Sunday, June 20, 2010

Artbeads.Com Summer Time Blog Review

Hello friends!

I am excited to be posting my Summer Artbeads.com blog! I had a great time picking up supplies from their incredible selection and designing! My items came from the Pendants
and Glass Beads categories.
Here is the one that I would say "got away". I had some plans to make some beads with enamel to match this pendant and make a necklace, but I didn't end up getting my safety stuff set up in time to make the blog design.

I have always been a fan of pottery looking things so this pendant was right up my alley. I love all of the different organic colors that come from glazes and spirals are one of my favorite shapes. This pendant is called Marsha Neal Blue Honey Cluster Spiral Pendant.

Now if you don't already know, I am a SUCKER for limited addition anything in my field. I LOVE limited addition glass rods, so when I saw that there was a limited addition glass category I just HAD to check it out! I used the green mix teardrop beads and the pink and orange teardrop beads for some of my newly designed wing ding bead earrings. You can see the pretty stripey and double colored drops peeking out from behind the glass wings :)Working with fire, firey colored things always catch my eye and warm my heart. When I saw these fire square glass beads. This was a pretty fun design for me. With my recent explosion of wing ding making I had *just* the right colored wing dings to go with my fire squares! I always have fun with asymmetrical designs so I used my imagination to come up with this fun design. I came up with a few designs in which the beads slide! Very cool!
I really love this new pressed glass style bead I have been collecting. The shape is called a "bottle cap". They totally look like the bottle cap candies I used to eat with my dad when I was a kid :) Pictured here are orange and green flat bottlecaps w/ picasso bead strand . I love all of the color variation in them and the stone look they have. I used some of my special production glass to match with them. I love all of the streaks and veining in the glass. This bracelet also has "slider" wing dings.

Funny enough I used some of the same glass wing dings in this design as I did the one above. They were such a perfect match I just had to use them! I used the orange and white striped square bead strand. They look a little brighter on the site, but they are a soft yellow orange with streaks of creamy white. I did more of a monochromatic style bracelet with the fun wing ding "sliders".

This one might just be my favorite! I used special production Bullseye glass for the amazing colored lentils. I tried to color match to Pale Green, Yellow, Pink and Brown with Flower Design Picasso Oval Bead Strand beads you see above. The embossed print in the beads kind of reminds me of those little fossils(I forget what they are called). I just love all of the awesome colors in this bead strand and being able to match them to glass was pretty fantastic! I love the asymmetrical design I chose as well. Again, there are little "sliders" in copper twisted rings for added interest and design :D

Well I hope you enjoyed my review of my new booty from Artbeads.com and I hope that it inspires you for your own creative designing!

Go forth and create!

Much love,

Genea

**DISCLAIMER**
Genea Beads has received these products free of charge from artbeads.com and is honestly reviewing the products. We have not been paid for our endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Growing Pains, OUCH!

Hello friends!

Ugh... I apologize for the lack of blogging and content lately. I am in the process of taking new photos for Etsy. I let the artist in me get a little crazy with some backgrounds and found out that they are actually detracting from my pieces. Want to have a look?

Taken on a metal fence in my backyard. On the back step with the black mat.

On the same metal fence with a limb that fell from the silver maple.

On the front porch wooden step.

On a white paper lantern. I LOVE this picture! I love the bright white with the gradient background that did it on it's own with the way the light hit it.
Taken on a metal plate. This picture was the suggested way to shoot future jewelry.

What do you think of the pictures? I talked with a few friends to get their opinions on the photos and what they thought about future pictures. A majority of the people I asked said they loved the artistic style pictures. What I realized about the people that I asked is that all of them are very visual, so the "pretty" pictures really caught their eye. What I realized about myself is that I see things with more of an artistic eye versus a business eye so the "pretty" pictures appeal to me as well. I had wondered if I should have a mixture of pictures to appeal to both types, but it sounds like a good rule to follow is to have 3 different ways of shooting photos so that the shop looks pulled together.

I am learning a lot about Etsy, photoshooting and just business stuff that I never really thought about. I am trying to soak it all in and be a good student. My brain is feeling SO full and when photos aren't turning out right I get so frustrated. I think my little Kodak Easyshare isn't really "cutting" it for the pictures I want it to take. I am trying to figure out how to make it work until I get more of a budget for a new camera. It sounds like Nikon is the way to go. It's funny thought because the "suggested" Nikon for great jewelry photography is $1400 and you still need the $500 fancy macro lens! Yikes!

Fe Fi Fo Fun treasury! Can you guess which one is mine? This lovely little treasury was put on by Whimsicals. Be sure to click on the link and check out her shop!
Here is a picture of my featured beads :)

Ok I hate to leave you with a short post, but my eyes are BURNING and I'm EXHAUSTED!

See you soon!

Much love,

Genea

Monday, June 14, 2010

Under Construction

Hello friends!

I bet you are wondering where I have been. Well although you have not seen me on Blogspot I have been busily making jewelry and changes in my Etsy shop! I have the great honor of working with Nicky of Morphologica on Etsy. I am doing an ENTIRE re-vamp on my shop. You will probably notice changes as I get some work done. I think the shop re-vamp and jewelry may be where I will be spending a bulk of my time these days for now. I just have SO much to do, I can hardly figure out where to start!

I just wanted to let you all know that I have been here doing my thing behind the scenes instead of here on my blog. I will most likely give updates as I make changes so you all can celebrate with me on my voyage. :)

Well I better get to work!

Have an awesome day!

Much love,

Genea

Friday, June 4, 2010

Early birthday present- a new body mod!

**WARNING: The below content may be more of an adult nature. Don't read ahead if tattoos and piercings offend you. **

On another note I am SUPER excited about my early b-day present from my friend Stephanie :D I got another pair or matching piercings that are not visible>:D Now I bet a bunch of you are cringing about the pain or horrified that I would "mutilate" my body in this manner. The truth is, is that my husband and I really enjoy expressing art on our bodies with piercings and tattoos. It is art on your body and since we have a deep appreciation of art and expression we enjoy adding these "modifications" to our forms. It is more of an accepted form of art on the body of people in our generation versus other generations where tattoos were just on bikers, convicts and military. I'm glad that there is a new openness in expression with our and newer generations.

Anyways, I'm sure there are a few of you that are interested in the look and experience of my new additions. I opted for tiny barbells that go diagonally across my nipples. I like the idea of the angled lines versus the straight lines. I feel that the angle compliments the shape of women's bodies. The piercing is just two tiny 4mm sized balls on either side of the nipple. They are barely noticeable with my clothing over the top. I didn't want hoops cause I thought they are kinda 80's(at least on me, this doesn't go for other people. I very much like the look of them on men) and I surely don't want to get snagged on anything! YOUCH!

So now for the pain update. If you are used to tattoos and piercings this one isn't too bad. The worst part of the piercing was the poke of the needle going through. Now this doesn't mean it still doesn't hurt, but that was the worst part. My piercer told me that the nipple skin is more tough and gristly in texture than skin or cartilage so he said you really need to push it harder through the surface. To me it felt like the needles glided right through. Now they do lube up the needles and they are VERY sharp if they just felt like they slid right through the surface.

The afterwards pain was a very strange sensation. It felt like the center of my nipple was like the feeling of getting goosebumps. Then I could feel pain radiate out from it that wrapped around the side of my breast and deeper into my chest. Very weird. My friend that has been breast feeding said that is kind of how your breasts feel when they are engorged with milk. Eek! I'm glad I still have a little while until I revisit that sensation.

Ibuprofen after my piercings made such a tremendous difference, that and the wearing of a sports bra to strap the girls down. I had to sleep on my back last night which is a total switch for me since I am an on the tummy sleeper. I had to turn my piercings last night, remove the "crusties" and put some all natural sea salt solution on them. I feel much better this morning already. They feel less sore and should be pretty well healed in about a week. They will be completely healed in 3-4 weeks. I sure will be excited to get back to sleeping on my stomach again :)

That is about all of the news I have to share for this week. I can't wait to go hang out with my friend Jd for his birthday tonight and go to the gay pride celebrations this weekend.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Much love,

Genea

More discs, rekkets and some of my new BE friends!

Hello friends!

Well I have been making a bunch of fun stuff so I have lots of pictures for you today :D

I am working on a special birthday present for a friend so I got into my Bullseye stash again looking for some super BRIGHT colors for her piece. I had so much fun just melting all kinds of colors I am sure I will have extras to list at a later time.I was able to make 3 at a time on each mandrel and decided to make these "wing dings" on 1/16th mandrels instead of my normal 3/32's.This view is a little prettier since you can see the colors better. I had a bead mat full of other stuff so I snagged up this piece of packing foam stuff to lay the beads on to see their color against white instead of my light wood colored desk top.
I met a new friend while trying to match a color glass bead with a rod. This new friend's name is "Sunset Coral". Now in this picture it looks pretty amber brown right? The wing ding kind of gives you a better idea of it's color when more light is passing through it. The glass is this amazing hue of orange/brown/pink. This color really intrigued me so I had to explore it a little more. I also met another color that you can see in the wing dings picture called "Vintage Rose". The rod color was this kind of pinkish brown, but when melted it strikes to: orangeish, pinkish and yellow.OMG, right?! Aren't they SOOOO pretty?! I found this other odd lot(I forget it's name at the moment) and used it for the stringer. The color is kind of ivoryish/transparent brown. The look of the stringer melted makes it looks kind of airy and soft. The Vintage Rose rod reminded me of my mother's peace rose that grew in our home in Wisconsin right under the rain gutter. It was a beautiful yellow/pinkish/peach and it grew like CRAZY from all the water it got being by the gutter. After thinking of her roses I just had to put these colors together into a few beads.

Now like all beautiful things I was sad to discover that I only have ONE rod of Vintage Rose and Light Sunset Coral. I checked out BE's website to see if I could find more of both colors and it looks like they are both odds. I did find a regular Sunset Coral so I am curious to see how close it is to the rod I have. Anyways, I will be trying to finish a set with these colors to offer sometime next week. With the small amount of glass I have, we will see just how far I can stretch it ;)

So now that I have tempted you with all of the things you CAN'T have, maybe I should show you all of the things you CAN have by sharing what is new in the shop ;)

NEW IN THE SHOP....

WOW, where do I begin! I am so excited about all of the new beads I made!
"Amanda's Wheel"- as you may know I have been SUPER stoked about making large holed discs lately. This bead is no exception! I took colors from my friend Amanda's shirt and made some beads to match. I just LOVE this color combination together! The colors are: chocolate brown, orange, teal, lime green and aqua. The teal is Messy's new color "Mermaid". It's a beautiful bluish teal and it was perfect for this color scheme :)"Amanda's Rekkets"- If you missed last weeks update, I listed some beads in my "rekkets" style. The "rekkets" is really "records" pronounced in an Eastern accent. It's kind of an old inside jokeish deal from a time in my past ;) Anyways, the same fun colors as the above focal, but smaller for tons of designing fun!"Gobstopper Wheel"- Holy freakin' YUM! These are my absolute FAVORITE colors together: lime green, aqua, coral and orchid! This bead looks like a Gobstopper jaw breaker cut in half with all the rings of color! This baby is a bit larger than some of the earlier discs with another 2 rings of color! By looking at the picture of it in my hand you can see just how much larger it is than it's friends :)"Gobstopper Rekkets"- What's awesome large also works for smaller things! I took my very favorite colors and made them into "rekkets" style discs. This set has 2 matching discs since I only had 4 colors instead of my normal 5 with which to work. This means that you can actually have a matching pair for earrings if you like or just opt to combine them all into a fun bracelet or necklace something something ;)"Jaw Breakers"- What a fantastical set! Lots of shapes and color along with the mix of transparents and opaques! I took my "gravity bubble" hollow design and put a spin on it by using opaque glass in the center instead of transparent for a different look. The larger discs are also a mix of transparent cored cane glass along with bands of opaques. To finish off the set, little spiral discs were added for some different size and texture. There are just SO many possibilities for this set! I can't wait to see what people make :D

SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW?...

Well I am the proud owner of http://www.geneabeads.com ! For now the site is just linked up to Etsy because when I was purchasing my domain I didn't get this web builder add-on from godaddy to build the page. It was pretty confusing. It turns out the page builder is $54, so I am thinking I might look around for another hosting service since thus far I am very unhappy with godaddy's services. The site is a mess with tons of tabs and banners and all of that stuff. I found it very difficult to navigate. I didn't feel that they were very clear with what exactly you needed to build a page without any html knowledge. Now on the upside their customer service rep was very nice, which made things pleasant.

I am looking into maybe moving things over to fat cow for a few reasons. My friend Brandon originally suggested I get a page here. It looks like they had all of the things I needed to build the page, along with 3 domain's and easy web building tools. The only reason I went for godaddy's domain was because it was $10.48 that day for the domain. It turns out that price was for the name only, so that is why the page is currently forwarded until I sort the rest of the things out. Another thing that is selling me on fat cow is that they are run on wind energy, which really appeals to the green girl inside of me :D So I will keep you all posted to the sites updates as soon as I get them all worked out.