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Beading Idol

Posted by The Bead Place on May 13, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (11)

Do you have what it takes to be the next Beading Idol? 


Abbi Berta of The Bead Place is hosting a jewelry design contest structured like the popular singing competition. Beading Idol will have a panel of celebrity judges who will decide who makes it to the next round!  Top designers will receive prize packages and the winner crowned "Beading Idol" will be awarded with a fabulous grand prize!


Our panel of celebrity judges includes:


Cynthia Deis (of Ornamentea)

Lois Venarchick (of Wynwoods Gallery & Studio and Diva Yarn)

Debra Saucier (Swarovski Ambassador, and of Crystal Clay and The Bead & Wire Shop)

Kellie Sutton (of Kellie's Bead Boutique)

Stephanie Harrell (of Bead Artistry)

Andrew Thornton (of Allegory Gallery)

Kieu Pham Gray (of The Urban Beader)

Kay Goss (of Stars Beads and Stars Clasps)


Our first challenge has started!  Here are the challenge rules:

Make a piece of jewelry inspired by a song you love.  You will be judged not only by symbolism, but also the overall design and aesthetics of your piece.  Be sure to be able to produce lyrics or a short description of the song's meaning if it has no lyrics.  E-mail a large high quality photo of your design (along with song title and lyrics/meaning) to abbi@beadplace.net by Thursday, August 15th.

By doing so, you agree to allow The Bead Place permission to use your name, location, and design photos as advertisements for the contest, future contests, and in galleries on our website, on Facebook, and other social media, etc.

After the first round has been judged, you will be notified via e-mail if you will move to the next round.  Please remember to "like" The Bead Place on Facebook to stay updated with the contest.  If you have a blog or are active on social media websites, feel free to talk about the contest, your pieces, and how much fun you're having!

Thanks so much!  Check back to this page to see  how the competition progresses!


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Congratulations to Linda Biermann and Melinda Orr!  They are the winners of the first round of Beading Idol!  The following are photos of their submissions with the song title and lyrics of their choice:

By Linda Biermann

I'm a King Bee by Slim Harpo

Well I'm a king bee, buzzing around your hive

Well I'm a king bee, buzzing around your hive

Well I can make honey baby, let me come inside

I'm young and able to buzz all night long

I'm young and able to buzz all night long

Well when you hear me buzzin' baby, some stinging is going on

(well... buzz a while... sting it then...)

Well I'm a king bee, want you to be my queen

Well I'm a king bee, want you to be my queen

Together we can make honey, the world ever never seen

Well I'm a king bee, can buzz all night long

Well I'm a king bee, can buzz all night long

Well I can buzz better baby, when your man is gone


Select judge comments about Linda's piece:

"Looks well made and well thought out." -Kieu Pham Gray

"Love the colors and how unique it looks.  Job well done!" -Kellie Sutton

"I like the combination of metal and the 3 dimensional aspects on this cuff, it really enhances the theme used. Great work." -Kay Goss



By Melinda Orr

Babylon by David Gray

"This design is from the term.."Let go your heart"...letting go of all you know to learn anew... It's how I feel when trying out new concepts in my designing. I also need music for my ideas to flow and am an avid Pandora listener while I work."

Friday night I'm going nowhere

All the lights are changing green to red

Turning over TV stations

Situations running through my head

Well looking back through time

You know it's clear that I've been blind

I've been a fool

To ever open up my heart

To all that jealousy, that bitterness, that ridicule

Saturday I'm running wild

And all the lights are changing red to green

Moving through the crowd I'm pushing

Chemicals all rushing through my bloodstream

Only wish that you were here

You know I'm seeing it so clear

I've been afraid

To tell you how I really feel

Admit to some of those bad mistakes I've made

If you want it

Come and get it

Crying out loud

The love that I was

Giving you was

Never in doubt

Let go your heart

Let go your head

And feel it now

Babylon, Babylon

Sunday all the lights of London

Shining , Sky is fading red to blue

I'm kicking through the Autumn leaves

And wondering where it is you might be going to

Turning back for home

You know I'm feeling so alone

I can't believe

Climbing on the stair

I turn around to see you smiling there

In front of me

If you want it

Come and get it

Crying out loud

The love that I was

Giving you was

Never in doubt

And feel it now

Let go your heart

Let go your head

And feel it now

Let go your heart

Let go your head

And feel it now

Let go your heart

Let go your head

And feel it now

Let go your heart

Let go your head

And feel it now

Babylon, Babylon, Babylon


Select judge comments about Melinda's piece:

"I enjoy the earthly elegance of this piece. It's got wonderful texture and rich patinas. The stylized hand and heart have an upbeat folksiness to them that embodies the song perfectly." -Andrew Thornton

"I like the earth tones and use of mixed media in this piece." -Kay Goss

"I'm with the masses on this one too! Love the colors and textures she used. I'd wear this myself!" -Kellie Sutton



Great job everyone!

Honorable mentions include: Jenni Swartz, Terri Velasco, Cathleen Wesemann, Jenn Spaeth, Cheryl Mikolaszuk, Carol Gavin, and CJ Kinney.  Thank you for your beautiful projects.

Linda and Melinda will have until Dec. 1st, 2013 to create a peice for the final round of Beading Idol.

Keep checking back to this page for updates!

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Free Workshop Instructions! Resolutions Morse Code Bracelet!

Posted by The Bead Place on January 31, 2013 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (1)


Morse Code Bracelet




Materials List:

Delica 11's

Size 3 Bugle Beads

Size 11 seed beads (rocailles)

4mm bicone crystals

20-30" Md. Soft Flex

2 3mm faceted hex beads

2 crimp beads

1 snap clasp

Bead Stopper


Legend:

Dots: Delica 11's

Dashes: Size 3 Bugles

Spaces between letters: Size 11 seed beads (rocailles)

Spaces between words: 4mm bicones


Directions

  1. Figure out a message that you'd like to write in Morse Code!
  2. Decide whether you'd like a double wrap or a triple wrap bracelet.  Use 20" of Soft Flex for a double and 30" for a triple.  Clamp a bead stopper on one end.
  3. String one 11 seed bead, one 4mm bicone, then one 11 seed bead.
  4. Begin your message referring to the legend and code above.  Example: The word "the" should be spelled like this: bugle bead, size 11 seed bead, delica, delica, delica, delica, size 11 seed bead, delica.  
  5. After each letter, make sure to place one size 11 seed bead to separate each character.
  6. When finished with a word, separate the word with a 4mm bicone.  (Personally, I like to surround each bicone with an 11 seed bead.)
  7. When your message is complete, fill each side with size 11 seed beads until your message lays around your wrist the way you'd like.
  8. To one side, string a hex bead (which will act as our large hole bead for tucking wire), a crimp bead, and one side of your snap clasp.  Take the wire back through the crimp bead and crimp.  Trim the tail end so that it just barely tucks down inside of the hex bead. 
  9. Tighten and remove any slack from the bracelet.  Make sure you don't make the bracelet so tight that it doesn't bend around your wrist.  Make sure the bracelet fits appropriately one last time, then repeat step 8 on the unfinished side.
  10. Wear proudly and make more!


Project, instructions, and images are by Abbi Berta and are property of The Bead Place, www.beadplace.net.  They are for personal use only.  Please do not copy, re-use, or teach without written permission of the author.

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