Thursday, July 23, 2009

Emiko Oye: My First Royal Jewels

I came across this wonderful artist on the Revere Academy's mailing list & thought I'd pass her work along....

From Emiko Oye: "My First Royal Jewels” Collection is a modern-day reinterpretation of European jewelry created by some of the great design houses of the early 20th century—Louis Boucheron, Cartier (Paris), and Harry Winston—much sought after names by the royal and social elite. A time when platinum and emeralds were the materials of choice and a woman’s jewelry was seen as emblems of her “lord’s” rank in the world. Now we might ask the question: who are today’s jewelry collectors and what does one consider valuable and precious in the 21st century?

To view the collection made from Lego's, click on the title above. To learn more about Emiko Oye click here. Or simply follow her blog! Enjoy!
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Friday, July 17, 2009

In The Bead News: Summer '09

It's starting to heat up around here - summer has officially arrived! I love summer and surprisingly, it's the one time of year I get a lot of beadwork done. So, on that note, I thought I'd post some brief news to inspire you to take on a new bead venture....

New Beading Books:
*Creative Beading Volume 4 is due to hit the stands soon. It's loaded with great projects from Bead and Button's magazine 2009. You can view a sampler here.
*Marcia Decoster's Beaded Opulence is available, signed, from Marcia! Order here.
*Sharon Bateman's Contemporary Loom Beading was released in May and is available from Lark Books.
*Wendy Ellsworth's Beading - The Creative Spirit will be released in August: Pre-order it from
*Rachel Nelson Smith has a new book which can be pre-ordered from Interweave Press: Seed Bead Fusion. It looks gorgeous!
*Jamie Cloud Eakin whose book Beading With Cabochons remains one of the all time best sellers has a new book in the works. Bugle Bead Bonanza is due out January 2010 and can be preordered through

Kits and Supplies:
*Beadweaver is offering gorgeous metallic charlottes in her Etsy: Beadweaver shop. Of note: she has only a few of the Vitrail Butterfly kits left. Be sure to check it out before they sell out.

*Louise Hill has the magnificent Dichroic Aikos in her new Etsy shop. They are available in limited quantities. I used them in my award winning necklace Journey and Louise has used them in a number of her award-winning works. They're perfect for a special accent and great to have on hand in your bead stash.

*Amy Loh Kupser has great kits to go with her new book Just Bead'n Around.
*Check out Valerie Hector's new website which offers finished jewelry and kits.
*Diane Hyde keeps expanding her list of supplies and kits: Designer Findings.
*Laura McCabe just released a new kit: Dragon's Claw necklace.
*Marcia deCoster has wonderful kits on her new website: Marcia's Kits

Online Galleries: If you're looking for some eye candy, check out:
Julie Powell
Sue Hammes-Knopf; #2
Kathleen Lamberti
Teri Greeves
Sarah Fox
The Beaded Book

And a few of my Etsy favorites:
Triz Designs & Coralia
elJan & The Bead Aerie
A Luscious Thing & Bijoux Odalisque
Melanie @ Earthenwood & Irregular Expressions
My Tiny Studio

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Beaded Ornaments

Kalmbach Publishing just released a new book called Beaded Ornaments. It's filled with some pretty projects for ornaments that can be used year round. You can view a sample from the book by clicking on the title above. Enjoy!

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