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?

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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?

Couldn’t Sleep Last Night

Why?

Those silly pink and wine spiral earrings.

They weren’t like I wanted. Didn’t turn out like I wanted.

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One looks like it has wings. And the other looks like the One Armed Man.

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Ha!! You knew I was going to take them apart, didn’t you.

To ensure beads were the same for both earrings, I separated them into two little containers. And did just as I said I would do. Strung 2 needles. Sewed 4 beads on one. Sewed the same on the other. And it worked.

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OK, I am happy now. Going back to bed.

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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.

Making Jewelry With Macrame Cord

Wednesday, August 19

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This is what I have been working on for the last several days. Jewelry made with 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord. The cord I use for purses and belts. It makes up larger so it doesn’t take many knots to create something.

8 or 9 Square Knots and you have a pair of earrings. They are very lightweight. I wore a pair for an hour and totally forgot I had them on.

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This next pair I created from 3 strips of cord and added some wooden circle beads.

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Here’s a bangle bracelet made with just square knots and larger wood circle beads.

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Necklace was created with a length of square knots and chain links on both sides with a silver clasp at the top. Large wood circle beads hang from the cord. They move freely across the knots. Ribbon crimps and jump rings connect the cord to the chain links. It measures 22″.


Supplies used for necklace, bracelet and earrings:

  • 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord
  • ribbon crimps
  • jump rings
  • chain links
  • silver clasp
  • wood beads
  • earrings hooks

Necklaces Made From Bead Show Beads

Take a look at this!! This came out really nice. Now I am wishing I had bought even more strands of beads last week at the Bead Show. I did buy 26 strands but you tell me… wouldn’t you make more of this design if you had more beads?

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For the above necklace I used beads shaped like flowers, huge round green ones and green bead chips. They all have touches of mauve. I have enough flower beads to make another necklace but the ones left are more peachy than mauve.

Here are more necklaces made using some of the Bead Show beads.

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I had planned to leave these new beads in the bag and not use until January 2009 but with each look inside the bag, ideas kept popping into my head.

The vendor I purchased these beads from, I thought was local, but his business card says he is in New Jersey. I will have to check on-line to see what they charge for shipping.