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21  Re: Another lot of French Beaded Plants (Fern and Lavender) in Beads: Completed Projects by AmysSculpturalBeading on: September 03, 2009 04:13:59 AM
Sorry I took so long to respond!

If you mean the first lot, I can't get a close-up because I gave them away and that grainy phone pic is all I have of them... I can put up a photo of the beads I used for them though:





If you mean the last one, here:



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22  "seed pod" french beaded pendant (now pic heavy with updates!) in Beads: Completed Projects by AmysSculpturalBeading on: August 28, 2009 10:10:29 PM
I made this pendant a while ago and hadn't photographed it yet. It is made with a size 11 seed bead mix, silver 26 guage parawire, a silver jumpring and a silver bail. Inside is fitted a faceted bead, it just sits there, and could be (forcibly) popped out and changed for other colors, or for use with semi-precious stones and pearls? I've been thinking of doing some in plain colors and getting some round beads of different materials to try making it an 'interchangeable' model.

Here is it from the front, side and back:







Your thoughts?



*UPDATE*

This is in different colors, without the tail and with a smaller bead in the centre.



Different effect...

*UPDATE AGAIN*

More photos with different centre 'seeds':



















I prefer the three stacked wooden disc beads myself in the brown pod.

Again, what do you think?

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23  Another lot of French Beaded Plants (Fern and Lavender) in Beads: Completed Projects by AmysSculpturalBeading on: August 22, 2009 11:03:00 PM

I made this first lot of three lavender sprigs a while ago. The stems are twisted and gross, but I like the colors. I think the blossoms are too spaced out... but in the next spring I finished more recently, my bf thinks the blossoms are too clustered. I also think I shouldn't have the green under the purple... The leaves on the first lot are for vase display, or hanging up like dried lavender, but the more recent one I have leaved to go in a potted arrangement of many more sprigs, I plan to maybe put more leaves on the bottom and the unleaved end of the stem will be pushed into whatever I use to pot it. What do you guys think?





I made a fern in lime green for my mother a while ago following Nathanson's pattern exactly. She's ordered another one now, so I've set to work and have made two fronds so far with a higher bead count and more repetitions in a darker green.

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24  Wire Motif Necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by AmysSculpturalBeading on: August 22, 2009 10:55:56 PM
Just finished photographing this. I made it years ago, just found it and rearranged a little.



What do you think?
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25  Re: Beaded Butterfly Flock (fat with photos)... now with Tutorial (lower on pg 1) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by AmysSculpturalBeading on: August 22, 2009 10:52:14 PM
More Bracelets and necklaces




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26  Re: Beaded Butterfly Flock (fat with photos) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by AmysSculpturalBeading on: August 15, 2009 10:09:07 PM
Just finished this to add to the list!







Pretty blue weighted bookmark with butterflies.

I shall get to work on the tute now.
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27  Beaded Butterfly Flock (fat with photos)... now with link to Tutorial in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by AmysSculpturalBeading on: August 15, 2009 09:02:03 PM
So... I've been making a copious amount of small french beaded butterflies... (Czech 11/0 glass seed beads, 26 guage Parawire). French beaders will easily be able to see the bead counts and technique used to reproduce these little babies! Might make a tute for them if anyone is interested?



So far, I have used them mainly on hair clips:



I love this green, but the photos don't really show it off well.

http://www.sculpturalbeading.com/uploads/5/2/2/6/522625/4610622.jpg
Abhore this pink, but apparently little girls love it?



As earrings, these are so cute... I've also put them on fish / sheperd hook earrings and clip-up hoops.



Clip up hoops also double nicely as wine charms...



Butterfly as a bobby pin...



Barette clip...Again, disgusting colors, but was making samples for a 4 year old. Should use silver wire next time.



Rings will probably be popular sellers at markets (when/if I ever make it to one), but I wouldn't wear them myself.





I will try this bracelet style in other colors to get a completely different look. This one uses tigertail for the band of the bracelet and a silver heart toggle clasp and some crimp beads. Can also use them connected with just jump-rings to make a segmented bracelet.... jewellery and hair accessory design options are endless.

I plan on using these as pendants, on ripple pins and brooches. I've also thought of mounting them on thick floral wire (or hanging them from the curled ends of a piece of floral wire with crystals?) and selling them to florists and nurseries to use them in floral arrangements and as pot-plant embellishments. I can also see them as present decorations, napkin rings, key rings, mobile phone dangles...

Any ideas as to other uses???!!!

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28  Beaded Blossom Bobby Pins in Beads: Completed Projects by AmysSculpturalBeading on: August 01, 2009 07:06:50 AM
Just a little something I made to chill after spending 3 hours rearranging my website...



You like?
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29  Circular peyote stitch jewellery ... is this a variation? in Beads: Completed Projects by AmysSculpturalBeading on: July 24, 2009 03:15:39 AM
Hi,

I picked up this circular seed bead stitch in a Bead and Button magazine that I've since lost and use it for lots of things. Here's a few examples:

This first necklace uses 30 guage craft wire for the bead caps and the peyote circles, but thread for the strands of the necklace. It looks white from my camera flash, but the palest piece is a dull purple not even close to white.




To make the bead caps (below), I start with the basic circle as above, and add beads in the gaps and pull tight to start to make a tube, then keep adding beads as you would in any other peyote stitch. I know these bead caps are different sizes, not sure how that happened.


Here's another way I've used this stitch:



And here's a ring I made using a peyote circle as a base:

The circle of black and blue is the peyote circle in thread, the yellow centre is french beaded in wire.



The band is Victorian or ladder stitched in wire.

What do you think of the pieces? Also, if anyone knows, can you tell me if this is the basic circular peyote stitch or if I have been using a variation, and is how I have been doing it the usual way to move from circular peyote to tubular peyote, or have I made up something else entirely?

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30  Tutorials! Beaded Bobby Pin and Daisy Chain... in Beads: Completed Projects by AmysSculpturalBeading on: July 12, 2009 04:24:55 AM
So, I had a go at making some tutorials of the most basic stuff I make with seed beads...

Please let me know what you think!

Beaded Bobby Pin (Basic) Tutorial

Measure out 30cm of 30, 28 or 26 guage beading wire, fold in half and insert the bent end in between the prongs of the bobby pin and follow the instructions below:




These pictures show gaps, but always pull tight at each step.





Repeat above steps until you reach the rubbered end of the bobby pin. To finish, wrap bare wire around the bobby pin end a few times to secure and cut away excess.

And here's a photo of a finished more complicated beaded bobby pin, but it uses this basic technique:


Daisy Chain Tutorial

Measure out a generous length of beading thread and thread it onto a seed-beading needle, or cut a length of 30 guage beading wire and follow these instructions:



Use a stopper bead, crimp or knot to stop your beads from sliding off the end.

Make a circle, these will be your petals. These pictures show gaps, but always pull tight at each step.



Push the centre bead into the circle, it may try to pop out as you pull the thread tight.



Repeat above steps until you have reached your desired length.  You may need to vary the bead count depending on your bead sizes to form a nice flower, and length may need to be adjusted by changing how many spacer beads (in green) you use between flowers. Finish a wired chain for a ring by threading through the first bead against the direction you have been beading. Thread through several more beads for strength and tie off either by wrapping wire in between two beads, skipping a bead and backthreading, or looping the wire around and threading it back throught the last bead you've been through in the same direction you've been beading.

Here are some finished Daisy Chain Rings:



Thanks for reading, if you got this far. Please tell me what you think. I'd love feedback!

Amy












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