Monday, June 26, 2017

Pink yarrow, Flame, and Greenery pendant - part one

I'm really in love with the Pantone color palette for this Spring and Summer season.  Nice clear, bright colors, some of which remind me of what we sometimes call "sherbet pastels."  The pink and the orange are especially harmonious, as long as you like it bright.  Throw in a bit of the green, and you've got a bit of eye-popping complementary color to complete the tropical look!  I requested these beads and findings from Fire Mountain Gems, and they provided all of the materials used in this project.  (Pantone colors: Pink yarrow, Greenery, Flame)

This necklace also takes advantage of the popularity of this season's long statement pendants.  The project is easy to do, but it will use a lot of your jewelry-making skills.  Part one is today, and next week will be part two.

Materials + Tools

Bright pink agate focal
14mm crystal ultra green rivolis, 2
14mm antique brass plate links, 2
6mm wood rounds - pink, 1 pkg
8mm wood rounds - pink, 1 pkg
8mm wood rounds - orange, 1 pkg
8mm wood rounds - lime green, 1 pkg
3mm antique brass plate rounds, 1 pkg
7 1/2" floral chain, 1
Antiqued bail, 1
Antiqued cones, 2
Medium weight bead wire, bronze
4mm antiqued crimp covers, 4
2.5mm crimps, black, 6
2" head pin, black, 1
20 gauge Zebra wire, magenta, 16"
18 gauge brown wire, 6"
Nymo thread, size O, black
Rainbow opaque red seed beads, 8/0
Iris bronze seed beads, 11/0
Hot pink matte seed beads, 11/0

2-part epoxy resin
Hypo-tube cement
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Measuring tape
Alligator clips
Small file
Beading needle

1. Use 2-part epoxy resin to glue the rivolis into the links.

2. Squeeze bail tight around the agate slice (not shown).

3. Cut 12" of beading wire.  Using the alligator crimps to keep the wire from pulling through, string 4" of 8mm beads alternating with 3mm metal rounds on each side of the focal.  String enough 3mm rounds in the center to allow the bail to swing freely.  String both sides.

4. Use a crimp bead and a crimp cover to attach the wire to one side of the rivoli link.  Repeat on the other side.  Bury your wire through a few beads, tighten and clip the wire close.

5. Attach new wires to the top of each link using a crimp and crimp cover.  Each of these wires should be about 8" long.

6. String about 2" more of the 8mm alternating with 3mm rounds, and then switch to a single color of 6mm beads alternating with 3mm rounds.  String about 2" more of the smaller beads.  Cut 2 pieces of 18 gauge brown wire and turn a double loop at the bottom of each.  With the beading wire, go through a crimp, the turned loop, and back down through the crimp and several more beads.  Tighten the beading wire, flatten the crimp, and clip off the end of the beading wire.  Add a cone to the brown wire to hide the crimp.  Repeat on the other side.

7. Snip one of the links in the decorative bracelet chain to remove the clasp along with 3 or 4 links.  Using the wire on each end of the necklace, add a 3mm metal round and make a wrapped loop around the bracelet chain.  Do the same on the other end, adding the shorter piece of chain with the clasp (not shown). Use a head pin to create a dangle for the end of the long chain.  Attach it with a wrapped loop.

Next week, we'll fancy up the pendant a bit to make it more in keeping with this season's style!

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received the above products free of charge from Fire Mountain Gems in order to create a project free of charge for you.  The links above are affiliate links. 

Copyright 2017 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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BeadDreams winners!

There are stunning entries in all the categories for BeadDreams 2017, but I have to agree with the People's Choice winner...

Draco Volanti
Daryl Adams, 2017
Daryl's piece also won first place in the metalwork category!  See all the winners at the link above.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Orinoco Flow - a bead embroidery necklace

Orinoco Flow was featured in Sandra Salamony's publication 1000 Jewelry Inspirations, but somehow, I never ended up doing a tutorial for it.  I only have a few step-out photos, but even though it looks complicated, it isn't really that hard if you've got some basic bead embroidery skills already.

The center piece of turquoise was wrapped with wire as shown, and then was stitched to the foundation fabric (ultra-suede) around each wire.  I cut out the portion of fabric that showed through the center of the donut, and later also cut through the backing fabric in the same spot.

After I stitched down all the cabochons, I surrounded them with various numbers of rows of back stitch.  Then I began to fill in all the gaps with short stack stitches.  Besides seed beads (sizes 8/0, 11/0 and 15/0), I also used turquoise, amazonite, and pearls.  I used bright gold size 15/0 seed beads as stoppers on the top of each stack stitch so that there would be unity in the piece.

When the piece was fully stitched, I cut it out with a 1/8 inch edge, and then stitched the front to some backing fabric with edging brick stitch.  All of the stitches I used can be found in the free chapter of my e-book Every Bead Has a Story.  Go get yourself a copy if you don't already have it!

Free e-book chapter!

To assemble the final necklace, I added the dangles from the center on beading wire, used the edging brick to anchor the beaded portions of the straps, and added picots with size 15/0 seed beads through the rest of the edging beads around the outside.  I used smaller wired donuts to attach the multiple strand beaded portions of the straps to the single strands.  The chain makes it adjustable. 

This necklace will take you many hours to make (I think it took me about 30 hours) but it is oh so worth it!

Copyright 2017 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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Budget beads from Fire Mountain Gems - $3 and under!

$1 and under Beads

Get designer quality beads at a fraction of the cost; like the Bead, Peridot (natural), Mini Chip, Mohs Hardness 6-1/2 7. Sold Per 15-inch Strand. This gorgeous 15 inch strand will work with an array of styles and doesn't break the bank.
For the most out of your money, try the Bead, Millefiori Glass, Multicolored, Small Chip. Sold Per 34-inch Strand. This strand adds an array of color to any jewelry piece and is sold per 34 inch strand!

$2 and under Beads

With summer right around the corner, we're sure you and your readers have seasonal ideas on the brain. The Bead, Coral (bleached), White, 5x1mm-15x3mm Cupolini, Mohs Hardness 3-1/2 4. Sold Per 16-inch Strand adds that special something to any summer themed piece. Let your followers know not to delay! This 16 inch strand at an unbeatable price has limited quantities.
Keeping with the above summer theme, add a gorgeous teal blue pearl to your coral. The Pearl, Cultured Freshwater (dyed), Teal Blue, 8-10mm Flat-sided Potato, D Grade, Mohs Hardness 2-1/2 4. Sold Per 15-inch Strand is a perfect combination!

$3 and under Beads

A huge trend that's always popular this season is anything Boho. Have on-trend fun and save some cash with the Bead Mix, Antiqued Silver-coated Plastic, 12x9mm-22x13mm Mixed Shape Tribal Designs. Sold Per 2-ounce Pkg, Approximately 50 Beads. Add these to a fringed bag or make the perfect layering necklace for that go-to maxi dress.

Can't seem to find the perfect accessory for your LBD (Little Black Dress)? Then it's time to create the perfect one! Use the Bead, Glass Rhinestone Silver-finished "pewter" (zinc-based Alloy), Clear, 11x7mm Oval 6x3mm Hole. Sold Individually or Swarovski® crystals and silver-plated pewter (tin-based alloy), Pacific opal, 3-3.2mm rose montées with 0.4-0.6mm hole (53100), SS12 gem for an accessory that works for any special occasion.
There are so many options to choose from at any price range. Take a look and see what inspires you!

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads

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