Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Red Corralling Technique Necklace

I have long admired the beading of Vavara, a Russian beader. She has written a few books, and this is the first necklace I have tried. It is available from, and is called "Coral III Necklace". The branches are really easy once you get a rhythm to them. I used two colours of size 10 (from a Czech company who has smallish size 10's) and size 8 seed beads for the main section as fill in's. The main colour was light opaque red, and the contrast (end of branches) was dark opaque red. The original pattern has longer centre branch sections, however I just made all the branches the same length. I also added larger size 8 seed beads to the starting band to make it a little more substantial. This is a really fun technique, and went fairly quickly once I got the hang of doing the branches. I will try some more contrasting colours in the next one. I brought this in progress to a Christmas cookie party, and got rave reviews. I plan to try another one for me. This one was a Christmas present for my daughter. Because she did not want a choker length, I am adding a 5" strip of adjustable back extender.

Black Necklace for Christmas

I made this necklace for my daughter for Christmas. She liked it but wanted a longer catch so she could wear it NOT as a choker. I added a length of adjustable beads to do this.
I used a pattern by Sherry Wayt that I downloaded from I adapted the design to make it symmetrical.
If you haven't seen this website they have some good patterns for instant download.
I tried to make the centre hang lower, but due to the irregularities of the seed beads, next time I would increase by at least 2 bead increments. This was a fun pattern to do, and I plan to try some further variations.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Baroque Necklace


These necklaces are from a pattern on by Charlene Hughes. The silver one on top is the full motif in the pattern. The mauve necklace on the bottom is simplified. This is a right angle weave technique. A free pattern for the technique by Kathy Rice is available on the Fire Mountain Gems Website. This is a great way to use the 4mm square beads.
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Teracita Medallion

One medallion of the Tera Cita Bracelet by Melanie DeCoster. This was in beadwork June/July 2007, p. 32. Easy to do, and quick. I added a bail on the top using the same mesh as the base of the medallion. Beads: Charlottes(turquoise), Size 8 (light purple), and 4mm svarovskis, turquoise fire polish 4mm, and gold size 11 seeds.
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Chevron Lace Beaded Beads

This is a necklace composed of beaded beads that I made in the Melanie Potter Workshop. They are made with chevron chain, first a tube for the foundation, then circles added on each level of the chain. They are made with size 15 for the lace, and size 11 for the foundation. Lots of potential uses for these beads!!
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Ndebele Peyote Combo

This is a new technique I have seen and been very curious about. It is so geometric, but I was not sure how to do it. I just got the new book Mastering Beadwork by Carol Huber Cypher, and it has a pattern called "Inclusions Between the Stitches Bracelet". p. 170.
So, the technique is easy once you get the hang of it. You start with three beads in a circle, then do one row of herringbone, then on the third row you adding beads in between, and this becomes the peyote as you add rows of ndebele. I added seed beads on the last row. I guess these will be earrings. I used the new size 10 delicas, they are really fun to use as they work up fast but still have the nice even look that delicas produce.
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Sunday, 2 December 2007

Lotus Necklace

I attended my first beading workshop with Melanie Potter at Bead Junction on Roncesvalles in Toronto. I really learned a lot of general techniques in addition to making the projects. This is the lotus necklace - or I should say it is a lotus. All of this project used chevron chain as the basis of the stitches. The chain is then embellished with beaded beads. The actual necklace is on Melanie's site, The lotus you see here was done mainly in #11 seed beads. In her necklace there are also smaller lotuses done in #15 beads. I thought one was enough, and I didn't add the beaded beads because I wanted to use the chain also for other things. I do not really like the colour of the peyote band that attached the lotus, but these were the only beads I had that sort of went with the colours, and I didn't feel like taking this apart when I got back either.

Melanie is a great teacher, and was very patient and also made sure she went around so everyone got personal attention. I would love to visit her studio in California sometime, and maybe I will now that our son is heading to California to work in January.

Chevron chain is easy and creates an open framework that lends itself well to embellishment. It is also a strong structural weave that enable the chain to be firm. The chain drapes well, and a lot of other embellishments could be added. Carol Wilcox Wells site has a bracelet called On the Fringe that uses this stitch as the base. There are also vessels done in this stitch in her book.

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Bezeling Rivolis

I finally learned how to bezel Rivoli Stones. The trick on this is to do just the front first, then inset the stone and snug up, then do the back.