Friday, November 16, 2012

Large Chartreuse Beaded Bead!!

This is a large spiral weave beaded bead using 15/0s, 11/0s and 8/0s. I had purchased some beads at a "going out of business" sale. And some of the colors were not my favorites. Like these 11/0 and 8/0 chartreuse beads. I just hated them. They are Miyuki 143F here in Japan.

Why on earth did I buy them, I kept asking myself. It must have been the frenzy from the going out of business sale! Anyway, I put them away for a while and started studying color in an effort to add interest to my bead work. It is easy to work with colors your love, so I gave myself a challenge, to make something using a color I hate! 

The challenge was to use a color that I didn't really like. So I started poking around in my bead stash and found these chartreuse beads again that I simply dislike when I look at them in the container - in fact, I HATED them!! I kicked around a number of ideas and I finally settled on an "Expanded Complementary" color combination! And I was surprised by the result. 
Color Wheel showing an Expanded Complementary for Chartreuse

That is to say:
By mixing them up with some purples and blues and even some reds from the expanded complementary, a really nice combination emerged. I am very, very happy with the colors in this necklace. And you know, by mixing them with other colors, I now actually quite like this combination! It is funny how something I would never buy usually has turned out so nicely.

I made the bead the focal point of this necklace.


The beads used on either side are slightly different to add interest. The heart beads are Czech glass and the other beads are Indian glass. I used Delicas on the chain portions.

..........oh, and by the way, the "going out of business" sale was just a big come-on, a way to get rid of dead stock or something. That company was back in business just as always, the next week!!

You can see some Indian glass beads

You can see some herringbone stitch near the clasp
Spiral weave was used for part of the chain.

This necklace is now a treasured piece for my collection!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Red Beaded Bead with Fringe

This bead has three internal layers, the inner most is pink and then a second lt. purple layer and an outer most red layer. It is covered in red fringe! Each piece of fringe is topped with a lt. purple bead. I used 11/0s and 8/0s. The fringe is made with 11/0s.

I am going to weave a "chain" from herringbone stitch with 11/0 iris gold Delica beads and put that through the hole to attach the bead to the chain. As soon as I am finished I will upload that photo as well.

Red Beaded Bead, the crochet needle shows the direction of the hole.
You can see the3 layers before I added the fringe 

After adding the fringe, the bead looks like a red snow ball.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Brick Stitch Rocks

Here is something that is not completely finished, but I just had to show it. I found the pattern on the Miyuki Facebook site. The person who uploaded it, did it in 8/0 beads, I think. I did it in 11/0 delicas.

What do you think? What you do is to bring the top two segments together and add an ear ring finding....

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Two Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet

Boy, did this take a long time to do!. And after doing it, I am not sure I love it. But it was a good experience making this 2 drop peyote stitch bracelet.

This uses the new sharp triangle beads from Miyuki. These may not be in the US yet.

I used a 2 drop peyote stitch to do this piece

The bead soup of made and used for this project

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Circle, Triangle, Square

Its not paper, scissors or rock!!

Triangle with beaded bale

Triangle with beaded bale and beaded 'chain'

Monday, May 7, 2012

Crazy Wire Knitted Object

African wooden beads, copper wire, tiny seed beads

An experiment with wire knitting.... ha ha ha. I was thinking maybe a bracelet, but I like twisting is up into shapes too!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Peyote Stitch Tapered Edge???

How do you make an Edge like this in Peyote Stitch. I know I have to decrease and increase to get an tapered edge,....

I know there is a different stitch on the very outside, but what, I don't know. How to get the peyote to taper?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Zig Zag Bracelet

Diagonal peyote stitch.
Green freshwater pearls, Delicas, the smallest size, DB29.
I have been studying bead stitching for the past few weeks.

I went down to the "Bead Town" in Tokyo, located in Asakusabashi, which is near the "Electric Town" where all the tourists go and Japanese go to buy anything electric. Asakusabashi is just one more stop on the train. There are over 40 shops selling all kinds of beads and semi-precious stones, plastic beads, anything. I went to Miyuki's shop, Bead Factory, and became a member, getting the right to buy beads at 50% off!! All the beads are in big jars and are sold in 8 gram portions.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Diagonal Peyote Stitch Bracelet

I got some new delica beads and I had these nice green freshwater pearls..... and I am starting with diagonal peyote stitch....

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Diagonal Peyote Stitch Ear rings

These are cute diagonal peyote stitch ear rings with a freshwater pearl. The beads are actually more green looking than in the photos. And the single ear ring and pair are the same ear rings, the photos were taken with different lighting.  The Delica beads actually match the green/blue tint of the pearl.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Learning more about Peyote Stitch

Well, I have decided to work on bead stitching and I am starting with peyote stitch. Of course, I did not do as the book suggested which was a black and white mix of beads. Of course, I had to do a square tetrad of colors in the pastel range.
Square Tetrad of beads

Color chart with beads

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