Monday, July 09, 2018

Russian spiral rope necklace - a quick beading project


I have an extremely busy summer ahead of me, including lots of things that have nothing to do with beading, jewelry, and art!  So I decided a few weeks ago that my summer project was going to consist of a series of beaded ropes that I could work on a little bit at a time without having to figure out what I meant to do next each time I pick them up!



I started with a Russian spiral variation that was taught in the June issue of Beadwork by Carol Ohl.  You can find instructions for plain Russian spiral at this link, but I like Carol's version better since you can get almost a plaid effect with it.


I used size 11/0 seed beads and size 15/0 seed beads for the rope.  When I got is as long as I wanted, I narrowed both ends slightly with size 15s and slipped the rope onto a cord.  As you can see, I used 18 gauge copper wire to wrap the ends of the cord around the closed rings for an S clasp.

Easy-peasy, a little at a time, finished!



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Monday, July 02, 2018

Beadwoven flower pendants from dagger beads


I don't often make pieces using other people's instructions, but I had to make an exception for this pretty little pendant that Nora Toth designed for the June 2018 issue of Bead&Button!  Above on the right is the one that I made following her instructions, but then I decided to change it up slightly.  I didn't really like how the back row of daggers was covered, even though it does make the flower wonderfully full.  So I made a second one, shown on the left, using shorter beads for the top row.  Since the leaves that I used were thicker than the daggers, I used only one bead in each top spot rather than the two that the original directions call for. 

Either way, the pendant is very pretty.  A few weeks later, though, I ended up reworking the blue one, as shown below.  I would recommend pips, leaves, or chilis for your top row of petals if you want to make it like I did.   



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Monday, June 25, 2018

Lilac button bead embroidered pendant - a tutorial


This sweet little bead embroidered pendant is a great match for the pink lavender color that is everywhere this Summer!  So of course I had to dig it out, both from my jewelry stash and also from my jewelry tutorial stash :-)  I might change out the ribbon to get a bit closer to the color below, but then again, a little less matchy-matchy is better contrast!  The tutorial is at the link.



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