April 26, 2010

Day After Show Thoughts and Extra Links

 I have returned from the Suburban Bead Encounter show.  We got in last night around midnight. I was hoping this was going to be a really great show, but it was not as profitable as I would have liked.  Dang it, too, because I liked the drive (not having to drive THROUGH Chicago was great) and the venue was nice, the vendors were great, it was a nice small show, and the promoters seemed awesome.  Just didn't get the traffic and sales.  Also, there were not very many artisan beadmakers, which was in some ways a good thing (less competition for that Art Bead dollar) but that often means that the buyers are newer to beading and are still focused on the basics, and not looking for high end supplies.  On the bright side, we had great people around us, had fun and relaxed, and made a few bucks.  And with all of the bead shows I have done this year not meeting my expectations, I am thinking that the economy is just so bad that it will still be a while to be able to make good money at shows in the area again.  With that in mind, I am actually debating signing up for the September show and giving it another chance.  *shrug*  I'll think about it a bit.

So at the show I spent some down time making a necklace for a customer that I have been meaning to do for a long time.  I also sketched out some ideas for classes.  Of course I did some shopping, mainly at Saki Silver... got some of their shibiuchi pieces, which are gorgeous!  

I did not manage to blog yesterday, so here are last week's Extra Links today:

 About.com Jewelry Making
It is flower power time! Mix resin, real flowers, and beads for this necklace design.

Art Bead Scene
Art beads don't have to be round, they can be toggles too!

Barbe Saint John
Barbe will be at Unique LA promoting the Steampunk Style book

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a copy of "Totally Twisted" that she's giving away! Come enter the contest now!

Carmi's Art/Life World
Stranded by the volcano, Carmi has time for a little more window shopping.

Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
For Cindy, yellow is the color of anticipation.

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie sets up a trunk show at her favorite local indie craft gallery. Check out her display!

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Resin has become quite popular in jewelry design lately. It's a lot trickier than Lorelei had originally thought. She tries out the technique for the first time.

Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Do not miss out on Andrew Thornton's amazing sale and giveaway! It is fantastic!!! Go now! Really fun!

Strands of Beads
Melissa creates a sweet Spring necklace from wasabi-colored pearls and a beautiful Lillypilly pendant courtesy of Artbeads.com

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Be entered to win a one year subscription to Beadwork magazine! Find out how!

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.


  1. I love the pic on top. Beauttiful design!!

  2. amazing necklace! Hope to get one like that...great job!