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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?

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. 🙂

Prom Jewellery

This will probably show my age but I didn’t attend a prom when I left secondary school. Did you? Now, it seems like all schools hold one. I have to say that it seems really nice, a bit like a mini wedding. You get all dressed up with a nice dress, get your hair done and organise a special (unusual) way to get there. Fire engines, limousine’s, VW vans etc. I am not sure what my shy and reserved 16-year-old self would think about it but now I think it sounds like fun.
The reason I am writing this is because we are coming into prom season and I was asked to make a bracelet and some earrings for a friend’s daughter. It appears that they had found the perfect dress but had been unable to find the right jewellery to go with it. As the dress has a high neck line a necklace would not work.
I have to say that the responsibility did make me quite nervous but I cracked on anyway.
They entrusted me with the dress so that I could choose the perfect beads. Yes I took it to the shop with me and had some excellent advice from them.
All I needed to do now was to make the pieces.

Knitted prom bracelet

I was undoing this to add a border around the edge so that the beads were a bit more ‘contained’. However a friend that I was with said that it was great as it was. Seeing how she is completely OCD about symmetry I took her advice and left it as it was.

Crochet Earrings. There are some 'proper' crystals in here.

Crochet Earrings. There are some ‘proper’ crystals in here.

As an added extra I recently added a ring as well. I had some beads left over and, having begun to get a bit more comfortable with ‘proper’ jewellery making I was keen to have a go.

The ring!

The ring!

Luckily everything has gone down really well. A huge relief although we did have plenty of time to rectify the situation had it not been.
I am a bit late joining up with Handmade Monday this week as my computer had a bit of an issue with the  internet yesterday. (oh the joys!) I hope you all have a great week. Xx

Nest ring

Resources needed.

Resources needed.

Thread bead and fold wire in half to find the middle.

Thread bead and fold wire in half to find the middle.

Wrap the wire around the mandrel a couple of times.

Wrap the wire around the mandrel a couple of times.

Wrap around the bead, layering the wire.

Wrap around the bead, layering the wire.Wrap the ends of the wire around the band.

Wrap the wire around the band.
Wrap the wire around the band.

 

 

Wrap the ends of the wire around the band.

The finished ring!

For fuller instructions head here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crocheted Wire Turquoise Ring

I am in the process of setting up a shop in an attempt to sell some of my bits, or to be more accurate to make items for people based on my designs but with their preferences. (More about this another time when I am further along!) It was during this process that I came across a ring that I had made but not shared on here.  It is very similar to this one:

This time I simply added some beads:

I am sorry about the photo but I am unable to edit it at all for some odd reason. My computer seems to be messing me around tonight!

I am not sure this is any better but maybe between the two you can get the idea?

I have made one other ring but it is a surprise for a friend of mine so it has to remain a secret. The one ‘clue’ is that it started out life to be like this one but ended up very different!

 

 

 

My Debut!

For the first time this week I have linked into 1stunique gifts for her Handmade Monday event (hence my debut!).

I have been quite productive this week! First of all I promised that I would share with you a flower design that I improvised. Well here it is:

As a ring:                                                                                                                                                                     and as a brooch:

              

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see it is a simple 5 petal flower made  from groups of trebles. For added interest I have added a bead in the middle giving a contrast of textures and a new dimension. For the brooch I added leaves to the back and may well add a stem in the future.

My second project (partly inspired by stardust, gems and ribbon), is again of a flowery nature. It consists of 4 granny squares that I will join together to make a cushion cover:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know that the colours are not that inspirational but it is to go with this throw that I am making:

So I used the same colours. As some of you will know the red has been discontinued (see discontinued post). I am waiting for 4 balls that I have found and will then be able to finish the edging on the throw and make this cushion too.

As an aside I was crocheting a square whilst at the park yesterday and three different people came up to me and asked what I was knitting. Does that happen to anyone else? Why do people just assume that you are knitting?

The final project I worked on was a key ring. My wonderful son broke mine last week and I have since been looking for some inspiration! It came when my copy of Simply Knitting dropped through the door. With it came a supplement with a royal theme:

I quite fancied making a crown but remembered that they had a style I preferred in a supplement they produced for the royal wedding last year. Never throwing anything away has its advantages and I went and found it!

(This is a photo from the magazine). I then had a go at improvising my own, smaller version: (I warn you now, it takes a bit of imagination!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I crocheted it but it was very fiddly. If I was doing it again I would knit it in the round and then surface crochet (or embroider) the golden stripes up to the top. It will do quite well for what I want although not many will be able to guess what it is!

Thanks for reading and as always I appreciate any comments.

 Please do pop over to 1stuniquegifts and see what other people have been up to this week.

Thanks for reading. 🙂