Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 2016 'Rainbow' Challenge Results

Congratulations to the 1st place of the team vote, Ann of Francescas Fancy, and 1st place winner of the public vote Daiva of Daidija.


Rainbow of Flowers Necklace – FrancescasFancy – 10 votes (16.4%)

Glass Rainbow Necklace – Svetush – 9 votes (14.8%)
Rainbow and Gold Sun Cuff Bracelet - beadn4fun – 6 votes (9.8%)
Bead Crochet Necklace with Geometric Pattern – Daidija – 220 votes (37.8%)
Glass Rainbow Necklace– Svetush – 211 votes (36.3%)
Rainbow Garden Floral Cuff – OfYourLove – 24 votes (4.1%)

Well done to the winners and all who participated and thanks to everyone who voted!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

August 2016 Challenge "Rainbows"

Voting ends at Midnight EDST Monday, August 15
 Thanks once again to Shine for our August Challenge theme. She says: “There was a massive storm here last week and as it moved east there was the most incredible bright set of double rainbows stretching the full arc from one side of the horizon to the other! Designs should have every color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.”

1. Bead Crochet Necklace with Geometric Pattern - Daidija

2. Rainbow and Gold Sun Cuff Bracelet - beadn4fun

3. Day and Night - SamohtaC

4. Infinity Dancing Rainbow - STARARTjewelry

5. Rainbow Maker - kiwiscomet

6. Golden Treasure at the End of the Rainbow - BestofBetsDesigns

7. Spectrum - LeelaBeads

8. Romantic Gift Colors of the Rainbow - SpringColors

9. Rainbows - tattooedraven

10. Moonbow - BlissWorksStudio

11. Rainbow Garden Floral Cuff - OfYourLove

12. Rainbow of Flowers Necklace - FrancescasFancy

13. Rainbow Bridge Bracelet - scarboro

14. Rainbow Butterfly with Prism - WizardIslandDesigns

15. Rainbow Pendant  - MaryTDesigns

16. Glass Rainbow Necklace - Svetush

17. Multi-colored Necklace - MsBusyHands

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

July Challenge Winner Interview: Svetoslava Todorova- LuckyDesignCrafts

Svetoslava Todorova is the winner of the July Challenge 'Mystical, Mythical and Magical Creatures'. We asked her to tell us a bit about herself.

See all the beautiful original submissions!

Check out Svetoslava's Shop

First of all I would like to express my gratitude to all Team members for being so kind with me and to beg for forgiveness - English is not my native and if there is something unusual, please be lenient.
I've been born in ancient town Plovdiv - the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe.
Plovdiv is a beautiful small town in central Bulgaria. Its unusual very eventful history has left many valuable architectural monuments - Ancient Theatre, Roman Stadium, the Renaissance complex "Old Town" etc.

I love my hometown and where do I lived in the world, I always go back with love and warm memories of this little romantic place under the sun - home to many artists, musicians, writers ...
Now I'm living in London with my beloved family.
I finished my education with two master's degrees - Master of Music in Pedagogy and Performance - Classical piano.

Although I no longer practice my profession as a musician, for me the classical music will remain forever a fundamental and very important part of my life. I can't do anything without music - whether working or resting, there is always music. Very often through music I manage to visualize my ideas.

Long, long ago, as a child in the home of my grandmother I found an antique beaded bracelet, belonged to one of my ancestors. The bracelet was in poor condition and my grandmother told me that was made sometime in the 18th century. That was my first encounter with beads. But it all started decades later.

One day, three years ago, surfing the net, I came across a very beautiful necklace of beads. The author was Albena Petkova. Now I know that it is one of the most prominent masters, but then for me it was a miracle. So I started to follow the work of the beadweaving artists .
Actually I started working with beads at the beginning of this year. The start, of course was hard - did not know and could not anything. But it was so interesting and curious how a pile of beads can be obtained such amazing things. That is all. My curiosity turned into love, love has become a passion.
For me, as for every artist the greatest challenge is his latest work. I am a huge lover of Fine art. Currently I try to reproduce series of necklaces, borrowed from the paintings of Renaissance artists.
The challenge here is that a different material must achieve a similar effect. The exceptional skill of old masters in working with shade and their approach to detail for me has always been something special and difficult, because the paint must be replaced with beads.
The are three artists with very special part in my heart: Albena Petkova, Joanne Zammit and Nadia Gerber. Three different artists, three different styles, emotions, approaches to the material.
Lately I'm trying to build my own online shop:, but it is not finished yet.

Warm hugs to all


Thursday, July 28, 2016

September 2016 Challenge: “Our Wonderful World”

A great theme for September chosen by Svetoslava Todorova from LuckyDesignCrafts:
"Our wonderful world" - all that surround us, inspires us and make us feel the unique beauty of the Planet. I wish to all members of the Team, inspiration and creativity."
This is a very vast Challenge that will surely inspire many of our members in different ways. Your inspiration could be a place, a season (or all four!), scenery, life on land or sea, etc. Please include details in your listing.

Remember to have your entry listed in your Etsy shop by September 5, 2016 23:59 EST and include EBWC in the title and tags of your entry.
Kindly refer to the Challenge Rules for details on what is allowed in Challenge entries to ensure that your entry is compliant. 

Image by Buddy_Nath via Pixabay, published under CC0.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Interview with Betty Cox of UniqueandMacabre

Step into the world of Betty Cox and her Etsy shop, “UniqueandMacabre”, open since 2012, and you will certainly feel like a kid in a candy store.  The beautiful colors and the intricate textures of her work both invite and excite the eye.  While the nature of some of Betty’s art pieces may shock and disturb the squeamish, the macabre themes are very interesting and thought-provoking.   Her pieces do what art should do; they inspire, and evoke conversation.  As you browse through her shop, Betty’s creative use of contrasts and her attention to detail, grabs you and holds you until you have viewed every single listing.  

Betty was an artist at a young age and then music took over.  She is a trained Cellist with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance but it was a summer job as a nurse’s aide that led her to become a Registered Nurse, then later she obtained a Master’s degree in science / maternal child/ midwifery from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is currently practicing as a Certified Nurse Midwife in San Diego at Kaiser Permanente.
Betty started her venture in jewelry making by stringing beads, then creating polymer clay beads and resin jewelry.  Later she was inspired by a good friend, who created lamp work beads and made beautiful jewelry using seed beads.  Betty’s first seed beaded piece of jewelry was a Carol Wells
 “Cha Cha” bracelet!  She loved figuring out the colors, stones, gems and textures, it took her about 4 months to complete because she wasn't used to working with tiny beads!!!     
Betty has been beading for about 7 years and she joined the Etsy BeadWeavers Team because she was inspired by, and had respect for all of the spectacular bead artists on the team.  It was also important to her that she could be as unique as she wanted but still accepted by the team.
She markets her jewelry primarily through her Etsy shop, but also word of mouth, local shows, teams, and contests!   

You are a certified Nurse Midwife and a former musician, which one of those professions fueled your interest in the macabre? The artistic/musician side most likely influences my creations.  The macabre in my creations is probably fueled by my childhood.  I’m fascinated with things that are a bit scary and things that aren't real, such as dinosaurs, monsters and " things that go bump in the night" 

 What is your design process when creating a new piece?
 I base my creations on a focal piece. I glue them to stiff material I usually have either a pendant, brooch or bracelet in mind and proceed to select colors, textures.  I use a white marker for lines that flow around the focal piece, then I start creating and my pieces generally evolve.  

How are you able to balance color, texture, and the macabre in your pieces? 
 I do love to mix the beautiful with the macabre.   I love color and texture so my pieces that include daggers, stones, drops give it more character in my eyes.  I think of my work like a painter or sculpture so I try to include the macabre along with beauty in mind

Is there a story behind the frequent use of “eyeballs” in your work?
There is no story behind my eyes but they often develop as I create.  Even I'm surprised when I'm in the middle of creating and by the outcome!!!  

 Which bead artists inspire you?
I’m inspired by Sherry Serafini, Heidi Kumili and Laura McCabe.  I was fascinated by their unique, colorful styles! The prosthetic glass eyes that Laura used were fascinating to me and couldn't wait to find some!  

Who is your customer?
My customer is often one that either loves the unique, kind of weird or different style.  I once had a customer that wanted 14 custom pieces.    

What has been the most challenging part of owning an Etsy shop?
The most challenging part of owning an Etsy shop is keeping up with posts of other artist’s work.   I'm often distracted throughout the day because I want to see and like everything!!  I also want to keep myself busy creating my own work to keep my viewers and customers interested.

What are your tips or advice on maintaining an Etsy shop?
Tips and advice to maintaining my Etsy shop, is to look every day and like other artist’s work, because the feedback I get on my own work inspires me.  Look at what sells and what doesn't and think of how your work stands out from the rest.  My best advice is don't be afraid to explore something different.

The work of Betty Cox is proof that beauty is in the “eyeball” of the beholder.
To see all of Betty’s beautiful creations please visit her shop at:

To see more of Betty’s beautiful work, visit the links below.

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 2016 'Mystical, Mythical and Magical Creatures' Challenge Results

Congratulations to the winner of both the team and public votes Svetoslava Todorova of LuckyDesignCrafts!

Legend of The Unicorn Necklace-EBWC


Legend of the Unicorn Necklace - LuckyDesignCrafts - 12 votes (19.4%)

Hippogriff Eagle – OfYourLove – 9 votes (14.5%)
Dragon on a Wire – Beadditz – 8 votes (12.9%)
Legend of the Unicorn Necklace– LuckyDesignCrafts – 64 votes (27.7%)
In Honor of Argus The Watcher – tattooedraven – 45 votes (19.5%)
Hippogriff Eagle – OfYourLove – 27 votes (11.7%)

Well done to the winners and all who participated and thanks to everyone who voted!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Entries for July's "Mystical, Mythical and Magical Creatures" Challenge

Here are the entries for this month's "Mystical, Mythical and Magical Creatures" challenge!  VOTING WILL BE OPEN FROM JULY 9TH UNTIL JUNE 15.  Please choose your favorite entry from the images or links below, then select your choice in the blog poll that will appear on the right sidebar during the days that voting is open.

Click on the image mosaic or links below to learn more about each entry and see larger, detailed images of each piece. 


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