Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Huge Squared Circles Beaded Bead

A little while ago, I came up with the idea of making a Squared Circles beaded bead with some large 12 mm lentils that I found at a bead show a few years ago. At first I was skeptical that it would work, since these lentils are twice the size of those called for in the original tutorial.

After only a slight adjustment in the seed bead count, I was able to get it to come together:

This beaded bead is huge! It measures 26 mm end-to-end, and it's even larger corner-to-corner.

Now that I've made it... What do I with it? I'm open to any suggestions!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What's Your Springtime Fancy?

Spring is in the air! Why not celebrate with a pair of very flowery earrings?

...Or perhaps spring makes you think of fields of green?

...Or a tropical paradise?

Maybe it's all about stargazing under the night sky...

...In a matching ensemble...

...Or is it time for something fancy?

...Or something fancier?

...Or is it all about a rustic walk through the woods?

...Or an artful Venetian vacation?

Whatever your fancy, I'll have something for everyone this weekend at the knit-one-one craft sale this Saturday! I'd love to see you there!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Accomplishment is...

A freshly-made pile of sterling silver earwires. I make them in big batches every so often, and it's not exactly my favorite jewelry-making task, so completing a batch always makes me feel so accomplished :)

Speaking of completing jewelry, here are a few more pieces that I've made for the upcoming Craft Sale this Saturday:

While I was digging through my stash over the past few weeks, I found the this piece, half-completed, so I decided to finally finish it. The greener beaded beads are made from Japanese seed beads and large aquamarine chips, in a style that's not too uncommon but it's not a beaded bead style that I usually dabble in. Unlike most gemstone-chip beaded beads, these ones are not constructed on a peyote tube core. The smaller purple beaded beads are simple drop cubes, and the larger ones are a precursor to my Bubble Box design. The piece is strung with additional aquamarine beads, Czech glass, and rose quartz.

Here's the flyer for the Craft Sale - click on the image for additional details. I'd love to see you there!

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