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Topic: Victorian style earrings with vintage stones and bead woven bezels  (Read 1717 times)
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« on: December 07, 2008 04:01:49 AM »

Here are some earrings I made recently. They have vintage glass stones and I made netted bezels to go around them. I had been making pieces like this using bead embroidery, but then the backs of the stones got covered up, and they look so much better when the light can shine through them. Let me know what you think of them!



And a close up:


And what they look like from the back:
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2008 06:15:24 AM »

Your work is exquisite!
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2008 09:10:46 AM »

Those are gorgeous!  The the way you bead around the glass without covering up the backs is brilliant.  I need to learn a technique like yours.  I hate gluing cabs to something.  Any tips?

I also love the large cab bracelet gone awry on your blog.  Being a chunky jewelry girl, I liked it as a bracelet, bug eyes and all  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2008 03:50:32 PM »

Beautiful!!!
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2008 03:50:13 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments!

Michele1620:Yep,  I  like bartering, so if you ever wanted to make me an offer...

onthinice:I'm trying to think of how I could explain the technique simply. I didn't learn it from here, but this page explains it fairly well: http://jewelrymaking.allinfoabout.com/features/netcab.html
I don't net it on both sides, though. I just start with a circle of beads that is slightly smaller than the stone I'm working with, and then I use net stitch to secure the back. And depending on the size of the piece you can vary the number of beads used in net stitch, as long as it is an odd number. If you try it and need more help, just send me a PM.

Michele105: thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2008 07:06:42 AM »

They are really pretty!  Glad you figured out how to make the light shine through because that makes them even better. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2008 07:46:10 AM »

Thanks for the link - it reminds me that I've already seen that page  Roll Eyes  When I tried it in the past, my beading was way more open than yours, so I gave up on it.  I need to tweak my technique since I like the look of your solid beaded bezel rather than the wide open bead net I made.  Thanks for inspiring me to try it again!
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2008 02:33:47 PM »

The first time I tried net stitch it looked too open as well. Then I just played with it a bit and tried using different numbers of beads for each row. You can definitely tighten it up so that it doesn't look so loose.
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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2008 08:24:40 PM »

These earrings are beautiful!  And thank you so much for posting the tute you used.  I've been wanting to try this for ages, but these earrings might finally "push me over the edge!"

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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2008 02:37:42 AM »

These are beautiful.
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