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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

5/24/18 Gwen's Crater Moon!

I did it! I made Gwen Fishers Crater Moon beaded bead. It took a bit of trust in my own beading ability and really used my knowledge of beaded bead construction. It was a fun challenge!
 

The Crater Moon did take a while to make, and was frustrating at times but it was my first real project made with bugles. The little guys take some adjustment and talking too before they behave. I will be playing with them again now that I have some experience and confidence with them. I followed the steps that Gwen layed out in her blog post to make this bead.


  

   

It is not exactly like Gwen's as I couldn't figure out where/how the 15's were incorporated so I simply tightened up the 11's I added in the last layer. After I passed back through them they thankfully decided to lay the right way. I am not sure if I will ever make another one of these, but it is a great feeling to know that I can! I still don't completely understand the mathematics behind this piece, but I do know that it is a really amazing structure that is satisfyingly sturdy and round.

Next week I will be making earrings out of last weeks beads and hopefully constructing more beaded beads. I don't have a plan but I do know not to expect much. I am going out of town for the weekend and it is my husband's week off- unless he wants to play daytime video games (which is not out of the question if it rains), my beading time will be very limited!

I also wanted to give a heads up to anyone who regularly reads my blog...I will be taking the month of June off from blogging. I won't be posting the 7th, 14th, 21st, or 28th of June. Don't worry- there isn't anything wrong I am just busy in June! Seriously! Not that I will be attending all of the parties, but there are Seven family Birthdays in June, plus my own, plus one more where I am not related but am still "Aunt Beth"- that makes 9, or one every three days or so. I already have 2 weekends booked! Trust me I would rather be home beading :)
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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 17, 2018

5/17/18 Beaded Beads


It is no secret that I love beaded beads! This week I made three pairs of beaded beads, two of which I know will end up being earrings. I am not sure what is going to happen with the other pair, I don't mind adding them to the many beaded beads I already have! 


Two of the sets are Dodecahedrons made out of Rizo beads, and  larger beads are made with Infinity beads, drops, and 11's using the same technique as my "Dodecarizo" beaded bead which I have a tutorial for in my Etsy shop. It is amazing how the same technique can produce such different looking beads. I did make a couple of other beads this week, but two were too squishy to keep and one I broke a Rizo on. All of them will be cut up the beads reused.

Along with a little beading, I did dig out my collection of beaded beads including ones I wear and ones that I keep in a large jar. I honestly didn't get a great picture (I will do a better job next week) but I did get a picture that shows the scale of them :)


Honestly I looked at and dug the beads out for Gwen's Crater Moon but haven't had the motivation/courage to try it. I am weary of bugles, I have rarely worked with bugles. All bugle excuses aside, it is my challenge for next week. 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, May 10, 2018

5/10/18 Warped & Twisted Earrings!

After weeks of exploration of CGB I ended up making a pair of smaller warped and twisted squares and made them into some all gold earrings for my mom for her Birthday. I liked hers so much that I spent this week making more!


This week I took the same idea I used to make her earrings and made 3 pairs! Each warped square has an added wing on each side. Every wing is twisted in the same direction to create the twisted shape. 

  


The first ones remind me of Flamingos in water. The color of them is a perfect Flamingo. The second pair I made way out of my comfort zone on purpose. I made them from yellow and orange, the two colors that I never use. The last pair is made in a luminous rainbow! I couldn't resist trying these with Luminous Delicas.

  

 Both the "Flamingos" and the rainbow pair glow under blacklight! I have decided after wearing them all week that the rainbow pair will be mine :) I am going to eventually list both of the other pairs in my Etsy shop. If you love the flamingos and have to make them your own right now, feel free to get in touch with me ;)

Next week, and for the rest of the month of May, I am going to make beaded beads! I have unused Rizo beads that want to be earrings, I have some "kits" that I made myself to make focal beaded beads that I haven't started, and I want to (try to) make Gwen Fisher's Truncated Icosidodecahedron or "Crater Moon" beaded bead from her blog.
Beaded beads always take time, and for me a little motivation and inspiration, so I won't really be planning each week, but I know I have until the 31st to beaded bead!
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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