Monday, May 30, 2016

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



You will find part one of this tutorial, where we make the bead embroidered components, at the link. Today, we're going to look at putting them together into a necklace with some basic wirework.

I like to make my necklaces adjustable so that I can wear them with as many different necklines as possible. These instructions will make a necklace that adjusts from 18 to 22 inches. Add or subtract chain to make yours the length you desire.


8.  Cut 15" of 22 gauge wire into 6 pieces, each 2 1/2". Turn a simple loop at the bottom of each piece, add a daisy spacer and approximately 12 small beads, top with a 2mm sterling silver round, and turn another simple loop at the top. Place a 6mm Swarovski bicone on each of 6 headpins. Top each with a 2mm sterling silver round, and make a wrapped loop around the bottom loop of each piece you just created.



9.  Cut the 6" length of chain into 6 equal pieces. Cut 21" of 22 gauge sterling silver wire into 7 pieces, each 3". Slide each piece of wire through a bead hole, easing it gently through your peyote stitched bezel. Place a 2mm sterling silver round on each end of the wire and create a wrapped loop around a length of chain. Using the 7 beads and 6 lengths of chain, wire them all together.



10.  Hang one dangle onto the middle of each of the 6 short chain lengths.




11.  Cut the larger chain into a 4" and a 5" piece. At each end of the beaded links, attach one of the pieces of chain to the last wrapped loop with a sturdy jump ring. Attach the hook to the shorter chain length, and add a dangle to the longer one by slipping the remaining Swarovski bicone, daisy spacer, and 2mm round onto a head pin. Add another bead or two if desired, and create a wrapped loop around the free end of the chain.


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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.  

Part two - the assembly


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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.


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.






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Friday, May 13, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!



Buddy Guy Saying
How many times has something turned out even better than you expected? Stitch this free chart to celebrate an unexpected windfall.

Recreate Balance and Art in 2016
Eileen's focus word for the year is 'Recreate' - to allow time for fun and feed her muse. What are your favorite forms of recreation? Are you doing them enough or are you punishing yourself like Eileen was?

Yarn Score!
See what the Crafty Princess picked up during her latest yarn shop visit!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews New Connections in Chain Mail Jewelry with Rubber and Glass Rings by Kat Wisniewski ! Superb book!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Yay for Shelley E!


Congratulations to Shelley E, who won a copy of Easy Jewelry Making!!

The best books on quilting and art quilts


These are not beginner's quilting books, but rather concentrate on designing beyond the simple pattern.  Many different techniques are covered...all of them are a feast for the eyes!  I will be adding to this list as I review more art quilting books, newer ones at the top.

Cutting-Edge Art Quilts by Mary W Kerr
Inspired to Design by Elizabeth Barton
Design, Create, and Quilt by Rose Hughes
Journey to Inspired Art Quilting by Jean Wells
Exploring Dimensional Quilt Art by C June Barnes
Creative Quilting with Beads by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
Masters: Art Quilts, vol 2
Fabric Art Workshop by Susan Stein
Embellished Mini-Quilts by Jamie Fingal
The Art of Fabric Collage by Rosemary Eichorn
The Quilting Arts Book edited by Patricia Bolton

Monday, May 09, 2016

My menagerie of beaded spark plugs!

RAW + Peyote beaded spark plug
Where to even begin?  Ok, we'll have to start with my recent obsession with the shape of spark plugs and my love of old grungy things.  


Once these grungy things are cleaned up (with the help of a stiff brass brush and some Dawn dish detergent), they are all set to become eye-catching jewelry.  Here are beaded examples of the results from my 6 months (and counting) obsession.  If you are familiar with the stitches, you can probably easily figure out how to stitch these yourself.  If you want tutorials, let me know which ones interest you the most.  Leave a comment, or email me directly at beadingarts at gmail dot com.

Next week I'll show you examples of the wired spark plugs I'm doing now.  Harley Davidson spark plugs, baby!

Albion stitch

Cellini spiral stitch

Peyote stitched cube

Peyote stitch

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Friday, May 06, 2016

heART beats from other blogs!



Decoupage Originals of Old Photos
If you don’t want to save them for posterity, here's how to decoupage the originals of vintage photos.

Doll & Craft Giveaway
Doll crafters, collectors, and non-doll crafters, the month of May means a giveaway!

Only 6 More Blocks to Go
Diamond 19 is posted and now we only have six more blocks to go in the SAL. Don't worry though, there will be another SAL to follow!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean reviews 60 Quick Cotton Knits The Ultimate Collection in Ulta Pima From Cascade Yarns ! See her blog for these airy, beautiful spring and summer cotton accessories in a myriad of colors which you can knit in a flash!


Thursday, May 05, 2016

Yay! "Waves" found a new home!

This piece from many moons ago found a new place to live, and hopefully will be loved and worn often. Did you know jewelry gets lonely if it isn't shown enough affection?  :-)

Waves: glass and stone

SOLD
An undulating spiral of seed beads is woven to be reminiscent of the ocean waves.  Waves is lightweight and beautifully adjustable from 20 to 24 inches because of the chain closure.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Book giveaway: Easy Jewelry Making



Ready for another great beginner's book?  I posted my review for this one last Spring, and somehow forgot to get around to the giveaway...shame on me!  Better late than never though...

Here's a book that I think people of all skill levels will enjoy, because there are so many different projects by so many different designers, using all kinds of techniques.  It's published by Kalmbach, so you just know the instructions will be super-clear to follow!


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 11, 2016

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Attic Treasure - for sale

Vintage Plastic "MOP" bracelet links,
glass beads, and sterling clasp
$35
The next piece looking for a good home is Attic Treasure, shown above.  I wrote and shared a tutorial for a similar piece that I wear all the time back in 2008!

Attic Treasure is a beautiful shimmering double-strand of luster glass beads, plastic "mother-of-pearl," and silver. Salvaged from a broken vintage bracelet, the MOP links create a curve which causes the necklace to lie perfectly around your neck. This is a design that can never be duplicated! The total length is 19 inches, close to choker length.

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


Monday, May 02, 2016

Dutch spiral earrings


Last week, I showed you how to stitch up a Dutch spiral tube.  If you stitch a short length with a slight increase in accent bead size in the middle, and a decrease on each end, you get something that looks like the beaded beads shown above...perfect for earrings!

Here's how I rigged them up:

Materials & Tools

2 beaded beads (Dutch spiral or other)
2 ear wires
2 head pins
2 lengths of wire, 3 - 4" each
4 small crystals or rounds (3 or 4mm)
2 large crystals or rounds (5 or 6mm)

Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Small file





1. Place large crystals on head pins and turn a wrapped loop.

2. Turn a wrapped loop at one end of each length of wire.


3. Thread the wire through a beaded bead, sandwiched between two of the smaller crystals.


4. Attach dangling crystal with a turned loop.  Open the earring wire's loop and attach to the top of the earring.

Here is another pair, the ones I showed you last week.  They are slightly smaller than this pair.  You can make them as long (and as fat!) as you want.


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