New Work from the Beading Yoda

I dropped in on my friend and neighbor Jeri Schatz (AKA Beading Yoda) to show her the rings I have been making and to get some tips and constructive criticism.   (Jeri studied goldsmithing at the Kulicke-Stark Academy in New York and served an apprenticeship there before she moved to Philadelphia and began beading.)  After we were finished, I asked her t what she was working on, and she took down to beading central so I could see for myself.

 

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The Beading Table

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Super Duos combined with seed beads

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New  necklace design

 

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A geometric bracelet that moves wonderfully when you wear it.

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Geometric, Herringbone, and Peyote

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More bracelets with Super Duo beads, triangles, bars and seed beads.

Huichol Beadwork

 

Rolling Stones is a leather goods store in Puerto Vallarta   For years, the owner has given space in the store to a family of the Huichol Tribe where they make and sell their beadwork.  I was familiar with  Huichol beaded objects where they embed seed beads in wax  and in fact purchased a turtle figurine on my last trip to Puerto Vallarta.   But  I was not familiar with their other beadwork until I dropped into Rolling Stones with some friends.    Here are some earrings I bought as gifts.  

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If you are in Puerto Vallarta, stop by Rolling Stones leather for some fabulous leather bargains and to see the Huichol Beadwork.  Rolling Stones is located at Paseo Diaz Ordaz 802, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico.

 

 

Beaded Bezel Frenzy!!!!!

You might or might not remember my previous posts on fusing glass cabochons using ugly beads and scraps.   So what do you do with all those tasty glass baubles?  One thing you can do it surround them with beaded bezels.  And since every cabochon is different, every bezel has to be different right?

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I used   right angle weave stitch along with peyote,  some netting and some herringbone.

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I used Delicas and Japanese and  Czech seed beads seed beads in sizes  0/15 to 0/6.

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I had a lot of fun with the beaded drops.

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I kept adding beads until I liked what I saw.    I didn’t use any patterns.

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I didn’t bead on a surface; all of the beaded bezels are open

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This one is fit for a queen!

While I didn’t bead a bezel for every cabochon I had fused,  I have an awful lot of these babies.  They are now cozying up to one another on my beading table until I decide what do do with them.  Which is got I got into this  mess in the first place!

  

Bead Shopping in Portland

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Stores like Dava Beads in Portland Oregon are hard to find these days. It’s a full service, generously-stocked  bead shop. 

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Sunny and inviting and scads of beads- something for every one and every budget.  And classes and books and magazines and a friendly knowledgeable staff.  What more could you want?  Classes?  They have those.  A few good restaurants within walking distance?  They have those too.

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 I found plenty of different sized needles there including size 13s


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You can get Delicas and Charlottes and they have a respectable selection of 15/0 beads

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You can buy in bulk.  There are 11/0 Czech beads

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And antique and vintage buttons.  

I’m sure that the stock has changed since the last time I was there.  All the better! Portland is a great city for walking, dining and bookstores!  And Dava Beads.

Joyce Scott Exhibit: Maryland to Murano

I was fortunate to be in New York City at the same time an exhibit of Joyce Scott’s work was on display at the Museum of Art and Design.
Part retrospective and part new work, Maryland to Murano included Scott’s work from the 1990’s and newer work including some breathtaking glass pieces she created on the island of Murano with the help of the resident artisans.

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Scott is a story teller and and she uses beads to convey her message  the way a writer uses words or a dancer uses gestures.

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Or the way a quilt maker uses fabric!   Think about it.  Scott’s Mother, Elizabeth Talford Scott, was a quilt maker whose fabric compositions were rich with narrative and personal and historical references.  The cultural and familial influences definitely carried over from Mother to Daughter.

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So why did Joyce Scott go to Murano?  The exhibition catalog says that Scott did glass blowing at Pilchuck, Haystack Mountain School of Craft and Penland, and that her three dimensional bead work continued to increase in size.  I suppose a stint in Murano was the next step. Scott has always stuck me as an artist looking to push in new directions.  She seems fearless.

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The work she produced in Murano is was not like anything I have seen before. Take a look at Buddha.  The black and white of the face appears to be melted beads,  The outer  bead work is textural.  The rest of the piece is blown glass.    It is slightly larger than life sized and I could not take my eyes off of it.

 Fortunately for us, we can see Scott talk about her work her influences and watch her in the process of creating  similar pieces on this video clip from the PBS Series  Craft in America

Here are some more pictures from the exhibition

My Bead Soup Arrived!!!

My partner is Marta Grabalowska who recently moved from Krakow to the US!
Her blogs are  http://galeriakota.blogspot.com/ (in Polish) and http://wilkmademe.tumblr.com/ (English version). Marta’s work is different from mine. For one thing, she makes  Soutache jewelry and I have never tried the technique. She sent me some pretty soutache cord and a lovely pair of soutach earrings along with lots of pretty beads.  I’m looking forward to digging in; here are some pictures  of what she sent me.  The first one is the focal and clasp.

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Here are a couple of pictures of what I sent Marta. I etched some copper for the focal and made the clasp too. I included some of my lamp worked beads and had a good time rooting around my stash for the rest of the beads.    I can’t wait to see what my partner makes with them.

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Black and White with a Hint of Red: Beading On The Diagonal

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Beading Yoda Jeri Schatz is at it again, this time with a quirky, funky bracelet design

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Black and white diagonal stripes with just a hint of red.

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Jeri finishes off the diagonal portion of the bracelet with herringbone worked in 15/0 seed beads.   

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The snap closure is easy to fasten and virtually invisible.

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Jeri teaches beading locally at The Bead Garden and she also does custom orders.  If you want to inquire about classes or custom work, leave a comment and I will pass it on to her.

Revealing!

Reveal day is here and I had a ton of beads to use thanks to my partner My partner is Miranda Ackerley who runs MirandackArts. Miranda’s beads were mostly gemstones. There were a few shell beads, a couple glass and metal. and the yellow focal was ceramic. I used the clasp and the yellow focal in two different necklaces. Oh, and I really got into wire wrapping this time making many many wrapped loops for necklace number one ( below) and making a pearl chain using gold filled wire and the lovely freshwater pearls that Miranda sent (Necklace Two). I had never made a pearl chain before.

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I used Miranda’s clasp in this necklace and the bit of gunmetal chain she sent. I added brass and copper figaro chains and mixed my metals willy nilly. Miranda included a strand of chicklet-like brown beads with her soup and most of them ended up in this necklace, I had an especially good time assembling the focal and combined the beads in an unconventional way. I like how they look! Besides the chains, I added some seed beads and wire, and the brass, turquoise and red beads which I thought would go well with the brown. This necklace ended up being a lot of work and I had to solve some engineering problems but I had fun and that’s what counts.

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Necklace Number Two

Here you see the big yellow focal with one of Miranda’s turquoise beads. The focal frame is an earring I found on the street! Miranda sent a strand of chips which I strung with 0/8 turquoise seed beads. The pearl chain is the second strand and the third strand with the gemstone beads is connected by base metal eye pins that I wrapped with real French bullion gold wire that I’ve had for years. I think it really makes the piece look opulent although I never heard of French bullion being used this way. It’s a bit extravagant but I wanted to try it. I made the toggle clasp from brass (process explained in prior post) and textured it to go with the brass disk Miranda included with the beads. That’s a bullion-wrapped eye pin hanging on the bottom.

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Necklace Number Three

The only Miranda beads I used here are a gorgeous Biwa pearl (she sent two; the other one is in the focal of necklace number one) and a brown freshwater pearl. The rest of the necklace is street finds: rusty washers, stripped electrical wire and materials discussed in a prior post.

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I have a confession to make. When I first saw these wire beads I didn’t like them. They don’t have any holes and Miranda sent three of them. I was stumped until I turned them on their sides, added some of her chips and her purple crystals, and ended up with earrings I will wear!

Silver PendantAnd I made a pendant with the third wire bead and an enameled bead Miranda sent.

Thank you Lori Anderson for another great Bead Soup Blog Party!!!

To see the rest of the participants, press here.

Here’s a gallery of close ups and detail shots.

Crochet Beads

Have you ever tried crocheting around beads?  It’s lots of fun and not difficult,  The beads below are HUGE,  an inch and a half in diameter.  I bought the wooden base beads from American Wood Supply.    Craft Passion has an excellent tutorial that you can alter to fit the size of your beads.

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If you’re a visual learner, here’s a video that will give you an idea of the process

Memories and Thanks Reveal

So here’s the necklace I made with the beads I had been holding onto for such a long time. I prefer to keep the name of the recipient private, but I will make my gratitude public.  You’re the best!   I hope you  wear this necklace in good health and for a long time.

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Previous Memories and Thanks Blog Hop posts

Beads: Place Keepers in the Book of Memory

Every Bead Has a Story

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop Participants.

Hostess, Lori Anderson       Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir                   Dream Struck Designs
Aimee Biondolillo               Aimee’s Jewelry Treasures
 Alicia Marinache                 All the Pretty Things
Andra Marasteanu               Handmade by Indra Marasteanu
Andrea Trank                      Heaven Lane Creations
April Grinaway                   Brooklyn Bead Goddess
Barb Solem                         Vivi Magoo Presents
Becky Pancake                    Becky Pancake Bead Designs
Beth Emery                         Stories by Indigo Heart
Birgit Klughardt                  Gites Beads
Bonnie Coursolle                Jasper’s Gems
Cassi Paslick                       Beads: Rolling Downhill
Catherine King                    Catherine’s Musings
Cece Cormier                      The Beading Yogini
Chandra Leitz                     Juniper Goods
Charissa Nesler                   FireStorm Designs
Charlie Jacka                       Clay Space
Christina Hickman              Vintage Treasures Jewelry
Christine Murrow               Charis Designs Jewelry
Christine Stonefield            Sweet Girl Design
Chrizette Bayman               Bead Soup Mix
Cindy Wilson                      It’s My Sea of Dreams
CJ Bauschka                       4 His Glory Creations by CJ
Crystal Thain                      Here Bead Dragons
Cyndi Lavin                        Beading Arts
Debbie Rasmussen             A little of this, a little of that
Denielle Hagerman             Some Beads… and other things I like
Diana Gonzalez                  Arte y Poemas
Diane Hawkey                    diane hawkey
Dita Basu                            ankarshilpa
Donetta Farrington             Simply Gorgeous
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell     Deeliteful Jewelry Creations
Elena Adams                      ~~TBA~~
Emma Todd                        A Polymer Penchant
Erin Kenny                         beadiful therapy
Erin Prais-Hintz                  Treasures Found
Gina Hockett                      Freestyle Elements
Gloria Allen                        Innovative Dreams Jewelry
Heather Marston                 CSW Designs
Inge von Roos                    Inge’s Blog
Iveth Caruso                       Creative Atelier
Jacqueline Marchant          Fiddledeedee Jewelry
Jami Shipp                         Celebrating Life!
Jean Yates                          Snap Out of it Jean, There’s Beading to Do!
Jennifer Reno                     Musings of a Crafty Jenny
Jenny Robledo                   Peppa’s Dream
Jennifer VanBenschoten    Jewelry, Art and Life
Jessica Klaaren                  Cellar Door Jewelry
Jessica Murray                   Whimsical Monkey
Joan Williams                     lilruby jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton            It’s a Beadiful Creation
Joanne Browne                   josjewels1
Jodie Marshall                    Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads Wearable Art
Johanna Rhodes                 Fire Phoenix Creations
John Rasmussen                 Rasumussen Gems and Jewelry LLC
JuLee Wolfe                       The Polymer Penguin
Julie Bean                           Blue Pig Blog
Karen Mitchell                   Over the Moon Designs
Karin King                         The Sparklie Things Blog
Karin Slaton                       Backstory Beads
Kat Douglas                       Washoe Kat’s
Kay Bolton                        Toodles and Binks
Kayla Potega                     The Eclectic Element
Kelly Hosford Patterson     The Traveling SideShow
Kim Ballor                          Vitamin C … A Daily Does of Creativity
Kim Dworak                       CianciBlue
Kim Houston                       The Pink Martini
Kym Hunter                         Kym Hunter Designs
Laren Dee Barton                Laren Dee Designs
Lea Avroch                          LA Jewelry Designs
Leanne Loftus                      First Impression Design
Liddy McLaughlin               Liddy McLaughlin Art
Linda Florian                       Lily’s of the Valley Jewelry & Creative Creations
Linda Inhelder                     Must-Haves Jewelry
Lisa Hamilton                      Simply Irresistable Jewelry
Lisa Suver                            Fancee That
Lori Bowring Michaud        Artfully Ornamental
Lori Poppe                           Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean
LouAnn Elwell                    Southpass Beads
Mallory Hoffman                 For the Love of Beads
Mandi Effron                       Craft-o-licious
Marcia DeCoster                 MadDesigns
Marcia Dunne                     The Alternative Foundry
Marcy Lamberson              ~Studio Marcy~
Marie Covert                      Creating Interest
Marjorie Savill Linthwaite     bennubirdrising
Marlene Cupo                        Amazing Designs by Marlene
Martha Aleo                           Ornamento
Marti Conrad                          Marti’s Buttons -n- Beads
Mary Ellen Parker                  BeeTree by m.e.
Mary Govaars                        MLH Jewelry Designs
Mary Lindell                          Mary Lindell Artisan Jewelry
Maureen Connolly                 Mrs Beadsley’s Workshop
Maybeline Tay                       The Jewelry Larder
Melissa Elgin                         The Addicted Beader
Melissa Mesara                      one-eared pig beads
Menka Gupta                         Menka’s Jewelry
Michaela Pabeschitz              la mar de bonita
Mischelle Fanucchi               Micheladas Musings
Mona Rae Baroody               Who Does She Bead She Is?
Nan Emmett                          Spirit Rattles — Spirited Earth
Nancy Pedersen                    Something Heartfelt by Nancy
Natalie Davidson                  NorthShore Days
Nikki Douglas                      Bead It and Weep
Pam Farren                           re-maker
Pam, the Crazier Sister        The Crazy Creative Corner
Pam Traub                            Klassy Joolz
Priya Krish                           Hellopalz
Rebecca Anderson               Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag                 Becca’s Place
Robin Kae Reed                   Artistry HCBD
Rochelle Brisson                  a creative chelle
Rosa Maria Cuevas              Helena de Troya
Sabine Dittrich                     perlendschungel
Sandi Volpe                          Sandi Volpe
Sandra McGriff                    Creative Chaos
Sarah Goode                         Pookledo
Sarah Singer                         String a Song of Sixpence
Serena Trent                         All Things Made Jewelry
Shai Williams                       Shaiha’s Ramblings
Sharon Palac                        Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson    Sharyl’s Jewelry & Reflections
Sheila Davis                         Stone Designs
Shelley Graham Turner        Fabric of My Life
Sherri Stokey                       Knot Just Macrame
Sherry Baun                         Unicorns Jewels
Skylar Bre’z                         Brising Beads
Stephanie Haussler              Pixybug Designs
Tania Spivey                        Moobie Grace Designs
Terri G.                                Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter                         Tapping Flamingo
Terry Matuszyk                    Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry
Toltec Jewels                       Jewel School Friends
Tracy Kruse                         Goldkisses Art
Tracy Martin                        Nutkitten’s Jewelry
Zia Parks                              Anzi~Panzi’s Work Shoppe
Zoe Marcin                          Beads, Tea and Sweets