Monday, June 3, 2013

I'm Published

One of my goals for 2013 was to have my work published in a magazine.  I'm happy to report that I've achieved my goal!!  While not a print magazine where I would have to submit my work for acceptance into the magazine, I am still excited about being published in the online magazine, Creative Bead Chat.

Several weeks ago, I saw a call for participants in a 5x5 test group.  Five people would be sent the same five components and would design a piece for each of the components.  When I saw that the components were from Elaine Ray, I threw my hat in the ring.  I simply adore Elaine's ceramic components.  It was a happy day when I received notification that I was selected for the test group.

It just so happens that Elaine and I live only a few miles apart and she offered to bring the components to my house.  I was thrilled when I opened the box to find some very unique pieces, items never before offered.

Elaine Ray Components

Elaine's components really challenged my design skills and made me think outside the box.  I was excited, motivated, satisfied, and frustrated -- all at the same time.  Some of the designs came together nicely and some were made, torn apart, remade, torn apart again, etc. until I found a design I liked.  All in all, it was a wonderful experience - one I would gladly participate in again.

The Final Designs:

The loops in the cone pendant are wrapped with waxed cotton cord.  The pendant is hung on blue waxed cotton cord with a bail of lampwork beads.
This is my favorite piece.  Blue leaf headpins with handmade copper flower bead caps and blue enameled beads make up the pendant.  The pendant is hung on copper chain with a hand made copper clasp.
Another pair of Elaine's leaf headpins, this time used as dangles on a pair of earrings.  The leaf dangles hang from hand embossed and hand forged copper tubes.
As soon as I saw the orange, square component, I knew it would be perfect as a focal clasp on a multi-strand necklace.  The strands include seed beads, freshwater pearls, and copper beads.

And last but not least, the piece we testers dubbed the "stop light".  This one took me awhile and was re-made probably 5 times before I came up with this design.  I love how it turned out with the various copper components to enhance the ceramic focal. 

It was such a treat to see the other designs - such creativity, imagination, and skill.  Visit the Creative Bead Chat magazine to see pieces from the other designers.  You can also visit their blogs to read more about their design process.

Host: Elaine Ray
Designer: Cory Tompkins
Designer: Marcia Dunne
Designer: Robin Showstack hosted by
Designer: Sharon Palac


  1. Cheryl my 2013 goal was to get published too! Now that we have broken the ice it's on to print mags for both of us! I really like how you incorporated the circular design element from the "stop light" into your necklace!

    1. Thanks Cory. This event was so great -- really challenged me to think outside the box.

  2. I love all of your pieces! My favorite is the triple strand with the orange component!

    1. Thanks!! I really love that piece to. It's the one piece that I had a definite design in mind when I started the piece.

  3. Loving the triple stand necklace, that was my favourite component too

    1. It was a fun component to work with -- I think we all used it as a focal clasp.

  4. I am always so pleased at the way your handmade components and my beads go together so beautifully. Thanks for the lovely creations.
    - Elaine

    1. Thanks so much for your vote of confidence, Elaine. I love your beads and look forward to doing more with your components.