Donuts and Root Beer

Ha!! Bet you thought this post was about food. Or maybe a Halloween beverage?

Nope.

The donuts are acrylic. And root beer is a color.

As in…….

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I bought the acrylic donuts at Auntie’s Beads back in July. I didn’t have any ideas. I liked the colors AND they were on sale. Always a plus.

The seed beads I have had for several years. The reason you see them in so many of my designs is because silly me bought too many.

I used up about a tablespoon making this bracelet. But mainly I used bronze. 8/0 seed beads.

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You are looking at 4 days work. On and off. Changing my mind every few hours.

Here’s me starting off. The seed beads in this photo didn’t make the cut.

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Switched to bronze and root beer. Looks like two triangles, huh?

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Nope. Four.

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And finished…. (The Swarovski pearls didn’t make it. Maybe my next design.)

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That should be The End, right?

But then I decided to make something I don’t usually make. A pendant. A matching donut pendant.

Worn with the acrylic donut down.

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Or up.

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And the set.

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Didn’t make any earrings yet. Might be too much bronze.

What do you think?

Earrings: Yes or No

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.

New Necklace Is A Beaded Cowl or Collar

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Just finished this necklace last night. I have to tell ya. I wasn’t sure where I was going with this design. But as I kept beading, the vision became clearer. I knew what embellishments were needed and how to finish off the ends to add the clasp.

The idea for this necklace came from the Fan Earrings I made from the book, Mastering Beadwork by Carol Huber Cypher. Using the same technique. Stringing wire and brick stitch.

Before Embellishment
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After Embellishment
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Clasp Added
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Here’s how the necklace looks with the fan earrings.

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And with the two bracelets made from the same Bead Soup mix.

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I have enough of this seed bead mixture left to make a couple more things. I am really liking mixing up seed beads. I never thought to do it until now. Normally I work with solid colors, but I like the variety of the mixed look.

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Forever 5 Paperweight and Brick Stitch Fan Earrings

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What fun!! Coming up with ideas for all those broken watches I got on eBay.

How about this? Placing the backs in a wooden frame on a bed of black seed beads? Could be a paperweight. Or a miniature standing shadowbox. That is, could be, once I figure out how to get it all to stay put and not fall apart when picked up.

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And aren’t these fan earrings cute!!

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Another project from the book, Mastering Beadwork by Carol Huber Cypher, pages 195-197. What a unique way of working with stringing wire AND beadwork. I like it so much, I am making a necklace using this technique. I really love this book.

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These earrings match a couple of the bracelets I made a month ago. Necklace about half done. More photos to follow.

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To keep from getting bored, I am switching back and forth from stringing to beadwork to beadpunk to steampunk. So, you will have to keep coming back to see what I am working on next.

Peyote Beading and Following a Graph Design

Wednesday, September 17

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Slow going. Really slow.

I saw a bracelet in one of my craft books and wanted to try it. BUT… being the “can peyote in my sleep” type of beader, I never attempted it since I would have to plot it out first on graph paper. And then follow it!!

Yesterday I decided to go for it.

I searched online and found several sites with peyote graphs. Coloring the circles with marker pens was the easiest part. Following it and staying the course proved a bit harder. I read all the tips and tricks on how to follow a design. I found simply drawing a line through the row after completing it helped some but talk about eyes going crossed!! It was really slow. What should have taken about an hour took 2 1/2 hours.

Right now it measures 7″. I haven’t decided how to finish it off. I am leaning toward adding a pretty flat large light green button on one end and making a simple beaded loop. Or I may add a barrel sliding clasp. I like it and plan to make another one using this pattern. Then I am going to be brave and create my own design.

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Bracelet was created using flat even count peyote. Base row of 12 beads. Then I added one single row of brick stitch so I could continue the green color at the bottom. Original pattern only had green beads on one edge. I also added the trees on the left and right. I do that a lot, change up stuff as I work.

Supplies used:
8/0 seed beads in bronze, root beer and light green
Nymo thread
Size 12 beading needle

More photos.

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Things I Have Learned So Far This Year

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January 2008

1.  Peyote Flat Even Count.  I took two peyote beading classes. Made a bracelet in each class. This was my first experience in “sewing” jewelry. In preparation for class I searched the net for peyote tutorials. I found several for the clueless, my level. The most helpful site was Michael’s Crafts. Their tutorial was animated and easy to follow. I picked up the stitch sequence right away and practiced before heading off to class. However, there was one glaring difference in the tutorial and the actual lesson. The tutorial illustrated a knotted thread which would make it impossible to unthread the needle to go back to the last correctly sewn bead to fix mistakes. I took apart the first bracelet to use the beads for another project. Here is the bracelet from the second class.

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February 2008

2.  Chain Maille. I signed up for a class to learn the technique of making jewelry from jump rings. Class was called Byzantine with Crystals. I made a very pretty bracelet out of sterling silver jump rings accented with Swarovski crystals. The process was fun and easy. I had never worked with a jump ring tool. It is metal and fits on the finger of your choice. It has several grooves for inserting the jump ring to open and close it. Step 1 in class was to open 100 jump rings. I found the tool hard to use and cumbersome. It did not fit properly on any of my fingers. My fingers were quite sore for several days after. BUT the tool works great for the function it was made for, once you get the hang of it. I will never again use two flat nose pliers to open jump rings.

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3.  Rivoli Bracelet. I took a class to make a bracelet made from Swarovski crystals called, you guessed it, Rivoli. This was another “sewing” class, not peyote but still done with needle and thread. The process of sewing around the rivoli, which does not have any holes for stringing, is called netting.  Netting is also one of the techniques for beading around a cabochon. Tiny seed beads are used to make the netting. Wanting it to be perfect, I worked very slowly. I only finished one half of the bracelet in class.  I need to finish it. It is really pretty.

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4.  Peyote Triangle Pendant. Though I have had two classes in peyote stitching, this design was new to me, so I signed up for the class. (Yep, I love taking beading classes!! I am retired.) The process to create the triangle called for “towers” and “overlays” and a brick stitch. All new to me. Here again, very tiny seed beads were used and the process was very slow. I was able to finish most of the pendant and will return to class this week to finish.  Seed beads are silver, black and purple with purple Swarovski crystals.  I am pleased with how it looks thus far. I will post a new photo when finished.

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5. Two Drop Peyote. I created a bracelet using a tutorial provided by one of my long time Internet chat buddies, Quilty Kiwi from New Zealand. She excels in beading and as you may have guessed from her on-line name, she is also an expert quilter. Before attempting this bracelet, I had only done regular peyote, flat even and odd count.  I had never heard of two drop peyote until seeing a bracelet made by Quilty. Following her tutorial, which was clear and easy to follow, my bracelet turned out beautifully. It is light peach and cocoa opal. Thank goodness for excellent instructions and diagrams.  Thank you, Quilty!! (Note: Original design found in Beadwork Creates Bracelets, “Lucy’s Purple” by Lucy Elle)

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