Step Out in Style

Some weeks ago I bought some fancy buttons.  I’ve been meaning to use them and I’ve finally used one:

Step Out Bracelet

Step Out Bracelet

The bracelet is  entirely my own invention and is made of seed beads. Most of the beads are strung on Nymo nylon beading thread, but the columns connecting the ends, the beads are strung on fine elastic.

Marching To My Own Tune

I wanted to make something that would incorporate a button I have.  Of course, once started, I got distracted and the button was forgotten!  Still, I’m happy with the outcome 🙂  I’ve called it Colour Party, because it reninds me of the colourful uniforms worn by the armies of the Napoleonic Era.  As for the button?  I’ll just have to try again 😀

Colour Party

Colour Party

 

Following up my last post, I can now give a wholly positive report to Semi Precious Beads.  The items we ordered from them arrived within 24 hours!  Also, the quality of the gemstones is excellent 🙂

Big news!  For me, at least.  Before very long, I’ll be offering some items for sale through here!  There’ll be a special area just for that, so keep an eye out for it 😀

Mini-Pearl Roses and Amazing Links

Pearl Rose Mesh Necklace

Pearl Rose Mesh Necklace

This woven mesh necklace features real freshwater pearls, in a cluster of four rather like a dog rose flower. All the other beads are man-made. It’s very pretty in real life. I’m currently working on a pattern of my own which I hope to unveil tomorrow or Thursday this week.

You may be interested in my recent discoveries on the Web. First up is Scientific Wire Co., or the retail arm thereof! Scientific Wire suppply the best quality wire products we’ve found. Go along to wires.co.uk to take a look and, hopefully, do some shopping. We recently placed an order for a kilo of 0.8mm (20 gauge) silver plated copper wire (that’s about 220m!) on a mid-morning and the parcel turned up at 8:30 the next day! You can’t beat that LOL. That’s the “proven” suppplier. Second, we come to Semi-Precious Beads. This online shop, part of The Bead Lagoon Ltd., which also has a bricks-and-mortar shop in Sidmouth, Devon, supplies various semi-precious gems at fairly average prices, mostly. What attracted us, though, was the fact that they offer 36 inch long small (5-8mm) gemstone chips at really excellent prices! OK, so we don’t want to get stuck just ordering chips, or even chips and nuggets (the pairing that constitute “gemlets”), but we certainly don’t mind using the best of them for some projects, and 36 inches of them will last much better than the usual 15-16 inch strands LOL. Have a loook at semipreciousbeads.co.uk and see for yourself! Third and last, we come to the informational site, The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom. This is an excellent A to Z site of gems and minerals, giviing detailed data for each item in their database, including the best use of the gemstones. If you’re serious about your addiction to gems, this is a must-visit web site! So pop along to minerals.net to feed ytour addiction! Have fun…

Seeking Sophistication plus Camouflaged

During an outbreak of energy I did some beading that I thought was worth showing you:

Putting on the Ritz

Putting on the Ritz

This set for Jenny consists of carnelian, snowflake obsidian and garnet with gold seed and bugle beads. As you may guess, I was attempting to achieve a sophisticated look. Hopefully I succeeded…(?)

Camouflage Bracelet

Camouflage Bracelet

This bracelet I made for myself. It consists of Picasso jasper and green aventurine, with two carnelians as feature beads.

A Miscellanea

A good mix of jewellery here.  First, a bit of fun.  Our daughter’s moving this Saturday.  When I saw a set of charms to do with that very subject, well I just had to make this necklace:

Moving Home Necklace

Moving Home Necklace

Second is another bit of fun – a charm bracelet featuring Noah’s Ark and various animals.  Sadly, the animals are not even to scale with each other.  The bracelet consists of the charms and aventurine chips and smoky quartz nuggets

Noah's Ark Charm Bracelet

Noah's Ark Charm Bracelet

Sadly, Buttons Galore, the manufacturer, are no longer making these charms.

Thirdly, a piece that hung about for ages until I finished it this week.  Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t show how it sparkles.  It’s a daisy chain necklace made in seed bead.  It’s suited to a girl, being just 16 inches long.

Daisy Chain Necklace

Daisy Chain Necklace

The pattern is in A Treasury of Beaded Jewelry: Bead Stringing Patterns for All Ages by Mary Ellen Harte.

Finally, a simple pair of earrings, each featuring a smoky quartz nugget and a plain oval carnelian:

Gem Drops Earrings

Gem Drops Earrings

 

 

A Chain Of Flowers

I’m finding Mary Ellen Harte’s book, A Treasury of Beaded Jewelry: Bead Stringing Patterns for All Ages (published in 1999 by Eagle’s View Publishing Company), a great resource!  The patterns provide what amounts to a set of excellent tutorials.  The concepts are suited to adaptation, opening up limitless possibilities.  So, apart from providing attractive projects, it inspires growth as a jewellery designer.

My first project was the Pansy Necklace:

Pansy Necklace

Pansy Necklace

 

This can, of course, be made in any combination of colours, to suit tastes and bead availability.  This was my first experience in using two beading needles! I’m now working on the Princess Necklace pattern.

A Flowery “Thank You”

At the end of last week a very kind lady sent some special cushions for me, via Jenny, which will make my life more comfortable.  Naturally, I really need to adequately thank her.  The most obvious thing to do was to make her some jewellery.  For such things, I prefer to come up with a design of my own, so that they are truly personal “thank yous”.  As the lady likes pink, I knew immediately that it would have a floral basis.  I ended up with Bellbine Beauty:

Bellbine Beauty
Bellbine Beauty

This bracelet is deliberately “freeform”, to reflect Nature.  All I can do now is hope that she likes it.

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