First things first, the Silver Parrot is the winner of last week's funny caption contest. We had some computer issues for the last few days, so sorry this is a little late. Silver Parrot please email me your mailing address, I have a crazy squirrel who wants to come visit you.
And hey, why not do it again? The Rings & Things Russ Troll bead is back this week. He's made his way to the top of a polymer clay scrap heap in the studio this week. What would he say once he made it to the top? Leave a funny caption in the comments and I have Knobby Urchin bead to send to one lucky winner who will be randomly drawn next Wednesday.
And for a little mid-week inspiration here are the top picks from the bead-o-sphere:
A Bead A DayLisa shares her selection of summery pink beads and crystals. The "Watermelon Crawl" bead mix is sure to conjure up visions of a family picnic on a warm summer day!
About.com Jewelry MakingTake these quick polls about wearing and making jewelry. Which are your favorite pieces?
Art Bead Scene The Trendy Bead shows off wood filigree pendants.
Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten ArtifactsRead Barbe's interview on the Objects and Elements blog.
Beading Arts Cyndi's initial thoughts on working with the new CopprClay. There'll be lots of projects coming this summer!
Carmi's Art/Life WorldCarmi hand felts a pretty bead from wool roving.
Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork DivaA trip to glass city doesn't go as well as planned. Yet Cindy finds inspiration and few new tools!
Earthenwood Studio ChroniclesMelanie mixes up gunmetal chains and components with brass to make a necklace with one of her Toolbox Treasure pendants
Humblebeads Heather sketches out some new designs using this summer's hottest color.
Jean Campbell Ink: Eureka! Beading in the fresh air clears the mind, bringing fresh creativity.
Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio Searching for some new inspiration? Lorelei's got just the place for you to find it!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean reviews Wirework, a new book by the famous Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
Strands of Beads Melissa shows off her new lunar phases and compass rose designs
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
While traveling in Florida, Andrew shares a new variation on a favorite skull bracelet.