Drops of Jupiter
coming soon! Ooooooooh, that's so pretty! Are you buying that for Beading Daily?
That's what people kept saying when they walked into my office one morning in June. On my computer screen was a photo of a glass and wirewrapped bracelet from Beading Daily reader Marcella Austenfeld.
At the time, I wasn't officially open to submissions, but Marcella's project was so beautiful, I couldn't pass it up. Her "Drops of Jupiter" was the first project I purchased especially for Beading Daily. Look for the project instructions in a future newsletter, exclusively for Beading Daily members!
A close-up of Tide Pool Around the same time as her Beading Daily submission, Marcella also submitted two different projects to Stringing and Beadwork. There's a reason for that old saying "great minds think alike": both magazines also purchased a project from her. Marcella's "Tide Pool" bracelet appears in the fall issue of Stringing and "Inspiration Necklace" will appear on the Beadwork website as part of the October/November issue. "Tide Pool" is Marcella's first published beading design.
Designer Marcella Austenfeld Marcella began beading eight years ago in what she describes as "those luxurious days of spare time." Now she’s a stay-at-home mom who spends her days chasing two boys about the Oakland Hills in California. Marcella notes, "My beading is done after the sun sets, restoring the calm needed to start my next day." When I asked her what made her decide to submit her design to Stringing, she said, "Over the past couple of years, Stringing has inspired me and pushed me creatively . . . I wanted to share my work with others who could appreciate the process and passion of creating uniquely crafted jewelry."
If you've been inspired by Stringing, I encourage you to submit your original designs. Who knows? I could be talking about YOU in a future issue of Beading Daily!
I hope you'll all join me in congratulating Marcella on the start of a very promising career in beading!