Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bead Cruise 2012 Registration Opens May 30th

Bead Cruise 2012
Bead Cruise 2012 will be sailing to the beautiful Eastern Caribbean on March 3, 2012 aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's incredible Navigator of the Seas!
With the creative cast of instructors we have, you won't want to miss a single beading event. Come enjoy the fabulous workshops of Tracy Stanley, Heather Powers, Kerry Bogert, Jill Wiseman, and Beverly Herman for a beading event you'll never forget. The classes are going to be fabulous - click here for details..

Bead Cruise definitely has it all ... top-notch beading events and instructors, a fabulous cruise line and ship, and an amazing itinerary!

Relax and unwind as you travel to the beautiful Eastern Caribbean, ahhhh. We are so excited that for the first time we are doing an 8 night cruise, with stops in St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico, and Royal Caribbean's private paradise in Haiti - you are going to LOVE this itinerary! Only unpack once, enjoy all the shipboard amenities, visit exciting ports of call, eat an unlimited supply of delicious cuisine, and bead to your little beading heart's content!

With such an exciting schedule and itinerary for Bead Cruise 2012, we're sure to sell out quickly this year. General registration will open on Monday, May 30th at noon Eastern Time - so mark your calendars now and make plans to join us for Bead Cruise 2012. Visit for all the details and we'll see you onboard!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bead Cruise 2011 Program

View the Bead Cruise 2011 Program from our last cruise.  This is a booklet that I create for our participants each year.  This issue includes 7 free jewelry projects and bead resources!  Click on it to browse through the pages, download or print.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Featured Sponsor: Artisan Clay

Kristie Roeder is the talented beadmaker behind Artisan Clay.  Her ceramic work combines glazes and glass to create pools of crystal colors and uses elements of the earthy clay to juxtapose the texture and colors of her work. The result is work that looks like it's a treasure found from a long forgotten civilization.

** A little bit about the process**

All of Kristie's work is made in the same methods as functional pottery. Every piece is formed, trimmed, dried, fired, glazed, and fired again before it then can be made into jewelry.  She also use a potter’s wheel to throw some of her round and donut pendants.

For some of her pieces, she fuses recycled or stained glass to create pools of color.  Kristie's color palettes range from tropical ocean blues, to fiery reds and yellows to subdued greens and purples.  Her work glows with bright pops of color in crackled glass finishes.

I had the pleasure of working with Kristie's amazing pieces for a Bead Soup Party blog swap.  You can see more design examples using Artisan Clay pendants here.

You can find Kristie's work on her website or her Etsy shop.  Be sure to stop by her blog to see a peek into the artist's creative process.

Thanks Kristie for being one of our amazing sponsors!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bead Cruise 2012

Join us March 3rd as we set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida for 8 nights of beads, friends and fun! We'll sail on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas to Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Basseterre, St. Kitts; San Juan, Puerto Rico and the beaches of Labadee.

Instructors include Tracy Stanley, Kerry Bogert, Beverly Herman, Jill Wiseman and Heather Powers. Classes range from beadwork, metalwork, wire-wrapping, resin beadmaking and even jewelry photography!

All the fun of a luxury cruise combined with a great bead retreat. Join us for classes, workshops, open beading sessions, a cocktail party, gift bags, door prizes, a bead bazaar and more!

Early Bird Registration opens May 23rd!  General registration opens May 30th. 

Visit our website to learn more about our 2012 instructors!  Class information will post on Wednesday.