Bead Embroidery…a love of mine

Purple Bead Embroidered Onyx AgateDid you know that beading can become addictive?  Most beaders have first hand knowledge of this.

Besides the beadwork and beadweaving that I have loved doing for some time now, I have fallen in love with bead embroidery.  There’s something about finding the perfect cabochon…the perfect backing material…adding any combination of different colors, finishes, sizes of seed beads and cylinder beads (Delica) to embellish the cabochon…to tell a story with your beading or to create a gorgeous design.

There are many ways to bead embroider…bead artists have their own style, their own use of materials, their use of certain stitches.  I have read several books on this and the different authors have their own particular style, but this is part of the fun…to try out these different instructions…experiment with all…develop your own style.

In my next few posts, I will provide you with some ideas and some instruction (book reviews) and tutorials.  If you’re a beginner of beading, don’t feel overwhelmed…just take it step by step.  Before you know it, you’ll be beading like crazy 🙂

In closing, I have posted a photo of my purple onyx agate cabochon and amethyst necklace listed in my Etsy shop, BohemianIce Artisan Jewelry.  You can see the specifics of this necklace in the listing.

See ya’ soon  🙂

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Big Summer Blowout – Prices Reduced at Bohemian Ice Jewelry Etsy

At Bohemian Ice Jewelry Etsy, many prices have been reduced for the End of Summer Blowout…..necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.  Also, I am happy to announce that the shipping fees have changed to $2.00 on first item…$0 on the rest of the items in your order.  Yes, that’s only a total of  $2.00 shipping on any order.  So, have a look at my artisan bling.  Satisfaction guaranteed.

Promotion, Promotion, Promotion…..UGH!

I’m a fine artist….digital artist…..photographer…..jewelry artist…..gardener…..don’t you think that I have enough to do…..and then add in daughter, wife, friend….mother….Christian…and the list goes on.   I’m not trying to sound harsh or anything, but don’t you think I have enough to do besides being an advertiser, salesperson, blogger, small business data entry person…the list goes on…….I HATE PROMOTION!!! 

WELL,  now that I got THAT off my chest!!!!   It’s just so hard for people who aren’t salespeople, to be salespeople…..I want to sell my stuff, but it just gets crazy sometimes……create the item (the part I enjoy)….add it to your online store (not my favorite, but I’ll survive)….twitter it…..twitter it….twitter it again…..facebook it…..blog it…..and on and on…..the list seems so endless!   I’m just a shameless complainer 😀

Well, do a girl a favor and check out my stuff here Bohemian Ice Artisan Jewelry and here Alive With Color (art and photography…still adding to this one)…..thanks….that feels better 🙂

Princess’ Adornment Gemstone Jewelry

Gemstone Necklace and Earring Set at LSA 2010 Exhibit

During the month of May 2010, I had this gemstone necklace and earring set exhibited in the Lake Shore Artists Show at the Ashtabula Arts Center in Ashtabula, Ohio.  I designed this set using antique gold findings and gold-plated earwires, along with assorted pearls, amethyst, jade, green aventurine cabochons, crazy horse beads, and assorted glass seed beads and leaf beads.  I also used Swarovski bicone crystals for that extra sparkle.  The pearls were freshwater in bronze, copper, gold and white.  Where jump rings were used, I doubled up each link, giving it a bolder look.

When I design, I usually create as I go along, instead of planning out the project.  I tend to do this also when I paint or do digital art.  I find this approach works best for me, although, not everyone does it this way.  As in all forms of art, each individual artist has their own style and way of doing things, and I feel that this is really part of the art and the individual artist.  To me, art is not only the finished product, but the process by which it is created.

A detailed view of this gemstone jewelry set