Gosh. June was a really busy month with not much let up. July is slightly better but not a lot. I was lucky enough to find some time to make although at a much slower rate than normal and blogging just fell off the agenda all together. I have missed reading all your updates, it is a bit like a whole part of my life is gone 😦
So … in our house we have been hit by the latest craze of loom bands which seems to have taken over the whole country. Someone said to me the other day that I bet I was glad to have boys so that I didn’t have all these bands everywhere. Unfortunately this is a craze that has hit boys as much as girls!
For those of you who don’t know what they are, they are basically tiny coloured rubber bands. They get everywhere – all over the floor, in washing machines, vacuum cleaners, pockets….everywhere. The bands can then be made into bracelets. The simplest ones can be made on fingers:
This is the preferred method of my youngest son – great for small motor control.
The more complex ones are done on a loom:
This is how you set up the loom.
I have had a go myself. I started with fairly simple ones and then progressed to adding beads (obviously!). I am now mulling over a design that involves jump rings and chain maille with them…This may take some time to actually exist but writing it down here is more likely to make it happen.
A ‘simple’ triple bracelet.
The simple design but with double the bands.
With added beads.
loom band fun
A starburst ring with beads.
Has this craze reached you yet? Any tips on how to contain the bands?
Following my last post where I shared with you my love for the English countryside in May, I decided to make a bracelet that reflected the lovely vibrant greens that we see.
A green goddess bracelet.
This is really simple to make but one of my favourite effects. I simply used 2 leather lengths of leather cord (green), jump rings and a selection of green beads. A green button secures it.
I made it nice and long so that it wraps around the wrist a couple of times.
I know that I am going to enjoy wearing this throughout the summer, although I shall always be reminded of the lovely fresh greens of May.
Do you have a favourite month?
I have made a lot of bracelets, a few rings and some necklaces. I need more earrings.
A simple string of jump rings with beads attached.
Smaller beads for those preferring less of a statement.
These are very versatile as you can change the size of rings and beads, the length and colours. Something for everyone.
In my latest beading adventures I decided to try to have a go at my own version of this necklace from Whitestuff.
Should be fairy easy… Oh how wrong could I be?
After a fair amount of time I came up with this:
Not long enough, balanced enough……generally you get the idea?
I had another go, using all the things that I had learnt from the last time.
Longer, better spaced….
The back is finished off with square knots which means you can alter the length.
The perseverance was definitely worth it.
The finished, final version.
Whilst at Spoilt Rotten Beads at the weekend I spotted a bargain. The sun was out and I was really drawn to the lovely bright summery colours:
Such lovely, bright colours
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them – make them into rings so I also bought some of this:
).8mm silver plated wire.
I made three rings:
Simple wire wrapped rings.
Can you see how I progressed?
The front view.
So which colour will you wear to bring on the summer?
(ironically I am writing this listening to the pitter patter of rain!) Bring on summer!
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. 🙂
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.
For the next one I use the 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 🙂
Browsing pinterest I have noticed that there are some lovely ‘beaded beads’ about. These are beads that are made from beads! They were very quickly added to my to-do list!
My first attempt didn’t turn out brilliantly although I learnt a lot:
My first attempt!
This was from a free pattern, using twin beads from here. It was meant to have a wooden bead in it (I didn’t have one and so I wonder if this is the reason that mine was rather flat at the back?
Can you see? Definitely not a sphere shape.
What I did realise however is that making a beaded bead is very similar to crocheting a circle. I love when my crafting skills are cross contaminating!
I am getting closer although it is not quite a sphere yet.
I am really close now….
Then, having a look around the internet when I found this:
From this, after a little bit of practice, I managed to make:
THIS. YAY 🙂
All I needed apparently was 2 needles. One goal I can tick off. I think earrings are the way to go with this 🙂