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 😀

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Bracelet bling…

A couple of the girls from my art class asked me to make them these bracelets after they saw me wearing mine.

These are embellished right angle weave and look fantastic! So bling-y, and what girl doesn’t like a little bit of bling every now and then?

They are made using 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads and 4mm bicones or 4mm fire polished beads. I used magnetic clasps as closures and Fireline thread to weave them with.

Here is the purple one,

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and here is the same bracelet in black and gold…

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and matching earings!

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Sorry about the photo quality, the last two were taken in class in a bit of a rush, but you get the idea.

I love these bracelets, and I hope you like them too!!

If you want to make your own, there’s a video tutorial for them here, from the wonderful Potomac Bead Company.

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 (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 🙂

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 necklace 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!

 

Summery stones…

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One of my girlfriends here asked me to make her a simple bracelet to wear to a beach wedding (the wedding was NOT taking place in Switzerland, obviously) to go with a blue and turquoise dress she had bought for the occasion. She told me it was a casual affair and didn’t want anything too bling for it but she couldn’t find anything to match her dress in the shops.

Lucky for her I had some pretty beads in my stash!

I made her this simple RAW bracelet with some elastic beading thread. I love it, the colours remind me of a summer day at the beach back home in Australia, and best of all, she loves it too!

Photo is pretty average though, sorry!

Earring bling…

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What is dressier than some chandelier earring bling? Not much!

I was messing about with my beads today and came up with these little beauties.

I used Wildfire thread, 11/0 seed beads in olive green and purple, a sprinkling of metallic iris 15/0s, some 4mm green fire polished beads and green 6mm round crystals.

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These were super easy to make and I love lacy, vintage look of them. I think they turned out brilliantly!

Now I just need the hubby to take me somewhere swanky so I can wear them!