Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tutorial: Simple Netting Bracelet

At the beginning of this month I decided I wanted to learn netting stitch. I already knew the basics - I think I made one or two projects with netting in the past - but I never stopped to really learn this technique.

And I thought that would be nice to share with you what I'm learning. So you may expect a bunch of posts talking about netting in the future. :)

To start our journey, I created this very simple bracelet in netting. I didn't add any embellishment to it because I wanted to focus on the technique. But besides its simplicity, I really like how nice it stays on my wrist. I hope you enjoy it as well.


I made the tutorial with high quality pictures. The size of the original PDF file is 15.6 Mb. But I also created a compressed PDF file (4.8 Mb) for those of you who prefer smaller files. Here are the links for the two versions of the tutorial:

Netting tutorial - High quality version
Netting tutorial - Compressed version



The beads I used in the bracelets are Czech beads size 11/0. Unfortunately I don't have any information about the colors.

And this is another version of the bracelet (the first one), with a different clasp:


Please tell me what you think of the tutorial. :-)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

New purchase at BelloModo & new semi glazed beads

I want to show you what I received in my mail yesterday:


I bought these beads at bellomodo last week when they offered a discount of 25% on Toho seed beads. I know, it's a very small purchase, specially for those of us who love collect beads! I only bought seed beads size 11/0 and 15/0 in colors that I want to use in some projects I have in mind. But I was also curious about the new semi glazed beads, so I bought one tube of 11/0 in olive color to try it.

I wasn't sure about the semi glazed beads because when you search on internet, there are so many different pictures of the same color! But when I opened my package and saw them, all I could say was: "Wow!". 

It's really a beautiful, rich shade of olive. I've seen beads from Miyuki in a similar color, but they were dyed beads - the color wears off while you work with them, when the beads are in contact with your skin - so I didn't bother buying them. As far as I know, the semi glazed beads' color doesn't wear off.


Unfortunately the list of colors is small and they are available only in size 11/0 and 8/0. Here are some of the many online stores where you can buy them: bellomodo, fusionbeads and beadaholique

And here's a package of free goodies I received with my purchase (it was also part of the promotion offered by the store):


Now I want to buy the other semi glazed colors. What do you think? Have any of you already worked with these beads?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Simply Seeds (Peyote Ruffles)

Today's review is about the Simply Seeds bracelet designed by Carol Mundy. The pattern was published in Beadwork Magazine December/2012.

I chose this pattern because I love designs that uses only seed beads and I also wanted to learn how to make ruffles with peyote stitch.


The pattern is quite easy to make: we create the base in peyote stitch, then make the ruffles on the top and finally work on the edges. But I had a difficult time when making the ruffles at the clasp. It didn't work well, I couldn't place the beads in the nice weave shape I did in the other ruffles. I tried several times and that's the best I could get:


And because I didn't pay attention to the bracelet's finished size, I worked only the number of rows specified in the pattern and my bracelet ended up too short for me (it measures 6 1/2" or 16.5 cm). So if you want a longer bracelet, you'll need to work more rows than the number called in the pattern.

Here's the back of the bracelet:


To make the base in peyote, I used a mix of round seed beads instead of cylinder beads. And to make the ruffles I had to use a tight tension to keep the beads in place.

The list of materials I used:
- Japanese seed beads, 11/0, Citrus Mix by FusionBeads (SB4061);
- Toho seed beads, 8/0, lilac lined periodt transparent (SB0982);
- One G thread, beige; store

Unfortunately I don't have the link for the beads. I bought them at Fusion Beads and they were discontinued.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cleopatra's Path Bracelet

Here's the second design using kheops par puca beads as I promised. I'm sorry I didn't publish it earlier, but I had another tendonitis crisis in my right arm  and I had to spend a few weeks using a protection that restricted my arm movements.

I made this bracelet using right angle weave stitch. If you already know it, you'll find the tutorial very easy to follow.




Here's the materials I used to make the brown bracelet:

- Toho seed beads, 15/0, inside color crystal/gold lined (#262); store
- Khéops par Puca two-hole triangle beads, opaque beige luster; store
- O-beads, gold iris satin mix; store
- Czechmates 2-Hole Brick beads, 3x6mm, opaque light beige with picasso; store
- Czech druk bead, 4mm, white picasso; store
- Wildfire thread, 0.006" or 0.15mm diam, white; 


You can replace the round beads by 4mm crystal bicones as I did in this bracelet:




The materials I used in the black bracelet:

- Toho seed beads 15/0, silver lined gray (#29B); store
- O-beads, labrador full; store
- Czechmates 2-Hole Brick beads, 3x6mm, silver; store
- Khéops par Puca two-hole triangle beads, black; store
- Swarovski crystal bicones, 4mm, crystal silver night; store
- Fireline thread, 6 lb (0.15mm), smoke; store


You can watch the video tutorial HERE or buy the tutorial in PDF format HERE.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Kheops Bracelet

Hi everyone! Today I'm very happy to share with you a new tutorial that I created using the kheops par puca beads. I bought two tubes of these beads a month ago because I was very curious about them. At the beginning I had some difficult to use them because they're very different. But once I got used, all I could think was: "I need more of these beads!". LOL

I came up with two different designs using these beads. This is the first that I created - it's simple and suitable for beginners. If you never worked with the kheops beads before, I think this tutorial will help you to get used to them.

In my opinion, the only downside about these beads is that they're a bit expensive. A 9 grams package (with approximately 70 beads) is around $4.60 to $6.60. The price varies according to the bead's color. And like the superduo beads, you can find some kheop beads with one of the holes clogged. So if you're going to work in a pattern that calls for 9 grams (70 beads) of kheops beads, I recommend you buy two packs because some of the beads may be defective.


The materials I used to make the silver/blue/pink bracelet :
- Khéops  par Puca two-hole triangle beads, argentees; store
- O-Beads, crystal full labrador; store
- Toho seed beads, size 8/0, ceylon aqua (#143); store
- Toho seed beads, size 8/0, matte pewter (#566); store
- Toho seed beads, size 11/0, color lined magenta/crystal (#356); store
- Toho seed beads, size 15/0, silver lined gray (#29B); store
- Swarovski crystal xilion bicones, 4mm, fuchsia; store
- Magnetic clasp, 7.5mm x 12.5mm, silver plated; 
- Wildfire thread, 0.006" (0.15 mm), white; 


The white/blue/orange bracelet:
- Khéops par Puca two-hole triangle beads, white luster; store
- O-Beads, crystal full labrador; store
- Toho seed beads, size 8/0, opaque matte yellow (#42F); store
- Dyna-Mites seed beads, size 8/0, opaque dark orange; store
- Toho seed beads, size 11/0, color lined magenta/crystal (#356); store
- Toho seed beads, size 15/0, matte metallic pewter (#F451D); store
- Chinese crystal bicones, 4mm, blue cobalt; 
- Magnetic clasp, 7.5mm x 12.5mm, silver plated;
- Wildfire thread, 0.006" (0.15 mm), white; 

That's it! I hope you like the tutorial! If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment here on the blog or send me an email. I will answer as soon as possible!

Watch the tutorial HERE.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Lace Ring

I created these rings to go with the lovely lace bracelets I made last week. Since the pattern is different, I decided to make a tutorial showing how to make it. It's very simple, I just worked in square stitch using seed beads size 11/0 and 15/0. I hope you enjoy it!


The only problem about these rings is that they may not be suitable for everyone. Each motif (one picot + circle in square stitch) you see in the ring measures about 9mm long.

Here are the materials I used to make them:

The turquoise/gold ring (the one I made in the video):
- Toho seed beads, 11/0, opaque luster cream (#123); store
- Toho seed beads, 11/0, opaque turquoise (#55); store
- Toho seed beads, 15/0, opaque turquoise (#55); store
- Toho seed beads, 15/0, permanent finish galvanized gold (#PF557); store
- Fireline thread, 4 lb (0.13 mm diameter), crystal;

The brown iris ring:
- Toho seed beads, 11/0, metallic iris brown (#83); store
- Toho seed beads, 15/0, metallic iris brown (#83); store
- *Fireline thread, 2LB (0.08mm diameter), black;

* I bought this thread by mistake. It's too thin. But it worked fine with the rings because they're  lightweight.

The black and pewter ring:
- Toho seed beads, 15/0, matte metallic pewter (#F451D); store
- Miyuki seed beads, 15/0, opaque black (#401); store
- Toho seed beads, 11/0, opaque jet (#49); store
- Toho seed beads, 11/0, transparent frosted crystal (#1F); store
- Fireline thread, 2LB (0.08mm diameter), black;

The lavander ring:
- Toho seed beads, 11/0, opaque amethyst (#52); store
- Toho seed beads, 11/0, milki kiwi (#1144); store
- Toho seed beads, 15/0, opaque amethyst (#52); store
- Toho seed beads, 15/0, gray lined crystal (#261);
- Fireline thread, 2LB (0.08mm diameter), black;


Watch the tutorial HERE.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lovely Lace Bracelet

Hi everyone! How are you doing? I was two months without beading and I almost went crazy because of that! LOL But the problem is, sometimes when I'm worried about something, I have a lock on my creativity. It's like I did not feel energy to beading. And to avoid being frustrated about that, in my free time I leave my beadwork aside and focus in another relaxing activities like walking, reading, meditating, etc.

But in the last weekend I just felt an urge to beading again. I decided to make a bracelet that was in my to-do list for a while: the Lovely Lace bracelet, designed by Teejay Joyce. The tutorial was made by Linda Genaw and she published it for free in her blog. Click HERE to see her post where she shares the link for download.

The design is very feminine and delicate. It's also easy to make. I love it so much that I ended up making three bracelets:




The two bracelets in the first picture were made exactly as in the pattern. I made them a bit longer than the size I normally make my bracelets because I wanted them loose in my wrist.

The bracelet in the second picture were made with seed beads in size 6/0, 8/0 and 11/0 (instead of beads in size 8/0, 11/0 and 15/0). The pearl in the center of each motif measures 6mm. There were no need to make any changes in the pattern.

I took another picture of a small bracelet beside the big one so you can see better the difference in the size. I don't know why, but in this picture the colors of the bracelets are a bit different of the original.



The materials I used:

Amethyst bracelet:
- Toho seed beads 8/0, opaque amethyst (#52); store
- Toho seed beads 8/0, silver lined light periodt opal (#2118); store
- Toho seed beads 11/0, opaque amethyst (#52); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, gray lined crystal (#261);
- Darice glass pearl, 4mm, grey;
- Round magnetic clasp. 6x10mm, silver;
- C-Lon thread, size D, gray; store

Black bracelet:
- Toho seed beads 15/0, matte metallic pewter (#F451D); store
- Toho seed beads 11/0, opaque jet (#49); store
- Toho seed beads 8/0, opaque jet (#49); store
- Toho seed beads 8/0, transparent rainbow frosted crystal (#161F); store
- Darice glass pearl, 4mm, grey; 
- Round magnetic clasp, 6mm, gunmetal plated; store
- C-Lon thread, size D, black; store

Green bracelet:
- Dyna-Mites seed beads 6/0, iris gold; store
- Toho seed beads 6/0, transparent matte moss (#940F);
- Dyna-Mites seed beads 8/0, iris gold; store
- Dyna-Mites seed beads 11/0, iris gold; store
- Darice glass pearl, 6mm, green;
- Magnetic clasp, brass, 8x12mm;
- C-Lon thread, size D, brown; store

To finish this post I want to thank you for your emails and messages here and on my Youtube channel. I feel so happy to know you're enjoying the tutorials and the blog as well. Your support means a lot to me! Big hugs for you all!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Review: Purchase at Beads East

At the beginning of this month the Beads East store offered a 50% discount on all products in stock. They were moving their store to another place, so they had to clear out their inventory. When I learned of the promotion was late and most of products was sold out. But I still could buy some beads and since it was the first time I shop at this store, I decided to make a quick review for you.

In the image bellow you can see how my order was packed. Like many other online stores, the products are packed in zip-lock bags and protected with bubble wrap. In each package there is a short description of the item, but you can see a more detailed description of it in the invoice.


The store sells Japanese seed beads from Toho, Miyuki, and Matsuno, and sells Czech seed beads from Preciosa. The seed beads size 15/0 were sold in packs of 20 grams, while the seed beads size 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0 were sold in packs of 50 grams.

I got some 15/0 in bronze colors from Toho - metallic bronze (code: #221) and metallic yellow bronze (code: #223) - and seed beads in shades of blue, green and red from Miyuki - left to right: silver lined capri blue (#32), opaque dark crimson (408B), opaque spruce green (#411B), lustered opaque teal (#443), and opaque bright light blue (413B).


In the picture bellow, the first two packages in the left are Miyuki seed beads size 11/0 in the colors matte metallic khaki iris (#2035) and metallic dark bronze (#457). The next two packages in the upper right are Preciosa seed beads size 11/0, in the colors silk light bronze (#01720) and silk silver (#01700). I really liked the silver color from Preciosa. It doesn't have the slight tint of yellow that we can see in seed beads in silver permanent finish from Toho or Duracoat silver from Miyuki.

The three packages in the lower left are seed beads size 8/0. The first one is Preciosa and the color is matte silk light gold ( #01710). The second one is Miyuki matte metallic dark bronze (2006) and the third is Toho metallic yellow bronze (#223). And the last two packages are Preciosa bugle beads size 2, and the colors are silk metallic silver (#01700) and metallic bronze (#59142).


And in the last picture bellow you can see a package of Miyuki seed beads size 6/0 metallic bronze (#457), Swarovski crystal rivoli 12mm (dark topaz) and 14mm (light peach), and beading buttons of 15mm x 14mm in the colors antique cooper plated, antique gold plated, antique steel plated and antique silver plated. I intend to use those buttons as clasp in some bracelets.


And that's all I bought. Although I got only a few items (considering such a big promotion), I'm very pleased with my purchase. And I liked the store - they sell seed beads of the four major manufacturers (Toho, Miyuki, Matsuno, and Preciosa) and have a wide range of colors. The only downside in my opinion is their shipping cost, that I think it's a bit high (and it increases with the value in the cart). But it may be offset by the products price.

The Beads East has a channel on Youtube where they teach some beading techniques - check it HERE.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pattern Review: Losange Bracelet and Rose Petal Earrings

Here is what I did yestarday: some beadwork designed by Sidonia. If you don't know her, check her Youtube channel HERE.

I'm a big fan of Sidonia's designs. She creates beautiful and delicate beading jewelry using seed beads and Swarovski crystals. I like the way she combine colors, making her designs have a sophisticated look.

The first project I made is the Losange bracelet and earrings (watch the bracelet tutorial HERE and the earring tutorial HERE). It's easy to make and I totally recommend it for beginners. Because the design is lace, I decided to use seed beads in gunmetal color, to create a contrast with my skin and show the details better.


The materials I used to make them:

- Toho seed beads 8/0, metallic hematite (#81); Store
- Toho seed beads 11/0, metallic hematite (#81); Store
- Hemalyke round beads 4mm; Store
- Swarovski bicone, 4mm, crystal silver night; Store
- Wildfire thread, 0.15mm (.006"), black; Store

The second project, also from Sidonia, is the Rose Petal earrings (watch HERE). I bought some Czech rose petal beads quite some time ago and I didn't have any idea to use them. So when I saw this tutorial, I couldn't be happier! Finally I put those beads in good use.

The earrings aren't difficult to make. But if you don't know right angle weave stitch, you may get confused, especially when Sidonia explains how to place the petals so they all face to the same side.

Here's my version of the rose petal earrings:


The materials I used to make it:

- Toho seed beads 11/0, color lined silver/crystal (#261); Store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, color lined silver/crystal (#261);
- Rose petals 8x7mm, full labrador; Store
- Thunder Polish bicones, 3mm, aqua AB;
- One G thread, white; Store

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tutorial: Orion Earrings

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


Orion Earrings

I created this earring after I finished the Orion bracelet, but I had no time to work in the video until last weekend. The tutorial is quite simple. The step showing how to bezel a rivoli is similar to the bracelet. So if you watched the bracelet tutorial, you can skip the first step in the video.

That's the earring:


The materials I used:
- Delica beads 11/0, matte black (#DB0310); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, silver lined gray (#29B); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, matte metallic pewter (#F451D); store
- Miyuki seed beads 15/0, matte opaque black (#401F); store
- Swarovski bicone, 4mm, crystal silver night; silvexcraft
- Swarovski rivoli, 12mm, crystal black patina; silvexcraft
- Swarovski pendant 6106, 16mm, crystal black patina; silvexcraft
- Earwire BO 44, sterling silver; silvexcraft
- Wildfire thread, 0.15mm, black; store

Watch the tutorial HERE.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Orion Bracelet

Here is the second version of the Orion bracelet that I talked about in a previous post.



The materials I used:
- Delica beads 11/0, grey ghost opaque luster (#DB1570); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, opaque pearl gray luster (#449B); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, crystal silver lined (#1); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, turquoise green opaque luster (#2470); store
- Miyuki seed beads 15/0, crystal silver lined (#1); store
- Swarovski bicone, 4mm, pacific opal; store
- Swarovski rivoli, 12mm, crystal; store
- Fireline, 6LB/size D or 0.008" diam, crystal;
- One G thread, white;

I used Fireline to make the central part of the bracelet and One G thread to make the herringbone ropes.



Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tutorial: Orion Bracelet - Part 1/2

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


Orion Bracelet

Hi everyone! How are you doing? After a long time away, I'm finally back with a new tutorial for you. :)

This is my first very advanced project. It took me a month designing it and shooting the video. I'm really happy with the result and I hope you like it too.


The tutorial was divide in several steps: in the first one I show you how to bezel a 12mm rivoli with peyote stitch and how to embellish it. In the second step I show how to join the four rivoli components together, to form the central part of the bracelet. Then I explain how to make the cords in tubular herringbone stitch in the third step and how to join each cord to the central part in the fourth step. Finally, in the fifth step, I show you how to make the end caps and how to attach them to the end of the herringbone ropes.

In my opinion, the steps showing how to make the joins are the most difficult parts of the tutorial. I think it requires some experience with beadwork to understand them.


I have some observations before you start working in this project:

1) The delica beads in matte color are difficult to work with. It's hard to pass the needle through them when you're doing the peyote stitch. I'm making another version of this bracelet, with delica beads in luster color, and it's so much easier to pass the needle through them! I could even use beading needle #11.

2) The size of the bracelet may vary depending on the beads you choose to make the herringbone ropes. I made this bracelet with Toho beads. Its size is 6.5" or 16.5cm without the clasp. Now, I'm using Miyuki beads in the new bracelet I'm making and the size of it is 6" or 15.25cm. So, before joining the herringbone ropes, I recommend you place them right next to the central part in your bead mat. Use pins to keep them in place. Place the ends of the ropes together to simulate the final design of the bracelet. Then measure it. If it's shorter or longer than the desired length, just add or remove beads in each herringbone rope. Just remember that the four ropes must have the same quantity of rows. And don't forget to consider the size of your clasp.

3) Use a strong thread (like Fireline or similar) to make this project. To bezel the rivolis, I recommend a thread of 0.20mm of diameter or thinner, because we pass several times through the beads. I used Wildfire 0.15mm in black color, but I didn't like to work with it. After passing through the beads a few times, the color wore off in some points of the thread, showing its core in white color.

Now a close-up of the bracelet:




The list of materials I used:

- Delica beads 11/0, matte black (#DB0310); store
- Toho seed beads 11/0, opaque frosted jet (#49F); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, silver lined grey (#921L); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, silver lined gray (#29B); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, matte metallic pewter (#F451D); store
- Swarovski bicone, 4mm, crystal silver night; Silvexcraft
- Swarovski rivoli, 12mm, crystal black patina; Silvexcraft
- Zam 3 toggle clasp, sterling silver; Silvexcraft
- Wildfire thread, 0.15mm, black; local store


The links for the tutorial: PART 1 and PART 2.

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