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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Not everyone has pierced ears. But that doesn't mean they can't wear earrings. Clip on earring findings are the way to go. I like this tutorial from Russian instructor, Cojocaru Olga. She shows how to bead earrings such that the beadw
Finished Memento Mori Pendant by Andrew ThorntonI've long been fascinated with reliquaries.  There's something about the veneration that happens when something... whether a little finger bone or an ordinary object... is placed in a frame. &a
Dear friends, recently, I returned from my annual trip to Mexico and had an amazing vacation! This was my fifth visit to the YucatnPeninsula. On this trip, my compaeroand I travelled like locals to really experience this beautiful country. We swam in
Hyperbolic ScarfIt seems kind of funny to say that there are tutorials for how to do free form crochet!  After all, isn't the point that there is no pattern?  Yes, true, but I'm finding that it's really helpful to learn some of the
I just started with bullet journaling in late January 2018 and I have been watching many you tube videos and Pinterest items to learn how it's done.  Ive used traditional calendar systems for years and usually discard it within a few days. &
Twisted wire work is not hard to do. And the technique can lead to spectacular designs like this cascading twisted wire flower necklace tutorial by the folks at MyBeads in Australia.Read more ......
Now that the seasons are changing, primroses are in flower much earlier than they ever were. The climate is warmer which means bees and other insects wake up and are active earlier. I saw my first huge bumble bee this year around the beginning of Feb
A few years ago, I had a realization.  I realized that I couldn't keep the pace up that I was going at.  All-nighters and forgetting to eat from being distracted by my work and constantly being plugged into the internet, answering q
When my brother, Thom Atkins, visited last fall, he showed me and a few quilting buddies his new method for designing and constructing "scrappy improv quilts," techniques that turned out to be a lot of fun for me, especially given my long history wit
If you’ve ever wondered what to do with an old filigree locket or other jewelry piece, here is a little inspiration! Recently, one of my customers wrote to ask if I had ever made a beaded locket before. I had not, but was intrigued by the i
When life hands you lemons (big lemons) make lots of lemonade. I hope 2018 is a stable, happy year and that 2017 is done with. It's been a year of radical changes for me.Have you ever seen lemons this big? This tree is in my new Tucson yard.In short,
How to train your dragonfly necklace video tutorial! (shown above)Lava stone necklace for essential oilsIce Queen earrings video tutorialUsing broken gemstones and beads in new jewelry designsLittle Boy Blue bracelet video tutorialLayered ta
My friend Diana put out a challenge on Facebook a few weeks ago to create a tacky pair of earrings to sport with those lovely ugly Christmas sweaters. I thought it sounded like fun and jumped on board. Unfortunately I can't wear earrings, bu
Remember my tutorial on how to make simple twisted wire flower earrings with nail polish and resin? I was aiming for a stained glass effect. Working with nail polish was relatively easy but as the nail polish suspensions were fragile, I covered the w
My sleepy winter self is stirring now the days are getting lighter.  I hope you dear readers had a wonderful Christmas time and I wish you all a rather belated Happy New Year!I will begin by sharing with you a painting that I did in the last
Do you have an ugly Christmas sweater?  You will get to see mine and I am not sure if it's totally ugly, but it definitely is tacky!  So it was my inspiration when designing the earrings for this blog hop.Our blog hop hostess, Diana
Chain bracelet by Andrew Thornton.I don't know about you, but I have a little container filled with all  kinds of bits and pieces of chain that I've collected over the years.  I hate to throw anything away that might be useful one d
My last post suggested a huge studio clean up and I've completed that.  Things look different, a lot more zen (although not at the moment) Turns out I can still make a big old mess very quickly!The Talenti seed bead wall stayed.  As
Dear friends, just a quick note to let you know that several of my bead embroidery patterns are now available in Spanish language at the Amazon Kindle store. Learn how to make your own beaded dog jewelry en espaol! Please note: these are single patte
The 2016 election and subsequent 2017 inauguration hit me hard. All my work following the inauguration was considered resistance in one form or another in the context of several disparate projects. This evening, I made a submission to an upcoming sho
Spring Crocus Agate, glass, wire, and wood$45Spring Crocus adjusts from 20 to 25 inches with a clasp and chain that has a floral pattern.  There are Swarovski crystals in a sparkling lime punch color.  Altogether, these are
It All Started with Hexie-lust!Look back to early 2012, when my dear friend, Christy, started covering little hexagon-shaped bits of card stock with fabric, making stacks of 6 ready to sew together as petals for a hexie flower. While I was working of
Such excitement over last week's giveaway of TierraCast's Soulful Spirit Collection giveaway. Many of you love TierraCast designs. Greta said, "Their products are so versatile and it forces you to really think about all the w
Deck the hall with boughs of holly,'Tis the season to be jolly,Fill the meadcup, drain the barrel, Troul the ancient Christmas carol,See the flowing bowl before us,Strike the harp and join the chorus.Follow me in merry measure,While
Fall is fast approaching, and as I was preparing for Bead Fest I had a chance to design some new beads for Fall. I thought I would share them with you all and hopefully get some input as to which ones are 'keepers' or not. When I am painting beads, o
I confess that I don't have much time to do beadwork these days. But lucky for me, my mother loves to bead. So when we both admired Sonyrees Creations' lovely beaded drop earrings tutorial, she said she would make some for me! I just
I found this pretty beaded bead that I made two years ago, but it looks just perfect for the Spring palette, so I wanted to bring it to your attention again.  It uses a combo of RAW and peyote stitch, or netting, whichever you like best.&amp
Earrings by Andrew Thornton.One of the things that I always look forward to this time of year is National Craft Month!  To celebrate, Fusion Beads holds an annual Bead Challenge.  Even though I'm crazy busy, I always try to squeeze
Dear friends, I hope your New Year is off to a great start! We received quite a lot of snow here in Boston so I have been staying in and doing beadwork! I have also added a few new items in my The Lone Beader’s Boutique on Zazzle. Check out
I gave myself two hours off from packing orders. Time for a walk across the fields. Out into the magic of a frozen morning. I love that sound of frozen leaves under foot. Crispy and brittle, almost good enough to eat. Their appearance taking on the f
I just taught an amazing class at Beads by Blanche with my friend and collaborator on this project, Tracy Stanley.  It was so right up my alley, sharing techniques with students who were then able to bring their own creativity and skills usi
After 10 years here on blogger the Art Bead Scene finally has a home of own. Visit - bookmark our site, add us to your favorite blog reader and stop by often to see what's new in the world of artisan beads and jewelry.
I've long had the opinion that people who are good with polymer clay may well have an easier time learning to make metal clay jewelry. Forming the clay, drying it and then firing it (with a torch or kiln) to remove the binder in the clay. Thi
Jesse James Beads contest for Spring! (closes April 2)How to do dragonscale chain maille video tutorial!Making a cuff bracelet from your thread embroideryMinerva earrings video tutorial - great beginner's project (see above)Wool thread wrapped hoop e
Cynthia's Ancient Roman Glass VesselWhile Cynthia and I were in Tucson, we saw some really lovely ancient Roman Glass vessels.  Unfortunately we couldn't work out a deal on them.  It was sort of a bummer, but our friend surprised Cy
Dear friends, I hope you are enjoying the holiday season! I have been so busy beading holiday orders for my Etsy shop this month, that I haven’t had much time for anything else. Today, I would like to share with you one of my recent custom
November here seems to have been filled with a continuous stream of parcel packing and constant trips to the post office. I could really do with some elf helpers! The only down side to being a one man show, is of course if you are doing one thing ,th
On the lovebeadlove blog,  Laura Zeiner wrote a post about her bead bombing, and that inspired Erika Sandor to do some of her own bead bombing and that inspired her friend to comment that bead bombing peace signs would be a great way to focu
Everyone knows that if you are going to wear a ballgown that you will twirl and twirl in it all night long, reveling in the swishing and sashaying! That is what drew me to this beautiful necklace that Ann Schroeder made. Those sari silks in the artsy
I've made a number of jewelry pieces with dried flowers and leaves embedded in resin (see this tutorial). They were mostly pendants and earrings. I've also covered how to make a basic resin bracelet with gold flakes. However, I was in
Turquoise, glass, sterling silver$40This is an adjustable necklace which slips over your head and then tightens all the way down to 16 inches, if that's your style! The turquoise stone donut pendant is complimented by the glass beads, sterling silver
We saw these seed pods on a tree while we were parked in a parking lot.  After doing a little research, we discovered that they are from a "Bottle Tree" or Brachychiton tree.  It's a native to Australia, but thrives in Arizona.Our f
Dear friends, it seems that Norwegian Forest Cats are popular this month! I recently received another order for a white one- this one has blue eyes! This piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant. I used Japanese size 15 seed beads and 1 x 4
A couple of weeks ago we travelled over the Severn bridge into Wales for a day. It's not far for us being only about 50 miles or so. Our destination, the town of Caerleon. Ancient Roman military fortress of Isca and later believed by some, to be the
On August 1st we launched our three pronged effort to raise money for Alzheimers research. We made and sold Peace signs, we sold the tutorial so others could make peace signs (and man have they, so many beautiful ones!) and Mark beaded two Peace sign
I See The Moon And The Moon Sees Me...Hello from the worktable of The Earring Whisperer...errr, Loralee!  It's late Summer and my mind is already drifting off to my favorite season of Autumn.  I love the colors and the night magic o
Lan Anh Handmade created this caged round cabochon wire pendant tutorial which is a must see. The criss-crossed wires spaced out with crystals is lovely. It is called a lotus bud pendant because it does indeed resemble one. You can use either gemston
I told you about Facet Jewelry Box back in November.  It launched in January, and they sent me two boxes.  However...However, I ended up sick for about six weeks this winter, so I am just now getting around to doing new projects.&am
I recently returned from a stay out in Tucson.  It was a little bit of an unexpected trip.  With everything going on and finally closing on the house, I didn't really think that it was in the cards this year.  But a few wee
Dear friends, recently another dog magazine calledJust Labshas invited me to advertise in their holiday issue! I had no idea there was a magazine dedicated to Labrador Retrievers magazine dedicated to Labrador Retrievers. I do love those dogs, especi