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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Bead Trends March, 2013

Today I want to share with you my contributions to the Bead Trends March 2013 issue.

This issue has some beautiful jewelry in it - I especially love this piece that is on the front cover.

 My first piece is a hammered copper choker style with a fantastic shell bead by Marla James.  It is framed by flowers by Marti Conrad and I wrapped some Bali-sterling beads and picasso fire polished beads to decorate the front.

For a clasp, I made large loops and wrapped one side with another fire polished bead to make the loop.

Marti made this gorgeous owl pendant as well.
I made copper bead caps and used small turquoise fire-polished beads and fringe chain to make the hair over the owls head.

The matching earrings were published in the Winter 2013 issue of Jewelry Stringing.

I am just about finished designing the jewelry for my September spread in Bead Trends.  I have one more piece to make and then I have to write all the instructions, etc.  That is the paperwork and I hate paperwork.  Well, not really, but it is not my favorite part.

And before I go, I want to send out a special "THANK YOU" to the component artists that make beautiful jewelry possible. None of this would be possible without you and I appreciate you all.  

Enjoy Looking!


Regina said...

wow, love your Copper choker, the others are beautiful as well. I tried this once, making the jewelry is the easy part, writing the instructions and all the other paperwork drained me... as I said i did this once! I seem to run out of time...

Anonymous said...

Very nice, Jean. Everything is wonderful, especially the copper choker. Great work!

potterygirl1 said...

Lovely as always!

Pine Ridge Treasures said...

Jean - that choker is gorgeous! Can't wait to see your spread in Bead Trends!

Sharon Driscoll said...

It's not that I have the neck for it - put that on my wish list along with the've some very beautiful pieces there Jean. I'm going out to buy the magazine and showing your work off to all of my friends...."ah, look who I know, aint it great stuff -" Maybe a little will rub off. :-)

Many many congrats my artist friend

Marti C. said...

Jean, your work makes my pieces! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Sharyl said...

Congrats on more publications; you are so deserving and are a true inspiration! I love Marti's work too, and just purchased my first piece from Marla, (though I've been admiring hers for quite a while)! The bead artists do help us look good! Even so, you have a very special talent as a designer. Your results are always so original and I wish mine turned out 1/2 so well! :-) Looking forward to seeing more lovely work in your next Bead Trends!

Very best wishes,