Reader Photo Gallery Giveaway, Week 2: Show Us Your Best Beaded Beads!
This year, we've been treated to a whole series of great beaded bead projects in each issue of Beadwork magazine as part of their 15th Anniversary Celebration, so I thought it would be fun for the second week of our Reader Photo Gallery Giveaway if we all showed off our best and favorite beaded beads!
Each week for the next five weeks, I'll be posting a blog on Saturday morning with a theme for that week. You have until the following Saturday to post a picture in the Reader Photo Gallery of a piece of beaded jewelry or a bead craft that falls into the category for that week. During the week, I'll pick five beautiful beaded creations to feature on Beading Daily's Facebook page, and one lucky featured artist will win a prize! (Please note: We can only ship prizes to U.S. addresses and addresses in Canada excluding Quebec. No international entries at this time, please!)
What's So Special About Beaded Beads?
After being a complete bead addict for all these years, I still can't quite figure out why I love beaded beads.There's something very Zen-like about the idea of of a bead that's made out of other beads! Some of my favorite bead artists like Marcia DeCoster and Carol Dean Sharpe have created beautiful, innovative, and creative beaded beads.
I made my first set of beaded beads to complement two sets of beads a friend got for me on a trip to Alaska. I covered a set of wood beads with peyote stitch using a mix of cylinder beads in shades of green to accent the two different colors of green in the focal beads.
But more than just making pretty beads, when you learn how to make beaded beads, you're learning about the structure and form of beadwork. For many of us, making beaded beads was our first (and sometimes, only!) step into the world of three-dimensional or sculptural beadwork.
Have you made any beaded beads that you're particularly proud of?
How to Enter our Reader Photo Gallery Giveaway
Take a picture of your best beaded beads, or beaded jewelry made with beaded beads.
Next, make sure that the picture is saved on your computer and is no larger than 6MB. Go to your account and log in. Under the tab 'Galleries' click on 'Reader Photo Gallery.' Select the Thumbnail option. Then with the Upload File selected, search your computer for the picture and then click Save. Be sure to fill out all of the fields in that window and click Save when you are finished.
Make sure you tag your photograph with at least two tags: the first should be "beaded bead". Any other tags should be descriptive of the piece, like "beaded necklace" or "beaded handbag". This will let us be able to find your photographs easily in the Reader Photo Gallery!
Next, make sure you "Like" Beading Daily on Facebook. Every weekday, we'll share a photo from our Reader Photo Gallery on Facebook. If it's your photo, you'll be entered to win a weekly prize!
This week's prize is a copy of Handfelted Jewelry and Beads by Carol Cypher. Carol is also the author of one of my all-time favorite bead-weaving resources, Mastering Beadwork. If you've ever admired the look of hand felted beads and jewelry, this is a fantastic resource, full of beautifully illustrated techniques for both the beginner and more advanced fiber artist. You'll be able to add a little bit of color and texture to your beading projects with Handfelted Jewelry and Beads!
If you need some help with your photographs, we've got some resources here to get you started:
- Successful Etsy Sellers Share Their Beadwork Photography Tips
- How to Choose the Right Digital Camera for You (with links to photography tips on About.com)
- Free download: 3 Simple Steps to Better Beadwork Photos
Have fun! Stay tuned to Facebook to see if you're one of our featured artists during the week, and check back next Saturday to find out the theme of next week's giveaway!
P.S. If you want to try your hand at covering some wooden beads with peyote stitch, I've got a free tutorial posted from a past Beading Daily newsletter! Have fun!