Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Queens Jewels

Ive just finished my latest creation that was sparked by some Swarovski crystal that I got through Artbeads blogging for beads program*. I was sent some fabulous crystals in the crystal red magma color, which is one I hadn't seen in person yet. What a fabulous color! One of the crystals I chose was a 30mm fancy oval, which captured the color beautifully. A lovely crimson/brown color is how I would describe it.
So for this necklace, I bezzelled the 30mm fancy oval with delicas in both size 11s, and size 15s(which are fairly new). I surrounded it with a spray of 4mm round crystal fringe, and then suspended it from 2 leopard skin jasper teardrop beads, and hung a 3rd from its bottom. The teardrops are also bezzelled with size 11 and size 15 delicas. I also had some 22mm cosmic ovals which I attached to the top of the 2 teardrops and then attached the strap to the other side of the ovals.
The center part of the pendant measures 3 1/2 inches from the top of the crystal fringe, to the bottom of the teardrop. The necklace measures about 19 inches long.
The strap is made with size 11 delicas, and 4mm round crystals in the herringbone stitch. A pattern was created in the strap using the same burgandy delicas used to bezel the stones and crystal, and a gray delica which matches the color in the leopard skin jasper teardrops.
The toggle is made up of a sparkly wheel (pattern by Nikia Angel), and a bar. the sparkly wheel uses 4mm bicone crystals, 4mm round jasper beads, and size 11 delicas.I have to say, after trying the size 15 delicas, I am impressed with their shape, and uniformity. They blended so well with the size 11s that it looked seemless. I also will add that they break very easily because of their size, so I think I will stick with my size 15 seed beads, becase they will be better for multiple passes through the beads.

This necklace will be going on to my etsy store, for I am entering it into the March challenge whos theme is "fairy tales". Voting takes place between the 9th and the 15th of March at the etsy beadweavers blog, so stop by my etsy store to purchase this lovely, or drop on by the blog between those dates and vote for it!

*disclaimer - all beads recieved from are free of cost to me in exchange for trying them out and giving my honest opinion of them good or bad.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My first Bead Journal Page! (and a necklace I made)

This year I decided to join the Bead Journal Project. It was started a few years ago by Robin Atkins, I think this is the third year were doing now. So I spent many months trying to figure out if I wanted a theme, and what shape and size I might do. One of the rules is to keep the same size/shape throughout the year. I thought about doing a dodecahedron, one side for each month. I thought about artist trading card size...I even contemplated doing goddesses for each month. After much thinking I decided I would do circles, and they are 4 3/4" across. To be exact, I am tracing a tin that I got from my Aunt, that is shaped and decorated like a Big Mac(yes, from McDonald's) which humors me greatly (I'm amused easily). I also decided that for every month, I will use one of the many turtle beads that I have in my collection. I love turtles, and I have LOTS of turtle beads. I am currently not able to part with them, or think of anything I would make for myself with them, so I thought this was a perfect excuse to use them, and keep them! So here is January's page...
It is all done in white, and with the feeling of snow because it is cold and snowy in Michigan in January! Ive decided to call it "Turtles in the Snow" for obvious reasons. I made some swarovski snowflakes in crystal 2xAB and then attached them to the pellon. I haven't even cut this out because I am not sure if they will need the extra fabric when framing it(which I intend to do when I am all done). I had such a good time making this one (which I finished on January 31st) that I dove immediately into February's page. I haven't finished "Turtles in Love" yet(but I'm close), because I had to put it down and try to finish my etsy-beadweaver challenge piece.

Which brings us to my next set of pictures! I didn't get it done in time, but I did get it done! The etsy-beadweaver challenge that was due on February 5 had the theme of "inspired by the ocean". I had these great beads, that reminded me of the ocean, and the colors reminded me of the sand and the surf.
I decided to make a lariat, with the beads on either end(because I only had 2) and a double spiral rope for the length because then I could swirl the "sand" and the "sea" together.
I could have finished it on Friday night, when it was due, but I wouldn't have been able to make it quite as long as I wanted, so I decided to skip the late night photo shoot. I finally finished it Sunday night, during the Superbowl, and it is a whopping 54" long! It could be used in so many ways...for a necklace, or even for a belt (if your waistline is small enough).
So all I need to do now is go and list it over on etsy. And while I'm thinking about it, the voting for the people that DID get their creations done on time is going on now at the etsy-beadweaver blog, until the 15Th of February, so go on over and vote for your favorite!