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My First Beaded Design

My posts are very biased towards running and jewellery at the moment. This simply reflects the focus of my life at the moment. Having said that, however, today sees the very first session of a VERY exciting project (hint it involves the Chelsea Flower show!!!) I shall be sharing more very soon.

Back to jewellery and some more excitement, I have made up my very first beading pattern, one that I am really chuffed with.

Taa daa. Here it is - flower rings. I can't help but be very pleased with myself.

Taa daa. Here it is – flower rings. I can’t help but be very pleased with myself.

They are fairly easy to make and I shall attempt to try to explain.

You will need:

Twin beads, 1 size 8 seed bead, size 11 seed beads, beading thread and a beading needle.

Step 1:

Thread the size 8 seed bead onto the thread and tie into place.

Thread the size 8 seed bead onto the thread and tie into place.

Step 2:

Thread on 6 twin beads and make a circle by going through them twice.

Thread on 6 twin beads and make a circle by going through them twice.

Step 3:

Go around the circle going through the seed bead to secure it in place.

Go around the circle going through the seed bead to secure it in place.

Step 4:

Bring the thread to the top hole. Go around the top holes adding in a new twin bead between each one.

Bring the thread to the top hole. Go around the top holes adding in a new twin bead between each one.

Step 5.

Again, bring the thread up to the top hole, add on a size 11 seed bead, another twin and a size 11 seed bead between each existing twin bead.

Again, bring the thread up to the top hole, add-on a size 11 seed bead, another twin and a size 11 seed bead between each existing twin bead.

Step 6:

Go around the last round again to secure it. Finish with the thread coming out of a twin bead, add three size 11 sized beads and go through the seed bead, twin and seed bead from the previous row.

Go around the last round again to secure it. Finish with the thread coming out of a twin bead, add three size 11 sized beads and go through the seed bead, twin and seed bead from the previous row.

Step 7:

Add three more seed beads and thread the thread back through the previous three seed beads to secure.

Add three more seed beads and thread the thread back through the previous three seed beads to secure.

Step 8:

Thread on 2 twin beads, 1 seed bead, 2 twin beads etc until the band will fit around your finger.

Thread on 2 twin beads, 1 seed bead, 2 twin beads etc until the band will fit around your finger. Finish with 6 seed beads.

Step 9:

Thread through the opposite three beads to where you started. Go through 3 of the seed beads and secure by completing the circle again. Repeat for the next three seed beads.

Thread through the opposite three beads to where you started. Go through 3 of the seed beads and secure by completing the circle again. Repeat for the next three seed beads.

Step 10:

Now go back down the other side of the band. This time place the seed beads in the places where you had two twin beads together before.

Now go back down the other side of the band. This time place the seed beads in the places where you had two twin beads together before.

You now finish off and you have a ring. The trickiest bit is the band. When you join the second end to the ring in step 9 you need to ensure that you are not twisting the band, it needs to be on the same side as where you started.

I pulled the second ring a bit tight which has distorted it a bit so be careful! I would love to see if you make any. 🙂

PS: I am feeling rather chuffed as one of the ‘professional beaders’ from Spoilt Rotten Beads (where I also write the blog) has had a go at making my own very little humble pattern. See here. Also, I have written a slightly different version of the instructions on the blog over there, which also has links to the components that you need should you wish to have a go yourself. 🙂

Twin Bead Earrings

My latest make with twin beads came from here

These are them!

These are them!

I hope you like them. They were relatively easy to make although I pulled the second (the one on the left in this photo) one a bit tight so it doesn’t sit as nicely.

Go through all the seed beads down each side , adding a crystal into the gap between each motif. At the end come out of the first seed bead, add 3 more on and go back into the third seed bead. Go back down the other side.

Go through all the seed beads down each side , adding a crystal into the gap between each motif. At the end come out of the first seed bead, add 3 more on and go back into the third seed bead. Go back down the other side. Come out the first bead at the top, add-on 6 seed beads and go back into the last of the three seed beads. This is where you place your hook.

The finished earring.

The finished earring.

As it is made up of individual motifs it is repetitive and so not a lot of different techniques are used. Fancy giving them a go?

2013 – The best bits.

I always admire posts on blogs that show a round-up of the best bits at the end of each month. So that is what I have decided to do for this, my last post of 2013. It may take me some time but I am quite determined. I hope you will enjoy it:

I knew that it would bring back a lot of memories for me. I think that I had the most awesome 2013. I am so hoping that 2014 will be as amazing. I am already excited about a couple of things that are on the horizon so do stay tuned.

happy new year 2014Background image from here.

Christmas Earrings

It has probably not escaped your notice that we are racing towards Christmas at an alarming rate. It is the season of parties, plays and general busyness. Every year I see people wearing lovely Christmas earrings and brooches but am never organised myself. This year it is different. All thanks to Spoilt Rotten Beads that is. Not only that but my earrings are crystals, pure Swarovski. Not many people can claim that I know. 😉

Wire mesh 076

This is enough to make two pairs. It is all you need – 10 crystals per pair.

Wire mesh 078

These are the crystals close up – the traditional green trees.

Wire mesh 080

….and the clear crystal.

Wire mesh 081

You simply thread the crystals onto a head pin and attach to ear wires.

That is all there is to it. I have really enjoyed wearing these this year. There is still time to make a pair as a last-minute gift….they come as a kit. Looking on the website, I see that there are also snowmen. I may be popping over to the store tomorrow…..

 

Twin beads

My jewellery making has taken a bit of a back seat recently. I am hoping that this is all about to change. Last months challenge over at Spoilt Rotten beads involved the use of twin beads. These are beads that have 2 holes in them. This obviously opens a lot more options. The first piece I made was this bracelet:

Twin bangelI really like the construction of this bangle style bracelet. It look complicated but was relatively easy to do. You just had to find a rhythm.

The next piece I made took me nearly the whole month. It was made in sections:

These are then join together to make the item of jewellery.

These are then join together to make the item of jewellery.

What I really like about this design is the 3D nature of it. It was fairly fiddly at times but I am pleased with the finished bracelet.

I made a bracelet.

I made a bracelet.

3d twin braceletI think that it was worth the effort.

Once I had finished this I went into slight overdrive!

I think this looks very Egyptian.

I think this looks very Egyptian.

Although I made it as a bracelet I think it would look really lovely as a necklace. It is not at all hard and works up quite quickly.

egyptian BraceletYou may well notice that I have yet to add a clasp. I am waiting to go shopping to find the perfect one!

Finally, I have a WIP.

 

This is slightly more fiddly....

This is slightly more fiddly….

I am not sure on my colour choice but we shall see….I need to work on finding the correct technique!

Still one and a bit in one day beats a whole month!

A surprisingly crafty week

It has been one of those weeks where I feared that I had no time for ‘proper’ crafting. I did rather a lot of sewing:

That is labels into school uniform.

That is sewing labels into school uniform.

This took a lot of my evenings up along with the planning and preparation at the computer  needed for the coming few weeks. I did feel that I needed a project that I could just pick up every now and again as complete relaxation so started on this:

Some crochet in lovely yarn.

Some crochet in lovely yarn.

I shall not reveal all yet – I like to keep you guessing.

Finally, this weekend has been a bit unusual as it has been about my husband and I. We have not been running around with our children here, there and everywhere, instead they have been coming to things with us. Yesterday my husband was playing at a local music festival which meant that I had some time to have a go at two more projects:

I did a bit more kumihimo to make a 'chain' for the turquoise chips I started on holiday. A step closer to being completed.

I did a bit more kumihimo to make a ‘chain’ for the turquoise chips I started on holiday. A step closer to being completed.

I also had a go at using my new larger and bigger french knitting loom.

I also had a go at using my new larger and bigger french knitting loom.

I really like the way that the beads are encased in the wire cage.

Yes I am one of those crazy people!

Yes I am one of those crazy people!

Today has been about me taking part in a Spartan race (a race with obstacles in) rather than crafting but I shall definitely be doing a bit more crochet as a way of relaxing this evening. That is once I have been over to handmade harbour and caught up with all the great makes over there (with a well-earned glass of wine of course).

Hope you all have a great week :).

 

Bedknobs and Broomstick

This week I have continued along the broomstick crochet road. I created a pendant:

Broomstick pendantAs well as some earrings:

Broomstick earringWire broomstickThe earrings have some orange crystals added along the bottom whereas the pendant has some beautiful Myuki beads added along the bottom.

Am I allowed to say that I am quite pleased with these? I think that they are unique and different to a lot of jewellery out there.

My final project this week is something that I hadn’t originally thought about being a craft until someone suggested that it was crafting on the large scale:

Yes, I made this bed. It came in kit form.....

Yes, I made this bed. It came in kit form…..

Surely this counts? In my house I am considered to be the queen of flat pack and it wasn’t until it was likened to crafting that I realised why. Up until this point I thought it was just because I was organised!

So that pretty much sums up my crafting week except for the odd bit of jewellery that I shall cover on the other blog! For now I shall be heading over to my weekly appointment at Handmade Harbour to catch up on what everyone else has been up to this week. Fancy joining me?