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
Last week, I worked on a new project – one that I’ve been meaning to try for awhile. I decided to cover an old beat-up Hot Wheels car using tiny Japanese glass seed beads! This one happens to be a blue Nissan Silvia. Check it out:
First, I glued a thin piece of Ultrasuede to the underside of the car. Then, I peyote-stitched size 15 seed beads around the car, stitching the edges to the Ultrasuede beneath.
Considering it is my first time beading a 1/64 scale Hot Wheels car, I think it turned out looking pretty cool! Its also a fun way to recycle an old toy that was otherwise headed for the landfill. The best part is, even though it is now a work of art, it can still be used as the toy it was meant to be:) I am currently running this item on eBay for a limited time, afterwards, it will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop. What should I bead next?
Posted in cars, ebay, etsy, peyote
Tagged Automobile, beading, Beadwork, Etsy, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Seed bead, Shopping, Toy, Ultrasuede
A new bead embroidery kit is now available for sale on Etsy!
Learn how to make an adorable beaded Yorkshire Terrier pin or pendant! Kit includes a 20-page instruction booklet w/ 52 color photos, 10 packages of 15/o Japanese seed beads, pin pendant finding, felt, beading foundation, Ultrasuede, English beading needle and thread.
This beading kit is being offered for your personal use only. Make a beaded Yorkie for yourself or for a friend. Please visit my Etsy shop for more beading kits and PDF patterns. Happy beading:)
Posted in bead embroidery, dogs, etsy, Kits, Patterns
Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, crafts, Dogs, Etsy, handmade, Seed bead, Ultrasuede, Yorkshire Terrier
Today, I am thrilled to announce that my first bead embroidery kit is now available for sale on Etsy! Make your own beaded Jack Russell Terrier pin or pendant. Kit includes printed 10-page instruction booklet featuring 24 color photos, Japanese size 15 seed beads in 8 different colors, one pin back, felt, stiff stuff, Ultrasuede, and one size 13 beading needle. Click the photo above for more details. If you are interested in purchasing the PDF pattern only, you will find it HERE. This kit is currently available in a limited quantity. Look for more beading kits in the future!
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Tagged Bead embroidery, beading, Beadwork, crafts, Dog, Etsy, Jack Russell Terrier, patterns, Seed bead, Ultrasuede
Last week, I beaded the entire front panel of my heart-shaped purse -ironically while suffering from my own broken heart:( It is so difficult to do beadwork when all you can see are tears :’(
First, I stitched my beaded cat & Scottie dog to the Ultrasuede. Then, I stitched on a few different shades of 11/0 Czech glass seed beads slowly working my way around the heart. To add even more depth to the piece, I then stitched on red Japanese Delicas (with aurora borealis finish) over top of the Czech seed beads.
This took quite a bit of time to bead, but I love the results. My heart, however, will require quite a bit more time..
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.