Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Beaded Christmas Ornament Collection

I've been busy finishing up some ornament patterns and uploading them to Bead Patterns Boutique.

I've compiled 4 brick/peyote stitch ornament patterns into one collection and it's on sale. Like getting one pattern free, so if you're still looking for ornament patterns take a look.

I've also been busy making ornaments for my grandchildren. Now I have eight ornaments to go to finish making enough for my great grandchildren. When I'm finished with that hopefully I can get back to the computer more often.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Art Beads Project

I've finished working up all those delicious, beautiful Swarovski components I got from ArtBeads.com in September. This is a picture of all the finished pieces. Although I got rivoli buttons, I decided to just bezel them instead of using the button feature.

The biggest piece, the necklace, used seven of these components. One 37X25.5 Light colorado topaz fancy octagon which I bezeled using brown size 9 seed beads and iridescent green size 11 seed beads. The bezel is embellished with matte 4mm druks.

Directly below the octagon is a 12mm rivoli button in crystal tabac which I bezeled with green iridescent size 11 seed beads and champaign transparent size 15 seed beads. It is embellished with the same matte 4mm druks as the octagon.

Directly below that I've attached a 20mm triangel ring in crystal tabac with a right angle weave tab and a double string of champaign transparent size 15 beads.

At the top of the octagon I've attached a 12 mm rivoli button on each side. These rivoli buttons are bezeled with green iridescent size 11 and champaign transparent size 15 seed beads and embellished with picots made with the same size 15's.

Two 14mm triangle rings are used to attach the focal point to the spiral rope strap which uses size 9's for a core with loops of iridescent green and champaign transparent interspersed with matte 4mm druks.
A right angle weave toggle and peyote ring serve as closure for this beautiful necklace.

The two 12mm crystal AB rivoli buttons shimmer and dance from their puffed bezel of silver lined saphire size 11 and silver lined clear size 15 seed beads, merrily defying my camera and photography skills.

And finally the 14mm ernite rivoli button glows from its puffed bezel of silverlined blue violet size 11 and gold lined crystal size 15 seed beads. The bezel is embellished with tiny 3mm Swarovski peridot bicones and sports a simple right angel weave bail that allows this gorgeous pendant to be worn on your favorite chain or cord.

These beautiful Swarovski components are much more lovely in person. You just have to see them to realize how they do sparkle and glow.

Hopefully I will have these items in my Etsy shop before the end of next week.

I wrote an article on how to make a puffed bezel, but eHow dropped it somewhere into cyber space. If you see a link to "puffed bezel" in this article in the future you'll know I've retrieved it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

Come on over to BeadPatternsBoutique.com and join in the great pumpkin hunt.

Here are the details:

Come one, Come all and join the fun at http://www.beadpatternsboutique.com! Robin of http://www.wegotthebead.com has donated a wonderful gift pack of 120 grams of size 11/0 seed beads in a fantastic selection of colors! This is a must have! You can see a photo of this gift pack at

Our hunt begins now and will run through the 20th. Winner will be chosen by Noon Central time and end 12:01 AM Central time on October 21 and will be notified the same day. Prize will ship with in 3 business days.

Heres here is what you have to do. You have to go in and find all three pumpkins. Each of the pumpkins are numbered 1-3. These pumpkins are hidden as jewelry photos through out the Boutique. When you find a pumpkin, write down the name of the pattern, and the name of the category in which you found it. You will have to send an email containing the location of each of all three pumpkins. "Location=Category and Pattern Name" to marie@starrdesignstudio.net with Pumpkin Hunt in the subject line. Each person that is able to give the correct locations, and gets that email to me no later than 11:59 PM Central time on 10/20/09 will be entered into the drawing to win. The winner will be announced in the BeadPatternsBoutique forum. All non-members can write in and enquire as to the name of the winning party.

Sorry BeadPatternsBoutique Designers, this hunt is for our customers only.

The hunt is on! Click now to get started!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October Bead Shows - Wholesale and Retail

JustA Tish Designs has posted the October bead shows, so where ever you are there just may be a bead show near you.

via JustATish Designs by JustATish on 10/7/09

October kicks off the holiday shopping season. Trying to think of that perfect gift to make or give to someone? Have a beader on your list who would love a new strand? Have you been a good boy or girl and just need to buy a little something for yourself!! Here it is, here is that chance to shop till you drop, knee deep in beads, findings, sterling, gold, and everything else you can imagine for your beading needs. Trust me, there is nothing better than running your hands thru piles and piles of beads to get motivate, inspired and rejuvenated! Hopefully one is in your area!

Happy Shopping!!

Oct 9-11: CA: International Gem & Jewelry Show: Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St.

October 9-10: MA: G&LW Shows: West Springfield, MA: Eastern States Exposition

Oct 9-10: OH: World Gem & Jewelry Show: Columbus, OH: Greater Columbus Convention Center

Oct 10: WA: Rings & Things BeadTour - Spokane bead show: Spokane WA: Mirabeau Hotel Spokane Valley (Ballroom), 1100 N. Sullivan Rd.

Oct 10-11: FL: Jewelry, Gift, Fasihon Accessories & Bead Show: Ft. Lauderdale, FL: The Sheraton Hotel, 555 West Cypress Creek Road

Oct 10-11: FL: Down the Street Bead Shows: Deland, FL: Deland

Oct 10-11: SC: Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show: Mt. Pleasant, SC: Omar Shrine, 176 Patriots Point Drive

Oct 16-18: CA: Gem Faire: Del Mar, CA: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

Oct 16-18: CA: International Gem & Jewelry Show: San Mateo, CA: San Mateo County Expo Center, 2495 South Delaware Street

Oct 16-18: FL: Down the Street Bead Shows: Pompano Beach, FL: Elks Lodge, Pompamo Beach

Oct 16-18: IL: World Gem & Jewelry Show: Schaumburg (Chicago), IL: Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N Thoreau Drive

Oct 16-18: NY: The Whole Bead Show: New York, NY: Metropolitan Pavilion, South & North Pavilions, 1st Floor, 125 West 18th Street between 6th & 7th Ave

Oct 16-18: MS: Natchez Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show: Natchez, Ms: Natchez Convention Center 211 Main Street

Oct 16-18: PA: The Philadelphia Gem and Jewelry Show: Philadelphia Pa: University of Pennsylvania,3417 Spruce Street

Oct 17-18: FL: Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show: Pompano Beach, FL: Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1800 N.E. 6th St.

Oct 17: WA: Rings & Things BeadTour - Seattle bead show: Seattle WA: Seattle Center (San Juan Rooms), 305 Harrison St

Oct 18: WA: Rings & Things BeadTour - Mt Vernon bead show: Mt Vernon WA: Best Western Cotton Tree Inn (Cascade Ballroom), 2300 Market Street

Oct 23-25: CA: Gem Faire: Pleasanton, CA: Alameda County Fairgrounds

Oct 23-25: TX: World Gem & Jewelry Show: Austin, TX: Austin Convention Center

Oct 24: WA: Rings & Things Bead Tour - Bellevue bead show: Bellevue WA: Bellevue Community College, Cafeteria, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE

Oct 24-25: FL: Down the Street Bead Shows: Ft Myers, FL: Clarion Hotel - OLD Radisson Inn

Oct 24-25: TN: Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show: Memphis, TN: Agricenter International - (D-wing), 7777 Walnut Grove Rd.

Oct 27-28: NC: G&LW show:Asheville, NC: Asheville Civic Center

Oct 30-31 Nov 1:G&LW show: Orlando, FL: Osceola Heritage Park

Oct 30-Nov 1: CT: World Gem & Jewelry Show: Hartford, CT: XL Center, One Civic Center Plaza

Oct 30-Nov 1: TX: Bead Renaissance: Live Oak, TX: Live Oak Civic Center, 8101 Pat Booker Road

Oct 31-Nov 1: NC: Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show: Durham, NC: Durham Marriott Convention Center - (B & C Halls), 201 Foster Street

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Bead Patterns Boutique

Have you been to Bead Patterns Boutique? It's a relatively new site with many bead pattern designers participating. All the designers have been super busy making new patterns available to you for this upcoming holiday season. Find patterns for everything from jewelry to tapestries, to ornaments and much more at this wonderful new showplace.

There's a forum for shoppers where you can find updates to new patterns added and just chat with other beaders.

Check it out. Lots of good stuff there.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Items from Art Beads

I'd like to pass along an e mail I got from Duchess at ArtBeads.com. Check out the wonderful new fall additions.

I hope that you are doing well and have had a wonderful summer. I've just learned of some exciting news from Artbeads.com that I wanted to share with you. First, today we launched our New CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements Innovations line with over 150 new styles of Swarovski Autumn/Winter 2010/2011 crystal products! We have two new crystal colors - cyclamen opal and greige - along with the new crystal coral pearl color, the crystal metallic light gold finish! So make sure to check out the CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements New Additions!

Also, as I'm sure you know, Artbeads.com provides FREE Shipping in the US on every order. This is perhaps the biggest thing our customer's praise us for. Next to that, many compliment us for fast shipping. Well, we've decided to make it even faster and have just begun providing FREE Priority Shipping along with a 24-Hour Turnaround commitment on all US orders over $75. You can find all of the details here: http://www.artbeads.com/shipping.html

The last bit of news has to do with our four weekly specials. These discounted items are so popular they typically sell out before the end of the week. To make sure more people can get in on the savings, we're now selecting four special product categories and picking several items for each group. You can see all of our weekly specials here: http://www.artbeads.com/wkspc.html.

That's all for now. Please feel free to pass this news on to your beading friends and blog readers.

Have a great day!

Warmest Regards,



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