The Beaded Week 74

Not really a weekly post anymore is it?
Being a mother takes up most of my time now but I try to get a little beading, or other crafting, done while she takes a nap. She is napping right now which allows me to write this little update. Continue reading

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Poetry macrame wrap-bracelets.
Tutorial from the talented ladies at Beadshop.com.

These are fun but time-consuming to make. The blue one has been sold but the other 3 are available in my Etsy shop.

 

I made a couple of crochet hedgehogs following this free tutorial and a “Too Much Fun” granny square blanket following this pattern from Drops.

 

I found this macrame bracelet tutorial on Pinterest. It’s in Chinese but it is fairly clear just looking at the pictures.

And the earrings are just something I came up with. I really like them and I hope to put them on the shop soon but so far I’ve only managed to take 2 descent pictures of them.

I’ve made a lot of stuff lately that I haven’t taken any pictures of yet so there’s more to come.

Thanks for reading. ♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I made these earrings a few months ago but never got around to taking pictures of them.

 

This bracelet from Beads Direct turned out too large for me but I’m too lazy to take it apart so it’s just been sitting here taking up space.

 

And this is what I ended up using my L.O.V.E. letters for, a picture frame.

 

 

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Since last time I have made…

A tealight holder.

I used a glass that had previously held a scented candle and some very cheap seed beads and some craft glue.

 

3 pair of drop earrings.

 

1 pair of  beaded bead earrings.

 

And I’ve also been working on a new tutorial…

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The third and final turtle, the large turtle, is complete.

I lost track of how many needles I broke making this turtle but I only broke 2 beads!

Pattern by Julia S. Pretl. You can buy it from her shop here.

 

I made 3 pair of beaded bead earrings. The first pair (teal) will have their hooks replaced when new copper hooks arrive from the states.

 

This is the Bubblelicious bead. I bought this pattern here a long time ago.

 

I posted this picture on Instagram of my first bead crochet ball.

 

 

I got an earring card punch so that I can use my business cards as earring cards. Pretty neat!

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A very simple necklace that can be wrapped around the neck 1 or 2 times.

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Bracelet with fire-polished beads in pastels.

 

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Two pairs of beaded bead earrings.

 

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And a necklace which will be the topic of my next post, modelled by Mitzi .

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The Beaded Week 62

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I finally found a clasp that fit the bead crochet rope I made a few weeks back so now the bracelet is finished and I can show it to you. If you follow me on Instagram you have probably already seen it.

I love bead crochet and by making this bracelet I have learned how to single bead crochet. I prefer the look of the single bead crochet where the beads sit on an angle, almost upright as opposed to slip stitch bead crochet where the beads lay flat, stacking like bricks.

This design is by Candice Sexton and the pattern and instructions are available in the February 2016 issue of Bead & Button. Candice has a Etsy shop here.

Stringing all the beads in a pattern is time-consuming. When I make a rope in one color I can use my bead spinner and the work is done in no time. But with a pattern you have to check and make sure you string on the correct number of beads in the correct sequence.
Of course I strung on all the beads the wrong way, following the pattern from left to right instead of right to left. I started over with the first 15mm of rope, I think 4 or 5 times, before I realized the reason why the pattern didn’t line up correctly.
So I had to remove all the beads and string them again, this time from right to left.

There was only one wrong bead in the pattern where I had strung 3 gold beads in a row. Curiously I must have made the same mistake both times I strung the beads because I ended up stringing the same number of beads the 2nd time. I checked the pattern and I couldn’t find any fault there so the error was all mine.
It was easy to fix and even I can’t tell where that extra gold bead once was.

Now I’m thinking of making another one in a grey scale. We’ll see.

 

When I got the magnetic clasp for the bracelet I also got materials for a pair of stud earrings.

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My sister had wanted me to make a pair of stud earrings for her in rose gold. With beadwork that’s not really possible but I thought of other ways of making these kind of earrings and the only thing I could think of was using crystals and earring settings that would fit them. It is hardly beadwork since the only thing I did was add glue. They look nice, for sure, but it’s not exactly fun or rewarding to make.
My sister got the earrings she wanted from a store so I didn’t need to make these but it was already on my mind so I wanted to try it out. And now I know. Add glue. Done.
I used 8mm Swarovski chatons in a Rose Patina effect.

Thanks for reading! ♥

The Beaded Week 61

2/3 checked for the next giveaway. Just need a few more likes on Facebook.

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Since the last beaded week I’ve made a bunch of beaded bead earrings. I added some of them to the shop and the rest I sent to my mom.

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I also made small fabric gift bags and a tutorial on how to make them.  The tutorial is in the previous post here.

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It is my little sisters birthday today, so on the off-chance she’s reading this, happy birthday! ♥

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Since the last Beaded Week I’ve had a successful giveaway and posted a free ring tutorial, but I have also done this;

A pair of macrame kite earrings, for sale here.

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A pair of beaded bead earrings, for sale here.

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A drop pendant following this diagram.
I had a difficult time with this before I realized that the instructions were made for a 2 needle RAW. I like to work with 1 needle so that’s what I started out with but the diagram didn’t make sense then. But after I started over with 2 needles it was fairly simple.

I used 4mm Green Opaque Luster fire-polish and 11° Gold-Lustered Montana Blue. I just need to get a chain for it. I’d like to get one in rosegold.

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These macrame earrings are inspired by this pin. It’s a fun idea to use a toggle clasp.

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And I got new business cards.  ♥

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