Saturday, December 10, 2011

IBA 2012. Three weeks to go!

The second International Bead Award (IBA) 2012 contest is to support the art of beadwork. The theme of this contest is POP ART. "Pop" stands for the English word "popular". The suitability of mass consume can be or turn to Art. Strong colors and shapes, two or three dimensional, a certain simplicity, a reference to everyday objects or free abstraction, all is possible at the same time as well as a smooth succession of objects. Trivial things become original and refreshing. Humor is very important!

Three weeks to go! Deadline is December, 31!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Art Nouveau Restored - IBA 2011 winner!

On August 20, 2011 the winners of the International Bead Award Contest were announced at the Beaders Best Bead Art Fair. It was an exciting event! And good news: my Art Nouveau Restored necklace won two awards: First Place in Off-Loom Category and People's Choice Award.

First place winners are:

Lampwork Category

       1 Place: Helix - Jacky Teuchert-Rimkus, Germany

Loomwork Category

       1 Place: Spring Has Sprung - Erin Simonetti, USA

Off-Loom Category

       1 Place: Art Nouveau Restored - Zoya Gutina, USA

Bead Crochet, Bead Knitting Category

       1 Place: Diagonal Bubbles - Jolanda Violante, Italy

Embroidery Category

       1 Place: Cascade - Angelika Kenner, Germany

Paper, Textile Category

       1 Place: Altes Kyoto - Dorit Koppen, Germany

Polymer Clay, Ceramic, Porcelain Category

       1 Place: ...Love way... - Natalya Leitman, Russia

Wirewok Category

       1 Place: Beach Dreams - Chris Wrinn, USA

Mixed Media Category

       1 Place: Born in the Sands - Svetlana Sametis, Latvia

Public voting

       Art Nouveau Restored - Zoya Gutina, USA

Our warmest congratulations to all winners!

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Native American Necklace Contest. Winners


Congratulations of the Native American Necklace contest! This contest was based on the movie Dances with Wolves, and entrants were suggested to design a necklace using seed beads with a peyote stitch and exact color combination.

Alise from Canada took the First Place...

Alema from Russia came in second...

The Third Place was taken by Zhukis from Latvia.

The jurors of the internations panel were:

- Zoya Gutina (
- Coco 006 (
- Laulo (
- Peetje (

You can view all of the entries on the Perles & Dent’elles website, listed in three different languages.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Perlen Poesie issue 10

Perlen Poesie number 10 is coming out! In that issue:

• Beadpassion with the love of nature... Zoya Gutina implements that into all of her designs. Using many different techniques she adds enchantment to her necklaces opulence of which is unparalleled;

• Workshop Spiral Techniques - everything turns... Impressive designs can be achieved with these techniques;

• Scrumptious Beads... Angela Brackrogge: Jopanda - her artist name stands for handmade glass beads with subtle gradient colors and elaborate shapes. Look and enjoy!

• Winners of IBA 2011... Look at the winning pieces of the international jewelry contest IBA 2011. Savor the diversity of ideas and - maybe - participate next time!

The magazine is published in Germany by Beaders Best Verlag Company, you can subscribe it. If you live in the USA, you can directly or via Internet buy single issues of the magazine at the Beads by Blanche bead shop.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Perlen Poesie issues 10 and 9

The 10th issue of Perlen Poesie magazine is coming out soon! For now we know just a cover page.

The 9th issue of Perlen Poesie magazine is filled with 51 pages of instructions:

• Science and Art. Since childhood Melissa Grakowsky was interested in both. She completed her education in physics and painting. In school she was not able to decide...

• Improvise with Beads. Brick-Stitch varies a lot in terms of popularity;

• Combined. Designer threads, antique beads, buttons are used by Doris Dohse in her freestyle crochet work and is modeled directly onto the body;

• Taking measures. Are you sometimes confused when buying supplies like wire? You don't know what the details of all those sizes indicate? Don't worry, just open page 83!

• Steampunk. Gears, lace, metal and glass - jewelry in nostalgic techno-romance;

• And a lot of info about the BEADERS BEST Bead-Art-Fair in Hamburg, Germany, August

The magazine is published in Germany by Beaders Best Verlag Company, you can subscribe it. If you live in the USA, you can directly or via Internet buy single issues of the magazine at the Beads by Blanche bead shop.

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Fashion Colorworks 2011. Winners!!!

The second international Fashion Colorworks 2011 Beading Contest is over! We would like to say THANK YOU to all entrants, jurors, and sponsors who helped us make the contest successful. 99 participants from 25 countries submitted 149 entries! Today we celebrate our bead holiday together, with our winners, all participants, jurors, sponsors, and bead lovers. In general, we reached our goal and feel happy! We are looking forward to seeing all of them in 2012 and hope that the next year contest would attract more artists!

First Place Winners

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Beaded Jewelry:
Margarita Kruchinina, Rostov-on-Don, Russia for Original Rus Set

Finished Jewelry:
Julia Turova, Krasnoyarsk, Russia for Harlequin Beetle Necklace

Beaded Objects And Accessories:
Evgeniya Semina, Orenburg, Russia for Falling In Love With Life All The More Wedding Dress

Second Place Winners

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Beaded Jewelry:
Fumiko Sekine, Yokohama, Japan for The Power Of Nature Necklace

Finished Jewelry:
Svetlana Karimova, Slupsk, Poland for Jurata Neckllace

Beaded Objects And Accessories:
Angelika Motzkin, Ashkelon, Israel for Magnolia Handbag

Third Place Winners

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Beaded Jewelry:
Svetlana Dubinsky, Beit Shemesh, Israel for Tropical Vacation Necklace

Finished Jewelry:
Ulyana Moldovyan, St. Petersburg, Russia Dream Of Fisherwoman Set

Beaded Objects And Accessories:
Aleksey Soloviev, Lugansk, Ukraine for Dream Of Flight Tie

Special Award Winners

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People's Choice Award:
Evgeniya Semina, Orenburg, Russia for Falling In Love With Life All The More Wedding Dress

Best Use of Color:
Svetlana Dubinsky, Beit Shemesh, Israel for Tropical Vacation Necklace

Best Use of Materials:
Liudmyla Heggland, Rennesoy Island, Norway for Undine Dream Necklace

Fashion Colorworks 2011 Winners

Fashion Colorworks 2011 Finalists

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fashion Colorworks 2011. Finalists!!!

The finalists of the Fashion Colorworks 2011 are announced, and the contest continues! Now it's time for contest site visitors to score beadworks juried into the final for People's Choice Award. That is going to be a difficult decision, but make it! Voting will be closed at midnight June 30, all winners will be announced on July 1.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Native American Necklace Contest

Native American Necklace

Drawing your inspiration from the movie DANCES WITH WOLVES by Kevin Costner, we propose that you put into beads your personal vision of a necklace that could have been worn by a Native American woman.

1. Your necklace must be original work of your own creation.

2. Imposed technique: peyote stitch.

3. Imposed colors: brown, beige and three colors of the entrant's choice.

4. Materials:
      - seed beads of any size (Miyuki round or Delica, Toho round or Ttreasure, or other seed bead brands);
      - any other materials of your choice like wood, feather, bone, metallic tubes, etc.

5. The contest is International, worldwide beaders may participate.

6. Photos make the judgment by the panel of five independent jurors.

7. Jurors will score each entry upon three criteria:
      - creative capacity;
      - technical quality;
      - appropriateness of the entry with the theme of the contest.

8. Photo requirements:
      - size - 800x600 pixels maximum;
      - the entry must be shot against white background;
      - no distinctive signs must be put onto the photo. The entrant's name will be revealed upon entries announcement.

Entry photo is to be sent until Midnight September 1, 2011, at following email address: The sending of your photo will validate your registration.

Please indicate in the email your full name, your nickname (if exists) and the link towards your site, blog or album if you have one. It is not obligatory to have a site or blog to participate in the contest. Also indicate the country of your residence. Languages to be used in your correspondence are: English, French or Russian.

Publication of photos on the blog Perles et Dent’Elles: September 20, 2011.

We shall publish the three first place winners first and then other entries in order of their arrival. Winners of the three first places will be rewarded with vouchers offered by our sponsors whose names are indicated here below:

      - for Western Europe:

      - for Russia and neighboring countries:

      - for the United States of America and other countries:

This contest is held by the team of the blog
      - Coco-Labijoutisse
      - Nouchka
      - Veronik
      - Zaza

Happy beading!!!

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Fashion Colorworks 2011. Meet the sponsor:

Offering Inspiration with Quality Products at Competitive Prices is one the web's largest suppliers of beads, Swarovski crystal and jewelry making supplies. The company offers a variety of beads from all around the world, including Thailand, Israel, and New Zealand, and works closely with Swarovski to provide high-quality crystal to its customers. Along with providing quality products with competitive prices, also offers tips on jewelry making, and offers over 800 free bead and craft designs. prides itself on being able to sell products to amateur jewelry makers on a budget and wholesale buyers, including offering free shipping on orders of $10 or more. also ships orders to Canada for $1.99.

They have also created, a new website dedicated to artisan jewelry designers and bead stores to make wholesale ordering easier. Those buyers who spend over $2,000 a year on jewelry making supplies will find this website helpful.

The company started in 1999 by owners Devin and Cynthia Kimura, and has grown to become one of the best known online retailers of supplies to create wonderful jewelry and crafts. Their idea was to serve their customers by providing quality products, outstanding products and the inspiration to create something beautiful. The company continues to make contributions to its local community in Gig Harbor, Washington, as well as making global donations. For every order received, will donate to Conservation International to protect 25 square feet of tropical rainforest. owners Devin and Cynthia Kimura

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Email address:

For friendly customer support call (253) 857-3433 OR toll free at 1-866-715-BEAD (2323)

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Flying Critters

I'm hooked on Art Nouveau. My interest in this style began a year and a half ago, when Nancy Reinke, an artist from the Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria, VA) presented me antique beads she took from her grandmother. Beads were Czech charlottes and were produced at the end of XIX century. No wonder, that I started reading about that time and learning art of this period. I expressed my love in several jewelry pieces: Lady Winter Necklace featuring painting Winter by Alfons Mucha, and Judith Necklace featuring... of course, artwork Judith by Gustav Klimt!

So, when announced its new blogging challenge "What’s Old is New Again!", I was happy because it was a great opportunity to continue my own Art Nouveau challenge. I have to confess - and I'm glad to do that - they paid a lot of attention at vintage style products, and my search wasn't to long. Steampunk? Not now, maybe, later on...

So, I came to just launched Kabela Design that carries a very beautiful line of brass antique styled products. Art Nouveau art pieces widely featured elements of live nature such as threes, flowers, birds, insects, lizards, butterflies, etc., but number one is a dragonfly! How come? Who knows! I think, some explanations can be found. Try "Art Nouveau butterfly", and Google Image search will return you hundreds of jewelry pieces with those critters!

I finished my search very quickly, I selected two Kabela Design Antique Brass Dragonfly Pendant "to support" the center piece, and Kabela Design Antique Brass To Thee Pendant as a frame for embroidery: a piece of genuine leather and TOHO charlotte seed beads 15/0, in the center I attached a charm featuring hummingbird, the same charm I used as a small pendant. Swarovski crystal pearls of bronze and blue color, and Extreme Trios (24K gold plated) thread by Softflex helped me finish my light-weight necklace.

Art Nouveau Restored
Art Nouveau must go on! And here is a piece of jewelry created just from beads I mentioned in the beginning of my post. It also features my lovely style. If you like that necklace you can cast your vote for People's Choice Award in the International Bead Award Contest:

Disclosure. Being a reviewer of products and a participant of its blogging program I received Kabela Design brass components free of charge. This post reflects my honest opinion; and is not compensating me for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received and reviewed.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fashion Colorworks 2011. Meet the sponsor: Rings & Things

Rings & Things - Beads and Findings

Rings & Things provides professional craftspeople with wholesale beads and jewelry supplies for turning craft into wearable art jewelry. The company works to offer
quality parts at reasonable prices, and is happy to explain uses for findings and suggest ways to combine particular products. With over 18,000 beads, jewelry
findings and supplies, plus free how-to information and design inspirations, their goal is to be your jewelry-component source for decades, not just one or two orders!

Rings & Things offers wholesale quantity pricing for those who need it, and smaller-quantity options for those just starting out, and those who want to try a few things first ($50 minimum order; $25 with a $4 fee). Shopping Rings & Things is easy, because you have so many options:

•  Order online at

•  Call 1-800-366-2156 for friendly, personal service from in-house staff (M-F, 8am-5pm, Pacific Time)

•  Visit in person at their Spokane, WA, showroom (details at

•  Attend one of their traveling bead shows! (full schedule at

Rings & Things is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business and a Certified Spokane Sustainable Business. Co-owner Russ Nobbs started his jewelry career in the 1960's, selling handmade pins and earrings at state fairs. In 1972, he opened a small retail jewelry store in Spokane, WA, and Rings & Things was born. Now primarily a wholesale mail-order business, the company continues to grow, thanks to fellow craftspeople like you. Rings & Things looks forward to serving you!

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