Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fake double spiral stitch bracelet

I wanted to stitch a spiral bracelet and couldn't make up my mind whether I wanted to use 4mm black fire polish beads or 4mm burgundy pearls as the main beads. Well, I remembered some good advice: "When beading, if you ask yourself "What if..." then just do it!" I stitched five rounds with the fire polish and then did five rounds with the pearls and it looks quite a bit like double spiral stitch but is much, much faster!

Core is four 8/0 metallic dark raspberry. 11/0s are rose gold.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Wedding earrings

After experimenting with various materials and techniques, I've finally settled on what I'm going to use for my wedding jewellery.

I'm getting married in a burgundy dress (from Kiyonna -- comfy and beautiful :)) and I tried so many different colours of rivolis trying to match it, or at least get close. Swarovski just doesn't have a real burgundy -- one that's not too red or not too purple. After trying crystal red magma, burgundy (not available in rivolis but available in 12mm buttons) and siam I finally gave up on that area and turned my attention to bead embroidering cabochons. I got some really lovely vintage 24mm cabochons in a gorgeous burgundy and now I'm all set!

Here are the earrings. The seed beads are Toho colour PF551 -- Rose Gold. There are also rose gold Swarovski pearl drops and 6mm bicones in there :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bead embroidery pendant

I'm working on a new pendant - the focal cabochon is dragon agate and I've paired it with a crystal red magma Rivoli and rose gold seed beads. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Farfalle fever by Shelley Nybakke

Another Shelley Nybakke design, using peanut or farfalle beads and RAW. These are the bigger farfalle beads, the 3 x 6 mm ones, and they have a gorgeous weight and stitch up amazingly quickly!  I only had one tube of them (and I have massive wrists) so I made a narrower bracelet and I added a slightly ruffly netted edging of copper to the blue.  I will wear it with jeans :)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Richer Ruffles bracelet by Shelley Nybakke

I stitched up this gorgeous bracelet yesterday! It's the Richer Ruffles bracelet, by designer Shelly Nybakke and the instructions are available through her Etsy store.

It's a really cool design, but the finished bracelet is extraordinarily heavy, since it's all made from 8/0 seed beads!

My version is made on a base of black beads, with rows of gold lined matte crystal, dark bronze, a brown czech mix (Wheatberry, my favourite mix!)  and then a final row of various black, brown and copper fire polish beads in 3 and 4 mm.

I love how organic it is. I thought at first the ruffles would be floppy, but it's all very stiff.

The instructions are not terribly detailed but they're certainly good enough to follow. You should be familiar with even count peyote, both one and two drop.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Antique pink earrings

I was approached by Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia for an item for the silent auction at their Pink Spring Gala fundraiser  -- and this is what I've made.  I'm not a huge pink fan, but I do love the warm pinks of old silk lingerie.  I had recently bought some blush pink metallic 11/0s that are too cool to go with the rose gold findings I'm using for my wedding jewelry but they look fabulous with the antique rose rivolis! Clearly it was meant to be :)

14mm Antique Rose Swarovski rivolis
Toho Seeds Beads 11/0 Permanent Finish Galvanized Sweet Blush TR-11-PF552
15/0 silver seed beads
antique rose bicones
Swarovski crystal pearl drops in Rose Gold
The ear wires are the Shapely wires from beadsmaker's Etsy shop - they make any earring look amazing!

There's no pattern for these -- they're about as simple as earrings can be. I bezelled the rivoli with peyote, starting with 32 11/0s, added a third round of 11/0s then tightened each end of the peyote with two rounds of 15/0s. I added one more round of 11/0s in the middle row of the 11/0 peyote and added the drop and the ear wire.

Check out Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia for more information about their great work!