Thursday, October 1, 2009

Getting Ready to Bead on Halloween!

This is a fun activity to do at home to start making Halloween inspired beads.

How to Make a Polymer Clay Mummy Bead by Tommy Venable

Starting Jewelry Making

By Courtney Gray

Friday, September 4, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Launch787 Fashion Week

Launch 787

Austin Fashion Week is a showcase of Austin’s fashion forward elite. Local fashion and home decor boutiques and salons will play host to a week-long f├ęte of in-store events and spotlight local fashion designers. Photographers, models, hair stylists and makeup artists will also compete in online competitions. The “best ofs” in each group will be awarded at the Austin Fashion Awards, a night of fashion, music and the best of the best.

Dates: Dates for Austin Fashion Week are set for July 13-19, 2009.

Designers are able to participate in Austin Fashion Week by agreeing to the following:

* Design an 8-foot x 8-foot space showing off your work inside a participating retail or salon location during Austin Fashion Week. Your host boutique/salon will provide this space for you based on the event planner's discretion.
* You host at least one mini-event (we can help you somewhat with this) during the week at your host boutique/salon location, but we hope you'll do more than one.
* Offer a 10% discount to any consumers holding the "Passport to Fashion." The "Passport to Fashion" is a card purchased through allowing those consumers a small discount along with other perks. Consumers DO NOT have to purchase the card to participate in Austin Fashion Week.
* Pay an application fee of $35. If you are a designer operating under multiple business names, you must complete a separate application for each business you want considered. Please note: This is a juried competition. Simply completing an application does not guarantee participation.

Assuming you are chosen to participate, you will receive the following:

* Massive amounts of promotion through the Austin Fashion Week and Austin Fashion Awards media partners. Current partners include Mix 94.7, Time Warner Cable, Rare Magazine, News 8 Austin, the Austin Convention & Visitors' Bureau, Yelp, Yellow Cab and more.
* A profile of you and your business on with a host of information about you and the mini-event(s) you're throwing. Expected traffic is approximately 250,000 hits from 30,000 unique users (source is Austin Restaurant Week, a similar concept with those proven statistics).
* Nomination in at least one Austin Fashion Awards category (to be determined by the Austin Fashion Week jury).
* 1 Ticket to the Austin Fashion Awards and the ability to buy unlimited tickets at a discount.

JUST ANNOUNCED: We have also implemented a Designer Incubator Program. It's our goal to raise the bar of fashion in Austin and put it on a world-stage with an Austin twist. The "Rising Star" of the Austin design world will receive a huge in-kind package that will help them jump-start their career. Who knows? Maybe you're that designer! Regardless, we hope you choose to participate to help bring a stronger focus to the fashion and design community here in Austin!

Rare opportunity.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Visit for custom orders and prices. Madaleine

Jewelry Design Business Grant 2009


Jewelry Design Business Grant - Now Accepting 2009 Entries

Now Accepting Entries - Jewelry Design Business Development Grant
Award: $6,000 in start-up cash and materials
Deadline: June 17, 2009
No entry fee required
Application details at

Halstead Bead, Inc. is now accepting entries to its fourth annual Business Development Grant competition for new American jewelry designers entering the bridge jewelry trade. Entries may be submitted between now and June 17, 2009. The grant will be awarded to a winning candidate in August. All finalists will be eligible for a mentorship program that matches new designers with established and successful jewelry entrepreneurs.

The Halstead Bead Business Development Grant differs from other jewelry industry competitions and awards because of its emphasis on business skills. Entrants must demonstrate not only extraordinary design, but also a strong business strategy.

Designers utilizing a wide variety of fabrication techniques including casting, lampworking, metal clay, beading, or metalsmithing are eligible to enter the competition. Candidates must be US citizens who began their businesses after January 1, 2006.

Previous grant winners include Bridgland Studios, Belle Brooke Designs, and Ananda Khalsa Jewelry.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fashion Lanyards

I create lanyards to the customer specifications. These are but a few of my creations. Price is determined by the quality and amount of material required.

Fashion Jewelry

These are some samples of fashion jewelry created from glass, plastic, plated and pewter metals.

Swarovski and Semi Jewelry

I combine Swarovski crystals with semi precious stones to create unique pieces. I create sets. ie Earrings & Bracelet, Necklace & Earrings, or all three pieces.

SemiPrecious Jewelry

For the semiprecious lovers. I consult with my clients to identify their needs. I carry inventory of most items showing on the slides.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

WJA Divas Designer Contest

Organizer: WJA Site:

DIVA Design Competition

The annual WJA DIVA Design Competition is a competition created to promote and encourage jewelry design by women. Open to all women, regardless of experience, formal training or background in jewelry or jewelry design, the competition is judged by a panel of industry experts who evaluate designs based on their originality, creativity, wearability, and interpretation of an annual theme.

Application deadline extended. Application details:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Welcome to Madaleine's Updates

I just received my 12mm Swarovski Round Crystals. This will become part of my summer ring collection. The colors include: Pink, Light Green, Yellow, Light Blue, Black, and Garnet.

My rings are custom made sterling silver. The rings are adjustable to fit every hand.

You can find some jewelry samples at: