Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Baby Sea Serpent

Well this is what I did with that MRAW band I started the other day.  I had a small piece of memory wire and some left over beads so I thought I would play around a bit.  I am not thrilled with these color choices but it is a fun bracelet and I did learn some things so no loss.

Monday, August 05, 2013


Starting something new this is the beginning with my MRAW belly band.  It always amazes me when beading people say they have visions of what they want to make or do all kinds of pre-panning.  I just cannot work that way.  I just get out the beads and start to bead and see what develops.  At the start I think it will be a bracelet or necklace but sometimes even that changes. I guess it is a weird way to work but that is how I do it.  I wonder what this start will turn out to be????

To make the belly band see the book  Contemporary Geometric Beadwork page 39 or see this video Kate made on MRAW Bellyband & Tri-Wing Ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gA-J-9ujpKM#!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

More Wings and Horns

I just love making these wing and horned bangles.  This one is just for me and fits perfectly. I also love that I can use up bits of beads from other projects.  Mixing colors works so well with these designs.

If you have not ordered your copy of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon do yourself a favor and do so right now.  This is the most amazing book and will change the way you think about seed beads and beadweaving. 

Just to give you and idea of how my new bangle looks on my wrist - well here it is.  I can't wait to wear this one out and about.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Winged and Horned Bangle

My latest progression from Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon. This is my winged and horned bangle in shades of whatever was left over on my beading tray. I am having a great time working through the ideas in this book.  I have just started my Sea Serpent and I think it is going to be glorious.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Elf Ears

Elf Ears - this is my second tri-wing cuff.  I used size 8 green iris and gold beads.  I wanted to make one more just to make sure the pattern below was correct. I am ready to move on to some horns or zig-zags next.  I am loving my Contemporary Geometric Beadwork book by Kate McKinnon. I have pre-ordered Volume II.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Raven Wings

I am slowly going through my book Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by Kate McKinnon.  I have made a few pieces so far and this is my latest “Raven Wings”.

I am up to the wings and horns section of the book and one of my favorite cuffs is on page 96.  I thought something like it would be a great first winged cuff to try.  I just finished it and I love it – you want to know how I made it??  Well here is how.

Beads size 8 – yea that’s right size 8 for this one not the usual delicas.  I used a tube and a half of black and maybe 1/3 tube of a hematite color for accents.

I measured around my hand with my thumb tucked in to see what approximate size would fit over it.  I also measured while I was making the belly band for sizing.  I ended up making a belly band 48 units almost 8 inches.  It is a bit loose at this point but will tighten up as I bead. A number divisible by 3 since I am having 3 wings.

So here we go.  I made a belly band in black 48 units and it was joined to make a circle.  To make the belly band see the book page 39 or see this video Kate made on MRAW Bellyband & Tri-Wing Ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gA-J-9ujpKM#!
On the top side of the belly band I did 2 additional rows of peyote and on the other side 3 additional rows of peyote before starting the wing row.  Don’t forget to step up at the end of your row. I wanted a few rows for a wrist band before the wings and this worked out quite nicely.  I only needed to do 2 rows on the top because the first row of peyote is included in the belly band – isn’t that something!!!

Now I am ready to start my first set or top 3 wings.  I have made a graph to show my placement of the wings.

So if you look at this graph there are 48 beads and in my cuff they are all black – I am using red and blue to show the placement of the top and bottom wings.  So we are going to do the top portion (red) first.   Start your peyote row and when you get to the red spot add 2 hematite beads.  This is the start of the herringbone rib for the wing.   So for this row I have 15 beads in between the 2 hematite rib beads (3 times).   I continue in this manner adding the 2 hematite beads to form the herringbone rib of the wings.  This increases 1 bead in each section (3 beads total) per round.  Do not forget to step up at the end of each row and do not forget the beads before and after the herringbone rib – this is important.  I kept beading until I had a wing 11 rows high – which means I have 25 beads in each section between the ribs.

I finished off the side with a point row (a peyote row with a bead in each space) of hematite beads for a nice contrasting edge.

Second side (remember you 3 peyote rows if you haven't done them yet). If you look at the chart the blue is where the 2 beads start for that sides wings.  I still have 15 beads between wings for the first row.  I continued the same for 11 rows and finished this side with a hematite point row.

I hope this is not too confusing.  If you make a tri winged ring first this will be a piece of cake.  The trick here is to have an odd number of beads between the wings so you can stagger them on both sides – or not if you don’t want to ; )

I actually worked a little on both sides rather than finish one side first. I want to thank Kate McKinnon for for this most excellent book!!!!!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Caldera Bangle from Contemporary Geometric Beadwork

So it seems like forever since I posted here.  All this time I have been working on my Caldera bangle and it has taken me forever.  I finally finished today - glad it is finished, glad I can move on to work on something new and glad I like the finished bangle. I must admit I was not working on it full time - I do slack off beading and painting in the summer but I feel like this has been such a long time to finish.  Well it is done so I will move on to my next project.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Work Continues

I continue to work on my Caldera bangle from Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. It is slow going and repetitive but I think I am going to love it when it is finished.  I ordered a lot of delicas yesterday - some great colors.  I am dying to try some of the other designs in this book but I always finish one before I start something new.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Caldera Bangle Start

Just so no one thinks I have abandoned beading here is what I am working on.  It will eventually be a Caldera bangle from CGB.   I started this a few days ago and I know it is going to take a long time.  I am dying to move on to some other projects in the book but I started with the ring and this is the next progression - I want to be sure I know what I am doing and how to do things, so I am following the book step by step.  I also have never worked with delicas - so I need to buy a lot of them - I want to wait until I am more comfortable before I place a big order.   I hope I am going to love this - I am not thrilled with the color but this is the color of beads I have right now and it will have to do for my first try. I am off to work on it right now!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Power Puff Ring In Progress

So I received my copy of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork a week or so ago.  I had a couple of project to finish so I just took a quick look.  Now I am done with any beading I needed to complete and can really look at and work with my new book.  I love this book - it is beautiful and well written - like nothing I have ever seen and it is so exciting.  I decided to start at the begging and work through it using it as a learning tool.  As tempting as it is to skip ahead and try to make a fortune teller bangle or a helix I am going to start small and work my way on to bigger things. Above is my power puff ring.  I am just finishing up the band and will attach it shortly. I couldn't wait until it was finished to take my photo!! Next I want to try my hand at a power puff or caldera bangle. I see lots of delica beads in my future in lots of luscious colors.  I really love to learn something new and I think the way the information is presented in this book makes it ideal to learn and grow as a beader - I am ready to roll!!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Another Pendant

So I made another pendant - this one from a pattern by Beverly Ash Gilbert.  Now I have two to choose from for the wedding.  The problem is I like them both - sigh.  This one is black and silver in a heart shape.  I guess when the day comes I will pick one - or maybe wear one for part of the day and then the other - they both look great with my new dress.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Super Duo Pendant

My latest and probably last super duo pendant (pattern is by Ellad2).  The super duos are blue picasso and the center is a hematite rivoli.  I need something to wear with my new dress to a wedding coming up in May - this could be it!!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Imagine - Beaded Bracelet

This is a beaded bracelet I made last night from a lot of left over beads strung on memory wire.  For me this is a good way to use up a pile of beads and also to use up the memory wire I bought a number of years ago. I really hate to work with memory wire - it is very unforgiving - I have cuts all over my hands.  It is finished off with some charms on the loop ends - one has the word imagine on it - hence the name.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Taj - Bracelet

So I have lots of super duos left over and this bracelet uses a few. It is called Taj and is from a pattern by Ellad2.   I don't know if I love it but it was fun to make and I did learn a lot.  I am going to spend time just experimenting with my beading.  I have a ton of stuff for sale in my Etsy Shop so I can bead just for me for a long while.  I am thinking about a change in direction but not sure what that is yet. I have a bunch of ideas just need to zero in on one to get me started.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Pendant

This is my latest pendant.  My favorite colors and very sparkly - I am keeping this one for me.  It uses super duo beads and was a lot of fun to make.  The pattern is by Ellad2.  I think I enjoyed making this so much because it is so different from my usual work - actually this is the third one I have made and I am just finishing up a fourth turquoise and silver.