Saturday, September 7, 2013

Bricks and Tiles and Seed Beads, Oh My!

     Thank you to all of you who have e-mailed me. Your kind words of encouragement have been overwhelming. Not only that, I've enjoyed e-mailing you back and getting to share our love of beading. Many of you have shared pictures of your own work and I hope that will continue. I receive great joy in seeing the amazing creativity you all have.
     For those of you who may not know yet, I live in a beader's desert. The closest store is two hours away so connecting with you, who visit my blog, is like a tall glass of ice tea (it's still 90 degrees here)!
     This past July Starman, Inc. had a design challenge asking participants to incorporate at least two of their two-holed Czechmates beads into an original design. Here is one of my entries. This bracelet, which I named "Bends and Bows", reminds me of some of the ancient Greek and Roman bridges that still stand today. This design received second place! What a wonderful surprise it was. I'll be posting more pictures of this in other colors later.

     It's really a striking piece to wear and with the magnetic clasp, is easy to put on and take off. The two-holed Bricks form a strong three-dimensional bend for the bowed sections of two-holed Tile beads.

      I'm creating a tutorial for this and will have it available at my new ETSY store soon. Yes, I'm finally getting a store up and running. I only have one pattern available right now. The Peacock bracelet pattern has been the most requested and is now available. My shop is Penny Dixon Designs and all patterns will be available for instant download.
     For those of you who have been selling you jewelry or tutorials know what it's like to get started. There is so much to learn and store in my middle-aged brain. Any advice is much appreciated!
     Blessings and happy beading!


  1. is this pattern for sale or just for Starmann to sell suppplys?

  2. Your designs and products are uniquely beautiful. I look forward to seeing more!

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