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My latest work is a necklace I created for Beadaholique’s “Green!” beading contest. “Spring Celebration” features bead embroidered Malachite and Carnelian cabochons, adorned with a variety of seed beads and Swarovski crystals and finished off with a fringe. A tiny cluster of Czech glass flowers nestle on one side of the focal stone and glass leaves hang from the fringe.
Spring Celebration Bead Embroidered Necklace
I’m very happy that my necklace was chosen as one of the finalists. Voting is open until the 16th April so please head on over to Beadaholique’s Facebook page and “Like” my photo in their album.
One US and one International finalist will each win a $50 gift certificate and it’s all up to you as the winners will be decided by public vote according to the number of “Likes” on the photos.
I entered Beadaholique‘s “Ocean Treasures” Beading Challenge with my Beadwoven Starfish and Seaglass Earrings and was chosen as a finalist!
In my design I wanted to highlight the seaglass pendant beads I had bought from Beadaholique and wanted my entry to be simple enough for anyone with basic beadweaving knowledge to make themselves.
The starfish are beadwoven in herringbone, also called Ndebele, stitch using Fireline and round seed beads in sizes 8/0 and 11/0 and incorporate a wire guard for easy connection to the kidney earwires. The Seaglass Pendants are attached to a very short length of chain to allow them to hang just below the starfish.
Voting is open till the 14th August. One US finalist and one International finalist can each win a $100 gift voucher from Beadaholique. The photo with the most “Likes” wins!
If you like my earrings please click here and “Like” my pic!
I recently learnt about a beading contest organised by bead artist Zoya Gutina. The whole idea of the contest is to create something using one of the colour combinations below, picked from the Pantone Color Institute’s Fashion Color Report for Spring 2013.
Entries could be made for one of three categories:
Seed Bead Jewelry. Entries include jewelry and jewelry-related objects. Each entry must be not less than 50 percent seed beads.
Finished Jewelry. Each entry must be less than 50 percent seed beads; and other materials such as, but not limited to, glass beads, crystals, semi-precious stones, wire, metal clay, found objects, etc.
Seed Bead Objects. Entries include any not jewelry-related objects, accessories and sculptural objects. Each entry must be not less than 50 percent seed beads.
I had been slightly out of touch with the beading world for a few months so I learnt about this contest with barely three weeks till the closing date. Not put off by the fact that I would have to rely on my existing bead stash to create something, I sifted through my supplies and was lucky to find the beads I needed in just the perfect shades to make a necklace using the third combination, African Violet, Tender Shoots and Lemon Zest!
Here’s a tiny sneak peek of my entry:
All entries had to be submitted by 15th June, and the finalists are to be announced at some time TODAY! Waiting impatiently to find out if my entry has been selected to be one of the finalists. It’s a tough competition with so many wonderful entries to choose from!
Last week I entered Beadaholique’s Contest to Win A Lifetime Artfire Pro eCommerce Store.
I love ArtFire to bits, so the chance to win a free-for-life store was brilliant!
There wasn’t enough time for me to order new supplies all the way from the US, but luckily I am already a Beadaholique customer and already had some of their supplies in hand. I decided to make a simple design that best highlighted the materials used and sent off my entry.
So much happening on ArtFire this week! There was a huge buzz with the news that ArtFire will be exiting Beta very soon and to celebrate they are offering a limited number of people the chance to lock in a never-before-seen monthly rate of just $5.95.
This is a great opportunity to have a PRO account and benefit from really great seller tools whilst being found by millions of shoppers through ArtFire’s unique vision of pushing its members’ items out to where the shoppers are. When you list an item in your studio, it is loaded into Google Shopping and TheFind, the top shopping engines worldwide. All this for the truly small sum of approximately US$0.20 per day. That is all you’ll need to pay because on ArtFire there are no listing fees and no transaction fees!
Get in on the deal now, risk free. Existing members are getting the first chance at this deal, so if you’re not already a seller on ArtFire, you should first register here. You can open a Basic shop for free and will only pay the new low PRO monthly fee once this deal is activated. There is a minimum threshold of 20,000 members required to opt in before this deal comes into effect. If this minimum number is not reached, everything remains as it is and all PRO members will continue paying their current monthly rate, while all current Basic shops will remain free.
To top it all off I’ve just read on the Chatterbox Forums that ArtFire is giving away 5 iPads, one each day of the week starting from Monday 20th September. Opt-in to the Group Deal and you’re automatically entered each day for a chance to win an iPad! Woweeee!!!
More exciting news this week is the preview of the revamped Front Page to be launched very soon. I’m looking forward to this!
And one last announcement; on a personal note I’m happy to have become an ArtFire Maven, which means that I’m in a team that gets special access to information and is involved in the early planning stages of new features. Mavens are often asked to test new tools/features and give feedback before they’re taken live for the entire community so it’s the perfect playground!
That’s it from ArtFire for today. See my previous Fiery Fridays posts for more news on my ArtFire experience.