The inspiration for my dogwood pendants came from an object, rather than an idea. My aunt Rosanne and I were making bead molds from objects one summer and we raided my grandmother's spoon collection. I love each one of these as they remind me of that visit home and my grandmother. And in case you couldn't tell, my grandmother is completely precious to me and I always miss her! I'm looking forward to visiting her again soon during my summer vacation.
Here is the Bead Buzz - a round up of this week's best bead inspired links:
A Bead A Day
Looking to make some super-sized jewelry just perfect for a princess? Lisa uses large blueberry briolettes and a swarovski mix to create just that!
About.com Jewelry Making
Tammy ask in this quick poll about how you use social networking to promote you and/or your jewelry business.
Art Bead Scene
ABS is here to help you with your business. Check out Zazzle to customize your earring cards for your jewelry business.
Barbe Saint John - New Jewelry from Forgotten Artifacts
Book Review: Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet
How many people out there are participating in the Bead Journal Project this year?
Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi's button maker is the reason for this new vintage image necklace.
Cindy Gimbrone aka Lampwork Diva
This week's Wednesday Wire is a free tutorial, "Matchin' by Wrappin'."
Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Learn about the Raku firing process and see the results of Melanie's new Raku adventures!
Heather shares some time management tips for creatives.
Jean reviews Kate McKinnon's wonderful new addition, Sculptural Metal Clay.
Snap Out of It, Jean! There's Beading to be Done!
Jean is delighted to review Totally Twisted by Kerry Bogert! You will LOVE this book which focuses on wire and art beads!
Strands of Beads
Melissa discusses the process of reworking a weak necklace design - the revised version of which now appears on the cover of The Best of Step by Step Beads.
The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Like Czech glass? Andrew hosts a giveaway courtesy of Raven's Journey. Find out how you can win these luminous beads!