July 25, 2010

Auntie's Beads and Extra Links

 This past week I received a shipment of really great lampwork glass beads from my friends at Auntie's Beads!  They have a new blogger program so I will be showcasing some of the beads they send me and will start incorporating them in some of my designs.  The first shipment contained a variety of lampwork glass beads*. Above are Lampwork Oval Pendants, Black with Gold Foil and Lampwork Coin Beads, Black with Khaki and Gold Foil.   I like the coin beads the best from the whole assortment!  The shape feels very nice to the touch and I like the black with the earthy khaki and the little bit of gold.  I think these would work really well with my ceramics.  The black and gold ovals are very elegant as well.
The next set of beads are these Lampwork Rondelle Beads, Black with White Swirls and Dots and Lampwork Discs, Black with Beige Bumpy Dots Bead.  Both are nicely made and inexpensive beads with nice details.  The swirly rondelles are quite adorable, not a true black but more of a transparent dark gray with wonderful little scrolls and dots.  The bumpy discs have these really neat geometrically placed bumps that have a depth to them like looking into a little world.  I am eager to use both of these in some new designs!

And now I have this week's Extra Links for you:

A Bead A Day
If you enjoy recycling, Lisa shared a bracelet idea using an "old" canvas belt. 

About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy catches you up on some of her latest free jewelry tutorials.   

Art Bead Scene
It's the Art Bead Scene Monthly Carnival Blog. This month's theme is "Commitment." 

Beading Arts
You won't believe the goodies that Mama's Minerals in giving away on Beading Arts this week!  

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi has completed the necklace featuring her "found again" bezel! 

Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva
Mad for Monday features Cindy's new Step by Step Wire Jewelry Double Dip Adjustable Ring Project.   

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
A shopping spree at an antique mall grants Melanie with some new old treasures! What will she make with these little bits of history?  

Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio
Lorelei's blog ended up on the Wikio.com Craft category, check out the others!  

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean made some summer fun earrings for Artbeads and they are soooo pretty! Go see! 

Strands of Beads
Melissa has finally hung out her shingle and opened a modest store-front on her website.  

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Up for grabs in this week's Thursday Giveaway is an organic, lampwork glass bead by Susan Jones Designs.

*FTC compliance disclosure: the '*' items mentioned in this post credited to Auntie's Beads were provided as a promotional gift for review or design purposes.

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.

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