Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Relic - Pendant and Bead Necklace


I found this button and I loved it but was unsure what to do with it. I don't know what it is made of but it seems a cross between bone and leather - if that makes sense. I beaded around it with size 15, 11 and 8 seed beads in bronze and brown. I wanted something simple for the necklace so I decided on just a plain strung necklace with red tiger eye 7 mm beads and bronze size 11 seed beads as spacers. It also has a bronze loop and toggle closure. I like this a lot and it is different from what I usually make with the spiral rope necklaces. The necklace is 16 1/2 inches plus the closure and the pendant is 2 inches in length and width.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Eternity - Pendant and Spiral Rope Necklace


New beaded pendant and spiral necklace. I bought this glass cab and the jasper chips over a year ago at a Bead Expo in Delaware. The glass cab is quite beautiful but very hard to photo - it is dark blue with swirls of green, lighter blue and a rust. I decided to combine it with dark blue seed beads and the jasper chips - at first I thought it was not that great of a color combination but now that it is finished I love it. The necklace measures 18 inches plus the copper closure. The focal measures 2 1/4 inches wide and 2 inches in height.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

In Progress

This is what I am working on and I have a plan as to how it is all going to turn out - wonder how the plan will play out? This is not the greatest photo - it is cloudy and the flash wants to come on but since it is just the beginning of my project that's OK.

I am thinking I have so much for sale in my Etsy Shop that now I want to slow down and learn some new techniques and work on some more elaborate pieces. I want to focus on doing more necklaces with some great focals. I just need to make the time.

Etsy Front Page - Last Night

I checked in with Etsy last night just before going to bed and to my surprise I was on the Front Page in this awesome treasury created by theBeadAerie. When I originally saw the treasury I thought it was beautiful and it looked even better on the FP. I was so excited to make the FP with my beaded pendant/necklace Grey Day Atlantic, what a thrill.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mellow Yellow - Beadwoven Bracelet


Netted beadwoven cuff bracelet called "Mellow Yellow". The band is made with size 11 seedbeads in light yellow and purple. The closure is a hand made loop and toggle. The band is 1 1/4 inch wide. This bracelet will fit a size 6 3/4 inch wrist. Well there was nothing mellow about this bracelet - I should be calling it Obnoxious Yellow. I must have ripped this one out 20 times. I had a real problem with the under and over weaving and I am glad it is finally finished.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Spellbound - Beadwoven Bracelet


I liked the silver and blue version of this bracelet so much I made it in gold and black. RAW embellished cuff bracelet called "Spellbound". The band is made with size 11 seedbeads in gold and then it is embellished with 4mm jet black beads. The closure is a hand made loop and toggle. The band is 1 1/4 inch wide. This bracelet will fit a size 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 inch wrist.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Starlight - Beadwoven Bracelet


A RAW embellished cuff bracelet called "Starlight". The band is made with size 11 seedbeads in silver and then it is embellished with 4mm cobalt iris beads. The closure is a hand made loop and toggle. The band is 1 inch wide. This bracelet will fit a size 6 1/2 to 6 3/4 inch wrist.

I am trying to get better at right angle weave - this bracelet was pretty easy to do once I got the hang of the RAW - I am going to make another in black and gold.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Hanging Heart


I bought 2 of these glass heart pendants at my local bead shop awhile ago. I finally made a necklace with the orange heart. The heart pendant is orange with blue and gold accents. I wanted the pendant to be the "star" so I made a simple twisted herringbone necklace and just looped the heart on it. It also has a gold loop and toggle closure. It measures 18 inches in length and the heart is 1 1/2 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. I like it a lot, especially the way the heart hangs off center - now I need to think what I want to do with the other heart pendant.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Shamrock - Peyote Cuff Bracelet


Peyote cuff bracelet called "Shamrock". The band is made with size 8 seed beads in white and size 8 green beads as the shamrock pattern. The stitch is peyote with gold size 11 seed beads used for picots (from a pot of gold maybe). 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.

I have been playing with my Bead Creator program - the shamrock was pretty simple to design as was the Valentine heart but I need to start somewhere right!