Steampunk Watchface Earrings

65 cents for a screw!! Outrageous!!

Tiny. Teeny tiny even. So small you need tweezers to pick them up. I say they should be a nickel and no more. The guy at Ace Hardware said they are stainless steel so that is why they cost more.

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And I am working on a necklace. Here’s a glimpse of it.

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Teaching Myself Peyote Circles

Squares, tubes… and now I know how to make peyote circles. Thanks to this great book by Carol Huber Cypher. Mastering Beadwork, A Comprehensive Guide to Off-Loom Techniques.

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I taught myself how to make these circles by following along with the instructions on pages 64-68.

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The first two were laughable. You won’t see them. I took them apart already. 🙂

One thing you should know, if you make these. Do go back through the first 3 seed beads at least once. Or the thread will be really loose in the center and enlarges as you go. At least, that is what happened to me on two of them. One exception: When I wanted to insert a button in the center, I didn’t reinforce the starting beads. As you can see in this photo.

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I made two pairs of earrings. One with buttons and one set without. I like them both.

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The necklace is still a work in progress. Several more hours of designing. Will show you when finished. See the 2 long black metal buttons. I have had them since the 60’s. Can’t remember what they were on. Probably a coat. I am going to try to incorporate one, maybe both, into my design.

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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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Pretty In Pink….. and Macrame Corn

Just finished these.

Pretty in Pink… and purple and olive green. Each headband is different. The middle macrame cord color is coordinated with the elastic band color.

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And need to finish these.

Macrame Corn made from Crown Knots. The pattern calls for leaves at the top. Just have been unmotivated to finish them.

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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. 😀

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.

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