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. 

*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


  1. Fantastic collection of beads and bangles Beth! I have this magazine, looked at it a few times and thought about making the beads and bangle. Guess It’s time for me to also do something:)

    Can’t wait to see what you will do with the Dodecahedron:) I love the one in your hand, so cute and colorful!

    1. Thanks! I hope you "do something" too! :) -Happy Beading!