Bling Ring Pendant…

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Here’s a cute little pendant I whipped up.

It’s called the ‘Bling Ring’ and it’s a free pattern from the super talented Sabine Lippert from trytobead. The pattern is super simple to follow and beads up really quickly so it’s perfect for when you’re feeling crafty but don’t have a load of time to make something…

I really like it so I might go make some matching earrings to go with it ­čÖé

Wrapping…

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This is my first ( and possibly last ) attempt at wire wrapping anything… I’m a little excited because it worked!! I also can’t quite believe that I managed to pull it off – Yay me!

I’ve had this stone pendant for a while now and never really knew what to do with it. I’ve tried incorporating it into other bits I’ve worked on and it just never looked right. Then, of course, I started blogging and came across loads of super talented jewelry artists who wire wrap stones and that gave me an idea for this particular pendant.

Now, I’m HOPELESS with wire, but I had a bit in my stash so I got onto YouTube and found this tutorial, which seemed simple enough for me to follow and tried it out. AND IT WORKED!

Mind you, I have a few more scrapes on my hands now, and I used a few not so ladylike words while I was wire wrangling wrapping, and the back is really rather messy… but I did it!

As fun as this was, and as much as I like my finished pendant, this wire wrapping shenanigans definitely isn’t for me… From now on, if I want a wire wrapped something I’m going to buy it from a professional, and save my hands, and nerves, for seed beads.

Pretty pendants…

I was messing about on YouTube the other day, actually looking for crochet ideas, when I came across beaded pendants. I don’t know about you, but I can spend hours of my life on YouTube… one thing always seems to lead to another and before I know it the day is gone and I’m looking at things I hadn’t even thought of when I started my search.

In a happy turn of events, that day’s massive YouTube session turned up this video tutorial by TheHeartBeading for this gorgeous Elda Pendant on here┬á(part 1) and here (part 2) and had to try it out. It’s my first attempt at a ‘proper’ beaded pendant and to be honest, I loved the result so much I made two!

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These are stunning and not as difficult as they look. In fact, the hardest part for me was raiding my bead stash to find beads that were the right size and colour combo for these to work.

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I used Wildfire to weave these, I prefer it to Fireline for making pendants. They seem to end up a little stiffer and more solid with Wildfire but each to their own. Every beader has their own favorite thread and I don’t want to start a thread war here ­čÖé

I made a simple RAW necklace for the lighter, peachy, pendant and want to make something for the blue one too but I’m still messing about with┬ánecklace ideas to compliment it. I want something different to the RAW chain I already made, which I like, but variety is the spice of life! Or so they say… whomever they are.

Let me know if you have a go at these, would love to see how yours turn out!