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Stone of September:
Stone for acquiring wisdom, esoteric knowledge. Connection between the
physical and celestial. Awareness, attunement, intuition and psychic
ability. Stone of protection. Zodiac signs: Sagittarius (Archer).
Actinolite - mineral in many forms
Not many people have ever heard about actinolite
that is a silicate mineral. The name "actinolite"
is derived from the Greek word AKTIS,
meaning "beam" or "ray" because of the mineral's
fibrous nature. Fibrous actinolite is one of the
six recognised types of asbestos, the fibres
being so small that they can enter the lungs and
damage the alveoli. Actinolite asbestos was once
mined along Jones Creek at Gundagai, Australia.
Simple actinolite occasionally forms interesting
crystal habits and specimens. Crystals can be
similar to hornblende, but are always translucent
or even transparent. Typically they are prismatic,
flattened and elongated. Crystal specimens of
actinolite can make very interesting mineral
Some forms of actinolite are used as gemstones.
One is nephrite, one of the two types of jade
(the other being jadeite). Jade has been used
in China and Central America as an ornamental
and religious stone of deep significance. The
nephrite jade was used mostly in China, although
both have been used in both regions. Nephrite
is more abundant than jadeite and has few color
varieties, ranging only from creamy white to
Another gem variety
is the chatoyant form known as cat's-eye a
ctinolite. This stone is translucent to opaque,
and green to yellowish green color. This
variety has had the misnomer jade cat's-eye.
Transparent actinolite is rare and is faceted
for gem collectors. Major sources for these
forms of actinolite are Taiwan and Canada.
Other sources are Madagascar, Tanzania, and
the United States.
Golem Studio by Ivanovs duo
This year we were happy to meet this charming couple once
again: Kremena and Vladislav Ivanovs were exhibitors at
Beaders Best Bead Art Fair in Hamburg. Their beautiful
multicolor ceramic beads, cabochons and pendants couldn't
leave anyone indifferent. Another great success of ceramic
artists from the ancient capital of Bulgaria - Veliko
Tarnovo! We are glad to have Kremena and Vladislav in our
newsletter and hope you will like their ceramic elements
and, of course, their history.
Vladislav Ivanov: How I became a ceramic artist
From my early school years I liked making small things from
clay and plasticine and later from wax, which was probably
my absolute favorite. In high school I have been studying
wood carving for 2 years, so I became pretty familiar with
the basic carving techniques and tools. At the same time my
fascination with history and especially with archaeological
artifacts has grown with each my visit to an archaeological
site or museum.
Another completely different interest of mine was chemistry
mostly because I was charmed by the magic of fire. The
almost magical high temperature reactions between metals
and non-metal elements still fascinate me. My last two years
in the school were dominated by hesitation about what I
wanted to do, what career I should start? I suppose this
sounds pretty familiar for most of you.
In 1989, after I finished high school, I finally made a
decision and started studying pedagogic at the Veliko
Tarnovo University in Bulgaria bearing in my mind that there
was a sub department "Fine and Applied Arts". I also
started my own research and experiments in the area of
reproduction of archaeological artifacts from different
epochs using different materials and techniques.
Can you guess what I found out waiting for me on the
crossroad between the art history and chemistry during this
research? Yes, you are right - it was art of ceramics with
all its unlimited shaping and decorating techniques, with all
different clays and unlimited palette of colors, with the
excitement of opening each kiln firing and the promises for
even greater miracles each next time!
After I graduated with MA in Pedagogic, Fine and Applied
Arts in 1994 I started working as a teacher in the primary
school. Teaching had its great moments as well as bad ones,
but it was far from satisfying for me. My desire for
independence was also inspired by the traditions in my family,
especially coming from my mother's side. Looking through
my family tree I discovered they were craftsmen for centuries -
blacksmiths, carpenters, wood carvers, silversmiths.
My Grandfather was a very skilled blacksmith and carpenter.
So maybe my passion for creating life based on things you
make with your own hands came from there. I quit my job as
a teacher in 2000 and up to now I'm a self-employed artist.
It looked like my ceramic "passion" was very "infectious" -
my wife Kremena received the "clay bug" from me soon after
we got married, she started making pots and other objects in
1997-98 and in 2001 she stopped her teaching career, too.
That was the official beginning of "Golem Design Studio."
Full article by Kremena and Vladislav Ivanovs
Ceramic beads by Golem Design Studio
Ceramic elements by Golem Design Studio
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/golemstudio
Interview with Elena Golovchenko
Second Place Winner in Beaded Jewelry category
for Awakening Necklace
My name is Elena Golovchenko, I live in Lugansk,
Ukraine. I've been "talking" with beads for a
little more than four years and since then beads
have become more diverse, and I've also changed.
Experience comes with every competition and with
each new work. When there are so many great
artists around from whom you can learn it's
easier to develop your skills; you only need the
will and tenacity, and any technique is mastered.
Beading for me is, above all, boundless
imagination and the freedom to choose any
material to work with. Maybe that's why beadwork
is still a hobby for me. I do not like to make
jewelry on commission basis, do not like to
replicate my pieces and work only if I'm in good
mood. Communicating with people who share your
thoughts is priceless. This is a special world
where we learn from each other. I'm glad I
discovered this world.
Elena Golovchenko answers the questions of Maria Konoshenko
1. What place in your life does making
I used to write that making beaded jewelry is
my parallel life. On the one hand I have a
main job and the family that mean a lot to me,
but the beads are always somewhere close to me.
Beading is my hobby. At first I did not have
enough time to bead because of my main work.
Now there is no time to work because of beads;
that is a joke of course. I look at every
situation in my life through "bead glasses".
2. What is the source of your inspiration,
do you stimulate it, and if so, how?
The inspiration can come from anything: a
random movie, a magazine about architecture
or other bead artists' designs. Any theme can
be implemented, it requires only more
attention and focus.
3. What are three words you could describe
your creative work?
My work is my favorite hobby, freedom of
imagination, a continuous challenge.
4. What do you first think about when
creating jewelry: the entire idea, shape,
color, or something else?
I did a conclusion for myself: beadworks is
success if it's based on the semantic concept,
and then you select shape and materials. But
it is not always like that. When you use
gemstones they can dictate the rules. I like
either symmetry or asymmetry. It calms me
down. I do not understand artistic dogmas
about "right" color combinations. In nature,
everything is beautiful: warm colors next to
the cold, bright colors next to cool. It all
depends on your vision and how you will
design your work.
Full interview with Elena Golovchenko
Beadwork by Elena Golovchenko
Interview with Maria Konoshenko
Second Place Winner in Finished Jewelry category
for L'Oiseau Bleu Necklace
My name is Maria Konoshenko; I was born and
now live in the city of Novosibirsk, Russia. I am
a biologist by education, and soon I plan to
defend my Ph.D. thesis. Nevertheless, an important
part of my life belongs to my creative work and
crafting. At different times, I was involved in many
crafts from cross-stitching to knitting,
but I was more captured by making jewelry. When
I work with beads the process of turning together
disparate materials into the finished work with an
idea and aesthetics fascinates me.
I've always been attracted to the development of
new techniques to create jewelry: different types
of weaving, knitting, embroidery, soutache and
felt techniques, but I was more fascinated tatting
with beads. This technique of weaving creates
elegant, airy and delicate jewelry that simply could
not leave me indifferent. I learned about it in 2010,
and could not resist learning the basics of frivolite
using the information found on the Internet.
I wove my first item in this technique by a pattern
from the book of E. Stepnaya, and... put my shuttles
aside because I decided to learn other types of
beading. However, the dream of gentle lace adornments
didn't leave me completely, and at the end of last
year I went back to frivolite with beads and
immediately began to create my own jewelry
designs. Now I'd like to continue to improve in this
Last year I learned about the Fashion Colorworks
contest and I was particularly interested in the main
task to make jewelry or an object in the specified
color combinations. Of course, I immediately
decided to give it a try, but I also had doubt since
I've never been involved in such a prestigious
competition with such a high level of work. What
was my joy when I found out that my L'Oiseau
Bleu Necklace not only reached the final, but also
finished second in its category! Participation in
Fashion Colorworks gave me the creative impulse,
and now my goal is not to lose it and to implement.
Maria Konoshenko answers the questions of Anria Opperman
1. When did you discover your love of working
with beads? And what was the first beaded project
that you ever made?
My first steps in beading I did when I was 14,
those were the most unpretentious beaded bracelets,
which are still intact and are stored to remind me
about beginning of my bead career. The second step
was weaving netted necklaces, and then - flowers
and leaves using peyote stitch.
2. Which type of beads is your favorite to
work with, and why?
I prefer to work with small beads and Toho 15/0 is
my favorite. I also like Charlotte Czech beads with
exquisite glow on the only facet, and the smallest
Czech beads. I think that is the best material for fine
Full interview with Maria Konoshenko
Beadwork by Maria Konoshenko
Interview with Anria Opperman
Second Place Winner in Beaded Objects category
for Love Takes Flight Suspenders
Anria Opperman lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Her beading career doesn't count many years but Anria's
submission to Fashion Colorworks 2012 made great
success! Her Love Takes Flight Suspenders won the
Second Place in Beaded Objects category. We wish
Anria best of luck in her future challenges!
Anria Opperman answers the questions of Elena Golovchenko
1. How long have you been working with beads and
designing beaded jewelry and what inspired you for
I am self taught beader and still an amateur, I found
my love for working with beads little over a year ago.
I was walking through a fabric shop when my eye caught
a piece of luggage strap, and because of my love of
cuff bracelets, I thought that this would be perfect
to create my own beaded design on it. Since then I
have been hooked on beading!
2. How does your inspiration come to you and where
is your Muse at this time? Is it quietly watching from
around the corner or is always with you and ready to
Inspiration hits at any time. During any spare moment
in a day, I will be sketching ideas for a new beading
project, or rummaging through my bead collection trying
to find new color combinations to use.
3. Did you have a desire to invent a new beading
It would be wonderful to create a new technique, but
I still have many techniques to master and start
incorporating in my work.
4. How do your country features influence on you in
the selection of colors and shapes of your items?
I am not influenced much by the features of my country,
rather by my personal preferences. I love watching
Bollywood movies - their use of bright colors and all
things shiny, the beautifully embroidered saris has
definitely influenced my choice of beads.
5. Do you prefer to create a collection or a line of
items, or to design a single piece?
A single piece. I like no two pieces to be similar.
I've found that once I've finished a piece I already
have an idea for a new piece and want to start working
on it as soon as possible. I made an earring about a
year ago, and I still haven't got around to making the
other one (oops!)
Full interview with Anria Opperman
Beadwork by Anria Opperman
Lace beadweaving challenge
Create your own vertical netting stitch necklace!
This challenge is open to all participants, the sending
of your photographs will validate your participation.
We suggest you to create a necklace of your own design
in vertical netting stitch with increases and decreases
using bead insertion or bead embroidery. Your netting
beadwork has to be done with seed beads and any other
fancy beads (round, faceted, bicones, bugles, etc.).
Please no cabochons and nor other elements added except
Deadline for sending your photos is Friday, October 26,
2012. Your photo should be no more than 800 Kb, we ask
you for a high resolution photo in order to create an
online gallery. Please send your emails with attached
firstname.lastname@example.org, please send us also
the following information: first name, last name,
nickname (if you want) and a link to your blog or website.
It's not a contest and the winners won't be selected. The
pictures of all submissions will be published in our
newsletter and in the blog
Perles et Dent'Elles. Learn tutorials by Coco
L'Hopital-Navarre for your inspiration!
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 1
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 2
Lace beadweaving basics. Part 3
For French speaking subscribers: Lace beadweaving challenge
Sugarloaf Craft Festivals
October 12, 13, 14, 2012
Mont. Co. Fairgrounds
October 26, 27, 28, 2012
Somerset, New Jersey
Garden State Exhibit Ctr.
Juried Fine Art & Craft Festivals since 1976. Find the
unique handcrafted artwork of thousands of American
Artists! Decorative creations for home & garden,
exceptional fine art & designer crafts!
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