Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Bridges Bracelet - Alabaster Senegal

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Senegal"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Opaque Gold and Smoky Topaz Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Chalk Bronze" (see note below)
  • 12mm Czech flower button "Golden Pink Picasso"

Claire from Supply Emporium sent me some of these cute Czech flower buttons so that I could try making a button and loop clasp like she uses on a lot of her bracelets. It worked quite well except that I made my bracelet slightly too short. When I use magnetic clasps on my bracelets, I have some leeway because I can add extra jump rings if they come out a little snug. With a button and loop fastening, you have to guess right on the length or make the bracelet over again. If I were to add another motif it would come out too long. So, my plan is to add another little section of four seed beads and a fire polished bead on the end near the button.

NOTE: I have only seen these SuperDuos in one Etsy shop and they no longer have them in stock.

You can buy Claire's "Bridges Bracelet" pattern HERE. You'll find the Czech flower buttons HERE.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Funky Tangles

Today's assortment of tangles are quirky and fun.

I found "8 'n wings" at HERE. I have no idea what I would use this one for but it was fun to draw. They look like alien eyes, don't they?

"Beadle Joos" is by Anya Lothrop CZT. The pattern is on her blog HERE.

This tangle has almost the same name as the last one. It's called "BTL Joos" and you'll find the pattern on Sandy Steen Bartholomew's blog HERE. I know of two YouTube videos for this one, HERE and HERE.

"Dragonair" is from the Fairy Tangles blog HERE. It's one of the tangles that is featured in THIS YouTube video and there's also a tutorial video HERE.

I found the step-out for this one called "Pepper Tanglation" on Pinterest but I don't know who the designer is.

"Tata Ully" is by Marisa Dimidiuk and is on HERE. There are also a couple of video links there.

I found a cute miniature easel at Hobby Lobby the other day. It's the perfect size for displaying a Zentangle tile on my computer desk.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Playing with my beads...Russian Leaf Earring samples

  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Gold" (DB1832)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Black" (DB10)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Red" (DB723)

My sister-in-law also asked me to make some Russian Leaf earrings for her in red and black. I made the sample on the left first. I like the wide black stripe along the outer edge but the black became nearly invisible when I put the earring on. I decided to make another sample with gold beads around the outer edge and I think they help define the shape of the earring.

Watch Jill Wiseman's YouTube video tutorial HERE to learn how to make Russian Leaf earrings similar to these and download her free PDF HERE. You can buy Delica beads at Baubles & Beads, Red Panda, Aura Crystals and Supply Emporium on Etsy.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Bridges Bracelet - Orchid Aqua

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Hematite" (81)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Hematite" (81)
  • Silky beads "Alabaster Lila Vega"
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Stone Amethyst Luster"
  • SuperDuo beads "Polychrome Orchid Aqua"

Today's bracelet is another colorway made with Claire's new "Bridges Bracelet" pattern which you can buy HERE at Supply Emporium. Claire has the 11/0 seed beads HERE, the Silky beads HERE and the Superduos HERE.

I had a little trouble making this bracelet even though I had no issues with the one that I blogged about yesterday. I had a hard time getting my needle through some of the 3mm fire polished beads by about the third time passing through them. Next time I make this bracelet I will use Fireline instead of Nymo D thread.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Bridges Bracelet - Turquoise Amber Picasso

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Bronze Antique Gold" (225)
  • Silky beads "Turquoise Amber Picasso" (Supply Emporium)
  • 3mm fire polished beads "Turquoise Amber Picasso" (Supply Emporium)
  • SuperDuo beads "Blue Green Stone aka Chalk Lumi Green aka Chalk Lazure Blue" (Supply Emporium)

My friend, Claire, has finally finished the lovely bracelet pattern that I told you about in THIS post. The pattern is for sale in her Etsy shop HERE. She also has a bead pack that you can buy that contains all of the beads and supplies needed to make the bracelet in the photo on the pattern. The pattern is sold separately and is not included in the bead pack. The pattern is super easy to make and it includes instructions for adding a button clasp. I didn't have a suitable button so I put a magnetic clasp on mine.

I showed you the sample above in my previous post about Claire's pattern. I used most of the same beads to make today's bracelet but I changed the seed beads and only used SuperDuos in one color instead of two. Since Claire's pattern works best with Toho seed beads, I decided to use one of my favorite Toho metallic colors which is Metallic Bronze Antique Gold. Supply Emporium has these 11/0 seed beads HERE and in 8/0 HERE. I had used Miyuki dark bronze beads in the sample and it came out a little warped because the seed beads were too small.


Friday, September 15, 2017

Playing with my beads...Another Black & Red Fringe Earring Sample

  • 8/0 seed beads "Matte Black" (no info available)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Black" (DB10)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Dyed Opaque Red" (DB791)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Pear" (DB1131)

Back in August, I showed you some fringe earring samples HERE that I had made at my sister-in-law's request. She also saw another pair of fringe earrings that she liked on Etsy. As with the other ones, she wanted me to come up with a shorter version. This one came out quite well even though I used Delica beads instead of Czech seed beads like were used to make the original earrings. I was also able to shorten the fringe but still retain the character of the design. I still need to make samples of some Peyote Triangle Earrings and some Russian Leaf earrings for Jan's approval. She wants all of the earrings to be mainly in red and black.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

A few more favorite Zentangle Tangles

Here are five more of my favorite tangles.

This one is called "Floral Waves" and you'll find the pattern and a few video links HERE at I drew mine a little differently. Instead of the double line that goes down the center, I used a single line. I changed the order of the steps slightly and a single line worked better with my method.

I enjoy drawing grid patterns like this one called "Joust". I find the repetition to be relaxing. This design is by Urbanspinner and you can get the step-out on her Flickr page HERE. There is a YouTube video HERE.

"Trelina" is by Eni Oken. The step-out is from HERE on her blog. HERE are links to three YouTube tutorials for "Trelina".

"Twenty-one" is by Mariet and you'll find the step-out on her blog HERE. HERE is a link to a YouTube tutorial.

This fun tangle called "Vivid" is by Ina Sonnenmoser. Click HERE to get the step-out at her site. There are also links to three YouTube videos there.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A few favorite Zentangle Tangles

While waiting to get back to my beading, I've been spending some of my free time trying out lots of tangle patterns. In the process, I've found quite a few fun ones that I enjoy drawing very much. Instead of using official Zentangle tiles, I've been drawing on squares that I've cut from various colors of card stock. I draw my tangles with Micron pens and I sometimes add touches of color with colored pencils. Today and tomorrow I will show you a few of my favorites.

This pattern is called "Daisies Make Me Cross" and is by Helen Williams. I drew the variation that Helen shows at the bottom of THIS post on her blog. Melinda Barlow has a YouTube video that shows how to make this version HERE.

I love these adorable little critters called "Indy Rella" and they're fun to draw. This is one of the official Zentangle patterns. I haven't seen a step-out for this one anywhere but there are several YouTube tutorials for it HERE.

I can't seem to find a link to this pattern called "Jash" by J. Ashbee. The step-out comes up when I search Pinterest but the link always goes to a blog that is not public. I did find THIS YouTube video tutorial.

This tangle is called "Lichen". You can find the step-out and links to a couple of YouTube videos HERE at

"Oh Well" is from Melinda Barlow. You can find the step-out as well as three video links HERE.

This quirky tangle is called "Ojo". It's from Lara Williams, CZT and you can find the pattern at her Rock Paper Studio blog HERE.


Friday, September 1, 2017

September 2017 Calendar

Below is my calendar for September. I apologize for not posting any beadwork in so long. It just seems like so many things have come up in the past few months to keep me from having the time or inclination for beading. Just when I thought things would finally be back to normal so that I could get back into my beading routine, hurricane Harvey came along. My beading stuff is still put away and I just don't feel like spending my time making something frivolous like jewelry when so many people have lost everything here in Houston. I'm sure that I will get out of this funk soon so please bear with me.