April, 2013

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

Enjoy the spring!

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MyLovelyBeads.com Team

Stone of April: CLEAR QUARTZ

April Stone:

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.

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Howlite - turquoise substitute

Howlite is a silicate mineral; it was discovered near Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1868 by Henry How (1828-1879), a Canadian chemist, geologist, and mineralogist. How was alerted to the unknown mineral by miners in a gypsum quarry, who found it to be a nuisance. He called the new mineral silico-boro-calcite; it was given the name howlite by James Dwight Dana shortly thereafter.

The most common form of howlite is irregular nodules, sometimes resembling cauliflower. Crystals of howlite are rare, having been found in only a couple localities worldwide. Crystals were first reported from Tick Canyon, California, and later at Iona, Nova Scotia. Crystals reach a maximum size of about 1 cm, they are colorless, white or brown and are often translucent or transparent. The nodules are white with fine gray or black veins in an erratic, often web-like pattern, opaque with a sub-vitreous luster.

Howlite is commonly used to make decorative objects such as small carvings or jewelry components. Because of its porous texture, howlite can be easily dyed to imitate other minerals, especially turquoise because of the superficial similarity of the veining patterns. The dyed howlite (or magnesite) is marketed as turquenite. Howlite is also sold in its natural state, sometimes under the misleading trade names of "white turquoise" or "white buffalo turquoise," or the derived name "white buffalo stone."

Though howlite is softer that turquoise, the two stones are nearly identical, and some claim that even jewelers have difficulty telling them apart in absence of ultra-violet (UV) testing. In UV tests, howlite often appears to give off colored fluorescent glows. It also dissolves quickly in hydrochloric acid without causing bubbling, something turquoise will not do.

Fashion Colorworks 2013. First entries

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Here are the fragments of some first entries we have already received. You can submit your entries for the Fashion Colorworks 2013 Beading Contest in three categories until June 15. We are looking forward to seeing your amazing bead items in the contest! Read all the details of the contest including how to enter the contest, in the rules.

Fashion Colorworks 2013 Rules
Submit your entries to Fashion Colorworks!

Colorful and eclectic - Edgar Lopez

Edgar Lopez who was born and lives in Dominican Republic has about three years of experience in the beading world. He is an architect by education and started beadwork as a hobby, but today beaded jewelry designing became his greatest passion. Read, look and enjoy!

Edgar Lopez said: "Since I can remember I have always been interested in art, design and crafts, and have created lots of things of all sorts with my hands. Definitely, I inherited my skills from my paternal grandmother, who had always been a very creative person. Today I can make all this knowledge of creating jewelry pieces live, I love that process which fills me with excitement.

After studying architecture I have looked for activities that I could turn to my hobby until I realized I liked making jewelry. Then I decided to study art of jewelry design and started learning all the techniques implemented in the best samples of jewelry that could allow me to make adornments with my hands using simple materials; this was ten years ago.

As a goldsmith and a designer of fashion jewelry and accessories, later I took advanced courses in Altos de Chavon School of Design in my country and in Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, USA.

About three years ago I tried beadweaving techniques and fell in love with it; since then each my beadwoven piece of jewelry have filled me with happiness. In my creations, I try to mix my "architectural" and jewelry designer's ideas with color vision that my life in a tropical country gives me. That is most likely why my jewelry is so colorful and eclectic.

I really like lots of colors in my works, especially blue, green and coral. There is always a hint of them in my jewelry. Sometimes I use blends of totally opposite colors, but when they are put together they create a certain harmony. As these colors my favorites, it is not uncommon that the larimar (a stone that is mined only in my country) is one of my lovely gems..."

Full article by Edgar Lopez
Bead jewelry by Edgar Lopez
Email: ragde14@hotmail.com
Website: edgarlopezdesign.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com

Fashion Colorworks. Meet the sponsors


Company www.yorkbeads.com was established in 1924 by Sol Bookstein began as a bead importing company servicing the garment and fashion district of New York City. Today Perry, his grandson, leads the company with the motto Innovative Czech Glass Beads. Yorkbeads has brought the beading community the new spike and gumdrop beads, which are currently featured in Bead and Button magazine projects and is always on the cusp of modern beading trends or resurrecting the past with their Aged Stripe Seed Beads.

Beads Unlimited aka The Brighton Bead Shop

With 27 years in the business, Beads Unlimited aka The Brighton Bead Shop is one of the most trusted and loved names in the world of beading. Staffed by a team of beading experts and extremely nice people, they are the company to go to for professional advice and lovely beads.

For three years running, Beads Unlimited have cleaned up at the, highly prestigious, Craft Business Awards. This year is more exciting than ever for them as they have been nominated in six categories! This is a true testimony of the respect they have gained from both customers and the industry.

To find out more about the leading light of the bead world, please visit their website and their blog at www.beadbarmy.com You can also find Beads Unlimited on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

Workshops at Beaders Best Fair 2013

Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take place in Hamburg, Germany in August 24-25 and the workshops will begin on August 23. International artists, manufacturers, retailers and beading friends from all over Europe and Overseas will meet at this unmatched event for the third time.

The show schedule includes intensive jewelry making program, the classes will be taught by internationally recognized bead artists: Zoya Gutina, Heather Kingsley-Heath, Sabine Lippert, Patty McCourt, Sonoko Nozue, Maggie Roschyk, Miriam Shimon, Anja Schlotman, Olga Vinnere Pettersson, Eva Dobos, Olga Haserodt, Nadja Schmid-Muller, Laura Andrews, Galina Baer, Ute Kluwe, Elena Markovski-Krylova, Eveline Thudt, Svetlana Karimova, Julia Bachmayer, Nadya Gerber, Svetlana Sametis and other artists.

Sunshine Necklace   Beige Lace Necklace   Lone Bronze Leaf Necklace

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 "Sunshine Necklace"
Workshop "Beige Lace Necklace"
Workshop "Lone Bronze Leaf Necklace"

Combining Weaving And Embroidery

If you want to see something unusual in jewelry, high level of beadweaving or embroidery, or a perfect combination of those two beading techniques we would advise you to pay attention at the Nadya Gerber's jewelry. Born in the city of Gus-Khrustalniy, the center of art glass industry in Russia inside Russian Golden Ring, Nadya lives in Germany and works with glass - with glass beads!

Nadya said, "I'm lucky at birth, I grew up in a large, close-knit family and I have hard-working parents. I was fortunate to have devoted friends, to meet and work as an engineer in the glass industry under the legendary people management. I'm lucky with my husband and true friends in another country and lucky to know a material such as glass beads.

It was love at first sight: an open jewelry box with a woven beaded jewelry just turned my understanding of this material. The notorious "I want to learn this" suppressed all reasonable arguments. My Mom brought up view of the self-made style and a feeling to stand out and not to remain a black sheep; it made me try to weave attractive jewelry for myself.

First there was the development of techniques to duplicate the work of others, and then there was a desire to do things my own way and an attempt to implement any idea. "Where do you get ideas?" - my colleagues often hear this question. And everyone responds differently: nature, paintings, myths, and stories. I would like ever to reflect images and events - Cirque du Soleil, a concert by Vladimir Spivakov, a "Black Flock" book by Anna Akhmatova, and my walk across Amsterdam.

The first successful attempt in this direction was, in my opinion, my work "Russian Parisian." It seriously devastated my stocks when working on it: I used an original Swarovski crystal souvenir "A hat", pretty expensive lapis lazuli and lovingly chosen findings.

The more I work with beads, the more versatile it seems to me as material. It not only provides an opportunity to play with color, texture and create a jewelry piece of any size, but also it easily combines with other materials. At the same time beads is quite democratic and accessible; it's possible to create a piece for a kid and you can see beads in jewelry at fashion shows and in glossy magazines. In this, perhaps, its charm lies!.."

Full article by Nadya Gerber
Bead woven works by Nadya Gerber
Bead embroidery by Nadya Gerber
Email: nadyagerber@gmx.de
Website: pearl-jewelry-dream.de
Shop: de.dawanda.com/shop/NadyaGerber
Facebook: www.facebook.com

Zoya Gutina's new beadworks

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Free-form bracelets by Zoya Gutina

May upcoming events

Parallax 'Art' Fair in New York Parallax 'Art' Fair in New York

May 10-12, 2013
The Prince George
East 27th St. between Madison and 5th Ave.
New York City, NY

Parallax Art Fair grew out of an international exhibition called Parallax that was conceived and curated by Dr Chris Barlow in London at the Royal Opera Arcade. Parallax AF New York will exhibit object makers of every kind from all over the world.

Creative Crafts Council 29th Biennial

Creative Crafts Council 29th Biennial

May 4 - June 13, 2013
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

This Strathmore juried favorite returns with a crafty collection of work in a variety of media that's guaranteed to surprise and delight. Extraordinary pieces of fine contemporary craft by regional artists will be on display at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda.

This biennial show is sponsored by the Creative Crafts Council (CCC), which represents artists working in ceramics, enamel, glass, fiber, metals, mixed media, polymer clay, and wood. The public is cordially invited to visit the show in business hours, and also to come and meet the artists and judges in person at the Artists' Opening and Reception on May 16th, when the prize winners of each category will be announced.

Less is More

Less is More: Small Works in a Great Space

May 29 - June 19, 2013
Mitchell Art Gallery
60 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401

This exhibition will include the work of artists from the United States and Puerto Rico. Jurors Joann Moser (senior curator of Graphic Arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum) and Jack Rasmussen (director and curator at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center) selected two- and three-dimensional works in all media, including jewelry and small sculpture. All works will be for sale. This fundraising event proceeds will benefit the education programs of the Mitchell Gallery.

The Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery, located on the campus of St. John's College, is a hidden treasure in historic Annapolis. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2012 and dedicated to bringing art of world renown to Annapolis since it opened in 1989, the Mitchell Gallery's modern design won a Citation of Merit from the American Institute of Architects. It attracts over 10,000 visitors a year to its museum-quality exhibits, which are of an unusual range and diversity for a gallery of its size.


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