Monday, November 30, 2009

Calling All Designers - Introductory Jewelry Challenge!

The Fire Divas are hosting an Introductory Jewelry Challenge! This challenge will be for jewelry designers who use artisan lampwork in their pieces. The winner of the Challenge will receive a beautiful group of Fire Divas' work. This is a wonderful chance for jewelry designers to show off their talents and get exposure!

Now for the details:
This first challenge will allow lampwork from any artisan. We require information about the artisan who made the beads used in the submitted piece, so if you submit something, please be ready to provide that information.

The challenges to follow will only allow Fire Divas' lampwork.

We will allow one submission per person per contest, and a maximum of two photos per submission. Entries may be submitted here (http://www.flickr.com/groups/firedivachallenge/) for approval, no later than January 1, 2010. Please include, in the comments section, the following:
Information about the beads:
Description of the piece:
Inspiration for the piece:

Fire Divas reserve the right to approve or reject any submissions.

Fire Divas reserve the right to modify or cancel the challenge at any time.

Ok, the boring stuff is over - go have fun creating!

Just to clarify, Fire Diva entries are exempt. They are there to provide inspiration and to show what amazing pieces can be created using Fire Divas' lampwork beads!

11/30 Bead of the Day

Today's Beads of the Day are dark mysteries with a hint of sparkle. Perfect for an elegant bracelet for a special evening! They are made by Lea of LAJewelryDesigns on Etsy. Check out Castle Path:

Don't forget to check out all the latest Fire Diva goodies on our Etsy Promo thread:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Fire Divas Gossip Column

Is your Christmas shopping done yet? There are only 25 more shopping and crafting days left. If you design jewelry and want to give something unique and all artisan created, make sure you check out the Fire Divas links to the side of the blog and buy handmade lampwork for your designs! And if you don't design jewelry, many Divas also have ready to wear jewelry in their shops.

Eileen shares a secret she's been hiding for months about stuff she's been playing with. She's been holding out on us!

Cyber Monday starts at midnight at Fire N Sand's etsy shop. Make sure you read about the specifics!

Over at Glass Addictions, I show an awesome video and muse about how jealous I am of how hot those people are.

Holly gets a very special gift from a very special person.

Lara's been playing with a new awesome glass color!

Maybeads has some adorable critters at a discount!

Marcy has been considering adding to her repertoire and researching non traditional examples.

That's it! But if that's not enough juicy gossip for the week, check out the Fire Divas etsy thread. Have a great week!
The results are in, and the winner is....

Jamie and her Turkey! Let's see that guy again!

Second place goes to Janel!

Congratulations Divas, and thank you to everyone who entered and voted!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Saturday Fantasy Shopping Trip

Now that we are all recovered from our Thanksgiving festivities, which I trust were enjoyable for all of you, allow me to take you on another fantasy shopping trip through the Fire Divas work. I love shopping handmade for the holidays!

Here is a beautiful set of Winter Frit beads from infernoglassbeads on Etsy. Perfect for your winter jewelry project!



This Sunshower focal by LAJewelryDesigns on Etsy just facinates me! Check out the picture of the sample use she includes - it's stunning!



A beautiful Modern Midieval Necklace by GlassAddictions on Etsy would be a fantastic addition to your favorite lady's jewelry collection!



This gorgeous Dots and Swirls bicone necklace from JaneDudleyBeads on Etsy would be a gorgeous addition to anyone's collection!



Dress up your knitting or crocheting project with these beautiful buttons from DorsetHillBeads on Etsy. See her last picture for a perfect example!



Hope you enjoyed this weeks' shopping trip! Make your Holiday Handmade this year!




Friday, November 27, 2009

BEAD OF THE DAY 11-27-09


Today's bead of the day is this super cute SNOWY OWL from mermaidglass. Look at that perfectly shaped face and really cute beak. Check out all her beads at the link above and the rest of the Fire Divas at the weekly promotions thread.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bead of the Day 11/26

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Today's Bead of the Day is this Tide Pool Necklace made by Jennifer at GlassAddictions on Etsy.

More of her beautiful jewelry and other Fire Divas work can be seen in the Fire Divas weekly promotional thread on Etsy!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bead of the Day - November 25

Today's bead of the day is Maude the Mod Turtle by Maybeads:


Isn't he adorable? He reminds me of the turtles on Super Mario Brothers! He looks like he wants to stand up and start dancing. You can see more of Lauren's work in her Etsy Shop, and click over to the Fire Divas Etsy Promo Thread for many more beauties to browse!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bead of the Day, 11/24

Today's focal bead by JanelDudleyBeads has got it going on! Made with a base of Candy Apple red, its been meticulously dotted with a silver saturated glass and River Rock pulled with silver leaf, then encased in clear. The result is stunning!












For more from the Fire Divas, hop on over to our thread on Etsy.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

fire Divas Gossip Column

Christmas is approaching QUICKLY (just 32 days at at this moment!), so if you design jewelry and want to get a head start on Christmas gifts, make sure you check out the Fire Divas links to the side of the blog and buy handmade lampwork for your designs!

Over at Fire N Sand, there is a drawing for the bead of the month and she suggests it would make the wettest bracelet. Is that a new term for awesome? Because that's what I think of the bracelet that bead will make.

I have some beads in the 2010 product review in Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine. To celebrate, I am giving an issue away. But you have to stop by Glass Addictions to see how to enter.

Holly has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Which one? I won't tell! You'll have to read for yourself.

Lara finds bead inspiration from....jury duty?

Over at Maybeads, you will discover Lauren's favorite things and lots of things with eyes.

Marcy has found the Weapons of Mass Destruction and they were in Texas this whole time!

Vedasbeads is surrounded by a bunch of fruits...

Need more Diva gossip? Go here to see all the juicy details.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fire Divas Thanksgiving Challenge

To celebrate the season of giving, the Fire Divas are having a Thanksgiving Challenge! Some of our members have made wonderful pieces for YOU to vote on. First, enjoy viewing these wonderful treasures. When you're done, please vote for the bead you are thankful for on right side of the Fire Divas' blog. The voting will stay open for one week - then the winner will receive a really cool prize!

Saturday Fantasy Shopping Trip

The Holidays are comming ~ faster than we expect! And for those of us who like to put a personal touch on our gifts, handmade is the way to go, whether by you or by your favorite artist! We're here to help you get all your beading essentials for your upcomming gift giving season. :D

How about a pair of swizzle sticks from teasebeads on Etsy? Perfect for that special guy on your list!


A bookmark from maybeads on Etsy? Pick one up for your favorite reader!

Or how about a fat free cupcake from HollysFollyGlass on Etsy? Perfect for wire wrapping and gifting to your favorite sweets lover!

A blown glass vessel from giapet on Etsy - I love these for holding perfume or aromatherapy oils!

Or this beautiful set of beads from Lutrick on Etsy. These would be outstanding in a single piece of jewelry, or there's enough to make several pieces!


Stay tuned for more Fantasy Shopping trips every Saturday ~ and in the meantime, search for Fire Divas on Etsy or Artfire for all your beading and gift giving needs!

SHOP HANDMADE!!


Friday, November 20, 2009

Bead of t he Day 11-20-09


Today's Bead of the Day is this lovely organic twisted shard beads by Theresa of teasebeads. She has named it Shards of Perfection and it is beautiful. Check out teasebeads Etsy shop; while at Etsy, click over to the Fire Divas Promo Thread for work from Eileen and the other Fire Divas!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bead of the Day - November 18


Today's Bead of the Day is by Eileen of DorsetHillBeads. It is called After Midnight and the color combination is fantastic!


while at Etsy, click over to the Fire Divas Promo Thread for work from Eileen and the other Fire Divas!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bead of the Day, 11/17

This stunning boro set is called Fields of Heather, and it's from LAJewelryDesigns' Etsy shop. This lovely set of 6 round lampwork beads has splashes of lavender, purple, teal and blue on a base of ivory.













For more from the Fire Divas, check out our weekly Etsy thread.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Bead of the Day 11/16

Today's Beads of the Day is a yummy, gorgeous set by Jennifer Cameron a/k/a GlassAddictions. Excuse me a moment; I need to drool...

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It's a new week and the Fire Divas have a new thread on Etsy and on ArtFire. Check out all our latest goodies there.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fire Divas Gossip Column

Christmas will be here before you know it (just 39 days at at this moment!), so if you design jewelry and want to get a head start on Christmas gifts, make sure you check out the Fire Divas links to the side of the blog and buy handmade lampwork for your designs!

Holly shares a link for her readers to check out Beadstyle's website for free!

Janel is trying to keep her orphans happy.
Lauren has found a new addiction and has been drawing on bananas.
Marcy gives great tips for selling successfully on etsy.
Need more Diva gossip? Go here to see all the juicy details.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bead of the Day 11-13-09


Today's Bead of the Day is by one of our newer Fire Divas, Tera of beadygirlbeads on Etsy! I have long been an admirer of her work and this bead is no exception. The thinness of this disk is amazing and her color sense is beautiful. To see more of beadygirlbeads beautiful and unique beads check out her Etsy store. To see more wonderful lampwork beads check out the Fire Divas weekly promotional threads on Etsy or Artfire!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bead of the Day - November 11



Today's bead of the day is actually a necklace full of incredible lampwork beads by glassbead. It is called Aqua Bubbles. It features "bubble gum" beads and is strung with coordinating seed beads. Beautiful!

You can see more in glassbead's Etsy shop, and many other Fire Diva creations in the Etsy Promo Thread.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bead of the Day, 11/10

Two Tone Waves from RiversEdgeGlass is a set of five beads that have been etched for a matte finish. They sure would make a fun and pretty bracelet!














For more from the Fire Divas, check out our weekly Etsy thread.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Bead of the Day 11/9

Deck the halls with boughs of Holly . . . then deck your ears with these pretty little ornament beads by HollysFollyGlass! They would make perfect holiday earrings ~ they're a rich red color with sparkly metallic tops.





For more beads from the Fire Divas, check out our weekly thread on Etsy.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fire Divas Gossip Column

Christmas will be here before you know it (just 46 days at at this moment!), so if you design jewelry and want to get a head start on Christmas gifts, make sure you check out the Fire Divas links to the side of the blog and buy handmade lampwork for your designs!

Over at my place (Glass Addictions), I showed off photos of a steampunk bracelet created by a customer using my beads that turned out STUNNING!

Holly is in Fritter Heaven after an obsessive search for the perfect fritter (and it isn't even deep fried!)

Janel used a very....interesting method for selecting the winner of the big hole bead...

Lea fell asleep for the bead contest, but won anyway! Congrats Lea!

Lauren posts the best tutorial EVER about how to make a hippo. Really. Go read it now. Even if you never want to make a hippo.

Addicted to everything Pantone? Go check out what Marcy found that should be right up your alley.

Mermaid's Tale tries etching some of her beads.

Melissa is participating in the Artists' Boutique this weekend!

If that wasn't enough gossip for you, stop by this week's Fire Divas thread on etsy for more fun stuff.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Bead of the Day 11/07/09

Today's bead of the day is a real tough guy ~ a sheep with his ball cap on showing his attitude!
You can find this cutie along with a herd of his friends in maybeads Etsy shop. Be sure to check the Got Glass? threads on Etsy and Artfire for more handmade art glass beads from your favorite Fire Divas!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Bead of the Day 11-6-09


Today's Bead of the Day is this beautiful blue and purple bead with really cool silvered ivory snake skin pattern. This lovely bead is made by Fire Diva GlassAddictions. You can see more of her work in her Etsy shop, and many incredible Fire Diva creations in the Etsy Promo Thread.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bead of the Day 11/5

Today's Bead of the Day is by Theresa Ehlers at Teasebeads on Etsy. All of her items are Reiki charged!

Check out her website, her Art Fire or see what she's been up to via her Blog.

More of her work and other Fire Divas work can be seen in the weekly Fire Divas thread on Etsy!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

October Challenge Results

The polls are closed...the votes are in...and the winner is.....

Lea!! Let's see that winning bead again, shall we?


Our second place winner is Holly, with these beautiful pendant:


Congratulations to both our first and second place winners, and thank you to all the Fire Divas who entered the challenge and the voters who chose the winners!

Bead of the Day - November 4


Today's Bead of the Day is this adorably goofy fish named Lester. He was made by Janel of JanelDudleyBeads. She made him using a tutorial and I think she did a fantastic job! Just look at that expression - how can anyone resist?

You can see more of Janel's work in her Etsy shop, and many incredible Fire Diva creations in the Etsy Promo Thread.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bead of the Day, 11/3

Today's bead comes from glassbead, where you'll find plenty more fish swimming around her shop. Red Fish has a transparent red Italian Moretti glass core that has been rolled in fine silver foil, encased with clear and decorated with raku frit.


Monday, November 2, 2009

11/2 Bead of the Day

Today is my sister's birthday and blues and greens are her favorites so I thought of her when I saw these:

Today's Bead of the Day were made by Cherine of Flamecrazy.

Be sure to keep up with all the new Diva listings this week on Etsy and Artfire. We also have a Fanpage on Facebook.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fire Divas Gossip Column

It's NOVEMBER?!?! Where did October go? Ack! Christmas will be here before you know it (just 53 days at at this moment!), so if you design jewelry and want to get a head start on Christmas gifts, make sure you check out the Fire Divas links to the side of the blog and buy handmade lampwork for your designs!

Now onto the gossip for the week.

WhoooHOOOO!!!! Marcy won! Go see what she won and congratulate her while there.

Lynne shares a new bead photo

Lauren talks about how she got started in critter bead making and...turtle toots?!?!

Lea is promoting the Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge we have going on right here. Vote to the right----------->

Janel is giving away a GORGEOUS big hole bead and entry is super easy. But the contest ends SOON!

Holly has found a cool way to create matching accessories for you dinnerware! This may be the perfect gift for the hard to shop for person on your list.

Tera is excited to be one of the newest members of Fire Divas!

Melissa mentions what excites her as a graphic designer...get your mind out of the gutter!

Vedasbeads is super excited about a new line of beads. She had to introduce them all at once!

Lara is having a halloween blow-out sale!

That wasn't enough gossip for you? Then check out this week's Etsy thread for more juicy tidbits.