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.

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10 comments on “Finally Finished With Beaded Pillow Beads

  1. Karen Tucker says:

    GORGEOUS!!!!! You are sooooooooooooooooooo talented!!!!Love seeing pictures of what you are making..smile

  2. digipicsphotography says:

    Very good! Of course you always do great with beading.

  3. Nys says:

    Hi Donna 🙂
    Just thought I’d let you know I mentioned your blog in my latest blog post 🙂 http://pixelatedmushroom.blogspot.com/2010/08/new-house-and-some-favourite-blogs.html
    Happy crafting!
    Nys

  4. Debra says:

    Really pretty Donna.

    I was browsing Etsy and found this necklace that reminded me of you- http://www.etsy.com/listing/47501766/echoes-to-the-past. Some of your asymmetrical pieces have been my favorites.

  5. Crystal says:

    Wow, Donna 🙂
    Another beauty!!!
    This set is the very definition of “a labor of love” with your making all those beads – individually!!

    It is so stunning – love the colors and your crystal connectors/toggle/clasp ideas, too.

    • don_mae says:

      Thanks, Crystal!!

      Making those little beads was so addicting. I made a game of it. If I was watching an hour TV show, then I challenged myself to see how many I could make before the show was over. Before I knew it, I had a pile of them done. I just kept going. LOL!!

  6. Sarah says:

    I just started following your blog, and I LOVE this set!!!
    I came to look at your past posts and stumbled across this one.
    You are so talented with the way you put colors together and make something look that beautiful. (:

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Sarah, welcome to my blog.

      I hope you will sign up to receive new posts via e-mail so you won’t miss any of my creations. I never know from day to day what I will make. Be it jewelry, macrame, crochet or sewing. What fun I am having!!

      And thanks so much for your compliments on my work. Really appreciate it.

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