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This is finished monarch butterfly from Mary Ellen Merrigan of Mary Ellen Beads.

Three Lessons of the Monarch

It wasn’t on my list to pour resin when Michele called about a perfect butterfly in early October. I resisted, reasoning the Little Mosaic boxes I was working on took creative precedence. “This perfect butterfly won’t last,” she reasoned. A silversmith, Michele McMillan  works beautiful, simple and thoroughly modern designs. Although I now refer to …

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These ice resin earrings are perfect bead bling for the Holidays from Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

Bead Bling a Natural Part of Holiday Show

As a member of a co-operative gallery (I joined Amapola Gallery in 2013), my displays change and rearrange regularly. Plus, when items sell, displays accommodate the differences. On a quarterly basis, every artist changes position and the entire energy of the gallery shifts as a result. My presentation varies to accommodate new inventory, changes in seasonal …

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Sand dollar halo is a piece of resin jewelry created by Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

Rave about Resin Jewelry

If you know me, you may have a piece of my jewelry. It’s a way I share the joy of creating with those I care about. While I never meet a bead I don’t like, I find myself amazed at assemblages in resin. This is the resin jewelry phase. Resin seals and augments my experimentation(s). …

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These faces showcase the leather jewelry and ice resin jewelry of Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

Leather Jewelry and Ice Resin Jewelry Displayed in PopUpShop

July. There’s still summer time  left to enjoy fashion’s leather jewelry trend. It’s an easy-to-wear look, perfect for open necklines and t-shirt dressing. Add the whimsy of ice resin and you have perfect summer jewelry. My studio is home to all-things-leather at the moment. BoHo bracelets are stacked on the table, multiples of leather charmed necklaces …

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This medley of ice resin art is from Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

Joy in Ice Resin Art

Before Susan Lenart Kazmir’s Ice Resin class, I worshiped only at the church of beads. Basically I was a stringer. In those days, I would find a way to highlight textures or shapes in my necklace design, add a focal centerpiece and count as done another fun necklace for posterity. (In my world, any worship …

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