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.

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