Thursday, June 30, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded bead #13

Beaded bead #13 is the Galaxy bead by the late Gill Slone. It was featured in the February 2010 issue of Bead and Button Magazine. This bead is made from components that are connected together. It is a bit different than the other beaded beads that I have blogged. I used DB 2035 for the pink, DB 2038 for the purple Delicas, and I used the Miyuki luminous 15's that matched. I haven't used crystals in years... I had to dig through a box to hunt down enough crystals to make this one.


Here it is in my hand for size reference:

Here it is glowing under a blacklight :)

 Other than the magazine, Gill Slone's pattern for this bead was featured in the book Stitch Workshop: Peyote Stitch: Basic Techniques, Advanced Results. The book is available on Amazon. Google Books has the E-copy of the book which has the pattern for this bead. I linked to what I searched since the pattern happens to show up in the Google preview of the book!

13 beads to go!

My remaining deadlines are:

Summer dates: (5 left)  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

Thursday, June 16, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded bead #12

Bead #12 is a puffy triangle beaded bead. I used size 11 Luminous Miyuki beads. These beads are the start of what will eventually be enough for a bracelet! I love these beads because they can either be puffy, or you can flatten them out for all kinds of possibilities. If you make them with Delicas they are much more rigid than with 11's.


Here they are flattened out.

Good news! There are a bunch of sources on how to make this type of bead:

If you are interested in 3D bead shapes, I think the best resource would be Geometric Beadwork by Jean Power. A great book with tons of info and inspiration.

The first time I saw this type of bead in a magazine was in the Dec/Jan 2012 Beadwork magazine "Crystal Triangulations" by Jean Power.

The technique is also beautifully used, again by Jean Power in the Beadwork June/July 2012 "All Angles Necklace". For only $2 more than the pattern you can purchase the Digital copy of the entire magazine for $6

If free is your favorite: Mikki Ferrugiaro on the Bead Mavens Blog has both pictures and a video on how to make this kind of beaded bead.

14 beads to go!

My remaining deadlines are:

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

Thursday, June 2, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded bead #11

Bead #11 is an expansion on what I did for bead #10. For Mother's Day a friend asked me if I could make a bead for his wife's Pandora bracelet. I had never made a bead for this type of bracelet before, so I was up for the challenge! I was lucky enough that the 3/16 grommets I had fit over the bracelet! Before I show you the beads I made for them, I will show you how I made them.

Here are my little beads!

To make these I use the same steps as Bead #10, with embellishment over the top.
I start by making the strip and zipping it into a tube. 
 

I then get my thread coming out of one of the edge beads, facing inward towards the middle of the strip and add enough beads to cover the gap and go back into the opposing edge bead. I turn around on the outside bead prepare for the next row.

I repeat this process until the top of the bead is covered. For this one I alternated a row of 15's with a row of 15, 4mm, 15.
When I am done with the embellishment I glue in the grommets.

 I did a bit more embellishment on the beads for my friend than the ones for this week, but these were really for inspiration and instruction! The little silver and grey bead I made should show the thread path of the embellishment. I could easily add beads between or around the bugles I added, but I figured simple is better for learning.

Here are the beads I made for my friends. I didn't think to take a picture of them before I gave them away; so here are the pictures I borrowed from her FB post :) 
 I made the pink bead in the picture above, the "O" charm bead and the red and crystal ones in the picture below.

Hope you have a great 2 weeks of June...only one more Spring date, then on to the summer!

15 beads to go!

My remaining deadlines are:

Spring dates: 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