Monday, February 20, 2017

Bead Embroidery

The art of bead embroidery has always intrigued me. I have admired the work of many artists. I even purchased several cabochons back in 2011 with great intentions. Recently, I has some time following a foot surgery.  I searched for the 2011 purchase and dove into that creative space. 

My warm up project was the dragon fly pin. I learned a few things in this design, but all inall it came out fine. 

The next design was a collar necklace that was dumb luck because the only plan I had was to glue down the cabs. The remainder of the design was what I call painting with beads. I knew it needed to have dimension or it would fall short for presentation. The shape of the collar was designed to follow the red jasper cab placements. I settled on a double bead placement technique and swirled in the colors of the cabs. 

Without much planning I ended up with an Egyptian theme. Ironically, I have been fascinated with Egypt's history since early grade school and I did get to travel there 7 years ago. They say an artist draws from their life experiences so I guess that has to be true. 

I hope to expand my creative space so it is my greatest pleasure to list the beaded necklace in my Etsy shop. Please stop by for a visit to see more of my work.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Black Metallic Flower

I am still enjoying this borrowed design color possibilities. I used 3 different bead colors; gunmetal, shiny black, peacock blue. This color approach definitely enhanced the two dimensional design.  The pattern came from this Etsy shop -  Eridhan Creations/In Memory of Eridhan.

I have modified the design with a rivoli in the center instead of a pearl. To affix it I am using the E6000 glue. Works great here and I also use it to attach the circular foundation on the back where I affix the pin with glue as well. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

I Love Silver

Silver seed beads are truly my favorite. In this design I have combined metallic and matte silver. The photo looks like I shot it in black and white. It's just the true color of the seed beads.

These earrings are for sale in my Etsy shop for $33. The ear latches are sterling silver.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Peyote Pattern Making

There are 4 new peyote triangle pattern downloads available in my Etsy shops. These are not actual tutorials demonstrating the peyote triangle pattern. They are word instructions only to place the beads by color in each pattern.  I highly recommend having some knowledge of the peyote triangle pattern and the rest is super easy to follow.

If you need a new challenge and have some 11.0 Delica seed beads they make perfect gifts.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Metallic Beaded Bead Earrings

I just added to my Etsy shop for a limited time these made to order metallic beaded bead earrings.  The color options are gold/silver, bronze/silver or bronze/gold.

A perfect fall accessory or gift idea!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Borrowed Design - In Memory of Eridhan

A noteworthy mention on my new blog banner picture. The flower design is a tutorial I purchased from an Etsy shop called Eridhan Creations/In Memory of Eridhan. The bead designer has passed at a young age and the shop is being kept open by a supporter.  

The designer presented the tutorial as a pendant, but I have made it a brooch.  This peyote stitch design took me a total of about 5 hours to complete mainly because I took my time on every round. There could be no mistakes in count! Even though it was quite lengthy to complete I am thrilled with the end results. The finished size is approximately 2-3/4 inches. The design calls from 11/0 Delicas, 15/0, 11/0 and 8/0 Round Seed Beads.  I used matte silver delicas for the petals and galvanized silver round seed beads in the 3 sizes. This color combination created a stunning two dimensional work of art. The center Rivoli bead was my own idea.

The tutorial was beyond my expectations and it was perfection on the part of the designer. The tutorial is words only, but very easy to follow. I would rate this tutorial intermediate/advanced and highly recommend it.

Please visit Eridhan Creations/In Memory of Eridhan to see all of the available tutorials.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Gold Pyramids

Happy New Year! 

A new pair of earrings with gold and light bronze seed beads. The crystal color is called Vitrail and it is by far my very favorite. Depending upon how the lights hits the glass it is blue, green and amber with a hint of orange in the center.

They will be listed in my shop today.  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Pyramid Earrings - Available Today

The Pyramid Earring design has been flying off the shelf! Today, these color combinations are available in my Etsy Shop.

This is the second pair I have made with the tangerine Swarovski rivoli. Seed bead colors are gold, black and cream. A real classic color combination with a burst of color. The ear wires are 14K gold filled. They are price reasonably at $33 plus shipping. Love these!!

This pair is made with bright silver, gold and bronze seed beads. The crystal Swarovski rivoli is edged with gold seed beads to make the crystal pop up from the design. The ear wires are sterling silver. Again, reasonably priced at $33 plus shipping.

What's next?  I have an awesome Amethyst color I will combine with a silver and matte silver. Stop back for a look in the coming week.

Thanks for looking!