Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Recent publications: May 2016



Bead Pendants & Necklaces: 20 Beautiful Jewelry Designs by Susan Beal

Etsy: Complete Beginners Guide To Starting Your Etsy Business Empire - Sell Anything! by Veronica Mckinnon

Brick Stitch Seed Bead Earrings: 21 patterns. Coloring book by Galiya

Bead-Making Lab: 52 explorations for crafting beads from polymer clay, plastic, paper, stone, wood, fiber, and wire by Heather Powers

Discover Torch Enameling: Get Started with 25 Sure-Fire Jewelry Projects by Steven James

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Picture jasper choker necklace - for sale

Picture jasper, brass coin, ceramic beads 
$30
The next piece looking for a good home is this 15 inch choker necklace featuring a pretty donut of picture jasper and an interesting brass coin.  Please note the length...this looks great with scoop and crew neck tops!

Hit the button above, or leave me a comment if you are interested...comments are moderated, so it won't be posted :-)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Blue rainbow - a bead embroidery and wirework tutorial for beginners - part one


These beautiful blue fused glass beads just seemed to speak for themselves when I first saw them. The dichroic sparkle and color shift is mesmerizing, and I really didn’t want to design anything that would detract from them. I finally settled on placing each bead into a simple seed bead bezel and accenting them with alternating dangles of crystals.  My friend Jeanne Kent made the beads, and I just love her style!

If this is the first time you've tried bead embroidery, I suggest that you download a free copy of the first chapter of my e-book, Every Bead Has a Story.  There are step-by-step photos, quite close up, of how to do the back stitch and edging brick stitch that are used here.

Part one covers how to stitch up the bead embroidery pieces.  Next week in part two, I'll share how to do the wirework that puts them all together!

Materials & Tools

14 2x2" pieces of ultra-suede
E6000
Fabric glue
7 flat-backed fused glass beads or cabochons
7.5 gram tube each of black, silver, and blue Delica seed beads
Black Nymo 0 beading thread
6 dozen assorted beads and crystals in matching colors, 4-6mm
7 blue Swarovski crystal bicones, 6mm
36" 22gauge sterling silver wire
6" small link sterling silver chain
9" medium link sterling silver chain
2 jump rings
7 head pins
27 sterling silver rounds, 2mm
7 sterling silver daisy spacers
Sterling silver hook

Long beading needles
Fabric scissors
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
File
Measuring tape

1.  Lightly glue each fused glass bead to the center of a 2x2" piece of ultra-suede using E6000 and let them dry.

2. If they are beads rather than cabochons, stitch each down to the ultra-suede for added security before beginning to embroider. Back stitch a line of black Delicas close to the base of the bead. Run your thread through all the Delicas and pull gently to snug it to the focal bead. Using peyote stitch, add two rows of black Delicas on top of this bottom back stitched row. [Note -- Depending upon how deep your bead is, you may have to add additional rows in black. You want the black seed beads to come up almost to the top of the focal bead.]

3.  Add a third row of peyote in blue Delicas and a final row in silver so that the blue and silver beads alternate around the top of the focal piece.

4.  Back down at the base of the focal bead, add a second back stitched row, working outward from the black foundation row, this time using blue Delicas. Run your thread through all the Delicas and pull gently to snug this row as well.

5.  Clip the ultra-suede close to this row of beads, being careful not to cut into any threads. Using just enough fabric glue to create a slight tack, attach another small piece of ultra-suede to cover your stitching. The glue will only be holding them together while you do the final stitching. Don't use much or you'll stain the ultra-suede where it seeps through. Let it dry. Cut the bottom layer of ultra-suede even with the top piece.

6.  Stitch on the edging row using edging brick stitch. This technique leaves the beads standing up with their holes facing outwards.



7.  Add silver Delicas between each of the black Delicas of the edging row by weaving your needle in and out of the holes. Secure the thread in the work and clip off the end.   


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Friday, May 20, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!



Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews Wee Garter Stitch, Must Have Knits for Modern Babies & Toddlers by Vickie Howell--it is sweet and cool, all at once!

Diamond 20
So exciting - only five more to go! Stay tuned for info about the next free SAL.

Newsletter
The Crafty Princess Diaries newsletter is back.

Bargain Bead Box May 2016 Creations and What to do with Cruise Freebies
Jewelry creations made with May 2016 Bargain Bead Box from the Bead Box Bargains. I also share an idea to use some of those freebies you get while cruising.

Card Map: Things That Fly or Float
Download your choice of vertical or horizontal version of Eileen's card map: things that float or fly. Think butterflies, bees, falling leaves or snowflakes. Then follow directions to make cards for many occasions.


Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Book giveaway: 18 Beaded Jewelry Projects


And yet another great book full of new projects that I'm giving away this Spring!  You can check out my review here, and then leave your comment to win this book!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!! 

Would you like a great book full of new projects this Spring?  Here's what you need to do...please read this carefully. Leave me a comment here and include your email address. If I don't see your email address, I will not contact you. No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person. You are welcome to spell it out if you'd prefer, for example, beadingarts at gmail dot com. If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice! Deadline: May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Turquoise necklace - for sale

Turquoise, glass, sterling silver
$40
This is an adjustable necklace which slips over your head and then tightens all the way down to 16 inches, if that's your style!  The turquoise stone donut pendant is complimented by the glass beads, sterling silver wire and beads, and black cording.

Hit the button above, or leave me a comment if you are interested...comments are moderated, so it won't be posted :-)


Monday, May 16, 2016

My wired spark plugs



If you missed it, I shared my beaded spark plugs last week.  But that's not the only thing I've been doing with them.


Ta dah!  A wonderful friend gave me a bunch of spark plugs used in Harley Davidson bikes, and the girlie beaded designs just seemed so...wrong...  But wrapping them in copper, colored copper, and galvanized steel just seemed so right!

Do you want to learn how to make any of these?  Leave me a comment or email me directly, beadingarts at gmail dot com.






Copyright 2016 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.
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