Bead Crochet Bracelet….

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YAY ME!! I persevered and finished my first ever piece of bead crochet…

My clasp came from a vintage necklace I picked up at a Flea market for the beads, now I found a use for the clasp too, happy days! 😀

I’m loving my new bracelet. Time to tackle an actual bead crochet pattern me thinks… stay tuned!

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Back to beading…

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It’s been a while since I picked up my beads. I think all that prep for the Summer Market I did had me all beaded out… for a while anyway.

Anyhoo, I received my new Sabine Lippert beading book in the mail (Beaded Fantasies – you can get it on Amazon here) and decided it was about time I tried making something from it’s pages. The book is wonderful, and her designs are AMAZING!!!

As my stash is somewhat compromised at the moment – I haven’t refilled it after the beading frenzy I had pre market – I settled on making the RAW Ribs Bracelet. The design calls for 4mm fire polished beads for the base … 360 of them all in the same color – which, of course, I didn’t have on hand but I did have a load of cheapo Chinese bicones that have been waiting for me to find a way to use them so I figured for a practice piece I could use those.

I’m not super excited about the color combination of this bracelet, but considering it was made using whatever I had on hand – and there are A LOT of beads in it – it’s turned out rather well.

On an even happier note, making it has reminded me how much I love beading so I went and ordered enough pretty, matching beads to make two more of them… watch this space 😀

Square Stitch Cuff…

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This is the first ever square stitch cuff I made. It’s also the first pattern I ever made all by myself and I still love it!

It reminds me of those old school tapestry bags little old ladies have – although I’d love one myself and I’m not that old 🙂

It’s made from 10/0 ish Czech seed beads and I used a couple of rondelle beads for the clasp.

Spiral Ropes…

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These two bracelets are part of what I whipped up for my stall. They are simple spiral ropes using 8/0 seeds for the core and 11/0 seeds mixed with 4 mm fire polished and drop beads (left one) and 11/0 seeds and 4 mm crystal bicones (right one).  Both of these are made with trusty Fireline thread and simple magnetic clasps.

The thing I love about these spiral ropes is that they are a great way to use up your not so ‘perfect’ seed beads. So if you happen to have a stash of Czech or Chinese seed beads that aren’t great for bead weaving work, make a few of these to use them up – perfectly sized beads are much less important here. Also, these are super easy and quick to make and look really pretty as both bracelets and necklaces.

If you want to have a try are making your own there are loads of tutorials on YouTube like this one from the incredible Jill Wiseman.

Frankfurt Lace Cuff

Surfing the net for inspiration, I found the incredible Sabine Lippert at Trytobead, who is a brilliant German designer of bead woven jewelry. After drooling over her work I was super excited when I saw that she had some free patterns on her website to try out.

This is my version of her stunning Frankfurt Lace bracelet, and I’m totally in love… In fact I’m so in love, I ordered one of her books on Amazon to try out some more of her designs 😀

I did change it up a little, as I didn’t have any silk ribbons or giant buttons, I made a peyote  toggle clasp (YouTube video tutorial here from Potomac Bead Co) and embellished my finished cuff with some 4mm clear and light pink fire polished beads. LOVE IT!!!

CRAW Bangle take 1

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I finally bit the bullet and attempted this tutorial from Beading4Perfectionists on a cubic right angle weave bangle.

It’s my first ever bangle, so I’m pretty happy that it’s bangle shaped and fits over my wrist but I’m not too happy with the colors on it. These were just the beads I had in my stash that matched this particular design so I went for it. I’ll have to try again with a better bead combo.

That being said my neighbour loves it! Shame it doesn’t fit her otherwise I would happily gift it to her… ah well.

Not a Knot…

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A little while ago I made a chenille stitch bracelet and fell in love with it. This time I thought I’d take it a step further and make one of these ‘knot’ bracelets that I’ve been seeing all over the internet. I loved them and wanted one for myself, so here it is – my version of the knot bracelet.

Unfortunately, I really struggled to get a decent photo of it, it looks MUCH nicer in real life!

This is just two strands of chenille stitch looped together with the ends sewn to each other. I made it using 11/0 seeds and Fireline.

I really wanted to find a magnetic kumihino style closure for it, but of course I couldn’t find one that was big enough… and then I got impatient and just used a toggle clasp :/

Ah well, I’m totally in love with it, and rather impressed with myself for pulling it off 😀

Big Old Pearls…

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Still on my ‘Big Bead Clear Out’ I found these big old 12mm faux pearls in my stash and knew I needed to find them a home, but there were only four of them… what to do?!

Make a bracelet of course!

The color in the photo is a little off, sorry about that, but these pearls have a slightly pink tinge to them, so I paired them up with pale pink 4mm pearls, pale pink, silver lined 8/0 seeds and 4mm crystal / silver fire polished beads and some silver spacers.

To start, I measured three pieces of beading wire to go around my wrist about 1.5 times and crimped them onto my toggle clasp. I strung a spacer, a pearl and another spacer onto all three wires, then on one wire strung 8 x 4mm fire polished, 8 x 4mm pearls on the second wire and seeds on the third wire – I don’t know how many, just enough to be equal length with the 4mm’s.  I repeated this 2 more times and finished off with another spacer / 12mm pearl combo and crimped my wires to the other end of my toggle.

I love the result!

Fire polished bling…

 

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When I saw these clasps I knew I had to have them, I had no idea what to do with them, but I had to have them!

After messing about for ages with my bead stash I came up with this, sorry about the kitten scratches on my hand… well at least I’m sorry about them, the kittens, not so much :/

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This bracelet is made with beading wire, 4mm Czech fire polished beads in shades of topaz, green and blue and white opal 11/0 seeds. I simply attached a strand of beading wire to each loop on one side of the clasp, strung my beads then braided the lot (and unbraided it and rebraided it until I was happy with it) and fastened (wrestled) the strands to the other end of the clasp.

I love it, its SOOOOO me!!

 

Square Stitch…

 

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I’ve been drooling over bead loomed bracelets for a while now but refuse to go buy myself a loom (lets see how long that lasts), so I learnt how to square stitch.

This pattern was inspired by some art deco, beaded earrings I saw online, which I liked the idea of, but not so much the earrings themselves. After thinking about it for a while, I got out my grid paper and colored pencils and came up with this.

It’s made with cheap 11/0 seeds and good old Nymo thread and the closure is simple loop and a flat gold-ish bead that I found in my stash, but have no idea where it came from.

I think that if I have another go at making one of these I’ll try Delicas for a more even look.

Even with all that unevenness, this has turned out to be one of my favorite cuffs and I wear it constantly, thank the universe for that ‘cos it took me FOREVER to bead this!

If you want to try making one of these there are square stitch tutorials all over YouTube like this one from The Potomac Bead Company.

Have fun!