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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Dragonfly, Daffodil, Plum Blossoms-- Necklaces (Pic Heavy) on: May 01, 2011 01:35:34 PM
I'm finally submitting more pictures of my work.  I've been busy, as always!  I finally opened up my etsy shop, but I have a lot more stuff to put in it! Here's some of my recent work.  As always, comments and critiques are welcomed and encouraged!

Steampunk-inspired Dragonfly Necklace-
This is a class sample, so if you're in the Columbus, Ohio area and want to learn how to do this, contact me for more information!  It uses swarovski crystal, vintaj, 15/0 seed beads, bugle beads, chain, and czech glass.

Next up, a daffodil necklace!  A lot of people requested that I make a daffodil, so I welcomed the challenge.  I used buttery yellow colors to make sure the piece looked sophisticated instead of childish.  This is made with 15/0 seed beads, czech "sea glass", swarovski crystals, and gold accents.

Last but not least, my plum blossom necklace.  I used 15/0 and 11/0 seed beads, genuine pearl and mother-of-pearl, peridot chips, swarovski crystals, and sterling silver.

Thanks for looking!

22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best books/sites? on: February 23, 2011 11:18:14 AM
I always check out a bunch of books from the library first!  If I like one of those books enough, I buy it, but sometimes it's just nice to find a place to start without having to spend anything.
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: One-step Crimpers on: February 23, 2011 11:16:45 AM
I haven't used one, but I wanted to mention that I use the "Magic Crimper" a lot.  It's AWESOME.   It turns a normal tube crimp into a pretty little ball that looks like it's one of your beads.  You have to use a specific size tube crimp for it, but I definitely think it's worth it.
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: seed beading on: February 23, 2011 11:15:06 AM
I second what Onyxnox says.  Good lighting is very important.  I frequently use a bead spinner- I love it!  Definitely take care of your back and neck.  If you're doing beading for a while, make sure you take a break every 15-20 minutes.  Stand up, walk around, do some stretches, etc. 

I have really good ideas, so using the smallest of seed beads doesn't bother me much.  If you do need some help, I wonder if using a desktop magnifier like this would help:  http://www.skymall.com/shopping/detail.htm?pid=203661751&pnr=24R&cm_mmc=Shopping-_-TheFind-_-24R-_-product
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: 3 New Necklaces! (6 pictures) on: February 22, 2011 06:25:57 AM
nytekat,  I came up with my own special techniques in order to create beautiful, comfortable jewelry with french beaded flowers.  For now, I'm keeping these techniques to myself, but perhaps one day I'll have the opportunity to publish a technique/project book.  Next time, I'll include a picture of the back of a necklace. Smiley
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: French Beaded Long-Stemmed Rose *UPDATE* Pattern now available!!! on: February 21, 2011 05:39:06 PM

Since you're a beginner, I recommend getting patterns by Dalene Kelly.  Her patterns are easy, but gorgeous. 

You can purchase her "basic instructions" that introduce all the main techniques and also includes a simple pattern so you can try it out.  You can download this for .25- what a bargain!  She also sells downloadable versions of individual patterns, including 5 different types of lilies. 

The basic instructions and all her patterns are on this page:  http://www.beadedflowerpatterns.com/patterns.html

I've made 3 bridal bouquets, and beware!  They are time consuming!  I typically spend 100+ hours on one.
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: 3 New Necklaces! (6 pictures) on: February 21, 2011 05:33:37 PM
The funny thing about the pear blossom necklace is that I was really worried about making it.  I love using color, so I didn't know how I'd make something spectacular with just black and white.  I ended up LOVING it though.  I'll have to make one for me. Tongue
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: 3 New Necklaces! (6 pictures) on: February 14, 2011 04:53:40 PM
Thanks for your feedback, everyone! 

carmencrafter, I haven't featured an orchid yet, but I really want to!  I have been working on developing a pattern that does justice to the unique beauty of orchids.  Do you have a favorite type?

Those of you who like the middle one best, I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would because there's no color.  It's hard to notice, but I actually used 4 different types of white beads for the flowers to add texture.
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / 3 New Necklaces! (6 pictures) on: February 13, 2011 02:08:47 PM
Hi all,

I've been hard at work and thought I'd post some new pictures of what I've created lately.  I would love to get feedback on what you do or don't like.  Thanks!

1)  Chinese Themed Necklace-  I orginally planned to have this finished by Chinese New Year, but that didn't happen.  I also wanted to have some Chinese themed charms (coin, dragonfly, etc) hanging under the flower, but I decided that there was enough going on already and charms would make it too crowded.  The flower is a camillia, red seed beads with gold stamen topped with little gold-plated metal beads.  I used all glass beads (and more gold-plated metal beads) in reds and blacks.  3 is a very lucky number in the Chinese culture, so I made 3 strands and grouped many of the beads in 3s. 

2) Modern Pear Tree Blossoms-  One of my bosses commissioned me to make a necklace for her.  She wanted it to be symmetrical and black/white.  I like to keep flowers in natural colors, and black/white flowers are hard to find, but I found these beautiful little pear blossoms. The strung section is white quartz with czech glass and silver spacers.  I love the way it turned out- modern, yet classic.  It's the perfect replacement for a boring strand of pearls with a little black dress.

3) Calla Lily and Pearls-  At my local bead store, I found these itty bitty teeny tiny real pearls, and I knew I had to use them.  Making a lifesize beaded calla lily is incredibly hard, but I really enjoyed making this mini one.  I used more pearls for the necklace portion, czech glass, and gold-plated beads for the stamen and in the necklace. 

Which is your favorite? What flowers would you like me to feature next? 
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: I make jewelry now! on: January 21, 2011 12:34:38 PM
ooooh StringingFool- I may have to make a pansy necklace.  That would be fun.
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