Thursday, October 1, 2009

Disco Ball Pendants and a Necklace

I made some new pieces using a new beaded bead design. It's in the shape of an icosahedron, a regular 3D structure consisting of 20 equilateral triangles. While there are a couple of pretty icosahedron beaded bead designs currently out there in the beading community, I decided to spice mine up with an outer layer of tiny 15/0 seed beads. The result is an elegant, tactile, and very detailed beaded bead. I think it looks kind of like a disco ball.

Here's one with deep blue freshwater pearls:

And another in red and silver, to match a pair of earrings currently in my shop:


Finally, I made a necklace with one large and two smaller beaded beads, made to match the beautiful lampwork beads from fellow Etsian and SATeam member Melissa Vess. I love color-matching beaded beads to lampwork beads; it's a fun exercise to pick a lampwork bead to serve as the color palette for the piece.

The smaller beaded beads are in the same style as the disco ball beaded bead, but these are octahedral, or eight-sided, instead of 20-sided. I've made many pairs of earrings in this design.




These pieces are now listed in my Etsy shop. A tutorial is in progress...

5 comments:

  1. your beaded beads are so great ..
    i am waiting for the next tutorial
    i love it

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  2. They are gorgeous! I've only done this with beads at each end of the larger beads, the thought of doing the sides too is daunting...

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  3. Thanks very much! Peikko- it is a bit labor intensive to do all 20 sides, but since the pattern is the same for each side, it isn't too difficult. It just takes a while.

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  4. Those beads definitely ROCK! :-)

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