Bead Trends, May 2011 {Win a copy}

by Cindy on May 7, 2011


The May 2011 Bead Trends issue is out, have you seen it?   You’ll find a pretty, earthy bracelet by Erin Strother gracing the cover.  The jewelry and pictures inside are fantastic, oh that fine photography we have come to anticipate from Bead Trends!  I was humbled to be this month’s Featured Designer,  and would love to share a few of my projects with you here.

In “Wanderlust”, I really just created from the heart….twisting and coiling wire and mixing bead shapes and colors.  I knew the issue would be out in the Spring, so I chose a few carved flowers and leaves.  It was cold out when I created this one though, the month before Christmas.  This is a long necklace, but I included a hook clasp so it could be easily doubled and worn 2 ways.


I’m excited to finally share this next necklace, “Fields of Harmony”.  I knew I wanted to include a piece in the feature that would highlight a bead artist that I admired.  There are just so many talented bead artists in our community!  I contacted Mary Harding and asked her if she would create a pendant and coordinating beads.  I was so happy when she designed a custom set just for this project!  I love how her ceramic work has a bit of a rustic style to them.  I created a textured backdrop for the focal and bead caps out of copper sheet metal.


“Vintage Reverie” is a showcase of my fondness for vintage bits and pieces. I gathered up some of my favorite shank metal buttons – those with great detail, and created dangles.  There are some large, sparkly Swarovski crystals and vintage rhinestones mixed in as well.  I riveted a fancy filigree to a piece of brass sheet metal that I cut to fit, giving the focal more substance.  I love the thick brass chain, what little I still have left from my fun trip to Bead Fest Wire in 2010 (the one where Jeanette and I managed to return home via 5 states!).


I’d love to share a bit of happiness that this issue has given me!  Would you like to win a copy??  Just leave a comment & please give me a little feedback – which one of these 3 pieces do you like best?  Just curious since these 3 necklaces are each different yet reflect the type of jewelry I like to design.  🙂

*I’ll post the winner on Thursday, May 12th!

For all the Moms out there, I hope your Mother’s Day is absolutely wonderful!  While out to dinner tonight, I was surprised by the number of strangers who wished me a Happy Mother’s Day (must be ’cause they saw my 4 guys in tow!). 🙂

– Cindy

P.S.  Registration for ArtBLISS 2011 is open!  Yippeeee!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Cynthia May 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

All 3 are really beautiful in their own way. I am surprising myself to say my favorite is Wanderlust, because I love all things vintage. I thought I would have liked the 3rd one best, but when push comes to shove, the color combinations and the wirework in the first one are fabulous!!
Really, all three are fabulous. You don’t need to enter me in the drawing, because I already own a copy!! Congrats!

Joanne Tinley May 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

You have been busy! They are all lovely, but my favourite is definitely Wanderlust – beautiful colours and beads – and of course beautifully made! We get Bead Trends over here in the UK now so I’ll look out for this issue.
Jo x

Lori Anderson May 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

How fun it was to go looking for this issue with you!

I would wear he first one all the time. But I love the vintage one and would FIND something wear it with all the time. You know I love everything you make.

CONGRATULATIONS, by the way — it was so very, very well-deserved.

Shelby May 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Congrats on being the featured artist! How exciting! I’d love to win this issue, as my local B&N no longer carries Bead Trends:( My favorite? That’s a hard choice, but I’d have to say the Wanderlust. I’m sure your NOT surprised. I always seem to go for the blues & greens, and besides I love the wirework in that piece.

Norma May 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

Congratulations Cindy on being the featured artist of the month. You are one talented lady! All of your creations are so beautiful however I am partial to the Fields of Harmony with the soft color in the pendant and the snippet of ribbon.

staci smith May 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

I LOVE your style, but I think the first is my favorite. Love all the wire art in it, and the collection of wonderful beads.

Kayla May 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I absolutely LOVE them all-Your style definitely appeals to me, but if I HAD to choose, it would be the last one-Vintage Reverie 🙂

You know me and anything vintage! I’m convinced I’m just an old soul ^.^

And of course congratulations on being featured!! That’s such an honor!

Christine Damm May 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Big congrats on being the Featured Designer!!! You so deserve that honor! Personally, I like the vintage one best because I love those old buttons!

lynn gonzalez May 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Hi Cindy, I really do love all of them… I The first on is my fav. because I love the colors and the wire work!!! And congrats to you on being featured.. Lynn

Pattie May 11, 2011 at 12:38 am

Oh My Gosh Little Mama, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

The featured artist how exciting. But then those of us that know and have seen your incredible talents are not surprised!!! Perhaps it’s time to think about sharing your art by becoming an instructor?!!

Oh and I think “vintage reverie” is my fave of the three. Well you know my love for vintage,buttons and your wire work. How can I choose anything else!! 🙂

Pattie 😉
Mazatlan Mx.
PS Can you send me your address again please. My addled middle aged brain has stuck it someplace where I will be able to find it! (OH YEAH?!)

Sandi May 11, 2011 at 11:12 am

Hi Cindy,

Hope you had a fantastic Mother’s Day. Congrats, beautiful pieces. Love all the designs, but Wanderlust really speaks to me both the name and the colors. Hope to see you soon:-)

diane cook May 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Vintage Reverie is my absolute favorite, but they are all three beautiful! Your pieces are always just so beautiful Cindy=) I hope you had the best Mother’s Day ever!! xoxo

Roxanne May 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Hi! All 3 are fantastic! It is a tie for me between the vintage and wanderlust. 😉

Tami Roth May 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I love them all, but Wanderlust, is my favorite! Congrats on your feature!

Brenda May 12, 2011 at 7:33 am

I love all three designs but the colors and wire work in Wanderlust are fabulous! Congratulations on your feature, Brenda

Sandy Richardson May 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm

CONGRADULAATIONS I feel so blessed to be following such an awesome designer. and It pleases me so that you are using copper. Yes I am pitching in my hat for an issue of the magizine Be Blessed Sandy ;

Erin May 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Cindy, you make the most beautiful jewelry! Congrats on being the featured designer for May! You deserve it more than anyone I can think of. Hope to join you for ArtBliss some day!

heather McIntosh August 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

I am interested in taking classes in wire jewlery making,
is there a place in Arizona. I am thinking of going there
this winter. I live in Canada. Thanks Heather.

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