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Power Necklace Display
The Beadheads Group of the Twin Cities, Minnesota has completed its seventh display for the Creative Activities at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair. The the necklaces portray the various types of power within us and within the universe. To see images of the necklaces please click on this link: Power Necklaces
Below is my first sculptural collaboration with Adam Bischoff, an emerging metal sculptor. "Lucy Liberty" is a display for my beaded jewelry. She is made of recycled elements: a light fixture, a grill, a mask, a display stand and scrap metal. In this photo, she wears my power necklace, "The Power of Freedom," which is made of parrot feathers, beetle wings, leather, a glass eye cab and glass beads. She wears a garment of army green mosquito netting. Below is a detail of her face which features eyes and mouth embellished with copper washers which have our names and the year stamped on them.
Detail of the Face
Two-hole beads were popular during the 30s and 50s and I've collected more than 50 necklaces made with them from these eras. These beads are usually pressed glass and result in most unusual assemblies. Order my pdf file, The Joy of Two-Hole Beads, for $15.00 which shows images of them all plus several patterns for beadweaving with them.
The Bead Pal Project 1: Beaded Beads, click the image at left.
The Bead Pal Project 2: Flowers
Bead Pals 3: Message in a Bottle Beaded
Bead Pals 4: Shapes (stay tuned!)
About me.....Diane Fitzgerald is a bead collector and jewelry designer who works with a variety of beads large and small, old and new. Since 1989, Diane has taught classes at her shop, Beautiful Beads, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, across the U.S. and internationally. As a collector, she focuses on contemporary American art glass beads and European and Japanese vintage beads. Diane has traveled to South Africa to study Zulu and Xhosa beadwork and to Japan, Czech Republic, Germany, the UK and other areas to learn about the glass bead industry and meet beadworkers and beadmakers. Diane has a master's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota with a minor in Design.
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