The Plum Blossom Beaded Bead, made in China for centuries, was where this all began. When I had mastered the basic Plum Blossom, I started playing around with different Czech bead shapes and substituting those shapes where a round bead once would have been. What a wild and wonderful journey I have had with this bead. Using all types of bead shapes has opened up into a never ending creative adventure. Come join in the fun.
Every beaded bead in this bracelet is slightly different and you will learn how to make each variation in this in-depth tutorial . Each step is illustrated with accompanying instructions. Spend a little time learning the basic Plum Blossom beaded bead and soon you will be making each variation with ease. It all comes down to learning a little formula that you can switch out what type of bead you use in various location. It is endlessly creative.
I've always been an artist/maker. I've lived as a full time jewelry artist for the ...
I've always been an artist/maker. I've lived as a full time jewelry artist for the past nine years. The more successful jewelry pieces evolve into classes, beading kits, bead patterns, or magazine articles. I love sharing my knowledge about making jewelry, and have found teaching and writing to be a very rewarding part of my artist life. I do a little bit of everything; bead-weaves, wire-wraps and metalsmithing. This all comes together for an harmonious whole. I really believe having all of these skills is what gives my jewelry it's unique quality and I always encourage my students to learn as many techniques as possible. I have a lot going on; teaching, writing, supplying boutiques and galleries, an active web presence, bead shows, and art fairs. I have had twelve articles published in various national bead magazines, and have two jewelry pieces in the Lark Showcase 500, Beaded Jewelry that was out in August 2012.