Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mental Gymnastics with Maggie Meister

     Whenever I have to ask the question, "How is that done?" I'm automatically propelled to find the answer.
     It doesn't matter if it has to do with the physics involved in developing the famous domed cathedrals in Florence, Italy or creating an elaborate sculpture out of duct tape. I've just got to know how it happened.
     The same goes for many three-dimensional pieces of beadwork I've seen. This type of beadwork does not come easy to me, so of course, I am compelled to learn (sometimes to near madness)  everything I can to develop my skills.
     Maggie Meister's book, Classical Elegance, has a fabulous section on architectural elements that inspire her work. Her,"Santa Sofia Pendant", is a wonderful example of how particular stitches can be used to create shapes I thought impossible to do.
    Here is my modified version of her pendant.

I used Czech 6x9 mm turquoise drops and a Czech 6 mm fire-polished bead for the drop.

     I also modified the size and made it a bit smaller than her pendant. All in all, it was a great first experience in three-dimensional beading. I know what I'll be doing the rest of this summer! Happy beading!

Friday, July 5, 2013

New Czech 8mm Rose Petal Beads

      Some of you may be wondering where I've been? That same question has been on my own mind! I've been having issues with my blog domain name and as a result, my blog could not be seen by anyone. This problem was something I didn't become aware of until an editor from Beadwork brought it to my attention.
     My long-suffering husband went to work and after a month of figuring out what went wrong and connecting with the right people, I'm back up and running!
     A lot has happened since I last wrote. This past month, Beadwork Magazine published my "Yafa" Petal Earrings design using the new Czech 8mm Rose petal.

Earth tone colors that work any season of the year.
     I was shocked and surprised to see that they also made the cover! I'm so happy for Starman, Inc. They are responsible for creating and manufacturing the new 8mm Rose Petal beads.
     Here is what the they looked like. This image came from Starman, Inc. showing the cover of Beadwork Magazine. They were wonderful to work with and the cover looks amazing.

This color combination can be found in the article in the August 2013 edition of Beadwork Magazine.

The yellow petals really make this combination pop...very fun for summer! 

Soft, romantic and feminine colors look very vintage to me.
     I love the how each color combination gives such a different feel to this design, from romantic to down right spunky! I hope this design inspires you to try out the new Rose Petal beads. If you don't get Beadwork Magazine and want the instructions, just e-mail me! They are available for purchase.
     Also, this past month Bead & Button Magazine published my "Captured Heart" wire lace earrings.

     You can see more color combinations in the post "Super Duos and wire...say what?" The people at Bead & Button Magazine were also a great pleasure to work with. If you don't receive Bead & Button Magazine and want the instructions, e-mail me. They also are available for purchase. Happy beading!

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