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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.
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
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,
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
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
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
You can also find Beads Unlimited on
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:
Olga Vinnere Pettersson,
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 "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
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
Zoya Gutina's new beadworks
Free-form bracelets by Zoya Gutina
May upcoming events
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
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: 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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