Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Russian Leaf Earrings - Mistletoe & Blizzard Blue

I have blogged before about both of these colorways but I put different designs on them this time and I like to keep a photo record of every unique beaded project that I make. Both pairs will be a gift for someone.

  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Light Pewter" (DB1851)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Silver Lined Matte Dyed Mistletoe" (DB2190)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)

I previously blogged about this green colorway HERE and I have a color chart for the design that I used this time HERE. Below you can see what my first pair looked like.

  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Gold" (DB1832)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Silver Lined Matte Dyed Blizzard Blue" (DB2176)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Gold" (4202)

I blogged about this blue colorway HERE. The only change that I made this time was to add the gold crosses in the centers. Below you can see my first pair without the crosses.

To learn how to make "Russian Leaf Earrings", watch Jill Wiseman's YouTube video tutorial HERE and download her free PDF HERE

Read THIS post where I explain how I finish and reinforce my Russian Leaf earrings. I also have information about how I stiffen my earrings in THIS post.

You can buy Delica beads at Red Panda, Aura Crystals, Supply Emporium and Jill Wiseman Designs.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Madrigal Bracelet - Lila Vega & Blue Luster

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • ZoliDuo beads "Alabaster Lila Vega Luster"
  • 3mm druks "Blue Luster"

I decided to go ahead and make a bracelet with these purple ZoliDuos even though the dye lots are a bit of a mess. Because ZoliDuos are smaller than Paisley Duos, I added one more motif this time. However, that actually made my bracelet a little too long for me so I think I will remake it without the extra motif and add jump rings and/or a slightly longer clasp to make it fit.

I also used Toho seed beads this time and they work just fine with this pattern. I just had to be careful whenever I added the center beads to each point because Toho beads are finicky when it comes to fitting between two seed beads in that way. That's due to them having straighter sides than Miyuki seed beads which are more rounded.

Sometimes it can be bothersome working with ZoliDuos because of them having a top and bottom as well as right and left beads. That's not the case with this pattern. As long as I picked up the beads right side up each time, they ended up facing the right way.

The "Madrigal Bracelet" pattern is by Deb Roberti and you can buy it HERE at Around the Beading Table or HERE on Etsy.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Madrigal Bracelet - Aztec Gold & Jet

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • Paisley Duo beads "Bronze Pale Gold"
  • 3mm druks "Jet Bronze Picasso"

First, I've got some great news. We finally got our air conditioning fixed! We had repairmen here three times last summer and none of them could find the problem. While doing some baking a week or so ago, I got fed up with the heat in the kitchen so I contacted the landlord again because I couldn't take it anymore. This time the repairman was able to find the source of the problem. There was an 80% blockage in the main duct that goes to the living room and kitchen. He removed the blockage and all is well again.

Since then I have tried three new bracelet patterns and this is the first one that I've made into a complete bracelet. The other two bracelet samples that I made feature Ginko beads.

The "Madrigal Bracelet" pattern is by Deb Roberti and you can buy it HERE at Around the Beading Table or HERE on Etsy. Unfortunately I only had enough Paisley Duos in this one color and even then I just barely had enough to make this bracelet fit me. It took 36 of them to fit my 6-inch wrist and I only have five beads left over so I couldn't make matching earrings. At least this is a pretty versatile colorway.

I would love to make one of these bracelets with ZoliDuos but I don't really want to buy any and have to deal with the right/left bead issue as well as the possibility of getting dye lots that don't match. I do have enough ZoliDuos in one color but my left beads look very different than my right beads which is a real drag.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

2-Hole Herringbone Bracelet Video

Hello everyone! I don't have any beadwork to blog about today but I just found out about a YouTube video by Jill Wiseman that I know you're going to want to watch. The "Half Tila Herringbone" bracelets that I have blogged about several times are one of the most popular bracelet designs on the Internet. I don't have my own pattern for making these bracelets because there are so many already available in PDF form as well as video tutorials.

Jill shows how to do this technique with SuperDuo beads but it also works the same with Half Tila beads and many other kinds of 2-hole beads. You will find her video HERE. She also has a free illustrated PDF file HERE. You can read about the two bracelets in my photos HERE and HERE.


Friday, June 7, 2019

Claudia Bracelet & Bethany Earrings - Suede Green & Petrol

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Vintage Copper" (55003)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Vintage Copper" (55003)
  • Cali beads "Pastel Petrol"
  • SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Light Green"

I'm pretty sure that I have used every Cali bead color that I have in my stash so this is probably the final "Claudia" bracelet. This time I paired the bracelet with a pair of "Bethany Earrings".

I don't currently have any other projects to blog about but I'm hoping to come up with some now and then throughout the summer. I have some birthday present beading to do but they are all bracelets and earrings that I have previously blogged about. Although I won't be posting often, I will pop in whenever I've got something to show you.

Also, thanks to all of my wonderful readers, my blog is going to hit 8 million all-time pageviews sometime in the next two weeks. I started this blog on January 28, 2014.

Download my free "Claudia Cali Bead Chain" pattern from THIS post. You can download my free "Bethany Earrings" pattern HERE.
You'll find a nice assortment of Cali beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE.

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Vintage Copper" (55003)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Vintage Copper" (55003)
  • SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Light Green"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pearl Coat Steel Blue"


Monday, June 3, 2019

Taking a break...

I was going to do some beading today but I've decided to give up on beading until later in the fall when it's cooler. Beading when it's this hot takes all the fun out of it. We live in Texas and it's 95 degrees today and we have no air conditioning. Well, we do have air conditioning but as of last summer it no longer cools the parts of the house where we spend all of our time during the day, namely the living room and kitchen. It works fine in the bedrooms and bathrooms but no air conditioning comes out of the vents in the main parts of the house.

The landlord sent someone out to look at it three times last year but they can't find anything wrong with the system, which is only three or four years old. They even replaced all of the ducts in the attic last summer and it made no difference. This is a very small house and there is no place in any of the bedrooms to do my beading. We do have several fans in the living room but they're not enough to compensate for how hot it gets in here on sunny days. We keep the living room blinds closed during the day to keep it cooler in here so I have to use a lamp while I'm beading. Even with LED bulbs in the lamp, it still gives off a lot of heat. I really hate to give up my beading but I don't see any point in doing it if it's not enjoyable. I will try to squeeze in some beading time whenever we have a rainy or very cloudy day when it's not quite so hot.


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Claudia Bracelet & Corundum Earrings - Raku Mix & Pewter

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • Cali beads "Green Turquoise Travertine"
  • SuperDuo beads "Raku Mix"

This "Raku" SuperDuo mix has been around for years but I only recently bought a tube of them in a local bead shop. They would be wonderful for making a "Mystery Bracelet" and I will likely do that sometime. In the meantime, I had these turquoise Cali beads that are exactly the same color as the turquoise SuperDuos in the mix so I made this "Claudia Bracelet" and a matching pair of "Corundum" earrings. I have one more "Claudia" colorway that I would like to make and then I will move on to something else.

Download my free "Claudia Cali Bead Chain" pattern from THIS post. You can buy Kelly's earring pattern HERE in her Etsy shop or watch her YouTube tutorial HERE. You'll find a nice assortment of Cali beads at Queen City Bead on Etsy HERE. Supply Emporium has the "Raku Mix" SuperDuos HERE.

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Raku Mix"
  • SuperDuo beads "Pearl Luster" (no longer available)