June 30, 2011

Earthenwood Design Team Update

Wow, June sure has flown by quickly here! Of course, doing a huge trade show at the beginning of the month really distorts my schedule.  So here we are, the last day of the month, and I never announced what the Design Team bead of the month is! This is a new design, which I debuted at Bead & Button.  They are called Fable Pebbles and I have two designs, a horseshoe and a feather.  The horseshoe had the word "Lucky" stamped on the back and the feather says "Fly Away".  I think they are fun pieces with neat symbolism that are the perfect way to tell a story in a piece of jewelry.

Erin Siegel caught on right away to the storytelling potential of the lucky horseshoe that I sent her and created this wonderful Lucky Talisman necklace. I love the knotwork and the silvery beads with the asymmetrical charms on the side and the little pops of color. She said she wanted to make a piece she could wear with anything that had subtle symbolism that was special for her. Read more about the necklace and the symbolism she discovered about the pieces she used over on Erin's blog.

Lorelei Eurto's jewelry always has a subtle aspect of storytelling to me, and this piece is another great example.  All the components seem to be so effortlessly combined, yet each one is so special and is a perfect compliment to the other pieces. Lorelei used a pale flesh Fly Away pebble with the feather design, which works very well with the other artisan beads she has chosen, like the twig and bird beads.  Lorelei's blog is one of my favorite daily reads... check it out to see what other stories she is telling!

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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