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Stone of July:
A stone of ambition and drive, carnelian is a power stone. Excellent
career stone, it is very helpful in making choices and decisions.
Carnelian is the most powerful action stone for focusing, realization
and self-actualization. Increases physical energy. Protection against
the emotions of fear and anger. Zodiac signs: Taurus (Bull), Cancer
(Crab), Leo (Lion).
"Petrified wood" (from the Greek word
PETRO for "rock" or "stone") literally
means "wood turned into stone". It's the name
given to a special type of fossilized remains of
tree or tree-like plants having completely
transitioned to stone by the process in which
mineral deposits form internal casts of
organisms. Carried by water, these minerals
fill the spaces within organic tissue.
All the organic materials have been replaced
with minerals (mostly a silicate, such as
quartz), while retaining the original
structure of the stem tissue in all its detail,
down to the microscopic level. Structures
such as tree rings and the various tissues are
often observed features. The petrifaction
process occurs underground, when wood
becomes buried under sediment and is
initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen.
In general, stem tissue takes less than one
thousand years to petrify.
Different elements in the water/mud during
the petrification process give petrified
wood a variety of color ranges: carbon -
black, cobalt - green/blue, chromium -
green/blue, copper - green/blue, iron
oxides - red, brown, and yellow,
manganese - pink/orange, manganese
oxides - blackish/yellow.
Petrified wood sites in the USA include:
Petrified Wood Park in Lemmon (South Dakota),
Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona),
Petrified Forest (California),
Mississippi Petrified Forest in Flora (Mississippi),
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument near Florissant (Colorado),
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming),
The south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park outside Medora (North
Gilboa Fossil Forest (New York),
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park (Utah),
Petrified Springs in Kenosha (Wisconsin).
Artificial petrified wood has been produced
in a Washington laboratory. In the process
small cubes of pine are soaked in an acid
bath for two days, then in a silica solution
for another two. The product is then cooked
at 1400 grades of Centigrade in an argon
atmosphere for two hours. The result was
silicon carbide ceramic which preserved the
intricate cell structure of the wood.
Fashion Colorworks 2013. Results
So, the Fashion Colorworks 2013 Beading Contest, which
is held this year for the fourth time, finished. This
year 108 participants from 22 countries submitted 176
entries. That is slightly less than last year, but the
level of the presented beadworks was so high that long
before the end of the competition it became clear that
we will face another success! And let the contest
prizes went only to a few participants, we believe
that all of you are the winners!
We are grateful to
the bead artists for their hard creative work, the
members of the jury for its fair assessment, sponsors
for the prizes, and all the fans and MyLovelyBeads.com
visitors for the fact that each of them in its own way
contributes to the development of bead art. THANK YOU
to all of you! Let our contest be a holiday for lovers
of beads! We look forward to seeing you all in 2014,
and there is no doubt that the next competition will
open up new names and will be another success!
Today we begin featuring Fashion Colorworks 2013
winners. Of course we start with the First Place
Winners. You have a chance to know Tatiana Mankova
(BEADED JEWELRY), Miriam Shimon (FINISHED JEWELRY)
and Ksenia Krutikova (Beaded Objects And Accessories).
Fashion Colorworks. Interview with Tatiana Mankova
1. Why are you and other bead artists often
jokingly called "bead maniacs"?
In every joke there is a bit of joke! Probably
because we don't only believe that the beads is
a universal "designer", but also can "play"
with beads for hours for many years running.
In my opinion, this is one of the best games
in the world!
2. When and how did you get hooked on beading?
What inspired you?
Something about a quarter-century ago, around
the mid to late eighties. It all started with an
article about beading in an old grandfather's
"Science and Life" magazine issue released in
1970s. There was a pattern of a simple beaded
collar, photographs of the on-loom woven ethnic
necklace and peyote stitched leaves, and beaded
beads. I really wanted to make such beauties and
found loose Bohemian beads from my mother's old
necklaces, and rough beads tucked in a vase in
So, first I created a collar using the pattern
from that magazine, then I made a necklace
based on what I saw there, and then I could
manage to weave the leaves in peyote stitch. I
even started designing my own flowers and other
ornaments from the remnants of beads... That
time I was upset because more or less quality
beads was available almost nowhere, and I begged
unnecessary and torn beaded things from my
friends, and each such a "catch" was a holiday
opening new opportunities to create something
3. If this "constructor" is universal, so...
Yes, it can be used to create everything or
almost everything, you need just a little
ingenuity, enough time and appropriate beads.
Now I work not only with beads, plain tiny
glass round things with small holes, but with
paint and fabric, and clay, and the dreams of
volume puzzles and colorworks become true.
The real magic!
4. What kind of beads do you use in your works?
Any which is on hand. Today's abundance of
materials available for every kind of beadwork
just seems like a fairy tale. Now many weavers
ignore non-expensive beads of Chinese,
Taiwanese and Indian production, and some
consider Czech beads to be too simple, and ask
In fact, even the ugliest beads can be used
if you treat its disadvantages as its merits.
After all, these are the same pieces of smalt -
only with a tiny hole. Sometimes an artist
needs a fairly large spread of shapes and sizes
in contrast to smooth, clear and unified but
more expensive beads, or to change a shape
and/or a texture of a bead item. Besides, such
beads can be used to stuff beaded figures -
the same way as felt artists do the wool
Full interview with Tatiana Mankova
Beadworks by Tatiana Mankova
Fashion Colorworks. Interview with Miriam Shimon
1. Last year you won BEST USE OF COLOR
award. What did you dream about this year?
To be honest, I just hoped to be among the
finalists but wasn't expecting to win anything.
It was a huge honor for me to win the Color Prize
last year and first place this year. I feel
incredibly honored and thankful; it was certainly
beyond anything I had dreamed about!
2. What do you think of 2013 contest beadworks level?
I think that this competition, as well as other
competitions this year, has shown an increased
sense of adventure and exploration of boundaries
within conventional bead work. The ideas and
techniques are constantly evolving and I think
that is what is so inspiring about participating
in these competitions, pushing us to the limit
and beyond, reinventing as we go along. I can't
wait to see what everyone will come up with next
3. What would you say about the contest procedures?
Very interesting and fair. The fact that the names
are not revealed until after the voting is done is
very refreshing. It gives a lot of freedom to both
the artist and to the voting public, and personally
it's an aspect I find very fascinating.
4. Which bead contests do you consider to enter next year?
It really depends on how much time I have to throw
myself into these very time consuming projects. The
contests on my radar would probably be Bead Dreams,
the Fashion Color competition and the British Bead
Awards since I'm quite fond of those but it really
all depends on time and inspiration, usually it's a
decision I make last minute since I work best under
5. You're a well-known artist for your seed bead
works, now you design soutache jewelry. Is there any
reason for that switch?
I don't regard this as having made a switch. I
started in beadwork and it is still my big passion.
Soutache is a recent addition and something I'm
absolutely in love with but it doesn't come in
exchange of bead work, rather as an addition. I like
to switch things up and try out new things; soutache
has been a good way of expressing my artistic point
of view. You may say that I'm in my "soutache phase"
at the moment... but I expect that will evolve too
and I will find a new way of expressing myself in
6. Who inspired you to make soutache embroidery and why?
I first came across soutache embroidery on some
Russian websites a few years ago and I really loved
the idea of combining textiles with beads. At the
time it was quite a rare art form and not a lot of
material was available, there weren't many tutorials
around or books to learn from, so it pretty much
ended up being me with some beginner tutorials and
a bunch of soutache threads making a bit mess before
I figured out how it worked best for me. I worked on
soutache on and off for about 2 years before I
decided to sit down and master it in earnest. Today
there are many aspiring soutache artists and a lot
of wonderful jewelry out there. The more, the
Full interview with Miriam Shimon
Beadworks by Miriam Shimon
Etsy Shop: miriamshimon.etsy.com
Gallery on Flicr: flickr.com/photos/cielodesign
Fashion Colorworks. Interview with Ksenia Krutikova
1. How did you know about Fashion Colorworks
contest? Why did you decide to participate?
I found information about the contest on one
of the Russian-speaking forums. I decided to
participate because I wanted to try my hands
at something serious and widespread. The idea
with color triads seemed to me a very
2. What was the contest color combination you
found most difficult to execute?
It was most difficult to combine the colors
harmoniously for the second triad because
the colors included in the triad were not my
favorites. But I let my imagination run wild
in the first and third combinations!
3. What result of the competition did you
I felt that my works would be competitive, but
did not expect such a success. It seemed to me
that some of my work is very specific, and my
beadworks are not understood by a wide range of
people (this includes, first of all, jewelry).
4. What did you feel when you learned about
your double win?
A feeling of complete fulfillment of dreams
and fortune. The joy and delight, because I
proved first of all to myself that I can make
something special. The desire to create and a
flight of fancy.
5. Your works have unusual selection of
I'm an experimentalist by nature; I always
want to try something new. I want to break
stereotypes and show people things from other
unusual sides. I want to inspire others to
6. Have you ever tried other types of crafting?
Oh, yes, I have tried many different types of
craftwork in my life. I was engaged in knitting
and embroidery, molded from clay, made straw
weaving and felting. I didn't make any success
only in sewing.
Full interview with Ksenia Krutikova
Beadworks by Ksenia Krutikova
Beaders Best Art Fair 2013
The third Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take
place in three weeks in Hamburg, Germany
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"
Beaders Best Art Fair 2013
August 24 - 25, 2013
D-22457 Hamburg, Germany
The 3nd BEADERS BEST Bead
Art Fair is around the corner! Lots of exhibitors
will be participating - beading friends, retailers
and supply companies from all over Europe and Overseas
will meet at this second event. Some highlights of the
fair: International Artists; Workshops; More than 50
different classes; Model Shows; Exhibition of the IBA
Meet your wholesalers and manufacturers at the B2B area.
Make new contacts with national and international dealers!
Merge the unique fair with a stimulating visit of the
beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Hamburg. You will find
information regarding the fair on the website:
Greene-Christ will answer all your questions, email her at
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