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Stone of November:
Helps remove energy blockages, strengthens physical body. Excellent
for enhancing altered states of consciousness. Zodiac signs: Gemini
(Twins), Leo (Lion), Aquarius (Water Bearer).
Jet - mineraloid of organic origin
Jet (lignite or gagat) is not considered a true
mineral, but rather a mineraloid as it has an
organic origin, being derived from decaying wood
under extreme pressure. The English noun "jet"
derives from the French word for the same material:
JAIET. Jet is either black or dark brown,
but may contain pyrite inclusions, which are of
brassy color and metallic luster. The adjective
"jet-black", meaning as dark a black as possible,
derives from this material.
Jet is a product of high pressure decomposition
of wood from millions of years ago, commonly the
wood of trees of the family Araucariaceae. The
jet found at Whitby, England is of early
Jurassic (Toarcian) age, approximately 182
million years old. Jet is easily polished and
is used in manufacturing jewelry, according to
the Whitby Museum, dating from 10,000 BC in
parts of Germany.
The oldest jet jewelry was found in Asturias,
Spain, dating from 17,000 BC. Whitby jet was a
favorite material for ornamental jewelry during
the Roman period, when it was described by
Solinus. Hair-pins, rings, spindles, bracelets,
and necklaces were produced in great variety,
much of it at Eburacum (modern York).
In the Roman period jet was frequently used as
a "magical" material in amulets and pendants
because of its supposed protective qualities and
ability to deflect the gaze of the evil eye.
Furthermore, Pliny the Elder suggests that "the
kindling of jet drives off snakes and relieves
suffocation of the uterus. Its fumes detect
attempts to stimulate a disabling illness or a
state of virginity."
Jet as a gemstone was fashionable during the
reign of Queen Victoria, during which the Queen
wore Whitby jet as part of her mourning dress.
Jet was associated with mourning jewelry in the
19th century because of its somber color and
modest appearance, and it has been traditionally
fashioned into rosaries for monks.
In the United States, long necklaces of jet beads
were very popular during the 1920s, or Roaring
Twenties, when women and young flappers would wear
multiple strands of jet beads stretching from the
neckline to the waistline. In these necklaces, the
jet was strung using heavy cotton thread; small
knots were made on either side of each bead to
keep the beads spaced evenly, much in the same way
that fine pearl necklaces are made. Jet has also
been known as black amber, as it may induce an
electric charge like that of amber when rubbed.
New in Fashion Colorworks 2012
Fashion Colorworks entry must use the three colors in one
of the palettes shown on the contest page, in any
combination. There are three color palettes and three
categories for entries:
• Seed Bead Jewelry: Entries include jewelry and jewelry-related objects. Each entry must be not less than 50 percent seed beads.
There are no entry fees, the contest is open to participants
worldwide, and judging is by photographs. This year in addition
to the awards for the First, Second and Third places in each
category we added five more prizes:
is sponsoring three special prizes 50 euros each:
• Finished Jewelry: Each entry must be less than 50 percent seed beads; and other materials such as, but not limited to, glass beads, crystals, semi-precious stones, wire, metal clay, found objects, etc.
• Seed Bead Objects: Entries include any not jewelry-related objects, accessories and sculptural objects. Each entry must be not less than 50 percent seed beads.
• Best Newbie;
Perlen Poesie Magazine
is sponsoring two "Perlen Poesie Pick" prizes - free
annual subscriptions to Perlen Poesie Magazine.
• Best Mini;
• Most Original;
Application with attached pictures of entries is
sent trough provided online form. Entries are
accepted since April 1, and the last submission
day is June 15. Read all the details of the contest,
including how to enter, and then get busy beading!
Fashion Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest Rules
From theatrical costumes to art jewelry
We are glad to introduce you Marsha Wiest-Hines, a
beadwork artist living and working in Minnetonka,
Minnesota, USA. Personal adornment and expression of
character through clothing has been her life-long
interest, she has been creating wearable art for 40
years in the form of theatrical costumes for the
stage, competition clothing for ballroom dancers,
and most recently, art jewelry and accessories.
In 2007 Marsha discovered bead weaving and fell
immediately in love.
Marsha says, "I began beading in 2007, when a friend
gave me a strung bracelet for my birthday. My wrist is
ridiculously small, and the bracelet was very big. I
thought, how hard can it be to make it smaller? I went
to the bookstore, to find a book to tell me how to
adjust the size of the bracelet and next to "Beading
for Dummies" there was "500 Beaded Objects." I fell
instantly in love and knew I wanted to DO THAT!
Beading is a creative outlet/hobby/meditation for me,
although I do sell my work. I have an Etsy shop and
have sold through several local galleries, my
favorite being Minnetonka Center for the Arts, where
I currently am selling some of my work in their Arts
of the Holidays show.
This was one of my very first efforts, done as a color
study and an exploration of the bead textures and
finishes. I was very proud of working out the little
violet flower and leaf for myself. I have used this
leaf technique in my "Mom's African Violets", with some
refinement ever since! For example, this leaf uses the
same technique, although somewhat refined by the
addition of cylinder beads to the seeds ("The Last Leaf").
I find myself a competitive person by nature, and some
of my favorite work has been created with a competition
in mind. This was my first effort at an entry to the
Bead Dreams competition, and one of my all time
favorites. Needless to say, I have never managed to get
an entry accepted at Bead Dreams! I sold this
piece ("Sticks and Stones") and I miss it!
I became a member of the Etsy Beadweavers Team just as
I was making "Sticks & Stones" and several of my other
favorite pieces were created for the team challenges.
This Bollywood Beauty Necklace won our Bollywood
Challenge last year, and this necklace "Ash and Ember -
the Balrog" won the Lord of the Rings Challenge last
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with
fellow beadweaver and lampworker
Hannah Rosner. I won a competition through "One
Stop Bead Shop" that required the use of some of her
beads, which I thought were beautiful and inspiring
Full article by Marsha Wiest-Hines
Beadwork by Marsha Wiest-Hines
Etsy Shop: etsy.com/shop/HauteIceBeadwork
Funeral beaded wreaths and flowers
Man has always tried to keep alive the beauty of
a flower through a variety of available materials.
Creating flowers using beads and wire, which
originated in ancient times among the French
peasants (so the beginning of this craft has not
been documented), takes its exceptional place
because beaded flowers are truly lovely bubbly!
For a long time, knowledge about this art handed
down orally from generation to generation, it is
known that this type of beading was developed in
other European countries: England, Italy.
In the 19th century, adorning clothes with beads
and beaded accessories were widespread among
nobility, and the remnants of beads were often
used by female workers to make three-dimensional
flowers for their rooms and church altars
decoration. Around the same time glass beads
were used for weaving funeral wreaths. The reason
was simple: fresh flowers are not available all
year round, they could stay live for only a short
time, and the flowers of beads in all its beauty
were often even cheaper. The story that is
directly related to this came from France.
Full article "Funeral beaded wreaths and flowers"
Looking for inspiration
It's a pleasure to have another bead artist, Orna
Voloh from Israel in our newsletter! Orna was born
in a small town in the Urals, Russia. When she was
20 years old she learned RAW stitch weaving, it was
the beginning of her bead career. She has been
beading for eight years and then had a big break.
Fate decreed that now Orna lives in Israel, in the
city of Petah-Tikva. Here she got married, and while
"expecting" her daughter a few years ago, she
Orna tells, "In the ninetieth there was no Internet
and beads in the shops, too, but my friends discovered
that I "knew how to weave beads" and carried me
already torn and useless beaded necklaces, one could
bring a little bit, another - a bit more! I was
happy to each such a thing as to a heap of countless
treasures, and enthusiastically wove. Tiny beads had
an incredible ability to form a pattern, each of
which received a special meaning in my eyes and the
eyes of my friends - in fact, beads still returned
to my "sponsors" - as unpretentious trinkets.
I did not know then how to weave according to the
"bead science," I couldn't learn from anyone because
there were not teachers and any classes. I invented
everything by myself - stitches, patterns, etc. I
dealt with what can be called "reinventing the wheel",
and now I use my developments of that period, which
lasted eight years. I dedicated five years to work
with children teaching them what was already known to
me and what I could make, and then I had a big break.
Fate decreed that I live in Israel, in the city of
Petah-Tikva. Here I got married, and while "waiting"
for my daughter, I regained inspiration. I saw how
much Internet allows for new beading ideas, and
realized that I needed to go back to my youthful
enthusiasm, especially because buying good materials
in Israel was much easier than in Russia. I found out
an entirely new world of beads, not what I had known
about it before, moreover bead craft was on the rise.
Over Internet, I met with beadworks of many great
weavers who create masterpieces, and it was an
additional impulse for me!
I wanted to be just a little closer to their level!
Though just a little! And then I found myself in
almost complete inability to repeat someone else's
work and most importantly to work according stranger's
patterns! Perhaps, this is good as a whole, although
the independent development of the already known
techniques takes more time. Suddenly, from nowhere,
in my mind the ideas of my fifteen years ago began
to float, and they began to take a completely new
form! This primarily affected the traditional
techniques I owned and my old designs.
I understand that there are no limits in use of beads
for creative people, and if there is some kind of an
interesting idea, I will sooner or later find a way
to implement it. When an idea of another beadwork
takes me completely, I sit down and begin to draw a
sketch and select materials thinking about embodiments
of it and do not stop for a moment. Even in my sleep,
I continue to work on the plan. Sometimes the end
result is being hatched for months, and sometimes
embodied within an hour from the moment an interesting
thought flashed through my mind. And I do not know
what it depends on!"
Full article by Orna Voloh
Beadwork by Orna Voloh
Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 11
The new issue of Perlen Poesie magazine comes out on
December 10th, 2011!
• Lady in RAW.
Marcia DeCoster: The artist is a stylish woman, knits
fine tunics and loves to bead her jewelry mostly in
RAW technique. We met her in Bonn, Germany, where she
held workshops for 3 days. She let us have some of her
treasures, which we are able to show to our readers.
You will also find an instruction for a fancy bracelet...
• The Bead Ambassador.
Petra Tismer: She loved beads for a long time and
when she accompanied her husband to Turkey for a few
years she started to teach beadwork techniques to an
international group of women of the diplomatic corps.
Back in Germany she turned hobby into profession...
• Surprising Designs.
Paula Matos: The lively Portuguese woman decided to
give up her job in a bank and do what she loved - to
design jewelry and to share this love with others.
Traveling to India she convinced herself of the bead
• And 17 instructions.
Instructions to rework, for example Micro-Makrame,
pieces in Soutache technique, something for the fans
of Bead Crochet and inspiration for working with Roses
Montee, great pieces in RAW and many other techniques.
The magazine is published in Germany by Beaders Best
Verlag Company, you can subscribe it. If you live in the
USA, you can directly or via Internet buy single issues
of the magazine at the Beads by Blanche bead shop. Oh,
by the way, the last submission day for the International
Bead Award contest sponsored by Perlen Poesie Magazine
is December 31, 2011. Hurry up!
Subscribe to Perlen Poesie magazine
Buy Perlen Poesie magazine in the USA
International Bead Award 2012 rules
Step by step - Paisley pattern
Paisley or Paisley pattern is a droplet-shaped
vegetable motif of Indian, Pakistani and Persian
origin. The pattern is sometimes called "Persian
pickles" by American traditionalists, especially
quiltmakers, or "Welsh pears" in Welsh textiles
as far back as 1888. This tutorial "How to make
beaded Paisley pattern" is prepared for you by
Orna Voloh, you can use that in making any jewelry.
Tutorial: Paisley pattern
International Gem & Jewelry Show
December 16-18, 2011
Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, Virginia
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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