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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Spiral Peyote Bracelet (at least that's what I think it is :P) on: February 28, 2010 01:28:33 AM
Made this for a personal swap. Made a few other pieces, but this is the main one. I got the most AWESOME victorian corset in return.

Magnetic 'antique' look clasp, size 11 black and turquoise seed beads, larger black beads, and even larger pink covered clear beads. I was disappointed that the pink beads bled while I was stitching, not good quality. The beads I bought were unlabeled and from a boutique retail outlet, so not actually sure of any sizes or makes. Beading with no time and a limited budget sucks.

Here's the bracelet:

You like?

Thanks for looking!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / FB Christmas Tree Earrings on: December 06, 2009 02:12:26 AM
Christmas tree earrings!

Inspired by: BeadedByAmy's last post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330058.0
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Tree Of Life Ornaments using a Melding of Techniques on: November 29, 2009 01:57:56 AM
Hi guys,

I've made two tree of life suncatchers/ornaments/hangy thingies recently and wanted to share.

For the branches of both and the trunk and roots of the first I kind of combined the french beading technique used for making baby's breath (which is similar to one used in making wire and bead trees) with the tree-of-life concept.

For the second one I thought I'd braid the wires for the trunk and main branches.

The first is lush, the second went a little sparse in the foliage department because I cut the wires shorter, but I still like it.

Here you go:

Oh dear, the second one definitely needs another set of branches and my wire wrapping skills are shoddy! It really looks better off camera, I promise Tongue

Maybe someone else can use braiding and the wire tree technique with the tree of life idea and make a better example? *hint*!

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Dolly Woven Wire and Bead Bracelets on: November 09, 2009 02:17:41 AM
Hi Guys!

I saw this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=325563.0 and commented that maybe it could be done with a knitting dolly... And it can!

So, here's the bracelets I made with the dolly I was given and for some reason have kept since I was 4.

On the left has 3 beads per wrap around a nail, on the right has 1 per wrap.

I can finish one in half an hour! Really need to take photos in the daylight, but alas, I am rarely home except before and after dark...

These are a brilliant emerald color (in natural light) done in dark green 26 guage Parawire and dark green silver lined size 11 Czech seed beads.

I merely threaded a strand of beads onto wire and started 'knitting' with my needle nose pliers (my fingers would have bled). The tail at the beginning lent itself to one half of the clasp and finishing off by unhooking and threading the finishing tail through the remaining loops and pulling tight leaving another tail lent itself to forming the other half. Easy!

And my employer (I'm a nanny) saw them on me (I made them on the bus on the way to work) when I got to work and wants some in black, gold, silver, copper... Sheesh! I need to order more wire! Tongue Smiley

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Oval Petal FB Blossom Bobbies on: November 06, 2009 10:18:56 PM
Very simple 5 oval shaped petal blossoms, in 4-row crossover, on bobby pins, with glass pearls or bicone centres. I would also like to use Swarovski crystal centres, but until I have established sales, I'm not spending that much!!! I'm going broke buying materials Smiley

C & C?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Had a go at a tree-of-life pendant. on: October 27, 2009 04:10:08 AM
This pendant is made with thick steel wire, 26 guage silver coated copper wire, 11/0 crystal seed beads and 4mm round coral beads.

I got my inspiration for this piece here: http://www.phoenixfiredesigns.com/treeoflife.html and you can find a free tutorial to make one yourself here: http://beadstudio.com/info.php?a=613

I tried making one with glass pearls, but they were just too big and I couldn't get more than one on each branch... hmmm. Advice? C & C?
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / French Beaded Daisies - Custom Arrangement on: October 27, 2009 04:07:22 AM
Mum ordered these for her new house. I hate the yellowy clay color in a flower... But she was very specific about it... Also working on another Boston Fern for her, but a larger one. Photos were just for Mum, I try not to get my furniture in promo photos. I had to use Delicas for the petals and centres because I couldn't find the colors I wanted in opaque (Mum again was specific) pre-strung Czech. Threading each bead KILLED me. I hated it so much. I tried to make my own spinner and failed miserably. I had one on order, but my bead supplier is a tad slow... I might get it before Christmas... should chase that up... hmmm. Anyhoo... Here are the 'daisies':

Very happy with how they turned out. Are you?

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 'Steampunk'? on: October 24, 2009 08:15:18 AM
I tried to make something with a watch and its bits. Getting a cheap, modern watch face apart was interesting... I ended up just smashing it with a hammer til the casing was warped enough to give me a lever point. I used all the components, except those that were plastic and the battery. Also used three guages of wire and some seed beads.

I think the components were too small for their interesting shapes to be apparent. *sigh*
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / French Beaded Succulent on: September 30, 2009 05:35:30 PM
I made this for my mother's birthday which is coming up. I mean it to be a succulent rosette. I made it off the top of my head. Mum likes her beaded plants in opaque beads and she likes her succulents potted in shallow dishes with black or brown rocks. I would prefer it in silver-lined or transparent beads and potted with moss. Perhaps I shall make another soon to my own taste. C & C?

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Hibiscus Pendant and Beaded Ribbon Necklace on: September 23, 2009 02:26:31 AM
Hey guys,

I had a wedding to go to and bought a new dress and was amazed to find that I had previously ordered some new bead colors to try from my supplier and they were an exact match! I was ecstatic and had to make everything I wore including 8 studs and several bangles and... this:

DETAILS - you can skip this bit if you want Smiley

Some inspiration for the piece and counts for the main petals I took from Virginia Nathanson's 'Rose of Sharon' pattern. Everything else I made impromptu.

For the pendant: I used Czech 11/0 seed beads in transparent peach AB for the main petals, transparent light amber for the pollen, dark silver lined garnet for the centre detail petals, and brown iris for the leaves and beaded ribbon. I used lots of white floral tape to cover and thicken the stamen and to cover the wires at the back some of which I wrapped and cut short and other I used to form the loop that attaches to the gold colored bail. The petals are pointed at the bottom, the leaves are pointed top and bottom and made in the basic french technique. The pollen end of the stamen is a four row crossover with a double twist.

For the necklace: I used a length of brown shiny see-through type ribbon, secured three strands of beads knotted a few inches from one end with the unbeaded thread ends and then knotted the ribbon over to hide the thread. I then rolled the ribbon diagonally to form a tube while wrapping the seed beads around it and finished the same way I started. When not being worn and secured simply by tying the unbeaded ends of the ribbon together (this makes it quite adjustable too), the twists come undone and the beading hangs loose. I should tack-sew this piece all in place, but to wear it, I hold one end and twist the other and it comes back into it's spiral form. If I sell any, I will secure the beading on the necklace and sew up the ribbon in places so it holds it's tube shape.

C&C welcome!
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