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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Beaded Chokers

I'm quite enjoying making these pretty beaded bead pendants, I've added dangles and I am using them as the centre piece for these velvet chokers.
I am really pleased with how these have turned out.
velvet choker necklace
This one is made with various sizes of ivory glass pearls and sparkly silver-lined seed beads.
And a cute pair of earrings to go with it.

jewellery set
For this one I used hand made Indian glass oval beads in green with lime green silverlined seed beads and pale green pearlised seed beads. And I made some matching dangly earrings.

Black pearls and matte metallic seed beads, no earring yet though.

What do you think?


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Wavy Bracelets - Beading Class

At this mornings beginner beading class we made these lovely wavy bracelets, this is a variation of the darby bracelet.

beading lesson, darby bracelet
Red and metallic gold - always makes a great combination.

beginner beading lesson
Nice and sparkly in shades of green and shiny silver-lined seed beads

Miyuki and seed bead bracelet lesson
Matte sapphire blue frosted Miyuki cubes with opaque royal blue and matte silver seed beads

wavy bracelet with seed beads and miyuki cubes
This one, 2 rows wider than the others, is made with opaque seed beads in 2 shades of aqua and frosted emerald Miyuki cubes.

We finished off with wire guardians, trigger clasps and extension chains.

Would you like to learn how to do this?
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Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Make An Easy Farfalle Bead Bracelet

For this example I have used
farfalle beads
0.3mm tigertail wire (about 75cm)
clasp of your choice.
 Fold the wire in half and with the wires together thread on 3 of the seed beads.
1. Thread one end of the clasp onto the centre of the wire.
Fold the wire in half and with the wires together thread on 3 of the seed beads.
2. Separate the wires, onto each wire thread one seed bead then 3 farfalle beads and one more seed bead.
3. Bring the wires back together and add an 8mm bead, both wires should be going through this bead.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have the length required.
Push the beads firmly up the wire as you go so the farfalle beads sit together to form neat clusters.
5. Bring the wires together and thread on the other 3 seed beads, the crimp bead and the clasp.
6. Bring the wire around and back through the crimp bead and the 3 seed beads.
7. Push the seed beads and the crimp bead up against 
the bracelet beads -away from the clasp-
hold the clasp tightly in one hand and the wire in the other,
pull the wire until the clasp is snug against the beads, if it is difficult to pull all the way you need to push the beads and crimp away from the clasp again so the excess wire can slide through.
If you can't get a good grip on the wire hold it with your pliers.
8. Squash the crimp bead with the tip of your flat pliers and trim off the excess wire as close to the beads as you can.

For these instructions I have used 8mm glass pearls but these could be swapped for any other beads for a different look.
beginner jewellery making
This version is made with blue inside lined farfalle beads, 8/0 metallic silver seed beads and 10mm fire polished crystals.

To make a matching necklace just make it longer.

Thanks for looking!