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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Bead woven rings on: November 24, 2009 04:50:36 AM
I've been having a great time lately weaving up rings - depending on the complexity they take anywhere from an hour to three - and that's "instant" gratification to a bead weaver.
The first four were done in right angle weave, with some netting embelishment, and the bottom two were straight up right angle weave.
Fun right?

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Netted Bracelets on: November 23, 2009 06:56:20 AM
A couple netted bracelets I made recently. Nothing ground breaking, but sometimes the simplest of things are most satisfying. I used size 11 toho seed beads, and a swivel lobster clasp to finish.
If you are interested in making your own netted bracelet, here is a tutorial from about.com for flat 3-bead netting. http://beadwork.about.com/library/weekly/aa070698.htm
If you prefer a video, Bead and Button online has a great one. http://www.beadandbutton.com/bnb/default.aspx?c=a&id=3581

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Another bangle bracelet - turquoise and gold on: October 26, 2009 10:38:18 AM
Another in my series of bangle bracelets, this one took a bit less time to complete because the beads are larger. I started with a base of turquoise rounds and gold fire polished czech beads, then accented with turquoise chips. The chips are a pretty robin's egg blue, mined from the sleeping beauty mine in Arizona. Gosh I love turquoise.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Green Bangle Bracelet on: October 26, 2009 07:42:41 AM
I do make *other* things besides  bangle bracelets, but I was really pushing myself to get this done over the weekend. I started with a base of size 11 toho seed beads in cubic r-a-w. I realized after I started weaving that it was going to take awhile. I think I'll be sticking to size 8's or 6's for the base of these from now on...11's just take so long to work in cubic right angle weave. Pretty, but time consuming. Then I added size 8 tohos to give it a gentle flare. It's slightly rigid, mostly flexible.

I've been doing a plain white background for most of my pictures but decided to change it up yesterday. Does it look good with the jean background, or does it take away from the bracelet?

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Candy Corn Bangle Bracelet on: September 28, 2009 08:22:23 AM
I can't seem to pull myself away from this cubic right angle weave...the possibilities are limitless! I used size 8 toho seed beads for the base...not as small as 11's but small enough to make it quite a time consuming endeavor. Originally I was just going to weave 3 strips of color for the "candy corn" look and be done with it, but when I got to the end it didn't feel finished to me. SO, I wove another layer of right angle weave and added some fire polished beads. Usually I am behind schedule when it comes to holiday jewelry, so I was real happy to get this finished an entire month before Halloween. Woohoo!

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Tiny beaded crystal purse on: September 22, 2009 09:05:51 AM
I wove this cute lil' purse using 5mm and 4mm siam colored swarovski crystals. I'm not a "girlie-girl" by any means but teeny tiny purses just make me squeal with delight! lol

Sorry about the crappy photos. I really have the hardest time taking photos of crystals...can't ever get the sparkle quite right. After snapping what seemed like a bazillion photos I ended up settling with these. If anyone has tips on photographing crystals I'm all ears!

I wish I had a doll to pose with the purse, it's the perfect size "boho" bag for a barbie. She could even fit her barbie sized chihuahua in there.  Grin

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded bangle bracelets on: September 13, 2009 04:00:31 PM
Here are some more bangles I wove in right angle weave. I finished them last weekend but just got around to taking pics of them. Hard to find time to take pictures, it's much easier to find time to bead.  Wink
The first bangle is woven with light pink toho seed beads (size 6) and purple swarovski crystal pearls. A little late in the season for baby pink I suppose, but I started in the spring, so that's gotta count for something, right? lol. It's rigid but still flexible.

This next one is a bit more "industrial" as I wove it with all hematite beads, a little bit heavier and rigid too. Nice and textural...one of those bracelets you want to keep touching. 

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Rings on: September 13, 2009 05:19:25 AM
These are a result of playing with right angle weave and layering techniques. I believe its called cubular right angle weave, but some people call it square right angle weave. They are time consuming (and a thread eater) but lots of fun! I'm trying to go for bling without the diamonds.  Grin

This ring was woven with size 15/0 toho seed beads...tiny ones! It's lightweight and very comfortable. I really need to get a shot of it with a penny so people can really see how tiny those beads are!

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beadwoven Pietersite Bangle bracelet on: September 11, 2009 07:47:29 AM
I've been experimenting a bit with right angle weave, and cross needle weaving. Using 2 needles to do anything was a bit challenging at first, but now I seem to have the hang of it. It makes beading easier and works up faster, IMO anyways.
This "almost chunky" bracelet was woven with size 3/o toho seed beads, and finished off with small pietersite nuggets. Pietersite is such a pretty stone - one of my favorites.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / 3D Beadwoven Tetris Necklaces on: June 25, 2009 09:39:08 AM
These little guys have been in the making for a while now - on and off for the past 6 months or so. I really wanted to show each one off as soon as I was done with it, but I felt it would be best to "release" them as a set.
This idea has been in the making (in my head) for YEARS now...I just didn't know how I was going to pull it off until I started working with right-angle-weave, the perfect stitch for this geometric endeavor. It wasn't until I started weaving (in size 11 toho beads) that I fully understood what an endeavor it would be. This truly was a labor of love...the entire set together took me approximately 40 hours! Worth the time, though. They are all structurally sound - these babies are not hollow. They are built up layer by layer - you can't really SEE the beads woven in the center, but they are there...and that what makes the piece strong and able to hold its shape.
Because I really wanted the shapes to be the total eye catcher, I finished these necklaces off by stringing them on illusion cord - so that the shape appears to be "floating" on your neck.
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