It's Bead Trends time again.

Bead Trends July 2012- 

It's hard to believe that a whole year has flown by since last July when I celebrated my big birthday and was the featured Designer Highlight, last July 2011. That experience changed my year as I prepared for that month. It was a thrill and I give a special thanks to Tatia and the staff at Bead Trends. They work hard to produce such a beautiful table top magazine.

Each month I design special pieces and feel honored to be a part of it all. 

 I would love a loser look at this necklace on the cover this month. It is beautiful. Congratulations to for the cover goes to Keirsten Giles, "Tuscan Springs". lunestudio.com Check out her blog. Beautiful!!

Swept by the Sea July 2012 Bead Trends 
This month my necklace is towards the front. So check it out on p. 24-25 "Swept by the Sea". I'll come back to the details a bit later.

This July the featured Designer Highlight is Shannon Chomanczuk. formysweetdaughter.etsy.com
I love the etched copper pieces by Shannon but I think favorite design is on p. 57 "With all my Love". Congratulations Shannon.

Some of my favorites and friends you won't want to miss-  

Melinda Orr has a special section in Jewel School on p. 68-73 were she shows us some tricks with riveting. This is a technique on my to get to soon list of skills. 

Marie Noel has two designs this month, p. 40-41 and 98-99

Denise Petersen  reinventedobjects.blogspot.com "Gothic Arch Inspired" a beautiful design on p. 90-91. Love this amazing focal with the pearls and sari ribbon.

 Staci L Smith "Ancient Fossil Treasures, p. 88-89, Karen Vincent "Dragonfly Waterfall" p. 108-109. Kristy Abner "Pretty Poppies p. 110, Kari Asbury "Grama Mary's Roses" p. 58-59, and Traci Zeller "Pink Lime Flair" p. 115.

Swept by the Sea July 2012

This month my necklace features a gorgeous stoneware focal by Lisa at Clayworks www.clayworksnh.etsy.com. I wanted a design that felt like it had been swept in from the sea so I handtied silk cording and Vintaj Chain. I added a couple polymer beads I made, Czech glass beads, beach stones, enameled starfish, patina sand dollar, and an interesting handmade polymer clasp by Claire at stillpointworks.etsy.com. This clasp was included in my wonderful package of goodies from the Bead Soup Blog Swap last fall. It really works with this design to complete the swept in look I was going for. This is a great summer boho necklace and it is available
 in my shop at https://www.etsy.com/listing/103433648/swept-by-the-sea-bohemian-hand-tied

It is getting harder to be sure not to miss anyone. Please pick up a copy so you can see it all. Thank you for stopping by. Please check out these designers and you can find my published designs in my special section in my Etsy shop. This is a popular section and many of my published designs sell soon after the magazine comes out. Please leave a message as I love to hear from you. 


  1. It was a great issue! So many amazing works of jewelry...I am in awe of the talent. Loved that clasp on your necklace, great composition, a stunner!

    1. Thanks Kristin, I just posted a couple extra shots of the back of the necklace on my Etsy listing. The clasp was just sitting there waiting for the right moment. Check out Claire's shop she has some interesting pieces.

  2. Thanks Cherrie! The necklace is gorgeous, and it's so exciting to see it published. I Love your designs, and the necklace couldn't be more perfect for the beach. Great colors and love the cord with the chain. The July issue of Bead Trends features so many great designers. Thanks for sharing the highlights.

    1. Thanks Lisa, I love your work and I am glad you like the design. I have another of your focals waiting for me:)