Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lace Chain Lariat

Another work from the book Netted Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald (read the review HERE). 

The necklace is quite simple. It's just flat netting all the way long. You can make it as long as you wish - it will depend only on how you want to use it. I wanted to use mine in this style:

Photo Credit: shopthebangle.com

So I made the chain measuring 53 inches (1.34 meter) long. It was a time consuming project, but I found it very relaxing because I didn't have to think much about what I was doing. 

I did the chain with C-lon thread size D and 40 grams of Czech seed beads size 11/0.

The book doesn't teach you how to finish the necklace or how to add any embellishment. I finished my lariat by adding a loop of 9 beads at each end. I also created simple fringes with seed beads size 11/0 and 8/0, 8 mm crystals rondelles, and large rose quartz chip stones. Because the chips are a bit heavy, I used illusion cord 0.20 mm. The fringes measure about 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) long.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Choosing Colors for a Project: Bead Soup

A month ago, while creating the Bracelet Weaves, I found a video from the channel Beaded Jewelry Diva teaching how to make a bead soup:

The video helped me a LOT through the process of choosing colors for the bracelet. I wasn't sure how much of each color I should use to create a nice balance and I was like stringing beads on the needle to see if I like the result. 

I also wasn't sure about some shades of green and blue that I picked up previously. So when I saw the video, I liked the idea of mixing beads in a pile until you have a combination of colors that pleases you. And that's what I did.

First I mixed only the blue beads. I tried it several times, adding and removing different shades of blue, until I got this mix:

Once I was happy with the blues, I started adding the greens:

And that's it! My "bead soup" was quite simple because I was limited by the pallet I chose for the beading challenge and I used only seed beads size 11/0 and 8/0 and some chips. 

This process is great for freeform style and stringing projects. It may be messy, especially when you have many options or aren't sure of what you want. I created a few mixes before I got the one you see in the last picture, and at the end I had to sort through all them to put the beads back in the packages. So if you're going to make a bead soup for a small project, I recommend you mixing only a few beads of each color/size/type, like I did.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Tutorial Bracelet Weaves

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

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bracelet Weaves / Beading Challenge Reveal

Here's the bracelet I came up with for the beading challenge:

I made it using almost all beads I showed you HERE a month ago. I changed the color of three blue round seed beads and removed some of the green ones.

That was the first time where I was more focused in the colors I was going to use than in the pattern itself. Usually, when I'm creating a new design, I don't pay much attention to the colors. I will just think about it when I have the design done. But I'm pleased with the result of this new brainstorm process. I'll definitely try it more times from now on!

After shooting the video, I made another bracelet with some blue howlite chips that I had:

I used three techniques to make the bracelets: ladder stitch, brick stitch (increases and decreases) and double netting. The pattern is not difficult, but it was hard for me to show you on the camera how to make double netting with all those beads in different sizes and colors. So I'll recommend this tutorial for intermediate/advanced beaders, who knows well how to work with netting stitch.

The materials I used in the Blue/Green bracelet:
- Toho Hex bead, size 8/0, color: metallic dark navy iris (#88); store
- Toho round bead, size 8/0, color: metallic dark navy iris (#88); store
- Toho round bead, size 8/0, color: capri-lined crystal luster (#188); store
- Toho round bead, size 11/0, color: metallic dark navy iris (#88); store
- Japanese round bead, size 11/0, color: light blue metallic lined crystal clear; 
- Toho round bead, size 11/0, color: topaz inside color lined green (#393); store
- Toho round bead, size 11/0, color: transparent matte lime green AB (#164F); store
- Quartzite chip beads, medium, color: green (dyed); Michaels
- Fireline 8lb, 0.18 mm, black;
- Magnetic clasp, 12x8mm, silver plated;

Black/Blue bracelet:
- Toho hexagonal seed beads, size 8/0, color: opaque black (#49); store
- Dyna-Mites round seed beads, size 8/0, color: opaque black; store
- Miyuki round seed beads, size 11/0, color: capri blue silver lined (#25); store
- Miyuki round seed beads, size 11/0, color: duracoat galvanized silver (#D4201); store
- Dyna-Mites round seed beads, size 11/0, color: opaque black; store
- Howlite chip beads, medium, color: lapis blue (dyed); store
- C-lon thread, size D, color: black;
- Magnetic clasp, 8mm, silver plated;

Check what the other participants did for the challenge:

Watch the tutorial HERE.

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