I've been itching to destash my beading supplies lately and in honor of our newest craftster logo, I bought more recently to justify my hoarding instincts.
So here are some things I made for swaps, gifts and for my self.
I recycled a great necklace my father found for me at a second hand store and created this antiqued looking kitchy rosary for my partner in the Hello Kitty & friends swap. She and I have a mutual love for Day of the Dead things and I thought this would be a nice addition to her collection. I used brass metal beads for the "padres" and all the red "hail mary's" are hand made glass beads.
I also had some rather large burgundy colored pearls that I made an earring and bracelet set out of. This is actually the second set I made this way. I liked it so much the first time I had to make a second. I had a hard time letting go of this, but like I said I have plenty of supplies to recreate another set.
A simple turquoise chip anklet spaced with larger sized glass seed beads. Simple but I love the look of it. Figured spring is the time to the show off ankles.
My sister's birthday is today and I almost always make her a piece of jewelery. He birthstone is obviously amethyst so a nice simple stretchy amethyst bracelet made from C grade 8mm rounds. I hope she likes it.
On to more difficult beading things, I found an awesome beading blog here
. And love almost everything done here, but along with the bracelet for my sister I decided she needed a fancier piece of jewelery and made her this ring out of red swarovskis and black seed beads. Then I decided I needed one too and created the black metalic swarovski flower ring with silver seed beads with out looking at the tute again.
Yeah it was that easy! Aren't they so pretty? I made my husband model since he has lovely hands compared to my stubby ones.
Thumbnail is the back of the Black/Silver ring.
I was crazy to think my beaded Kuromi from Sanrio would come out how I planned but it can only get better from here right? She's made with small(Size? tiny)seed beads in black, white & fuchsia and gauge 26 wire. Took me about 3 hours and I used graph paper to try and design it out, but anyone who knows working with wire, it isn't always easy. Next time I might just use herringbone or brick stitch to make one. Even worse I made this for my Sanrio partner who is an advanced epic beader.
*Blush* Please don't be too harsh.
Last but not least, my beaded penguin phone charm. I also used My Daily Bead
blog to make this. The directions were so clear and I love that its visual. I tell ya I'm addicted to this site. I had fun picking out swarovski's to use to make this, and I'm sure you can use any combo of colors to make it your own. I'll be making many of these in my near future I'm sure. Had to save him for last cause he is too cute! He's about the size of the tip of my thumb, as you can see by the pic.
Thanks for looking at my long post. C&C always welcome as always. Happy crafting all! ~V And I'm off to bead some more!