Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cubic Zirconia, fish, and going in circles!

Have you ever heard of blogging for beads? Well, its a program put together by Artbeads.com where they let bloggers try out their products (free of charge too! woohoo!) in return for their opinions of the beads. I have lots of opinions...and they asked me for mine! So over at Artbeads, the declared November and December "cubic zirconia months" and asked what I might like to try out...I fell in LOVE with the stars that they had, and for good reason. I really liked them, before I even saw them, but boy oh boy, when they came in the mail, I was thrilled! They feel nice and heavy, more like a natural stone then a crystal. I liked them so much, I bought some more with my own money to finish this necklace off!
I whipped up this nice beadweaving lace pattern by Sandra Halpenny, using the stars in place of 4mm crystals (like the pattern called for).
I added the teardrop cubic zirconia in the center for a focal piece. What a nice hunk of "laboratory grown crystal created to be a diamond substitute" as they say on the website. Very clear, and faceted nicely too, I might add!
The stars are 10mm and 5mm, and again are faceted, and the clarity is amazing! All I needed to do was to add the beadweaving, some seed beads, and a few swarovski 4mm crystal AB bicones! I'm thinking of entering this necklace into the Etsy-Beadweaver December challenge as a "peace piece", I just need to consult with some beady friends first!
Now this next bead, was a present from my very talented glass blowing brother, Anderson Coats of "Like a Moth to a Flame". He went through a period were he was making fish, and they are so realistic you can just about feel the scales on their sides! This fish is a female Rio Grande Cut Throat, and although I haven't done my research, I imagine it looks just like the real thing!
Now, when making a fish necklace all I figured I needed to add, was some waves! So I did this necklace in Oglala stitch, with 4 shades of blue...
Then I added some 6mm pressed glass rounds, and this is what it looks like! Its a bit longer then I planned, but I haven't figured out how to properly guess how long the oglala stitch will come out in the end.
I added a beaded toggle, because I feel that a beadwoven necklace should be finished, in the same manner it was started! With seed beads!

This last one was a necklace I made when I recently had an obsession with square stitch. I have a skirt that is pink and brown tie-die, which was the color inspiration. I started with round swarovski crystals, and square stitch medallions around them.
The rest of the length of the necklace is done in daisy stitch. And of course again, finished with a beaded toggle. This time it is a beaded ball with a loop.
Sorry I save up so many things to post at once, but I will admit, photography is not my favorite part of beading. I like to get it all done at the same time!

Stay tuned for an upcoming contest I plan to run...I just need to think of a theme!

9 comments:

Lynn said...

WooHoo all that eye candy in one post! Everything is delicious!!

Anonymous said...

You are a very talented artist .Very pretty stuff

A.C. said...

Your work is inspiring - Great designs, elegant and playful....

Kathy said...

You do beautiful work! How long have you been doing beads? Is there a trick to working with seed beads? Thanks for your inspiration.

Beadwoman3 said...

Thanks everyone, glad you like them!
I have been beading for about 26 years now(am I really that old already?). There is really no trick, except dont be afraid to rip it all out and start over! It is quite addictive, and as long as your hands and eyesight hold out, your creativity is your only limit! Of course thats why we have bead stores and magazines/books (for inspiration)!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

WOW - I love ya your stuff! You made me smile :D I think that top piece would be fantastic for this months contest :D

Lisa Crone said...

Oh my goodness, you are something!! I love how you say, "i whipped this up", and it is something so beautiful and detailed!! You are good!! LOVE the cz's!! :)

Valerie A. Heck said...

wow! I've worked with seed beads some and I have a great respect for your jewelry! Very beautiful!

tina said...

amazing work!