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Stone of June:
The pearl has been known as a stone of sincerity,
bring truth to situations and loyalty to a cause.
It has been used to inhibit boisterous behavior,
and to provide a reflection of the self such that
one may see the manner in which one appears to
others. Zodiac signs: Gemini (Twins), Cancer (Crab).
Already 6 years with you!
We are 6 !!! - and glad to present you:
some articles and stories about jewelry and jewelry making, gemstones,
pearls, beads and beadwork, and their history
explains common words and basic definitions for the frequently-used
beadwork and jewelry terms, that you may encounter as you shop beaded jewelry
• Jewelry Making
there are not only free jewelry making tutorials on beading techniques
and projects, but also bead artists' interviews and their stories about making jewelry
• Jewelry Facts
some interesting facts about jewelry, beads, gemstones and birthstones,
zodiac sings, etc.
• Beadwork Galleries
the best examples of beads and beadwork made by our friends
(more than 150 galleries - get inspired!)
Simbircite - embodied history of mineralogy
Simbircite is a kind of calcite, semitransparent
stone with yellowish and reddish tints. Its glitter
is like of glass, silk; it is fragile, can be
easily processed and polished. Its other names are
"volzhsky amber" and "simbirsky calcite".
Simbircite is embodied history of mineralogy:
intricate mixture of pyrite, hematite,
mother-of-pearl and marble onyx accreted to a single
alloy tens of thousands years ago, when dinosaurs
inhabited the Earth. Sometimes crystals germinated
to air holes of seashells-ammonites so that in the
Mesozoic era they filled ancient seas instead of
modern fish that didn't exist in that time, forming
"ammonite" simbircite, the most uncommon stone that
doesn't need to be treated; but "veined" simbircite
is found more often in the shape of druses and
Orange, green, red, black, brown and white stripes
and beads match with shining grains of "fools' gold",
and the whole precious stone makes the impression
of a living picture of autumn colors, warmth and
joy. No parts of simbircite look alike, sometimes
extracted stones seem to be "distant relatives".
Simbircite is called "volzhsky amber" for some
similarity of appearance - but the crystal of this
stone looks more like creation of a cutter of real
amber that took and united a lot of colorful
varieties of fossil resin.
Simbircite is not widely known - this stone is
rare and is extracted only in the territory of the
Ulyanovsk region, in the single deposit in the
world, on the bank of the Volga. It got its name
due to the previous name of the city of Ulyanovsk -
Simbirsk in 1985, though the gem was mentioned for
the first time in the 18th century. Local residents
didn't try to treat the mineral for a long time,
as it was used as material for mineralogical
collections - but thanks to actions of the local
scientist-enthusiast V.M. Efimov simbircite turned
to a sort of signature of Ulyanovsk.
Vote for Fashion Colorworks People's Choice Award!
Fashion Colorworks 2013 Beading Contest is coming to the
end! 10 finalists in each of three categories are already
juried, and People's Choice Award voting is open! Make
you choice, score finalists and help us choose the winner!
All entries are awesome, but strong jurors are doing
their best scoring beautiful beadworks. The next stage
has already started, when the winners will be determined,
including People's Choice Award Winner. Choose your
favorite, but hurry up, July 5 is the last day!
Fashion Colorworks 2013. Cast your vote for People's Choice Award!
Intuitive sculptural beading
Gladys Seaward and her daughter Wendy from the USA
are not in a family business although both Gladys
and Wendy make sculptural freeform beadwork. Wendy
began to work with beads several years before Gladys
did and introduced her to the idea of making beaded
Gladys says, "If you wanted to trace back the
origins of our interest in artistic works, you
would have to go back to Wendy's grandmother and
my mother, Mona Jordan. She was a very successful
abstract artist who began with classes at the
Corcoran Museum of Art. Throughout her years of
traveling as an army wife, Mona Jordan continued
to paint wherever she happened to be. She became
an accomplished portraitist during the few years
we lived in Japan, painting, mostly in pastels,
many of the Japanese people when we lived in Tokyo.
A number of these portraits were of the 5 servants
who lived in our house. When her army traveling
days ended she spent many years (1957-1990) in
Florida focusing on abstract, intuitive paintings
and portraits. She had done many notable portraits,
including Florida Sen. Bill Nelson and his wife,
Grace. The official Kennedy White House photographer,
Cecil Staunton, also modeled for his portrait.
Another artist in our family was my mother's cousin,
Katherine Hobbs, who had a studio in Georgetown for
number years where she produced many beautiful
animal sculptures. She spent many hours at the
Rock Creek Park Zoo studying and sketching the
animals she would bring to life in her sculptures.
She sold her works to many prominent Washingtonians
of the 40s and 50s, to include Drew Pearson, a
well-known journalist of his time.
One of the most important lessons, which my mother
applied to her paintings and I learned from her, is
to frequently stop and study the progress of the
design element as the construction of the piece
progresses before continuing. It is also helpful
while beading and stopping to stretch and move
around from time to time. Frequent short breaks
help to prevent stiff and tight joints and muscles,
The flow of freeform work continuously changes
directions so that it is hard to recognize the
finished piece from its beginnings. I have
discovered that if I don't like the looks of the
way the piece is progressing, I can easily start
off in a different design direction, or even switch
from constructing earrings to the construction of
a quite complex necklace. I hardly ever begin with
a design in mind..."
Full article by Gladys and Wendy Seaward
Beaded Jewelry by Gladys Seaward
Intuitive Jewelry by Wendy Seaward
Beaded masks by Wendy Seaward
Gladys' Facebook: facebook.com/gladys.seaward
Wendy's website: www.wendyseaward.com
Wendy's Facebook: facebook.com/wendy.seaward
Beaders Best Art Fair 2013
The third Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take
place on 24-25 August 2013 at the MesseHalle
The exhibition center is air-conditioned and
has a lot of space and provides different
services. 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"
Battle of the BeadSmith. 2nd round
The Battle of the BeadSmith is in process. The
first round is over, and the battles of the
second round are made up pairing 96 bead artists
from many-many countries.
The battles are juried by the group
participants and by a group of 38 invited
judges. The public will also be invited to vote
for each Battle. The general public favorite
will be awarded 10 "votes". This will maintain
the importance of the artist votes, while giving
the public a chance to be involved throughout
the competition. We wish success to all bead
2013 Battle. Second Round Pairs
Battle of the BeadSmith rules
Battle of the BeadSmith on Facebook
Floral Necklace bead contest
Floral Necklace bead contest hosted by the
Perles et Dent'Elles Blog team (Coco-Labijoutisse,
Nouchka, Veronik, Zaza) finished! Participants
designed and wove floral necklaces with flowers
and leaves on a netting base; that was a general
rule of the competition. Generous sponsors
provided four awards. The entry photos are
published in the Perles et Dent'Elles Blog
and we show you the photos of winners. Our
warmest congratulations to all participants and
Floral Necklace bead contest winners
The Ann Arbor Art Fairs
July 17-20, 2013
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Established in 1960, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the Original
of the now four award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fairs:
• The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
• The State Street Area Art Fair
• The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
• Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair
Together, the fairs attract over 500,000 attendees from across the nation.
The Original Fair was named the Number One Art Fair in the country by
AmericanStyle magazine readers survey (October 2004) and has made the Top
Ten Fairs and Festivals list every year since.
The mission is to increase public knowledge and appreciation for
contemporary fine arts and fine crafts by creating opportunities that
connect artists, the Ann Arbor community and the general public to
their mutual benefit, culminating in a top quality juried street art fair.
The Street Art Fair is set on North University Avenue and on the
University of Michigan's Central Campus, amidst elegant architecture
and beautifully landscaped pedestrian walkways, including the landmark
Burton Carillon Tower.
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