Well, that was a wild ride. A fun ride, but a wild one.
Last that I have given you a sneak peak of this program, my faithful readers had learned that I was up against my nemesis, the seed bead. And oh, oh so many seed beads.
Then, as I was working on the first set, something strange happened. Something strange and wonderful, dear readers – I stumbled, I restarted, over and over and then…
And then I figured it out. I learned tricks to make handling the tiny tiny beads a whole lot easier. And then suddenly…
Suddenly, I found myself ordering way too many seed beads.
Milla – 1; Audrey – 0. 😛
So I would like to thank Milla for showing me that no, seed beads arn’t completely and utterly evil. And there are uses for them beyond bead-weaving, which… I might one day attempt, but not quite yet.
Which was not to say there weren’t accidents. I have learned, for example, that seed beads explode when you accidentally try to crimp them (doh !). and that not all that glitter is gold. Or raw brass. Sadly, the two metal bits had quite a bit of an accident themselves, which sucked because I had such an awesome idea for them. :<
Without further ado !
For the focal, I wanted to work mostly with what Milla sent me, but still remain minimalist in order for the focal to pop. It just so happened that Bee had sent me a box full of goodies for my birthday. Among those goodies were (gah ! I initially thought) red seed beads.
I made this choker-length piece in order to bring the focal to attention. Used here are all beads Milla sent me beside the red seed beads and the garnet rounds. And now you must understand how I got over my fear of seed beads. By facing it. Over, and over, and over, and over again. By banging my head against the wall, the contusion gave me greater understanding <<. Four strands here, all mostly made of those tiny tiny little beads !
I achieved the tangled look by crimping all the strands to one jump ring, then making a makeshift hook around my monitor (Im a genius). Hooked the jump ring to the hook to give me an anchor point, mixed the strands, then crimped the strand to jump ring #2.
But every good necklace needs a companion, after all. And Milla’s clasp was too lovely to hide away.
Please pardon the strange picture. This bracelet utterly and completely refuses to lay down flat, through it wears just fine. I had the loose idea of this for awhile – got the green girl clasp on beadaholique’s sale a few weeks back. Seed beads actually worked very, very well, given how small the strands had to be. Purple seed beads, transparent Czech glass, astral pink Swarovski crystals, and copper round beads and spacers. I painted on the sunset with vintaj patinas.
But then I still had so many seed beads !
There was only one solution to this dillemia.
This piece was a massive, lovely experiment. This is a mix of make your own chain and rextile ribbon, working with beads both bigger and smaller than what I usually play with, and a good dose of Swellegant to boot.
The focal, the claps, and the oval links were swellegant’d. The links just loosely sponged with the brass metal coating – the result is as you see above. It’s a very interesting look ! The focal and the clasp had a few coats of brass metal paint, then the tiffany green patina solution. Given the heat and humidity here, the patina bloomed very quickly. Then I painted on a mix of caribblan blue and aqua green, with just an hint of blood red for the waterlillies. It gave the flowers a very interesting look once I buffed everything back a bit.
The smaller round had some seed bead wire-wrapped onto. The links were pretty fun to make.
I could have stopped there. I certainly could, and after four pieces in two days, a sane person might have.
Good thing im not renowed for my sanity. ;D
This thing is amazing. This thing is wonderful. This thing is mine until the end of time. True story. I really, really, REALLY love how this piece came out. The focal is an HUGE mother of pearl that was hidden in Bee’s box of goodies. By huge I do mean huge, and it needed to be part of a piece that could bear the size of it. I also liked the oriental feel of it, so I brought a fan stamping from the lovely B’Sue that I heat patinaed with my trusty dragon. From there on, I hung chain, strands of seed beads, and more sari from it.
(I have an obsession with sari ribbon. Im not even going to bother denying it.)
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Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
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Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
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Christina Miles, Wings n Scales
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Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
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Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
Dot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
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Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
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Geneva Collins, Torque Story
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Gretchen Nation, Art Food Lodging
Hannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
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Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
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Jennifer L Justman, Soul’s Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo’s Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce’s Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home
Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show
Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori’s Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem’s PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN
Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi’s Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio
Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka’s Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi
Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
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Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
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Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
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Solange Collin, Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
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Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
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