4 Days Working on One 2-Toned Design

I knew I wanted something different from the other triangle bracelets I made. And I wanted to experiment with the design.

After making six triangles in brown and beige 8/o seed beads, I got busy working on placement. Arranging. Rearranging.

First was brown on top, all triangles facing left.

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Half facing left, half facing right.

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Half with brown at top. Half with brown at bottom.

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Alternating the top and bottom colors.

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Even a necklace got tossed into the mix.

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After trying to stitch the triangles in a couple of the designs above, I finally decided on this look. Kind of looks like leaves. I took a ton of photos, but the beige seed beads came out yellowish. I’ll have to retake them.

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The chocolate Swarovski pearls, pretty though they were, ended up back in my stash. I tried and tried. But could NOT get them connected inside the triangle without a lot of beading thread showing. I tried a bead cap. I tried adding seed beads top and bottom. I tried a beaded fringe. You could still see my stitches above and below the pearl.

So…. no pearls. Maybe with smaller ones, it might have worked.

And you know what? I am so proud of myself. I thought of driving to the craft store to buy smaller pearls, but talked myself out of it. Make Do. Make It Work. Those are two things I have been repeating to myself lately. Use existing stash.

I always take notes as I create and I couldn’t believe it had taken me four days, on and off, to complete this bracelet. But it did. I am pleased with the end result so I guess it was worth it.

More Triangles In Royal Blue and Hot Pink

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This is what I have been working on for about a week. Making one triangle at a time. Taking my time. Can’t rush creativity.

I made the hot pink bracelet exactly like the orange and black one I showed you. But wanted something a bit different for the royal/black one.

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Don’t know if you can see it, but there is beaded fringe along the inverted “V” shape of the first triangle and also along the bottom edge of the last triangle.

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The clasp is a string of round black glass beads that the beaded toggle bar inserts into. Kind of different, huh? And that is exactly what I wanted. Different.

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Earrings have the same round black beads.

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Here’s the pink set.

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These are works-in-progress. Not sure yet where I am going with them.

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The “YOU Made It” Photo Gallery

Here are some photos of items created by my readers using my tutorials as inspiration.

Macrame Belt made by Gabriela.

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Macrame Belt made by Laura.

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Macrame Belt made by Wolfe.

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Macrame Cake Container Handle by Pixelatedmushroom. (You can see more photos in her blog post. Click on link below.)

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http://pixelatedmushroom.blogspot.com/2009/07/macrame-cake-container-handle.html


Just wanted you to see some of the items being created by you, my readers.

Did you make something from one of my tutorials?

Or did you create something inspired by one of the designs seen here on my blog?

Send me a photo and I will post it in this gallery. Thanks much!!

How To Make A Beaded Toggle Bar

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Beaded toggle bars are easy to make. Even if you don’t know the peyote stitch that well.

One thing I suggest. Do resist the temptation to continue from your beadwork directly to the toggle bar. Always end your current thread. And start with a fresh thread to connect the toggle bar.

Reasons?

  • you make a mistake on placement and need to undo it
  • bar is too large or too small and you want to remake it
  • need to change the number of beads leading to the bar
  • etc, etc.

If you had continued with the same thread as your beadwork, you could possibly ruin your item trying to make these changes. Been there. Done that.

This is what works for me. And I have tried various combinations of seed beads/rows.

Using 8/0 seed beads, gauge how many you will need. I have tried 14, 16, 18 and 20 seed beads.  Peyote for 4 rows. Meaning when you count the beads at the top and bottom, you count 4.


Instructions for Beaded Toggle Bar

Step 1

String 20 seed beads. I used size 8/0. Add a bead stopper.

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Step 2

Beginning on the end opposite the bead stopper, working upward, start adding beads.

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Continue adding beads/rows until you have 4 beads at the top and 4 beads at the bottom.

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Step 3

Pinch the beadwork together between your fingers. I used a metal clip to illustrate the folding of the beads.

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Step 4

Begin to sew the sides together.

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Zip up the sides by sewing into ONLY the high beads. Those sticking out further. Go from one side to the other, going upward. I like to reinforce the beadwork by going up and down the entire length of the toggle bar with the working thread. Also going up and back down with the tail thread. Try to come out of the same seed bead with both threads. CUT BOTH THREADS.

This is how your beaded toggle bar should look after sewing the sides together.

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Step 5

Once finished, one last thing to do. Insert a piece of inexpensive wire. Artistic Wire, I think mine is called.

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Push it through the toggle bar almost to the end. Cut wire, file any burrs, now push the rest of the way. This extra step strengthens your toggle bar. The wire is in tight enough, no need to worry about it coming out. (You could sew a tiny 11/0 seed bead on the ends.)

Step 6

Connect toggle bar to your beadwork.

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You decide how many seed beads are needed to comfortably go through the other end of your clasp.

OK. Now go get your bead stash and try making this toggle bar. And pocket the money you would normally spend buying commercial clasps. Enjoy!!


Supplies/Tools Used

  • Fireline beading thread
  • size 10 or 12 beading needle
  • 8/0 seed beads
  • 2″ piece of 20 gauge Artistic Wire
  • bead stopper
  • wire cutter
  • ruler

If you need help with the peyote stitching part, see my blog’s sidebar under Tutorials. Lots of help links there.

My “Ready For Halloween” Triangle Bracelet

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Still working on triangles. I wasn’t too excited when I started off. But now I like them.

The pattern I was following (in Beth Stone’s More Seed Bead Stitching book) said to use 11/0 seed beads. I used 8/0 instead. I like working with the larger seed beads. And in black and orange. I was thinking Halloween.

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These have holes in the center.

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I made a few. Had no ideas. Made a few more. Tried to assemble them in various ways. But only liked the staggered look. One fitting inside the other.

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Ended up making 10 triangles.

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It was kind of tricky sewing each together but if you know how to peyote then you know that I went in and out of the high beads to connect them. From the tip down to the 5th or 6th bead on each side.

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For the toggle, I made a black seed bead toggle bar. It fits inside the center of the last triangle.

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Did I make earrings? You betcha.

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Turquoise Bracelet Is Now 2 Rows

After finding more turquoise pearls in my stash, I had several options.

  1. Make another single row flat spiral stitch bracelet.
  2. Take apart the single row bracelet and make it two rows.
  3. Make a necklace and earrings.

Since I really loved how the two row siam bracelet turned out, I went with option number 2.

Yep. I did. I cut into the bracelet and pulled it apart. All that work.

But it was worth it. Look how it turned out!!

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And I made earrings. Didn’t have anymore of the tiny 11/0 turquoise seed beads so I used the matte 8/0 ones.

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Here’s the BEFORE as one row.

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So… what do you think? Did I do the right thing?

Making Pretty Triangles

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Have you had your fill of me making AND TALKING about the flat spiral stitch? Oh, go on, tell me. It’s OK. 😀 (But I really do love that stitch. See, Crystal, what you started.)

So… it is on to triangles. Pretty 3 sided shapes. A solid piece. Some with holes. Solid colors. Many colors. I will make a few. Until I get bored.

I made two so far.

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I think I have spent more time on ways to create something than on the actual beading time.

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I am still in the book, More Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone. On page 53. Working my way through it, picking out what catches my eye.

How To Make Flat Spiral Stitch Earrings

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Here’s an easy project for you. I made the complete set. Necklace, bracelet and earrings.

To get you started… You can make just the earrings.


Supplies Needed To Make One Pair of Flat Spiral Stitch Earrings

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  • 11/0 seed beads (black, red, white)
  • 4mm black bicone crystals (6 per earring)
  • black round glass beads (5 per earring)
  • pair of ear wires
  • 3mm CLOSED jumprings (2)
  • Fireline beading thread
  • beading needle size 10 or 12

Step 1

Cut 1 1/2 yards of Fireline, leaving a 7″ tail. Add a bead stopper. Pick up two (2) round black beads. Drop beads down to the bead stopper.

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Step 2

Pick up 6 black seed beads, one 4mm black bicone, 6 red seed beads. Drop these down on top of the two black round beads added in Step 1.

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Take thread up through the 2 black round beads. Thread should exit the top one.

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Pull tight. This creates the “black/red arch”, working bottom up. Push arch to the left.

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Step 3

Pick up 6 black seed beads, one 4mm black bicone, 6 white seed beads. Drop these down on top of the black round beads. Take needle up through the two black round beads. Exit the top one.

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This completes one complete arch. Black/red on the left. Black/white on the right.

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Step 4

Add one black round bead. Slide it down to rest on top of your beadwork.

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Step 5

Pick up 6 black seed beads, one 4mm black bicone, 6 red seed beads. Drop these beads down on top of the black round bead you added in Step 4. Take needle up through the 2nd from bottom round black bead PLUS the one just added.

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Pull tight. Push “black/red arch” to the left. Thread should exit the top black round bead.

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Step 6

Pick up 6 black seed beads, one 4mm black bicone, 6 white seed beads. Repeat the same steps as used for the black/red arch.

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Now you should have two complete arches done.

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Step 7

Repeat Steps 4, 5 and 6 once more to add the 3rd complete arch. Start by adding one black round bead. Slide down.

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That completes the arches. Your beadwork should now look like this. Make sure the black/red is on the left and black/white is on the right. Pull tight.

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OK, now ready for the last step.

Step 8

Pick up two (2) black seed beads, one black round bead, one black seed bead, one 3mm CLOSED jumpring. Drop down.

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In reverse order. Go around the closed jump ring. And down through seed bead, round black bead, two seed beads. Continue down through the center of ALL black round beads. Exit bottom round bead.

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Make your way back up the center of the black round beads. Back up to the top to loop around the closed jump ring. To secure it. Do this a couple times. Pull thread tight. Do the same with the tail thread. Bury it up the center. Cut thread. Add ear wire.

And done!! Now create the 2nd earring.

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Enjoy!!


Here’s the necklace and bracelet.

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Never Too Early For Holiday Crafting

I’ve already started making Christmas stuff for my winter craft shows.

Two more flat spiral stitch bracelets finished.

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Black, black diamond (smokey gray), clear and red Swarovski crystals. 6mm and 5mm bicones.

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And matching earrings.

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This one was made with black diamond crystals (smokey gray) as the core beads. 6mm round. Other crystals are 5mm bicones.

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I think I like solid black for the core beads best. More dramatic. It POPS.

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You can wear the red on the inside or the outside for a different look.

I am going to make a few more of these flat spiral stitch bracelets, maybe a necklace. Then it is on to something different. Triangles!!

Have You Tried The Flat Spiral Stitch Yet?

What are you waiting for!!

It is so addicting.

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For this one, I gathered up my “green” supplies. Light green, mint green, hunter green and olive. Sparkly, shiny and matte. Even though nothing seemed to match, I made it anyway. I know I said yuck a few times. In my head. But kept going.

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Next I tried pearls for the core beads instead of crystals. I used turquoise and aqua seed beads for the side arches. 5 of turquoise and 5 of aqua. I didn’t notice this until I was finished. The bracelet is reversible. Wear it one day on the turquoise seed bead side. Aqua side the next. An unexpected surprise!!

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This next one, I am using brown, burnt orange, olive and light beige.

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I like creating my own beaded toggle bar. It becomes part of the bracelet design and creates a seamless look. Just have to make sure it is thin enough to easily go through the toggle circle. String 14 or 16 seed beads and peyote 4 rows works best for me.

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I love these Swarovski crystal circles. Pricey, but I still love them.

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Every once in a while, I dust off my bag of wire. It has the “good stuff” I bought when I took a couple of wire making classes. It also has inexpensive colorful wire. Artistic wire. I would rather work with the cheap stuff and just toss my mistakes. I don’t work with wire enough to get good at it.

So… I guess I will forever make stuff like this.

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