Sunday, 20 June 2010

Bead blog recap weeks 22-24

Time flies... So here's a recap from Manekis pärlblogg spanning over three weeks. Still on "summer time" so not that many posts.

Imitate enamelled metal flowers -- with pine cones
On the blog Jane avion you can find instructions for making faux enamelled flower pins, using "scales" from pine cones as petals.

The new map to Swedish bead shops
I've already written, in English, about our map to brick-and-mortar bead shops and other shops of interest for beaders on this blog -- check out this post.

Colourful new products
Acrylic angel wings, enamelled ball chain, floral bead caps, coloured rubber cord and lucite flowers are a few new and fun products in Swedish bead shops. Ideal for those sunny summer days.

Projects using long magatama beads

Miyuki's long magatamas are both pretty and unusual in shape. You can't always find many projects using them online, but here are a few examples. From beaded beads and spiral ropes to chain maille and stringing.

Summery striped magnesite beads
By pulverizing magnesite -- a white stone that accepts dyes well -- dying it and, using a binder, compress it in layers of different colours you get these colourful and fun stiped beads. Available in several different colour combos.

Design contests from Swedish bead shops
Two Swedish bead shops announce new design contests. Frost08 wants you to make an anklet and ÄnglaDesign wants -- true to their name -- to see a piece of jewellery with angel motif. Today is the last day to enter the challenge from Frost08.

June challenges: Art Bead Scene & Vintaj
Art Bead Scene Blog and Vintaj both have monthly challenges. ABS wants you to create something inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec's Marcelle Lender Dancing the Bolero in "Chilpéric". Read more about that challenge here. Vintaj's June challenge is already over, but you can already begin to plan your entry for the July challenge, on the theme Secret Garden. Read more about the Vintaj Design Challenges here.

More summer contests
Swedish bead shop Smyckestillbehö has a summer design contest for its costumers, focusing on colour. The name of the contest is Färgen av min sommar, "the colour of my summer".

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