Thursday, January 14, 2016

2016 Year long project: Introduction & Bead #1

In 2015 I challenged myself to a year long bead project inspired by the peyote tubes I saw on the cover of a Firemountain Gems catalog.

This year my inspiration is coming from my love of beaded beads. I hoard them, I make them for no reason at all, and I am a beaded bead addict. This year I am going to share that love in my blog. Some of the beads will be small, some will be large, and some are yet to even be imagined :) It should be exciting...

Like last years project, I will post every other Thursday with a new beaded bead. That makes 26 beads for the year.

Bead #1:
This bead is a basic dodecahedron made from coated Chinese 4mm round "crystals". It is very simple and small. It is a good start to 2016 and a new blog project!

Look how cute it is sitting on a dime :)

If you want to follow along and make beads along with me, I am going to try my best (making no promises) to make beads that have a pattern or tutorial!

Here are a couple of patterns for the dodecahedron:

Fusion beads has a picture tutorial of how to construct it.

Cindy Holsclaw of Bead Origami has a free downloadable pdf on how to make a dodecahedron out of crystals.
25 beads to go!

My remaining deadlines are:

Winter dates: (4 left) 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/10

Spring dates: (7 beads) 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2, 6/16

Summer dates: (6 beads) 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25, 9/8

Fall dates: (7 beads) 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15

The last bead will be "due" on 12/29!

Thanks for reading and Happy Beading! -Beth

1 comment:

  1. Beaded beads! How exiting, I hope to see new ways to create beads.
    I like to make beaded beads from the lefts of the fireline. After making necklace or bracelet, if cutted yarn is long enough, I make a beaded bead. If shorter, it becomes simple beaded star, made from whatever is laying on my bead mat. :D