Sunday, February 27, 2011

Abra - Embroidery Cuff

This is the finished cuff called "Abra". The focal is a Lisa Peters connector surrounded by tiger eye chips. The remainder of the cuff is LOTS of various seed beads, pearls, bugle beads and various other glass and metal beads - all in shades of brown, tan, gold, bronze and green. The cuff is 1 3/4 wide. I really like the way this came out - I had my doubts in the beginning but I am glad I didn't give up on the design. The cuff is very earthy and bold - you will be noticed if you are wearing this one! It is listed in my Etsy Shop here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bead Embroidery Cuff - More Work

Moving right along on my new cuff. I have mixed feelings about it so far but I am going to continue. More work on this today and I hope to finish by the weekend. I do enjoy doing these and I think I would like one in either blue or silver - next.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Bead Embroidery Cuff - Start

This is the start to my new cuff. The focal is a Lisa Peters connector. It had wavy edges and I wanted to keep the edge showing so I surrounded it with chips. I am not sure where this is going next but I do know I will be working on it later today so we shall see. I like the tan, brown and green earthy colors - something different for me with the green.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Fringed Bracelets

These are 2 new beaded fringed bracelets that I made. The first is called Bliss and has been sold. The second I just finished today is called Brown Sugar and I will be listing it in my Etsy Shop shortly. I enjoy making these bracelets and they look and feel great on the wrist. Both of these fit a 6 1/2 inch wrist - my size!! I am going to start a bead embroidery cuff next - I have the beads picked out and I am ready to go. A cuff takes me quite a bit of time so I will post in progress photos.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Twist of Lime - Freeform Peyote Bracelet

Latest finished freeform bracelet Twist of Lime. I like it but if I had to do it over I would have used a dark green focal rather than the lemon yellow but otherwise it is a nice bracelet. I am enjoying doing the freeforms but have a commission to do next and then a bead embroidery cuff so freeform will be on hold for a bit but I know I will be back doing more soon. I think I am neglecting necklaces but hey I am in a bracelet state of mind right now.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

More Freeform Fun

So I am moving right along down the freeform road. The top photo is a bracelet called Pearl Talk - freeform peyote in a pearl white shade. I used size 6 and 8 beads and size 11 gold for accents. The focal is an old gold bead I had hanging around that was just begging to be used. I surrounded it with size 8, 6 and 11 beads and attached it and it was just the finishing touch this bracelet needed.

The bottom photo is the beginning stages on my next lime colored freeform. I marked my bead mat with guide lines - if I didn't the bracelet would just grow and grow. I hope to do more work on it later tonight. I think my next project may be a bead embroidery cuff - I have the colors all picked out - think earth tones with a Lisa Peters cab as the focal.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pearl Freeform Bracelet - In Progress

I started this new freeform bracelet last night but had to stop to go watch Fringe. This is my beginning stages - I know lots of people work their freeform horizontal but I prefer to work vertical. The finished bracelet has a nicer feel - the horizontal to me is stiffer - but that is just me and I have done freeform that way too. I am not sure where this is going next but so far I like it. I am enjoying doing freeform right now and see a few more in my future. I also like doing them in same shades for now but this could change too.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sun Kissed - Freeform Peyote Bracelet

So here is the latest finished freeform peyote bracelet and I must say I LOVE it. I am calling this one Sun Kissed - just because!!!! I didn't think I would like all the orange but I really do - the shades are different, there is lots texture and some shiny and some matte beads - makes for a nice mix. I have to say though it does not photograph well and I tried lots of different backgrounds - the focal seems to melt into the band in the pictures - not the case in person. I like doing freeform right now and plan another start later today - I am thinking all white or else lime greens - probably will end up doing both ; )

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Freeform Bracelet

I realized that I never posted a finished photo of my black freeform bracelet. I bought a tutorial on freeeform from Mikki Ferrugiaro and this is my result. I have done freeform before and I am never really happy with my results. This one came out great and I am so happy with it and guess what it is just my size ; )

I like my bracelets chunky so I used size 6 and 8 seed beads and a few size 11 here and there. Its about 2 inches wide at it widest point but that includes loops and mini fringe. Now I am off to finish the orange freeform and I know I am not done exploring just yet.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

New Freeform Bracelet in Progress

Well I think this is the worst photo I have ever taken or this orange bracelet is going to be a bitch to get a decent photo. I have ripped this one out a few times but I am a bit happier with it now - I need to work on the edges and maybe put in some type of a focal. Orange is not one of my favorite colors and I had planned on making this one pink and orange but here it sits all orange. Maybe I needed the brightness and warmth with all of the snow. I plan on doing more work on this tonight.

I have been doing a lot of reevaluation in my life lately especially in my art and beading. As far as beading goes I will keep on beading even after I move but I plan on doing more involved larger projects - things that make take longer but projects I find more satisfying and things I can learn from. Right now I am exploring freeform - like I said I have done freeform before but never to my liking and I am never comfortable working in freeform. I guess if I do a few of these I may change my mind.