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Monday, January 25, 2016

My BOTB 2015 Necklace, 'Untamed Dreams'



I created this free form necklace, Untamed Dreams, (asymmetrical symmetry) for the 2015 Battle of the Beadsmith competition, the Facebook BOTB13.


It is a free form embroidery without leather support, using peyote, picot, netting.
I used a large variety of materials: indigo blue Drusy (Druzy) cabochons; different sizes and colors of Swarovski Crystals Rivoli; genuine pearls (8- 10 mm peacock); peridot chips; 3 mm galvanized gold beads; size 15 Miyuki seed beads in different shades of green, garnet, iridescent green, lime green; elytra green beetle wings; gold plated crystal clasp. For the back of the stones I used little rounds of golden lambskin (see last picture).

Overall size of piece: 6 inch x 5 inch.(approx.15 cm x 12 cm) Necklace: 18 inch (46 cm) in length

Photo: Carolyn Sunday
Model: Carolyn Sunday

*I became fascinated by form and color when I was very young, I was lucky enough to experience art at an early age. My own creative desire emerged soon after, and I have tried several forms of arts and crafts. Then I discovered beads and the endless possibilities to use them as one would use colorful paint. I experimented with different materials, conventional or not, but my preferences always seem to return to semiprecious stones, pearls and of course, seed beads. I hope my designs will bring beauty and joy to everyday life!                  









Friday, December 05, 2014

News from Enchanted Beads



Dear Friends and Customers,


I am sending you this Newsletter to let you know that this year I am not participating in Shows. I am busy with my two Etsy Shops and I am focusing in designing new jewelry. I am participating in the Etsy Beadweavers Challenges almost every month and the pieces I made for this occasion are for sale in my Enchanted Beads shop: 
http://www.etsy.com/shop/enchantedbeads?ref=si_shop 


It is again this time of the year when we are looking for pretty gifts. I invite you to browse my Shop(s) for new One of a kind pieces. Here are a few pendants, but look in the Shop Sections for Necklaces, Brooches, Earrings, Rings.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/170906988/red-beadwoven-pendant-crimson-super-duo



 https://www.etsy.com/listing/210078430/white-beadwoven-pendant-white-flower?

https://www.etsy.com/listing/206315601/jade-coral-pendant-vintage-swiss-watch?

There are many other pieces  for the Holidays, just type "holidays" or "Christmas" in the Search bar in order to find them.

My other shop, Enchanted Bitz, 
www.enchantedbeas.etsy.com


https://www.etsy.com/listing/33065529/vintage-gold-christmas-wreath-pin

carries whimsical jewelry with gemstones, crystals, pearls. Romantic, retro, nature inspired, vintage, steampunk. You can find all the categories in the Sections to the left of the page. To shop by color or by other criteria you can use the search bar at the top of the page.

I would like to offer to all my Newsletter recipients a Etsy Coupon, to use in any of my shops. You will get a 15% discount with any purchase between December 5 and December 20, 2014. Just write HOLIDAYS14 at Checkout (there is a case for coupons) and the discount will apply automatically.


Thank you for taking the time to read my NEWS. I appreciate your support!


Note

This Newsletter has been sent to you because you are a friend, a customer, or because you agreed to receive announcements from Enchanted Beads. If for any reason you would like to be removed from our mailing list please write UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line. Thank you!


https://www.etsy.com/listing/172448158/beadwoven-super-duo-pendant-metallic?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Battle of the Beadsmith 2014 entry






This piece lost the battle in the BOTB13 competition after Round 2. For me it was an honor to be able to show to the world the product of my talent and an occasion to grow as an artist. The rest is matter of taste (the eye of the beholder) and a little bit of good luck. I am proud of my work while accepting the decision of the jury.

On Fire for Handmade is featuring Multicolored Freeform Beadwoven Bracelet by Enchanted Beads






https://www.etsy.com/listing/11526247/multicolored-freeform-beadwoven-bracelet


My bracelet was selected to be featured on the On Fire for Handmade Great Finds Page.T he contest will run until next Friday, Oct 24.
onfireforhandmade.com/winters-hush-great-finds/

There is a poll where viewers can vote for their favorite item. 1st place receives a free Ad Spot on the On Fire Site and a Feature Page!

The Poll is at the bottom of the page. 1 vote per computer per day. It will close on Thursday, Oct 23, 2014.

 
Proud Member of On Fire for Handmade!   

Friday, April 04, 2014

On Fire for Handmade is featuring Fabergé Inspired Egg Pendant by Enchanted Beads



[   On Fire for Handmade!   ]

Listing: www.etsy.com/listing/123850425/faberge-inspired-egg-pendant-18-x-24-m
 

My item above was selected to be featured on the On Fire for Handmade Great Finds Page. The listing is up now and will run until next Friday. onfireforhandmade.com/handmade-easter-great-finds/

There is also a poll where viewers can vote for their favorite item. The Poll is at the bottom of the page. 1st place receives a free Listing on The new On Fire Gift Guide onfireforhandmade.com/gift-guide/ and Free ad spot on the On Fire Site sidebar. 

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

WORLD ARTISAN GEMS - 2008



Enchanted Beads was featured with an Interview by WORLD ARTISAN GEMS in August 2008

A look back at a 2008 Enchanted Beads feature in World Artisan Gems website:
http://artisangems.wordpress.com/2008/08/27/ileana-munteanu-enchanted-beads/
WORLD ARTISAN GEMS 



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Battle of the Beadsmith 2013 entry

 
 
CONSTELLATION


White backgraound

Black background

Detail

"Constellation" on a model


This piece lost the battle in the early stages of the BOTB13 competition. For me it was an honor to be accepted as a participant and to show to the world the product of my talent. The rest is matter of taste (the eye of the beholder) and a little bit of good luck. I am proud of my work while accepting the decision of the jury. 

You can still find this piece in "Gone but not forgotten" BOTB 13 Album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.476504852424382&type=1


Monday, May 13, 2013

Battle of the Beadsmith BOTB 13



For those of you who don't know yet about BOTB here are a few details.

The Battle of the Beadsmith is "a celebration of Bead Artistry around the World". It is also called a “contest where you win nothing", but it is not true. You gain a lot of experience in the process, you challenge yourself to create something different. The participants have eight weeks to complete an original work of art, take the best photos possible, and send them to the Battle Headquarters. Each piece is "randomly paired with the work of another artist in one of three '64 member Battle Groups'. Works are judged by a combination of competing artists, invited judges, and the general public, to determine which artists will move on to the next 'battle', where the judging process begins again".

2012 marked the first season of the Battle, which became a Facebook sensation, due both to the leader, Steven Weiss, (owner of The Beadsmith, wholesale supplier of beads and products to 4,000 independent bead shops worldwide) and to the very talented bead artists who had the opportunity and the courage to compete.

I had the honor to be invited last year as well. I did not participate, being overwhelmed by other artistic efforts, as well as a health scare concerning my left eye. I underwent a successful treatment since, and this year I was happy to accept the overdue invitation. Needless to say, I needed a lot of courage, after observing all the fantastic pieces involved in the last year battle. Here is Alla Maslennikova, the crowned queen of the 2012 Battle. She is wearing her wonderfully unique necklace (collage credit: Steven Weiss).





2013 will gather 192 Artists from 40 Countries. I am one of them! 

I had to get out of my box and create a piece with the hope that it would pass at least the first round.

I am not allowed to show it yet, but I can tell you its name: "Constellation". My inspiration came from the very idea that this fantastic competition will feature this incredible array of passionate STARS from all over the world.
 
I finished my piece today and I can let you know that I am pleased with the result. It was a challenge with myself. I cannot wait until June 1 to see the other pieces! It will be a summer of thrills, a lot of great fun!

Thank you, Steven, for the opportunity! Thank you to all the participants!


(My two brooches featured in "500 Beaded Jewelry" by Ray Remachandra, published by Lark Books in August 2012).