She is located in Marietta, GA and has a very busy life as a teacher and family person. However, the part I'm featuring today is her lampworked glass. She also does Handbound books.
Check her out at http://www.artofthefirebird.1000markets.com/
Her blog http://blog.thelonebeader.com/chronicles her progress with her extremely dimensional relief art which consists of stitching glass beads on felt. Currently she is making the motorcycle shown above. If you go to her blog and go back a month or so, you can follow the progress of making the motorcycle which is amazing. She even shows you the back of her project.
Some of her other pieces are beaded jewelry, earrings and pins. They are often of animals, birds, dogs and custom pieces also.
Interestingly enough some of her earrings were inspired by the parts of her motorcycle.
Can you recognize the hub caps and wheels?
There are so many talented beaders and Lone Beader is sure one of them.
Spring can't be too far away???
I spent over 2 hours surfing on the Internet to find out the latest on the new Federal Law concerning lead in children's products. I saw a post on Rena Klingenberg's Jewelry business blog and it reminded me of the lead in children's jewelry problem. The original post started in December 2007 and follows what has happened since. The latest contribution was by Russ Nobbs of Rings and Things, a very reputable jewelry component supplier. I buy lots of my components from them just because they are forthright about such things as lead in their products and they have good stuff.
The law is supposed to take effect on February 9, 2009. It effects jewelry and anything else, toys, clothing etc whether hand made or made by large manufacturers made for children under 12. This really effects many small crafters as each item must be tested for lead whether the components are even suspicious for containing lead or not. You can just imagine the effect of that on small businesses.
Crafters of children's toys got up in arms and did the petition, contact your lawmaker route and apparently had some effect.
Anyhow, Russ's post on Rena's blog explained that:
"Yesterday, Feb 2, 2009 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a one year stay for the new regulations. The stay does NOT exempt “metal components of children’s metal jewelry (effective for products manufactured after March 23, 2009)” The text of the stay is at http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr09/stayenforce.pdf The CPSC website is http://www.cpsc.gov/
"I’m sure the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America (MJSA) and the other national organizations pressure along with comments from many of us influenced this stay. I’m sure the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America (MJSA) and the other national organizations pressure along with comments from many of us influenced this stay.