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Juli grew up a shy, middle child and is a woman of few words whose jewelry speaks volumes about herself, her feelings and her perspective on the world.  A modern alchemist of design, she melds industrial imagery and organic aesthetics together to create new and unique designs.  Juli's love for asymmetrical design was immediately made apparent in her very first bead craft:  a pair of mismatched earrings created when she was sixteen.  She developed her eclectic style by reading about and experimenting with every style and technique she could get her hands on, from stitched bead jewelry to riveted metals and from wire wrapping to precious metal clays.  No matter what Juli creates, her sense of humor & fun, love of the craft and sense of style come through.  Juli would probably blog more often if her rather large tabby cat, Rocky, didn't insinuate himself between her hands and the keyboard.  However, she does regularly update her facebook fan page for Juli's Jewels.  Juli is always paying-it-forward, not only on a personal level, but through her company with "just because" giveaways.  Juli's Jewels ArtFire artisan shop is jam packed with earrings, pendants, necklaces, anklets and more that are ready to ship and she loves to make custom orders for people too!

Monday, November 3, 2008

It's that time again...Part 2


Ah bead shows. Rings and Things bead show was a resounding success. I had my hundred dollar limit and I spent $99.13. I spent two hours and I got a lot of beads for my money. This is a picture of the beads I purchased. I got red agate, blue Peruvian opal, crazy lace agate (dyed green), amazonite, Chinese charoite, natural impression stone, impression stone (dyed serpentine), owyhee jasper, mookaite, riolite and tourmaline.


Now for B.A.B.E., the Bay Area Bead Extravaganza. This is their tenth anniversary! It actually starts on Thursday, November 6th (just three days from now with so many classes about jewelry making and bead making and bead and jewelry business stuff...it's a lot. I am only going for one day though, Saturday the 8th. The two days of the weekend, the 8th and 9th, are shopping days as well as class days. There will be more than 250 vendors at the event. Some you will have heard of others, maybe not. http://www.beadextravaganza.com/exhibitor.html - link to exhibitors page. One of the things that is the biggest draw for me is the glass. There are glass bead artists there selling the beads they made themselves. It is so cool talking to these people about their art (and it is art). One of my favorites is Sharon Peters Silly Beads, she is a hoot. You can find her online at smartassglass.com.


Last year when I went for the first time, I was completely overwhelmed. This year, I am bringing a friend. It helps if I make a list of vendors or products that I am more interested in because if I don't I won't remember anything (seriously, nothing-poof-all gone). Some of the items/vendors I will be looking for are Green Girl Studios (Fab fine pewter and etc), Sharon Peters (lampworked beads), copper, Thai silver, Bullfrog and I-Ching Beads (lampwork beads), Lillypilly Designs (awesome etched shell pendants), Unicorne Beads (yes, more lampwork), Beaducation (TOOLS!), Bead Palace (I know, you thought lampwork, but no...GEMSTONES), and Arrow Springs (stuff to make lampwork beads).


I will let you know how I did. I am sure that with a good breakfast and comfortable shoes, I can handle this.

1 comment:

Dave Robertson said...

Hi Juli, thanks for mentioning our bead shows! Hope you're going to post more & show what you got there! :-)

--Dave
at Rings & Things

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