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Back to the twins

It seems that I cannot keep away! I love the versatility of them, I also love the shapes that they make, all-stars and flowers. Happily the weather was glorious when I started this and so I sat out in the garden. My idea of happiness.

 

You make a series of these and then join them together to make a bracelet…..pictures when I finish it properly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Twin bead diamond earrings

These are quick and easy to make. Forgive the turquoise and silver – colours that I always use.

Simple but effective?

Simple but effective?

Simple and easy – what’s not to like?

One final earring pattern using twins

I am sorry if I am over dosing you on twin bead patterns….just one more for today, I promise.

Another turquoise set of earrings :)

Another turquoise set of earrings ๐Ÿ™‚

Add the shepherd hooks to the loop just made.

Three patterns, all using twin beads. I shall use something different next time, promise.

Pearl Bracelet

With the wedding season nearly upon us I thought that this bracelet would be perfect for such occasions:

IMG_0733It took a bit of experimentation to get the correct sized beads. These pearls are quite large but using smaller ones this pattern would make a gorgeous pair of earrings, or even a bracelet for a flower girl.

You need two needles (one on either end of the thread.)

Continue this pattern until you have enough to go around your wrist. I am now waiting to get the correct findings to finish it off nicely.

Pearl ring

I love pearls (doesn’t everyone?) I obviously have a bit of a stash and when I saw this pattern just had to make one:

The ring!

The ring!

As I got this pattern from a Turkish site it took a little bit of patience from me to complete this but I think it was worth it?

Twin hole beaded flowers

Whilst browsing the internet recently I found a pattern for a phone charm using twin beads. This is the basic pattern:

A simple flower.

A simple flower.

The silver bead at the top is my addition as I have had a play at finding ways to join the motifs together to make a bracelet. I have kept to the same ‘pattern’ of beads using the clear twin beads on the inside and the opaque ones in the outside. It took a bit of practice to get the join to my satisfaction but good things come to those who wait persevere.

Three flowers joined together.

Three flowers joined together.

I have played with this a lot, even getting to the point where I started working out how to make the fastener. The trouble is there is something that I am not quite happy with. I think that I may take a bit of a break and come back to it in a week or so.

This is where I have got to so far.

This is where I have got to so far.

Do you sometimes get stuck on projects that you are sure will work but are not quite going the way you would like them too?

 

Crystal Ribbon Bracelet

Following on from my lessons in brick stitch and ladder stitch I have been having a go at right angle weave. I have done this before (just never known what it is called) and so managed this with little incident. I made an amazing bracelet (there I go again – praising myself. I must stop this habit):

Sparkly, heavy enough and pretty.

Sparkly, heavy enough and pretty.

The right angle weave is basically a series of square joined together:

A basic square starts this bracelet off.

A basic square starts this bracelet off.

Another square is added, using silver beads.

Another square is added, using silver beads.

Another square finishes the row off.

Another square, with different coloured crystalsย  finishes the basic row off.

The first square on the next row.

The first square on the next row.

The second row completed.

The second row completed.

When the bracelet is long enough you taper the ends by making two triangles on the outer edges. The middle square stays the same.

A triangle is made instead of a square to begin the making of the clasp.

A triangle is made instead of a square to begin the making of the clasp.

The middle remains as a square.

The middle remains as a square.

An extra square is made in the middle.

An extra square is made in the middle.

Seed beads form a loop for one end of the clasp.

Seed beads form a loop for one end of the clasp.

The other end of the clasp. Built up in the same way but making a t-bar to fit through the loop.

The other end of the clasp. Built up in the same way but making a t-bar to fit through the loop.

The finished bracelet.

The finished bracelet.

I can see myself making these in different colours to go with different outfits.

I have also had a go at making some earrings to go with the bracelet. They are very similar to one of the sections of the bracelet:

The finished item!

The finished item!

See you soon. xx

Diamond Beaded Earrings

This last week I have been working on beading techniques, and producing some lovely bits of jewellery as well (yes, I do say it myself!). Firstly I made some earrings:

The earrings.

The earrings.

In order to make these I had to master ladder stitch and brick stitch. It took a bit of practice but I managed it in the end as the photograph above shows.

Can you tell which one is my practice one? (the one on the left!)

Can you tell which one is my practice one? (the one on the left!)

As I mentioned the first stitch that I learnt how to do was the ladder weave. This was the starting point and was the way I built up the row of pearls in the middle.

The last three steps are repeated until you get the length you require.

For this pattern it was 7.

For this pattern it was 7.

To begin with I found it tricky to get the holes all facing the same way (up and down and not facing the beads adjacent), with practice and a bit of manipulation this became easier. We are now ready to start the brick stitch. This is where you realise the importance of the position of the holes in the ladder stitch row as you thread the needle under the thread that runs along the top and bottom of the beads.

Brick stitch automatically forms a triangle shape so you end up with a piece looking like this:

IMG_0560For these earrings I chose to add 4 pearls to the top as a loop to add the earring hook onto:

IMG_0561The thread has to be brought back down to the pearl row so you can complete another set of brick stitch:

IMG_0563This end I added a larger pearl sandwiched between two smaller ones as a final detail.

IMG_0564I have had real trouble with the photography of these earrings. I wish you could see the true colour of these earrings – they are a lovely bright green/turquoise colour and look amazing. I am really looking forward to the chance to wear these with a lovely summer dress. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is a pattern that I really like and shall be doing again. I have an idea for a bracelet………

The other stitch that I have been working on is right-angled weave which I shall be sharing with you very soon. I really hope that you are having a wonderful weekend and not eating too much chocolate.

Making the bands

This week is a week of finishing off jewellery projects, many that I started when I was ill and didn’t have the energy to make the decisions needed to complete things. The first thing that I did was to make the bands for the bezelling that I completed so that I could wear my work as rings.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided to keep this as simple as possible. So for the first bezel where I used a right angle weave I decided to use this stitch to make the band:

A right angle weave.

A right angle weave.

For the next one I use the peyote stitch:

Peyote stitch.

Peyote stitch.

I think that I prefer the peyote stitch band as it is more substantial and doesn’t curl in the way the right angle weave one does.

The 2 rings all finished :)

The 2 rings all finished ๐Ÿ™‚