Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stick Earring Tutorial!

Start off with a nice mix of beads...some 11's, 15's, 8's...maybe some cubes or triangles. Really, whatever you have that you think goes. I try to keep mine pretty much monochromatic, but you can do whatever your heart desires. Some smaller sized accent beads like baby lampwork spacers (from my shop!) or crystals and fire polish beads, small wood rounds...again, whatever you have. Just keep in mind the weight. Ear wires, of course, and a needle and waxed thread.

This picture shows enough beads to make at least 2 pair of earrings. With leftovers. Start by laying out the way you want to peyote your beads. Do an even number of each bead...it makes it much easier.

After you have them strung to your liking, start doing peyote. Now, if you do not know how to do peyote, there are plenty of tutorials on this subject online, or at the back of any beading magazine.

After you have gone up the strand, do another row..ending at the bottom of your earring.

At this point, you're going to want to string up your little accent beads. I have used a firepolish, a pinch bead, a couple crystals, a lampwork spacer bead and a dangle bead. After you have those strung, go back up through like you're making a fringe.

When you reach the peyote section, run your needle and thread back up through the outside edge, adding no beads. You are just re-enforcing the edge.

When you get back to the top of your earring, you want a loop. Here you have a couple of choices. You can sew the loop to a closed jump ring, or a length of chain, or just make the loop to attach your piece to the ear wire. Your decision.

Mine has 6 size 15 seed beads, but you do whatever you want. Fun, right? Next, go back down the side that has NOT been re-enforced, adding no beads. Just run your thread back down through the peyote and then through your accent beads to give that a bit of strength.

Now you are almost finished. That didn't take long, right? Sew back up with your working thread and tie it off. Clip that end. Now, take your tail and pass through the loop to re-enforce and tie off the tail and cut. Done. Now, make a matching earring. Or not...you can always be artistic and make an asymmetrical pair.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Stick Earrings

They seem to be everywhere now! These are my take on them....peyote style. Hopfully I'll get you a tutorial this week before I go to my next show (Grand Island) so you can make some too!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ink Blots

These are kind of an accident...I do not know what I was trying to do, but these are the result:)

I love the way they looked stacked.

And this was my color combo of choice for yesterday. Sets with Ink Blots. Yummy.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Flower

Bead embroidery. I haven't finished the back yet, because I don't know exactly what I am going to make it into.

It might become part of a bigger piece, or a focal pendant, or maybe a hair piece. Who knows? It's just going to hang out on my beading table until we decide what it should become.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Going for a ride...

on our new bikes:

Ayden looks really proud of his:)

And beading another kit, also from Glass Garden.

I had extra beads so I made earrings too. All have been claimed by my mother:)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Today's Kit

Is from Kathy At Glass Garden Beads. Although I have most of the components finished, I am not going to make this necklace.

I am going to make a bead embroidery piece that incorporates this adorable money, found here. Along with the flowers I'll make some leaves and lampwork flowers. It should be pretty cool. But later....I'll make all the parts and pieces and pack them away for later. First..I have more kits to work up!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I decided...

the rest of this month, (and possible well into next month :) that I will work up all my kits that I have accumulated over the years. I do have some nice ones :) I started with this "Crystal Blossom". This kit came to my house all the way from Hong Kong, only to sit in a box for five years. But it's completed now! She no longer sells the complete kit, but if you want instructions, click on the kit name.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Finished it!!

bracelet is all finished. 24 triangles, each taking me about an hour. But I love it. Am I crazy to be thinking of making a second one? Maybe. She is having a similar pattern (but hexigons) published in the next Beadwork.....maybe I'll make that one:)

Friday, March 09, 2012

March Buttons!

All finished! I love the blues...my favorite. They are like little rivers or ponds you can wear :)

Enter to win one of these beauties!! Drawing at the end of the month! Enter on this post for one entry, post to Facebook for another entry, and pin me on Pinterest for another entry!! Three chances to enter this month! Don't forget to comment to let me know you've posted or pinned :)

I'll set up the give-away page on the right!!

Some Aquamarine info:

The gemstone aquamarine is the blue, or perhaps more correctly, blue-green or aqua variety of the mineral beryl. Aquamarine is the birthstone for March, and it is commonly recognized as the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Scorpio (although it is usually referred to as beryl in this regard). As beryl, aquamarine is mentioned in the Bible. Aquamarine jewelry is associated with beauty, honesty, loyalty, and happiness.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

A little late...

as February has come and gone, but today is the day I draw a name for the give-a-way!!

Drumroll, please!

Matkat! You're the winner this month!!

Send me your address, and I'll get your pin in the mail:)

I'm working on March's pin...as soon as it's done I'll post them!! Hint....it's aquamarine. MY birthstone!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Exposure Night!

It's not as bad as it sounds:) I'll be at The Center for People in Need on Monday, March 5th....first for class at 6:00 p.m. And then it's "Exposure Night" from 7-8:00p.m. Come see me! Shop for some beads! Come early and take the class---way to fun :) And if I owe you beads you can pick them up!! Check out the cool Zumba beads:

If you love Zumba you need one of these babies around your neck:)

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Destash Thursday!

And I have 4 colors for you today:)

Green tint, sage green, dark olive, and denim. Going on Etsy this afternoon!