Thursday, July 19, 2018

7/18/18 Peyote Tassel Earrings

This week I made Mary Tafoya's "Peyote Tassel Earrings" from Beadwork Aug/Sept 2007. I found online where the pattern alone is for sale but I did not see a digital source for the entire magazine. I think there were some used magazines listed on Ebay!

  

I liked making these earrings, they were pretty simple even with fringe. I didn't 100% follow the pattern (go figure) but they ended up looking good. There was only one terrible tangle in my Nymo during fringe construction-which was lucky! I used the Duracoat beads that I had left over from earlier this year. They are a bit heavy for my taste in everyday wear, but I can see them being worn the next time I am taken out to eat :) These earrings would be great for stash busting and using the last bits of bead tubes.


Bead honesty-I did not do anything to last week's spike bracelet. I haven't figured out what I want out of it or how to accomplish it. I am hoping it will come to me in the middle of the night and I can wake up ready to finish it. That hasn't happened yet ;)

Next week I am going to make (or get a good start on) a Cellini Spiral. The pattern "Confetti Spiral" by Marilyn T. Arnson from Beadwork June/July 2008 is going to be my inspiration. It is a bright and pretty Cellini spiral. I will be using beads I have so it may not be the same, but the inspiration should be obvious!

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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, July 12, 2018

7/12/18 Spikes

This week I played with some glass spike beads that I found somewhere on clearance that have been sitting around waiting to be stitched. I had this vision that if I used the same basis as my ""Craw wrap bracelets" and used two sides of CRAW on either side of the spikes that it would be great. In theory it would lay like this and be awesome :)


In reality it looks more like a floppy, unfinished mess with no clasp in need of more work. All of a sudden my "do something with" turned into another UFO! I am going to do my best to finish it into a bracelet that I can wear and keep for myself. I hope I can "fix it" enough to wear it to the beach on our trip planned for later this year.


In addition to the spiky bracelet start, I continued making beaded beads for International Beading Week. Last August I joined the Facebook Group International Beading Week celebrating all things beading the first week of August each year. There was a suggestion in the group that we do something every month, in the theme of the colors in the group banner and put it all together during this years IBW! Of course I made beaded beads each month. This year there is a contest drawing where the entry is beaded beads! I decided the best thing to do with the ones I made this year was to send them to the The Beadworkers Guild so that my beads can hang out with beaded beads from around the world and be seen by many! I hope they make it through customs. I declared them as "beads" :)


 I did make a plan for my blog!!! Keeping with this years theme of "do something with it" the next 12 weeks I am going to use my bead stash and my extensive collection of bead magazines. Each week I am going to make a project from a different year. Next week is going to be 2007 then 08, 09 and so on until I get to 2018. I have picked out a fairly easy earring pattern (Beadwork Aug/Sept 2007 "Peyote Tassel Earrings" by Mary Tafoya) for next week in hopes that I will have enough beading time to figure out my spike bracelet (or at minimum put a clasp on it.) Wish me beady luck!
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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, July 5, 2018

7/5/18 Back to it!

I am back from my June long break from blogging. Not only did I not post on my blog, I didn't add to my Instagram and I didn't update or even renew my Etsy listings. I did check out Facebook on my tablet and "like" a few things, but otherwise I was a technology hermit- I have to say it was pretty nice. I might do it every June, possibly more often! Now that my break is over I am back and here to show what I beaded while I was on my tech vacation (of course I beaded, I just didn't blog about it ;) 

The first thing I made in June was this gift for my friend who was nice enough to host my birthday party. We invaded her house and she got a rick rack bracelet! I think it was a fair deal. 

   
Bead honesty- I loved her bracelet so much I had to make a rainbow one that I loved more for myself so that I could bare to part with hers. That is the excuse I made and I am sticking to it! Both of these bracelets were cast from the pod I made while exploring CGB! I love how quickly they work up by casting off a pod!

  
Rainbow- who would have guessed it- and yes, both of these are made from Luminous Delicas, which are crazy fun and glow under blacklight!

  

Along with these two bracelets I made a few pairs of 3d oval earrings, two of which match my rainbow bracelet, and the others which have a "patriotic" red, white, and blue theme for the 4th of July.
  

The Luminous ovals are really bright and fun under blacklight!


Along with beading a few things, I figured I would spend part of my month long break making a plan for the rest of my weekly blog posts- that didn't happen. I don't even have a plan for next week- stay tuned, my plan for next week is to make a plan that covers at minimum the rest of July and to bead something. Wish me luck.
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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, May 31, 2018

5/31/18 One lone bead...

I had no beading time this last week and only made one bead. I didn't even find the time to finish the earrings I said I would. Here is the lone bead I made Friday- a little "patriotic" colored bead based off my "Duocube beaded bead" pattern with thorn beads as substitution!


I spent the weekend away from home and have been busy "spring cleaning" and organizing around the house since the rain has not stopped in about a week and outdoor activities and travel are not really possible. I did find the time to dump most of my beaded beads into a box lid and snap a few lighted pictures.


I dug out some of the "Duocube beaded beads" and snapped them hanging out together:


I won't have a planned post for the month of June, but might make one if I bead or have something awesome to share. I plan on starting up the weekly posts again on the 5th of July! I may spend the month making a plan like I had last year- it helped keep me on track. I hope you have a great month of June, I will be celebrating Birthdays including my own!
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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