Reaching Tranquility Miniature Dressing Screen

I was inspired to create something that was unique by my mom and dad. I have been beading for most of my life and wanted something that challenged and inspired me. I fell in love with this creation right from the beginning. Over 6 hours went into the design of the total pattern and over 100 hours of beading. Each panel has over 10,000 Delica seed beads in it, totaling well over 40,000 beads in the completed project.  I used 28 colors in total. There are also Swarovski Crystals used for the ‘hinges’ and at the top of the posts. 
I chose this name;  Reaching Tranquility Miniature Dressing Screen, for this Krafty Max Original creation because it truly had me reaching for tranquility.  During this project I was surprised at all the emotions that it either brought out or created.  I went from frustration to fascination and from inspiration to exasperation! But through it all I was inspired and felt a deep sense of Tranquility from the creation itself.  
I hope that you (those of you who have watched it grow) have gotten some inspiration and tranquility as well.  And for those of you that are looking at it for the first time, I hope that you see the hours of love and devotion that went into creating this work of art.  Enjoy!!
When I started I had 28 colors of 11o (11 per inch) Delica Seed beads….

And it grew (5 rows as a time) from there!

And now…..

 It is designed as a miniature – oriental style – dressing screen I created it with 4 panels and then put them together with Swarovski Crystals and a frame work on the back. This is a decorative piece of art. It can be displayed standing, laying flat or hanging.

6+ hours of design
100+ hours of beading
Each panel –  4 x 8.75 inches
18.5 x 11 x .5 Overall Size
28 colors of Delica Seed Beads
4 colors of Swarovski Crystal Bi-Cone Beads

This Krafty Max Origianl ArtWork Creation was entered into several beading contests, and cannot be purchased until the results of the contests are knows, however, if you are interested in purchasing it, please contact me directly – – or you can look at the current listing –  

Materials Used: Delica Seed Beads, Swarovski Crystals, Fireline – 6 pound Crystal, plastic tube, wood beads, spray paint, white glue

Reaching Tranquility Miniature Dressing Screen

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Now the story continues….

On 86/13 I received news from Fire Mountain Gems in the form of this letter;
If that is hard to read I’ll summarize….. my Reaching Tranquility Miniature Dressing Screen creation has made it to the next round of the 2013 Seed Bead Contest.  So – after a bunch of bubble wrap – it is off to Fire Mountain Gems!  I have to say, jumping for joy is not even close to my excitement level!! 
I have had several people ask me to put something next to the screen so that they can gauge the size, so I used a US Dollar bill….. does this help??

PLEASE, please, please wish/pray to the beading powers that my creations WOW’s the judges…. I really want my creation to win something!!


An update!!

I have received my screen back and now I am waiting for the announcement!!  Yes, it will be another few weeks until they announce…. here is the note that they sent!!!


Another Update!!

So, here are the results!!  I won a SILVER METAL in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2013 Seed Bead Jewelry Making Contest!!!!

Here is the certificate I received….

Thank you so much for traveling this journey with me and for all your support!!  If you are interested in seeing the actual listing or if you have any question, please feel free to contact me!!


Still another update!!

I have recently received a copy from Fire Mountain Gems of what the ad will look like – IF – they use it in one of their cover campaigns.  I’ll let know if I here anything else about it, but for now….here is what it looks like!! ~KM

And believe it or not, there is more!!!

On 9/2/14 I was the Featured Artist on the Fire Mountain Gems Jewelry Maker’s Newsletter!! And when you click you’ll go to the feature – about my inspiration and design of this creation on their site!!!


Oh my goodness, could there be more???  YEP!!!

I attended the 38th-Fall-Country-Jamboree  and entered my screen into the Juried part of the show.  And, I WON!! I won an Award of Merit!!!  What a great show and an amazing win!!!38th-Fall-Country-Jamboree/c1zty/C53D0797-73E7-4E3C-8338-2DF6A89A2F7A

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19 Responses

  1. Elfie Morgan

    Incredible!!! Such an amazing job and such devotion to your craft. I am in awe!

    • Krafty Max

      THank you so very much Ms. Elfie, coming from another artist and friend, that means a lot to me! ~KM

  2. Fantabulous! (new word) I am in amazement of your wonderful talent.

    • Krafty Max

      I love your new word Ms Ginny, and thank you very much for following me and for your compliments!! ~KM

  3. Pearl Blay

    This is simply amazing! A masterpiece. I will share on my Beading Gem Facebook and Twitter later this week!

    • Krafty Max

      Thank you very much!!! 😉 ~KM

  4. Anonymous

    you accomplished this amazingly fast….beautiful

    • Krafty Max

      Thank you! Yes, I am a VERY fast beader, people tell me that all the time!! ~KM

  5. Kathy

    I also have watched it grow and it is so beautiful. You have amazing talent and a great eye for detail. What a wonderful job you did.

    • Krafty Max

      Thank you very much Ms. Kathy, I very much appreciate your comments!! ~KM

  6. Joni Nickrent

    Gorgeous! What a beautiful piece and for sure you should be proud of such an amazing work of art!

    • Krafty Max

      Thank you so very much Ms. Joni, you have no idea how much it means to me to get compliments from other artists!! ~KM

  7. Stevie Wilson

    PRETTY darn cool!!

    • Krafty Max

      Thank you very much!! ~KM

  8. Leah Curtis

    This is absolutely stunning! The dedication and work really shows. Wonderful creation!

    • Krafty Max

      THank ou so very much @leah ! ~KM

    • Krafty Max

      Thank you so very much!! ~KM

  9. Gutukas

    Very amazing and really the word suits funtabulous 🙂 How much patience you had and what a talent to think of something like that. 🙂

    • Krafty Max

      Thank you so very much!! ~KM