Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded bead #17

Bead #17 is the Stargazer Beaded Bead designed by Florence Turnour from the July 2012 edition of Beadwork Magazine. It is bead three of the beaded bead contest from that year. The one I made is so pretty in person: it is pearly, it has silver-lined sparkles, and cat's eye purple beads. It doesn't show up half as pretty as it really is in photos.
You would think that after 16 beaded bead posts I would have learned to make my sample beads in colors that photograph well :)

On to the bead!

This bead is very round and hollow!

It is not as big as I expected it to be before I started it, but other than a stand alone pendant I am not sure how I would have used it in the 2012 contest that these beads were a part of.

Where to find the pattern:

I got the pattern from the July 2012 edition of Beadwork Magazine. (of course this one is also sold out as I post this...) Unlike other patterns, I didn't find another source for the pattern :( There are plenty of blog posts about this one, but no other source for the pattern (that I could find at least). If you are a reader of my blog and find another (legit) source for this pattern, please send me a message!

If you want to know more about the designer:
Florence Turnour is half of Bead Infinitum, partners with Gwen Fisher.

You can find Florence on her blog and on Instagram @florenceturnour

9 beads to go!

My remaining deadlines are:

Summer dates: (1 left)  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, August 11, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded bead #16

The last bead was from Beadwork magazine's Beaded Bead contest beads from 2012. I decided that I am going to try all of the featured beads since I have the magazines. This week's bead is Bead #1 of the featured beads. "Seeing Stars" by Melinda Barta.


This bead is really small and cute. I am not 100% on my color choices with this bead, but I think it is adorable anyway. I am intrigued by the construction of this bead. It only uses 8 "stars" netted together to form a round ball. I would have expected the five pointed star to make a dodecahedron, but this one is really clever.

Where to find the pattern:
I got the pattern from the February/March 2012 Beadwork magazine (it was sold out on the site when I went looking for it)

I always want to give credit where it is due! You can find Melinda Barta on her website. She has some great free patterns and tons of great beading info!

While Googling I found a pdf from BeadingDaily that has this pattern and a few more beaded bead patterns. It is for personal use only, I am sharing this link since the magazine option is sold out! Melinda's pattern starts on page 8 of the PDF.

10 beads to go!

My remaining deadlines are:

Summer dates: (2 left) 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, August 4, 2016

2016 Project: Beaded Bead #15

Sorry this bead is delayed a week! I did go to the doctor last Thursday to find out that I caught Bronchitis on my trip. I can tell you that having a fever when it is summer and hot outside is terribly unpleasant. I wasn't even been able to bead until yesterday! :( Good news, I am feeling better every day!

 On to the beaded bead. This bead is the Cluster Beaded Bead designed by Gwen Fisher. The only changes I made to the pattern were that I used 8mm Poppy Jasper beads for my base beads (something I wouldn't do again because the holes did not like the multiple thread passes required to make this bead.) I also only used one color of size 8's instead of two.


 In my hand for size reference:

 This bead is very round and very solid, two things I like in a beaded bead!

Now on to where to find the pattern:

 I got the pattern out of Beadwork Magazine April/May 2012 (it was listed as "sold out" when I went to get this link)

 Here is the direct link to buy the tutorial directly from Gwen Fisher. Her version includes instructions for two kinds of beaded beads and has over 30 pages with 140 pictures! Although I have not seen her tutorial, I am positive that it is better than the three page version in Beadwork.

If you are interested in buying other tutorials from Gwen Fisher you can visit her Bead Infinitum website or see what she has on Etsy under Gwenbeads.

11 beads to go!

My remaining deadlines are:

Summer dates: (3 left)  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