Sunday, October 20, 2013

Beginner Series: Beadweaving Class

This video by Beaducation is an amazing introduction class of beadweaving. The teacher is Laura McCabe, a talented and famous beadweaver artist.

Besides covering all basic issues we already talked here in the blog (such as: basic tools and materials, types of seed beads, etc), the teacher give us many useful tips. And she also shows how to make even and odd count peyote stitch (flat and tubular peyote).



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Herrinbone Bangle

Because so many people liked my last work, the Myrna Necklace, I decided to make a tutorial showing you how to do the tubular herringbone stitch. The project is very simple. It's a bangle totally made in herringbone with increases and decreases to create a ripple effect. I think it's a good project for beginners!

Bangles don't have clasps. So we need create them longer than an usual bracelet. This post from Beading Daily shows how to measure correctly you hand to create a bangle.

The materials you're gonna need to create the bangle:
- 8g seed beads 11/0;
- 2g seed beads 15/0;
- 9 pearls 6mm;



The materials I used to the green bangle:
- Dyna-mite round seed beads, size 11/0, square hole, color: olive green silver lined;
- Toho round seed beads, size 15/0, color: crystal/gold lined (tr-15-262c);
- Darice pearls 6mm, color: white;
- C-Lon thread, size D, color: ash;

  

The materials I used to the green bangle:
- Dyna-mite round seed beads, size 11/0, square hole, color: gold matte silver lined;
- Toho round seed beads, size 15/0, color: crystal/gold lined (tr-15-262c);
- Darice pearls 6mm, color: white;
- C-Lon thread, size D, color: ash; 


Watch the tutorial HERE.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Beginner Series: Seed Beads

Beads are the most basic material used in the beadwork. They can be made of any type of material (glass, wood, paper, fabric, plastic, etc.) and can have any shape or size. But what all the beads have in common is the hole (usually in the center) for threading or stringing.

The seed beads are made of glass. The traditional seed beads have a rounded shape and the size is identified by a number. The most common sizes are: 15/0, 13/0, 11/0, 10/0, 8/0, and 6/0. The higher the number the smaller the size of the seed bead. Thus the seed beads size 15/0 are the smallest, while the seed beads size 6/0 are the biggest.

There are also seed beads in other shapes besides the traditional one. The most common shapes are: cylinder beads, triangle beads, bugle beads, cube beads, and hexagon beads. The size of the cylinder, triangle, cube and hexagon beads is identified by a number, just like the traditional round seed beads. The size of beads in other shapes is indicated in millimeters.

Currently, the seed beads are produced worldwide. The most famous are: the Japanese seed beads (from the brands Miyuki, Toho, and Matsuno) and the Czech beads. The Japanese beads have better consistency in color, size, and shape. And because of that they are also the most expensive. The cheap seed beads, like the Chinese beads, are very irregular in size and shape. And it's important to know that seed beads from different brands may vary in size and shape.

To finish our topic about seed beads, I brought some videos that explain more detail the various types, sizes, and colors of seed beads.

Introduction to seed beads by Bead & Button magazine:



Learn Seed Bead Types with Melinda Barta, by Interwave Craft:



Czech glass seed beads x Japanese seed beads:



Differences between Delica beads and round seed beads, by Potomac Bead Company:



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Myrna Necklace

That's my last creation! The pendant is designed by Ewa. You can find the tutorial here. It's not a beginner project, but I think it's pretty simple to make. If you have some experience in beadwork, you should try this pattern! You will learn a different method to bezel a cabochon, using tila beads. I had a lot of fun making this pendant!

My real challenge was creating a necklace for the pendant. I tried some chains and cords, but I wasn't happy with the result. So I decided to create a necklace with beads. After tried several designs, I ended up with a herringbone rope. I used the same colors of the beads used to make the pendant.

To finish, I attached a bead cap to each end of the necklace using an eyepin (if you want, I can make a tutorial showing how to attach a bead cap with eyepin to the herringbone rope). And finally I added a clasp, that I made with Parawire in smoke color.

That's the result:






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