Pearl Clusters and Butterflies

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Hot off the press!! You are the first to see!!

More basic spiral stitching but now my creative juices have kicked in. I created the necklace first using 8/0 seed beads in red, black and gunmetal gray. Core color is red.

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I alternated between spirals and pearl clusters. Clusters consist of dark gray and light gray pearls. With some black and red glass beads added in.

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Dark gray pearls are Swarovski in three different sizes.

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You want to know why I like the spiral stitch so much?

Because it is forgiving. I can use imperfect beads for the core beads. I can use leftover beads for the spiral. As long as the color and size match what I am creating, I can sneak them in. Such an excellent way to use up some of my “sitting stash”. When I was searching through my beads looking for anything red, gray and black, that’s how I found the light gray potato pearls. I had forgotten all about them.

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I used the same clasp for both the necklace and bracelet. A hammered metal toggle. Got them from Auntie’s Beads. Also got the black jump rings from there. Aren’t they great!! They blend in perfectly with the beads.

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Love those butterflies!! I may have to buy more.

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Spiral Stitch Bracelet and Earrings

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Finished!! These go with the necklace I made last week.

Bracelet can be worn separately or connected to the necklace to make it longer. And I made a matching pair of earrings.

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Can you believe I still have quite a bit of bronze and topaz seedbeads left. After making all of these.

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I guess I bought too much. I have cleared these colors off my work table and stored them away for the time being. Maybe I will bring them back out in the fall.


What color is on my work table now, you might ask?

Lavender. Pretty lavender.

Making a one piece spiral stitch necklace. My plan is to make it long enough to wrap several times. I’ll keep going until one of three things happen. Boredom sets in. I get sick of looking at the color. Or I run out of seed beads.

Oops. Just remembered. I haven’t taken ANY photos of it. I need to go do that now. I have about 25″ completed.

What are you working on?

Learning the Basic Spiral Stitch

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For some reason, I thought this stitch would be hard. It isn’t. At least the one I am learning isn’t. The basic spiral stitch. After the initial beads to get started, it is just add one color A and three color B. That’s it!!

I used up some small lengths of beading thread to practice. They came out good enough to use. Not long enough for a complete one piece necklace or bracelet. I had an idea for loops. Circles. I like loops and circles. So I made a loopy necklace.

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Beaded toggle can be worn on the side or in the back. I love making these beaded toggle bars. I made this one really skinny. String 14 beads (flat even count peyote) and sew 4 rows (4 beads at the top and 4 at the bottom). It was tight zippering the sides but it came out great. I usually do 5 rows but think from now on, I’ll just do 4. Seems sturdier.

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Seedbeads are 8/0 in bronze and root beer (topaz). Core beads are topaz. They are hard to see in the photos but really pretty.

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I have enough gold links to make a bracelet. I think I will make it so it can be used to extend the necklace and make it longer. So it can be worn as 2 pieces (necklace and bracelet) or just a long necklace. Thinking… always thinking.

New Watchface Bangle


Just finished this peach watchface bangle earlier today.

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I showed you how I had bezelled around the face. Here’s the BEFORE.

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I turned it into a bangle since the single strand of beads I wanted to go around the face wouldn’t stay put. Always a Plan B with me, isn’t it? Thank goodness!!

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I am working on many other things. You should see my work space. A mess. It is like when the clock strikes on the hour, I switch up to something different. One hour for you. Next!! 😀

Learning Netting: My First Cabochon

My first attempt at netting turned out great!! Actually I learned this technique a couple years ago in a class I took using crystal rivolis. But this is really my first time doing it on my own. AND my first cabochon.

Speaking of the cabs…. I have had them forever.

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Sitting in a plastic container. Ever since I bought them at Fire Mountain Gem and Beads several years ago. I picked out the larger ones and have been thinking of ideas.

I used the instructions at this site to practice.

http://www.rubysbeadwork.com/NettedCab.html

Directions are clear. Complete with photos.

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If you are new to netting (or bezelling), then check out that site. Easy to follow and you could end up with a usable piece on the first try. Like me!!

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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!!