August 17, 2010

Stringing Magazine Blog Carnival and Giveaway!

 Welcome to the Blog Carnival to celebrate the fall issue of Stringing Magazine!  I have written projects for Stringing for a number of years and am very excited about this new issue because it shows off their new look!  The projects are even more beautifully photographed and larger and the layout really compliments all the unique jewelry.  Nice job!

I designed and wrote the project above called Clockwork Scarab.  I was inspired by the beetle component from Vintaj brass and wanted to blend them with my own Clockwork Scarab cabochon. I wanted to create something that had an Egyptian and Art Deco feel mixed with a little steampunk, so I used a deep brown green glaze and brass to make a subtle collar effect.  I used some of the Vintaj brass in interesting ways, so this was a really challenging design to create, and I was pleased to share it with Stringing.
 And now about the Blog Carnival Giveaway...The full rules for the drawing are on Michelle Mach's blog: www.michellemach.com/blog/.  We've got 3 great prizes: a copy of the fall issue of Stringing magazine, a handmade porcelain pendant and coordinating beads by Gaea, and a small goodie pack of filigree, gemstones & other findings from Rings & Things.  Leave one comment on one or more of the blogs below and you will be entered into the random drawing. Each comment on a different designer's page is another chance to win.  (Multiple comments on a single designer's page counts only as one chance to win.)  Giveaway closes on the 23rd and winners will be announced the 24th.  Good Luck!
Kristy Abner
Kelly Angeley
Marianne Baxter
Ruby Bayan
Carrie Beckwith
Melanie Brooks
Gaea Cannaday
Lorelei Eurto
Amy Haftkowycz
Beth Hemmila
Tari Kahrs
Stephanie LaRosa
Michelle Mach
Denise Yezbak Moore
Kelly Morgan
Sharon Palac
Anne Perry
Lisa Petrillo
Erin Prais-Hintz
Molly Schaller
Erin Strother
Heather Trudeau
Jennifer Judd Velasquez 
Jennifer Zeiger

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.

40 comments:

  1. This was one of my favorites in the magazine. Well Done

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  2. I love how you used those cones. I am forever opening them up (as I don't ever use anything as it was intended to be!) but I never thought of using them that way. I will now!
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration, Melanie!
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  3. I really do love how they photgraphed your necklace, which is another great piece! I don't do much stringing-type work, but I love seeing the talent you guys have and the pieces you come up with!

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  4. I love this it is sooo pretty and as always so perfectly put together!

    Hugs

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  5. Your necklace came out great! I think it screams FALL!

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  6. Congratulations on this Blog Carnival and more press for your fabulous work! GO YOU!!
    The photo is wonderful and does justice to the subject...which is quite a feat!
    :)

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  7. Absolutely STUNNING!! Great work!!!

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  8. I love your beads. Fairy Face Bead is lovely. And I really love your Detroit Skyline Ceramic Necklace: I am fascinated by any urban designs! thanks
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  9. This necklace is just fabulous! I love love love your ceramic beads and the glazes are so perfect! It is really a mesmerizing piece. Love the scarabs:)

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  10. Wow. That's all I can think of. I love insects and I love clockwork, and that necklace is just about perfect.

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  11. Beautiful! The shapes all flow together so lovely!

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  12. I've been a fan for a little while now, just never checked out your blog! Love your necklace design, and your beads you make.

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  13. I have one of those Vintaj beetles. I have yet to think of a design to use it in, your necklace has inspired me to take it out of the "stash" and look at it in a different light. Your piece is awesome. swopemelmel@aol.com

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  14. this piece is awesome! what gorgeous colors and textures. Typically, I don't like bugs, but I'd totally wear those bad boys around my neck!
    Erin S

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  15. Gorgeous piece Melanie! I always know when I see one of your designs, they have a clear signature :)

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  16. This is one of my favorite designs in the magazine, Melanie!

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  17. Cool necklace! (That says it all doesn't it?)

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  18. Your artwork never ceases to amaze me!

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  19. Wow, so amazing. I just want to touch your necklace. It really gives off a sense of calm. Congratulations! Love your work!

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  20. Your peice has such a great combination of shapes and textures...I love it!

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  21. I was surprised I liked this so much because i am not a scarab person.

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  22. This is a beautiful very timeless piece.
    So very Lovely!

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  23. You always make the best focal pendants. I so enjoy looking at your work and creativity. Congrats on another great piece.

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  24. I am jealous that you have such beautiful handmade components at your disposable at all times! Your beads are so wonderful and I love how you've combined them with Vintaj. A match made in bead heaven. :)

    Thanks for joining the Stringing blog carnival (and have a wonderful time at Bead Fest)!

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  25. The magazine looks wonderful, and I love how you used the filigree.

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  26. Very creative indeed! Awesome work!

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  27. I love your piece! It brings back warm memories of our trip to Egypt this past summer!

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  28. I love the combination of Egyptian, Steampunk, and Art Deco. Who would have thought they would work so well together? Well, I guess you did......

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  29. This necklace is amazing...I love it and the Scarabs!!!!

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  30. I have a necklace with Egyptian scarabs sitting on my design board right now. I've always been drawn to scarabs and I love the colors in your piece.

    itmelodie@yahoo.com

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  31. i saw this in 'Stringing' and thought it was great. really like that you used scarabs.

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  32. Love the scarabs! Beautiful!

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  33. Great necklace! I love the scarab beads and the filigree.

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  34. It's so very interesting!! Thanks for sharing it, I would have never thought of combining these elements so cohesively!!

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  35. The metal and ceramics look great together. Their textures play on the theme.

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  36. That necklace would be so perfect for ritual garb as I tend to lean towards Egyptian.

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