Sunday, December 21, 2014

Newest Rivoli Design

My latest addition of the leaf design with a 12M Swarovski rivoli. The leaf was made slightly larger to balance the larger rivoli. The delica bead colors are matte silver and galvanized silver. Between the rivoli and leaves I inserted a Swarovski crystal bicone for added sparkle. It's not apparent against the white background.

Two words for the outcome of this design - just gorgeous!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Beads are Art

More delica seed bead colors for this design. 

I have enlarged this design for a 14M rivoli. Stop back for a look at this one!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Designs-Exploring With Delica Seed Beads

A week filled with Delica bead designs. The earring length is approximately 2-1/4 inches long. This is a two-side leaf design that looks identical on the backside. 

A classic black and silver combination that is visually eye catching. 

In the next picture you can see I changed up the back side pattern. The design could be unhooked and reversed because the midnight black rivoli does not have the backside film that filters out the light.  

Last, but not least. I had a few of these blue square beads left in my stash that paired nicely with the nickel 8/0 beads.

These are a short dangle earring that also look identical on the backside. The earring length is approximately 1-1/4 inches. More than likely these will be in reserved for a holiday gift. If they don't make the cut I will put them in my shop. Stay tuned...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Peridot Rivoli Gold Fans

Another sparkling design today are these Peridot Rivoli Gold Fans.This free form design caused me a stutter step upon completing the second pair. There was a noticeable size difference in the drop space.  I was pretty sure I knew what I did wrong, so I did the needful by ripping the fan apart. Honestly, it was a frustrating thought, but I took the plunge again with success. What I have learned? I have learned that I must complete both earrings at the same time to obtain symmetry 100% of the time. 

The fan width is approximately 1 inch. The length is 1-1/2 inches. 

These Peridot Rivoli Fan Earrings are for sale in my shop today for $24.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Winter Rivoli Fans

It started with beading around a rivoli. Lots of fun with this design. I even wrote it down so I can remember it again.

The earrings are listed in my shop for the holiday shopping spirit. 

For the holiday shopping season I am offering 20% of everything in my shop. Coupon code is Save20. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Starzy Eleganze Tutorial On Hold

I am at a crossroad as to whether I will offer this design as a tutorial. The hesitation is this design falls squarely at an intermediate level.  Beading the star is relatively easy. The skill level is raised to intermediate in my mind because all 4 stars need to be exactly alike in size and thread tension. I will admit my own sense of perfectionism causes the static in my decision. When I branched out to this area a few years ago it was important to me that any beading enthusiast that purchases one of my personal designs is totally satisfied with their experience. I will give it some more thought through the holiday season.

In the interim, I took to learning the Russian Leaves. I have always liked this bead foundation. I found a straightforward YouTube video by Jill Wiseman.  I used 11/0 gunmetal delicas and 11/0 galvanized silver seed beads for the edges.

This pair turned out fine, but I think I want to work at making a double layer to accomplish a firmer foundation. See you soon.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Week With Starzy Eleganze Pattern

Continuing from last week's working pattern is a few more prototypes of what I hope to be a tutorial by the end of the month.  When I create a new bead pattern I spend many hours recreating the design. I move the threads differently through the bead pattern to ensure I have attained the easiest method for my audience. I try different thread weights and types as well as bead colors.  

I started this design in a long earring, but I am now cutting it back to a shorter design for the showcase piece. I will offer the long option in the pattern, but I think the appeal will be for the shorter version.  

To create a 3-dimensional look I used three seed bead colors. This pair is approximately 2-3/4 in length.  They look wonderful with shoulder length or longer hair.  I am not sure how a pixie cut would feel about this length.

I shortened up this pair by one bead length bringing them to a length of 

Last, and my favorite length are these silver beauties.  The beaded bead adds enough length to bring this pair up to 1-3/4. 

The pair I am working on today will have a blue faceted crystal in place of the beaded bead. I will also begin shooting the pictures for the step-by-step instructions. Stay tuned....

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Starzy Eleganze

A beautiful holiday earring idea happened upon me today. I made a two-sided star so that they look exactly the same on both sides.  The length is approximately 2-3/4 inches. An earring this long will typically twist and turn so the two sides will correct the look. I tried them on with my hair up in a pony tail and down. They are truly elegant with short or long hair.

I staged them in this photo with a few of my beaded beads. See the beads next to the earring I can envision them complimentary necklace.

This pair turned out so awesome I am working on another pair in anticipation of putting together a tutorial.  See you soon with the next pair!