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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

More Beaded Dragonflies

I love making dragonflies -  these are made in much the same way as my little dragonflies but with bigger beads and thicker wire.

Instructions are here How to make beaded dragonflies

Made with 6mm and 8mm fire polished crystals and seed beads.

Various crystals, seed beads and few green saucer beads.

Mixed colours of seed beads and crystals.

Little metallic oat beads, seed beads and a big 12mm crystal for the head

Same as the one above but in a different selection of colours

Various pretty blue crystals and seed beads

Fun to make and decorative too!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Crystal jewellery set

I decided to go for it and see if I can sell my jewellery online, so today I added this crystal jewellery set to my Folksy store

Thanks for looking!


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?
Contact Sue at to book a lesson
find out more about my classes here 
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!

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

How To Make Daisies With Seed Beads

Use a needle and beading thread to make a daisy stitch bracelet or necklace, suitable threads would be Nymo, S-Lon, or similar fine thread. I have used size 8 seed beads but you can use any size you like for bigger or smaller daisies.
I've already made 2 daisies, next daisy will be a white one. 
To make a daisy first pick up 6 seed beads onto your thread.
Sew back through the first bead as shown to form a loop.
Pull up the thread so the beads sit close to the previous daisy.
Add a different colour bead for the centre of the daisy.
Pass the needle through the opposite bead in the circle in the 
direction shown by the red arrow.
Pull the thread until the bead pops into the centre, repeat until 
you have the length you want.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 16 January 2017

How To Make A Beaded Dragonfly

free instructions beaded dragonfly
You will need
17 size 5/0 seed beads for the body
110 size 8/0 seed beads for the wings
2 size 5/0 seed beads for the eyes
20" (50cm) 0.3mm (28g) beading wire
1. Thread a body bead Size 5/0) to the centre of the wire and 
fold the wire in half.
2. Thread a further 9 body beads over both wires to form the tail.
3. Separate the wires and thread 2 body beads onto one of the wires, thread the other wire through the beads in the opposite direction.
4. Pull the wires through until the beads are up against the tail.
5. Thread 25 wing beads (size 8) onto one of the wires.
6. Bring the wire around to form the shape of the wing and pass it back through the two body beads.
7. Pull the wire through firmly.
8. Still using the same wire you just pulled through the two body beads thread on another 25 wing beads.
9. Thread back through the same 2 body beads to form another wing.
10. Add another 2 body beads in the same way as steps 2 and 3.
11. Pull up firmly.
12. Using whichever is the longest wire make another wing as 
before but this time using 30 beads.
13. Make another wing with 30 beads as before and then add 2 more body beads as in steps 2 & 3.
14. Place one eye bead on each wire.
15. Place a body bead on one of the wires and thread the other 
wire through in the opposite direction.
Pull up the wires and your dragonfly is complete.

The wire can be used to attach the dragonfly to something such as a window hanger, headband or brooch back etc. or you could trim the ends and turn a loop and use a piece of ribbon or chain to hang it up.

See more ideas for beaded dragonflies here

Thanks for looking!