What Color Reminds You of Spring?

Pastel purple is the color of Spring. Pastel purple makes me think of Easter
and for me, Easter is the beginning of Spring.
Paul C (Sirocco)
http://www.sirocco.etsy.com

When I think of Spring, I think of PINK!! :0)
Tammy L Sexton
http://tlsexton0913.etsy.com/

Green, because everything (especially the grass) is coming to life.
Debbie B

“It’s a Bead-iful World”

http://beadifulworld.etsy.com

Pastel colors (any of them especially when mixed together)
www.metaphysicalshoppe.etsy.com

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Overheard at the cooler…tidbits of news

I heard today that Debbie at  It’s a Bead-iful World is having a huge sale on Etsy on her fall items.

Like this one…       

Rubina Sterling Silver Necklace

Go take a peek and I’m sure you will find something really special.

And, did you see what is showing up in the Theme of the Week promotion?  I just got a link to this beautiful piece by Linda of

Linda B’s Gemstone Jewelry, Carms & Paper Creations

Turquoise Aventurine Teardrop Pendant

etsyBEAD bi-weekly sale: Holiday Sparkle

 

Our new theme for the etsyBEAD (Bi-Weekly) Theme of the Week (ebtw) is “Holiday Sparkle”, chosen by Lori of virtuallori. etsyBEAD members will select items in their shops (or create brand new ones!) that match this current theme and put them on sale, just for you. Each EBTW item will have the tags “ebtw” and “holiday sparkle”, so you can search for these beautiful sale items easily.

So be on the lookout for all these gorgeous sparkly holiday items, all at special SALE prices for TWO WEEKS only!

This EBTW sale runs from Sunday 11/30 through Saturday 12/13. Check back often as our street team members may add new items throughout the week!

etsyBEAD Holiday Sparkle sale search 

Here are some of our wonderful team member items included in this sale, perfect just in time for gift-giving!!

Paper Beads - Christmas tree ornaments - complete with own tree stand - Green - Holiday Sparkle - EBTW sale by RunsWithScissors4

Paper Beads - Christmas tree ornaments - complete with own tree stand - Green - Holiday Sparkle - EBTW sale by RunsWithScissors4

Peppermint Starlights - EBTW - Holiday Sparkle by PawAndClawDesigns
Peppermint Starlights – EBTW – Holiday Sparkle by PawAndClawDesigns

 

Snowflake Christmas Holiday earrings by NewelryJewelry
Snowflake Christmas Holiday earrings by NewelryJewelry
SALE - FRESH POWDER - Beaded Fringe Charm Bracelet by GemmaBeads
SALE – FRESH POWDER – Beaded Fringe Charm Bracelet by GemmaBeads
Vintage-style bracelet with enameled and Tibetan silver flowers and Swarovski crystals--EBTW, holiday sparkle by siragwatkins

Vintage-style bracelet with enameled and Tibetan silver flowers and Swarovski crystals--EBTW, holiday sparkle by siragwatkins

JJs - Winter Wonderland Bracelet with Lampwork and Sterling Silver - EBTW Sale - Holiday Sparkle by ljjnjm

JJs - Winter Wonderland Bracelet with Lampwork and Sterling Silver - EBTW Sale - Holiday Sparkle by ljjnjm

Dream - EBTW Holiday Sparkle  by DeLevande

Dream - EBTW Holiday Sparkle by DeLevande

 

member spotlight: Angelic Adornments

Mauve Triple Strand Faith, Hope, Love Necklace 

 

 

Mauve Triple Strand Faith, Hope, Love Necklace

Name:  Sabina Dougherty

Etsy shop name: Angelic Adornments

Website: Sabina24.etsy.com

Blog:  Bina’s Blog

Location:  New Hampshire

 

Long Necklace and Earring Set with Religious Symbols

Long Necklace and Earring Set with Religious Symbols

1. What kind of materials do you use in your creations?

 

All kinds of beads and wire — I’m  sort of addicted now.

 

2. How did you get into this form of art? 

 

My 16-year old daughter and I took a beading class together during one of her school breaks.  It was pricey and having done crafts to sell before, I knew I could make the items cheaper if I searched out wholesale sources for the beads and findings.  I was right, of course, but that didn’t stop me from investing thousands of dollars into the beads to start my own business — so thinking back — maybe I should have just stopped with the beading class if I had wanted to really save money.  lol

 

3. What inspires you? Do you have a plan before you make a piece, or do the materials “speak” to you? 

 

Well, this is complicated and some folks will probably think I’m  weird, but I started making spiritually inspired jewelry because I didn’t see any out there and I thought it might be a niche for me.  So I started looking for items that I could incorporate into that theme.  I tend to walk around listening to an ipod full of worship music, because I feel it keeps me close to my Papa God.  I started doing that when I went looking for beads and findings.  What I discovered was that the materials I bought while listening to the music were more useful than some that I had purchased when I wasn’t listening.  What was even more amazing was that pieces that came together “easily” were the ones where I was listening to music.  So the music has become my inspiration.  I know a lot of people wouldn’t understand this aspect of my creating process — but it works for me.  Obviously Papa God has a hand in a lot of my designs. 

 

4. Do you have any particular influences? 

 

Not really.  When I first started making items at home, I bought a couple of “beginner” books to get the basics and I’ve expanded from there — I’m  not usually inspired to duplicate anything I see in a book or magazine.  It might jiggle my brain to create something of my own, but that’s rare.  I was this way when I was scrapbooking — others were content to copy layouts in magazines and books, but I always tended to “do my own thing”.  Must be that 60’s mentality of don’t put me in a box…

 

5. Do you have a certain design style? 

 

I like simple pieces.  I’ve created some elaborate ones, but mostly, I’m  a simple girl.  I keep thinking about that Shaker song about ’tis a gift to be simple.  I find that the simple pieces tend to be the ones that people want to buy. 

 

6. What is your favorite technique? 

 

I don’t know that I have one.  I’m always up for learning something new and when I do and I can accomplish it to my satisfaction, its really cool.  I love making earrings — but I don’t make as many of them as I do necklaces and bracelets.  I know some people hate doing the wraps, but I think its fun — although hard on old hands.

 

7. Other than Etsy, where could someone find your creations? 

 

Well for now Esty is it — although people could contact me at my home in New Hampshire.  I will be doing craft shows at some point.  I have done them before.  But right now I’m  trying to find a paying job to support my habit!!  lol

 

8. What is your favorite part of being a member of EtsyBEAD? 

 

Well, I’m  fairly new, but already I can see where the resources will be helpful to me.  Just having other people to talk to and bounce ideas off of – to encouragement when things seem bleak – its all good.  When I had my scrapbook store and my sewing business, I belonged to similar groups.  Its was encouraging and helpful.  So I saw no reason not to join something geared for beaders.

 

Wire Wrapped Cross Necklace

Wire Wrapped Cross Necklace

Lampwork Glass Flowers Ankle Bracelet

Lampwork Glass Flowers Ankle Bracelet

 

Cherry Delight Necklace and Earrings Set

Cherry Delight Necklace and Earrings Set

Dove and Cross Dangle Earrings

Dove and Cross Dangle Earrings

Article: The Beauty of Brass

Lorelei Eurto recently joined etsyBEAD this past fall, but she has had Lorelei1141.etsy.com for almost a year. She mostly works with semi-precious gemstones, glass, and metal beads. She also uses a lot of brass, and brass chain in her pieces. This article is about how she found value and beauty in the metal.

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lorelei-brass.jpgI started using brass in my jewelry when I saw an ad in Stringing Magazine for Vintaj Brass Company. I was immediately attracted to the intricate details, the “vintage” feeling that the finished pieces of jewelry portrayed, and mostly the chocolate brown color that seemed to go with any color bead. There are many variations of color in brass. Brass can have a bright gold-like appearance, and adding a patina process to give it the brown, aged color can also age it.

Another attractive point to using brass is the fact that it’s much more affordable than silver and gold.  Brass adds a “modern” twist to vintage jewelry. By pairing the brass with crystals, you get a dressier piece of jewelry. You also can add a little asymmetry to it, and it has a more modern, and casual feel.

I very rarely make brass jewelry that doesn’t contain some sort of glass, or gemstone, mostly because it helps to add color and visual interest.

Lorelei Eurto