the first memory
of it is connected for me with the design of bile.
Bile is a traditional ornament on the footwear of the
Siberian natives. When I was little I liked to watch
bright patterns, so that later I often decorated
knitted or sewn clothes with beads. It is ridiculous
to say, but in my works I tried to imitate the
Lesage designers, although now I've learned
more about that school, and my efforts seem to me
My attitude to the beads changed about three years
ago, when I first saw the amazing works by
Huib Peterson. It was a shock. By that time I
met many wonderful beadworks, but Huib's jewelry
impressed me most of all, his articles are amazing
and caught me with color decisions, shapes, designs
and overall look. Since then I have nothing to think
of except creating beaded floral jewelry.
I am sometimes asked why I'm doing only beaded
jewelry with flowers instead of creating flowers
out of beads and wire. The answer is simple: I like
making jewelry, hence my choice. I love the process
of making ornaments from material selection until
finishing with the choice of packaging. It's nice
to know that you're doing something that causes joy
and delight of others..."
Full article by Alexandra Matveenko
Beadwork gallery by Alexandra Matveenko
Website (in Russian): ms-pulsatilla.livejournal.com
International Bead Award Contest
After its hard work the
selected the Winner-Nominations of the International
Bead Award Contest supported by the Perlen Poesie
Magazine. There are more than 300 submissions, and the
panel of jurors has made an outstanding job! During
the Beaders Best Bead Art Fair on August 20, 2011 the
winners of the IBA contest will be announced, and the
special public award and other prizes will be given to
the winners and finalists.
From April 7 to August 7,
2011 the visitors of the Perlen Poesie Magazine website
can vote for their personal favorite among all entries
by pressing one of the gray stars. The most right star
scores entry 10 points, and the left one - 1 point.
Public voting will not change the nominations that are
marked with a little star next to the entry title.
Vote now and have fun!
Finalist: Art Nouveau Restored Necklace by Zoya Gutina
Icy Flowers Necklace by Zoya Gutina
International Gem & Jewelry Show
Columbus, OH - May 6-8
Marlborough, MA - May 6-8
Santa Monica (Bead), CA - May 13-15
Cleveland, GA - May 13-15
The International Gem & Jewelry Show offers the greatest selection and lowest prices on
diamonds, gold, silver, beads, and more. Choose either costume or fine jewelry from more
than 350 exhibitors from around the world.
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