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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. πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚

Add the shepherd hooks to the loop just made.

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

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?

 

Beaded beads

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!

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?

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 getting closer although it is not quite a sphere yet.

I am really close now....

I am really close now….

Then, having a look around the internet when I found this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jozVMG9T76I

Perfect.

From this, after a little bit of practice, I managed to make:

THIS. YAY :)

THIS. YAY πŸ™‚

All I needed apparently was 2 needles. One goal I can tick off. I think earrings are the way to go with this πŸ™‚

Love is in the air

I went to Spoilt Rotten Beads this weekend to pick up a lot of lovely goodies.Β  ItΒ  would appear that valentine’s day is very much on the agenda there. So I came home and had a go at some heart patterns with….yes, you have guessed it, twin beads.

This is my first attempt.

This is my first attempt.

Not quite right… so I had another try:

Much better if you ask me.

Much better if you ask me.

Should you wish to make this:

You now go back up the outside of the heart on each side.

As always, for more detailed instructions go to here.

Two more twin bead projects.

I have really got into beading with twin beads and have spent another happy weekend creating patterns. I love that there are cross overs with crochet e.g. you can work in rounds. I also like that it is truly creative. This was a stumbling block for me for a while but I am now really loving it. I am hungry to learn more.

Some of you will be aware that I have been writing a blog for my local bead shop, which is where all this jewellery making has come from. There is some cross over with this blog as I must have photographs on the web somewhere to get them onto that blog. With me not being very techie I have decided that I may as well make two posts from the same thing. In that way. Should you ever wish to have a go at any of the projects then I do tend to link all the bits straight up to the blog so that you can easily get hold of the necessary bits. Anyway, on to this weeks projects:

I call this my star burst pendant.

I call this my star burst pendant.

I envisage this hung on a simple chain or even a bit of wire which would have a bit more structure. Here is how I made it:

It now gets a bit tricky; if this is your first one then you go around again, adding 1 more twin in between each of the pair of twin beads from the round below and then fasten off. If you are wanting to join it onto another motif you:

Go around this little circle a few more times to strengthen it and then fasten off.

Tips: Don’t pull too tight as it will prevent the motifs from sitting flat.

IMG_0132My next one came about when I was trying to create a more oval shape rather than circular. I came up with these earrings.

I was also keen to include some bicones.

I was also keen to include some bicones.

Here is how I made them:

In order to add the ear hook go through one of the end bicones, add a twin bead and go through each of the holes of it, add a seed bead, a hook, a seed bead and another twin. Go around this circle a few more times to strengthen it. Fasten off the thread.

IMG_0142So there you have it. Two more makes to add to my list (my own designs too!)

 

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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?

It is still Christmas?

Beaded StarI have really got in to this beading lark. I love what you can do with twin beads and have even had a go at making my own pattern up – more on that later. This lovely pattern is one I found via pinterest (which, thanks to claireabellemakes I am slowly getting the hang of). I have made a little alteration to the original but it is mostly the same. It may be a little bit Christmassy but in my house Christmas goes on until the end of January 6th! Here is a little montage of pictures to show you how I made them

Maybe I should make more of these, ready for next Christmas whilst I am still in the mood?

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!