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This month’s competition had a theme of “Circles and Squares.”
Although my piece is very simple, I spent a long time trying to design the right square to go with the encased rivoli. I wanted to use bicones because the challenge talked about the contrast between the smoothness of circles and the harsh corners of squares, so I thought the bicones embodied the idea of harshness of squares well. I bought 4-5 different color crystals before being happy with the colors, but they still didn’t have the flash of the rivoli. So, I made the backs of the square pillows with the permanent finish Toho silver. Similar to the silver coating on the back of the rivoli, it gives a bit more sparkle to the bicones.
The rivoli are really beautiful in person, blue with flashes of purple and pink. The accent beads I used worked perfectly with the rivoli. They are a clear blue bead with a pink lining. The blue and pink reflect the purple well, while somehow also still retaining the “pink-ness.”
I struggled over what type of clasp to use that wouldn’t take away from the look of the bracelet. Then I figured out that I could use one of the encased rivoli similar to a button clasp. I had to attach the connecting beads more toward the center in order to assure that the loop would stay securely around the rivoli, but it ended up looking almost invisible! The accent beads on the rivoli also work to prevent the loop from slipping off easily.
The picture that appears in the official competition is horrible because I had to quickly post my entry before the contest closed. I was going out to a political rally with the family the night before the election and had to work like a dog to get it finished and posted in time. So, I took more (better) pictures a couple days later and changed the ones I had originally posted on Etsy.
I had a lot of fun making this. I hope you enjoy it.
It’s time to vote again! This month’s theme for the Etsy Beadweaving Team Challenge was “Misty Winter’s Dawn.” The challenge was to set a mood that explored a subdued and muted dawn-in-winter colour palette using tones such as: grey/white, blues/lilacs, pale oranges/yellows, deep greens/foggy greys. We were to try to achieve a pale, pastel, soft, foggy, muted, subtle and subdued look.
It’s time to vote again on the monthly Etsy Beadweavers challenge. Even if you don’t choose to vote, please take some time to look at the beautiful work created by my fellow team members. Please click here to visit the Etsy Beadweavers blog (etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/2012/05/voting-for-may-challenge-nautical.html).
I completed my first bead embroidery piece. It is a bracelet cuff. I was originally going to donate it to our church auction, hence the religious theme, but wasn’t even close to getting it done in time. So, I entered it into the Etsy Beadweavers competition on the theme of “Destinations.” You can view or purchase it in my Etsy shop. It so happened that my daughter traveled to Jerusalem during this time, which I’m sure was part of my inspiration for this piece. Of course, she was on a Jewish Birthright tour, but that’s a whole other story.
It is not as interesting as it could be, but not bad for a first time. I am angry with myself that I didn’t take pictures of the process. For those of you who are familiar with the technique, I used permanent markers to color the bead backing before adding the beads. The center cross is a gemstone, but the rest is all seed beads in different sizes and finishes. I used a stiff interfacing rather than poster board inside because I feel like bracelets get wet sometimes, and I just didn’t feel comfortable with paper inside. I used Ultra Suede on the back. It’s tough (and expensive!) to find Ultra Suede, but it such a wonderful backing. This took a LONG time to complete due to all of the size 15 seed beads.
Biggest problem I had was when I attached the interfacing with E-6000 and then left it to sit on top of a napkin on my vinyl topped beading table. When I picked it up, the vinyl was a wrinkled mess, and I thought ruined forever. Miraculously, as the solvents evaporated, the table top went completely back to normal. You can’t even tell where it happened. Seemed kind of like a miracle. Now I put it on top of a Corelle glass plate.
Last month I was accepted as a member of the Etsy Beadweaving Team. One of the requirements is to enter at least one monthly Challenge a year. This month’s theme was “Totally Twisted,” and had to include some type of spiral or twist stitch. I finished my latest piece just in time to enter – NOT! I misread the deadline and was two days late! I could kick myself.
The floral focal is suspended on a beautiful twisted herringbone rope. Each round contains twelve different beads in two sizes. There are three colors of size 8s and a mix of many size 11 beads sandwiched between the 8’s.
The center focal area contains a netted flower, beaded leaves, seed beads, and a variety of beautiful Czech pressed glass beads. There is even a little quartzite butterfly that has landed on the netted flower.This is my first very complex piece, and I am quite pleased with the results. It would be a beautiful wedding necklace, but I tried it on with a pair of jeans and it looked great, too.
This necklace took many, many hours to make. Full resolution pictures can be viewed on Etsy (www.Etsy.com). I hope you like it!
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the story necklace I created for a local bead store contest. I will have to post it when I get it back.
At the moment I am working on a necklace to display the netted flower that I made in a stitch study. The flower was designed by Cheryl Erickson, but we all used different bead mixes. Stitch studies, by the way, are a great way to get together with other beaders and try out something new. Although you are working with someone else’s design, you generally pick your own beads and can modify the design if you wish. It is a great introduction to a new technique, and spurs you to try make your own similar design later.
Anyway, I had a great time making this netted flower. I picked a custom bead mix at the store call, “Antique Lace, ” and brought along some beads of my own that coordinated with the mix. Now that I have done it once, I would use the colors differently, but I think I can add some things and make it work well. At least I hope so!
I am making a twisted herringbone rope to go with it. I am using three different color beads in size 8, and sandwiching in a mix of size 11s. I am hoping to add embellishments that will make it all work together. I will post the result when it’s finished – if it is not too humiliating;)
This is my latest netted necklace. (I guess I’m in a netting phase.) I fell in love with the “Ruby Picasso” Czech glass beads. They are glass, but they almost look like gemstones. There are bits of gray and brown running through them. There are two shapes of the czech picasso beads – the big drops, and the smaller flat rounds (is that an oxymoron?).
It is a bit hard to see from the picture, but there are two shades of seed beeds in this – matte ruby, and matte red. The matte red forms a shape in the middle of the three center areas.
I used fireline, which is incredibly strong, but then felt it needed more substance so I went back through it again with the fireline. The only thing I am not happy with is the way it kind of wrinkles. I don’t know if this is the weaving or the beads. It isn’t really noticeable unless you are looking at it closely, though. The overall effect is beautiful, I think.
Next time I think I am going to try waxing the thread.
magazine had an article about the importance of waxing thread to keep an even tension. Most of the people I know don’t wax, particularly Fireline, but perhaps it is worth a try.
I have a few more of the focal beads left, so I’m sure they will appear again somewhere.
I made this necklace for fall. I am really happy with the way it turned out. It is in shades of dark brown, terra cotta, bronze and copper. The acorns are Swarovski crystal pearls with copper bead caps. The copper-tone metallic beads are the “permanent” finish Toho seed beads. They are expensive, but well worth not having to worry about your finish coming off. It is finished with a handwoven peyote stitch clasp with adjustable length loops.
I am troubled by the fact that you cannot get a “neck mannequin” that is the same size as a real neck. I make a piece that looks great on a real neck, but on the display they are always too long. I try to compensate by pulling it down in the back a little, but sometimes that doesn’t work very well. Isn’t the point to show what it would look like on a real neck? It is frustrating, but I have never heard anyone else complain about it. This necklace actually would sit higher up on the neckline. It just doesn’t look right on the display.
I may have to make my own display – paper mache? I will have to look into this.