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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).
Chrysoprase - green chalcedony
All of a sudden we found out that in the Britain
culture one of the May birthstones is chrysoprase.
Chrysoprase, chrysophrase or chrysoprasus is a
gemstone variety of chalcedony that contains small
quantities of nickel. The word chrysoprase comes
from the Greek CHRYSOS, meaning "gold" and
PRASINON, meaning 'green'. Its color is
normally apple-green, but varies to deep green.
Chrysoprase is cryptocrystalline (like agate,
carnelian, and onyx), which means that it is
composed of crystals so fine that they cannot
be seen as distinct particles under normal
magnification. This sets it apart from rock
crystal (clear quartz), amethyst, citrine, and
the other varieties of crystalline quartz which
are basically transparent. Unlike many
non-transparent minerals, it is the color of
chrysoprase, rather than any pattern of markings,
that makes it desirable.
Because of its attractive color chrysoprase
has been used as a gemstone since ancient times.
Possibly the most famous source of chrysoprase
is the region of Silesia in Poland. This source
has been used since medieval times and some of
its gems were used to make jewelry for kings,
most notably King Frederick II of Prussia. King
Frederick even discovered a vein of chrysoprase
there that was three miles long! Since the
source in Poland has been just about exhausted
the market has turned to other sources.
Today the best known sources of chrysoprase are
Queensland, Western Australia, Germany, Russia,
Arizona, California, and Brazil. The chrysoprase
deposit in Szklary, Lower Silesia, Poland, was
probably the biggest European chrysoprase
occurrence and possibly also the biggest in the
Fashion Colorworks 2012 - two weeks to go!
The contest continues, but only two weeks to go.
You can submit your entries for the Fashion
Colorworks 2012 Beading Contest in three categories
until June 15. We are looking forward to seeing
your amazing bead items in the contest!
Fashion Colorworks 2012 Rules
Submit your entries to Fashion Colorworks!
Beading on Mississipi river
Fishing and beading, beading and singing -
can you imagine a person who does it all?
Cindy Caraway does! Our feature today is
this beautiful bead artist from the state
of Iowa, USA. Enjoy reading Cindy's story
and her amazing jewelry in the gallery!
Cindy says, "Beading came to me during a
time of great change in my life. It all
started when I took a teaching job in
Arizona. Being a long way from home (Iowa)
and not knowing too any people, I was
interested in finding a new hobby. During
a trip to the library, I came upon a book
about making black wire jewelry.
I really enjoyed it and started making
necklaces, pendants and bracelets and sold
several in a local record store. A friend
suggested I add beads for interest and that
was the beginning of the end! I got more
interested in the beads and ultimately
dropped the wire altogether. The beads just
kept getting smaller and smaller and my love
of beadweaving was born.
Believe it or not, the first time I wrapped
peyote stitch around a cabochon, I thought I
had invented it! What a rude awakening when
I realized that the Native Americans (among
others) had been doing it for centuries! Once
I realized there was a world of beadweaving
out there, I started looking for books and
I am not good at diagrams so it's a miracle I
ever learned any of the skills I do have. I
would say that Carol Wilcox Wells' book
"Creative Bead Weaving" was a true epiphany
about the artistic possibilities of beadwork.
I used to be a bead weaver exclusively but
now enjoy bead embroidery better and have
started dabbling in fiber. Hopefully I will
be able to meld those all into something
As you can tell, I enjoy making large pieces
and, while I have never kept track of the
hours spent on a particular piece, I know
they take tens of hours to complete. I try to
budget 2 hours a day for beadwork but, like I
said before, I don't work well "on the clock".
When I really get going on a piece, though, I
can spend the whole day completely lost in it..."
Full article by Cindy Caraway
Bead artwork by Cindy Caraway
Etsy Store: Designs by Cindy Caraway
Etsy Store: Caraway Cache Vintage Goodies
Ask the Color Queens!
They have teamed together, Color Queens - Margie Deeb and
Beverly Ash Gilbert! Their 15-page issue is full of colorful
discussions, diagrams and photos that will inspire you in your
own work. You'll learn different approaches to combining color
as well as special techniques that will help you work through
challenging color predicaments. And they have special surprise
for you this time... a color-centric interview with colorist
extraordinaire, Jamie Cloud Eakin. Read how Jamie approaches
harmonizing hues with gemstones to create her stunning palettes.
Ask the Color Queens - Margie Deeb and Beverly Ash Gilbert
Flowers from alpine meadows
Let's move from Mississipi river to the meadows
in the Alps. The second guest of ours is Galina
Baer from Austria. Her signature is jewelry with
beaded flowers, Galina is inspired by mountain
nature. We hope you will like her gorgeous designs!
Galina writes, "I grew up in a family of a Soviet
military officer in an atmosphere filled with
love and trust. In my memories of my life during
this period is characterized by only two words -
a happy childhood. Of course, as all girls I had
cherished a box with a few trinkets and a couple
of old beads in it. But then I had no idea that
years later these tiny beads would take so
important place in my life...
When I were at school, the circle of my interests
was very wide - from vocal to karate, I had
studied ballet and dancing for ten years and
stopped only a few months before the birth of my
first child. Even now, after so many years, I
sometimes dance in my dreams! That's when I
became involved in knitting and embroidery; it
was the first step of my acquaintance with the
crafts that occasionally brought a small income.
I was always interested in new things and I'm not
afraid to start all over again... When I were 30
years old, I jumped the first time with a
parachute - in order to see the sky the way my
father, a military pilot saw it. In my 36 I got
married the second time and went to Austria to
understand that life is beautiful and everything
is just beginning!
Being in Austria, I returned to my favorite
knitting; my children grew up and I had more
spare time. For several years I was engaged in
knitting, but after "one hundred and fifteenth"
blouses hanging in the closet I got bored and I
wanted to find something new, and I started
looking for. There were fimo, decoupage, mosaic
work and painting on glass. Not being able to
draw from nature, I experienced some
difficulties learning those new media and looked
for other opportunities to express my love for
color and other forms. I am deeply convinced that
if you put a goal, you must get close to it!
So, four years ago beads came to my life. First,
there were not even glass seed beads, but crow
and pony beads and gemstone chips, which I strung
on a string and gradually learned to make
something different and special from them. Do not
you think it is familiar to you? Starting to learn
new crafts, you are not noticing how you go into
this process! Only if that is really interesting.
It happened to me. My first rope woven according
found pattern seemed so beautiful and awesome!"
Full article by Galina Baer
Beadwork gallery by Galina Baer
Classes at the Beaders Best Art Fair 2012
Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take place in
Hamburg, Germany in August 18-19 and the
workshops will begin on August 17. International
artists, manufacturers, retailers and beading
friends from all over Europe and Overseas will
meet at this unmatched event for the second time.
The show schedule includes intensive jewelry
making program, the classes will be taught by
internationally recognized bead artists: Zoya
Gutina (USA), Ute Kluwe (Germany), Heather
Kingsley-Heath (UK), Svetlana Sametis (Latvia),
Anja Schlotman (USA), Sabine Lippert (Germany),
Elke Leonhardt-Rath (Germany), Daniela Donzelli
(Germany), Huib Petersen (USA), Birgit Bergemann
(Germany), Petra Tismer
(Germany), Melissa Grakowsky (USA), Laura Andrews
(USA), Jutta Tolzmann (Germany) and other artists.
The workshop price includes the kit, and the kit
includes all materials and findings needed for
the workshop, and tutorial (patterns with
instructions). Anybody who doesn't finish his work
on site will be able to finish it at home.
Workshop "Grape Leaf Necklace"
Workshop "Poppy Flower Necklace"
Workshop "Pink Rose Brooch"
Battle of the BeadSmith. First round
From BeadSmith Press Release.
( Good luck everyone, have some fun! )
The BeadSmith announces 1st round pairings
for... "Battle of the BeadSmith".
80 Artists, 22 Countries. A Celebration of Bead
Artistry around the World.
A brief ceremony at BeadSmith headquarters in
Carteret, NJ took place Monday, the 14th of May,
officially launching the inaugural "Battle Of
The BeadSmith". Steven Weiss, of the family
Weiss, addressed the competitors in attendance
with some emotional words of encouragement,
(transcript seen below), before officially
announcing the 40 1st round pairings.
"My fellow beaders. You have been charged with
the monumental task of taking your designs to
places never thought possible before. Your
journey will strain the very limits of your
beading abilities... (Pause)... Do not
entertain failure! Do not allow uncertainty,
and the fear of defeat, to extinguish the
fires that burn within your creative souls...
(Pause)... Though some of you will fall in
battle, history will speak well of the 80...
The 80 who beaded steadfast and true... The
80 that beaded on, when their needles snapped,
and their threads frayed... (Pause)... The 80
that beaded until they could bead no more."
The 40 first round pairings for "The Battle
Of The BeadSmith can be found by clicking on
the link below:
Battle of the BeadSmith. First round pairs
Battle of the BeadSmith on Facebook
Lace beadweaving basics
Most likely, the origin of the netting
technique comes from the fishing net
weaving. With the use of a shuttle to
unroll a thread, fishermen weaved diamond
shaped stitches tied up one to the other.
Here is the first lesson of netting
beading (lace beadweaving) by Coco
L'Hopital-Navarre where you will learn
how "to convert" these diamond shaped
fishing thread stitches into beadweaving
stitches, and two more lessons are coming:
part 2 - "How to decorate your netting
with openwork" and part 3 - "How to
decorate your netting with fancy beads".
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 1
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 1
What do you think about bead contests?
To bead or not to bead? - the positive answer goes
without saying. To enter or not to enter (bead
contest)? - that is the question we would like you
to tell us. We welcome and respect your opinion.
Have fun! Please take the time to complete the
brief survey on bead contests! The results will be
What do you think about bead contests?
2012 Bead & Button Show
June 1 - June 10, 2012
Frontier 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 2012 of inspiring bead art and over 500 bead and
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