My Bead Challenge Entry


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Yay!! I am so excited.

I have wanted to show you the bracelet I made for Crystal’s First Bead Challenge. But wanted to wait until she revealed them all on her blog. Go here to see the amazing work of the participants. Stringing, wirework, bead embroidery and bead weaving.

http://beadhappilyeverafter.com/blog/?p=18048

All different takes from three sets of beads. (I borrowed this photo from Crystal’s blog.)

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I had the idea for my bracelet immediately after seeing the choices. I knew I would peyote something.

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I used all ten of the silver saucer beads to connect the peyote tubes. And then created a clasp using round Swarovski crystals in siam, smoke and black.

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I will be putting this bracelet in my Etsy Shop soon.

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Thank you, Crystal, for sponsoring your bead challenge. I really enjoyed it.


Crystal has an amazing selection of beads. Something for everyone. Even handcrafted jewelry is available. Great prices, super fast shipping. Check out her shop here.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/beadhappilyeverafter?ref=em


AND for those of you following my blog for the beadwork and have waited patiently… good news!! I am going to make another bracelet in bronze. Crystal also had gold beads like the silver ones I used. Can’t wait to get started. Who knows!! Maybe 2012 will get me back to fondling little seed beads!! :D

Memory Wire, Copper and Peyote Tubes

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I am on a copper kick. I bought a bunch of antique copper beads from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads a couple years ago. I used a few here and there. But mostly I just enjoyed looking at them. In the bag. Until now…..

I made two bracelets and two pairs of earrings.

One bracelet has a wire bangle with screw on beads on the tips. The other one, I cut two lengths from the memory wire coil and combined them. I wanted a sturdier, single wrap around the wrist. Not multiple spirals like you usually see made up.


This first one has peyote tubes made from pretty matte amethyst seed beads. Lots of antique copper beads. I only had one bead like that lavender glass one. I am sad I didn’t have more. I like it.

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I am thinking about buying some copper spray paint to paint the balls on the tips. The silver stands out like a sore thumb. Have any of you tried painting metal findings with any success?


These earrings go with the amethyst and copper bracelet.

Here’s a picture of the supplies I used. Inexpensive copper colored wire. Copper earwires.

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For this next bracelet, I used painted wood beads. This is the one with the doubled memory wire. I dangled two filigree charms on the wire tips.

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I have a bunch of memory wire. I didn’t even make a dent in my stash. So… my plan is to make up a few more. Until I get bored and move on to something else.

Do you like working with memory wire?

Still Hot Where You Are?

Autumn is only a few miles away. It will be here before you know it. Until then, think dark colors to cool you off.

Here’s my latest. Using black, bronze, carnelian and topaz. With a hint of summer. Ivory, black and white.

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There’s a bit of everything in this set.

  • gemstones: carnelian (red agate), banded agate
  • wood
  • glass: rondelles, faceted, round
  • seed beads 8/0
  • pony beads
  • leatherlook black beads
  • metal accent beads

Different beading techniques: Stringing, memory wire, beadwork (peyote tubes)

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Some beads are probably older than you. Have had the ivory wood beads since my early macrame days back in the 80′s. Leftover from making Christmas wreaths. The round black faceted glass beads are from my “just learning to bead” stage from four years ago. The newest beads are the topaz glass rondelles.

Can you believe, with all the beads I have accumulated, I can still pick up each one and remember where it was purchased. And most times, I can pinpoint the timeframe when bought.

I can tell you where each item in this set came from. Munro Crafts, JoAnn’s, Michaels, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Etsy (destash). Probably the same places you shop.

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Have you started your fall projects yet?

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.

26 Months To Finish This!! No Way!!

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Way!!

I couldn’t believe it either. But it’s true. I looked back at my posting when I finished the necklace. April 15, 2008.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/sneaking-beads/

No clue why I never finished the bracelet. Guess I wasn’t inspired.

Until now. My new stuff. My word charms did the trick.

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I have more of these peyote tube sections started. Have enough to make a 2nd bracelet. Hope it doesn’t take another 2 years!!

Bead Soup: Spotlight Is Finished!!

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More designing frustration….

I just spent a week, on and off, making this bracelet. Beads sewn on the wrong side. One section larger than the section it connected to. Loops for clasp beads not lined up. Etc, etc. At times, I wanted to cry. But I kept going. I am so glad I stayed the course. It’s done. Finally.

Now I get to shout from the rooftops. All finished and ready for its closeup. I like the name Spotlight. Wearing this, all eyes will be on you.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Bracelet can be worn as a choker. I ran two lengths of royal blue satin cord through the end peyote tubes.

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See the matching ring. I made that too.

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I used Beadalon Elasticity for the clasp loop beads. I didn’t want the loops to add to the bracelet length. They “hug” the blue glass beads just as I planned. I am happy with it.

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This is an original design by This Year’s Dozen. Thanks for not copying or posting without my permission.

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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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