August, 2013

My Lovely Beads, e-Newsletter

Back to school!

Better late than never! We arrived from the Bead Art Fair in Hamburg, Germany on September, 2 - so we are very sorry for delay with the August issue release. Read here:

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Stone of August: JADE

Stone of August:

Balances male/female energies. Stone of protection, provides barrier against attacks and illness. Encourages meditative travel. Helps in making the dream process productive and healing. Zodiac signs: Libra (Balance), Capricorn (Seagoat), Aries (Ram), Gemini (Twins).

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Spinel - fake ruby-sapphire

Spinel is a hard, variously colored mineral having usually octahedral crystals and occurring in igneous and carbonate rocks, it's a member of the larger spinel group of minerals. Two thousand years ago, gemstone traders did not know that spinel and corundum (the mineral of ruby and sapphire) have different chemical compositions and different crystal structures. Instead, gem traders thought that every bright red gemstone was a "ruby" and every deep blue gemstone was a "sapphire". So, for many centuries, most spinels were misidentified as sapphires or rubies and some spinel crystals were only recently identified as a spinel.

Spinel is transparent to opaque with a vitreous to dull luster. It may be colorless, but is usually various shades of red, blue, green, yellow, brown, or black. There is a unique natural white spinel, now lost, that surfaced briefly in what is now Sri Lanka. In addition to beautiful rich reds, spinel can be found in a range of pastel shades including a spectacular vibrant hot pink with a trace amount of orange, mined in Myanmar. Spinel also comes in beautiful blues which are sometimes called cobalt spinel, but these are very rare.

The earliest spinels, used as ornaments were found in Buddhist tombs in Afghanistan. Blue spinels have been found in England, dating back to the Roman occupation (51 BC to 400 AD). Some spinels are among the most famous gemstones: among them is the Black Prince's Ruby and the "Timur ruby" in the British Crown Jewels, and the "cote de Bretagne", formerly from the French Crown Jewels. The Samarian Spinel is the largest known spinel in the world, weighing 500 carats (100 gram).

The only significant use of spinel is as a gemstone. Gem-quality red and blue spinels are very rare. They are much less abundant than rubies and sapphires of similar quality and color. Even with equivalent beauty and greater rarity their prices are much lower than ruby and sapphire. This is an example of how rarity has not determined the price.

The first synthetic spinel was produced in 1847 by Jacques-Joseph Ebelmen, a French Chemist. Commercial production of synthetic spinels was very limited in the 1800s. However, in the 1930s synthetic spinels in a wide variety of colors were produced to imitate popular gemstones such as aquamarine, zircon, tourmaline, emerald, chrysoberyl and ruby.

Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2014

Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2013 was a great success! Hundreds of visitors from different countries around the globe attended the show to replenish their bead storages, to meet friends, to establish business contacts, to learn from world known artists.

The fourth Beaders Best Bead Art Fair will take place on 23-24 August 2014 at the MesseHalle Hamburg-Schnelsen, Germany (Google map). The exhibition center is air-conditioned and has a lot of space and provides different services. Exhibitors making table reservation will get not only table space but square meters behind the tables which can be filled with racks or shelves. Verena Greene-Christ will answer all your questions regarding the fair, email her at

Photos from Beaders Best Bead Art Fair 2013

Fashion Colorworks. Interview with Julia Turova

1. What is the beads for you? How do you manage your stocks?

Let me say a joke please? Beads is a mysterious substance which, I believe, obey the laws of quantum physics. That is, there is only the probability of finding a particular point in space at a given time. Its feature is superfluidity and the ability to leak everywhere and take all the horizontal surface in the house as well as the ability to bend time and space. I think my colleagues will understand.

I allocate an amount equal to ten percent of the current income - non-reducible amount to maintain stocks. To fulfill my orders, I get the materials regardless of price and their inaccessibility, but the size of my reserves do not go out of control. I've got a computer database to find the necessary material in my existing stockpiles. So that the external chaos in my studio is a designed system! I guess...

2. What is your balance between the response to the attacks of inspiration and a way of life?

It's simple: I dedicate two hours in the morning to my chores with maximum involvement of home appliances, which ruined almost all of my first large incomes. Over time, two hours is even a lot. Now my working day lasts from ten in the morning until after midnight.

3. Tell me please how you can work on commissions and perform numerous repetitions of works - hits of your sales, which are the basis of financial stability?

The answer is the same - time management. From 10.00 am to 18.00 pm I work on the orders, from 18.00 until late night I implement my own dreams and improve my skills. I learn to work with stone, continue to experiment with polymer clay. suddenly I discovered wool sculpturing and portrait dolls. I'm thinking of opening a second direction in my handmaking. My felted toys find new owners before photographing. Now I give them as presents to my friends, but they want to buy dolls. Let's see!

4. How to make 5-10 incoming orders at the same time?

There is a trick. I divide my time into segments and keep materials and works I've already started in separate boxes. In an average week, I can manage about 5-10 work without getting tired and not wasting time on a long cleaning job. Accordingly, the price of work turns out not high, not exceeding the psychologically adequate level.

Full interview with Julia Turova
Beadworks by Julia Turova

Fashion Colorworks. Interview with Elena Gladneva

1. How did you start beading?

It so happened that as a child I didn't pay attention at the beads (even though I've seen beaded trinkets on people around me) as good material for creativity. It may be that dull and peeling beads didn't impress me, or maybe just I haven't had a chance to see a truly beautiful items. Finally, I came to beading after the birth of my son, less than three years ago, while I've been on leave to care for my child.

2. And yet, what was the first "push"?

At that time I was fascinated by belly dancers. When I looked at the original performances, I was always shocked by the colorful glittering costumes studded with rhinestones, beads and sequins. Naturally, I wanted to sew myself a costume and decorate it, partly because what I saw in stores was too expensive.

When I bought a few pounds of rough Chinese beads and began to weave the first things I suddenly came across on the Internet at beadworks by Sherri Serafini and Heidi Kummli. Then I was like thunder struck, I realized this is what I want to do! I thought, "If is it possible to buy all these magical materials?" Then I found beadlovers' forums and was advised that the desired materials for creative work can be ordered online, and online classes can be taken, and there are many bead artists in the world who create beauty and almost impossible things.

In the beginning I was supported by my friend and godfather of my son - both morally and financially; I was not able to create even half of what I have done without his help during my hard times and would not win Fashion Colorworks. Thanks to my husband who makes pictures of my beadworks and of course, to my son, which indirectly led me to the world of beads!

3. Where do you find your inspiration?

Absolutely everywhere and in everything. These can be images from the books watched movies, photographs of nature, music, some color combinations, and sometimes the other artists' works that give me a "magic kick" to do something in a similar vein. Sometimes it takes a long time to design something, and then a sketch is suddenly being born within 15 minutes, as it happened with my contest entry: I picked up a pencil and paper, and drew a rough draft.

4. How did you decide to take part in the Fashion Colorworks?

I've watched the contest for a few years. In 2011, I admired the talent of the finalists and did not think I could ever compete with them. In 2012, I started to think about future 10 colors the Fashion Colorworks triads were made up from. I understood that even though I had a little experience and not so much skill, but it was already possible to try my hands - even just for fun. In 2013, I finally decided to enter the contest. Moreover, there was a color combination, which I loved and have already used previously, purple-green, and it wasn't difficult to dilute those colors with yellow.

Full interview with Elena Gladneva
Beadworks by Elena Gladneva
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Fashion Colorworks. Interview with Liudmyla Heggland

1. Your work won a prize in the Fashion Colorworks 2013 beading contest. Why did you choose the category "Accessories"?

I've created quite a lot of women's jewelry during my career, that's my field of creativity and I'm very comfortable in it. I like when a woman "blooms" even stronger in the corresponding "frame". Now I have a rather large time limit, because I'm a working mom of one-year-old kid. Accordingly, I focus on the essentials, and many of my favorite crafts are waiting in the wings. At that moment, I really wanted to make with my hands something beautiful, and this contest has provided the opportunity. I was very interested to try something new, and not a regular necklace. The result was my July Hat.

2. There were many entries featuring flowers. Another bouquet could easily get lost in a beautiful garden, haven't you been scared to create your version of a "blossoming" item?

This is quite natural that many artists created bead flowers! Most of the participants of the contest began their work in winter or in early spring when the soul simply requires a "window" into summer. The contest submission finished in early summer, so that the flowers were again very timely. In my entry I tried to show the July days when the rapid flowering has passed and plant seeds begin to appear. Actually, there are no flowers in my beadwork, there are seed pods and berries, and the task to create them seemed particularly interesting.

3. With what did you begin your beadwork?

With ideas! For me it is very important to express a certain sense in the work, not just assemble quality made elements.

4. What, in your opinion, is important in the creation of a beadwork for the competition?

As I said earlier, the idea. The work must necessarily be pleasing to the eye, and the composition as close as possible to the competent (I'm writing this is because many of the contestants have no art education, but have a great sense of composition). Carefully selected shades of colors, quality of workmanship, clear photos taken. And yes, I draw sketches of my future work because I find it easier to avoid mistakes.

5. And what about quality materials?

Do you mean exclusively Japanese seed beads, Fireline, pretty expensive Swarovski crystals and natural gemstones? The purpose of the Fashion Colorworks, as far as I understand it, is to inspire participants to work in the recruitment of necessary color combinations and not the promotion of fashion materials. There are many other competitions, where the presence of beads and crystals of a certain brands is essential.

But here everything is very democratic, create from what is at hand! This year and in past contests the winning pieces were designed with addition of pretty cheap beads and other materials, and what works they are! This proves that in the right hands beadworks can be made of any suitable material, creative growth is always possible! Though expensive beads of a certain brand can make creator's life easier, I don't argue.

Full interview with Liudmyla Heggland
Beadworks by Liudmyla Heggland
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Perlen Poesie Magazine. Issue 18

Perlen Poesie 18 is released on September, 10 with the motto "Touch of the Fifties". 16 jewelry projects from easy-to-make to sophisticated - some of them in typical colors of the 50s - for example, the charm necklace "Rock 'n' Roll" by Diane Hyde. You will find stimulating ideas, tips on how to nicely hide magnet clasps, two designer portraits, the winner pieces of the IBA contest and much more.

• Modern Retro
Diane Hyde: She is a graphic designer and illustrator and works with old, trimmed metal chains, and - aside from beads - uses vintage elements, photographs, old porcelain doll parts and lots more unusual artifacts to make enchanting "it" jewelry with a vintage flair.
• 16 Projects
There is something for everyone: the information about degree of difficulty, time involved and costs will help you find what's right for you.
• IBA 2103: The Winners
A lot of beaders participated; not everyone could win. Sometimes only a single star in the rating made the difference. Here you can see the winners of IBA 2013 with the theme "Mix It" - something old with something new!
• Inner Secrets
Course: Small magnetic clasps are convenient, but they don't necessarily beautify a piece of jewelry. In this course we will show you how to attractively conceal them.
• Brilliant Planning
Sabine Reinhardt has her very own beading techniques and a large following.

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