Monday, December 31, 2007

Rocket - Freeform Peyote Necklace

A freeform peyote necklace called "Rocket". This necklace was created using peyote stitch in a freeform format. Each bead was sewn by hand - the beads used are seed beads size 11 and 8 with some larger accent beads used as decoration - all beads are in different shades of red. It has a hand beaded toggle and loop closure. This necklace took many hours of beading to create and is truly one-of-a-kind. The actual necklace measures 17 ½ inches in length. It is 2 inches in width at its widest point.

I look at this necklace and cannot believe I made it - I would have never attempted this but I bought a kit for a freeform bracelet from Marcia DeCoster. I started out to make a bracelet with some of my own beads - sort of a practice piece but it didn't want to be a bracelet - it begged to be a necklace and who am I to argue.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Bewitched - Peyote Cuff Bracelet

Latest peyote stitched cuff bracelet with a button used as the focal. Turquoise size 8 seed beads with size 11 silver as accents. This bracelet is in my Etsy Shop - click here to see it.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Phoenix - Peyote Cuff

New bracelet I just finished - it is called "Phoenix". The band is made with size 8 seed beads in 2 drop peyote stitch. It has gold size 11 seed beads used for picots and a button with beading surrounding it used for the focal. This bracelet will fit a size 6 to 6 1/4 inch wrist. This bracelet is in my Etsy Shop - click here to see it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Net Heart Bracelet

This is a new net bracelet that I just finished. I am still using up all the red beads I bought for the January EBW challenge. The band is red size 11 seed beads in a net stitch. The center heart is a silver button with the shank removed - it has size 8 red seed beads and size 11 silver seed beads woven around it.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Heart Freeform Bracelet - Part 2

Well here is the finished bracelet. I am very happy with the way this bracelet came out. It is freeform peyote with a heart button as a focal. I added some silver fringe under the heart, and a silver charm on the closure that says "follow your heart". I think I may name the bracelet that. It also has a hand made peyote toggle closure. This just may be my entry into the EBW challenge "Red". What is unfortunate about these photos is that they do not show the beauty of the beads. The reds are very metallic and shiny - the photos do not do this bracelet justice - oh well!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Heart Freeform Bracelet - Part I

This is for the December/January EBW challenge red – maybe. I used size 6 and 8 seed beads and wanted to do a freeform bracelet. I have a bunch of decorative heart buttons and wanted to use one as the focal. I wanted it to be secure on the bracelet - not flopping around. I tried using Lacys and ultra suede and it didn’t stick to the shinny surface on the back of the button. I couldn’t just bead around the button because of it being a heart and irregular shaped. I did not cut off the shaft so I put two cube beads on each side of the shaft and did square stitch with them and the shaft to secure them and use as a base. I started peyote in the middle of the heart and worked out towards one end. I did peyote behind the heart going through the shaft and then the cube beads. I then went back and started from the middle and worked towards the other end. I am liking this so far!

1 heart bracelet base before I start to add embellishments.
2 a close up of the heart button.
3 the back with the peyote and cube beads.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Netted Bracelet for Nancy

This is a new netted bracelet I just finished for my cousin Nancy - she loved mine and wanted one. It is made with gold size 11 seed beads - the focal is a button with 5 rows of beading that I added. It has a button clasp. I hope she likes it!