26 Months To Finish This!! No Way!!

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Way!!

I couldn’t believe it either. But it’s true. I looked back at my posting when I finished the necklace. April 15, 2008.

http://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/sneaking-beads/

No clue why I never finished the bracelet. Guess I wasn’t inspired.

Until now. My new stuff. My word charms did the trick.

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I have more of these peyote tube sections started. Have enough to make a 2nd bracelet. Hope it doesn’t take another 2 years!!

Steampunk: Project 1, Burgundy Timex

I think this will be the watch I will attempt Steampunk. Timex Electric. I have some of the pieces lined up. At least, this is my plan. But you know what happens when you try to design something. Having to make changes or adjustments as you go.

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You are probably wondering how I am coming along with my watch salvaging. Really good!! Half of them have been taken apart. Six or seven I decided to leave as is, just in case I can get them repaired. About 10 are being stubborn. I can’t for the life of me get the back case off. Those I will take to my neighborhood watch repair shop and ask them to do it.

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This is the one I am working on next. Upper right corner.

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Also, look at this great stuff I found on eBay. Cool, huh?

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Bead Soup: Spotlight Is Finished!!

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More designing frustration….

I just spent a week, on and off, making this bracelet. Beads sewn on the wrong side. One section larger than the section it connected to. Loops for clasp beads not lined up. Etc, etc. At times, I wanted to cry. But I kept going. I am so glad I stayed the course. It’s done. Finally.

Now I get to shout from the rooftops. All finished and ready for its closeup. I like the name Spotlight. Wearing this, all eyes will be on you.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Bracelet can be worn as a choker. I ran two lengths of royal blue satin cord through the end peyote tubes.

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See the matching ring. I made that too.

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I used Beadalon Elasticity for the clasp loop beads. I didn’t want the loops to add to the bracelet length. They “hug” the blue glass beads just as I planned. I am happy with it.

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This is an original design by This Year’s Dozen. Thanks for not copying or posting without my permission.

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Steampunk, Anyone?

OMG!! Look what came in the mail today.

89 watches. I got them on eBay. A really good deal, too good to pass up.

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They don’t work. :(

BUT… I am going to take them apart and try to salvage whatever I can to make jewelry.

Steampunk jewelry. It’s the latest thing. Have you heard of it?

Just what is Steampunk Jewelry, you ask? Check these out.

http://www.ehow.com/about_5082813_steampunk-jewelry.html

http://www.squidoo.com/steampunkart

http://jewelry-business-blog.com/jewelry-making-tips/steampunk-jewelry-the-resource-list/

Making Bracelet Button Closures

Lately, this is how I have been sewing flat bottom buttons onto my peyote bracelets. I didn’t always do it this way and worried about the strain and stress on the beads.

First, I do a test run to see exactly where the button should go. Which means I have needle and thread coming out of both ends of the bracelet. I decide on the numbers of beads needed for the loop at the same time I am selecting the button.

Once placement is out of the way, I reinforce the button-holding-beads.

Next, I build a pedestal.

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Depending on the thickness of the beaded loop, sometimes I go with two beads stacked. Sometimes just one. The height allows for easy on, easy off.

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I created this bracelet by starting off with “bead soup”, mixing together leftover beads.

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Just wanted to show you how I do it. How do YOU do it?

That is, add buttons to your beaded bracelets. :D

Sea Pebbles Peyote Bracelet

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Got these seed beads last week from Auntie’s Beads. Granite Mix. 8/0’s. Lower left and center. As soon as I eyed them, I reached for my stash.

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Jackpot!! Ding, ding, ding..

One of the beads in this mix matched PERFECTLY with some I already had. The pretty turquoise ones with a hint of purple. See photo, upper left corner.

I was so excited, I started immediately. In my mind, the bracelet was already on my arm.

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SEA PEBBLES seemed like the perfect name for this bracelet. Like what you would see on the bottom of the ocean. Deciding on a closure was hard. I wanted a matching beaded tube toggle. I wanted to use a button from my vintage collection.

This button kept getting my attention. “Pick me, pick me.” And it has a nautical look to it. You can see what won out.

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The beads feel so smooth and silky. Bracelet is lightweight and comfortable. Not too tight or loose, just perfect. I love it!!


Go here for the Granite Mix.  Also check out their other beads.

http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Miyuki-Seed-Bead-Mix-Granite-80_p_344.html


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Original design by This Year’s Dozen. Please do not copy or post elsewhere without my permission. Thanks.

My “4 Days” Peyote Cuff Bracelet

Now, don’t laugh. It takes time to create!! It is frustrating at times. Exhausting even. But when the beads line up correctly, it is emotionally rewarding.

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Usually I start off with somewhat of an idea. Then it develops as I go.

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Shortly into making this peyote bracelet, I started seeing three layers connected to a beautiful 3-strand sterling silver barrel tube clasp. I couldn’t see beyond that. Hence, the extra time trying to make it work.

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It didn’t.

Sorry, I don’t have all the photos to support all the LOOKS I ended up with when it was 3 layers. Or when it was moving down to two. I guess I was too disappointed.

Here is what I ended up with. One layer. Or strand, if you can call it that.

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A bit of stringing wire to go with my diagonal peyote beadwork.

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Added a button closure and a few beads as dangling charms.

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Not bad, for 4 days!!


This design is a This Year’s Dozen original. Please do not copy or post anywhere without my permission. Thanks.

Coming Out of “Bead Retirement”, Thanks to Auntie’s Beads

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Auntie’s Beads. Have you heard of it? I only recently discovered this bead store. They have gorgeous stuff. Beads, beads and more beads. Lots of seed beads. And if you have been one of my regular blog readers, then you know about my obsession with seed beads AND peyote.

It was so bad, I would bead 24 by 7, forgetting to eat. When I started dreaming about beads, I knew it was time for a break. That was over 6 months ago. Well, now… break time is over. I am coming out of bead retirement!!

For my first project, I wasn’t sure what to make or which colors to use. Turquoise, for sure, being THE COLOR for 2010. And red goes great with turquoise. Think Southwestern.

I decided on these. Isn’t that mix beautiful!!

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For about a week they sat all neat like this. Flipped through my bead books for ideas. Watched some beading videos on-line.

Only after watching Karla, of Auntie’s Beads, make peyote bead tubes, did I know what I wanted to make. I would incorporate tubes into my design!! Making the tubes was easy. Even if you have never tried peyote. Easy!! Watch this video and you will be making them in no time.

http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Even-Count-Peyote-Stitch-Tube-Beads_p_4147.html

For this project, I made 25 tubes. Some in turquoise, some red and lots in black. I used different seed bead sizes. 8/0 and 6/0. Matte and shiny.

Most of the tubes went into this 6-strand necklace.

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One side is all black. (You can wear it different ways.)

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I also made three bracelets and two pairs of earrings.

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The black bracelet in the last photo was inspired by a pair of earrings I made from the book, Seed Bead Stitching, by Beth Stone. Page 23. Wide-Row Earrings.

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You too can make these items. Go to Auntie’s Beads.

http://www.auntiesbeads.com/

http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Seed-Beads_c_19.html

http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Turquoise-Beads–Blue-Turquoise_c_176.html

http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Stringing-Materials_c_248.html

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Orange & Black: These Must Be School Colors Somewhere.

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I got the Halloween bug late but wanted to finish up making stuff with my orange 2mm macrame cord. I am thinking a school SOMEWHERE out there uses orange and black for their school colors. Maybe they will see these. :D

Macrame headband with matching bracelet and earrings.


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This picture showing me working on the headband.


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And here’s my “model” wearing it.