Thursday, February 27, 2014

Twin Bracelet

I had in my stash some twin beads that were released even before the superduo beads. They are very irregular, so I was thinking about what kind of project I could make good use of them. It was when I saw a tutorial on the beading daily website, teaching how to make a bracelet using the right-angle-weave technique with superduo beads, that I had the idea to create a bracelet using my old twin beads.

The bracelet is very simple: it's just right angle weave with twin beads. I used seed beads 11/0  to fill the gaps between the twin beads. And I embellished the sides with crystal bicones.

The good thing about do right angle weave with twin beads is that the irregularity of the bead's shape doesn't affect the design.

I made a tutorial to show you all the steps to create the bracelet. As you'll see, it's very simple and the steps are very repetitive. But if you never tried right angle weave before, it may looks confuse to you.

I suggested  in the video that you to use twin beads, but you can also use superduo beads.

That's the bracelet:





To the bronze-green bracelet I used:
- twin beads, color: iris brown;
- toho seed beads 11/0, color: opaque turquoise blue - fusionbeads;
- C-lon thread, size D, brown;

The transparent bracelet:
- twin beads, crystal matte;
- toho seed beads 11/0, crystal silver lined;
- silamide thread, white;

I used chip bicone crystals so I don't have the color name of them.

I used thread size D to make the bronze-green bracelet and it was pretty hard  at the end to pass my needle through the beads. So to avoid this problem, I suggest you use threads equivalent to Nymo size B.

Watch the tutorial HERE.

Twin Bracelet Tutorial

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


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Beaded Needle Case Tutorial

How do you storage your needles? I usually keep my working needles pinned in a little cushion on my work table and the extra needles I save in empty plastic tubes like this one in the picture.


The seed beads I buy normally come in these plastic tubes. I like to save them when they're empty so I can put my needles, findings and other small beads inside them.


Some time ago I had the idea of embellish a plastic tube with seed beads to create a beautiful needle case. It's very simple but people always ask me how I did it. So I decided to make a photo tutorial to show you how to make the needle cases.


The material you'll need:

- A plastic tube long enough to fit your needles. The tubes I used are 3" (7.6cm) long and 0.55"(14mm) diameter. If you have only the very long tubes, you can cut them in the length you want.
- 12g - seed beads size 8/0 (sb8);
- 04g - seed beads size 11/0 (sb11);
- 25ft - thread;
- 01 - beading needle #10;

Observations:

- To make the needle cases I used Dyna-myte seed beads, which are more irregular in size then Toho and Miyuki seed beads. So the quantity of beads you use may be different from mine even if you use a plastic tube with the same size of mine;
- If you use nylon thread, I recommend you stretch it before you start working; Use a strong thread - I used C-lon size D.
- Keep your tension tight;

Now let's get started!

1-2: String 1 sb8 and 1 sb11 alternately until you have the length necessary to cover around your plastic tube. 
Leave a 2.5ft or 75cm tail. We'll use the tail to create the bottom of the tube.

ATTENTION: It's really important your string fits very tightly around the tube because in this way the finished piece will stay fixed around the plastic tube. We will not use any glue to fix the plastic tube into the cover piece.

3-4: Pass through all the seed beads again to create a circle and reinforce it. At the end pass through the first sb8.

 5-6: Now start working in tubular square stitch. I show how to do this stitch in this video.

7: After finished the second row, you can check again if it fits tightly around the plastic tube.

8:  Continue working in tubular square stitch. I recommend you work without the plastic tube inside of it because it will be easier to keep your tension tight.

9-11: When your work is almost the length of the plastic tube, put the plastic tube inside of your work. It'll be a little bit tricky because your work has almost the same diameter of the plastic tube. So be careful while you do it.

12-14: Now continue working in tubular square stitch until you completely cover the plastic tube. At the end finish your thread and trim it.

15: Thread the tail. Now we'll work in circular peyote to create the bottom. It's important you have in mind that the following sequence of rows is just a guide. Depending on the diameter of the plastic tube you chose, you may work less or more rows.

16-20: Row 1: Exit from a sb8. String 1 sb11 and pass through the next sb8. Work in this way all around. At the end pass through the first sb11 of this row to get ready to the next row.

21-22: Row 2: String 1 sb11 and pass through the next sb11 from the previous row. Work in this way all around. At the end pass through the first sb11 of this row to get ready to the next row.

23-24: Row 3: Work in the same way as the previous row.

25-28: Row 4: Now we'll start the decreasing. I did a decrease every two stitches: (string 1 sb11 and pass through the next sb11 from the previous row) x2, pass through the next sb11 from the previous row without adding any bead. Work in this way all around.

29-30: Because I didn't have an even number of beads, I added 1 sb11 in the bead before the last and I passed through the last sb11 without adding a bead.

31: The row 4 completed.

32: Row 5: String 1 sb11 and pass through the next sb11 from the previous row. Work in this way all around.

33: Row 6: String 1 sb11 and pass through the next sb11 from the previous row; pass through the next sb11 from the previous row without adding any bead. Work in this way all around.

34: Row 7: String 1 sb11 and pass through the next sb11 from the previous row. Work in this way all around.

35: Pass  through all the beads of the last row without adding any bead. Repeat this step to reinforce.

Now finish your thread and trim it. Your beaded needle case is complete!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Be Mine Earrings

I'm sorry because I'm uploading this tutorial so close to the Valentine's day! I only came up with the idea to make these earrings in the last weekend. But the good thing is: they are very easy and fast to do. It took me about two hours to make the second version.

I tried to make the earrings very feminine and delicate. I hope you like it!



The materials I used:

To the pink earring:
- toho seed beads 8/0, galvanized silver matte;
- toho seed beads 11/0, galvanized silver matte;
- toho seed beads 11/0, permanent galvanized silver;
- miyuki seed beads 15/0, permanent galvanized silver;
- miyuki drop 3.4mm, clear rainbow;
- darice glass pearls, 8mm, light pink;
- crystal bicone 4mm, crystal ab;
- C-lon thread, size D, white;

To the black earring:
- toho seed beads 8/0, galvanized silver matte;
- toho seed beads 11/0, galvanized silver matte;
- toho seed beads 11/0, permanent galvanized silver;
- miyuki seed beads 15/0, opaque black;
- toho seed beads 15/0, permanent galvanized silver;
- miyuki drop 3.4mm, clear rainbow;
- glass pearls, 8mm, black;
- swarovski crystal bicone 4mm, crystal ab;
- toho one G thread, black;

Watch the tutorial HERE.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Bracelet Nelly

This is my version of the bracelet Nelly, designed by Pucca. You can buy the scheme of the bracelet  here.

The materials I used:
- superduo, color: hematite (#14400);
- miyuki tila beads, color: metallic matte silver grey (#2002);
- miyuki seed beads 15/0, color: duracoat galvanized silver;
- One G thread, black;




My first attempt to make it wasn't successful. When I added the tila beads, my bracelet wasn't flat. There wasn't enough room to place the tila beads. I took a photo to show you the problem.


I searched on the internet to find someone else that had the same problem as me, but I didn't find anything. So I undid the bracelet and tried to make it using seed beads size 11/0 instead of 15/0. But the result wasn't nice and delicate as the original pattern. I undid it again. Finally I figured out that I should loose my tension when I was doing the first part of the bracelet. That solved the problem. Keeping my tension loose left more room to place the tila beads.

But all this work was worth it! I'm very happy with the result. The bracelet is gorgeous, very feminine and delicate. Thank you Pucca for your amazing work!

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