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‘Poodle in Public Garden’ Beaded Cuff Bracelet

I have been busy the past few weeks. I am preparing for a week long Newbury Handmade Market next month, so I started restocking some of my most popular Etsy items, such as beaded Pugs and Poodles.. Then, inspiration hit and I made my first beaded Poodle cuff bracelet! :D

brown beaded Poodle in boston public garden cuff bracelet bangle bead embroidery etsy

This 2″ bracelet was made by stitching tiny glass seed beads and vintage German glass flowers and leaves to felt. Beadwork was mounted onto a blank metal cuff and lined with Ultrasuede. If you would like to view the progress of my bead embroidery, please see this album on Facebook.

brown beaded Poodle in public garden cuff bracelet etsy bead embroidery dog

I decided to call this piece ‘Poodle in Public Garden‘ because it reminds me of all the adorable dogs I always see walking in the Boston Public Garden. It is currently available for sale in my Etsy shop.

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This piece can also be customized to include the beaded dog breed of your choice. If you would like to order your own custom ‘Public Garden’ beaded bracelet, please see my Etsy shop for more details.. or use the Contact form above:) Thanks for looking! :D

Custom Beaded Rooster Jewelry

Check out my latest custom order – a beaded rooster brooch! :)

Kauai Hawaii Moa Beaded Rooster Pin Pendant Bird Jewelry beadwork bead embroidery

This one is called a Moa (Hawaiian for chicken) and he lives on the island of Kauai. I created him by stitching tiny Japanese seize 15 seed beads to a felt foundation. I used more than 10 different colors, including blue 1 x 4mm micro bugle beads. I also layered beaded fringe for his feathers to create realism. This piece is a pin which can also be worn as a pendant.

Beaded rooster chicken Kauai Hawaii state bird beadwork bead embroidery jewelry

6.5cm x 5cm

Something tells me this won’t be the last beaded chicken pin I create..

What do you think? :D

Bead-Embroidered Airedale Terrier Earrings

 There are just 19 shopping days left until Christmas! Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you are looking for a unique gift, check out these new beaded Airedale Terrier earrings

These dangly dogs were made by stitching tiny Japanese size 15 seed beads to tiny pieces of felt. Teeny tiny sterling silver heart charms hang just below the beadwork. This design can also be made as post earrings upon request. Please view my Etsy shop for more details. Please place orders early to ensure holiday delivery. Also, don’t forget to follow the progress of my beadwork on Instagram or Facebook! Back to beading! :)

 

Playing with Tagua Beads

Several months ago, a package of Tagua beads came in the mail from Ecuador! Tagua beads are made from the nut of a palm tree in South America. They can be carved or cut into many different shapes. The Tagua nut’s best known quality is that in its natural state, it looks very much like Ivory, but can be dyed any color of the rainbow. Tagua beads are light weight and eco-friendly!

seed beads peyote stitch tagua nut potato chip bead embroidery etsy

My favourite Tagua beads are called potato chip beads or slices. They are very thin with one hole on the top. I wanted to try using them as a cabochon, so I glued   3 of them to small pieces of Ultrasuede. Then, I beaded around them using peyote-stitch. I used orange and turquoise blue glass seed beads in size 11 and 15.

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After I finished beading my bezels, I decided to utilize the holes at the top of the beads by making my own bails. I did this by peyote-stitching a few rows of beads through the hole and the Ultrasuede at the back of the piece. After creating a second beaded link, I was able to attach sterling silver ear wires. For the third pendant, I stitched an 18″ blue spiral rope chain to match.

Tagua potato chip beads necklace earrings set turquoise red etsy bead embroidery

These pieces are very lightweight in comparison to a beaded stone or glass cabachon. If you like big earrings, but don’t like them weighing your ear down, these are perfect! This set is now available for sale in my Etsy shop. You can also find a fabulous selection of Tagua Beads at EcuadorianHands.com. Thanks for looking!

*Please note: I have received the Tagua Beads used in these pieces free of charge from EcuadorianHands.com. This is my honest review of the product and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received. 

 

Mixing Beadweaving with Lampwork Beads

This week, I am busy preparing for next week’s bead embroidery workshop at Boston Bead Company. So, I’d like to take this opportunity to show you my latest freeform beaded bracelet! :)

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Remember my first lampwork beads I made at Diablo Glass School recently? Well, I experimented by weaving them into one of my freeform peyote stitched cuffs. This piece is well-balanced with one lampwork cylinder bead at the center and two lampwork beads on either side of it. I used a mix of pink, white, blue and gold seed beads. I stitched through the lampwork beads many, many times to ensure that the thread will hold the weight of the piece. And, it does! Click the pic to see more photos. This bracelet measures 7″ so it will fit anyone with a 6″ wrist. It also features a sterling silver slide clasp which makes it easy to put on & take off!

Also, just a quick reminder, you can save 10% off any order in my Etsy shop by using coupon code OCT200. Valid through October 31, 2012! Thanks for your interest in my beadwork! :D

 

‘Pretty in Poodles’ Micro-Beaded Dog Collar

Long time, no post! For those who haven’t been following my beadwork on Facebook, here is my latest creation. A micro-beaded dog collar (or choker necklace) featuring 7 corded poodles in all different colors!

micro beaded corded poodles dog collar necklace beadwork bead embroidery etsy jewelry

Each poodle was created individually by stitching tiny glass seed beads to felt 2-3 beads at a time. The poodles’ hair was made using Czech 1x4mm micro-bugle beads and 13/o charlottes. The hair is long beaded fringe which actually moves when you touch it, feeling silky soft! :D

micro beaded corded poodles dog collar necklace bead embroidery beadwork etsy jewelry

After the poodles were beaded, they were then stitched together into the shape of the necklace. Closure is a sterling silver chain & lobster claw clasp. Beadwork measures approx. 10″ x 3″ (25cm wide x 7.7cm tall). Necklace fits 14″ – 16″ (35 – 40cm). Please view the Etsy listing for more details. 

micro beaded corded poodle dog collar necklace choker bead embroidery beadwork etsy jewelry

This is a one-of-a-kind wearable art piece which will not be duplicated. If you are interested in a custom beaded dog collar of a different breed, please contact me through my Etsy shop. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork! :)

Purple Preciosa Twin-Beaded Bracelet

Last week, I received a fabulous package from Preciosa Ornela in Czech Republic! It contained a sample of the new Twin Beads as well as an assortment of seed beads & glass accent beads. I love the beads, as they are some of my favorite colors, but I also loved the beaded pencil & pen they sent:) Check them out:

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I was excited to learn of a new seed bead and all of its possibilities! Inside the promotional package were several project ideas which I would love to try – especially the cube-ular bracelet shown below, but I will need to buy more Twin Beads in several colors to complete that one..

preciosa twin beads promotion czech bead weaving crystal bead embroidery beadwork

I received two packages of Twin Beads. I chose to use the dark purple ones below. As you can see, they are oval shaped with two holes. They aren’t all perfectly shaped, but they are all beautiful! :D

After trying out a few techniques, I came up with an idea for a bracelet. This was my first try at this design. It basically shows off many colors of seed beads that I received. The Twin Beads link the rows of seed beads together in an improvisational bead-netted sort of way:) Then, I added an interesting larger  bead at the end to use as my toggle clasp. How do you think it looks?

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If I were to recreate this bracelet again (which I am considering!), I would probably change a couple of things, but overall, I am happy with how it turned out. It is very comfortable to wear, too.

Preciosa Twin Beads beadweaving bracelet purple two hole beads Czech Republic glass Etsy

I think I will list this item in my Etsy shop! Next, I would like to figure out a way to work the Twin Beads into one of my bead embroidery projects! If you have tried the new Preciosa Twin Beads, what did you make with them? Please share your experience! If you are interested in learning more about Preciosa glass products, follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter. That’s the news for now. Back to beading! :D

*Please note: I have received the above mentioned products free of charge from Preciosa Ornela. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

Freeform Beaded Fairy Tale Flower Pendant

Over the long holiday weekend, I got a chance to work on a small project for Artbeads.com‘s blogging challenge entitled ‘What’s Old is New Again‘. Artbeads was kind enough to send me a piece of 16g sterling silver half hard wire and some new Toho seed beads! My challenge was to incorporate something old into the design. So, I chose an antique watch face! A few years ago, I picked up a bag full of old watch parts at an antique market in London. I love to use these because, to me, they add a bit of mystery. I always wonder what the watch might have looked like, who wore it, and where they had to be at any given time…

freeform peyote wire flower antique watch face necklace What's Old is New Again

Fairy Tale Flower Pendant (detail). 2.75" (7cm)

For this piece, first I formed a flower shape out of the wire. I stitched the watch face onto a piece of Ultrasuede, and began beading around it. I then used a freeform peyote stitch technique to fill in the flowers’ petals with seed beads. I stitched white beads onto the front of the flower, and a green seed bead mix onto the reverse side. This really adds visual depth to the piece! After I completed the beadwork, I added a brown leather cord. This is definitely one of the more unique art pieces I have ever created. It almost looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland, but not quite.. So, I decided to call it a Fairy Tale Flower Pendant, and I listed it in my Etsy shop. What does it remind you of?  :D

What's Old is New Again freeform peyote beadwork flower antique watch face pendant

Fairy Tale Flower Pedant on Leather Cord

*Please note: I have received the above mentioned products free of charge from Artbeads.com. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>Ice & Snow Freeform Beaded Earrings

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winter enchantment swarovski snowflake freeform peyote beaded earrings

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little tired of all the snow we have been having this winter. Just when I was hoping it was over, this morning, I woke up to snow again! Yes, it’s always pretty to watch snow fall, but soon after, it just becomes a dirty, gray, slushy, frozen mess! I don’t want to remember the ugliness of winter. I want to remember how beautiful and enchanting it can be, so I made these Ice & Snow freeform beaded earrings. These earrings were made with a freeform peyote stitch technique using a Toho Winter Frost Bead Mix & Swarovski Crystal Snowflake Pendants. Earrings are 2″ (5cm) in length, and they hang on sterling silver ear wires. These earrings are dangly, sparkly, & elegant, and they are currently listed for sale in my Etsy shop. I like them so much, I think I’ll have to make a necklace to match! :D

*Please note: I have received the above products free of charge from Artbeads.com. This is my honest review of the products and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

>Holiday Scottie Dog Earrings

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My Etsy shop has been busy this month! Last week, I sold my Tiny Beaded Scottie Dog earrings, so I made a new pair! These are made from size 15 Japanese seed beads & sparkly hex cut beads. I stitched these beads to tiny pieces of Lacy’s Stiff Stuff to create sterling silver stud earrings! These Scottie Dogs are wearing festive red collars – perfect for the holiday season! Please click the pics to view the Etsy listing for this item. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my shop’s RSS feed (or join my Facebook page) to stay updated on all my latest items! That’s the news for now. Back to beading! :)

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Tiny Beaded Scottie Dog Earrings. 5/8″ x 4/8″ (17mm x 15mm).