Designing all started 10 years ago when Jewelry Design Star Dhea Powers watched a beading show on a DIY channel. Her husband Russ is a boro lampwork artist, and together they started selling beads online to earn extra income. It wasn't long before their business was so successful that Russ was able to work as a lampwork artisan full time and the two of them became even closer. Beading also introduced them to a whole new community of artists and jewelry designers!
Dhea loves working with lampwork beads the most, especially when she gets to witness the magical process when her husband makes them. "From the melting of the glass to how he turns them into little works of art, [each one is] full of such depth and beauty. Most people don't get to experience the making of their favorite beading supplies. So getting to see that, and then getting to use them in my designs...makes the beads extra special."
Dhea has shared a few online tutorials over the years with her jewelry group, The Bead Hive. If you'd like to join her jewelry group, you can "friend" or message her on Facebook. So, what's her favorite design? "I think it's a tossup between 2 designs called Mermaid's Treasures and Sea Scape. Mermaid's Treasures was one of my first multiple strand bracelets and Sea Scape was one of my first Loaded Charm bracelets. Both of which took me a lot of time. I'm proud of how they came out.
And they both have lots of purple ... I love purple! :)"
If you want to view Dhea and Russ' beautiful designs, check out their website JavaBead.com. Hit them up on Pinterest or Twitter, too! Dhea, her husband and their three pugs would be delighted if you paid a visit.
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