Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Baby Sea Serpent

Well this is what I did with that MRAW band I started the other day.  I had a small piece of memory wire and some left over beads so I thought I would play around a bit.  I am not thrilled with these color choices but it is a fun bracelet and I did learn some things so no loss.

Monday, August 05, 2013


Starting something new this is the beginning with my MRAW belly band.  It always amazes me when beading people say they have visions of what they want to make or do all kinds of pre-panning.  I just cannot work that way.  I just get out the beads and start to bead and see what develops.  At the start I think it will be a bracelet or necklace but sometimes even that changes. I guess it is a weird way to work but that is how I do it.  I wonder what this start will turn out to be????

To make the belly band see the book  Contemporary Geometric Beadwork page 39 or see this video Kate made on MRAW Bellyband & Tri-Wing Ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gA-J-9ujpKM#!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

More Wings and Horns

I just love making these wing and horned bangles.  This one is just for me and fits perfectly. I also love that I can use up bits of beads from other projects.  Mixing colors works so well with these designs.

If you have not ordered your copy of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon do yourself a favor and do so right now.  This is the most amazing book and will change the way you think about seed beads and beadweaving. 

Just to give you and idea of how my new bangle looks on my wrist - well here it is.  I can't wait to wear this one out and about.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Winged and Horned Bangle

My latest progression from Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon. This is my winged and horned bangle in shades of whatever was left over on my beading tray. I am having a great time working through the ideas in this book.  I have just started my Sea Serpent and I think it is going to be glorious.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Elf Ears

Elf Ears - this is my second tri-wing cuff.  I used size 8 green iris and gold beads.  I wanted to make one more just to make sure the pattern below was correct. I am ready to move on to some horns or zig-zags next.  I am loving my Contemporary Geometric Beadwork book by Kate McKinnon. I have pre-ordered Volume II.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Raven Wings

I am slowly going through my book Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon.  I have made a few pieces so far and this is my latest “Raven Wings”.

I am up to the wings and horns section of the book and one of my favorite cuffs is on page 96.  I thought something like it would be a great first winged cuff to try.  I just finished it and I love it – you want to know how I made it??  Well here is how.

Beads size 8 – yea that’s right size 8 for this one not the usual delicas.  I used a tube and a half of black and maybe 1/3 tube of a hematite color for accents.

I measured around my hand with my thumb tucked in to see what approximate size would fit over it.  I also measured while I was making the belly band for sizing.  I ended up making a belly band 48 units almost 8 inches.  It is a bit loose at this point but will tighten up as I bead. A number divisible by 3 since I am having 3 wings.

So here we go.  I made a belly band in black 48 units and it was joined to make a circle.  To make the belly band see the book page 39 or see this video Kate made on MRAW Bellyband & Tri-Wing Ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gA-J-9ujpKM#!
On the top side of the belly band I did 2 additional rows of peyote and on the other side 3 additional rows of peyote before starting the wing row.  Don’t forget to step up at the end of your row. I wanted a few rows for a wrist band before the wings and this worked out quite nicely.  I only needed to do 2 rows on the top because the first row of peyote is included in the belly band – isn’t that something!!!

Now I am ready to start my first set or top 3 wings.  I have made a graph to show my placement of the wings.

So if you look at this graph there are 48 beads and in my cuff they are all black – I am using red and blue to show the placement of the top and bottom wings.  So we are going to do the top portion (red) first.   Start your peyote row and when you get to the red spot add 2 hematite beads.  This is the start of the herringbone rib for the wing.   So for this row I have 15 beads in between the 2 hematite rib beads (3 times).   I continue in this manner adding the 2 hematite beads to form the herringbone rib of the wings.  This increases 1 bead in each section (3 beads total) per round.  Do not forget to step up at the end of each row and do not forget the beads before and after the herringbone rib – this is important.  I kept beading until I had a wing 11 rows high – which means I have 25 beads in each section between the ribs.

I finished off the side with a point row (a peyote row with a bead in each space) of hematite beads for a nice contrasting edge.

Second side (remember you 3 peyote rows if you haven't done them yet). If you look at the chart the blue is where the 2 beads start for that sides wings.  I still have 15 beads between wings for the first row.  I continued the same for 11 rows and finished this side with a hematite point row.

I hope this is not too confusing.  If you make a tri winged ring first this will be a piece of cake.  The trick here is to have an odd number of beads between the wings so you can stagger them on both sides – or not if you don’t want to ; )

I actually worked a little on both sides rather than finish one side first. I want to thank Kate McKinnon for for this most excellent book!!!!!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Caldera Bangle from Contemporary Geometric Beadwork

So it seems like forever since I posted here.  All this time I have been working on my Caldera bangle and it has taken me forever.  I finally finished today - glad it is finished, glad I can move on to work on something new and glad I like the finished bangle. I must admit I was not working on it full time - I do slack off beading and painting in the summer but I feel like this has been such a long time to finish.  Well it is done so I will move on to my next project.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Work Continues

I continue to work on my Caldera bangle from Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. It is slow going and repetitive but I think I am going to love it when it is finished.  I ordered a lot of delicas yesterday - some great colors.  I am dying to try some of the other designs in this book but I always finish one before I start something new.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Caldera Bangle Start

Just so no one thinks I have abandoned beading here is what I am working on.  It will eventually be a Caldera bangle from CGB.   I started this a few days ago and I know it is going to take a long time.  I am dying to move on to some other projects in the book but I started with the ring and this is the next progression - I want to be sure I know what I am doing and how to do things, so I am following the book step by step.  I also have never worked with delicas - so I need to buy a lot of them - I want to wait until I am more comfortable before I place a big order.   I hope I am going to love this - I am not thrilled with the color but this is the color of beads I have right now and it will have to do for my first try. I am off to work on it right now!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Power Puff Ring In Progress

So I received my copy of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork a week or so ago.  I had a couple of project to finish so I just took a quick look.  Now I am done with any beading I needed to complete and can really look at and work with my new book.  I love this book - it is beautiful and well written - like nothing I have ever seen and it is so exciting.  I decided to start at the begging and work through it using it as a learning tool.  As tempting as it is to skip ahead and try to make a fortune teller bangle or a helix I am going to start small and work my way on to bigger things. Above is my power puff ring.  I am just finishing up the band and will attach it shortly. I couldn't wait until it was finished to take my photo!! Next I want to try my hand at a power puff or caldera bangle. I see lots of delica beads in my future in lots of luscious colors.  I really love to learn something new and I think the way the information is presented in this book makes it ideal to learn and grow as a beader - I am ready to roll!!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Another Pendant

So I made another pendant - this one from a pattern by Beverly Ash Gilbert.  Now I have two to choose from for the wedding.  The problem is I like them both - sigh.  This one is black and silver in a heart shape.  I guess when the day comes I will pick one - or maybe wear one for part of the day and then the other - they both look great with my new dress.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Super Duo Pendant

My latest and probably last super duo pendant (pattern is by Ellad2).  The super duos are blue picasso and the center is a hematite rivoli.  I need something to wear with my new dress to a wedding coming up in May - this could be it!!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Imagine - Beaded Bracelet

This is a beaded bracelet I made last night from a lot of left over beads strung on memory wire.  For me this is a good way to use up a pile of beads and also to use up the memory wire I bought a number of years ago. I really hate to work with memory wire - it is very unforgiving - I have cuts all over my hands.  It is finished off with some charms on the loop ends - one has the word imagine on it - hence the name.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Taj - Bracelet

So I have lots of super duos left over and this bracelet uses a few. It is called Taj and is from a pattern by Ellad2.   I don't know if I love it but it was fun to make and I did learn a lot.  I am going to spend time just experimenting with my beading.  I have a ton of stuff for sale in my Etsy Shop so I can bead just for me for a long while.  I am thinking about a change in direction but not sure what that is yet. I have a bunch of ideas just need to zero in on one to get me started.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Pendant

This is my latest pendant.  My favorite colors and very sparkly - I am keeping this one for me.  It uses super duo beads and was a lot of fun to make.  The pattern is by Ellad2.  I think I enjoyed making this so much because it is so different from my usual work - actually this is the third one I have made and I am just finishing up a fourth turquoise and silver.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Moods & Appetites

My bead embroidery cuff Black Magick is featured in this blog Moods & Appetites here. What a nice surprise and what a great post entitled Royal Pearls -  it is included with some awesome work.  

Here is the image from the article - I am so excited to be included.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Mauveine - Charoite Pendant and Spiral Rope Necklace

Mauveine - charoite pendant and spiral rope necklace.  This is another pendant that I had around for awhile and just never made anything with it.  I am trying to used up some of the stock I have so I decided to pair it with purple and silver seed beads that really match the purple color of the charoite. 

Some interesting charoite info:  Charoite is translucent lavender to purple in color with a pearly luster. It has an unusual swirling, fibrous appearance and that, along with its intense color, can lead many to believe at first that it is synthetic or enhanced artificially. Though reportedly discovered in the 1940s, it was not known to the outside world until its description in 1978. Some say if Charoite is placed under the pillow, it will take away the fears that come in dreams.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Yellow & Golden Fringed Pendant

I love making these fringed pendants using left over beads.  I have lots of left over beads so sometimes I get a matching batch together and make a pendant.  I string them on ball chain and I have instant gratification.  This one is so sunny and warm with golds, creamy yellows and ivory   I love it - makes me think of sunshine. This pattern is by The Jade Dog.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Blue Bird - Pendant and Bead Necklace

Made this necklace last night.  Sometimes I just like to do some stringing and I had the beads and the pendant sitting for a long time.  The pendant is a Sodalite stone in a silver setting and it measures 1 1/2 inches plus the bail.  The beads in the necklace are 8mm sapphire melons.  I love how this piece came out - I think it could be worn to something fancy or for everyday with jeans. Here is some Sodalite info: A light, relatively hard yet fragile mineral, sodalite is named after its sodium content; in mineralogy it may be classed as a feldspathoid. Well known for its blue color, sodalite may also be grey, yellow, green, or pink and is often mottled with white veins or patches. The more uniformly blue material is used in jewelry, where it is fashioned into cabochons and beads.

I love the spirals around the cab and on the bail - so I paired this with a beautiful silver loop and toggle closure with spirals. This piece is listed in my Etsy Shop here - but I don't know how sad I would be if this doesn't sell - I sure do like it. There is something very magical about this necklace.

Update to this post - I sold this necklace on Etsy sad but it is going to a good home ; )

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sixteen Moons - Beaded Pendant and Necklace

I finished my beaded pendant and necklace using the mystery cab.  I sure have a lot of mystery cabs and in the future I need to make a notation of what the stone is.  I am looking for pictures like this one - so far nothing and I don't even remember where I bought this from.  I am calling this piece Sixteen Moons.  This title is from a book I recently read Beautiful Creatures.  I think it fits it well - I originally had a different name picked out for it but I like this one better.

I sometimes like to combine spiral rope with my fringe and I also like to combine beads and spiral rope in the necklace.  I especially like to do this if I do not have enough beads to complete the necklace.  I love the coloring in this piece - the matte black, lime green and yellow  - this is not a combination I usually work with but it sure is pretty.  This piece is listed in my Etsy Shop here.

Monday, February 25, 2013

What I Am Working On

Now that I have recovered from the freeform blog hop I have started a new project.  I had this cab in my stash and have always loved the markings and the coloring.  But as usual I don't know where I bought it or what it is - why does this always happen?  I do know it is going to be the pendant part of a pendant/necklace combo. 

Here is my beading tray with the cab and a few beads that may or may not be included in the final piece.  I already have the name picked out and it is a good one.  I actually had 2 names picked out so I have a good name for another project down the line. I don't think I can go wrong with this gorgeous cab! 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Freeform Peyote Choose Your Own Adventure Reveal

Karen Williams and Mandi Ainsworth came up with the idea for a challenge - create a freeform peyote piece and share it for all the world to see. Today is the big reveal and I couldn't be more excited.  I can't wait to see what everyone created.  They also started a Facebook Group as well with lots of great people and wonderful ideas and tips on freeform beading. This was a fun challenge for me because although I have beaded freeform pieces before I haven't tackled one in a long time.  It got me thinking about colors and shape again. So here it is my freeform bracelet called A Taste of Honey.

I  usually do my freeform vertically rather than horizontal (I have done a few horizontal) but I am more comfortable in this format.  I get a much more fluid piece this way. I chose a very warm pallet of soft violet, soft oranges, pinks, bronze and golds.  For the focal I chose a small jasper that I bought at a shop in Pennsylvania.  It had a very warm color that went well with the seed beads.  I am happy with the results but for my next adventure I think I will try the horizontal format 

I can't wait to go have a look at what everyone has created. Here is the Adventurer Roster:    

Mandi Ainsworth - Adventure Guide
Karen Williams - Adventure Guide 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

More Earrings

The other day when I went to the bead shop I bought a couple of packages of ear wires and I am putting them to good use.  This latest pair is made with denim blue and pearl colored size 11 seed beads.  These would look great casual with jeans.  Listed in my Etsy Shop here.                                .

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Super Duo Pendant


So I wanted to try the new super duo beads and I loved this pattern for a pendant by Ellad2.  I finished it last night and I love it - it is for me for a change and the color is just perfect.  I love the look but had problems with the super duos as some holes did not go through the beads.  At one point I tried to open the hole and broke a bead and had to rip out a row and a half to get back to replace the broken bead.  I bought a few other colors and will be making some more pendants for some friends.  I think now that I have this first pendant under my belt the next will be easier.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

More Earrings

Another pair of fringed earrings - these in pearl and amethyst seed beads.  I have a lot of ear wires left so I will be making more.  These are in my Etsy Shop here.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fringed Earrings

So I thought I would do a few easier things after my problems with the pendant/necklace. Earrings are fun, fast and pretty easy to make.  Finished these earlier today and I am working on another pair and then maybe I will try one of the new patterns I have purchased recently.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Other Side of the Moon

I finally finished this necklace and I am calling it The Other Side of the Moon.  This was one of the hardest pieces I have ever worked on.  At first I was going to make a cuff then a pendant and back and forth.  Also the coloring is not in my comfort zone - I at first paired it with grey and dark blue beads and they were overpowering the beautiful Lisa Peters cab.  I finally settled on a pendant in sky blue, grey and orange yellow.  No fringe or anything else to distract - the cab is the star and I like it a lot.