Midnight Lace

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Midnight Lace Necklace is my favourite project in “A Beaded Romance” by Kelly Wiese. I really like the look of it, simple but elegant.

It was very easy  and fast to make. As usual I opted to use a silver lobster clasp for my version instead of the bead and loop closure as instructed in the book.
I couldn’t get my hands on any 5 mm bicones so I used 6 mm Swarovski bicones instead and as you can see I used different colors. I really like the colors used in the book as well as my own choice.  ♥

The Beaded Week 6

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It’s been a week of doctor, dentist and hairdresser appointments but I have still managed to find time for a little beading.

Starting off with completing the beaded beads featured in week 25. The turquoise bead along with small silver starbeads and beadcaps sits on a eyepin. A Turquoise Matrix Jasper teardrop bead is hanging from the eyepin. I haven’t found a use for it yet but I think it would make a pretty purse dangle.
The pink bead sits on a headpin that is now attached to my key chain.
The Sea Urchin earrings are made with right angle weave (RAW) following a YouTube movie from The Potomac Bead Company. I added a 3mm Swarovski bicone and the beaded bead to a headpin and attached a short length of gold-plated chain and earwires.
The necklace is a project from “A Beaded Romance” by Kelly Wiese. All that’s missing is a clasp and then there will be a separate post about this necklace project.

See you next week!

Mobile

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Another project from “A Beaded Romance” by Kelly Wiese, this one is called Mobile Necklace and Earrings.
The necklace chain is made using the Chevron stitch which was a new technique for me. It’s fast and easy and it makes a nice and even chain.
The diamond shapes in the necklace and earrings are made with brick stitched cylinder beads. Again, I chose to add a “normal” lobster clasp but it is much too big for this necklace so it will have to be replaced if it were to be sold.
The whole project didn’t take very long to make, it was easy and not too boring but my thumb and index finger are sore from constantly piercing them with my needle while stitching.
I think I broke 2 needles and I’m beginning to suspect that those John James needles I bought aren’t the real deal. They either break at the eye or I just snap them in half. I suppose that’s why they come in a pack of 25…

Ribbon Lace

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This project is featured on the cover of “A Beaded Romance” by Kelly Wiese. It has a matching bracelet which is what I started with. I followed the instructions right to the end and added the bead and loop closure but I changed my mind and removed the beads and sewed on a loop at both ends of the bracelet and added a copper toggle clasp instead. IMG_2340The bead and loop closure looks nice and is certainly cheaper than a regular clasp but in the end I fear the loops will stretch and they wont hold on to the beads and you’d end up losing the bracelet. I omitted the bead-loop closure on the necklace as well.

I think I used too much tension when working on this project. It was unclear to me how much was required and some parts ended up a little crooked.
All in all I think it looks pretty but it was very boring to make.

Drop Anklet

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The first (for me) project out of Kelly Wiese’s book A Beaded Romance is an anklet on page 49.

Drop Anklet
Drop Anklet

Clear instructions and pictures. The technique, St. Petersburg Chain, is one I am already familiar with.
Halfway through adding the drop embellishment I realized I wasn’t sure the pattern would end as it begun, there was no mention of this in the book so I started counting and whichever way I tried to add or subtract I ended up uneven so I kept going and the embellishment ended with a drop. It doesn’t bother me and it’s not something you can spot from afar.
The pattern calls for a bead and loop closure but I opted for a clasp my mom sent me.
Since I’ve been cursed with high arches, this anklet ended up using 19 dagger beads instead of the suggested 16, and it is approx. 27 cm long.

Vine Anklet
Vine Anklet

A year ago I was asked to make an anklet for my sister and I figured the St. Petersburg Chain would be a suitable technique for this piece of jewelry. It wasn’t as fancy as Kelly’s and had more of a vine look to it but I think she liked it.
I just might revise it and make a simple little tutorial in the near future.

Stay tuned.

The Challenge

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This week, 2 new books arrived in the mail. Little Bead Boxes by Julia S. Pretl, and A Beaded Romance by Kelly Wiese.

The latter has 26 beadweaving patterns. I’m not feeling very excited flipping through this one. Some projects are really nice but sadly most of them aren’t to my taste even though we seem to share a love for green and purple. Nevertheless, the “Mobile Necklace and Earrings” project on page 69 is using the Chevron Stitch which I have yet to learn so I will be learning the stitch while completing this project. What’s nice about the book is that a lot of the designs have a matching bracelet or earrings. Kind of a 2 for 1 deal there. The jewelry is beautifully photographed and modeled so you can see what it looks like when worn.

Little Bead Boxes, 12 miniature boxes built with beads. The book has clearly illustrated designs and 42 pages of instructions that should be read before starting to bead the first box. The patterns have been arranged by level of complexity – from easiest to most challenging. The last pages of the book contain blank graph worksheets for each box shape, which you can use to design your own box pattern.

I have decided to use this book as my challenge book. The challenge being to complete all projects in this book in 1 year. That’s 1 box a month. I have nearly completed my first box and it is certainly a challenge. Thread tension is important and nearing the end of this first box my index finger is sore from pulling on the thread.
After completing this challenge I will have 12 tiny, pretty and useful boxes that would make great gifts. You could even put something inside the box for a gift within a gift, provided the item is small enough.

So, starting the challenge this week the last box should be completed no later than June 16, 2014.  Go!