These amulet bags were all the rage – perhaps not so much now, but still sweet. This little green bag is a about 18 inches long. Made with pearl cotton, glass seed beads, semi-precious stones, and a glass focal bead.
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.
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!
Such pretty colours! This is a gorgeous bracelet designed by Melanie Potter. I took a class with her when she visited the Portland Bead Society back in October 2015.
I really wanted to finish this because…… well, I wanted to wear it!
Very detailed and time consuming but just beautiful. The clasp is pretty interesting – a real fiddle to put together. It might help to have someone else put the bracelet on for you but I have found a way to do it myself.
The cuff is made with seed beads, delicas, Swarovski crystals and pearls.
Made at the Portland Bead Society annual retreat in Cannon Beach, OR. This was a workshop given by Karmen Schmidt – we chose our own beads. I went very classic with gold, cream and brown along with a simple button clasp.