The New Year can be a time of reflecting on the past or looking forward. It is also the time of year when I start to plan for the year ahead and think about the holidays and seasons to come. There have been some amazing art beads and art bead projects in the past year and I’m looking forward to seeing what new art the new year has in store!
Amanda Cargill Austin
These Vintaj embossed pendant sets are from Amanda Cargill Austin of SeaShoreGlass who will have these available in Tucson at the Best Bead Show in February, along with her beautiful boro lampwork beads (booth G-204) SeashoreGlass.etsy.com
Bohemian Knotted Earrings Workshop
Bead Fest Philadelphia August 2012
Saturday, August 18th
8:00am – 11:00am
Learn simple knotting techniques to make a trio of bohemian chic earrings! Using waxed linen cord, you will learn 3 different ways to attach colorful beads to a ring component.
Students will learn basic knotting techniques to make three pairs of stylish earrings. Techniques covered in class will included: lark’s head knot, half-hitch knot, overhand knot and how to use knotting tweezers for precise knotting. Usingwaxed linen cord, students will learn 3 ways to use knots to attach beads to a ring component. Students will have the following color choices for each pair of earrings: red, orange, green, turquoise and blue.Variations on the three designs made in class will also be discussed, so student will be able to expand on the techniques they have learned.
Here’s the link to the class page on the Bead Fest website.
Lampwork artist Janet McDonald has been busy making beads and sending them around the world! Here are a few of her new bead gems… You can find her work at SingingGlass.etsy.com
Marsha Neal Studio
“I have been gearing up in 2012 to make use of what I have, but try new glazes & finishing techniques. By adding oxides under & over the glazes I have to change them and by using glass etching materials to remove the glossy finish. This brings out the puddling colors underneath…”
Playing with a bit of copper and some new clay designs! Old has become new, as many of the pendants will be offered as cabochons!
I hope this new year finds some fun and new ways to share your creative spirit!