Finally Finished With Beaded Pillow Beads

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OMG!! What a project.

But I was determined to see it through to the end. These little beaded beads really were a challenge. Each one took 30 minutes to make when I first started. Near the end, I was able to reduce that time by half.

I made almost 80 of them. Can you believe that!!

  • 40 for the necklace
  • 22 for the bracelet
  • 12 for 3 pairs of earrings
  • two I ended up not needing

Remember me showing you this picture? I decided to go a different direction.

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Went with a stacked look instead of stringing them lengthwise.

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To bring out the fuchsia color of the seed beads, I added Swarovski Cosmic crystals. Also used fuchsia crystal connectors with the clasp. Toggle bar has little crystals on the tips. Can you see them?

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Earrings were easy to make. I made three pairs. I only have pictures of two. Forgot to take photo of the 3rd pair. They are similar to this first photo. (OH!! I do have a picture of the third pair. Look up top at the first photo.)

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And lastly. The BRACELET. Sigh. :(

Trying to find a clasp which didn’t add several inches to the length was so frustrating. I tried about five different styles. Going from a high up bead to a low flat clasp just didn’t work. It looked off balanced. So I ended up making my own clasp from seed beads and a Swarovski Cosmic crystal.

Here’s how I created it.

I cut a 36″ length of no.12 stringing wire. Strung seed beads in the center of the wire and went through the crimp, bicone, beaded beads and green glass beads. (See photos)

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On the opposite end, I continued with the wire through bicone, crimp and seed beads. Then crossed over the wires through the Cosmic crystal and then back down through everything.

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So… the tip of the day is this. When you can’t find a clasp you really love, make your own.


Pattern for the beaded pillow beads can be found in More Seed Beads Stitching by Beth Stone.

From My New Book: Beaded Pillow Beads

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My new craft books, I told you about, arrived several days ago. I flipped through them looking at the projects. Some seem easy enough. Some will be a challenge.

What did I try first?

Little beaded pillow beads from More Seed Bead Stitching, pages 91-92, by Beth Stone.

To tell you the truth… I didn’t GET it until the 4th try. As usual, I thought the author had made a mistake. So I ignored one of the steps. After the third try, I said, what the heck!! Do as it said. OK!! Ended up with these.

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I used 6/0, 8/0 and 11/0 seed beads per the book.

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They make up tiny. About a half inch. I will try them without the 11/0’s to see how much bigger they make up.

I really like the look of my “mistake” so I tried to duplicate it. The 2nd one kind of looks like the first though it feels different. Not as tight. I remember what I did wrong so I’ll make a couple more. I am thinking earrings. Maybe connect two and dangle them.

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And of course, I went off, way off, on my own. With a little practice, I think I can get these to line up straight. But they need to be larger, much larger.

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So far, this is one idea I have. Using Swarovski crystals. Not sure if I want a necklace with pillow, crystal, pillow, crystal, and so on. Might be too much green.

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What do you think?

Lampwork Beads in Turquoise and Caramel. Yum!!

Aren’t these colors delicious looking!! I love them. When I first saw these lampwork beads, I had to have them. Bought 6.

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Got them in the mail. Fell in love all over again. Bought 21 more.

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Sorry I guess I didn’t want to leave too many for the rest of you. :D

BUT… there’s still plenty left. Should I buy them all up?? I have lots of ideas.

http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Lampwork-Square-GreenCaramel-14mm_p_1827.html


And I got a few of these. No ideas yet. Just like the look of them.

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http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Lampwork-Disc-Bead-BlackRed-with-Gold-Swirl-20mm_p_1834.html

Auntie’s Beads is fast becoming my new BFF!!

Pearl Clusters and Butterflies

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Hot off the press!! You are the first to see!!

More basic spiral stitching but now my creative juices have kicked in. I created the necklace first using 8/0 seed beads in red, black and gunmetal gray. Core color is red.

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I alternated between spirals and pearl clusters. Clusters consist of dark gray and light gray pearls. With some black and red glass beads added in.

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Dark gray pearls are Swarovski in three different sizes.

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You want to know why I like the spiral stitch so much?

Because it is forgiving. I can use imperfect beads for the core beads. I can use leftover beads for the spiral. As long as the color and size match what I am creating, I can sneak them in. Such an excellent way to use up some of my “sitting stash”. When I was searching through my beads looking for anything red, gray and black, that’s how I found the light gray potato pearls. I had forgotten all about them.

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I used the same clasp for both the necklace and bracelet. A hammered metal toggle. Got them from Auntie’s Beads. Also got the black jump rings from there. Aren’t they great!! They blend in perfectly with the beads.

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Love those butterflies!! I may have to buy more.

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Two More Spiral Necklaces and a Button Bundle

Busy, busy, busy. That’s been me for the last 2 weeks.

First, I had to take a time out for hubby’s family reunion which was two weekends ago. Friday through Sunday. Of course, the Queen Procrastinator that I am, I had lots to still do on the days leading up to it. So, hard as it was to neglect my beads, no crafting got done.

I had been working on the lavender spiral necklace I told you about. And was just about finished when I felt the urge to rip it apart. Something just wasn’t right. I liked it when I started. I hated it when I was near the end. I think it was the color. Too much lavender.

Here’s the old one. The one I took apart.

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Here’s the 2nd version. I am happy with this one.

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Using the dark plum (almost black) iridescent core beads also as spiral beads balanced the lavender color. And I added a separate strand of black Swarovski crystals. Large rondelles and smaller round crystals. With lavender seed beads as a filler.

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Both necklaces measure 54″. Over the head style for the spiral rope and a silver clasp on the crystal strand.

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I created this “Button Bundle” to gather all the strands together. Button can be worn anyplace on the necklace. I took photos of the button at the bottom and on the side.

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To make the Button Bundle, I strung 8/0 seed beads in the back and through the button holes. And sewed them to a silver magnet.

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Easy on, easy off. Move it wherever you want. Cool, huh!! Just one of the many ideas floating around inside my head. It probably works best with huge buttons. To hide the magnet.


I also made this lime and plum spiral necklace. Using 8/0 seed beads. Core beads are plum. And lucky me!! I had round glass plum beads which matched perfectly with the plum seed beads. So I made a separate strand with the glass beads.

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Both strands measure 46″. Over the head style for the spiral necklace and a silver clasp for the strand of plum glass beads.

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You would think I’d be tired of the spiral stitch about now. Nope. Not. I am going to make up more. As soon as I decide which color will be the core and which colors will be the spiral.

Spiral Stitch Bracelet and Earrings

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Finished!! These go with the necklace I made last week.

Bracelet can be worn separately or connected to the necklace to make it longer. And I made a matching pair of earrings.

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Can you believe I still have quite a bit of bronze and topaz seedbeads left. After making all of these.

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I guess I bought too much. I have cleared these colors off my work table and stored them away for the time being. Maybe I will bring them back out in the fall.


What color is on my work table now, you might ask?

Lavender. Pretty lavender.

Making a one piece spiral stitch necklace. My plan is to make it long enough to wrap several times. I’ll keep going until one of three things happen. Boredom sets in. I get sick of looking at the color. Or I run out of seed beads.

Oops. Just remembered. I haven’t taken ANY photos of it. I need to go do that now. I have about 25″ completed.

What are you working on?

Wood Flowers, Watchfaces and Vinyl Tubing

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Add these together with a few seedbeads and what do you get?

Cute necklaces!! 3 of them. Orange, white and royal Blue.

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I still have a bit of work left to do on them. They need clasps. And I need to figure out how to connect the watchfaces to the wood flowers. I have several ideas. Just need to see which works best. I won’t use glue. I don’t do glue. It hates me.

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See the washers. I used 80 of the small #6 size. Came out really nice. I was surprised. These are the washers hubby got for me last year. Can’t believe it took me a year to come up with an idea.

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Watchfaces are temporarily attached with stringing wire. Until I come up with a permanent way to connect them.

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This orange one will be different from the others. I cut an 11″ piece of tubing for the front. Back half will be chain links.

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I am just about out of vinyl tubing. Have enough to make a bracelet. Though I really like making these necklaces, not sure if I will buy more tubing. I bore quickly. Time to move on to something different.

Learning the Basic Spiral Stitch

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For some reason, I thought this stitch would be hard. It isn’t. At least the one I am learning isn’t. The basic spiral stitch. After the initial beads to get started, it is just add one color A and three color B. That’s it!!

I used up some small lengths of beading thread to practice. They came out good enough to use. Not long enough for a complete one piece necklace or bracelet. I had an idea for loops. Circles. I like loops and circles. So I made a loopy necklace.

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Beaded toggle can be worn on the side or in the back. I love making these beaded toggle bars. I made this one really skinny. String 14 beads (flat even count peyote) and sew 4 rows (4 beads at the top and 4 at the bottom). It was tight zippering the sides but it came out great. I usually do 5 rows but think from now on, I’ll just do 4. Seems sturdier.

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Seedbeads are 8/0 in bronze and root beer (topaz). Core beads are topaz. They are hard to see in the photos but really pretty.

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I have enough gold links to make a bracelet. I think I will make it so it can be used to extend the necklace and make it longer. So it can be worn as 2 pieces (necklace and bracelet) or just a long necklace. Thinking… always thinking.

Bracelet With Angel Charm For A Friend

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Want to see what I made for a friend? She loves angels. I had three angel charms to choose from and thought of adding them all. But less won out.

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She doesn’t wear many bracelets since she said her wrist size is larger than most store bought ones. I made this an inch longer than the normal size. Hope it fits. And if not, no worries. It doubles as a necklace. Add the extra length of chain. I used the exact same toggles.

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I’m mailing it tomorrow. She should have it by week’s end. Hope she likes it!!

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New Watchface Bangle


Just finished this peach watchface bangle earlier today.

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I showed you how I had bezelled around the face. Here’s the BEFORE.

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I turned it into a bangle since the single strand of beads I wanted to go around the face wouldn’t stay put. Always a Plan B with me, isn’t it? Thank goodness!!

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I am working on many other things. You should see my work space. A mess. It is like when the clock strikes on the hour, I switch up to something different. One hour for you. Next!! :D