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!
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.
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.
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.
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Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Ecuador, Etsy, Peyote stitch, Phytelephas, Seed Beads, South America, Ultrasuede
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!
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!
Posted in beadweaving, Boston, bracelets, etsy, jewelry, lampwork
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, beadweaving, Beadwork, Boston, Etsy, Jewelry, Lampwork, Sterling silver
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!
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!
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.
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!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Dog, Etsy, Facebook, Jewelry, Pink, Poodle, Purple, Seed Beads
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:
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..
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!
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?
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.
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!
*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.
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…
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
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.
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!
*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.
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!
Tiny Beaded Scottie Dog Earrings. 5/8″ x 4/8″ (17mm x 15mm).
You’ll also notice that I listed a beaded Snowflake Lace choker
in my shop. This piece is actually one of my early works. Each snowflake was woven one at a time, then woven together to create the finished piece. This was created entirely from tiny glass seed beads & nylon thread. The snowflakes are soft & pliable, but very elegant nonetheless. Perfect for any Ice Queen or beautiful young Snow Princess! Click the pic to view the listing. I also listed my beaded Boston trolley painting, Gasoline District
. You can view that listing HERE
. Don’t forget, there is 10%-off coupon code (posted on the sidebar of my blog) which can be used at my Etsy shop through the end of the year. In addition, layaway plans will be accepted for items priced over $200. Thanks for looking!
Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for, I have a new Lark Books
giveaway to announce. This week, one lucky reader will win a brand new copy of 500 Judaica: Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art (500 Series)
by Ray Hemachandra. This beautiful softcover book features a diverse collection of handmade Jewish ritual art pieces which reflect a wide range of materials, object types, and techniques, including beadwork! If you are interested in contemporary Judaica, this book is a must-have!
To enter to win:
*Please leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, December 18, 2010.
*Please leave your email address in your comment, or make sure your email address is posted on your Blogger profile so that I have a way to contact you if you are the winner. Entries without email addresses will not be eligible.
*To enter more than once:
Please post the news about this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, and/or your own blog by clicking the Share button at the bottom of this post. Don’t forget to let me know where you have posted the news in your comment on this blog post!
*One winner will be randomly chosen & notified on Sunday, December 19, 2010.
Thanks for your interest, and good luck!
*Please note: I have received the above book free of charge from Lark Books. This is my honest review of the product and I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.
Today, just a quick peek at a new jewelry project I started beading this weekend. So far, I’m using only green Japanese size 15 seed beads. I’m beading 4″ strips (62 rows x 3 beads wide) and I’m weaving them together using sort of a single needle ladder stitch technique
… I thought I was crazy at first, because this takes a very long time (& I might go blind in the process), but I think I’m going to like the results!
Yesterday, I made a new freeform beaded bracelet to match the ‘Falling Leaves
‘ necklace that’s listed in my Etsy shop
! I used the same seed bead mixes, copper leaf, and toggle clasp. I think it compliments the necklace very well and it is quite comfortable to wear. I’ll be listing this in my shop this afternoon, so please check back. Next, I need to make a matching pair of earrings!
Also, I have a bit of exciting news. A few days ago, I was invited to participate in a big Contemporary Bead Art
exhibition in Plattsburgh, NY
! The show takes place at the North Country Cultural Center for the Arts
and runs November 6 – 29, 2010. I will post more details about the show (and participating bead artists) as soon as I receive them. For now, I am getting ready to make the 5-hr. drive up there (tomorrow) to deliver my beadwork! I plan to show at least 10 of my largest paintings at this show, so if you live in Upstate New York, Vermont, or Montreal, Canada, please make a point to stop by and check it out! Thanks for your interest!