Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fiddling With Beads

Fiddling with beads brings on a challenge, relaxation and sometimes frustration.  Sometimes a beader can have exhilarating results or a pile of cut threads and beads.  Not this time though. I took a pretty blue plastic oval bead and gave it a halo of silver and gold. 

You will find both pairs of earrings for sale in my Etsy shop this week.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Bracelet Remake

We have all broken a favorite piece of jewelry. That's what happens when you wear it all the time! This bracelet, or rather the old bracelet was gift. It was a knotted black pearl bracelet with the glitzy bow tie closure.  I thought about just restringing it exactly to the original design. Well, you can see I jazzed it up with a few beaded beads. It's better than new now!

As I contemplated the seed bead colors to use with this clasp it got me thinking that I should really look for garage sale or second hand shop jewelry I can disassemble for parts. 

There is lots of statement jewelry in today's fashion that can be bought, but that takes the fun out of solving the puzzle.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Peyote Triangle Flower Pattern

This weekend studio time was devoted to figuring out how to place these flowers in the peyote triangle pattern. The peyote triangle is super easy to learn. There are many websites that provide the basic instructions. Practice the stitch pattern and then try your hand at this pattern.    


-    Beading Needle
-    Fireline - 6lb.
-    11/0 Delica Seed Beads ( 4 colors)
-    15/0 Round Seed Beads (1 color) for last row.

You should have some prior experience or knowledge of how to bead a peyote triangle. These instructions are to complete the flower color pattern only.  

A = Blue   B = White  C = Red  D = Silver

Cut 3 feet of Fireline and thread needle with 6 inch tail.

1.    String 1A, 1B, 1C. Insert needle through first bead (1A) and draw up. Step up through next bead and pull circle tight into a triangle.
2.    String 2 beads (1A and 1B).
3.    String 2 beads (1B and 1C).
4.    String 2 beads (1C and 1A) Step up.
5.    2D, 1A.
6.    2D, 1B.
7.    2D, 1C Step up.
8.    2D, 1B, 1B.
9.    2D, 1C, 1C.
10.  2D, 1A, 1A Step up.
11.  2D, 1A,1B, 1C.
12.  2D, 1B,1C, 1A.
13.  2D, 1B, 1A, 1C Step up.
14.  2D, 1A, 1A, 1C, 1C.
15.  2D, 1B, 1B, 1A, 1A.
16.  2D, 1B, 1B, 1C, 1C Step up.
17.  2D, 1D, 1C, 1D, 1B, 1D.
18.  2D, 1D, 1A, 1D,1C, 1D.
19.  2D, 1D, 1A, 1D, 1B, 1D Step up.
20.  2D, 1D, 1A, 1A, 1C, 1C, 1D.
21.  2D, 1D, 1B, 1B, 1A, 1A, 1D
22.  2D, 1D, 1B, 1B, 1C, 1C, 1D Step up.
23.  2D, 1D, 1D, 1A, 1D, 1C, 1D, 1D.
24.  2D, 1D, 1D, 1B, 1D, 1A, 1D, 1D.
25.  2D, 1D, 1D, 1B, 1D, 1C, 1D, 1D Step up.

Ear Wire Loop: String 5D. Insert needle in next bead.

Next, begin adding the final round using the 15/0 round seed beads. These make a nice finish for the gaps in the beads. Be sure to only string 1 bead at each corner.  Reinforce the ear wire loop by going through all 5 beads again. Weave working thread and tail and snip threads.

Attach ear wire and wear them today!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sweet & Simple

In avoidance of spending too much of the summer inside beading I have been attracted to quick and simple bead patterns. No pressure on myself to invent something magical with beads. Here is a simple pattern in a peyote triangle using delica seed beads. The primary colors are shiny black, silver and stainless steel. The flowers are lavender, poppy and creme.

On the corner two bead pickup I have been adding a jump ring. This provides a nice way to incorporate a dangle.

These earrings are for sale in my Etsy shop today for $20. As always, every purchase is sent ready for gift giving.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Copper Up

A review of this week's earrings are these copper and cream peyote triangles. Peyote triangles by themselves seem to plain for my taste.  A simple pattern bead pattern and copper flower spacers spruced up the design. 

The creating never ends. As I look at these photos now I can see another improvement to the design.  A copper flower spacers close the ear wire hanger would finish of this design nicely!

Here is a look at another pair of earrings in cascading colors. I found them under a bead mat with other forgotten work pieces. I made them originally to showcase the earring Dome Motif Earring Tutorial

These earrings have been super hard to photograph. If I let too much light into the box the colors are washed out. The happy medium above at least shows the true colors.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Silver Up

I made several of these fine silver rings several months ago.  I seated the beaded beads on an angle in opposite directions to give them balance. They have an organic feel to them with the hammer marks lightly patina'd. 

These earrings have been listed in my Etsy Shop for $34.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Shop Sale - Inventory Reduction

It's time to reduce inventory. Come take a look at the sale section of my Etsy Shop. Everything is ready to ship. 

A Bronze And Brown ($14) seed bead medallions. These were a spin off of my Medallion Earring Tutorial.  I added a top layer of beads to create dimension.

These Butter Yellow ($16) earrings have been favored by 29 people. I am bewildered as to why they have never sold. Person number 30 these are waiting for you.

These Midnight Blue Pearl ($12) earrings were the prototype for my Glamour Earring Tutorial.  This tutorial has been a best seller.

I called these Sassy Earrings ($14) because the colors are so vibrant. I just listed them last week, but I think they are perfect for summer so they need to find a home.

There are many more selections. Please stop over for a look.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer Inspiration

A few items from my studio time this week. I turned the standard peyote stitched triangle into my own.

A jump ring stitched it into the corner of the bead pattern worked perfectly for a dangle bead. Of course, mine had to be a beaded bead.

Another version of my peyote triangle is this layered look. I even think a third smaller triangle would be awesome for a longer style. I attached them by adding a small sterling silver bead at the point. The tri-color is a wonderful combination!

I have made a few of these triangles in the past month and I discovered the best way to finish the edges is with 15/0 seed beads. The finish makes it look like a diamond chip.

Stay cool!