Thursday, January 29, 2015

Year long project: Bead #2

If you haven't seen my  "Inspired by the Spice of Life"  post, please check it out, if you have here is Bead #2 (1/29) of my year long project. It is made with an ombre of blue stripes:

The pattern isn't as pretty as the real bead is. The colors I used from darkest to lightest were: 
DB 165,   DB 167,   DB 76,   DB 57

My remaining deadlines are:
Winter dates: 
2/12, 2/26, 3/12

Spring dates: (7 beads)
3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18

Summer dates (6 beads)
7/2, 7/16, 7/30, 8/13, 8/27, 9/10

Fall Dates: (6 beads)
9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3

Last bead due by 12/17.

Bead #1 (1/15)

23 more to go! Thanks for reading! Happy Beading! -Beth

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Dodecahedron

I love making beaded beads and three dimensional beaded things. I find the process of creating a 3d shape very satisfying. I have been constructing beaded things that I have made into earrings, pendants and a beautiful desk chotsky for my husband. Most have been based on the dodecahedron.  What is that you ask? Here is a little math lesson:

          The dodecahedron is a regular geometric solid (called a Platonic solid) that has 12 pentagons (five sided shape) as faces. It has 20 vertices (points) and 30 edges (lines between the pentagonal faces). Dodeca is a prefix meaning “twelve.” It is the only polyhedron that is composed entirely of pentagons.

It is amazing to me how many different variations beyond changing colors are possible when making a beaded dodecahedron. The beads at the vertices can be added after the basic construction as an embellishment, they can also be added during the construction and stitched together afterwards. They can also be made using two holed beads with embellishment added during or after construction. Dodecahedrons don't even have to be beads, they can be made by attaching 12 pentagons together to form a larger object.

Here is a little tour of my beaded things and a brief description of how they are made.
(At the bottom of this post are a few links on the basic construction of a beaded dodecahedron)

These basic dodecahedrons are made with 6mm gemstones, embellished (beads were added in the vertices after the basic construction) with seed beads.

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These are made with rondelle beads and either rounds or drops used as embellishment.

This desk chotsky I created for my husband is made with Delica beads. It is made by attaching 12 stitched pentagons together to form a ball. It is a bit smaller than a baseball.

The dodecahedron beaded bead can also be made using two holed beads like twins or Superduos. 

So far my favorite variation of the dodecahedron has to be made with Rizo beads. Here are a few earrings made with Rizos. I call them "Rizo Explosion" earrings!

Many of the beaded pendants in this blog (and a few more) can be purchased in my Etsy shop.

The "Rizo Explosion" earrings can also be purchased in my Etsy shop.

If you are unfamiliar with the construction of these beaded balls and are interested in making your own there are many free tutorials on the dodecahedron beaded bead:

Cindy Holsclaw of has a free download of a dodecahedron using crystals:

Video by CutieCraftsChannel shows the basic dodecahedron construction

Video by Beadaholique that uses two needles:

Video by Potomac bead company on how to make beaded bead with Superduos:

Video by Beadaholique that uses two needles to make a beaded bead with twins:

New Tutorials

New tutorials available in my store! 

Thanks in part to Linda and her fantastic blog (you can find her blog here) there are now two earrings tutorials available!  This past weekend she blogged about a pair of earrings of mine that she found on Pinterest, and motivated me to make some tutorials! 

She named these the "Beth Duo Earrings" 

The tutorial can be found here

She also mentioned my "Duo Fan Earrings" 

The tutorial can be found here

Thanks for reading! Happy Beading -Beth

Friday, January 23, 2015

Year long bead project: Inspired by the "Spice of Life"

Happy 2015! 

I have been working on so many things early this year, (coming soon) I didn't think I could be any more inspired, until I received the Fire Mountain Gems Seed Bead Catalog in the mail the other day and was struck with inspiration right there on the cover!

The cover necklace entitled "Spice of Life" was created by Carol Davis. 
Hers necklace is made from peyote stitch tubes with a wooden core bead.  

 I have been making peyote tubes for years, mostly making them into earrings.
These earrings were made in 2007. 

This inspired me to use what I already do, and make a necklace made from tubes 
as a year long beading challenge. 

I gave myself a few "rules." 
  • First to make one bead every two weeks using a different pattern for each week. 
  • Second, that they must all be made of Delicas and be 12 beads wide by 12 rows, only because that is the size of the grommets I had enough of :) 
  • The final rule is that I must blog my patterns and share this challenge to make sure I keep my deadlines and follow through! 

I broke down the year into 2 week increments giving myself deadlines to make a bead. Every other Thursday, starting on 1/15 (two weeks into 2015) and continuing as follows:

Winter dates: (5 beads total including the 15th)
  1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12

Spring dates: (7 beads)
3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7, 5/21, 6/4, 6/18

Summer dates (6 beads)
7/2, 7/16, 7/30, 8/13, 8/27, 9/10

Fall Dates: (6 beads)
9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3

Last bead due by 12/17. 

Makes 25 total beads and leaves two weeks for assembly!
It should be enough for a one strand necklace, depending on how I plan to space it.

First bead: (1/15/15) pattern is zigzags. I used DB 114 and DB 001

I hope you enjoy my year long challenge, I know I will! Keep checking back for more beads and new patterns, as I have 24 more to go!

Happy Beading- Beth