Manus X Machina Exhibition - a bead artist's review

Manus X Machina Exhibition

Posted Svetlana Art Museums Exhibitions

Fashion in the Age of Technology Would you think true art of fashion design could not use machine labor? Recent Fashion in the Age of Technology exhibition in Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York proves: fashion industry always kept up with innovation in the best possible way. Two words described the essence of the […]

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Albion Stitch Explored

Albion Stitch Explored

Posted Svetlana Tips

Ever had an idea, but wasn’t sure how to implement it? I often draw a new project in my mind only to leave it in that imaginary form for a long long time. Why? I am not always sure what stitch I need to use for the elements of the design. This is when I […]

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Present And Sell Your Beadwork

How To Present And Sell Your Beadwork At Art And Craft Show – A Beginner’s Guide

Posted Svetlana Bead Business

So you think you can bead! Now what? Show and sell, of course! There are millions of ways to do that. After experimenting for several years I can share my own experience, thoughts, and observations. You are free to follow and experiment, or suggest your own ideas. To sell or not to sell? The first […]

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Earrings Tutorial. Crescent Beads. Modern Look.

Earrings Tutorial. Crescent Beads. Modern Look.

Posted Svetlana Tutorials

Do Crescent beads look inviting or intimidating? Try this complementary earring tutorial to see how easy it is to add another pair of earrings for your summer outings. I’ve been creating designs with Crescent beads for awhile. Every time it is an adventure. If you haven’t play with these beads yet, this earring tutorial will […]

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Freeform Peyote Ring by Svetlana - Side View

Freeform Peyote Ring

Posted Svetlana Design Laboratory

The most wonderful thing about FreeForm Peyote  – there are no rules! Select any beads you like without questioning their size or measuring them. Mix up the colors and you are ready to go. This ring was created for Karen Williams challenge. It became my first ring I ever beaded. First I connected the two large purple […]

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Earrings For Spring And Summer: long and spectacular!

Earrings For Spring And Summer. Long! Spectacular!

Posted Svetlana Design Laboratory, Fashion

When long earrings are in fashion again, I celebrate! The only reason to keep them long is to attract more attention! Isn’t it why women wear jewelry? Earrings are relatively fast to create and cheaper to buy at art and craft shows. It is the most popular jewelry item for artists as well as customers. […]

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Pearly Fish Statement Necklace - freshwater pearls, seed bead embroidery

Spring Creations 2 – Statement Necklaces

Posted Svetlana Design Laboratory, Fashion, Products

As a season of new beginnings, spring is a perfect time for open-minded creators and bold statements! It’s time to let the imagination run wild.  After gloomy rainy Northwestern winter, jewelry design ideas finally see the light of sun. Surprisingly (or not), they illustrate warm wishes for colorful and festive life. Spring Necklace With Rose […]

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How to use color cards for beadwork design - Svetlana.Gallery blog

How To Use Color Cards For Beadwork Design

Posted Svetlana Color, Tips

Not good at color matching? No problem! Let your local paint store do that for you! If you haven’t painted a wall in your house recently, chances are you passed by a local paint store many times without even thinking that it could help you design your next beadwork piece.  Just walk in and head […]

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Beaded Heart Pendant: Mini Duos And Freeform Beadweaving Technique Explored

Beaded Heart Pendant: Mini Duos And Freeform Beadweaving Technique Explored

Posted Svetlana Beading Ideas, Design Laboratory

A heart of a bead artist is always open for new ideas. When the bead muse visits it feels almost like love… Love is in the air! And I don’t know if I’m just dreaming I don’t know if I feel sane but it is something that I must believe in… Being obsessed with two-sided […]

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Pyrite: Why Do I Want to Wear It

Posted Svetlana Gems and Pearls

I started incorporating pyrite beads into my jewelry about two years ago. I had read of the many uses, meanings, and healing properties of pyrite and I loved the way pyrite beautifully completed my designs. Wearing pyrite, I felt more confident and energetic.  Based on personal experience and my understanding of what I have read about […]

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