Circles and Triangles and Beads Oh My!

By | March 1, 2013

After yesterdays triangles, I did manage to figure out triangle stitch in rows rather than in medallions.  I even managed to add a clasp instead of letting it languish half finished! Here’s the close up, pre-clasp.

And here’s the finished item.   Please pardon the crummy photo, the sun has gone down already.    I think my brain is catching on.   I think I would like to try it again with smaller bugles, and perhaps a few more rows across.   I’ll keep you posted.

On to the circles.   This is a design I have been playing with for a bit.   Here are three bracelets awaiting clasps.  I think a trip to the fabric store is in order because I apparently have no buttons in the stash for any of these color combos.   Hard to believe…

I am particularly enamored with the middle color combo.   That frosted red tila is a tricky bead to put with other beads.   It can look really dull and boring paired with the wrong color.

Here’s the next color combo on the bead mat.  I can’t wait to see how this one is going to turn out.

I think this design has lots of potential for different pieces.   I have already made earrings.   I am pondering beaded beads and perhaps some layered bracelets with rivolis in the center…

And in other news, I can’t stop making yo yos.    Here’s the latest batch.

I think I have enough to play with now.    Experiments will commence next week…

Hearts on the Brain

By | February 28, 2013

I have been making lots of hearts lately. I love the Swarovski crystal puffy heart.  I have made tons of those. And every time, I still need to find my instructions. Oy.  But I have found a new heart to make.   Here’s the most recent bunch. These are triangle weave.   I found a free tutorial here.  This tutorial is just for the flat version.   I figured out how to make it dimensional on my own.  It just occurred to me that I should make these with a different color on the back so that they could be reversible.  Why didn’t I think of that three days ago?    I haven’t done a ton of triangle weave.    I did make Laura Shea’s  rainbow heart bracelet at Bead and Button a few years ago.That’s the front

That’s the back.

She had a lot of really beautiful stuff made with triangle weave.   It makes sense to me with big beads, but the minute I try to switch to seed beads, I can’t seem to see the pattern.   I guess I need some more practice.    It’s just about the only stitch I can’t seem to get the hang of. Here’s a bracelet we did at a Bead Society meeting about a million years ago.   I have made a ton of these. This one I didn’t have quite enough beads to make it long enough, so I had to improvise.

Next up  I might try my friend Jan’s triangle weave bracelet made with bugles.    That should be easier to see…


By | February 27, 2013

My etsy shop has been updated.  I just added 22 new items, mostly bracelets and fused glass.    There will be more earrings and necklaces to come next week.   But for now I need to bead something and stop staring at a computer screen or I will go bonkers.   Here are some of the new pretties to tempt you. This is a pin and pendant combo for double the wearing options.  So is this one.And a few bracelets to jazz up your spring wardrobe.I love this one.  I was so sad when it didn’t fit me.    I might just have to make another one. I was going to call this one 9 Mouse Meal, but it seemed a little gruesome.   But it sure reminds me of a boa constrictor…

This one is for all the gamers out there.    I need to make some more game themed jewelry.   I have a box full of bits to play with.   I just need more hours in the day…  Speaking of that, I’m off to bead.

Yo Yo Yo!

By | February 26, 2013

I spent the day yesterday hanging out with my pal Heather.    We had loads of fun.   I managed to make several things.   Another felt ball chick, a baby chick, a “finished” bracelet -minus the clasp, and yo-yos.  Pardon the weird lighting.  It’s raining buckets outside and I am feeling too lazy to set up the lightbox.   I made the yo-yos in the center while hanging out with Heather.    This picture does not illustrate their full cuteness.   They are about the size of a dime.   The larger ones are about the size of a quarter.    I am pondering some mixed media yo-yo jewelry.  I’m thinking, buttons, beaded discs or beads, some chain, maybe some lucite filigree…    Now I just need more hours in the day.

I spent most of the day running errands and something that vaguely resembled cleaning in the most abstract sense.   Now I really need to bead for a bit.  The Etsy update will have to wait until tomorrow.   Let me know if there is anything specific that you would be interested in.

Bead Tubes part 2

By | February 26, 2013

Here are the tubes that I beaded for the bead swap.    Please excuse the slightly janky pictures.  Each participant requested their own colors.  It was fun to work with some combos that I wouldn’t normally choose.   I started out simple with straight peyote stitch.   I really like the zig zag pattern on this one.   More zig zags, using 11’s instead of delicas.  i like the contrast on this one. Still peyote stitch, this time with stripes.  The bit of blue underneath is the secret message peeking through.  I don’t think it was that bright in real life.   Next up was netting.   I really like how this one turned out.   I moved on to right angle weave with some different embellishments.   This sort of reminds me of the Tardis decorated for Christmas…

Right angle weave embellished with two sizes of drops.

I coated the inside of the tube with glitter.  I embellished some of the openings with drops and left the others clear so that the glitter peeked through.    I had intended to do more of these, but the glittered tubes were the ones the cat kept stealing.    I guess the glue smelled good.

More netting with a layer of embellishment.    I was quite pleased with how this one turned out.   So I made another one. Just for fun, in a few of the tubes I put a sprinkling of seed beads so that the tube made a small rattling noise.   All in all it was a fun project.  The only not fun part was waiting to the last minute to get them all done.   No procrastination for me this year.    So far I have 6 of my 24 pieces done for the new project.    If I do one a week, I can have them done in no time.

Message in a Bottle Beaded Tube Bead Swap

By | February 25, 2013

Last year I had the chance to participate in a bead swap with a bunch of beaders from England and the U.S..  The challenge was organized by Diane Fitzgerald and Stephney Hornblow.  The challenge was to bead 10 tiny tubes, hide a message inside and send them off.  In exchange, you would receive 10 beaded tubes.   Little did I know that this challenge would involve much hair pulling and crawling around on my hands and knees.     Someone, who shall remain nameless, thought that the tubes were awesomely fun and kept stealing them. I had even very carefully placed them in a location that I thought was safe.  Ha.  It’s a good thing she’s cute…   I thought I might miss the deadline, but I managed to find all but one of the missing tubes.    Thankfully, the 11th tube was supposed to be for me, so that one could wait.    It was eventually found and I managed to make my own tube after all the other tubes had arrived.   It was probably a good thing, because I was able to make something to help balance out the finished piece.

Here are the beads I received in their un-assembled state.  Each bead has a hidden message inside.   Some people told you what the message was, and others didn’t.   I have to say it kills me a bit to know that there are messages that I can’t see without taking something apart…I love them all.   Blue and white is a strange color combo for me.   I must have been feeling odd on the day I picked my colors.    But I am pleased with how it all turned out.   The size and shape of the tubes presented a bit of a design challenge.    They are each over an inch long, so they had some drape issues.   Here’s my solution.I am pleased with how this turned out.    I haven’t worn it yet, but it goes better with the summer wardrobe, so I am sure it will get some wear when the weather gets a bit warmer. The bead I made is on the upper right, the netted one that looks like lots of X’s.   Here’s a close up of some of the beads.I love the texture and layering going on in some of these. And here’s the clasp.Please forgive the schmutz on my leather bust.  I guess it needs a bit of cleaning.  This was a really fun project.   I can’t wait to see how this year’s project turns out.   If you want to see how all of the necklaces turned out you can check out Diane’s website. Click on the Message In a Bottle at the top right to download the booklet.   It’s quite cool to see what everyone did with their tubes.

Etsy Update

By | February 24, 2013

Due to general craziness, I will be updating the Etsy shop on Tuesday instead of Monday, assuming the pictures come out well.   

More January Projects

By | February 24, 2013

I thought I would post a few more of the UFO’s that I finished and a few of the other beady things I worked on in January.First up is a tumbled glass ring bracelet.   It’s my knock off of a Glass Garden kit that was stunning but way too expensive for my budget.   The rings are tumbled slices of wine bottle necks.  The rest is ladder stitch and fringing with an improvised toggle.   I love the colors on this one.   It turned out really well.

Next up was the cursed Laura McCabe Gear Head Necklace.   I started this little bugger in May of last year.   I was zipping right along, when I ran out of pearls.   Believe me this is a very difficult size and color to match.   It was impossible to complete construction on this without the pearls.  I managed to find something passable at the Bead and Button show, but I was so peeved at the necklace, it took me until January to finish it.   Here’s the clasp on the necklace.   Very cool, but a little fiddly to assemble.    I really like how it turned out.    And surprisingly, those little spiky pods aren’t too pokey.  I was a bit concerned after my last Laura McCabe project which is totally unwearable due to excessive pokey-ness.   These are just some quickie earrings I whipped up.  Another Glass Garden design.   I bought the parts for it at B & B last year.

These are parts for another bead swap I am participating in.    I have to make 24 geometric flat bead shapes and send them off.  I will then receive 23 pieces in return and have to make something with them.   Always a challenge, but always fun.  I won’t share too many of these, but I will take pictures as I go and reveal them once the project is finished.

This may sound strange after seeing all these beady things, but I am really missing my seed beads lately.    I have been doing lots of fast and fun things, but I am missing getting in to a big meaty bead project.   I have several in progress that could really use finishing but none of them are calling to me at the moment.    I might need to start a new beaded bug…

Bead Fest Philadelphia!

By | February 23, 2013

I am thrilled to inform you that I will be teaching at Bead Fest in Philadelphia in August.    I have three classes scheduled.    One full day and two half day classes.    Day one is a doozy.  I have a full day and a half day class scheduled.   The Celeste Necklace is a full day class.   Students will learn two different components, a speedy bezeling technique, a beaded bead for the closure and the daisy chain stitch.    It’s a great class for intermediate to advanced beaders.   The components work up quickly and the assembly is fairly simple. This class is August 24 from 8:30-4.    I am assuming that there is a break in there for lunch.  

In the evening of the 24th, I will be teaching my Linking Rings Bracelet.    This class goes from 5:30-8:30.   Students will learn to make rings with both flat and tubular herringbone.   Flat peyote stitch will be used for the toggle bar.  This class is good for the intermediate beader or the advanced beginner.

On August 25 from 8:30- 11:30  I will be teaching my Art Deco Tila Pendant.    This design also makes a great bracelet.   This class is suitable for intermediate beaders.   Let me know if you have any questions about the classes or need more info.   The link to class registrations is here.  I couldn’t find a way to link directly to my classes, so that is just a general link.  I am excited to get my foot in the door of a National convention.

I might have to sign up for a class myself while I am there, if I have any $$ left after Bead and Button and Sievers.   It’s hard to turn down an opportunity to learn new techniques.

Etsy Update

By | February 22, 2013

I have updated my Etsy shop with an assortment of fun and funky jewels.   There are some of my new stacked button pendants,  a handful of stacked button rings,

a bunch of earrings,

and much more.   Check it out, you might just find a little something Springy to chase away the winter blues.  I hope to add a few more things to the shop by the 25th.  I just have to take another round of pictures.