Thursday, January 25, 2018

1/25/18 Bracelet from B&B August 2013

This week I made the "Double-sided diamond bangle" by Sue Harle from the cover and page 40 of Bead & Button August 2013 . I wanted to make this bracelet since I first saw this magazine and I am glad I did- better late than never!

  

I used my new Duracoat Delicas to make it and I really like these new colors. They are bright and the beads are sturdy- I only snapped one bead making this whole bracelet (and it is still in there). I used DB 2143, DB2140, and DB2136 for the purple side and DB2121, DB2133, and DB2127 for the green side. I ended up stitching 12 diamonds and then adding a clasp since my wrist is so much smaller than my hand. Bangles on me tend to flop around and abuse my thumb all day!


This was a fun project. It took a little longer than I thought it would but turned out nicely. I really enjoyed that both sides of this bracelet are made at the same time it adds some variety while stitching. I would definitely make another one of these. It would be fantastic in all metallic or silver lined!  This bracelet is going in my personal collection. I really love it and it fits me perfectly.

Next week I am going to "so something with" another UFO and write out my thoughts and workings about it. It is based on beaded bead #14 from my 2016 blog project! Check out next week to see what I do.
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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, January 18, 2018

1/18/18 Simple Spiral UFO

This week I did something with my unfinished simple spiral from last years blog post. I finished it by stitching it into a long continuous necklace! It is very flexible and has a interesting texture.
 
  

It was actually fun to make and will be a great necklace to wear next time I am at the beach or on a vacation. I couldn't "get" exactly how to connect it seamlessly to itself so there is a small section that is not quite right, but good enough for my own collection. I didn't want to keep trying so I did what I did which I'm pretty sure added an extra core bead somehow. :)

I also made myself a little bracelet with Superduos so that I could remember how to start the spiral with two holed beads. I had to remind myself that the additions spiral around the core. 

I am glad I finished my necklace and made a fun everyday bracelet. It is one less thing I have in my box of UFO's and I used some of my stash for the bracelet. 

For next week I am not going to finish anything but start a project that I have wanted to do for a long time. I want to make the cover bracelet from Bead & Button August 2013 

It is called the "Double-sided diamond bangle" by Sue Harle. I recently used a Christmas present gift card to get some Duracoat Delicas which I have never used. I will be trying them out on this reversible and hopefully fun bangle.
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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, January 11, 2018

1/11/18 Do something with my Delica Dodecahedrons

This week I did something with these Delica Dodecahedrons. I didn't literally make them into anything as they are great little beaded works of art on their own, instead I examined my best way* to do them and made a mini tutorial!
   
                   

   I didn't stray much from the rainbow colors, I just moved on to Luminous Delicas as my choice of beads :)


To make this Delica Dodecahedron it will take 6 colors of Delicas and 12 components. I like to zip each new component to the last one made, but all 12 could be made first then attached together- beader's choice!

Pick up 10 of the first color beads (purple). These 10 will make up the first two rows. Make a circle out of the beads, skipping every other one to make an inner and outer row. End by stepping up through a bead that is on the outside.
  
 It should look like a little star when tightened up.

 Add two beads in the next color (pink) all the way around, stepping up and exiting between the first beads added in this round.
 Add one bead in the same color (pink) as the last round between all the beads of the last round. Finish this round by stepping up and exiting through the first bead added in this round.

 Add one bead of the next color (peachy) through all the beads of the last round. Step up through the first bead added in this round to get ready for the next round. 
 Add one bead and sets two beads of the same color (peachy) from the last round. Continue all the way around stepping up and exiting the first bead added in this round.

 With tight tension at this point the component will start to have a little bit of a curve similar to a fingertip.

 Add one bead of the next color (yellow) between the beads of the last round. End the round by stepping up through the first bead added in this round.
  
 Add one bead of the same color as the last round (yellow) between all the beads of the last round. Step up through the first bead from this round.

 Add one bead of the next color (green) between the beads from the last round. It will start to look like a little cap or beginning of a tube at this point since there were no sets of two added. 
 If this is the first component add another round of beads in the last color (blue) between the beads of the last (green) round. [this step not pictured but is exactly like the last round except with blue beads]

After making two components start attaching them together by "zipping" them up where the blue beads meet the green beads. 

Finish each additional component by adding blue beads around the unattached sides so it is ready for a new component to be attached to it.

When done there will be a total of 12 components attached together forming a sturdy hollow Delica Dodecahedron. Tight tension is the key to make sure it isn't squishy. 

Here are a couple of other shots I got- you might see them on Instagram if you follow me @bethclarkart :) The first shot is one of it glowing under blacklight- all luminous Delicas glow under blacklights! The middle is a shot of the inside of the piece before it was finished and the last shot is straight on with a view right through it!
  

Next week I am going to "do something" by finishing something! I have a few UFO's.... some I have done and blogged about...Beady honesty - remember this really cool spiral rope with the vintage "chilli" like beads?
 This thing:
It is totally unfinished. It is so simple to make- fun even- and I never finished it. Complete honesty, it was never finished because I was sick and didn't feel well enough to do it. I don't want to bum out my beads by discussing the specifics of my woes with the whole internet, but let's just say I feel much better now and will be finishing this with no problem! I am not sure if it is going to be a really long continuous necklace or if it will be a clasped one- check out next weeks blog to find out!
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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, January 4, 2018

1/4/18: Do something with BEADWORK Oct/Nov 2015

I am off to a good start "doing something with it". Last year I choose my Beadwork magazine from October/November 2015 as the first thing to do something with.  I choose to make the beaded bead in the magazine designed by Cindy Holsclaw. One of the options given in the magazine was to make the bead with two hole triangle beads for a spiked look. I happened to have some triangles but I didn't have any 6mm bicones like the pattern called for so I substituted 6mm Czech glass. It means did something with not only the magazine, but also 2 hole triangles and 6mm firepolished Czech glass beads! The pattern for this bead is available directly from Cindy online at BeadOrigamiIf you want to support the designer without buying the magazine click on over!

   

I made two of these beaded beads and created a pair of earrings out of them. I love these beads as earrings. The beads are self supporting and the triangles give them a great texture. I used Sterling Earwires and beads to make these beads swing and dangle a bit, but not too much ;) 
These earrings are gonna be for sale but I haven't gotten the listing up and ready yet. If you love them and they have to be yours- shoot me an email or message me through social media! 

Of course I didn't stop at just two beaded beads. When I was digging, cleaning, and organizing the other day searching for things to do something with- I found more triangles that I had, and enough 6mm black crystals to make more beaded beads.  Both of these beads are currently hanging out in my personal collection. I love wearing beaded beads as pendants and these are just the right size for daily wear.
  

I did find the silver bead with the black 6mm bicones was slightly easier to make than the ones with Czech glass. It might be because it was the 4th one, but it is most likely because that was how it was supposed to be made.

As crazy as this sounds, I have actually done another project from this magazine. I have made the cover bangle by Lisa Kan. I actually made three of them.
These bangles are currently hanging in my personal collection of jewelry since they are made with coated SuperDuos that don't always hold up. Great for personal jewelry- terrible for sales! The two bangles in the front are my own adaptation of her pattern. I include SuperDuos on the inside of the bangle which makes them much stiffer. 

It is easy to see the inside SuperDuos that I added to her pattern in the neon bangle :) I completely recommend this issue of Beadwork. Not only does it show how to do Hubble stitch which is the reason it was out in the first place, but I got to make beaded beads!!!!

If you follow my blog this year you will start to see the extent of my bead stash and personal collection of jewelry. I will make a point to mention when the materials I use for the week had to be purchased and when they are part of the hoard ;)

Next week I am going to do something with:
This self supporting Dodecahedron made of components. I have made two things with this idea in the past; a larger object for my husband and a beaded bead. I have never written down how I did it or figured out if there is best way to do it. My goal is to make another bead sized one that is less squishy and create actual instructions for it. 
 
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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