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51  coral type bracelets (image heavy)***NOW WITH TUTE!!! in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: January 26, 2007 02:08:08 PM
Well, I'm finally getting around to posting my Christmas presents...little late. Grin
I was walking with my sister-in-law window shopping and we saw these coral type bracelets in a window and I said:  "I can do that!"  So I did.
These were everyone's Christmas preset.
They were made with E beads for the main part and then at least three colors of mochromatic beads for the branches on each bracelet.
Let me know if you like them or want a tute!  They are simple and took about two hours of tv watching to do each.





















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Tutorial!
This is my first try at a tutorial with diagrams...hope it comes out understandable!

Needed:
Beading thread
Conditioning wax
Nail polish\glue
E beads
Seed beads
clasp

I make this bracelet with one long thread..I wrap the thread around my wrist six or seven times and that seems to be the right length.
I used big eye needles...I like how I can hold more beads on at one time and my hand doesn't cramp.
http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:vYbghROmjcvATM:http://www.fusionbeads.com/uploads/prod_img/large/TL1018.jpg

Here is a pictuer of beading wax if you don't know what it is...wax helps keep the beads in place and helps keep the thread from fraying.  I just pull the thread through the grooves in the wax holder.
http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:1sjP7diBTPKOVM:http://www.littlebeader.com/wax.JPG

For this project, I use one color E bead and then I use three colors of monochromatic seed beads because it gives a nice texture to have colors that are close but slightly different.  On some, for example the red one, I used white beads very sparingly to break up the color.

I first connect the thread to the round end of the clasp.  Knot then surgeons knot then nail polish the knot (this is how I start, if you like other methods, go ahead)

I then thread the E beads until I reach the length of my bracelet.



If I'm using a toggle and circle clasp, I add a few seed beads of the same color at the end of the base row so I can maneuver the toggle.  Then I tie off on the toggle and nail polish the knot.  I turn around with the same thread and go back through the first E bead.  In between each bead I do a seed bead branch.  I go through five seed beads and then back through the bottom two to give me a branch with a wide head.


I like to keep the color pattern random and I sometimes vary the number of beads in the branch.  I found that when I'm working on it, the bracelet doesn't look all together until I finish the branches.
I tie off to the beginning point clasp, nail polish the knot and weave the end of the thread back into the bracelet.

I hope you guys understand me...it's simpler than it sounds and really doesn't take that long.  I'd love to see other peoples bracelets if you do them!

Happy beading!
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52  Re: Show us your Photoshop and PSP art!!! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by alohamom2three on: December 22, 2006 03:46:16 PM
This is a picture I made a few years ago...unfortunately I'm too cheap to have adobe but all those other programs make some nice things too.
Enjoy (this is on the north shore of hawaii the night before my third daughter was born)
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53  basket weave dishwasher! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alohamom2three on: November 19, 2006 03:39:18 PM
OK..I'm on a basketweave kick...as you can tell if you look at my post about chairs on this board.  So, I have a stainless fridge, a black stove and a white dishwasher.  We just moved in not too long ago and can't afford to buy anything yet.  So, I had some aluminum flashing lying around from making a tinman costume and my crafty mind got inspired.  I took off the white panel and cut two inch strips of flashing then I basket wove (weaved?) them onto the white panel.  I was a few strips short but I think it looks awesome.  I now have a totally unique dishwasher!



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54  Finally finished pair of chairs! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by alohamom2three on: November 19, 2006 03:34:28 PM
My poor husband...I pulled these chairs out of the garbage over a year ago (ok if I'm being honest it was probably two years ago  Roll Eyes
I almost threw them back out and then I promised them to a friend to go with a patio table so they moved with us to a new house with the promise that I would do them "soon".  You all know how that is!
Anyway, finally sanded, clear coated and basketwove a seat.  I think they look really good.  Hubby likes them too and has gallantly tried to refrain from commenting on how long they took me to do...they only took a day once I got around to them...LOL.



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55  Glinda the good witch in Costumes: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: November 15, 2006 02:44:52 PM
This was for a recent production of Wizard of Oz...
I found this dress at goodwill for $30 (never worn..original tags with price of $350...half price day so even though it said $60 on the goodwill tag, I got it for a steal!)
Then I used a crinolin and pink tulle to fill in the skirt and did layers of tulle for the sleeves...pretty good!



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56  Ruby slippers for $10**Now with pics of supplies in Shoes: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: November 15, 2006 02:33:59 PM
I made these for a recent production of The Wizard of Oz.  $6.78 White Stag Shoes from Walmart...perfect heel shape and height!  $3 red glitter and jewel glue...looked like the real thing!





****Here are the things I used:  glue, varnish and glitter.  I bought the glue and glitter at Walmart and the liquitex varnish at ben franklin's.

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57  Crocheted eyelash lei in Crochet: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: June 14, 2006 12:32:32 PM
Aloha!  Thought you all might like to see a crocheted lei.  This is two colors of eyelash yarn and two colors of rattail cord crocheted onto gross grain ribbon.  It was for a friend's birthday.
Enjoy.



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58  Seed bead rope again in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: June 14, 2006 12:29:38 PM
OK, even thogh I posted the memory wire bracelets at the same time as this...I just can't get away from my favorite seed bead rope necklaces.  Here's another one!
This is two colors of green in a netted rope.



Here's another pic same necklace.

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59  First memory wire attempts in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: June 14, 2006 12:27:22 PM
I had to make presents for some students...they are all a bit goth so I decided to do all black.  Thesee are multi strand memory wire with jet beads.

This first one is classic but I decided it looked too much like what you can buy in stores.




This one is five strand memory wire with tubing covering the bare wire (the tubing was featured in someone else's memory wire posting on this board.  It's cording for large hole beads that I got at walmart).  I really like this one and I want to make one for myself!



Here's the back of it.



I can't believe I don't have a better picture of the next one which criss crossed in x shapes around.


For a first try with memory wire I think they came out ok...now I'm coming up with all kinds of possibilities!  Hope you all like them!  I haven't posted in a really long time!
 Grin
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60  Frosted Black Coral (seed bead necklace) in Beads: Completed Projects by alohamom2three on: February 17, 2006 05:27:12 PM
I've been really busy lately but unfortunately, not doing jewelry Sad
I finally finished this piece I've been working on as a Christmas present for my babysitter...a little late...or really early for next year Grin  LOL
Thank you JewelryArtist for the tute on pics on this board, I tried your method and I think it looks pretty good...what do you think guys...good pics?


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