November 12, 2009

Under Lock and Key

I am fortunate enough to have three of my jewelry designs featured in the new book Chain Style by Jane Dickerson. I recently got my copy in the mail and I am really impressed with it! It shows so many different ways to work in chain, interpreted by several different designers. The projects are detailed and rich looking, but none of them are overly complicated. It is a great source of inspiration for those who are new to beading, as well as seasoned beaders. I can tell by looking at the projects, having worked in chain for many, many years, that Dickerson did a great job of finding the designs that fit her aesthetic for the book, with designs that pushed simple chain and beading techniques to the limits! It is a visual treat and an inspiring look at the great creativity that can be found in the seemingly simple idea of chain.
For many years, I have hoarded the pieces that I have had published in magazines and books. I liked to keep them for when I have a bead show, so I could make a nice display of finished work to give my beading customers ideas about what to do with my beads, and to show off my recent press. It sort of just became a self imposed "rule" that I keep it all, and I have had the good fortune to have had a lot of pieces published over the years, so at this point, I have a huge collection of finished jewelry pieces hanging around the studio. I have decided to start letting them go, so I started with posting this one, Under Lock and Key, in the Earthenwood Galleria on Etsy. I figured the holidays would be a good time to offer finished jewelry, so I intend to fill up the shop, slowly but surely...


  1. Ack! I love it! Anything with a key and I am smitten. And I have the same feeling as you do about things in print....but I had to let that go. One of the pieces that I created for the Bead Trends March 09 designer highlight I finally let out into the world. And it was snatched right up at a hefty price tag! I feel honored to have that person (who is a fan) wear it. I think that you should put these beauties out into the world...and if I can find an extra bit of cash on hand before it sells, you can bet that it will be living with me! Love it!
    Enjoy the day!

  2. Awesome piece! Letting go of the special pieces you've made for publications would be difficult, I'm sure. But you'll have lots of proud owners (and great advertising since I'm guessing they'll be touting the meany reasons it is a special piece).

    I've got to get that book--hopefully for Christmas!

  3. There, There, I know it's hard, but I'm sure they will go to good homes.
    Your designs in the book are incredible!