You've heard the term Bucket List, right? I've never actually sat down and written one and checked things off, but there's definitely a list in my mind. I finally got to mentally check off two things in quick succession and I'm SO excited. I haven't felt like I've accomplished much of anything for a while, so this felt extra special with pie on top.
I've long admired every publication Stampington puts out. Their magazines shouldn't even be called "magazines". They're the size (and often larger) than many crafting books, the paper is sublime (I have a thing about paper texture), and the articles and tutorials are inspiring. Two jewelry publications, Jewelry Affaire and Belle Armoire Jewelry, are the two I buy consistently, and I've always admired the artistry, and longed for the day when I might make something that would fit inside their pages.
I was shocked when Jewelry Affaire contacted me, asking me if I'd be interested in writing an article about the Bead Soup Blog Party®. I actually had to check the email address to make sure I wasn't getting spoofed! But it was true, and they included a lovely assortment of Bead Soup participant's work in the magazine, as well as showing the "raw" soups themselves. This came out in the Autumn 2013 edition.
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I was very pleased they included so many people's creations AND the soups they started with, all over ten pages. And if you want to see even more awesome creations, come visit my blog on May 3rd for the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party reveal!
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Following in those footsteps came the news that a necklace I'd made for a button blog hop, using a domed silver three pence piece that Niky Sayers sent to me made the grade. It was a piece I was extremely proud of, using not only the pence, but vintage lace, copper, white patinaed copper from Miss Fickle Media, pewter button links from Ornamentea, and vintage mother of pearl buttons from my own scarily vast collection. I sent a photo in, and was thoroughly shocked and delighted when they asked me to send it.
It appears in the Winter 2014 edition of the quarterly magazine Belle Armoire Jewelry. I have to say -- getting a tutorial into this magazine made me feel like I had finally made it. I can't quite explain why, other than to say check out Stampington's publications, and you'll instantly get a certain feel.
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And here's the necklace.
I did the metal texturing and and patina for the copper semicircle and links, and overcame my fear of riveting to give some interest and polish to the pendant. And I went against my incredibly Type A personality to make "messy wraps" of all the linkages. Oh, man, I love how it looks when other people do it but I've never been good at it. To add a little something extra, I melted the ends of the silver wire to create a balled end so it would look a little more "done". As for connecting the pence and lace, I merely punched two holes in the copper and "sewed" the button on with thin wire. I made the clasp by creating a traditional hook shape and then wound it with thinner wire.
There! I did it. Two things to check off the list. I'm not nearly as afraid to contact these magazines anymore, but even if I never get published in them again, I'm thankful and grateful for the opportunities.
Thanks for sharing my joy!
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.