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Dangly Turquoise and Moonglow Earrings

 

Turquoise and moonglow earrings

 

it feels like it has been a year since I have posted anything on this blog, well had I waited a few months it would have been a year I guess: D

Not good! So bad that even my parents gave up on reminding me to update the blog.it seems that something always takes precedence over doing this and to be honest today is probably the first day in 4 months that I have absolutely nothing to do or think about.

I have been busy with work and I started taking a few beading classes here and there to learn about bead weaving as opposed to bead embroidery which I usually do and I have to say I really enjoy it .my latest obsession is making Cellini spirals but I will talk about them hopefully very soon in a new blog post.

so before I move on to showing my woven pieces I am going to show you one of the last bead embroidered pieces which I actually sold a few months ago as well!

While looking through Etsy I fell upon these golden yellow moonglow squares that I just had to have. I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Dangly earrings!

 

turquoise and moonglow earrning

For the earrings I used a teardrop turquoise cabochon as my main focal point and did a simple gold and turquoise bezel. As always to make the piece sparkle I used the smallest size of crystal chains that I had. I had thought of finishing the piece after adding the chain but when I thought about it the piece looked too small and finishing the edge after the chain with any kind of edging would show pieces of the backing, which I don’t like.

turquoise and moonglow earrning

 

I ended up adding a row of stacked turquoise and gold beads to make the piece larges and cover the backing so that when I do the edge you cannot really see any of the lacey’s stiff stuff.

Once the piece was done I did a simple picot edge all the way around and added a loop with size 15 beads in order to be able to add the moonglow stone and the earring hook. And voila the earrings were done!

 

turquoise and moonglow earrning

 

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Brick Stitch Earrings

PINK BEADED EARRINGS

I have been trying to find some inspiration for new work for the past month and nothing seems to come into my head. I am officially out of ideas it seems! Not a good thing when your fingers want to make stuff and your mind is blocking the progress. I have been trying to lock down ideas but then I find that I am not able to really make it work and that is frustrating and I guess that is why I have not really been trying to make any bead embroidered pieces.

But in order to not stay completely idle I decided to make some simple brick stitch earrings. I find it I am less inclined to worry about my colour choices and patterns with these pieces and the fact that they are so quick and easy to make, makes creating them very satisfactory which in turn makes me feel a little less useless: D

PINK BEADED EARRINGS

For these earrings I used round quick links as the base of my brick stitch earrings and then started using a selection of pinks and purple beads in various sizes and finishes to make the beaded earring.

PINK BEADED EARRINGS

Once I was happy with the pattern and size I finished the piece by going around and doing a picot edge using the same beads I had used in the piece along with some 3mm fire-polish beads that picked up on the pink and purple hues of the beads.

crystal chandelier earring

Once I was done with this first one I was ready to start experimenting with shapes and adding different types of beads which lead to somewhat of a more elaborate dangly earring. Which led to my second attempt at making a brick stitch earring where I decided to go for kind of a black and clear chandelier type earring.

crystal chandelier earring

I used the same type of quick link I had used in the other pair of earrings and once I had the first couple of rows finished I decided instead of going around using the same size of beads all around to mix it up with a different size of beads just to see what the results would look like.

crystal chandelier earring

As with any type of beading, it does get a little bit tricky making beads fit once you use various sizes but the end result looked interesting enough so I kept going.

When I was done with the main beading I added a larger size faceted bead as a focal bead and added a large crystal bead for more sparkle. I then finished the edge with a mixture of stacked and picot edge to clean the piece up.

 

crystal chandelier earring

 


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Sparkly Turquoise Earrings

Ahhhh what better way to spend a Saturday evening than sitting down and watching My Fair Lady? As I am writing this, poor little Eliza is trying to pronounce words beginning with H and setting fire to things! What joy.

My favorite part of the movie has to be the embassy ball with that amazing crystal necklace! Which brings me to today’s little beaded piece, which is a mixture of turquoise and crystals.

The idea for this came from my turquoise bracelet which I had made a long while ago. I was really happy with how the beads and crystals worked together so I decided to make a pair of earrings to go with the piece.

I didn’t have any more of the green crystal pieces I had used on the bracelet so for these earrings I substituted them with a pair of turquoise cabochons and for the bottom part of the earring I used a larger swarovski crystal stud earrings which I cut the backs off in order to use as the focal component.

Hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend and If anyone is interested in these earrings they are available on my Etsy.

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Gold Sparkly Earrings

One of my proudest moments in the bead embroidery journey was when I finished my first bracelet. I just kept thinking that making a whole beaded bracelet was going to be such a huge ordeal and what if I don’t like the piece and what if I can’t do it and all that. It is funny that I am always one of those people who tells everyone to try something and if it doesn’t work out they will know for sure but I seem to not want to take my own advice. I mean giving advice is so much easier than taking it , right!

But I am glad I started making bracelets and its ironic that the reason that I like making bracelets now is the exact reason why I avoided them in the first place. Now I like having to spend time on a piece for more than a day or so, because the process is calming and it gives me time to think and plan new pieces in my head. Also because there is more space to fill out with beads I get to experiment more with different techniques and shapes, which I normally don’t do on smaller pieces. And sometimes when I am experimenting with the patterns on a bracelet I get inspiration for other pieces.

That is exactly what happened when I was done making the Golden Cicada bracelet. I loved the sides of that bracelet and when I was looking at it I thought why don’t I just turn that shape into earrings.

Good thing was that I still had enough of the material to make a pair of earrings and because I had already made that pattern once the pieces came together all too quickly.

For me these type of projects are the stuff I like to do when I am not inspired to make anything new but I still don’t want to sit around and twiddle my thumb. The pattern is already there I know what beads I am going to use so I don’t have to sit around for hours trying to decide which beads would work well together which is my main obstacle when planning my pieces

But having worked with this pattern twice now and liking how it turns out I know now that if I were to change the colours and use different beads it would still give me something unique. That’s the beauty of a good pattern and a pattern you like to work with!

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Leila Brooch

I do enjoy the darker side of things, but just so I won’t get too comfortable with things I try from time to time to do something a little bit more light and airy.

You can never go wrong with a Lori Earley painting. I mean no matter what you do around the piece; it’s going to look gorgeous cause her stuff are just beyond beautiful.

Leila is a beautiful blue-eyed, blonde girl and to complement her complexion I went with my trusted gold and pearl pallet. To me Leila brooch is the younger less sinister sister of the Ms.V brooch I posted a while back.

She has a softer look and she doesn’t have that evil look that I see in Ms.V’s eyes.

 After a simple bezel work, I went with a staggered pearl effect around the cabochon and then finished off the piece with an alternating stacked edge.

In order to compliment her cool tone and blue eyes I did use a gold amethyst colour bead very sparingly around the cabochon also the pinkish crystals used around the edge give a slight bluish sparkle which ties everything together very nicely.

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Planning a Piece

teal bracelet

 

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:

teal bracelet

 

teal bracelet

teal bracelet

 

teal bracelet

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.

 

teal bracelet

teal bracelet

 

I will do another post showing you how the finished piece turned out!

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A Different Kind of Friendship!

friendship bracelet

For a little break from bead embroidery I decided to learn how to make friendship bracelets!

I had never made friendship bracelets before. It wasn’t such a big thing amongst us when I was in school so no one ever bothered making them, the only friendship bracelet I had when I was younger was one I actually bought at a charity!

friendship bracelet stack

I looked up a couple of videos on Youtube and learned the basic knots but I could not for the life of me follow the patterns and understand the instructions they were trying to give. But one of the videos mentioned something about a pattern making program on a friendship bracelet website

 Since I really just wanted to do basic stuff and I had already learnt the 3 different knots used in making the bracelets I decided to give the friendship bracelet pattern generator a try and that was probably the best idea.

 red frienship bracelet

red frienship bracelet

red frienship bracelet detail

The way the generator works is that you choose the number and colour of the threads you want to use and then by clicking on the threads you can choose the types of knots until you get a pattern you like and then you can follow your own pattern. Now having said that I did get a bit confused with some of my own patterns!! 😀

purple crystal friendship bracelet

purple crystal friendship bracelet
purple crystal friendship bracelet detail

I started with the basic candy stripe and then moved on to the chevron pattern. Since it was my first attempts at making friendship, I made one too short I made the next one a little too long, I had no idea how to finish them off and I didn’t like the braiding and knotting method cause I find it hard to knot it around my own hand without help. I made adjustable braided straps and I didn’t like that either so I decided I was going to finish them off with lobster clasps, which meant ordering some cord ends.

But knowing me I couldn’t just leave the bracelets be. I just had to do something to them. I had seen some friendship bracelets with crystal chains on them so I made one of those. Then I decided oh well why not just do any sort of bead mixture. I can use up the odd beads I have leftover this way.

After making a few of these I have learnt a few things: I know how long I should cut my thread to avoid wasting too much of it, how to make knots correctly so I won’t have holes in between the knots and also that I need to buy a pair of rubber pliers for closing the cord ends because all of mine came out scratched after I closed them with normal pliers and that is unacceptable to me specially if I decide to give them away or sell them at some point!

large crystal friendship bracelet

For a 5-inch long friendship bracelet I use about 40 inches of thread with the cord ends and the chain extern added the length of the final bracelets comes to around 9 inches in total.

All in all these friendship bracelets are quite cool. They are really nice stacked together or mixed with other types of bracelets. I usually wear a couple of these with some bangles, thin metal bracelets.

beaded friendship bracelet

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EMBROIDERY FLOSS

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JUMP RINGS

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Golden Cicada Bracelet

Golden Cicada Bracelet
I have been wanting to a completely bead embroidered bracelet ever since I started doing bead embroidery but I though the task was too daunting. There was just too much to consider from foundation, what sort of beads to use, how to finish the piece off and everything in between and I didn’t think I had enough skills to get me through the whole thing.
I kept running different scenarios of what kind of bracelet I wanted, what colour I wanted it to be and all that, and how it should be put together in my head but I really had no idea if my theories would work. I used to do that back in school whenever I had to tackle a new garment pattern. I would analyze everything in my head before getting into it and cutting the fabric and seeing how it would react. No matter how thorough I was in my analytical thinking before my practical work, something would always surprise me when I got to actually see the pattern all the way through.
   Golden Cicada Bracelet
 I knew that the best way to know if my way of putting a bracelet together would work was to actually make one and see. Worse comes to worst I would have to take all the beads off and do something else.
For foundation I measured my wrist and then cut a piece of Lacy’s stiff stuff foundation as well as the Ultrasuede I use for my backing and stitched them roughly together. The reasoning behind this was so that if there were gaps in between the beads the black Ultrasuede would be a better option to show through instead of the white fuzz of the Lacy’s stiff stuff and also the black would make the colours on top look more intense.
       Golden Cicada Bracelet
           Golden Cicada Bracelet Front
Golden Cicada Bracelet
The whole basis behind the design of this particular bracelet was the fact that I really wanted to use some of these crystal and pearl chains that I had just purchased. Everything else in the bracelet from the cabochons to the rest of the beads were chosen to correspond in particular with the pearl chain. I introduced the crystal chain to the sides of the beadwork because as always I wanted more sparkle. As I always say more sparkle is always better 😀
   Golden Cicada Bracelet
I really took my time with this piece and took it one step at a time. I chose a picture by Derek Nobbs who does these very interesting paintings most of which have a skeletal figures in them and you know how I like skulls. This painting is called “Cicada King”. If you are interested in the artist check out his work at http://dereknobbs.com/
 Now I have no love for bugs and insects usually but this painting came closest to the colour scheme I was going with and I also thought it would be an unusual centerpiece for a bracelet that I knew was going to be very elegant and ornate.
           Golden Cicada Bracelet
Golden Cicada Bracelet Detail
Golden Cicada Bracelet
I did my bezel work, and then added my beloved pearl chain followed by another row of gold beads. Then it was time to start the sides of the bracelet. I rummaged through my stuff and found these smaller crystal cabs that gave off the most beautiful sparkle. You can see different hues of pink ,gold and little bit of green and magenta, which really picks up on the colours in the cabochon. For continuity I did a simpler variation of the bezel work I had done around the main cabochon around the smaller cab followed by a row of size 8 frosted white beads stacked with a size 15 gold seed bead. Once I was happy with this side I did the same work on the other side.
     Golden Cicada Bracelet
This was as far as I had planned but when I put the piece around my wrist it was apparent to me that I needed to add some other element to the side and I did have these flat back pearls which went absolutely perfectly.
   Golden Cicada Bracelet
I have to say I never thought a piece could go so smoothly. It just felt like everything was falling into place, I had all the pieces that could go together well and I have to say out of all the stuff I have made up to now, this piece really was a joy to work on. Even the marguerites, which were added as somewhat of an afterthought to cover the Ultrasuede that was showing through a big gap between the beads, worked out well.
   Golden Cicada Bracelet
I really wish all pieces worked out as well as this one did for me. After the main part of the beadwork was done I cut around the piece, glued it on top of another piece of Ultrasuede and did a sunshine edge all around the piece. I attached my toggle clasp and did a picot edge around the main cabochon and the piece was done.
Golden Cicada Bracelet
         Golden Cicada Bracelet
Golden Cicada Bracelet
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Claudia Brooch

 

Claudia brooch

I have been obsessing somewhat over Lori Earley’s drawings and my mom has been asking me for a while to make a brooch for a friend of hers.

My mom understandably wanted something that suited her friend’s style and personality and to be honest girly, hearts and flowery stuff are not my style. I like skulls and leather and creepy art like Michael Hussar’s drawings and apparently I am the only one around here that appreciates that sort of things cause every time I wear one of my pieces someone comments on how scary they are!! Oh well what can you do.

Out of all the pictures I had printed up for my cabochons “Claudia” was the least cynical and my mom approved of the picture so I started off the beading.

 Claudia brooch

 

“Claudia” is a graphite on paper sketch so obviously the fact that picture has no colour meant that I didn’t have any colours to try and match my beading to but I wanted to keep the whole thing soft and feminine so I went with the classic silver lined clear beads all the way around the cabochon.

I have to say that a pale cabochon and pale beading did not equal an interesting piece and I didn’t think it would when I was doing it but I was trying to rein myself as much as I could cause this piece wasn’t for me and I tend to go a little crazy with my bead choices sometimes.

 

Claudia broochClaudia brooch

In the end I can say I really tried to keep it simple but I just couldn’t leave the piece, as it was cause it was just plain boring and Claudia deserved better.

I fished out all the larger beads I had in the black and grey family and stitched them on top of the beading that I had already done. it brought a little bit more contrast to the piece and it made it all the more tactile .

Claudia brooch

 

I did a simple clean edge around the piece and the piece was finished in no more than a couple of hours!!

 

Claudia brooch

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white embellished shirt

 white embellished shirt

I have been seeing a lot of shirts with embellished collars around and I have wanted one but unfortunately none of the ones I liked came in my size. Then I thought well I have all these beads and stones why not just make my own.

white shirt

white embellished shirt

I bought a Tommy Hilfiger shirt that I liked and I just placed some crystals and beads on one side of the collar randomly and then tried to repeat the exact pattern on the other side of the collar.

The shirt collar is not completely symmetrical and one side is about a couple of millimeters longer and wider than the other so the beadwork is not exactly the same on both sides, but it is close enough and you wouldn’t be able to notice the difference unless you were really focusing on the beadwork.

white embellished shirt

 I used a variation of crystals and pearls in different sizes. To fill up the gaps I used gold and silver bugle and hex cut beads .I also used an assortment of different dark gold /bronzy beads to pick up on the thread colour that is used all through the shirt and to bring a pop of colour and break the monotony of white on white as well as make the collar stand out a little bit more.

 white embellished shirt

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