The Challenge, Box 12

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Shinjin – Little Bead Boxes – Julia S. Pretl

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Box #12 is called “Shinjin”. This is the last of the square boxes and the final box of the book. It was a pleasant box to bead due to its tiered structure. No problems to speak of except perhaps for one broken needle.

The colors I chose are completely different from the ones listed in the book but I really like the dark reds I used for my version. I also added 15/0 seed beads to the edges of the roofs and lid even though it is not specified in the book, if you look closely at the photo in the book you can see that this is what Julia did so I decided to do the same. It gives the box a more polished look. 

I’m happy with the box and I am also happy to be done with this challenge. It has been mostly fun and I very much look forward to Julia’s next book of beaded vessels. ♥

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12 Little Bead Boxes (with my engagement ring for scale)

Materials used:

  • 8 mm Bronze Bohemian glass pearls for the feet and misc. red glass beads for the finial.
  • Dark Bronze 11/0 seed beads
  • Dark Bronze 8/0 seed beads
  • Ceylon Color-Lined Blush 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0256
  • S/L Glazed Dk Cranberry 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #1685
  • Matte Op Currant 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #1584
  • 6 lb Fireline, smoke

# broken beads 0
# broken needles 1
# broken threads 0

The Challenge, Box 11

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Tomcat – Little Bead Boxes – Julia S. Pretl

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Box #11 is called “Tomcat”.
My thread tension wasn’t great when I was working on this box and that made the sides of the box a bit uneven. I suppose I was a bit tired and like with the previous shapes third boxes this was a big one and they tend to get a bit boring to bead, even though this is just the second square box.
It is pretty enough but it is not one of my favourites and I wont make another one.

I used the same colors as listed in the book except for the blue background and the green eyes.
The white matte beads caused a bit of a problem in the corners, one bead broke so I had to replace it and then the replacement bead also broke. Very frustrating. The third bead broke when I was stitching the feet on.

Just one box left to bead now.

Materials used:

  • 11×7 mm Red Carnelian Czech Fire Polish Glass beads for the feet.
  • Opaque Terra Cotta 11/0 and 15/0 seed beads
  • Matte Op Cream 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0352
  • Lt Caramel Ceylon 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0205
  • S/L Light Bronze 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0181
  • Dyed SF Tr Berry 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0773
  • Matte Tr Root Beer 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0769
  • Matte Op Sea Foam Luster 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0374
  • Matte Tr Dk Emerald AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0859
  • 6 lb Fireline, smoke

# broken beads 3
# broken needles 0
# broken threads 0

The Challenge, Box 10

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Tempest – Little Bead Boxes – Julia S. Pretl

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Box #10 is called “Tempest”. This is the first of the square boxes.
I decided to go with a completely different color palette for this little box since I have already made a small blue hexagon box. I think it turned out awesome. I like the gray-scale for this pattern.
The box was not challenging at all but I have had a lot of practice leading up to the square boxes so perhaps it would have been a different story had I started with it.
The base wouldn’t stay completely flat as you can see by the lid. Julia’s box lid is a little flatter than mine, most likely due to my tension being fairly loose. 

I’m happy with the box and I enjoyed making it. 🙂

Materials used:

  • 8 mm Black round glass pearls for the feet and a squared lampworked glass bead for the finial.
  • Jet 11/0 seed beads
  • Black 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0010
  • White 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0200
  • Matte Op Ghost Grey AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #1598
  • Op Grey 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0731
  • 6 lb Fireline, smoke

# broken beads 0
# broken needles 0
# broken threads 0

The Challenge, Box 9

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Dragon – Little Bead Boxes – Julia S. Pretl

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Box #9 is called “Dragon”. This is the third and last of the pentagon boxes. I liked the colors used in the book so I tried my best to use all the colors listed. I couldn’t find the dark purple but I think I found a suitable substitute. The white is also a different shade of white. Also, my dragon is facing the opposite way because I like to bead the sides of the box with the inside facing me.

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I made one mistake in the pattern but I discovered this so late in the process that I decided to leave it alone since the wrong color bead is on a corner of the box and replacing it would be very difficult.

I timed myself beading this box and it took me 16 hours to complete.
So that’s it for the pentagon boxes. I’ve enjoyed beading all three of them, 0 broken beads and only 1 broken needle. Good stuff!

Next up, the square boxes.

Materials used:

  • 8 mm Light Purple Silver round wooden beads for the feet and a Purple lampworked drop bead for the finial.
  • S/L Smoky Amethyst AB 11/0 seed beads
  • Matte Iris Teal 11/0 seed beads
  • Dyed SF Tr Dk Smoky Amethyst 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0784
  • Op Mauve AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0158
  • Matte Met Sage Green Luster 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0373
  • Matte Op Golden Olive Luster 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0371
  • Matte Tr Dk Emerald AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0859
  • Dyed Light Apricot S/L Alabaster 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0621
  • White 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0200
  • 6 lb Fireline, smoke

# broken beads 0
# broken needles 0
# broken threads 0

The Challenge, Box 8

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Flower – Little Bead Boxes – Julia S. Pretl

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Box #8 is called “Flower”. Another favourite, this pentagon shaped box was really fun to bead. I worked on it a few hours every day since the beads for it arrived. I didn’t time myself but it took at least the length of 4 movies, 1 episode of Boardwalk Empire and the first 2 seasons of The Big Bang Theory to complete.
The word map in the book had a few errors in it, at row 10 of the sides of the box. Download and check the errata here if you have this book.

I only used 2 of the colors listed in the book but I still used 2 shades green for the leaves and I chose to make the flower on the lid purple instead of red/pink as in the book. I’m happy with the result except perhaps for the fact that the dark purple kinda blends in with he dark green of the leaves.

Materials used:

  • 8 mm Dark Silver Vintage Pink round wooden beads for the feet.
  • S/L Smoky Amethyst AB 11/0 seed beads
  • Matte Op Dk Grey AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0884
  • Pale Violet Lined Crystal Luster 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0080
  • Tr Smoky Amethyst AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0173
  • Dyed Op Olive Drab 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0657
  • Spkl Beige Lined Chartreuse 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0908
  • Peach Topaz Gold Luster 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0102
  • Dyed Light Apricot S/L Alabaster 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0621
  • Spkl Antique Rose Lined Crystal AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #1745
  • 6 lb Fireline, smoke

# broken beads 0
# broken needles 0
# broken threads 0

The Challenge, Box 7

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Star – Little Bead Boxes – Julia S. Pretl

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Box #7 is called “Star”. This is the first of the pentagon boxes and it is very small, only 4×4 cm. This is (so far) my favourite box because the pentagon shape allowed the base to be completely flat.
I used the colors listed in the book with just one exception, the bronze is not the same bronze as listed but it still looks the same.

I will probably make more of this box once I’m done with this challenge.

Materials used:

  • 8 mm Green Marbled round glass beads for the feet.
  • Gold Lustered Montana Blue 11/0 seed beads
  • Matte Op Sea Foam Luster 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0374
  • Lt Caramel Ceylon 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0205
  • Matte Tr Dk Emerald AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0859
  • Met Dk Bronze 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0022
  • 6 lb Fireline, smoke

# broken beads 0
# broken needles 1
# broken threads 0

The Challenge, Box 6

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New School – Little Bead Boxes – Julia S. Pretl

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Box #6 is called “New School”. This is the last of the hexagon boxes and therefore the largest of the 3. It has an enjoyable pattern with 7 different colors so it never got boring beading this box.
The word map in the book has a few errors in it, at row 11 and 12 of the base and according to the errata PDF available for download at Julia’s site there’s also 2 errors on row 21 and 27 of the sides of the box. I went ahead and corrected this in the book with a pen but once I got to row 21 I found that the word map is indeed different from the graph but the graph doesn’t follow the design of the box in the photograph. So I decided to follow the word map in the book and ignore the corrections. This way I ended up with a box that has the same color design as the box in the photograph.

I only used 2 of the colors listed in the book even though the black listed is clearly a brown in the photograph so it’s actually only 1 color that’s the same.

Up next are the pentagon boxes.

Materials used:

  • 8 mm Orange round wooden beads for the feet and 6/0, 11/0, 15/0 seed beads and 18×6 mm Antique Silver metal-coated resin tube for the finial.
  • Matte Iris Purple 11/0 seed beads
  • Matte Op Dk Grey AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0884
  • Black 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0010
  • Tr Smoky Amethyst AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0173
  • Matte Tr Lt Topaz AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0852
  • Met Purple Gold Iris 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0029
  • Spkl Pewter Lined Crystal AB 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #1772
  • Dyed Op Pumpkin 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0664
  • 6 lb Fireline, smoke

# broken beads 0
# broken needles 4
# broken threads 0

Sabine Lippert’s Designs, Part 1

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Sabine Lippert is an amazingly gifted designer from Germany who so far has published 2 books. The first, Das Perlenkochbuch (The Bead Cookbook) is to my knowledge only available in German which is why I don’t own it and therefore can’t speak to its content. However, the second book, Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies, I do own and it is an amazing book. I love her designs!

I have completed some of the projects in this book as well as some of the designs from her store. I thought I would present what I have completed so far hence the “part 1” as I’m sure there will be more in the future.

Sabine’s designs can also be found in BEADWORK Magazine where she is one of the designer of the year.

Sabine’s store: www.trytobead.com
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Trytobe
Sabine’s blog: http://try-to-be-better.blogspot.nl
Facebook: trytobead and Sabine Lippert

Lets start off with the most recent design, Pinwheel Pendant from BEADWORK Magazine October/November 2013.

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This was my first time working with spike beads. I used the color Jet Marea for the large spikes which resulted in the pendant having a black side and a “marea” side as seen in the pictures on the right. This design is a 3 on the scale of 1 to 3 that BEADWORK Magazine use to rate the difficulty of the projects.
I enjoyed making this pendant and I think it turned out looking pretty cool.

Next are the designs I have completed from the book Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies.

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This is the Volcanoes Necklace. In the book Sabine says “Each bezeled element of this necklace reminds me of a little Krakatoa or Vesuvius”.
I tried to stay as close as possible to the colors in the book but I could not find any African opal beads so I used Unakite instead. It is a beautiful necklace that is fairly rigid so it stays perfectly round when worn.

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The Little Lantern Earrings have a post of their own here so there’s not much to add. I also wrote about another pair of earrings from the book here but I was not happy with the way they turned out so I have since harvested them for the beads.

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This is the Scheherezade Pendant which I completed in three different colors, bronze, green and purple.

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Verticals Bracelet is made from a mix of right angle weave and ladder stitch. It’s time-consuming but fun to make. I made mine in black and purple.

Next are the designs I have purchased from Sabine’s shop trytobead.com.

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Lavender is made entirely with right angle weave. I fell in love with this design for it reminds me of a flower that grew in the garden of my childhood home and my sisters and I were under strict orders from mom never to pick them.
I don’t know what kind of flower it was but I’m sure it wasn’t lavender which this necklace obviously is named for.

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The Baroque Dimensional bracelet is made with cubic right angle weave but Sabine has updated the pattern since I purchased mine and she states that cubic RAW is no longer needed. But I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to bead with cubic RAW, it’s so fun! I think this might be my favourite of Sabine’s designs.

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The Bokhara bracelet is made mainly with peyote stitch. It takes a long time to complete and the materials are rather expensive but it is a very beautiful bracelet so it is worth it to complete it at least once. I had fun making mine but I suppose it helped that I was in the mood for peyote. 🙂

Sabine also has some patterns that are free to download.

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In this picture are the free designs, BlingRing (I turned my rings into earrings), Little Stars (I made mine as anklets), I Want To 3-4-5-6 and Sternenspitze/Starlace.

I’m sure I will complete more of Sabine’s designs in the future but that’s all for now.

Thanks for reading. ♥

The Challenge, Box 5

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Deco Pagoda – Little Bead Boxes – Julia S. Pretl

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Box #5 is called “Deco Pagoda”. It was a lot of fun and so far the most challenging box to complete. At each new tier I would break a couple of beads adding the new tier and the roof. It seems the white beads are weaker than the other colored beads. It was also a white bead that cut the thread at one point.
In the future it would probably be wise to stay away from white beads in a complex design.
The box looks great though. I’m very pleased with it.

The colors are the same as in the book but it looks like the black and white beads in the book are matte beads and mine aren’t.

Materials used:

  • 8 mm Frosted Siam round Polaris beads for the feet and finial.
  • Op Jet 11/0 seed beads
  • Op Red 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0723
  • Black 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0010
  • White 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads #0200
  • S/L Red 8/0 seed beads
  • 6 lb Fireline, smoke

# broken beads 4
# broken needles 2
# broken threads 1