Studio Musings

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Time to Share the Love - of Art Beads!

Dithering.  That's what I've found myself doing this week.  In my spare moments I'd pull out the tray displaying the Art Bead Love chain and look through all the beads.  Every time I looked, I found something new I hadn't seen before.  And each time my decisions as to what to take and what to add changed.  

How to choose?  That became the question of the week.  Followed immediately by what to add?  There were no samples of seed beading on the chain, so I felt honor bound to uphold our collective Seedbeaders' honor and add some beaded beads.  But I didn't want to overwhelm the chain, either.  I tried to figure out how to turn my flowers into beads that non-seedbeaders could easily use (the key here being easily) and my brain just wasn't functioning sufficiently this week, so no go there.

What did I decide upon?

 Here's what I ended up taking:

Taken from the Art Bead chain

Just added to my stash! 
Clockwise from top:  two gorgeous polymer clay pendants by Moobie Grace, glass swirl disks by Heather at HMB Studios,  a couple of lampworked focals that spoke to me, including Pam Ferrari's lampworked bead that reminds me of poppies and two little green sugar beads by Sue of Suebeads, a porcelain leaf by UniqueButtons, and in the photo above, a little bronze acorn by (I think) Kelli Pope.

I spent a fair bit of time looking through posts from the previous chain holders to track down the origins of these different beads, and updated all of the links below so that they lead directly to the Art Bead Tour posts on each blog so you can more easily track its progression.

And here's what I added:

I included my most recent my Corset bead, playing with fall color schemes, and several smaller beaded beads.  The small orange beaded bead at right is supposed to be a pumpkin.  What do you think?  Up top are two of my very own lampworked disks and top right is a paper clay bead I made with a copper tube rivet for the bead hole.  And left and right there are two lampworked beads by JulsBeads to round things out.

two beads by JulsBeads

Soon, it may be your turn for a visit, because it's time to find the next stop on the tour.   I will be doing a drawing this coming Friday, September 21st.  So leave a comment here and spread the word on FB, your blog, twitter and friends.

To recap:
 The Art Bead Love Tour is an ongoing project to spread the love of handmade to new and exciting places.  It's a way to reach people who may have never stumbled upon your blog on their own, and give them a chance to share the love of handmade.  A chain was chosen to link beads as a symbol of how this project links us all together ~ in our unity to stand behind handmade.
The winner of the chain will be allowed to take up to 30 beads from this chain. They will then replace each bead they took with another handmade bead, charm or pendant of equal Quality.
(SO  Remember-----You're NOT winning the ENTIRE CHAIN---Just a chance to take some beads from it.)

I know there's a lot to read, but it's really important!!!
It is so important that the quality of the beads be maintained, so we can keep the Art Bead Love Tour alive.  We want to share consistent quality with the next winner.  If you make your own handmade beads or components, it's a great way to get your beads into the world for people to try them out, or, if you hoard collect art beads it's a great way to share your collection and get some new additions as well.
(Art Beads should be handmade by an artist, and not mass produced, such as Hill Tribe Silver beads or others like them.)
Remember, the focus is on creating handmade with handmade and beads/components taken should be replaced with beads/components that are made by an indivdual artist not an organization.
Here's where the chain has been:
Your name here            

Here's how it works:
(Please read the entire post before entering.)
1. The winner of the chain will be allowed to take up to 30 beads from this chain.  They will then replace each bead they took with another handmade bead, charm or pendant of equal quality.
2. The winner will post pictures of what was taken and what was added, in order to keep an account of the chain's progress and to keep our followers drooling.  Please be sure to give credit to the bead artists as well (if you know them). 
3. The winner will then have a giveaway, just like this one,to keep passing the chain on and on.  Rules can be copied and pasted from here.
4. When you repost your giveaway (remember you can copy and paste from here)-a list should be added to show where the chain has gone, with links to each previous blog.Ultimately, this will end up a very long list!
5. Chain must be shipped to its new home via Priority Small Flat Rate box with delivery confirmation. Please package it carefully.
6. There will be a button on the Love My Art Jewelry website that links to the current blog and giveaway-so if you have the chain, it will link to your blog, that way our followers can have another chance to win it.
7. You MUST exchange your beads and have your giveaway completed within two weeks of receiving the chain.
(Please, please, please, if you can not adhere to the above rules, do not enter the giveaway at this time.  It will go on and on and you can always enter at a later date.) There will be a button on the side bar of our blog so that you can track where the chain currently is.
Here's How to Enter:
1. You must have an active blog to enter.
2.  Leave a comment below (make sure your email is linked to your blog or leave it in the comment.  Entries without emails will not qualify)
3. Share on Facebook, Twitter or your blog for extra chances to win. Leave a comment for each way you share, with a link if possible.
4. Winner will pay shipping and will be billed through Paypal-small priority flat rate box with delivery confirmation, $6.00.
5. Open only to our readers in the United States-due to problems with tracking and shipping overseas (sorry).

I will draw a winner on Friday, September 21st. 


  1. So happy to see your post today! Please include me in the tour. I will post this on FB also.

  2. JUst posted on SRAJD on FB:!/groups/SRAJD/

  3. And also on my own FB page:!/DevineDesignsJewelry

  4. I am sooooo tempted but I think I need to pass. I would be overwhelmed with both sides of the choosing- what to take and what to give.

    Have fun to the next winner.

  5. Ok, I've watched this beauty make it's way around the world, and have always said to myself, nope, not for me, I could never contribute something to it. You and recent events have changed my mind, so I am tossing my name in the pot! Thank you for all your wonderful inspiration, my friend!

    1. Shirley - you definitely have wonderful things to contribute!

      Though I have to credit Pam with reminding me to consider adding beaded beads myself. Thanks Pam! :)

  6. shared on fb

  7. I love your pumpkin ARt bead! Wasn't this fun?

  8. Shared on my blog:

  9. Shared on FB:

  10. Shared on Twitter @MomLovesJazz

  11. I would love to have a chance to fondle that chain!! lol! My email is off to post to FB!

  12. Posted on my personal FB page!! :)

  13. I would LOVE to get a chance at that chain:)

  14. Just posted to FB

  15. would love to win...I may not make handmade beads but I can create designs of beads and have other handmade beads in my stash!

  16. shared on my blog.

  17. I thought I had lost the chain! Glad to find it again and throw my hat in the ring one more time :)

  18. Oh, please count me in! My email is

  19. I just blogged about the giveaway! Maybe you'll get some new readers. Maybe I'll get another chance to win?
    My blog post:

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