Friday, September 28, 2012

Artist Profile: Anastasiya Klimanova - Winner of Hot August Nights Beading Challenge

Anastasiya Klimanova was the winner of our Hot August Nights beading challenge. Her entry 'Prescient Dream's Catcher' won lots of praise for its originality and skillful execution. We were curious to learn more about Anastasiya and her jewelry making journey. Here is her story:
 
Tell us a little about yourself: 
 I’m 26 years old. I was born in Russia in the nice Siberian city Tomsk and I still live here. I’m a geographer with higher education and few years of work experience worked in my major. But today my hobby became a primary work. Since 2009 I have started to make beaded jewelry for sale. For more than a whole year I earn my leaving with handmade: jewelry, repair and re-design only. Sometimes I give beading workshops for children or grown-ups. I also have two live records on radio, two articles in local newspapers and once I had taken part in TV story.

Winning Design!
How did you get interested in beading/jewelry making?
All of us learn beadweaving at school on manual training. But most of us lose the enthusiasm with this kind of activity very soon. I have saved my passion for seed beads so far. I can’t remember the exact date, but I practice beadweaving for about 15 years. Some earliest works are still in jewelry box. Sometimes I take them out and look at them. Terrible sight! I show no one. It was so hard to buy seed beads that time, so I used Chinese seed beads from sewing shops and mother’s and grandmother’s old Czech seed bead jewelry. Maybe exactly mother’s passion to bijou passed to me. But she wears them, and I make. I rarely wear beads. And that is strange :)

What are your favorite materials to use in jewelry making?
 I like to work with different materials, to play with the texture. I use felt, lace, ribbons, feathers, wire. And I try knitting, decoupage, use polymer clay and cold enamel. But all kinds of seed beads are primary materials, of course.

Who or what inspires your creative process?
The most powerful creative kick off is the phrase “Make me something” :D Often I get big pile of beads from my customers with request to do
something decent with them. That's when throes of creation begin. So I often get an inspiration from unusual materials (strange beads, that want to combine with nothing else… long bugle beads, that make you crazy and you don’t know what to do with it). When I have troubles with inspiration I simply go for a walk. Rich Siberian nature has no reflection in my creations but it helps me to get a burst of energy. Certainly I get an inspiration from the works of other masters. What would we do without the Internet?! Almost every day I go to my lovely website http://www.biser.infoto look what’s new. Discussions, blogs, exchange of know-hows… New works, new patterns. It’s senseless to list the sources of inspiration, because I have many favorite beadweavers. I like clear geometric forms and can mark two authors, who made strong influence for my creations: Gwen Fisher and Jean Power.

Is there somewhere people can see/purchase your work? 
You can find all the info in my blog: http://zuzuka-zero.livejournal.com/
See my best works at http://freelance.tomsk.ru/user/Zuzuka

Thanks Anastasiya! It was great to read your story and best of luck with all your endeavors!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beading Contest: Autumn Colors Finalists

Thanks so much to all who entered our Autumn Colors contest! We received some fantastic entries and it's always hard to choose just 10 finalists each month. After much deliberation, here are our top 10 finalists (in alphabetical order by last name):

"Volcanic Heart Center Necklace" - Pippit Carlington

"Green Lily Trumpet Earrings" - Abbie Duffin

"Pumpkin Pie Necklace" - Beverly Duffin

"Autumn Leaves Necklace" - Ashley Fosberg

"Fall Beaded Wire Tree" - Jacqueline Jimerson

"Autumn Flower Bracelet" - Kirstin Kidd

"Cool in Copper" - Holly Kurzman

"Necklace 'Strauss'" - Marina Mikhailik

"Summer Tears a Fall'n" - Teresa Muchmore

"Autumn Splendor" - Stephanie Perry
 
To vote for your favorite design, please go to Beadaholique's Facebook page and "like" the design you like best.  You will need to "like" the actual photo in the gallery and not the entire gallery itself for your vote to count.  Public voting ends Tuesday October 2nd at 4pm PDT.
 
Best of luck to all!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beading Table Wednesday: 09/26/12

 Julie's Table

I have 3 earring projects on my beading table this week. One is a Christmas themed project using one of the new snowflake stampings that we received in. Another is a project for breast cancer awareness featuring Vintaj natural brass components (I really love the way the pink crystals contrast against the dark brass). The third project uses one of my all time favorite earring findings with a crystal center and loops and then I have chosen to pair it with a filigree.


Megan's Table

I've jumped straight into the holidays this week, and on my table you will find a few feet that are the beginning of a bead crocheted Christmas tree garland, made from pearl cotton with little red and green crystal bicone beads.  I've been crocheting since I was a tiny kiddo, but only recently added beads into the mix, and I love all of the new things I can make!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS INNOVATIONS FALL/WINTER 2013/14: New Sizes and Styles

In addition to the new colors and effects included in the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Fall/Winter 2013/14 launch, there are also many new styles and sizes of beads and pendants. These new additions are innovating and inspiring. They compliment previous additions as well as bring an entire new layer to the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS collection.

Pure Leaf Family
One of the most extensive and exciting line additions we have seen in a long time is the Pure Leaf family. The Pure Leaf Pendant and Pure Leaf Sew-On Stone possess a soft organic shape, one that mimics that found in nature. Like their name suggests, they have a tapered leaf shape. Articles in the Pure Leaf family would be fantastic paired with textile based jewelry projects such as Kumihimo braids, macramé knotting, crochet work, and wrapped bracelets. The fibers of the weaves would accentuate the natural feel of the crystal's shape. They would also make excellent drops, whether hung from earrings or necklaces.

Victory Pendant

The Victory Pendant has a distinct "mod" feel to it with its circle-in-a-circle design. It looks much like a medal, and as such, inspires one to hang it from a long chain or dangling earrings. Available in 18mm, 28mm, and 38mm sizes, it could be a very interesting look to try and layer these elements or incorporate several sizes of the same color into a design.  

2-Hole Stairway Bead
The new 2-Hole Stairway Bead looks the same as the traditional stairway bead with its slightly rounded corners and gently puffed appearance, but this new style has two holes instead of one. Having these two holes expands the design possibilities and even allows these beads to be used as spacers in bracelet and necklace projects. It would be interesting to try and pair the 2-Hole Stairway Bead with other popular 2 hole beads such as Twin Beads and Tila Beads.  

Mini Beads

Mini Beads!!! Of all the beads in the new SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS launch, the new series of oval, round, and square mini beads have me the most excited. These petite beads are available in 6mm and 8mm sizes (the oval beads hover around those dimensions too) and would make excellent accent beads. Because of their smaller scale, I can also see these beads being ideal for bead weaving projects.   

BeCharmed Pearl
Fans of Pandora style jewelry will be excited to hear that SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS has launched the new BeCharmed Pearl with a large 4.5mm hole. These beads have the same luminous appearance of a SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystal faux pearl but the traditional small bead hole has been replaced with a metal core stamped with "SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS". These superb quality beads will make an excellent addition to a Pandora Style bracelet or could even stand alone, hung from a silver chain.  

Flatback Rhinestone
Continuing the organic and back to nature feel of many of this launch's innovations are the new Flatback Rhinestones in Marbled Colors. Ranging from ss9 - ss20 sizes, these forged-from-nature looking flatback rhinestones resemble granite and marble. The multi-facets on the rhinestone's surface are an interesting juxtaposition with the earthy natural appearance of the marble. I envision these new additions being incorporated into modern urban designs.  


Cabochon Chaton
What is a cabochon chaton? That was my first question when I heard about this new creation from SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. The top surface of these new line additions is rounded, looking from the top down like a cabochon pearl. However, the backside is pointed like a chaton. This combination allows these cabochon chatons to be placed into cast settings, added to epoxy clay projects, and used just the same as any other chaton.  

What a great launch this has been with so many new styles, sizes, and colors of beautiful SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. You can view the page we created exclusively for this launch on Beadaholique’s website. Have fun!  

- Julie Bean

Monday, September 24, 2012

Inspiration Monday: Halloween

As I shared with you on Saturday, fall is my favorite time of year!  A big part of that is the start of the holiday season.  I am a totally obnoxious little elf around the holidays, and for me, the fun begins as we enter the Halloween Season!

Halloween has always been at the top of my list for fun times.  When I was younger, and I used to go out for Halloween, I would start working on my costume in August, no joke.

These days I'm more into staying in and handing out candy, but I still draw so much inspiration from the festivities around me!  I've traded in my elaborate costumes for cute seasonal jewelry and accessories.  Here at Beadaholique, we carry a ton of fun Halloween items, and I've been having a grand time making spooky little projects to celebrate the season!



One of my favorite Halloween appropriate items are the Czech seed beads that glow in the dark!

I used them in my project: The Graveyard Shift Bracelet, which has fun glow in the dark skulls and crossbones.  I think it would be so much fun to wear out on Halloween night.  Can you imagine seeing it glowing on someone in the dark?



We just got a bunch of new cameos in, and a couple of them were right in time for Halloween!  Specifically, the Lolita Skeleton cameos and the cameos with little black cats on them are perfect for showing your Halloween "spirit".  I've used both in projects that would help you celebrate in a more subtle way if showing up to work in a full costume isn't an option for you.  Check out the Little Miss Midnight Cocktail Ring and the Kitty Noir Headband tutorials for step by step instructions.

We also carry lots of cute little charms and lampwork beads that are just waiting to be hung on a necklace, an earring hook, or a cell phone strap.  You can see how to do this in some of our quick and easy Halloween projects like the Boo! Earrings or the Batty Cell Phone Charm.

What is your favorite Halloween look?  Do you go all out with a costume, or keep it to wearing festive pieces to celebrate the holiday?

-Megan

Saturday, September 22, 2012

It's the First Day of Fall!

Fall is my favorite time of year, and I'm so excited that today is the official start of the season!  Of course, I live in Los Angeles, so it's still hot out here.  But nonetheless, I'm dreaming of sweaters, scarves, chilly air, hot chocolate, and falling leaves.  Oh, and baking, of course!  I have already purchased a can of pumpkin goo, and it's been patiently waiting in my pantry for some fall time baking!

What's your favorite thing about fall?

-Megan

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Beading Table THURSday? 09/20/2012

Sometimes we get so busy that time just gets away from us!  That happened to us when we got to work this morning and realized that Wednesday had passed and that we were remiss in sharing what's on our beading table with you.  We decided to just go ahead and share it anyway, so here is our Beading Table (ahem) Thursday:

Julie's Table

On my beading table today are two projects that play off of geometrical shapes. I have one design that takes 3 vintage lucite faceted cube beads (in fabulous faux tortoise shell) and places them boldly on a thin beading chain. My other design is a work-in-progress in which I have combined Tila beads with Miyuki delicas in a way that creates a striped fan appearance. I made up this stitch as I went so I am just as curious as everyone else to see how it turns out!


Megan's Table


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it's just around the corner!  My step-mom and my mother-in-law are both breast cancer survivors, so this is a cause that is very near to my heart.  Plus, it's not like I needed much of an excuse to make a whole bunch of PINK jewelry!  On my table this week, I have a hand stamped survivor necklace, a pink hemp macrame wrap bracelet, and lots of pretty pink SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS beads and sterling silver message beads.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS INNOVATIONS FOR FALL/WINTER 2013/14: ‘REFLECTIONS’

Twice a year SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS releases a new collection of colors, effects, shapes, and sizes that inspire designers throughout the world and help to influence the coming design trends. We look forward to this time of year with great anticipation and excitement. The Fall/Winter 2013/14 Innovations have just been announced and we will explore the details of the collection in 2 blog posts: this first post will detail the new colors and effects and the second will explore all the new shapes and sizes.  

"This season, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS analysts have identified globalization as the key trend behind the latest cutting-edge crystal additions to the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS range. The innovations for Fall/Winter 2013/14 are a response to an emerging counter-trend of ‘glocalization’ – the move to embrace national heritage and local traditions, inspired by Austria’s folkloric charm and picturesque scenery.” Aptly titled 'Reflections', this collection is both thought provoking and serene with its cool grey and blue tones.  

 Light Turquoise is the new color this season. This icy color "recalls the clear blue skies of Alpine treks, the Arctic winter, and the Caribbean summer." The color is subtly intense and would look stunning paired with neutrals such as Crystal, Greige, and Jet, as well as with more vibrant colors like Bermuda Blue, Heliotrope, and Provence Lavender. Try pairing this new color with Sterling Silver or silver-filled findings for a look that is both elegant and wearable on a daily basis. You can also pair the color with gold tones for a more formal and traditional look. However you choose to incorporate Light Turquoise into your designs, you are sure to be inspired by its eye-catching cool intensity.
The new effect this season is Crystal Blue Shade, which just happens to look beautiful when paired with the new color Light Turquoise. Crystal Blue Shade has a distinct silver undertone complimented by light blue highlights. When I first saw this beautiful new effect, I was reminded of the watery color that radiates off long icicles when they first begin to melt in the morning sun and the sparkle of blue highlights on freshly fallen snow. The quiet reflectivity of this new effect makes it one of the most versatile ones we have seen in several releases. It will compliment almost any color and metal finish, making it a new staple in our design box.

Crystal Grey Pearl is the new pearl this season. It has a cool elegance with its almost steel-like appearance. It is tough and strong yet still retains a feminine air about it. SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystal faux pearls are luxurious to the touch and their high quality comes through in their uniformity, shimmery coating, and substantial weight. This new pearl color would look beautiful contrasted by Jet Black accents and other darker tones. Equally, Crystal Grey Pearl would also look lovely paired with both bright silver or antique silver, crystal, white, pink, or blue accents. To me, I see this crisp new color as being the pearl equivalent of Black Diamond, it is a fantastic neutral that will look beautiful paired with just about anything.  

In the coming days we will post another blog entry describing all the new and exciting SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS sizes and shapes that are parts of the Fall/Winter 2013/14 launch! Stay tuned..........

Friday, September 7, 2012

Beading Contest: Autumn Colors



It’s hard to believe that it’s September already! Instead of lamenting the end of summer, let’s celebrate the coming of fall with shades of golds, rusts, oranges, reds and browns. If you’re feeling trendy and adventurous, use the Pantone Fall 2012 Fashion Color Report for more options.

We will select 10 finalists from the contest entries, all of whom will have their work published here on our Beader’s Blog and on the Beadaholique Facebook page, for public voting. The winner will receive a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate and further exposure on our blog and Facebook page!

Rules/How to Enter:

Email us a clear, in focus, well-lit photo of a beading project which fits our theme and uses one or more products found at Beadaholique. Email one photo, at least 500 px in width or height but no bigger than 1600 px wide and 1600 px tall, to challenge@thebeadingwire.com (do not use this for questions; contact us here) with the following included in your email (make sure you leave in the words tags: september2012):

Subject line: Name of Piece tags: september2012 (Example: Burning Rust Earrings tags: september2012)

Body: Very important! Include your full name and email address within the body of your email. Optionally, you may also include a brief description of your piece.

Important Dates:

Tuesday, September 25 @ 4PM PT: Last day to submit
Thursday, September 27: Top 10 will be posted on our Facebook and notified via email. Public voting starts.
Tuesday, October 2 @ 4 PM PT: Public voting closes
Thursday, October 4: Winner is announced in the next issue of The Beading Wire and notified via email.

Other Rules:

One entry per person. If you send more than one entry, you may be disqualified. If your entry does not meet the “Rules/How to Enter” stated above, you may be disqualified. Winner must respond to our email notification within 2 weeks to claim gift certificate. No one person may win more than once every 3 months. By entering, you retain the rights to your original jewelry design but are giving Beadaholique, Inc. permission to use your submitted photo(s) on our websites, newsletter, Facebook, blog and other properties. The terms and conditions that apply to all Beadaholique contests and giveaways also apply here.

Tips:
  • Send in a large, clear, and well-lit photo.
  • Try to use natural light to illuminate your photos.
  • Double check to make sure that your full name and email address are included in the body of your email. We continue to receive submissions with no contact information.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hot August Nights Contest Winner


Our congratulations to Anastasiya Klimanova, winner of the Facebook fan vote for her entry, Prescient Dream's Catcher. Her striking earrings, based on "an amulet protector against evil sleeping spirits" uses 7 varieties of Toho and Miyuki Delica seed beads as well as Czech glass seed beads.

Anastasiya has won a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate, and a full artist profile of Anastasiya will be posted here on our blog soon, so be sure to check back.

This month's Editor's Pick goes to Amelia Davenport for her Southern August Nights bracelet which captures the turbulent yet beautiful summers in the south. Amelia's piece includes Vintaj Arte Metal, SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and freshwater pearls.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Beadaholique Kumihimo Giveaway - ENDED

We love kumihimo, and are very excited to debut our new line of Beadaholique brand Kumihimo supplies!  The line includes round and square kumihimo disks and lots of pretty colors of satin rattail cord in 1mm and 2mm widths.  We have also put together convenient kits for round and square disks with thread bobbins and coordinating sets of satin rattail. To celebrate our new products, we are giving away a fantastic collection of these brand new goodies worth over $65 to one lucky reader!

The prize will include one of our round kumihimo disks, one of our square kumihimo disks, ten thread bobbins, and one of each color of 1mm satin rattail cord - 20 colors in all!

Haven't tried your hand at kumihimo yet?  Check out our Kumihimo 101 page, where you can find all sorts of instructional videos and project tutorials!


To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling us which of the new kumihimo kits is your favorite.  Giveaway ends next Wednesday, September 12th at 4pm PDT. At that time, we will choose 1 random winner from those who left comments on this blog post. Please do not comment anonymously and do not use your Yahoo Pulse Profile if commenting, we cannot contact you if you do. Please adhere to all Beadaholique rules and conditions for this giveaway.

Good Luck!
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