Bead&Button photos, part IV (the jewelry)

The final installment of our Bead&Button photos features the really fun stuff: the jewelry! Most of these are my favorite entries from the Bead Dreams competition. The final three images are other lovely jewelry I saw during the show. Enjoy, and be prepared to drool a little.

Variations of a Peacock by Stephanie Czaja
We are proud to say that Stephanie was a Blue Buddha intern for a short time (before an actual job changed her schedule and meant she could no longer come in). Congrats Stephanie!

Chainmaille Jacket by Vanessa Walilko
2nd Place, Wirework category AND People’s Choice Award
Woo! Way to go, Vanessa!
You of course, all know and love Vanessa already through her work at Blue Buddha. See more of her armor and sculpture creations at Kali Butterfly Dark.

Flight of Fancy by Rachel Reilly
1st Place, Wirework category
Facets of Avalon Amazing microknitted wire. (I don’t think microknitting is a word, but I’m using it anyway just to convey the eye-popping reaction I had to this piece! Simply amazing.)

And because you can’t really appreciate Rachel’s piece unless you see it close up, here is a detail shot:

White Clovers and Clovers by Yukiko Yamamoto
2nd Place, Seed Bead Jewelry
All you seed beaders are nuts. I couldn’t even begin to imagine how this is put together.

Warrior Rings by Lynn Davy
Lynn Davy Beading
*nods of approval* Though we still think seed beaders are nuts.

The Stone Flower by Tatiana Fitzpatrick
J & T Design

Himalayan Blue Poppies by Barbara Caraway
View Barabara Caraways portfolio on

Cigno Sinistro (sinister Swan) by Sara Sally Lagrand
3rd place, Lampwork/Glass
What can I say? I love eyeballs.
Pretty Babies Glass

Nitidus Quasar by Pamm Horbit
White Lotus Beading
Nitidus is a latin word meaning “explosive bloom.”

Beautifully Baroque by Lynn Ann Schwarzenberg
River Poet Design
1st place, Polymer Clay
What this woman does with clay is amazing. I love creating customized niobium chains to match her polymer clay pendants.

Finally, here’s some other jewelry that I fell in love with during the show.

Flower of Life Bracelet made by a customer of A Beadtiful Thing, by joining several Flower of Life segments together.

Omni bought some scales on Friday during the show, then showed up at the booth the next morning with a spiffy new badge chain. Cool!

And finally, one of my personal favorites from the entire show is this stunning reversible necklace made with rubber and aluminum by B3 student/customer Sarah Meadows. She’s got other beautiful pieces in the works, and I’m encouraging her to try for Bead Dreams next year!

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13 years 2 months ago

Drool a little? I drooled a lot! These are amazing inspirational pieces. Thanks for sharing the whole collection of photos from the show. Pearl

13 years 4 months ago

Just Amazing! Works that we can all aspire to. Thank you for sharing with us all.
♥•.*.Thank you.*.•♥
♥•.*.from Vicki.*.•♥

L. Bergin
13 years 5 months ago

Thank you again, for sharing your photos of the show with us – as a teacher, I can’t afford to take time off in the school year to attend. :(

Omni – please don’t assume everyone knows how to do the “common” weaves, many of us are still learning! 😀

As an aside – while I am attending Origins (a decently sized gaming convention), for the first time in a decade, someone is actually selling chainmaille jewelry! People have also been commenting on the crystal byzantine bracelet that I made from one of your kits, and I’ve been telling them where to go, so hopefully more people will get addicted to chainmailling (is this even the correct spelling?)

Have a great day all, and thank you again for all that you do.

13 years 5 months ago

Thank you, right now, all I am willing to say it is a common weave you probably know.

I may try to write up a how to when I have time and submit it to one of the wire magazines.

13 years 5 months ago

Thanks for sharing the pictures with all of us who couldn’t be at the show. I love the scale namebadge holder. How was it done?