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Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

I love unexpected surprises when I wear jewelry and having the clasp in front is fun. This Burgundy and olive necklace has a spiky focal made with a glass spike, seed beads and Swarovski crystals. It’s fastened with a snap clasp.

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace unsnapped. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace unsnapped by Rose Rushbrooke

Here it is unsnapped.

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace showing chain. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Burgundy and olive snap clasp necklace showing chain.

The diamond shapes in the chain give it a nice textural effect. The necklace is 27 inches long from end to end when unsnapped.

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Pebble Bracelet – beading pattern available

Pebble Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Pebble Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

I am totally enamoured with the Picasso finish on many styles of beads. This bracelet uses seed beads and fire polish crystals. They are such lovely earthy colours and together they make a subtle statement. This bracelet is fastened with a snap clasp and is made with 8 components and 2 end circles for the snaps. I like working in components as it means you can take your work anywhere and make one piece at a time before putting it together.

If you would like to buy this pattern you can find it under Pebble Bracelet or the Pattern section of my beadwork website.

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Lavender Brick Stitch Pearl Pendant Necklace

Lavender brick stitch pearl pendant necklace - dyed freshwater pearls, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Lavender brick stitch pearl pendant necklace – dyed freshwater pearls, seed beads, and Swarovski crystals.

A delicate lavender coloured twisted peyote chain holds a simple pendant with dangling dyed freshwater pearls. The pendant is made with seed beads, Swarovski pearls and crystals. The chain is approximately 26 inches long.

Blue knitted amulet bag by Rose Rushbrooke

Blue Knitted Amulet Bag by Rose Rushbrooke

Blue Knitted Amulet Bag by Rose Rushbrooke

Another in my series of knitted amulet bags. This one is simple – a blue bag with a looped fringe and a chain made with seed beads and semi=precious round beads.

It’s about 17½” long and the bag is approximately 1¾” by 1¾” at the longest points. I often tie a knot in the chain at the back of my neck to get the length right.

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Teal Russian Spiral beaded necklace

Teal Russian Spiral beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Teal Russian Spiral beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

This is one of my early experiments learning Russian spiral stitch. AND I had to design cages to hold in some pretty glass beads I had in my stash.

Clasp for Teal Russian spiral beaded necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

The clasp is a toggle, a short shaped piece of the Russian spiral which goes through a loop of seed beads. Herringbone stitch divides the spiral from the clasp.

The necklace is just over 20″ long from toggle to loop.

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Lemon Zest Bracelet

Lemon Zest bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Lemon Zest bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Going through my bag of finished beadwork I found this cute, colourful bracelet. It was made for the annual My Lovely Beads Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest in 2013.

Lemon Zest bracelet laid flat.

Lemon Zest bracelet laid flat.

It is 7¾” long from end to end. It is fastened with a folding circle which slips through the end loop and then opens up to hold the bracelet together.

Made with seed beads and emerald glass crystals using cubic right angle weave and brick stitch.

Bead Storage

Beaders spend a great deal of time trying to organise and store their beads. Various companies have produced every kind of box, container, tray etc. Some of which I do use. However, I find the simplest solution is to put similar coloured and sized seed beads in the pockets of a see through over-the-door shoe rack. This way I can see what shades I am missing – ie. at the moment there’s a gap in neutral colours. I think when I go to bead trade shows or shops I get drawn into the ‘gimmee, gimmee bright colours’ and forget they really shine against a neutral.

On one side of the door I keep the size 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0 seed beads. On the other I put the size 15/0 which I often use and have many more than the larger sizes.

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

I’m not kidding – this system really works for me. I can stand in front of the rack and easily pick out the colours for a project. AND, I can make a note of missing colours. Aha – another good excuse to buy more beads!

Silver Bling Bracelet

Silver Bling Bracelet

Silver Bling Bracelet

I have a feeling I may have already posted this bracelet before I rewrote my website. So apologies if you’ve seen this before.

Of course, you can never get enough of a good thing!

This bling bracelet is made with seed beads and Swarovski crystals. Cubic right angle stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. The bracelet is 7¼” long from end to end.

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