Beadwork Magazine: The Best in Beaded Jewelry Design
I can still remember what inspired me to create my first original beaded jewelry design. I was flipping through a book about antique jewelry, and one of the photographs caught my attention. It was an antique seed pearl necklace made up of three components that were linked together with strands of faceted glass beads from the late 1800s. It was such a beautiful beaded necklace, I just had to try to re-create it with seed beads! After a little bit of experimentation and a lot of broken beading needles, I finished my very first original beaded jewelry design — my Victorian Infinity Necklace.
At the urging of my mother and some friends, I submitted the project to Beadwork magazine for their consideration. I never, in a million years, dreamed that they would accept it for publication and pay me for it, as well! That was the beginning of my obsession with beaded jewelry design, and today, almost ten years later, I am the proud owner of dozens of sketchbooks where I jot down all my ideas for new beading projects and seed bead patterns.
There are infinite possibilities when it comes to beaded jewelry design. And for the best in artistic and technically challenging seed bead patterns, I don't think there's a better reference than Beadwork magazine. Check out this preview of three of my favorite beaded jewelry designs from the October/November issue of Beadwork magazine:
And don't forget about the Beadwork magazine 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead Competition! The last beaded bead pattern is in the October/November issue of Beadwork magazine, and entries are due October 26, 2012, so get those beading needles ready.
Do you love creativity and ingenuity in beaded jewelry design? Then you won't want to miss a single issue of Beadwork magazine. Each issue is full of incredible and challenging seed bead patterns from some of today's most talented seed bead artists. Whatever your favorite beading stitch, you're sure to find a new design to spark your creativity and get you beading. You'll also find great product reviews, profiles of emerging bead artists, and the latest and greatest beads and beading supplies.
If you're not already a subscriber, make sure you subscribe to Beadwork magazine today and get year-round inspiration for your own beaded jewelry designs.
What inspires your own beaded jewelry designs? Have you started designing your own beaded jewelry? Do you have a favorite technique or beading stitch? Leave a comment and share your thoughts on beaded jewelry design here on the blog!