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21  Re: beaded brooch and more in Beads: Completed Projects by Beach on: December 22, 2005 10:51:44 PM
I used some of my free time over the holidays to make another brooch (also in red), I'm really liking these - each one turns out different:
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22  beaded brooch and more in Beads: Completed Projects by Beach on: November 11, 2005 11:40:28 PM
I love poking around to see what beady things craftsters have come up with!  here's what I've been up to....

Based on easy instructions in Bead and Button Magazine Feb 2005 issue, a beaded brooch:

And a simple spiral necklace:

(there are a few other items posted on my blog, but these are the most sparkly  http://www.accesswave.ca/~yellowwood/lblog/burrito.html )
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23  Re: Caterpillar bracelet in Beads: Completed Projects by Beach on: August 16, 2005 11:12:02 PM

Because I did follow the instructions from an issue of Bead and Button - I'm firstly going to link to those very same instructions which you can buy for only $3.95 (pdf file) which I highly recommend:   http://www.beadandbutton.com/bnb/default.aspx?c=a&id=680&cc=aNddvt   They're in issue #51 (Oct 2002) and are by Suzanne Golden.

Even if you don't buy & download the tutorial from the Bead and Button site- check out the link anyway, there's a pic with a few more bacelets for inspiration.

If you're comfortable with fringe - then this graphic (painstakenly drawn in photoshop) shows what I did:

First I made a very sturdy strand of seed beads (with a fairly large holes to allow multiple thread passes) - with a loop of beads at one end and a big bead at the other (works as the clasp) - sized to my wrist.   Then I just started at the first seed bead and put the 3-branch fringe on it, then put the 3 branch fringe on the next seed bead in line and so on for a really really long time.  The shorter your fringe branches are the faster it will go, I think - I made mine quite long before I realized just how much work I had made for myself. 

(The key to understanding it is this: if you're working your way from left to right then your thread goes through the seed bead you're putting the fringe on, you go through it, build your fringe and go through it again.  In the diagram the thread coming out of the base string seed bead comes out on the right - through all the fringes and then comes down on the left and goes through the bead again, then it would go through the next bead and repeat.)

I hope that is explanation enough - it's not complicated at all once you get going, and it's something you get into a rhythm for...  feel free to post questions and thanks to everyone for all the kind compliments; craftster rocks!
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24  Caterpillar bracelet in Beads: Completed Projects by Beach on: August 08, 2005 06:39:17 PM
After seeing a lot of people in the bead forums (delphi and about.com) post pictures of their caterpiller bracelets last year, I was inspired to try one myself.  I used the instructions in an old issue of Bead and Button (Oct 02) I had.... pawed through my beads to find the goodies and worked at this off and on for quite a while.  It's finally done!  Maybe these pics will inspire someone else to try out the caterpiller.... if you like to fondle beads, you'll love this - it feels so great.

[Semi-tutorial and link to real instructions are on page 3 of the comments/replies!]
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25  Beaded box in Beads: Completed Projects by Beach on: May 12, 2005 11:44:47 PM
I've been working on this project off and on for ages - as a present for my mom... finallly finished it in time for Mother's Day, now I get to share it with you guys.  It's all beads and thread, woven together in peyote stitch using instructions from a book by Dark Hare Beadwork.

Thanks for all the kind compliments guys - here are some answers to questions that popped up...

The book is called "Little Boxes" - it's available here: http://www.beadcave.com/julia/littleboxes/index.html  You can buy a pdf version for $25US and it includes patterns and instructions for different box types (triangular, 4 sided, 5 sided, etc).

Also - it's possible to make much smaller boxes that require much less time - so anyone who is thinking of trying the project, go for it - it doesn't have to be the mega project I made mine into!

My mom was wow'ed, I think.  She's seen my other beadwork projects (which tend to be large and very time involved) so she knows it's typical for me.  Mostly I think she marveled at how small and uniform the beads were (I used delicas).

Theres no frame under the beads - it's just beads and thread.  The tension holds it all together.  Each half was made as one piece.  The bead on top - it stands up just through tension and several passes with the thread. 

(Thanks for setting me straight on the stitch name, didn't realize there was badness associated with what I called it.)

As a beginner project - if you've done gourd stitch before, then you can figure this out (with the instructions) for sure.  I'd suggest getting pretty familiar with gourd stitch first though.  Wink   

I think the only thing that keeps me going on large projects like this is NOT knowing how many hours I've put in!!   I started this easily a year ago, got interrupted by grad school and finally finished in May... easily hundreds of hours (usually in front of the tv).

In a way it does require patience, but I really enjoy it and it gives me something to do with my hands while I watch movies or tv.
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