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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded Bead Necklace and Rivoli Pendant (lotsa pics) on: April 26, 2008 02:41:21 PM
caitlinc, no it doesn't include directions for beaded toggles Sad the one i made for the necklace was based on the clasp for 'rivolis in bloom' by laura mccabe. the instructions for rivolis in bloom, including the clasp, were in the august/september 2007 issue of beadwork magazine.

the loop is basically tubular peyote stitch, with 3 rows of size 15 seed beads, 3 rows of size 11, and then 4 rows of size 15s again. then you zip up the two edges of the 15s together, and it makes sort of a donut shape. i embellished with some more size 15s just to make it look a little more fancy Tongue and the bar of the clasp is just a 16x5 flat peyote swatch of size 11s zipped up to make a tube, with a couple rounds sewed on the end. hope this helps!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded Bead Necklace and Rivoli Pendant (lotsa pics) on: April 09, 2008 12:10:03 PM
thanks for your nice comments everyone!!!

hello color: the pattern for the bigger beads was found in 'the art of beaded beads' (crystal ball bead). the all brown ones were made by covering a bead with tubular peyote stitch, with decreases at both ends. if you go to www.beadandbutton.com, they have great explanations for beading stitches!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Bead Necklace and Rivoli Pendant (lotsa pics) on: April 08, 2008 09:20:14 AM
Usually I'm too lazy to post my stuff, but I just finished a piece that I made just for me (I usually make stuff for other people and don't keep anything for me) and I'm so excited to have something for me that I want to show it off. So here it is, comments and criticism welcome! (BTW, necklace was inspired by: http://reneldenapoli.com/fr-article79.html)

Sorry this pic is a little blurry, but here's a close-up of the clasp:

Whole thing:

While I'm posting, here's a pendant I made for my sister (she requested a custom piece to give to my mom for xmas). This pic is also a little blurry, sorry!!

4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Where can I get TVP? on: March 14, 2008 09:11:19 PM
i live in the maritimes, and i get tvp from the bulk barn. not sure if they have bulk barns in bc, but they're amazing. you can get so many healthy foods there, and everything's super cheap. me and my bf calculated once how much cheaper tvp was than ground beef, and a pound of rehydrated tvp was like 1/8th the cost of a lb of ground beef, or something crazy like that.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Inexpensive Swar Crystals In British Columbia? on: April 04, 2007 09:58:15 AM
you could try artbeads.com as well. i live in new brunswick and as far as i can tell theres no bead stores in the entire province... anyway, artbeads.com has pretty good prices and they'll ship to canada for $1... i like to order from beadfx.com when i can to support their business but when i only need a few things i hate to pay their $5 shipping so i usually go with artbeads instead
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Double Spiral Seed Bead Chain - new pics of completed necklace on: March 14, 2007 05:24:00 AM
Thanks everyone  Grin

AzureStars, for the toggle I made a 12 x 5 peyote swatch, zipped it up and sewed a couple little swarovskis on either end, then attached a 2 x 7 square stitch to the middle of the tube. For the loop part, I took a piece of fishing line and ran it through the green beads a few times so the loop would stay circley and then used thread to loop a brown bead on top of each green one and then attach it to the necklace. The brown beads were bigger than the green so it make a cute ruffley effect  Cheesy
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: Double Spiral Seed Bead Chain on: March 13, 2007 05:54:39 PM
Thanks for the ideas everyone! Unfortunately where I live theres like no craft stores so I had to work with stuff I already had  Sad So I ended up just putting some flowers on and surrounding it with some fringe. Then I made a ladder of seed beads and wrapped it around kinda like a vine and stuck some flowers made of little swarovski beads on it. I think it looks fairly decent, anyway lol. Here's some pics:


8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Double Spiral Seed Bead Chain - new pics of completed necklace on: March 12, 2007 10:48:33 AM
My mom wanted me to make a necklace for her friend so I made this pretty seed bead chain but I can't figure out what to do with it yet. I suppose I could just make a clasp for it and leave it mostly as is but I kinda wanted to make something more special. Any ideas anyone?

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fancy Knickers Swap GALLERY! on: February 23, 2007 07:03:55 PM
I received from Sneeg yesterday!!! I sent her a blue pair, a green pair, and a white pair and here they are:

Here are the backs of the blue and white ones:

My favorite ones are the white ones because she embroidered estrogen and oxytocin molecules!!!!! (I'm a chemical enginner and a total geek). The green ones are embroidered with leaves and flowers and the blue ones have girly ribbon ruffled around the top and a cute circle design embroidered on the back. I love them all so much, thank you Sneeg!!!!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Fancy Knickers Swap GALLERY! on: February 19, 2007 06:28:36 PM
i'm so glad you like them!! ya the plant design i totally scammed from one of your fabrics  Grin
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