The Beaded Week 66

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!

Thanks for reading! ♥

The Beaded Week 65

I’m back!

Besides being a beader I am also a gamer, and the game I play recently had a major content upgrade so there has been little time for beading but I have done a few things which I will show you now.

First, the bead crochet necklace I mentioned in the 2 previous posts.
To the left is the failed attempt and to the right is the correctly crocheted necklace. The pattern is from Brigitte Iländer. You can get it for free here.

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Next, I made this “Spring Beauty” necklace, also by Brigitte Iländer. The pattern is from her book, Beauties.

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This is “Bunch of Bangles”. Pattern by Sabine Lippert. You can buy the pattern here.
I liked working on these but I had to remake the first 2 just because I wasn’t paying attention to the instructions. Not a big deal, just a waste of thread, that Sonoko thread is kind of pricey.

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And lastly, you’ve probably already seen this picture on Instagram, I made a Medium Turtle to go with the Tiny Turtle I made a while ago. Pattern by Julia S. Pretl. You can buy the patterns here.
I’m working on the Large Turtle right now.

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Thanks for reading! See you soon, hopefully 😉

The Beaded Week 49

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I’ll start this post with what I forgot to mention in the last one, the cone stitch.
This is a free tutorial by Kate McKinnon on YouTube, you can find it here.
I’d been wanting to try this technique for a while, I just never got around to it. Mine didn’t turn out too great but it is a nice project and as you can see in her video you can make a pretty awesome cone with this stitch.

And now, this is what I’ve been up to since the last post.

I made a pair of turquoise beaded ball earrings with copper findings. Turquoise and copper always look so nice together.

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I purchased a tutorial from Cynthia Newcomer Daniel’s shop JewelryTales on Etsy. It is called “I love links” and you can buy it here.
I love this design. All seed beads and thread, yummy! I haven’t finished it yet because I’m not sure if I want to make it into a bracelet or keep going and make an awesome chunky necklace.
I call mine “Breaking Bad” because I was re-watching Breaking Bad (for the 4th time I think) while I was making it and it has those lovely green turquoise beads. 🙂

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In september last year I purchased a tutorial from Julia S. Pretl for a Tiny Turtle box. I only recently got around to beading it.
I love this little guy! Isn’t he adorable?
I forgot to keep track of how many needles, thread and/or beads I broke while stitching this guy together but it was at least 4 beads and 4 needles that broke.
This turtle design comes in 3 sizes. You can buy them all here.

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I finished off my pack of 25 #12 John James needles. I wrote the date of the first needle being taken from the pack and that was October 31 2013 and the last one taken out was May 16 2015 so 25 needles lasted me 19 months. I break a lot of needles, 13 on the box challenge alone, not counting the turtle box, I used #13 needles for that one.

And right now I’m working on a large macrame cuff that is still pinned to the board so no picture of that one yet but I did post a picture on Instagram of my work in progress. Link to that over there on the right somewhere. —–>

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading! ♥

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 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 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