Sunday, 6 May 2012

Bead blog recap weeks 17-18

It's been two weeks again. I'm not even going to comment on the speed of time this week. Just say that while I've been out with the camera today there won't be any photos posted on the blog until tomorrow hopefully. Today, though, it's time for another summary of my writings at Manekis Pärlblogg, the other blog I have. Several tips on challenges and contests, but also seed bead size charts, jewellery projects and bead tutorials.

Monthly bead soup: May
New month means new colour inspiration. Focus this month is crystal astral pink and combining pink/rose with orange/apricot. These soups can also be found on this blog with a somewhat different text.

Beyond cross stitch -- counted thread embroidery with beads
Bead embroidery on counted fabrics and canvas (needlepoint or beadpoint) is not confined to just (half) cross stitches and petit points. Many other stitches can also be used.

Challenge of Literature
Unfortunately I think it's too late to sign up for Erin's latest challenge (but you never know: why not check it out and contact her if you're interested in participating).

Tips for working with glass tipped wires/lampwork headpins
Vintage glass headpins can be fragile (as you know if you read this blog). Here are some tips for working with these delicate beauties.

Seed bead size chart
I'm made a chart comparing the measurements of seed beads from Preciosa Ornela, Miyuki, Toho and Matsuno. Chart ranges from 15/0 to 1/0.

Art Jewelry magazine wants to see the backside
While the front of jewellery gets most of the attention, the back shouldn't be forgotten -- not just for wearability. Art Jewelry wants to hightlight the back of jewellery and how it can be used and has made a call for submissions.

JillyBeads Swarovski contest
JillyBeads has announced a new contest: make a necklace fit a queen using their new swarovski pearl mixes.

Trash to treasure beading contest
Happy Mango Beads have a new contest focusing on recycling and reusing.

Tiny Tin Challenge
I believe that it might be too late to participate in Michelle's challenge too, but you still might want to check it out.

The Bead-It-Up Loom
The Kickstarter campaign has ended (not reaching its goal) so you cannot pledge money, but do check out the page for more info on this interesting tool for jewellery makers.

Miniature whisk charms
How to make cute whisk pendants or charms from wire. Perfect for bakers, chefs or anyone who loves working in the kitchen.

Swedish jewellery/beading contests
Two more contests, this time from bead shop Eurodike and community Nätverket Inspira.

Ice pearls
About the textured glass pearls.

Faceted clay beads
How to make faceted polymer clay beads. Several tutorials with different styles.

Surprise summer launch by Swarovski Elements
Following the success of the gemstone pearls, Swarovski unexpectantly released three new pearl colours: neon pink, neon orange and neon yellow. They are also extending the crystal astral pink line.

Artbeads' Jewelry Design Star
Artbeads have presented a new monthly challenge/contest where you can be voted the Jewelry Design Star of the month. [PS! As usual you can find a round-up of current monthly challenges and contests on my other blog at the beginning of each month. This month's edition will be published tomorrow.]

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