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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?

 

A May Goddess Bracelet

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.

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 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?

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. 😉

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.

Getting myself tied up in knots!

I am really enjoying my knotted jewellery at the moment. This one is a variation on the pearl one from last week, more knots and less beads. (I also have a little confession, due to not really having enough beading thread it, ummm, fell apart when I had finished it!) Oh well….the principle remains the same ;).

I again used my makeshift macrame board (i.e. my unused, clean cat litter tray and clips).

4 lengths of satin cord and 3 lengths of beading thread.

4 lengths of satin cord and 3 lengths of beading thread. 6 square knots on the left hand thread.

6 square knots on the right hand beading thread.

6 square knots on the right hand beading thread.

Moving one bead up and then 6 square knots on the centre thread.

Moving one bead up and then 6 square knots on the centre thread.

Bead up on the left followed by 6 more square knots.

Bead up on the left followed by 6 more square knots.

Repeat on the right.

Repeat on the right.

 

To finish off tie some more square knots  then tie some square knots over all of the remaining strands in the middle.

To finish off tie some more square knots then tie some square knots over all of the remaining strands in the middle.

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This is the finished bracelet. The beads should be in a diamond shape like the ones to the left but I have managed to pull them all out of shape!

I hope you get the general idea?

I hope you get the general idea? There should not be all those gaps. Oooops.

 

Knotted Beaded Necklace

In my latest beading adventures I decided to try to have a go at my own version of this necklace from Whitestuff.

DREAMING FLOWERS NECKLACE

Should be fairy easy… Oh how wrong could I be?

After a fair amount of time I came up with this:

This is my first attempt.

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....

Longer, better spaced….

The back is finished off with square knots which means you can alter the length.

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.

The finished, final version.

Summer Rings

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

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:

0.8mm Non Tarnish Silver Plated Wire - 6 meters ).8mm silver plated wire.

I made three rings:

Simple wire wrapped rings.

Simple wire wrapped rings.

Can you see how I progressed?

Can you see how I progressed?

The front view.

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!