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.
Posted in beadweaving, earrings, etsy, jewelry, necklaces
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, Beadwork, Ecuador, Etsy, Peyote stitch, Phytelephas, Seed Beads, South America, Ultrasuede
Who love Pugs? My beaded Pug pins have recently become one of my best sellers on Etsy! My latest one is all black. I used 15/o charlotte seed beads for sparkle, as well as steel gray for contrast. How does he look?
Now, this item is available in either black or fawn color. Please specify color when ordering HERE. For those who may be interesting in making your own beaded Pug pin, I am in the middle of writing the pattern & instructions, so please stay tuned:)
I have also finished making another baby pink beaded poodle pin. I started beading this miniature poodle at last week’s bead embroidery workshop. I used bubblegum pink 8/o seed beads, as well as ceylon white Delicas.
Here’s how it looks as a pendant! Adorable, right? Please click the pics to view more photos on Etsy:)
Also, if you’d like to check out the latest progress of my semi-beaded Peterbilt semi truck, check out my Facebook page. I will post an update on this blog soon. That’s the news for now. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!
Posted in bead embroidery, dogs, etsy, necklaces, pendants
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, dog jewelry, Etsy, Peterbilt, Poodle, Pug, Seed bead, Semi-trailer truck
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!
Posted in dogs, etsy, jewelry, necklaces
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Dog, Etsy, Facebook, Jewelry, Pink, Poodle, Purple, Seed Beads
This week, I began working on something that has been sitting on my worktable for quite awhile – more felt poodles! :D
At some point, I realized that beaded poodle possibilities are endless. My plan for this project is to create a ‘dog collar’ (so to speak) featuring 7 beaded poodles.
I started working on the first one, which measures 6cm x 6cm. So far, I have used 4 different shades of gray seed beads in size 11 and 15.
Next I will add some beaded fringe.. Just wait ’til you see!
Posted in bead embroidery, dogs, necklaces
Tagged Bead, Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, Dog, Dog collar, Etsy, NonSporting-Utility Group, Pets, Poodle, Seed Beads
After a 12-day visit and a 12-hour journey home, I finally returned from Tucson, AZ
late last night. This was my first visit to the Tucson Bead Shows, and I will say it was overwhelming! While I was there mainly to work, I did have a few chances to browse the scene, shop for beads, and enjoy the (somewhat) warmer weather. I can’t wait to show you all of the beads I found there. I’ve already posted a photo of some of them on my Facebook page
. I’ll be busy organizing my new treasures over the next couple of days:)
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.
My latest freeform beaded necklace is finally finished! Inspired by the colors of fall!
I have been working on this piece off and on for the past few weeks. This necklace features green & amber Toho seed bead mixes
& copper leaf links
. The leaves are actually real carob leaves that have been plated in copper! Each leaf is completely unique!
This necklace is very elegant and comfortable to wear! You can see more photos at my Etsy shop
where this necklace is available for sale
. I do have a few of these copper leaves left, so I think I’ll make a matching bracelet and earrings next!
*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.