True to form I managed to waste my whole Saturday, I had so many plans. I think it’s because I heard back from one of the jobs I had interviewed for and I was told that I was overqualified which is the most bizarre explanation for not giving someone a job ever in my opinion! After reading the email in a half asleep state this morning I decided to take a portion of the day and wallow. I mean no one should start their Saturday with this type of email. So I moped about for a while going through the 7 stages of grief but apparently It took more than a few hours to get over the news because I suddenly looked at the clock and its now nearly 1:30 in the morning. Nooooo!!
I might have wasted my whole day but I am not going to waste my night so I have decided to write up a quick post.
A while back I shared pictures of a piece I had made which I had yet to finish. You can see the original post here.
I finally decided it was time to do something with the piece and even though I had originally made the pieces for gloves, in the end I decided it would be best to make them into earrings.
I used crafters ultimate glue to glue the piece to Ultrasuede making sure to glue a couple of millimeters away from the edge. This is so that the needle could go through the backing and the Ultrasuede easier but if you decide to do this and get glue to the edge don’t worry the needle still goes through, it might need a little bit more coaxing at times but it will go through,
I was thinking of doing a clean edge around the piece but since I had used bigger beads in my last row of beading I thought that doing a clean edge might look a little bit weird so I opted to do a sunshine edge and do a basic picot edge to finish the piece off.
LIST OF MATERIALS USED:
10mm SURGICAL STEEL GLUE ON EARRING POSTS
FIRELINE THREAD 0.006” IN SMOKE GREY
CRAFTER’S PICK THE ULTIMATE GLUE
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I am have been a little bit tired of doing beading around pictures so I decided to plan a piece around a stone cabochon.
Choosing the stone was the easy part. I knew I had enough beads to go with my turquoise stone the one thing I didn’t know was that I had too many beads that could work with this piece
When I want to start a piece I like to take out as many the beads, stones and other elements that I think might help me out. This piece was no different. At first I brought out a few containers of beads in the turquoise family but that wasn’t enough.
so next I went through all my bead containers and brought out everything in the silver/grey and turquoise/teal family I had . by the time I had finished I had an overwhelming and alarming number of beads in different sizes as well as smaller cabochon , chains, stones, crystals. I was at a loss and completely overwhelmed as to how to narrow things down. Sometimes having too many choices is not such a good thing I guess!! 😀
I decided to give the narrowing down stage a rest and move on to planning out my pattern, which I thought might in turn help me with the narrowing down stage. These pictures below show my planning process:
Once I had a solid plan for the bezel and the first couple of rows I started my beading. I am going to make up the rest of the piece as I go along. I want to use a couple of beads and stones that I haven’t had the chance to use yet in my other pieces so it is best to get some work done and then start laying out the stones/beads on top of the piece to see if it is going to work with the piece and take it from there.
I will do another post showing you how the finished piece turned out!
Most of the cabochons that I have bought have come in pairs so I tend to work with them as a pair just so I won’t end up with an odd cabochon that wouldn’t match anything else. So I have been turning all my cabochon pairs into earrings.
If you have followed my blog at all you will know that I have only made brooches so far and I think I have got quite a good handle on that but when it came to earrings I had no idea what I was doing. There was a little bit of trial and error in to how to get the earring hook to stay and not move about. When I first attached the hook the earring kept turning so that the back was showing instead of the front and I needed to find a way of sewing on the hook so that when the earring was on it wouldn’t turn and have the back on display. I don’t know if I am totally happy about the final way I have attached the hook but at least the earring is staying in the right place and there isn’t that much thread showing. I will need to do some more research on how to attach earring hooks and find a method that I like best.
This earring has an 18×25 vintage wine colored cabochon in the middle. The colour of the cabochon to me is a little flat. The other vintage cabochons I bought, have some different shades in them when the light hits them, but this cab is purple through and through so in order to make it pop a little bit I used this metallic melon seed beads as well as these variegated purple beads which I had not used before for the bezel.
For the next round I had these beautiful variegated faceted purple beads but I did not have enough of one size to go around both earrings but I did have a smaller size of the same beads so I ended up using both in somewhat of a staggered effect. The upper part of the earring holds the smaller size of the beads and the lower part has the bigger beads.
I did a sunshine edge around the finished piece and just used the same purple seed beads and faceted beads I had used for the main bead embroidery part to do an edging all the way around except for the very top of the earring where I made a larger loop where I trapped in the earring hook. In order to get both earrings to be as identical as possible I put them back to back to mark where the edging beads on the other pair should go.
I think for a first pass at making earrings I have done OK, I do believe there is room improvement when it comes to attaching the earring hook but I guess that will come with more practice. Let me know what you guys think. Do you know a better way to attach an earring hook?
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Working with colour has never been in my comfort area. I find it hard to visualize the end product when I have to work in colour and that doesn’t give me the confidence I need to start a piece of work. That was probably the whole idea behind why I chose to do my final collection in tones of silver/grey and black. I knew I could make it look good to me and at that point that was enough to give me confidence to see the whole project through and most importantly feel good about what I was doing and really believe in it.
So to get started in learning to bead embroider I ended up eliminating the challenge of dealing with colour and opted for variations of grey. I had a few different shades of silver beads and honestly I couldn’t decide the order in which to use them. Also I was too excited and wanted to use them all at once. After gluing on my cabochon to my backing I arranged the different beads I had around the cabochon to give me an idea of how to start. After changing the position of the beads I ended up with this sequence that I was happy with:
I followed the instructions form the Beadaholique to get the first row going and I also did a bezel row on top of the first row using size 15 delica beads. After that I was really hooked, I kept adding one row after the other. As I said before nothing is more relaxing to me than hand sewing!
My aim when I started this piece was to turn it into a shoe brooch. My mom had seen some cute rhinestone shoe brooches in shops but when she went to buy them they were all missing a couple of rhinestones so I told here I would make her a pair. But in my over zealous attempt to get this bead embroidery journey underway I made the piece a little larger than in should have been if it were to function as a shoe brooch. This piece measures 6.5×6 cm and I was too proud of my first piece to start taking it apart! Here is the look at the finished bead embroidered piece:
Here is another view:
Now all I all need to do is figure out how to use this piece!!!
LIST OF MATERIALS USED:
The story behind this piece starts with a trip to Target!!!
I have to say I Love Target. It’s probably one of the only stores left where I can still go and actually buy DVDs from. On one such outing to a nearby target store I separated myself from my mom to go perusing through the DVD isles while she took her time going through the rest of the store!
Once we regrouped my mom showed me these two shoe clips that she had found. The idea of shoe clips/brooch is nothing new but its not really something I have seen that often. A couple of stores sell them from time to time or you can find handmade ones on the Internet. Target had a couple of different designs but the ones my mom found had big chunky stones on them but every one of them was missing a piece. Since she really liked them we looked all over and were finally able to find a pair that was fully intact. We went exploring in a couple of other Target shops but we couldn’t find anymore of them!
Finally I gave up and told my mom that I would make her a pair using her favorite medium: Pearls!!!
The shoe clips are very easy to make, it is exactly like making earrings you just have to make an identical pair in certain size so that it would not be too big for the shoe. My only problem was finding the actual clasp that I could use to make the pair in to shoe clips.
I was able to find a couple of people on Etsy selling individual pairs for a couple of dollars but with the added charge of postage they would usually come up to about 6-7 dollars for a pair which to me was a bit excessive. Since we were planning on a little trip into NYC that week anyway, I decided to hold back and check out the bead shops in the city. I might be able to get lucky and if not I could always order off Etsy.
We went straight into the Toho store on Sixth Avenue. I have fond memories of this stores from way back .the first time I ever came to NYC was during my last year at UNI and I stumbled on to this store by accident trying to find shelter from the rain and I ended up buying a couple of things as samples for my final collection so this store still reminds me of that time even though it’s been a couple years since I have graduated!
At first I really didn’t think I would find any of these shoe clips in the store and I kept going round and round looking into all those little plastic cubes holding beads and such but just as I was about to give I found them for $1 a pair. I am so glad I held off ordering them off the Internet. I bought a few pair and my mom chose a couple of other cabochons she wanted made into more shoe brooches and then we were off!
These shoe clips are some of the first pieces of usable accessories that I ever made back in February when I started beading. Before this I used to make just beaded patches and sew them onto different things like my beaded gloves. Also At that point in time I only had a few different types of beads and I used nearly all of the in this piece.
The good thing about these shoe clips is that you can transform any shoe. If you are in the mood for fancier pair of shoes you can slap these pieces on and if you are not you can just simply take them off and you have your pair of plain shoes back and they don’t leave any marks or dents on the shoes and you can put them anywhere on the shoe to change things up!
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