It has been quite a while since I was able to share some of my bead looming, with everyone here! There have been many emails sen, from this forum, asking questions about bead looming, and my finishing techniques, that I thought I would share one of my latest cuffs!
The clasp is an adjustable style. I have been working on making loomed cuffs more adjustable for a while now!
I also used a very different style bead, for the edging, this time. These are large copper barrel beads. It is so cool they worked out, because now I think my 'edging' bead supply has grown to include larger beads! These barrel beads are big, so I decided to string a row of 11/0 glass beads inside of them so they do not separate while wearing!
The opposite side is just a simple row of Permanent Metallic 11/0 Glass beads!
Making so many earrings for this weedend's festival, I find things I want to share! I think Mihana made something using the 'Delica Line of Satin Beads'. They are my absolute favorites, but extremely fragile. Here is a pair of earrings I just made. Peach Satin and Peach Silver Lined.
I realize I have been sharing alot lately, but I have a lot going on! lol I may also share some of the Christmas Earring I made!!!.....well, maybe!
As with any forum, sharing your work opens up more ideas and suggestions that can only broaden your creativety. Here is a result of what I acquired from this forum.
Mentioning that the pink bead tubes with a sterling spiral resembled 'Steampunk', I thought I would challenge myself! Remember, I am a "Loomer" and in no way would create a line of 'Steampunk' items, so this too may be a bit short of the idea. I also left out the spiral, just give offer another way of seeing these!
I photographed them on the earring stands I make, but also am working on stock for the art festival this upcoming weekend! My need to 'produce-produce-produce' was another reason I whipped these up!
I was just talking about these earrings, with some other people, and decided to show them here. I know that there are many seed beaders and I have seen some gorgeous wire work. I am not a wire wrapper, but this idea was generated more out of 'want' then knowing what I am doing!
I think this idea may be just as good if the twisting wire was not 'wrapped'!
While getting alot of stock together for this upcoming Art Festival I am showing/selling, I wanted to include more rings then I have in the past. The 'finger ring' is a big hit, but unfortunately it must be specifically sized to finger measurements. I decided to make something similar in size, but more universal.
It covers a good part of the lower finger knuckle, but can be turned to hang further of the hand. This is a Moonlight Rivoli, which has a bit more depth of color then a 'crystal'. I also used Permanent Silver Beads to make it look like a 'sterling silver' ring. From a distance, it really does look like one!
Yeah Mihana! You made this easy to complete....we should keep talking about what's next "for us both"! Me, 'steamed crabs' with a small lampwork beer, dangling charm! LOL!
Thanks so much everyone! It is great to take some time and show what you bead, othere then your family members seeing so much and saying, "Oh yeah, good one Mom!"...I prefer to talk 'b-e-a-d' with 'those in the know', like here on this forum!
Now, not wanting to clean up on his death, I may make a few more, but havent' decided yet. I have so many ideas and only til October to finish!
Thanks everyone! I'll take any ideas you may have, on other popular subject matters!
Mihana and I have been talking and sharing some wonderful beading chat...I love her cuffs, and I guess she can tell, I too am a 'wide beaded cuff lover'! In one of our recent talks, I promised I would share this latest cuff, just finished (looming about 2-3 a week, right now ), with her. Then I thought how I never put any of my work here on this forum, but love to visit and see other's beading for inspiration.
Here is a cuff I decided to make, along with all the others I am making to show/sell at the one and only Art Festival I apply each year, in October. My daughter suggested MJ, so I graphed one out and beaded this.
As with all my beading, I like to include a 'splash' or more of 3D. I decided his 'infamous' strands of hair would be perfect! These are strung 3mm Jet Black Swarovski Crystals and some Opague Black Delicas to make the thinnest portions of each strand.
Every cuff I create, I lay out a pallete of Delicas, and paint the picture on my loom, selecting the beads that I think will be best recreating the colors in the picture I use. I have been doing this style of looming for so long, that I am getting better at selecting the right color beads but still find my mistakes using 'matte next to AB's'!
Mihana, it is wonderful sharing info with you, especially during this 'rush' time for me!!!
This subject is something I have been wanting to include on my website. It is a great thread!
Because I like to use multiple colors, in my looming, I too had to think about the most convenient and secure way to store my seed beads. Here is what I decided to do and it has been working out perfect, for many years!
I purchase the 'twist stackable' containers. Every new bead color, I carefully remove the label from the purchased container, stick it to the inside bottom of the stackable, mark the outside with the Delica number, for instance. Then stack and store in areas of Delica number. I have about 420 Delica colors, and also keep an Excel Sheet of them, prices, etc.
The best part is when I want to select a color, for my new looming idea, I can see the colors, select by untwisting and re-twisting into the new looming stack. To use the selected colors, I untwist during looming. If I want to close up quickly, they just twist together, but keep my bead selections handy.
Of course, this does take time, because I make sure each number is put back into it's number space when finished, and also reorder any color that is used more then another, by the label 'inside' of the container (this way the label won't fall off if put outside).
One word of advice....'buy and use the same stackable twist containers, from the same supplier/company. Switching the brand can make a mess as the 'threads' on each brand of stackables are different. That causes the containers to fall apart even when you think they are stacked securely! It may be best to buy quantity of a brand, if you think your stash may grow... just in case!!!