Friday, June 7, 2019

Claudia Bracelet & Bethany Earrings - Suede Green & Petrol


CLAUDIA CALI BEAD CHAIN
  • 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.



BETHANY EARRINGS
  • 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


CLAUDIA CALI BEAD CHAIN
  • 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.




CORUNDUM EARRINGS
  • 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)





 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Claudia Bracelet with Cute & Easy Earrings - Hot Pink & Silver


CLAUDIA CALI BEAD CHAIN
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Full Labrador" (27000)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Full Labrador" (27000)
  • Cali beads "Full Labrador"
  • SuperDuo beads "Metalust Hot Pink"



I made this eye-popping colorway because these hot pink SuperDuos were about the only color I have that goes well with these silver Cali beads. I don't usually wear such bright colors so I assumed that I didn't have anything to wear this set with. As it turns out, I have one top that has exactly this shade of hot pink on it. There is a wide stripe near the bottom and also a thinner stripe higher up that is kind of hard to see in the photo below. In the photo the top has some brass "coins" sewn here and there on the front but I removed them shortly after buying it in a thrift shop. Because the brass bits are gone, the silver beads in the bracelet will look just fine with my top.


Download my free "Claudia Cali Bead Chain" pattern from THIS post. You can buy Cali beads at Queen City Bead.


 

CUTE & EASY EARRINGS
  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Full Labrador" (27000)
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Full Labrador" (27000)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki/Czech "Full Labrador" (27000)
  • SuperDuo beads "Metalust Hot Pink"
  • SuperDuo beads "Full Labrador"



I used the motif from Nunzia Scalpore's "Cute & Easy" bracelet tutorial to make these earrings. Read more about the video in THIS post. Watch the video on YouTube HERE.





Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Metallic Seed Beads - Beadwork Examples

Yesterday I blogged HERE about metallic seed beads and showed you sample swatches of the colors that I use the most. Today I am posting examples of bracelets that I've made using each color. There is only one seed bead color that I haven't used to make a bracelet and that is Miyuki's Duracoat Dark Gold (4203).

Miyuki/Czech - Crystal Full Labrador (CZ27000)


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Miyuki - Nickel Plated (190)


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Toho - Nickel Plated (711)


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Miyuki - Duracoat Silver (4201)


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Miyuki - Duracoat Light Pewter (4221)


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Miyuki - Duracoat Pewter (4222)


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Miyuki/Czech Aztec Gold (55127)


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Toho - Galvanized Starlight (557PF)


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Miyuki - Duracoat Gold (4202)


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Toho - Metallic Bronze Antique Gold (225)


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Toho - Antique Bronze (223)


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Toho - Bronze (221)


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Miyuki - Light Bronze (457L)


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Miyuki - Dark Bronze (457)


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Miyuki - Metallic Chocolate (461)


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Miyuki/Czech Black Bronze (CZ55030)


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Miyuki/Czech - Vintage Copper (01770)


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Toho - Metallic Potter's Clay (YPS0019)


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Toho - Transparent Montana Gold Luster (204)


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Toho - Metallic Hematite (81)


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Miyuki - Metallic Gunmetal (451)


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