Jun 062016
 

This is my first try at a ring. I didn’t follow any patterns even though I think I pinned a ton of them. I was just playing around with the wire to see what I could do and this is the result.

I’ve had these magnetic hematite beads sitting in my bead box for years now all stuck together. I’d play with them every once in a while because magnetism is fun, but I never came up with something to do with them until now.

It’s not perfect, but I like it. I might have to come up with pieces to match now.

hematite-ring

Nov 212014
 

I was looking for something different to do for my mother-in-law for Christmas 2013 and ran across this pattern. She loves butterflies, so I thought this would be perfect.

I found the pattern at Bead & Button for anyone interested in making this bracelet. I still have the purple one and hope to find it a home someday.

I had a hard time getting decent pictures. The beads are silver lined and my camera didn’t like the shine. Did the best I could. I’ve learned more photography tricks since I took these pictures, so hopefully I’ll get better pictures the next time I make this pattern.

Apr 222014
 

My mother gave me a pair of earrings to play around with while making jewelry. The posts were broken and while I thought about just fixing them, I decided to so something a little different instead. This seemed like the perfect time to play with creating a peyote bezel.

Using size 11 and 15 Delica’s (Japanese Seed Beads), I “framed” the earring with peyote stitch using this tutorial. Creating a Peyote Bezel

The earrings are snowflake obsidian with mother of pearl inlay so I paired them with snowflake obsidian and obsidian beads. I was originally going to use 3mm mother of pearl beads between the obsidian beads, but when they arrived, they were a darker color than the mother of pearl in the earring, so I used Czech pearl seed beads instead.

The simple string of beads seemed to look the best after trying many different stitches. Everything else seemed to overpower the bezel.

I gave the finished product back to my mother for Christmas of 2013 and I still have another one to play with. I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with it yet, but it’s close to jewelry making season (I stop crochetting and switch to jewelry when it gets warm outside), so I’ll be playing around with it soon.

A few pieces I made are still for sale at CountrySidewalk.com, but only for a limited time. Make sure to get yours before they’re gone!

Mar 242014
 

For Christmas of 2013, I decided to make my grandmother a necklace that she might have an easier time putting on. I’d seen several designs with the clasp at the front and thought that might be easier for her.

It took some time to come up with the rest of the design. I tried several things, but nothing seemed to grab me like right-angle weave with Swarovski crystal pearls. I’d tried other crystal pearls, but they were painted and the paint started chipping before I even started beading.

The more crystals I added, the heavier the piece became. It was heavier than I’d expected and I started to worry that it would be too much for her. I stepped down to smaller and smaller pearls to cut the weight and make the piece less bulky on her neck. I hoped that would make up for the weight.

Making Grandma's Necklace

I forgot to take pictures as I was beading. I wanted to show some of the steps, but I did get a picture after I started embellishing. The picture was taken with my cell, so it’s harder to see the detail, but it’s a basic idea. You can see in the smaller pearls what it looked like before the embellishments.

Right-angle weave is my favorite stitch to embellish. It just adds a depth that the piece lacks and brings everything in tighter.

Grandma's NecklaceHere’s a close-up of the finished front of the necklace. Seed beads and 4mm crystal pearls adorn the front. I thought it turned out pretty well even though the seed beads weren’t the color I thought they were. I was looking for a little more contrast in the cream pearl colors. I didn’t want them to disappear into the other beads or the 4mm cream colored crystal pearls to disappear into them.

Grandma's NecklaceA close-up of the finished back. Most of the time I would only embellish the front, but I wanted it to be less noticeable if the necklace happened to flip over on one side while she was wearing it. I didn’t want to add more 4mm crystal pearls because I wanted it to lay flat, so I used two colors of seed beads on the backside. It also added some extra strength to the necklace.

Grandma's NecklaceThe toggle clasp didn’t look quite right just hanging there in front, so I added some dangles with jump rings. I figured if I didn’t like the look, I could always remove them later. While I wasn’t completely happy with the look, I thought the dangles added a needed distraction from the clasp.

The most important part, once Grandma saw how the clasp worked she was able to put it on by herself. She really seemed to like it and I was happy with the resulting smile on her face.

These are the only pictures I took. I will try to remember to take more pictures at different stages the next time I take on a project this detailed.

Nov 192013
 

This hand woven right angle weave bracelet was created using jet black crystals embellished with bronze crystals and hematite seed beads on strong fireline. The look is dark, but dainty. While not necessarily a steampunk piece, it was made with steampunk in mind.

The toggle clasp is fashionable and easier to fasten than most locking clasps.

Sold by Countrysidewalk.com

Nov 102013
 

This hand woven flat spiral bracelet was created as a gift for a graduate this year. Jet black crystals embellished with fire-polished silver crystals and hematite seed beads, this bracelet is understated with a little sparkle to catch the eye. Made with strong Fireline for lasting strength.

The toggle clasp is fashionable and easier to fasten than most locking clasps.

Jet Black and Fire Polished Silver Crystal Bracelet

This bracelet isn’t currently for sale, but you can find similar designs on sale at Countrysidewalk.com

Jul 262013
 

This hand woven flat spiral bracelet and earring set was created using teal crystal rondelle beads embellished with crystal-teal crystal rounds and june bug seed beads on strong fireline. The rondelles make a tighter weave and reinforce the base teal color of the piece while the crystal-teal rounds add a brighter, but more subtle sparkle.

The twisted toggle clasp is fashionable and easier to fasten than most locking clasps.

Teal Faceted Rondelle Flat Spiral Bracelet and Earring Set

 

Sold by Countrysidewalk.com

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