Swarovski rivolis bezelled with galvanised lemon delicas and contrasting dark blue seed beads give this lovely interchangeable pendant necklace a striking effect. The pattern is a design by Jean Power for the 2015 National Beading Week in the UK.
To see what others created go to the Facebook page Jean set up for her secret bead-along.
Another piece designed during June Huber’s Masterclass at the 2014 Bead & Button show in Milwaukee, WI. Made with seed beads, bugle beads, fire polish glass, a glass shell pendant and beads from Unicorne Beads, and a hand made clasp.
Back in 2013 I took a Masterclass with Marcia deCoster, at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee. As you probably know, she is a right angle weave queen. Particularly cubic right angle weave.
She came up with a selection of components for us to play with. I particularly liked the geometric look of the curved piece and so went ahead and mirrored and stretched it, and made 2. Along with adding stripes – just for fun.
I do love the colors she chose for each kit. This olive and gold works together and makes for an elegant look. Adding in another of her components I finally designed this fancy necklace with fringe. It’s called Chrysogonum after a creeping ground flower nicknamed Gold and Green.
Here’s a close up of the focal point.
This is a close up of the clasp which is made from another of Marcia’s component designs. The clasp conceals a snap for closure.
The necklace is made with seed beads, Swarovski crystals and pearls. It is around 19 inches long with an additional 6 inches of focal and fringe.
Finally I got around to posting this ombre necklace. It’s been showing itself off at a summer exhibition and I’ve just got it home. In fact, I’ve got a pile of beadwork back so there will be more goodies posted over the next few weeks.
This was made for a pantone color competition. We were given a choice of 3 swatches – all of which were a bit weird. But I rather fancied the emerald, tangerine, and I think, linen swatches. It’s quite a task finding beads with colors which will flow into each other. And then working out how to actually fit them together so they do flow. It’s easy to make a stripe but to blend, not so much.
I used a triple spiral and it made a thick cord. I just kept going until I came back around to the color I started with. The necklace ended up being around 3 foot long. So you can wear it lots of different ways. I mostly wear it knotted as shown above but you could wear it lariat style:
Or wrap it around your neck a couple of times.
You can see the color flow better in this picture:
Can you tell I like making these bracelets? I’ve made them in 3 different colorways and I’ve still got some more ideas. The new picasso finish – which is turning up on all types of beads – really appeals. And when they are paired up with peacock tiles – well……., yum.
This is what the bracelet looks like lying out flat. It’s 8″ long from the tip of the toggle to the clasp, and is 1″ wide. It fits a wrist diameter of just over 7″.
Here’s a back view so you can see how pretty the beads are together.
Here is a tile superduo clasp bracelet in another colourway. I am thoroughly enamored with the new picasso finish on today’s beads. And I like the peacock finish on tiles and drops. In this instance the turquoise superduo double hole beads go with the slightly greenish, creamish, brownish picasso tile beads.
I think it has something to do with the earthiness – the beads look like polished stones.
And of course, it is all helped along by using one of Jenny Davies-Razor’s ceramic rings. Again, total love affair going on here.
Just can’t stop photographing this thing.
The bracelet is 8″ long from the tip of the toggle to the clasp, and is 1″ wide. It fits a wrist diameter of just over 7″.
It was very exciting to get an email from the editor of Bead & Button magazine letting me know my necklace was one of the pieces selected for Margie Deeb’s competition ‘Speaking with Color’. The winning photos are in the April 2014 issue.
Instead of the necklace fastening at the back of the neck, a secret snap clasp is used inside the focal. This necklace is made with a Czech glass spike bead surrounded with seed beads and a tiny smattering of Swarovski 2mm crystals to catch the light.
The chain is a diamond shaped stitch using seed beads, delicas, and Swarovski pearls.
Here’s a full size picture of the necklace:
The chain is approximately 25 inches long.
Here’s the clasp unsnapped.
I was very pleased to receive a bag of beading goodies, a book from Margie Deeb, and a year’s subscription to Bead and Button magazine. So worth making the piece.