Saturday, January 31, 2009

Caribbean Sunset - Pendant and Spiral Rope Necklace

This is a OOAK necklace created with a glass cabochon that has many layers of seed bead embroidery surrounding it. The necklace portion is a spiral rope in warm, rich colors. The color beads used are – hot pink, orange, violet, turquoise. The theme for this months EBW Team challenge is Tropical Holiday. I had purchased this glass cabochon a while ago and was just waiting for the right time to use it. When I looked at it in the vertical position it reminded me of a warm tropical beach at sunset. I have named this necklace Caribbean Sunset.

The necklace measures 18 inches in length and has a gold loop and toggle closure. The focal measures 3 inches in length and 2 inches in width.

This necklace was created for the Etsy Beadweavers February 2009 challenge Tropical Holiday. You can check out other entries by searching "ebwc" here and vote for your favorite between February 9 thru February 15 by visiting the Beadweavers Blog

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Fae - Net Necklace

New necklace - using net stitch. This one is made up of size 11 seed beads in dark blue and dark red. It has a silver bead as a closure. It is 16 1/2 inches in length plus the closure. I am enjoying making necklaces - I have plans for some exciting designs (if I can figure out how to do them). I have enough items in my Etsy shop so that I can take some time to learn a few new techniques and experiment. I am making a necklace for my cousin Nancy right now - just started it last night and I am hoping it will turn out as good as I envision.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Almost Lace - Necklace

This is a beadwoven netted necklace made with size 11 seed beads in black and light green. The necklace is 16 inches in length and 1 1/2 inches wide. It has a silver bead and loop for a closure. I love this necklace and it looks and feels so good on - I am going to make another in a different color. I must say this did take a long time to do - lots of beads sewed on one at a time.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cypress - Necklace

New necklace just finished last night. I feel I have a lot of bracelets in my Etsy Shop and need to make some necklaces and I want to experiment and try some new things. This necklace was created using size 11, 8 and 6 seed beads and twisted bugles in a bronze/copper lavender shade. The necklace is 18 inches plus the copper flowered toggle closure. The band is herringbone stitch. It lays gracefully along your neck in a beautiful vee shape. It is an interesting color choice for me - but I am trying to use beads that I have because when I go to the bead shop I am in trouble!

Monday, January 12, 2009

X and O - Peyote Cuff

A new cuff bracelet called "X and O". The band is made with size 8 seed beads in mulberry and size 8 white beads as the pattern. The stitch is peyote with white size 11 seed beads used for the looped trim. The closure is a hand made loop and toggle. The band is a little over 1 inch wide. This bracelet will fit a size 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 inch wrist.

So I have the program Bead Creator Pro for about 7 months (got it when they gave away version 3 for free) and decided to start playing with it a bit. I am learning how it works and so far have created my heart designs, this X and O design and a shamrock that I plan on making into a bracelet. Simple stuff so far but I have to start somewhere right!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Beaded Fringed Earrings

These beaded fringe earrings are made from pink bugle and size 11 seed beads. They measure 3 inches in length. Sooooo - am I finished with Valentine items?? Just about - I am making another peyote cuff but I must say I am sick of pink and red and I am ready to move on. I have an idea for a necklace I want to design and work on - after I finish this last cuff. I also have to decide what to do with those 2 glass hearts I bought at the bead store.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Beaded Fringe Earrings

These beaded fringe earrings are made from ruby red fired polished beads in size 6mm and 4mm plus size 11 seed beads in red and gold. bugle and size 11 seed beads. They measure 2 1/2 inches in length. This is the first time I have tried doing earrings like this in brick stitch - I like them and will be doing more!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Temptation - Peyote Cuff

New peyote cuff bracelet called Temptation and yea it is for Valentines Day. I had this silver heart button and wanted to put it in the middle of a bracelet but it just wasn't working - so I thought how about using it for the clasp. The peyote cuff band is made up of size 6, 8 and 11 seed beads and 3mm cube beads all in shades of red. The silver heart can be worn as the clasp or the cuff can be turned around on the wrist and the heart can be used as the focal. This cuff will fit a size 6 1/2 inch wrist.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Beaded Fringed Heart Earrings

These beaded fringe heart earrings are made from size 11 seed beads in red and white. They also have a size 8 accent seed bead on the fringe. The earrings measure 2 3/4 inches in length. They are both festive and fun and a great gift for that special someone - even if that is you! They are in my Etsy Shop under the Valentine's Day category.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Hearts of Glass

I was at the bead shop the other day and I saw these glass heart pendants. Since I have been working on Valentine jewelry these caught my eye. I liked both colors so of course I bought both. Although they are not really Valentine hearts I think they will make a nice pendant - I just need to decide what type of necklace to make for each. Maybe a spiral rope or something else, herringbone perhaps. What I like about these hearts is the off center hole - different. I am not sure when I will start work on these but I think they were a good find.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Sweetheart - Russian Spiral Bracelet

This is a Russian spiral bracelet made using size 6 pink seed beads and a size 8 pearl seed bead. It also has a beautiful silver heart toggle closure. This bracelet fits a size 6 3/4" wrist. All of the Valentine jewelry is in my Etsy Shop.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Beaded Fringe Earrings

Ruby red fringed earrings in size 11 seed beads and bugle beads - for Valentines Day, of course.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Passion - Pendant and Spiral Rope Necklace

Continuing my Valentines Day theme this is a Ruby fire polished glass pendant and a spiral rope necklace. The pendant consists of Ruby fire polished beads 6mm and 4mm plus red and gold seed beads. The spiral rope has a core of red size 8 seed beads and an outer spiral of size 11 red and gold seed beads. It measures 17 inches in length - pretty nifty!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Pinky - Peyote Fringed Cuff

This is a peyote beaded bracelet with fringe trim called "Pinky". It is made with various pink and rose seed beads size 6 and 11. The band is made with single peyote stitch and decorated on each edge with fringe. This bracelet has a hand made beaded toggle and loop closure with a silver heart charm. It will fit a wrist size 6 1/2 inches. Great for Valentine's Day!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Bable - Netted Cuff

This cuff is made using size 11 and size 8 seed beads in a blue/violet shade. It also had silver picots on the edge. The middle of the cuff is netted, although from the photos you cannot see this, and it has a double loop and bead toggle closure. In the photos the bracelet appears much bluer than it is – it is more a blue/violet in color.