Creating Art Beads from the Unexpected!

 A few thoughts about Art beads. Are they only the beautiful clay and glass pieces that those amazing designers sell in their shops? Of course not! You can make art beads yourself with fun or basic materials. Use unusual things or just a little wire you have laying around…

One of my favorite designers and dear friend Jody Engelmann did just that with these amazing little hearts! She used bronze wire and what looks like double headed copper head pins to create these amazing and unique art beads.

 She even took it one step further and created a matching toggle! So a double whammy for Art beads in this stunning bracelet! Please take a moment to visit her Shop and Facebook to see more wonderful designs!

Another long time favorite of mine is the creator behind Fanciful Devices! Creativity without borders! I would love to be able to come up with some of the ideas they do! Absolutely wonderful!

The earrings named “Deserving Your Love” are made with stunning Mesh flowers! Now that is truly creating Art beads with unusual things! I can honestly say I would never have thought of that myself! I love the intricate folds that must have come so naturally in the mesh, I love even more that the earrings are asymmetrical! 

Last but not least, the amazing Erin Prais-Hintz! I just love how she turned a link in this chain into an art bead. That’s all you need! Seriously! She wire wrapped delicate little pink crystals to a link in this chain with wire! Amazing and unexpected detail!

 If you look at the whole picture you will see she did the same to two more links in this necklace. What a beautiful, simple yet out of the box creative result!

So what will you make into an Art bead? What unusual products will you try to turn into an Art bead? Leave us a comment, we would love to know!

Thanks for stopping by…


All pictures in this post were used with permission from the artists. Please do not reproduce these ideas, but use them instead to inspire you to create something new.

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14 Comment

  1. Tania Tebbit
    March 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Beautiful concepts of art beads – loving the wire wrapped toggle and the mesh flowers

  2. Debbie
    March 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Beautiful and inspiring work! Thank you for the education. I love your blog.

  3. m.e.
    March 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Great post!
    I am a huge fan of adding vintage
    "stuff" to designs.Those unexpected unique little extras can really turn ho hum into WOW!!! I have drawers of "interesting" things that will just possibly fit into a design someday.My hubby calls these my junk drawers!!!
    But ,really they are my treasure chests!!! Teeny padlocks and small escutcheons are my favorite finds.
    m.e. 🙂

  4. Rebecca
    March 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Great post! Those mesh flowers are so pretty and like Erin, I love to add colour and interest to links, clasps and loops with a little wire wrapping.

  5. Illustration
    March 14, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Amazing art beads design and wonderful mesh flowers. Great sheer effort and everything nicely put together

  6. Shirley
    March 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    So, am I understanding correctly that other things can be considered art beads, but they don't qualify for the monthly challenge?

  7. Love, Yesterdays
    March 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    are you kidding me? what wonderful uses of other things to make fabulous beads and interests in your pieces! I am currently going thru tons of junk in the studio looking for new uses for new things in my pieces…what an inspiration!

  8. Malin de Koning
    March 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    What a wonderful post this is Marie! I love the examples you have chosen. And I am humbled by the creativity they all show. It is so inspiring to be amazed by someone else's fantastic work. That is so great! I get the urge to make things myself now. A completely wonderful side effect I most often get from visiting the ABS blog. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  9. Donna Bradley
    March 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    What a wonderful, inspiring post, Marie! The examples you chose are amazing! It definitely gets the brain working. Thanks!

  10. Sherri
    March 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    What beautiful pieces were created!

  11. Marlene Cupo
    March 15, 2012 at 4:21 am

    One of my favorite techniques is to use liquid polymer clay on fabrics such as lace and ribbon and then using them to create fabric flowers or lacey backgrounds for pendants.

  12. KayzKreationz
    March 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    What a great explanation. I'm always a little confused as to what constitutes an art bead. I love these different ideas.

  13. Mojowoman Jewelry
    March 19, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Thanks so much Marie for including my bracelet made with the wonderful Miss Fickles copper beads .I had so much fun creating that bracelet.
    I love to put little surprise elements in my jewelry.
    And I would not use anyone else's copper .
    Shannon's is the best!

  14. Sandra
    June 28, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Such a lovely work from you. It looks spectacular than other ones that I've seen. Thanks, I love your sense of creativity.

    My blog: tracteur tondeuse 

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