Thursday, February 15, 2018

2/15/18 Pearls knotted!

Pearls! 

I had a big bag of loose colorful pearls and several cards of cord, so this week decided to tackle them by knotting them into some continuous necklaces. I accomplished my goal and made four necklaces all of which are long enough to go over my head- making them easy to wear with no clasp to fiddle with! I use #6 Griffin carded Nylon cord to string my pearls. Most pearls are traditionally strung on silk, but I find the Nylon to be sturdy and it comes in a variety of beautiful colors.
 

I purposely took a "random" approach to stringing the pearls, using more than one color of pearl in each necklace, making them all truly unique pieces of jewelry. I will be listing these necklaces along with a bunch of other things in my Etsy shop soon - If you have to have one as your own now- send me a message and we will make plans :)
  

  

I didn't take pictures as I knotted this week. I didn't think to do it. After a quick Google, I realize that there are more ways to knot a necklace than I thought. 
Artbeads has a picture tutorial and Beadaholique has a video on how to knot pearls similar to the way I do it. (I have done it so many times I don't have to use tweezers anymore :)

Next week I am going to revisit an oldie. These little ornaments which I made way back in 2006 need a revisiting! It is 2018 now and I have so many more color choices (yes- one of the new ones will most likely be a Luminous rainbow)!!!
  

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*As always, please read my disclaimer:

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀


Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, February 8, 2018

2/8/18 Unicorne Craw Wrap Bracelets

I bought my first Unicorne beads at a bead show and had no idea what I was going to do with them, I just loved them! It took me years before I figured it out what to do with them. I have made several of my own CRAW wrap bracelets and wear them all the time. They are not only durable but they work for any occasion. I wear mine going grocery shopping and out to dinner. To get your own Unicorne glass teardrop beads either visit them directly online, or check out your local bead retailer.

Here are the 4 bracelets I challenged myself to make for this week.

I did take pictures of the purple bracelet during construction for my "how to". The nature of handmade beads and buttons makes my "how to" more of a guide rather than true tutorial. As always in my blog I will show how I did it and know that any eager beader will do their own thing anyway! If you don't know how to do CRAW- click on over to my blog post from last year to get the links and info!

How to/Materials: Unicorne Teardrop beads, size 11 seed beads, and a button or clasp. (I most of the time use NC artisan clay buttons) I have the opportunity to live in NC where pottery is easily available. Most of my buttons I have purchased from pottery shops along the pottery highway near my parents house or (the ones I used for this week) came from a great gallery in Lenior NC. Folk Keeper Gallery. 
The light blue bracelet (which I had forgotten I had made previous to this) has a cute heart shaped button from Lisa Peters Art. I like how the unique buttons add to the handmade love and uniqueness of each bracelet, although I did finish one of them with slide clasp for a bit of variety.

The "How To":
Depending on how long the bracelet is going to be, and how big the button is I start by making a CRAW rope about 14 inches long, length can always be added to the end.
The next step is to make a loop that accommodates the chosen button. 


After making sure there is enough space for the button to fit through the loop I connect the two sides of the rope together on both the front and back sides of the rope...
  

  

  

  

  

  

  

After connecting and securing the two sides together weave over and down to get to the first inside seed bead that a teardrop bead will be attached to.
  

  

Each glass teardrop bead is connected to three beads on the inside of the rope. This makes sure that the glass beads are very secure, but are not under extreme pressure. There will be six passes of thread through each glass teardrop bead, two passes through each set of three inner seed beads.
 

Pick up a glass bead and pass through the seed bead across from it on the opposite rope.

Push the bead up into the correct position (this is important with each bead or they try to flip over) and pass the needle back through the teardrop bead.

Go down through the 11 that this set of passes started on. This completes 2 out of 6 passes through the teardrop.

 Flip the piece over and weave over and down until you get to the second bead in the middle of the rope that the glass bead will be attached to making sure not to twist the ropes and to always keep the inner beads aligned. There is a lot of flipping over and watching for loops that catch the ropes while making this part of the bracelet.  Be patient and know that it will be worth the slow process :)

After getting to middle bead pass through the teardrop and down through the matching hole on the other rope.
  

Flip over and pass back through the glass bead completing 4 of 6 passes through the teardrop.
  

Weave over and up to get to the third inner bead that will secure the glass bead
 
  
Pass through the glass bead, down through the bead on the opposite rope and back through the glass bead, completing all six passes through the glass bead.
  

  

Weave over and up to get to the next inner bead which will be the first of three sets that hold the next glass bead in place.

Repeat the same steps for the first bead to connect the second. Each teardrop will have six passes of thread inside it.
  


The back of the bracelet will be thread free as all the passes go through the teardrop bead. Every drop is secured through three sets of inner seeds.
  

After attaching all of the beads to the original length of CRAW if it isn't long enough or needs extra rows, add length accounting for sets of three to hold the teardrops, and one extra that will be connected together.
  

  

After adding enough teardrops in the middle to get to the desired length connect the two sides of CRAW together and add another layer to secure and protect the last glass bead.
 

 

Weave through all of the beads along the top to secure them in place.

To attach the button I add a strip of peyote coming off of the top/front row of the CRAW end. I stitch it long enough to make it so that the button does no longer hit one of the glass beads when it is laying flat like it is clasped. 
  

I use seed beads to pass through the button holes. I pass through and weave into the peyote strip as many times as I can before the tension gets too tight to easily pass a needle through the beads. This button is held on with five passes through the seeds.
 


For fun, and because there are clearly not enough pictures in this blog post ;) I snapped a few shots as I made the blue bracelet with the slide clasp. Here are the differences in the process:
Make two mostly equal in length strips of CRAW- (length can always be added to the end)
 Connect the two strips together in the middle and add a complete row of CRAW on top of the connections.
  


I connect the clasp from the middle seed beads. I loop over and thru the clasp loops from these middle ones.
  
 After the clasp is added on one side of the strips I weave over to a middle bead that the teardrops will be attached to. This is where this bracelet is the same as the purple. The clasp and separate strips are the difference between the construction of the two.


I really love these bracelets. I want to make more of them but will be taking a break on this one for a little while. I have done enough CRAW for the month :)

Next week I won't actually be beadweaving but rather Pearl knotting. I have a bunch of loose pearls and some carded thread. I will be making some hand knotted pearl necklaces for a change. It will be a change for me, and have a little romance since next Wednesday is Valentine's! 💕
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*As always, please read my disclaimer:

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀


Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth