Sunday, March 30, 2014

Double Layer Necklace Tutorial

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


Double Layer Necklace

Okay, this project I bring to you today is not a quick project that you can complete in one day. It took me four days to make the video and more two days to edit it! But the good thing is: the project has many repetitive steps which means you can do it while watching your favorite TV show.

The necklace has two layers: the first one is a double spiral rope with seed beads, bugle beads and chip stones. The second layer is a string with beaded beads, 12mm round beads, seed beads and chip stones. To complete the length of the necklace, I added a chain in the back part.

This is the first necklace I made:



The materials I used to the white version:
- dyna mites seed beads 8/0, rainbow peacock inside col; store
- czech seed beads 11/0, mix grey mist iris white silver; store
- czech seed beads 11/0, metallic silver; store
- twin beads, crystal matte;
- acrylic rice pearls, 3x6mm, white;
- chip quartz, medium size, crystal (I used almost 2 strands); store
- darice glass pearls 12mm, grey; store: Michaels or Joann
- crimp tube, 2x2mm, silver plated;
- wire guardian (a.k.a. wire protector), silver plated;
- 8mm jump ring, 16ga, silver plated;
- lobster clasp, 8x18mm, silver plated;
- 6x3mm curb chain, silver plated; store
- Beadalon bead stringing wire 19-strands, 0.12" (0.30 mm), satin silver; store
- Nymo thread, size B, white (I used it to make the beaded beads); store
- Illusion cord, 0.15mm, clear (I used it to make the double spiral rope); store

This is the version I made for the video tutorial:



The materials I used to the black-green necklace:
- dyna mites seed beads 8/0, rainbow peacock inside col; store
- toho seed beads 8/0, opaque lustered light beige (#123); store
- dyna-mites seed beads 11/0, olive green silver lined; store
- dyna-mites seed beads 11/0, light green opaque rainbow; store
- dyna-mites seed beads 11/0, brown matte; store
- dyna-mites seed beads 11/0, brown transparent; store
- toho seed beads 15/0, inside color grey/magenta lined (#1076); store
- hex bugle bead 6mm, opaque creamed coffee; store
- chip blackstone (dyed), small and medium size (I used almost 2 strands); store
- super duo beads, matte jet; store
- twin beads, jet dark green pearl; store
- round bead mother-of-pearl shell and resin, 12mm, light olive green;
- crimp tube, 2x2mm, silver plated;
- wire guardian (a.k.a. wire protector), silver plated;
- flat oval cable chain, 3x2mm, gunmetal;
- 5.5mm jump ring, 16ga, gunmetal; store: Michaels
- 4.5mm jump ring, 16ga, gunmetal; store: Michaels
- lobster clasp, 6x12mm, antique silver plated;
- bead stringing wire 7-strands, 0.12" (0.45 mm) , black; store: Michaels
- Wildfire, 0.006" (0.15mm), black (I used to make the double spiral rope); store
- Nymo thread, size B, black (I used to make the beaded beads); store

Now I would like to share with you some tips to make this necklace:
1- Choose a strong thread to make the double spiral rope because the chip stones are heavy and they may have sharp edges.
2- I also don't recommend you use nylon threads like C-lon or Toho One G to make the double spiral. We pass through the core beads many times and if you use those threads you can pass the needle trough them without realizing.
3 - When you finish the thread or add a new thread, don't make knots in the core beads.You may need to go through those beads later. Make the knots in the spiral's loops.
4 - I didn't show in the video, but you can use crimp covers to cover the crimp tubes in the necklace. This will help you to give a more professional finishing to the necklace. If you don't know how to apply the crimp cover, watch this video by Beadaholique:


That's it! I hope you enjoy the tutorial! And if you have any question about this project, leave a comment or send me an email.

Watch the tutorial HERE.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Double Spiral Stitch

I made this video to show you how to do the double spiral stitch. The video is not a complete project tutorial like the other videos. It's just the technique.

I'll use this technique in the next tutorial I'm preparing for you. So if you never tried the double spiral stitch before, press play!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Live-Love-Laugh Bracelet

Just another version of the Live-Love-Laugh bracelet. I made this one for a friend who loves rainbows.



The materials I used:
- Dyna-mite seed beads 11/0, colors: opaque orange, pastel cream ceylon, jade green opaque rainbow, turquoise opaque rainbow, pastel lilac ceylon;
- Japanese seed bead 11/0, Opaque fire engine red;
- Super duo beads,  crystal matte;
- Darice glass pearls, 6mm and 8mm, white;
- C- lon thread, size D, white;

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sultan's Treasure Bracelet

Mixing colors is not natural for me. It can take hours for me to choose the colors for a project. So I'm always practicing, pushing myself out of my comfort zone and choosing colors that I'm not used to.

This time, to make this bracelet designed by Maria Teresa Moran (the pattern was published in Beadwork Magazine February/March 2013), I chose orange, green and magenta colors. Because they are all vibrant colors, I used white to create a balance between them.

That's the result:




The materials I used to make it (and the link to the store where I bought them):
- dyna-mites seed beads 11/0, opaque orange (code: #1790);
- toho seed beads 11/0, grey/magenta inside color-lined (code: #1076);
- miyuki twisted bugle beads, 2x6mm, matte crystal AB (code: #250F);
- bicone crystal 4mm, amethyst ab;
- crystal bicone 4mm, emerald;
- C-lon thread, size D, color: white;

Because I receive many emails from people asking me where I bought the materials I used in the tutorials on YouTube or in the projects I posted here, I decided to put a link to the store where I bought each material. For those materials that I don't remember where I bought or that I bought in auction on ebay, I'll leave without links.

Any questions, just send an email or leave a comment and I'll answer you as soon as possible. :)

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