Fish Are Friends Blog Hop Reveal

By | July 13, 2013

Hello Everyone,

Please excuse my long absence.  Life got a little nutty there for a while.   It’s still a little nutty, but mostly manageable.    In the mean time, I have been busy behind the scenes beading away.

I was thrilled to be picked for Karen Williams Fancy Fish Design Team.  I got to test out her fabulous Fancy Fish pattern.  It is chock full of great pictures and instructions, as well as lots of info on right angle weave and details like how thread color can alter bead color, something that people don’t necessarily consider.    So, on to the pictures, my first fish sort of dictated the direction I ended up going.A long time ago, I helped paint a mural with these wonderful purple/pink and orange fish and I have been enamored with them ever since.     It was a bit of a challenge to find the core beads around here, so I went with what I had in my stash.   Since my core bead was a bit stubbier than the bead requested in the pattern, I found that the side fins in size 11 beads were a bit overwhelming, so I used a little artistic license and switched to 15’s.

Fish number two is totally unrelated to fish number 1.    My dad needed a birthday present and they were heading off to the boat for a few weeks, so it was high time the boat got a new mascot.    I hear that this little guy is now hanging over the chart table.  I did have fun playing with stripes on this one.  I found some larger, pointier beads for the base on this one.   I had to add a few extra rows before decreasing, but that was about it.

For the next fish I used another of the long pointy beads for the base.    I ended up going with the fancier tail on this one.    It’s very full.  And I also made the fancier side fins.   I also had to add extra rows on this one.

My final fish was another with the stubby core bead.  I went with a smaller tail.   I had a few shaping issues with this guy, due to my core bead, not the instructions.  So I ended up tweaking the shaping on this one which gave me a more bulbous fish.   Next up was figuring out what to do with them.

I bought the orange and hot pink faceted beads last winter thinking of summer.   I didn’t have a plan for them at the time.   Who knew they were just waiting for this moment.    They matched the fish perfectly.    I made some free form netting leafy pieces, and added some leafy fringe.  Finally I attached the fish and voila, a fun summery necklace.

The close up is a bit wonky.   The light was failing, and my basement is still a disaster area, so the light box was unavailable.   Here’s a final pic with a flash, which I don’t normally like, but this one made the beads glow.

If you want your own Fancy Fish Tutorial, go here to buy it.   It’s well worth the money.

And now, go check out what everyone else did with the tutorial.   I can’t wait to see.

Without further ado – here’s the Official Fish Friends list:

 Francie Broadie – FAB Custom Jewelry
 Shirley Moore – Beads and Bread
Bobbie Rafferty – Beadsong Jewelry
Tanya Goodwin – A Work in Progress
Cynthia Machata – Antiquity Travelers
Kathy Jo – KJ’s Beadacious Beads
Therese Frank – Therese’s Treasures
Nancy Sopp – AlaskanNancy 
Alison Oman
Dolores Dwight 
Amy Severino – Amybeads
Eleanor Pigman – Eleanor Pigman
Hostess: Karen Williams – Baublicious


Karen Williams on July 13, 2013 at 8:39 PM.

Francine, thanks so much for joining in on my design team. Your three rosy/orange fish are each such so unique in their own right and such fun together in your necklace.

And I love the idea of your blue striped fish as the mascot for your father’s boat.

Karen Williams on July 13, 2013 at 8:41 PM.

I apologize for misspelling your name – autocorrect was trying to help me and I didn’t catch it until it was too late.

KJ on July 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM.

I just love that necklace. It makes me want to sit at a beach and sip a delightful drink.

Your fish turned out really well. I love the colors. I actually like the effect of your stubby core bead- that last one appears to be looking up.

My father is so difficult to get a gift for, I am sure he will treasure his new mascot.

Honestly, I love the necklace and the way the pieces all play together, especially the green leafy fronds.

Therese on July 16, 2013 at 11:54 PM.

I am back from Florida and just now getting around to the blog hop. Wow I am blown away with your fish they are all so bright and pretty. I love the necklace idea so fun and summery. I am sure your Dad will treasure his little mascot for a long time.

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