New Amazon Handmade Shop

Beaded Duos Circles NecklaceI am pleased to announce that I now have a new Amazon Handmade shop at  E. Barkman Designs.  I have completed numerous projects and I am loading them to my shop daily.  These are more intricate designs than the jewelry that I have in my Etsy shop.  There is more bead embroidery and more detailed beadwork.

The new jewelry in E. Barkman Designs on Amazon still has a bohemian flair to it like my other jewelry.  My creativity has a natural swing towards the bohemian style.

I also have several pieces of jewelry that I have from a previous consignment.  I will be loading these up to one of my sites, possibly my website www.evabarkmandesigns.com, or to my Etsy or my Amazon.

Please stop by my shops and have a look.  I am planning on listing some sales starting in November through New Years. As always, I take special orders.  If you have a question about anything, please feel free to contact me at evabarkmandesigns@gmail.com

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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  🙂

Summer Sunrise & Clear Waters Beadwork Rings

Summer Sunrise Beadwork RingClear Waters Beadwork RingI recently started making beadwork rings and I’m finding that they are like eating potato chips…the more I make, the more I want to make.  They are a nice project to do in a reasonably short time.  I enjoy making these while we are watching tv, especially if I don’t like the show.  😀

I made these two using peyote stitch with #11 cylinder seed beads (Delica) and some #15’s for the trims.  The blue and green ring (Clear Waters) has a simple trim just using a clear #15 seed bead in the last rows.  The tropical colored ring (Summer Sunrise) has a more detailed trim…I used pink #15’s to make a picot with a spiral look.

To see the listing for each, just click on the photo and it will direct you to my Etsy listing.

I will take orders for different sizes and colors…smaller sizes make cute knuckle rings…just email me at bohemianice@gmail.com or convo me at my Etsy shop BohemianIce

 

Ephesians 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Beadwork Necklace – “Geneva Grapes”

 

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“Geneva Grapes”

I made this beadwork necklace specifically for the art exhibit at the Geneva Ohio Grape Jamboree.  I’ve been entering various pieces of my art, like my watercolors, mixed media, and photographs, in this exhibit for years.  This year I decided to enter my beadwork.  I was blessed with an honorable mention in the 3-D category.  I had hoped to do a bit better…I’m just saying.   I’m counting my blessings.

I was also blessed in another way…I sold it!  That made it all worthwhile.

A little bit about the jamboree…our area of northeastern Ohio is known for grapes and wine.  Each year Geneva, Ohio has a celebration called the Geneva Grape Jamboree.  There are vendors, food, entertainment, and the art exhibit.

Here’s how I constructed the necklace…I began by peyote bezeling my purple magnesite cabochon and adding a peyote bail, which I used two different size beads, 11’s and 8’s, to add a little whimsy.  Next, I peyote bezeled several different purple beads with 11’s and 8’s to represent grapes.  I even covered a couple of beads totally with size 11’s.   I used antiqued brass chain and filigree.  I gave the filigree a touch of patina colored paste to add a little color.  The rest was all strung on 2 lengths of jewelry wire on both sides:  Swarovski AB (aurora borealis) crystal 2 hole connectors,  alternated Swarovski AB crystal bicones 6mm and purple crystal rondelles, another Swarovski 2 hole connectors and finally I separated the 2 jewelry wires to add the “grapes” on the two separate wires.  I made my different “grape” beads all symmetric.  I then pulled the 2 wires together again to add a few more Swarovski crystals and finally attach to the filigrees using crimps.  Now, all that’s left is to attach the beaded strand to the chains.

Bezeled Cabochon

Bezeled Cabochon

"Grape" Beads

“Grape” Beads

additional "Grape" Beads

additional “Grape” Beads

“Fire & Earth” – Beadwork Necklace

Beadwork Necklace  Won 1st Place at LSA Exhibit 2013

Beadwork Necklace
Won 1st Place at LSA Exhibit 2013

I know that I haven’t posted in a bit…so I thought I would start back with showing you my beadwork necklace “Fire & Earth” which won 1st place in 3-D category in the Lake Shore Artists 2013 Exhibit.  It is currently in a consignment, but I really hope to get it back next month at the end of the consignment.   I then plan to list it in my shop.  The main colors are green and gold.  I did a peyote beadwork bezel on a greenish magnesite stone.   I added several different tassles.  Then I made a tubular peyote and right angle weave necklace.  The closure I made from brass.Fire & Earth (close-up)

Beadwork is a Wonderful Art

As you know, I’m a jewelry designer (among several other arts) and this past year I’ve been learning beadworking.  It is amazing how relaxing it can be.  I love doing all of the stitches and watching how each piece turns out.  It is time consuming, but worth all that you put into it.

For those who want to start beadworking, I suggest getting a subscription to the magazines “Beadwork” and “Bead and Button.”  These publications are a font of beadworking knowledge.  You can learn the stitches and create the projects.

The bracelet shown is my bracelet that I made for the Lake Shore Artists group annual May Exhibit.  It won second place to my surprise.

Since I’m learning beadworking, I will add it to my list of creative things to do.  I will post my projects as I go along.

Thanks for stopping by  🙂

A Jewelry Artists Review – “Bead Stoppers”

I’ve decided that periodically, as I come across some item or tool that can help a fellow artist, I’m going to blog my opinion on that particular item or tool.  I’m not expecting everyone in the world to agree with my reviews, but it’ll just be my personal opinion on something that I feel works well or helps a creative person in what they do.  If it helps you, GREAT!  I’m glad to help someone. 

Today I’m going to tell you about the greatest little tool that a jewelry artist can have…they’re called “bead stoppers.”  These little spring-like things are great to use when you are a clutze like I am and you are stringing beads.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worked on a necklace and had gotten it close to done and mistakenly dropped the wire and a thousand beads fall and scatter all over the floor.  What frustration!!! 

These little helpers are an essential tool for any jewelry artist….I would almost bet that anyone could come up with at least one use for these other than holding your beads on the wire.  I can think of one right now….as someone who paints, I can see using one to hold your photograph to your work area or easel.  They come in two sizes and several to a pack….see here  http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H203873BS  and  http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H203287BS  .  There is also a how-to video on the Fire Mountain website  http://www.firemountaingems.com/beading_howtos/beading_projects.asp?docid=9731  .   Watch this video, they tell you all about the different ways to use these tiny helpers.