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The Best of
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Stringing Spring 2007
See Ruby's creations on pages 36, 47, and 56.


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Stringing Fall 2006

See Ruby's creations on pages 17, 32, 60, and 62.



Stringing Spring 2006
See Ruby's creations on pages 17, 26, 42, and 61.



Stringing Fall 2005
See Ruby's creations on pages 19, 24, 60, and 87.


~ Compliments ~
"Congratulations on having such gorgeous work published in Bead Stringing! I really like the cornucopia necklace. The jasper is beautiful! ... great job!" -- Tracy M., Alabama
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"Just wanted to say how much I love your "smoke on the water" design. Very elegant and simple." -- Nancy L., Morristown, NJ


~ Random Thoughts ~
My brother calls this one "Gothic." I just designed a necklace around a silver heart pendant that I've had for the longest time.
Gothic Necklace
I added black seed beads, silver daisies, and deep red freshwater pearls. I was surprised at how a simple design could look very attractive.

The first day I wore it, I had to stop by a couple of stores for errands. The sales clerk at Barnes and Noble asked if I make my jewelry, adding that it looked "professional." The cashier at Michael's asked the same question and said it looks "very nice." With a broad smile, I nodded, handed out a business card, and said, "There's more at my website." Even if they don't come around at all, I sure had a blast receiving the compliments. Simple joys make my day.

Tri-color Chips Bracelet

One of my favorite multi-strand bracelets was featured in the bracelet spread of Stringing Summer 2011.  I strung chips of carnelian, sodalite, and yellow opal, and closed them with a copper fold-over clasp. Simple, colorful, textured. It’s on page 43.

Tri-Color Chips Bracelet

Stringing Summer 2011

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Crystal Veil

One of my favorite necklace projects is what I called “Crystal Veil.” It’s basically just a pendant on a chain. The “pendant” and focal point of the piece is a series of simple-loop dangles hanging from a horizontal 20-gauge wire. The horizontal wire is looped at both ends and attached to chains that come together in a J-clasp.

Crystal Veil

Crystal Veil

Crystal Veil is one of the simplest concepts I came up with, but still made its way to Stringing Magazine’s Spring 2007 issue. It was also featured in the Best of Stringing 2009, in the Fun with Focals section.

"Crystal Veil" in Stringing Spring 2007

"Crystal Veil" in Stringing Spring 2007

Like they say, less is more.

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Fertile Ground

I am so thrilled! Stringing Fall 2010 is out! And my Fertile Ground necklace is on page 34! I had submitted this set to Stringing back in November. The magazine included the bracelet and earrings in the Summer issue and featured the necklace for Fall.

Designing this necklace was kind of a no-brainer to me. With the flower ceramic barrels as the focal beads, it just made sense to use pressed glass leaves in amber-gold. Rich brown fire-polished glass and mookaite cubes added to the earthy feel. And to make it more natural, I used waxed linen cord for stringing. Unrefined. Autumn.

Fertile Ground Set

Fertile Ground Set

NEWSFLASH!  To coincide with the release of Stringing Fall, our fellow designer, Michelle Mach, organized a blog carnival. And she’s giving away prizes!

The rules for the drawing are on Michelle’s blog: www.michellemach.com/blog/.  She has three great prizes: a copy of the Fall issue of Stringing magazine, a handmade porcelain pendant and coordinating beads by Gaea, and a small goodie pack of filigree, gemstones & other findings from Rings & Things.

Basically, leave one comment on one or more of the blogs and you will be entered into the random drawing. Each comment on a different designer’s page is another chance to win.  (Multiple comments on a single designer’s page counts only as one chance to win.) Giveaway closes on the 23rd and winners will be announced the 24th.

So, don’t waste time… visit the blogs of these Stringing contributors now! And don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a prize!

Stringing Fall 2010

Stringing Fall 2010

Kristy Abner    Kelly Angeley   Marianne Baxter

 Carrie Beckwith              Melanie Brooks  

  Gaea Cannaday      Lorelei Eurto

Amy Haftkowycz     Beth Hemmila                   

     Tari Kahrs    Stephanie LaRosa 

Michelle Mach     Denise Yezbak Moore

     Kelly Morgan      Sharon Palac   Anne Perry     

Lisa Petrillo     Erin Prais-Hintz       Molly Schaller

            Erin Strother          Heather Trudeau 

 Jennifer Judd Velasquez   Jennifer Zeiger 

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Stringing Fall 2010 Table of Contents

Stringing Fall 2010 Table of Contents

Fertile Ground on Stringing Fall 2010

Fertile Ground on Stringing Fall 2010

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Flower Barrels

I discovered these ceramic barrel beads at a Black Market Minerals store. They’re very interesting because they’re beige and brown like clay, hand-etched with almost indistinguishable geometric shapes, ethnic symbols, and assorted artistic markings. A couple of strands stood out because they had flower markings. I like flowers. I bought a strand.

The barrel beads are a little bulky, so the accompanying beads can’t be too delicate. Besides, the holes are big, so even the stringing element should be sturdy. I decided to use 20-gauge sterling silver half-hard wires. To hold the barrels in place, I put each of them between a pair of faceted fire-polished glass beads, also brownish in color.

Flower Barrel Beads

Flower Barrel Beads

The matching earrings were easy — a couple of headpins, bicone crystals to hold the barrels in place, and dark brown accent beads embellished with bead caps.

I wore the bracelet for a few minutes. That’s how I determine if it’s good, not only to the eyes but also to the wrist. I found out that I wouldn’t wear it with my writer hat (those humungous beads misaligned my typing). But yes, I’ll proudly wear the bracelet (and the heavy earrings) to a summer picnic.

Just because you can’t wear a piece of jewelry everyday, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t own it.

The Flower Barrels bracelet and earrings were published in Stringing Summer 2010. The matching necklace was featured in Stringing Fall 2010.

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Grapevine

The moment I touched this calcite focal bead I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down. Luckily, there were strands of oval faceted calcite beads hanging on the walls at the store. I was sure I’d have no problem using them.

On the contrary, it took a long while for me to design a necklace with the calcites mainly because nothing in my stash worked with their neon green color. What exactly can match up with neon green?

Several months later, I found my answer. A bag of amethyst rounds! 

To hold the big focal bead in place, I chose a thickset sterling silver pendant slider. Bali sterling silver rounds and a toggle clasp completed the set. To make the small amethyst beads coordinate with the rest of the elements, I created a three-strand deal gathered into Bali SS cones at the toggle. Dangling amethysts over and under the focal bead fine-tuned the design.

Grapevine

"My name is 'Grapevine'."

When I completed the necklace, I stared at it and asked, “What should I call you?” The yellow-green color and the etchings on the focal bead reminded me of sprouting leaves. The purple amethysts could only be grapes maturing on a vine. The necklace answered, “I’m Grapevine.”

Every creation needs a name. A name is better than a description. A descriptive name is best.

“Grapevine” was featured in Stringing Magazine Spring 2006.

Peach Princess and Grapevine in Stringing Spring 2006

Peach Princess and Grapevine in Stringing Spring 2006

 *** The “Grapevine” eProject is available at Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! ***

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Peach Princess

“The gold and glitter, the swaying leaves, and the soft shimmer of peach—this dainty necklace will take you to the land of princess fairies, dreams, and fantasies.” – Ruby Bayan

For the Stringing Spring 2006 issue, the editors sent out a color palette as inspiration for the contributors’ submissions. One of the color combinations in the palette that caught my attention was the peach orange and lime swatch.

I had some pinkish leaf-shaped glass beads that I imagined would look great as dangles. Of course, peach-pink crystals and gold-filled chain and findings would all match. And naturally, the design had to be dainty.

Unlike my other designs that evolve as I play around with the beads, this one I had to sketch first. The placement of the beads had to be precise; the dangles have to hang nicely and lay flat. And the accents must be at the right places. I chose carnelian, aventurine, and rose quartz rounds as accents.

Peach Princess

"Peach Princess"

This piece may have been influenced by other home arts my mother taught me, like embroidery, crochet, and weaving. Art is art; creativity draws from exposure and immersion. 

“Peach Princess” appeared in Stringing Spring 2006, together with “Grapevine.”

Peach Princess and Grapevine in Stringing Spring 2006

Peach Princess and Grapevine in Stringing Spring 2006

 *** The “Peach Princess” eProject is available at the Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! *** 

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Olea europaea

I went inside a bead store with a clean slate. I said I will look for a focal bead and see where it takes me. I saw these interesting grayish ceramic beads that had irregularly shaped black markings on them. I grabbed some discs and a few cubes.

With the ceramic beads in my hand, I wandered about the store looking for matching elements. I ended up at the seed bead section and picked up tubes of green and gray matte seeds.

When I got home, I gathered some silver rounds and a toggle clasp and went to work. The design came easily once I had all the elements on my beading mat.

Olea europaea

Olea europaea

 

Now what to name the piece. Because the ceramic beads and the overall color theme of the necklace reminded me of olives, I called it “Olea europaea” — the scientific name of the olive.

Then I sent the design to Stringing Magazine for consideration. They liked it! The piece appeared in the Fall 2006 issue and again in “The Best of Stringing 2009.”

Olea Europea on Stringing Fall 2006

Olea Europea on Stringing Fall 2006

I distinctly remember being a tad uncomfortable about the heftiness of this necklace because I’ve always favored light and simple designs. But I guess it’s okay to explore outside my comfort zone every now and then.

***  The Olea Europea eProject is available at the Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! ***

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Luau

“Imagine swaying palm trees, flaming torches, and a spread of tropical fruits and smoke-grilled seafood. You glide into the luau in your strap sandals, flowing sarong, and . . . this necklace.” – Ruby Bayan

That was my lead for this piece when I submitted it to the Stringing editors. They chose it for the Summer 2007 issue, to grace the collection of necklaces themed “All Natural.”

I started with the curly shells as the focal beads. I had some heishi shells as well as tube shells in my stash, so I thought putting them all together would make sense. Smooth Swarovski pearls in colors taken from the shells (green, gold, cream) provided the contrast that balanced the design. I chose gold beading wires and let them show through the gaps of the curly shells and double strands of pearls.

Luau

Luau

Mother Nature gives us a wide range of materials to create beautiful jewelry. We just need to pay attention.

*** The “Luau” eProject is available at the Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! ***

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Carnelian Cubes

My carnelian cubes bracelet was published in Stringing Spring 2006. Imagine my joy when I saw the bracelet on the subscription slip of the Winter 2006 issue of the magazine!

Naturally, I framed the bracelet with the subscription slip. Who knows when something like this would happen again?

Carnelian Cubes Bracelet

Carnelian Cubes Bracelet

Framing the bracelet would mean I wouldn’t be able to use it anymore. I love the smooth and cool feel of the carnelian stones, so I went ahead and made another one — not an exact duplicate but close. Which I ended up giving away when I went to Manila last February. Well, I can always make yet another one — not an exact duplicate but close.

The original piece will forever be the original. A duplicate, no matter how faithful to the original will always be a duplicate.

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Smoke On The Water

“Like a shimmering lake kissed by a misty fog, the sparkle of the sapphire blue crystals fade into the hazy dreamlike charm of the opalite stones.” – Ruby Bayan

This is the other necklace that Stringing published in their Fall 2005 issue themed after the four elements, earth, water, fire, and air. My Smoke On The Water piece was for, yes, water.

Smoke On The Water

Smoke On The Water

 I was so thrilled that this necklace was selected because then all the time and effort I put into making it paid off.

When I imagined the design, I had no idea how many dangles I would need to compose the frill effect beside the opalite stones. But I knew I had to make several so I started doing that first. The blue and white crystal frills needed to be just the right number — not too few, not too many. I have to admit, I restrung this necklace several times to get just the right volume of frills.

At times, building jewelry is much like cooking. You need to prepare all the ingredients first, patiently and meticulously, before you can put them all together in one step to complete the dish.

Cornucopia and Smoke On The Water on Stringing Fall 2005

Cornucopia and Smoke On The Water on Stringing Fall 2005

*** The “Smoke On The Water” eProject is available at the Interweave Store. Click here to buy now! ***   

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