The Beaded Week 35

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It’s been a while since I posted one of these. I’ve done a lot of beading and chain maille. I’ve had a fun time, summer is here and I’m feeling good! So here’s what’s happened since last time, in pictures.

EDIT: So to clarify, I added the origins of the jewelry I had been working on the past few weeks. On the day I was just too lazy to write since most of it had been mentioned before.

Picture 1.
Top left. A CRAW heart I don’t know the origin of. I give these away as gifts to my customers.
Top right. Video tutorial in italian here.
Bottom left. “Narcis Pendant”. Design by Rachel Sim. Beadwork Magazine June/July 2014.
Bottom right. Loomed cuff. Instructions found on beadshop.com.

Picture 2.
These 3 “Interwoven” bracelets are made following a tutorial that can be purchased here.

Picture 3.
All but the top left are designs that can be found at UnkamenSupplies.
The top left is a free pdf (in dutch) I found here.

Picture 4.
Left is a necklace of my own design. Tutorial can be viewed here.
Right is the same as picture 1, top right.

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The Beaded Week 29

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I’ve done a lot of beading this week and still I feel it wasn’t enough. I want to do so much more but I never seem to have enough beads. I do of course have more than enough but I’m sure I have an addiction to seed beads in particular.
So let’s get to it then.

Beadshop.com uploaded  a new video tutorial on their YouTube channel, the Compadres braided cuff. I knew I wanted to make that one right away. So I did.
I don’t have any 1mm leather so I used waxed cotton cord instead. Turned out great and no animals had to suffer. 🙂 I asked Michael’s opinion on which colors to use and as per usual he said red and green. Those two colors together means christmas to me but I think this cuff has more of an autumn harvest feel to it. The colors are Oxblood, Chocolate and Ancient Chartreuse.
Can you spot the mistake I was too lazy to correct?

The earrings are from BEADWORK August-September 2010. “Paisley Drops” designed by Jane Lock. I used orange and blue because those where the only 6 and 4 mm bicones I had that matched. Happy with them. 🙂

I while back I bought some of the new O beads without knowing what to do with them. This week I strung them together with some metal beads and made a simple but very pretty bracelet.

I finished beading the 11th box today. Just need to get some feet on that kitty and I’m done.

I forgot to post this necklace last week so it’s not actually made this week. It is a CRAW rope I designed myself. Matte black and light amethyst seed beads and fire-polished glass beads.

I got my loom out and made this awesome looking cuff. It is another project from beadshop.com. It is not finished yet. I need a button and there’s still no sign of them. 😦

1 week to the season premiere of Mad Men! ♥

The Beaded Week 28

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These past two weeks I have submitted a pair of earrings to BEADWORK Magazine’s “what our readers did” section. They were accepted and will appear in the February-March 2015 issue. The earrings are a slight twist on Smadar Grossman’s Emerald City necklace in BEADWORK October-November 2013.

I felt like doing some knotting so I made a bracelet. The idea was to make a 4-strand bracelet but after I completed the first 3 I realised that 4 wouldn’t fit the ribbon ends I had in mind. So because of that the bracelet ended up being a bit short and I had to make some bead link chain to make it fit. It is closed with a small lobster-clasp and it is nearly impossible to close it on yourself. I do not like spring and lobster-clasps for bracelets.

Last year I saw a picture of a cute little beaded heart so I saved it on my iPad and this week I decided to make a few to give away as thank you gifts to future customer. I have at least come that far in my pursuit to master the techniques of jewelry making that I can look at a picture of a cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) heart and figure out how it is made. Yay!

The “Thistle Flower” earrings are from BEADWORK April-May 2014, designed by Melissa Grakowsky Shippee. They are supposed to have a larger component with a rivoli on top of this smaller one but as she suggests as an option I skipped the large component for a daintier earring. It is rather small, only about 4cm from the bottom of the hook.

The Beaded Week 21

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Another week, another beading project from BEADWORK Magazine completed. From the December 2013 – January 2014 issue, Lantern Earrings designed by Sára Zsadon.

“Using only one kind of bead (size 11° seed beads), employing one stitch (an advanced iteration of cubic right-angle weave), and choosing a simple shape doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be fabulous.”

And so it is. I really do love CRAW. ♥