Monday, September 28, 2015

A Peyote Triangle Remake

A basic peyote pattern with a spot of color. This Swarovski crystal rivoli is called Padparadscha. The best way to describe this color is pinkish orange. 

This design is a great way to add birthstone colors. These earrings are for sale in my Preserve Studio shop on Etsy for $40.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Double Drop Sparkles

It's amazing how the change of seasons influences creativity. Cooler nights, sweaters early in the morning, a craving for comfort foods all indicate the "Festive" months are coming. I welcome the opportunity to begin using different seed bead color schemes. 

The black velvet background really displays this design nicely. However, they are even more awesome in natural light and florescent light because the twinkle.  

The drop length from the top of the ear wires to the bottom is about 1-1/2 inches.  Super lightweight on the lobe. The ear wires are 14K gold filled. They are listed in my Etsy shop for $35.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Rivoli Flower Tutorial

At last the the Rivoli Flower tutorial is available in both of my Etsy shops Preserve Studio and PJS Annex

The tutorial was 95% done when I first posted the notice. When the warmer weather came along I found a multitude of excuses why I did not have time to create the test pieces shown below. The emerald green crystals with galvanized silver is probably my favorite combination.

Second, would be the topaz, bronze and beige. What I like about both pairs is they replicate a vintage inspired style.  

I have a few ideas rolling around for new tutorials after September.  Stay tuned.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

What's New? Tutorial #15

I have been working on a new tutorial. Every so often I stop listing new items in my Etsy shop to create a tutorial.  I usually write the instructions on the first earring and shoot the pictures on the second. Then, I bring them both together in a narrative format with step by step photos.

I put the instructions to the test by following it again to create a second and third prototype. Once I am satisfied the wording is clear and concise beside each photo it is ready to go. The whole process takes me about 3 weeks. 

I will share the progress and the release date in the coming week.

Happy beading!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Can You Say Padparadscha

Padparadscha is a long name, but a beautiful pinkish orange rivoli by Swarovski. These earrings are made with a 10.5M rivoli and bronze Delicas. I used size 8/0 round seed beads in a beige luster.

I call this earring design "vintage inspired" because they have a retro style of the 50's and 60's. The pinkish orange glass is more beautiful than it portrays in the photo. These earrings are for sale in my Etsy Preserve Studio shop. Have a look at the other designs available under my moniker AlexaSteve.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Emerald Green

A gorgeous emerald green rivoli combined with bronze delica seed beads. I used matte green round seed beads as an accent. 

I added three bronze drop beads to finish the bottom edge. 

The actual length of these earrings is only 2-1/4 inches.  They look longer on this small scale clay model.