Friday, December 20, 2013

Brick Stitch Ring Tutorial

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

Brick Stitch Ring

This is another very simple tutorial I bring to you!

To make the ring I used brick stitch in the central part (to create the rhombus) and odd count peyote stitch and picot to create the ring band. In the video I show you all the steps necessary to create it. I hope you enjoy it!

The materials used in the gray/pink ring:
- delica beads 11/0, colors: gunmetal (#db0001), opaque gray (#db0731), opaque luster salmon (#db1533)
- miyuki seed beads 15/0, metallic gunmetal (#451);
- 4mm bicone crystal, black diamond;
- One G thread, black;

The materials used in the turquoise/gold ring:
- delica beads 11/0, colors: color-lined sparkle crystal/taupe (#db0907), opaque luster lt beige (#db0204), opaque matte turquoise green (#db0759)
- toho seed beads 15/0, opaque turquoise (#55)
- 4mm Swarovski Xilion bicone, light colorado topaz
- One G thread, brown;

Watch the tutorial for the ring HERE and the tutorial for the earring HERE.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Brick Stitch Earrings 2

Another version of the brick stitch earring!

The materials I used:
- delica beads 11/0, color-lined sparkle crystal/taupe (#db0907)
- delica beads 11/0, opaque luster lt beige (#db0204)
- delica beads 11/0, opaque matte turquoise green (#db0759)
- toho seed beads 15/0, opaque turquoise (#55)
- 3mm crystal bicone, light topaz
- One G thread, color: brown;

You can watch the tutorial for this earring HERE.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Think Pink

Pantone anounced the color of the year for 2014: Radiant Orchid.

Source: Pantone

The color, according to Pantone, it's a member of purple family although has a lot of pink in it. The Radiant Orchid will replace the emerald green, the color of the year 2013.

For being such a vibrant color, Radiant Orchid combines very well with neutral colors like gray (an "it" color for the winter 2013) and beige.

Here are some examples to show you how to mix this vibrant tone with neutral colors like gray, beige and white.

Source: Homedit
 Source: Setting for Four

But the Radiant Orchid also combines with other vibrant colors. I've seen beautiful mixes of this color with green, turquoise, yellow, orange, dark blue and some shades of pink.

I brought some pictures to give you an idea of how this color can be mixed with vibrant colors:

 Source: NY Daily News

Radiant Orchid + Tangerine Tango + Apple Green
Source: Germani Decor

 Source: Homedit

Source: Simone Design

In my opinion, this new color should be used with moderation because there's a lot of people who doesn't like pink colors! As you can see in the previous pictures, the Radiant Orchid is normally use in details, moderately.

And that's the big deal for everyone who makes beading jewelry. People will want this color mainly in nails, makeups and accessories like purses, shoes and jewelry.

I can't wait to see the seed beads in this new color. And see what all of you can come up with it!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Beaded Bracelet with Pearls

This bracelet is another design of Svetlana McDaniel. I became a big fan of her patterns because they're very simple and easy to follow, and the result is stunning! I got a lot of compliments for all the pieces I made from her designs! You can watch the tutorial for this bracelet here.

For this pattern I did some modifications at the end because the edges of my bracelet were loose and not aligned. I took a picture to show you the problem.

As you can see in the photo above, the edges of the up side are misaligned (indicated by the red arrows).
To solve this problem, after completed the bracelet I added a new thread and passed through all the beads from the edges, including the middle bead from the set of three seed beads between the pearls. I marked the path with blue dots to show you it better.

To finish I added a two-strand clasp to bracelet instead of a toggle clasp as in the original pattern.

That's the result:

The materials I used:
- miyuki seed beads 11/0, duracoat galvanized silver;
- darice glass pearls 8mm, color: grey;
- darice glass pearls 6mm, color: silver;
- illusion cord 0.25mm, clear (for the base with pearls);
- illusion cord 0.15mm, clear (for the embellishment with seed beads);

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