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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mirabilia Mermaid of the Pearls cross stitch on: January 01, 2008 03:45:19 AM
Hi there

The Mirabilia patterns are pretty big and can be complex.  It doesn't necessarily have that many complex stitches or funny things, but I'd be very hesitant to do it as a beginner - when you're just starting you always have trouble with your tension etc.  At the end of the day you'd know best, but if you want to avoid getting frustrated I'd say hold off and do one or two medium things first to get your rhythm first.

Hope that helps!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pearl spree. LOTS of pics. Added more! on: February 09, 2007 12:43:33 PM
also, you know the small pearls you used, do they have a name or are they just small freshwater pearls? because my pearls are a lot larger than them and i think they would be too heavy Smiley

well, I couldn't force her unfortunately - it would've cost me my wedding invite I think..lol.  The pattern does sound complicated, but when you follow it, you'll see it's actually quite simply - one of those that just sound a bit hectic when you start off.  I did have these visions of how nice it would look as it's very light and for some reason the word that comes to mind is ethereal, but hye, you don't argue with nervous brides!

The pearls I used are about 6mm and 3-4mm size, irregular, so the hole is not always straight down the center, but you could use potato shaped ones as well.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pearl spree. LOTS of pics. No really...lots! on: February 09, 2007 08:17:25 AM
Ok, for those of you that have asked about the wire and grey pearl necklace:

it's held together with crimps...lots of them, and i used Beadalon 7 strand, 0.010" (0.25mm) wire.  obviously the heavier the beads, the more your wire will bend under the weight, but the freshwater pearls are very light.  Before I made this I had two tries with some old crackle beads I wanted to use up.  the strands on those are much shorter, but I'll post pics of them.

As to how it's made, you can find directions at http://www.beadalon.com/silversplendorneck.html, which is where I think I saw instructions for this kind of design for the first time, but if you want a more detailed explanation, just shout and I'll be happy to write it up - I varied somewhat with what they did and work a lot on how it looked as I went along.  And also learnt a few things that obviously beadalon won't mention such as that use round crimps otherwise those little suckers will make you itch!

I think they recommend a much softer wire, but as I live in South Africa it's a little bit hard to come by and I have to make do with what I can get my grubby little paws on.

I got the pics of my two tests (didn't get one of the last one I made which - I'll have to borrow it back from the current owner).  I'll add them in at the top below the others.  If someone wants an even closer view, I'll take a few more pics.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some of my latest jewellery - lotsa pics on: February 08, 2007 03:13:18 AM
I absolutely love the cuffs.  Very beautiful and well made it seems.  Everything comes across very elegant and feminine.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: 7 new gemstone/pearl/silver pieces! on: February 08, 2007 03:09:12 AM
All of them are lovely.  I love the colours you use and the style of your jewellery!  Truly beautiful.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Pearl spree. LOTS of pics. Added more! on: February 08, 2007 03:02:36 AM
EDIT: to add the final bridal jewellery and the test necklaces...

Note: somehow this topic got doubled, and I've asked the other one to be deleted, so I apologise to those of you who commented there...it was nothing personal...promise!  Kiss

A while ago a friend asked me to make her wedding jewellery for her - originally she wanted biiiiiig red pearls on a choker, but then she decided on small grey freshwater pearls.  I still ended up making the bridesmaids jewellery from the big pearls, and she also got a bracelet and choker made from them.  

Sorry about the shadows, I'll have to take a new pic now that I have it back.

Strangely after spending quite a few hours on the grey necklace, the bride figured out it didn't go with the dress, and I ended up making another one.  Luckily she's a good friend or I probably would have told her off a bit.  Wink

The bridesmaids jewellery:

but long story short this started a pearl spree and I've been making glass pearl bracelets like mad...maybe I should stop...or maybe not.  Still have lots of pearls to use!  And there was one necklace and bracelet set that was taken as soon as it was done.


All the bracelets:



Hope you like them - and btw, the purple is actually grey but for some reason it's all wonky in the photos....

This is the final necklace the bride wore - much simpler in design and much more understated as you can see.
A closeup of the necklace

And these were the testruns  - pardon the onde dodge photo..it was late and b/f was feeling neglected so it was a bit rushed  Wink.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hallowe'en - Skull & Spider bag tutorial added on: August 24, 2006 12:08:25 PM
Oh wow!  That's very cool!  Shocked  I'm glad the toot was easy to understand. The bow is the best touch. Grin

I hope this helps a few people out for Halloween ideas!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hallowe'en - Skull & Spider bag tutorial added on: August 21, 2006 11:38:08 AM
Tada!  Got them back up - seems I deleted them a while ago - oops!   Tongue

Have fun!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hallowe'en - Skull & Spider bag tutorial added on: August 21, 2006 11:08:05 AM
Hey there!

Darn...let me check where everything is and I'll put the patterns back!

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet & Bead necklaces- Big pictures! on: May 04, 2006 02:41:05 PM
Lovely and so delicate looking!  Great work - they are all amazing!
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