Pink Hot Butterfly, My New Watchface Necklace

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Whew!! All done.

Took 3 days on and off to make two necklaces with watchfaces and metal butterflies. I am only showing you this one, Pink Hot, since I need to retake the photos on the other one.

I started off with this silver metal butterfly. I wanted it to be the focal point. I added one of my recycled watchfaces in black. Then I weaved through the butterfly a ball and chain to hang the brass bell. Used gold plated chain links, oval shaped. To balance the left side, I added a couple of black 11/0 seedbead loops and dangled 2 tiny keys.

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For the peyote tubes, I made two of each color. Gunmetal gray, hot pink and black. Used 8/0 Dyna-mites from Fire Mountain Gem and Beads. (14 seedbeads across/9 rows) The tubes slide over the chain. Can be grouped together or spaced further apart.

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I will probably list this necklace at Etsy. Here are my Etsy-ready photos.

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Necklace measures 22″.


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

I Have A Lot To Show You… So Go Get Some Snacks

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First off. Here is another beaded collar/cowl I made from the royal blue Bead Soup mix. Believe it or not, there’s still a bit left. And after making that huge bracelet and ring. Now here are matching necklace and earrings to add to the set. And I found a better name. Royal Nights. Ha!! Isn’t that better? Royal for the predominate color. Nights since you wouldn’t be all glammed up before 5pm.

Oh… I forgot to tell you about the earrings. I spent one whole day learning how to make Winged Beads. Yep, I am still teaching myself techniques from that same book. Mastering Beadwork, by Carol Huber Cypher. Pages 198-200. Using brick stitch and a picot edging. Of course, I changed it up and put my own spin to it.

And you know how excited I get when learning something new. I went kind of crazy. First I made the royal blue ones. Then peach.

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Then made a peach necklace with a couple of the Winged Beads. And the neat thing. They are reversible. Can wear them with the peach side showing or the ivory side. Cool, huh? I am calling the set Peach Ice.

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Steampunk? No, I haven’t forgotten about it. I am leading up to it with all this extra learning. I’ll get there. In fact, I have a bunch of stuff already lined up. I showed you some of it. Here’s something you haven’t seen.

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And chain links. Don’t know why I had to buy these coiled ones in every color the store had. It isn’t finished. Just my model modeling it.

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I retook photos of my One-Eyed Steampunk earrings. I think these are better.

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Well, I think that’s it. I think I am all caught up.

One-Eyed Monster, Steampunk Earrings

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I may add a few rhinestones to the backs of the watchfaces. To give the earrings a bit of color. Kind of drab looking. U G L Y, actually.

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The bracelet isn’t done yet, still working on it. The other bracelet I wanted to use, the clasp kept opening and the bracelet kept falling off my arm. So.. back to the drawing board on that one.

Peyote Circles Necklace Is Finished

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I worked on this necklace most of yesterday. Wanted to finish it so I could move on to something else.

How about Bead Happy for a name? It reminds me of little faces. Smiling faces. Need to pick another name. Just saw Bead Happy in the book I am learning from. I’ll come up with something different. Circles and Chains.  Circle Art.

I took over 40 photos trying to get the best pictures I could. So I will bore you with 2 more. 🙂

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Supplies used to make this set.

  • 8/0 seed beads in black, bronze, green, blue and white
  • black 11/0 seed beads for loops to hang circles
  • sterling silver ear wires
  • jump rings – silver plated, 6mm & 4mm, 20 gauge
  • vintage black metal oblong buttons
  • Bead Smith silver wire with copper core, 16 gauge, running thru peyote tube
  • Black Lace chain links – 36″
  • 2 small lobster claws to hang small length of chain holding circles
  • 2 rondelle shaped glass beads holding tube in place on the wire

To create the 8″ peyote tube, I strung 80 size 8/0 seed beads.

For closure, the chain link loops around the black metal button on the left side.

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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My “What Have I Been Working On’s”

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Double Cross.

Doesn’t that sound delicious. Sinister. How about Double Daisy or Daisy Double? Or Double D’s. 😀

What would you name this peyote cuff bracelet?

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For this necklace set, my first thought was Pretty In Pink (and Peach).

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Both are original designs by This Year’s Dozen. Thanks for not posting or copying without my permission!!

Working with Chain Links

My latest creations made with chain links.

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What a perfect way to use up leftover beads. Even imperfect beads. Or beads you haven’t a clue what to do with. I like creating these. Can be used as a key chain or purse charm. Dangle from a belt or jeans belt loop. I am also thinking you could hang them from a rear view mirror.

I made three of them… two with gold findings and one with silver… before I got bored. I gave the silver one away to a friend.

Here are the gold ones, well gold plated. With a bit of everything else tossed in… wood, metal, brass, copper, glass, gemstones, jute. Different shapes and sizes of beads.

1st one.

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2nd one.

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And I made this necklace. I saw this blue beetle in Michael’s last year. No bright ideas popped up at the time. I just liked the looks of it. And then I saw the turquoise stones on sale a few months later. I knew eventually the beetle would meet up with the stones. (I think that’s a beetle. I don’t do well in the garden.)

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I am working on a necklace and earrings set. Peach and pink. Earrings are finished. Still working on the necklace. It hasn’t passed my approval inspection yet. 😀

And I still have to show you the bracelet I worked on for 4 days. After I get some decent photos. Pictures coming soon.

Earrings: Zig Zags and Chains

The week after dusting the cobwebs off my beading tools was a “fun”tastic week. I couldn’t decide what NOT to make so I had more projects going than I had space.

Hubby would come into my craft room and ask, “What are we making today?” First off, WE!! And second, as if he couldn’t SEE what I was making. Poor guy!!

Anyhoo, back to beads everywhere!! If you are like me, after you drag out your supplies, you don’t want to have wasted all that time. So… you make several of whatever is on your beading table.

Made 2 pairs of these. 11/0 round seedbeads by Toho. Not sure why they are called “round” since they are shaped like a square cylinder. I like how they snap right in place when doing peyote. Light lavender with Swarovski 8mm round crystals. (Earrings are the same, one is facing opposite direction.)

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Made 2 of these too. 11/0 round, galvanized silver by Toho. Used ivory Swarovski pearls.

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Also make 2 pairs of these. (Are you seeing a pattern here, LOL!!) Dragged out my chain links for these. The really tiny kind. So tiny, too tiny to work with, I almost threw it out. Used ivory Swarovski pearls, silverplated bead caps and round silver beads.

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Only made one pair of these. Believe me, I tried to make another pair BUT was defeated by the gold chain. It would not cooperate. So, I decided one was enough. Yay!! Good for me. I CAN be satisfied with just one pair.

What do these remind you of? Little briefcases. Suitcases. Was just trying to be different.

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Well… that’s it for earrings. Next up. I’ll show you the bracelet I worked on for three days. It started off with 3 strands. Now it only has one. (After 3 days!! Yep.) 😀


Pattern for the zig zag earrings can be found in Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone. The others are my own creations. Just off the top of my head.

Well Worth The Wait…. From Circles To Art.

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Sometimes it takes me awhile to come up with an idea. A day. Weeks. Even Months. But this time it was over a year.

I bought these Nylon Loops at Fire Mountain Gems & Beads. Not because I wanted them. Not because I needed them. But because I needed extra items to reach a higher discount level. Yep.. Haven’t you ever done that? Thankfully, I don’t do it often. Or my craft supplies would take over.

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These little circles don’t take up much space. Which is why I totally forgot about them. As you can see I have lots of colors.

Ideas started whirling around once I opened the package.

This is what I ended up making. Using gold plated findings.

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I’m using silver for the tutorial set I am working on. Maybe brass or copper findings for the next ones. And I am thinking maybe 8 circles for the necklace instead of just six. Have to experiment. Will go with what looks balanced.

BBL with a tutorial so you can make your own necklace and earrings set.

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Go here to purchase Nylon Loops.

http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H206410FY