I just learned that the Circle the Stone necklace that graces the front of my website (www.theafine.com) is the cover picture for a beading group--Beads and More (BAM)--on Yahoo. It's a group of several hundred bead artists of varying experience who exchange knowledge, share solutions, and undertake bulk purchases to realize economies of scale. While now a "closed" group due to the large membership, my selection and the kind words about my work were quite the honor (albeit, something about which I was unaware until I went to look at something on the site!) By the way, the cabochon focal around which that piece is based is by Marsha Neal whose porcelain cabs and earrings and pendants are absolutely bodacious!!!
Yes, this blog entry features a DIFFERENT piece in the Circle the Stone line, -a hidden-front-closure piece that features a wonderful apatitie cabochon and stones. I barely got a photo of it. No sooner did I finish it than it found another home during the ACC show. I hope my client wears it well and with great joy, since I had a blast creating it!
I show it because I'll be teaching a weekend class--Circling the Stone Times Three--June 30-July 1, 2012, at the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore on three ways to create beaded bezels around their freshly cut gems. In the area and want to participate and get more info? Check it out, and check out the other classes, too, on their website (http://www.gemcuttersguild.com/classes.html) and check it out.
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This blog is where Thea Fine, Beading Design meets Fine WordCrafters (my writing/editing activities). I hope you find it a happy collision of my two artful worlds.