Friday, November 22, 2013

Brick Stitch Earrings Tutorial

To see the materials I used in the tutorial and more information, click HERE.

Brick Stitch Earrings

I made this earring to show you how to do brick stitch. The design is very simple and the tutorial is specially for those who never tried this stitch before.

Basically you'll create two triangles by making decreases in brick stitch. To make the big triangle you'll work in two-drop brick stitch, which means that each row of the triangle has two beads tall. At the end we'll join the triangles by attaching the crystal bicones between them. And to do this we'll also use the brick stitch.

I suggest you to use a thin needle to make this project because it will make your work easier. Sometimes it's hard to pass underneath the thread to do the brick stitch because it's too tight, so a thinner needle will helps a lot.

The materials I used to make the earring:
- delica beads 11/0 colors: opaque luster salmon (db1533), opaque gray (db0731), gunmetal (db0001);
- miyuki seed beads 15/0: gunmetal (2416sb);
- 3mm bicone crystal: black diamond;
- toho one G thread, black;
- 02 earwires, gunmetal plated;

Watch the tutorial HERE.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Brick Stitch Bracelet

Today I bring to you a very easy bracelet in brick stitch. It was designed by Margherita Fusco. In the video tutorial she shows how to make the rhombus using only decreases. It's a clever idea to start the rhombus in the middle, so you just need to make decreases in both sides to complete it.

To make this bracelet I used:
- toho cube beads 4mm, silver-lined;
- toho cube beads 4mm, transparent frosted crystal;
- czech seed beads 11/0, mix grey mist iris white silver (from Beadaholique);

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bracelet Follow Me

I made this bracelet because I love it when I saw the video tutorial at YouTube. It's designed by Svetlana McDaniel. The video is in Russian but it also has English caption. You can watch the tutorial here. The pattern is very simple and easy to follow, what is great for beginners.

My version of this bracelet isn't flat and nice as it was supposed to be. There's no enough room to the 6mm pearls sit between the 8mm pearls. I'm not sure why this happened. It may be because I used a very thick thread (illusion cord 0.25mm) to make the base with pearls.

The materials I used to make it:
- Toho seed beads 11/0, dark amethyst silver lined;
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, duracoat galvanized silver;
- Darice glass pearls 8mm, 6mm, and 4mm burgundy;
- Illusion cord 0.25mm, clear (for the base);
- C-Lon thread, size D, black (for the embelishment);

I didn't have wire guardians in silver color, so I used seed beads 15/0 (miyuki duracoat galvanized silver) to create a loop where I attached the clasp.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Violetta Ring

This lovely ring is a design by Peetje from the French blog "Le Blog de Peetje". The tutorial is free and you can find it here. It's not a beginner project. To make it you need to know how to do the circular peyote and flat odd count peyote stitch.

How I made the ring: first I made both flowers separately. Then I joined them with a thread, just passing through the beads in the base of both flowers. And finally I used the same thread to attach the pearl in the flower's center. To attach the flower to the ring base, I used E-6000 glue.

That's the result:

The materials I used:
- Delica beads 11/0, color: opaque luster beige (db0205);
- Delica beads 11/0, color: color-lined dark amber ( db0287);
- Toho seed beads 15/0, color: permanent finish starlight galvanized ;
- Swarovski pearl 6mm, bronze color;
- Toho one G thread, colors: beige (to the small flower) and brown (to the big flower);
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