About Me

Lindsay M Starr is a beadwork and mixed media artist currently based in Nashville, TN. She spent her early childhood in Alaska, and her school age and college years in Oregon. Lindsay has a great appreciation for history, science, and nature and is consistently inspired by insects, sea life, color, and the significance of beads and beadwork throughout human history. She spends her days beading, walking at the zoo, and practicing yoga. Lindsay loves to share her knowledge and passion for beads and beadwork to hobbyists of all skill levels.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month Reveal April 2015

 Oh my, where did the month go!?  How is it time for the Art Jewelry Elements Component of the Month reveal again?  I know I spent half of April in post surgical recovery stupor, but seriously...anyway, moving on.  When I found out we were going to be able to play with one of Rebekah's little wood heart beads I was super excited - just look at them!

Rebekah sent me a lovely little copper heart, and it arrived a couple of days before my surgery.  I fondled it often during recovery, attempting to generate an idea to no avail.  And then the lovely Jenny sent me a recovery package and the entire design came together 5 minutes after opening the envelope!  I give you Dino Love - aka All Dinosaurs Go To Heaven:  
Back in January, Jenny had shown off a pendant in progress with this amazing dinosaur stamp.  I ogled it thoroughly, but never thought that she would send it to me!  I did a little bit of research about the stamp, and discovered that it was issued in 1970 as part of a 4 stamp set commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Natural History Museum.  You can read more about it and see the other stamps here.  Jenny was kind enough to include some beads to go with the pendant, including the copper peacock spotted daggers.  I love how those spots match the color of the heart, and I finished off the necklace with some of my favorite leather lace in a nice rusty tan color.  
Just look at all these details!  Jenny really managed to capture all of the colors in the stamp with the paint on the pendant.  The texture on the heart is so delicate, and the word on the side perfectly sums up how I feel about all things prehistoric.  To connect the pendant to the leather strap, I raided my stash of Czech lampwork and found these sugar beads - silver foil inside of amethyst glass with emerald green frit "sugar".  I love how they pull all the greens and purples in the rest of the piece together, and add a bit of sparkle too.  
Look, two beauty shots this time!  I didn't realize until I was done with the beading that the heart looks like it has wings - hence the secondary title of this piece "All Dinosaurs Go To Heaven".  I can't wait to see what everyone else has done with Rebekah's hearts!  I hope you will hop along with all of us!

Karin Grosset Grange
Carol Briody
Rebecca Anderson


  1. What a show stopper, I would love to see what this looks like on! Love how all the colours tie it all together and how you have hung Rebekah's heart, what a clever idea.

  2. The neckcuff bar is very cool. This is the first time I have seen it used. You are lucky to have so many art heads on hand that you can add them in so nicely. Great necklace!

  3. Wow, fantastic necklace! So unique and creative, I love it.

  4. The heart goes beautifully with the dinosaur bead. Very cool necklace!

  5. Yep, I also knew that whatever you made would be awesome and it is! Can't believe you did all that in such a short time! You rock!

  6. Stunning Lindsay, I love the happy accident of the wings!

  7. This necklace is amazing! I love everything about it from the way you framed the heart (several people did a framing type thing and I just love those) to the swingy fringe, the colors, that cool dinosaur stamp component, the beads connected to the leather. Oh, just everything!