KR Designs 11 - Beadwoven Jewelry Blog

This blog is for my comments about making beadwoven jewelry, my inspirations, frustrations, and love of color.

The banner is Lilacs in Springtime, a free form peyote bracelet.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Art Fairs

I just learned that I have been accepted in the Art In Your Eye Fine Art Fair in Batavia, Illinois. I am still tired and achey from the Cantigny art fair in Wheaton this past weekend. It was a very good show for me. The people were interested in my work and offered credit cards and checks for payment. My sales dollars were the highest I can remember, but more importantly, I know that my work went home with people who really liked it.

I sold the new gray dutch spiral necklace from my porcelain jasper collection which is photographed on my February 2 post. One of the porcelain jasper stone bracelets accompanied the necklace. Two of the items, a blue button pearl and Swarovski crystal teardrop pendant necklace and a mint green transparent Czech glass embellished cuff bracelet, were some of my earlier creations, but they went home with women who looked great wearing them. I also sold a bronze pearl and crystal bracelet to a daughter as a birthday ( July 5) present for her mother who said she would wait until her day if necessary. That was such a beautiful match for the mother; I need to make more Swarovski bronze pearl items. Two versions of beaded bead earrings also found new homes; colors were peach and pacific opal with green.

I am getting lots of error messages as I write this post. It will motivate me to complete my wordpress website which will have a blog page. Sorry I have no photos today. I wasn't planning to post.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Porcelain Jasper Collection Additions

In the month between application due dates I continued to create bracelets for my Porcelain Jasper Collection. Some of these were items I needed to order more beads. I now have a quantity of all the beads I've used ready for special orders (except the lovely gray pearls in my truly one of a kind bracelet pictured in my January post). The items in this post are the first in the Porcelain Jasper Collection to be listed for sale in my etsy shop (see link in sidebar on the right). Other designs will follow as I photograph them for the shop.

This is a Gray Woven Bracelet which features an embellishment of hematite colored small bugle beads and tiny seed beads on top of the wrist, picot edging, blocks of delica and seed beads form the band, with a Swarovski hematite crystal button and button hole closure. The weaving pattern is mostly peyote stitch with a texture created in the change of bead type. The colors of the beads are metallic hematite and transparent gray with black background in the photograph.

This multi strand bracelet created of porcelain jasper round stone beads and Swarovski Vintage Rose crystal bicone beads connected by tiny Rosaline transparent seed beads has a gunmetal magnetic tube clasp closure. It was created in an average size in response to the women who liked my multi strand black pearl and crystal silver shade bracelets which I made in larger sizes only, thinking the width was more proportional to the wearer. I added a little more width to the new one and hope it may appeal to all wrist/body sizes. It is my first time using a magnetic clasp and a gunmetal one which seems to compliment the stone beads.


The next two items are seed bead bracelets in the same style with different color combinations which show the versatility of the colors in porcelain jasper. The hematite one emphasizes the contrast between light and dark while the pueblo sands one omits the grays for a lovely pink pastel bracelet perfect for the warmer weather I hope is coming soon! There are endless possibilities of combinations, so contact me with your preferred colors. These bracelets were made in a very small and average size, most common among my art fair customers. Suggestions for determining your size are included in the etsy shop listing.

The soft pinks are for a different mood, occasion and outfit. I love them both! The near center rainbow white is a subtle accent.

Future creations include a button bracelet in grays (I have a gorgeous large Czech vintage glass button for the closure/accent), still looking for a pink button; also aquamarine and other shades of blue items in a new collection with sapphire, cobalt, etc.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

2014 Art Fair Application Creations

It is Art Fair Application time of year now. I decided to continue exploring my collection/series of porcelain jasper colors, concentrating on more wearable, less elaborate, over the top, WOW designs, i.e. ones that stand a better chance of being sold. I plan to do more items in the under $100 category before summer shows. Planning on Czech glass button bracelets and working on bead embroidered rings and whatever else the Muse creates.

A favorite seller is my dutch spiral necklace. I thought the grays in the porcelain jasper would make a more versatile item, wearable year round versus last year's creation featuring the pale vintage rose and light creamy white. The spiral transparent gray beads have an aurora borealis finish, which breaks from my natural color palette with semi precious stones.

A favorite style is the flat spiral weave which I used the round porcelain jasper stones as the core beads for this two strand bracelet. The center and edges feature Swarovski vintage rose bicone beads.

Using the flat spiral weave with the same beads but in a single strand, I created a shorter version necklace, 19 inches long including the beaded toggle bar and ring closure.

This is another two strand flat spiral bracelet which has fresh water gray pearls as the core beads, vintage rose Swarovski crystal bicone beads in the center and porcelain jasper rounds on the edges. I have previously used the pearls only on the edges of this style. I used the lighter pinks for the beaded toggle bar and ring because the pearls create a more delicate looking bracelet.

None of my porcelain jasper collection is currently listed in my Etsy shop, KRDesigns11, but you can express interest in purchasing items here on my blog or contacting me via Etsy. You can see my 2013 items on this blog starting around June 2012. My etsy shop does have similar styles of items in a variety of colors of beads. Thanks for bearing with me during my adventures of my new computer, new operating system, new software for photo editing, etc. My lack of blog posts spared you my complaints from the changes that were not of my choosing.

Look for the listing of my 2014 Art Fairs on the upper right hand column of the blog as I learn of my acceptance in the shows.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

JoAnn Deck

I have many good memories of one of my blog followers. Please click on her name for more information about her.

JoAnn Deck

JoAnn Deck gave me a tour of TLD Design Center & Gallery, Westmont, Illinois, when I finally visited the shop after seeing Tammy at the Naperville Riverwalk Art Fair and the Morton Arboretum, west side, in a small art fair. This tour of the shop opened a whole new world to me, and I owe her a debt of gratitude as this really changed my life. She was in the first class I took where I got to see first hand her incredible creativity and artistic abilities. JoAnn wrote about me on her blog when I was an Emerging Artist in Geneva, Illinois in 2008, with my bead weaving jewelry. Her post was dated 8/21/2008 which you can find through the archive link:

I like to think that JoAnn is watching over us from heaven in her new comfy purple chair.