instructor Nealay Patel. Nealay is an artist who crafts in beads and fiber to
produce jewelry designs that are striking, colorful and textured. He is a
problem-solver who sees his designs as solving a puzzle. His intricate jewelry
is always highly textural and full of life, using a mix of metal and fiber and
beads and wire. He has authored three books: Jewelry for the New Romantic, Jewelry Designs with Knitted Wire, and
his most recent, Jewelry Made with Wire
& Fiber. Recently, Nealay has started doing monthly Live Facebook videos
featuring a kit that he sells on his Etsy site. Nealay was kind enough to share a
project featuring an art bead with us.
about anything? I asked a bead artisan and glass expert friend of mine to
assemble a special pendant for me with just one word in mind…dagger.
Griffin Glass sent over this wonderful pendant and I have to say, he deserves a gold
do with it at first, I have to admit. I knew I
loved it simply by itself! So, why clutter up a fabulous pendant with beadwork, right?
spoke to me the most! The detailed, black and white cord worked perfect to set the
backdrop for this star! I added some minor embellishments on either side, a
technique that can be found in my latest book, Jewelry Made with Wire & Fiber.
amazingly with the pendant! I love the bright silver, un-textured collar that
contrasts with the very textured pendant.
Be sure to stop by Nealay’s Beads & Bubbles Facebook page and mark your calendars to watch his next video on Wednesday, July 26th for the In Bloom Bracelet shown above https://www.facebook.com/beadsandbubbles/
Beading Kits by Nealay Patel for this project and more are available in his
Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/nealaypatel
And check out his new book Jewelry Made with Wire & Fiber for some great ideas that you can incorporate into your own designs, intersperse with art beads and jazz up your style!
UPDATE! Nealay has agreed to give away a copy of the digital version of his new book (retail value $21.99) to one lucky random winner for answering the following question:
(one per person please!) and announced on July 14th!