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.

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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 😀

Half-and-Half

FiftyFifty

FiftyFifty

This pretty necklace has a mix of gemstone and man-made beads, plus lengths of coiled wire. It’s made on three strands, two gold and one blue. The featured gemstones are aventurine, smoky quartz and Picasso Jasper. The coiled wire I made using the Gizmo. The man-made include two heart beads, which I put one on each side. I also made sure that the bead weaving is mirrored, so the weaving on the left is the reverse of that on the right. I wouldn’t say Jenny liked it but I almost lost my hand when she saw it! LOL

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.

Bead Weaving

Over the last fortnight I’ve discovered the joys (and frustrations) of bead weaving, using mostly seed beads.  There are many free patterns on the internet, and Jenny has several books.  In terms of complexity, it’s certainly challenging!  Far more patience is required, too.  Making jewellery with gemstones is a wholly different activity.  There may be areas where you have the choice between man-made or natural, but there are definitely times when man-made is the only option.  If you’re interested, I recommend visiting Sandra Halpenny’s site.

"Elena" necklace

"Elena" necklace

Bracelet - bead weaving

Bracelet - bead weaving

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