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Seed Bead Earring Patterns (4/10/2015)

2015 April 10

I love making earrings. They can be simple or complicated. You can make them to match a necklace or bracelet using leftover beads, as earrings usually do not take a lot. Or you can make “statement” earrings – you need no other jewelry except extravagant earrings. Make some this weekend.

Peyote Fan Earrings Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:05:00 -0700

Peyote Fan Earrings

Peyote Fan Earrings

I made some minor changes to the final version of this pattern since I last blogged about these earrings. I decided that I preferred not to have the accent color beads go all the way to the edge of the earring. So, I add 8/0 main color seed beads on the outer edge of each of the accent color rows and they form an outline or border around the accent color. I also moved the accent color rows up to the top of the 8/0 bead rows and I add two rows of the color rather than just one.

15 DIY Seed Bead Earring Patterns Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:34:39 -0800

Seed beads are great for making classy, lightweight accessories, with earrings being one of the most common jewelry projects worked with them. The colorful solid or transparent beads are suitable for all sorts of beading techniques including peyote and brick stitches, as well as simple stringing and braiding designs. Here are some attractive seed bead earring patterns with detailed step by step instructions.

Right Angle Weave Seed Bead Patterns (4/8/2015)

2015 April 8

The more Right Angle Weave projects I do, the more I appreciate this stitch. There are so many variations and it is easy to embellish. I find it works up fairly fast, too. I’ve taken several classes with Marcia DeCoster and I’m taking a class with Shelley Nybakke this weekend. Both use Right Angle Weave extensively.

Prismatic Right-Angle Weave

Prismatic Right-Angle Weave

Prismatic Right-Angle Weave (PRAW) Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:14:00 -0700

PRAW is a relatively new term, but it describes a variation of CRAW that’s been around for a while. Marcia recently blogged about the consensus around the PRAW term in relation to her gorgeous Ancient Bells necklace. Basically, the great thing about CRAW is that it’s such a versatile stitch that can be adapted in many different ways, but many variations of this technique have gone beyond the “cubic” part of CRAW to the point where what’s being stitched is no longer a cube, but rather a prism.

How to Embellish Right-Angle Weave Thu, 08 Jan 2015 23:00:00 -0800

I may have mentioned once or twice before how much I love right-angle weave because of all the potential for embellishment in this popular off-loom bead-weaving stitch. Really, once you learn basic right-angle weave (flat or tubular), there are so many options available to turn it into fabulous beadwork! Whether you’re using it as a base for a beaded necklace or bracelet, or a cabochon bezel, you can make right-angle weave as glamorous or as down-to-earth as you’d like using just a couple of easy bead embellishment techniques.

Crystal Bead Jewelry Tutorials (4/6/2015)

2015 April 6

Swarovski Crystal – Preciosa Crystals – Chinese Crystals. They’re all good. And now with Rhinestone Cup Chain, we have even more fun to work with. Bump up your spring with some bright, shiny, blingy jewelry. I know I never regret making “more” crystal jewelry.

How to Use Rhinestone Cup Chain for Jewelry

How to Use Rhinestone Cup Chain for Jewelry

How to Use Rhinestone Cup Chain for Jewelry Thu, 30 May 2013 08:34:43 -0700

Rhinestone cup chain has been appearing everywhere in gorgeous finished jewelry. Rhinestone cup chain is available in so many colors, finishes and sizes that it’s impossible not to find something you love. However, we get a lot of folks who are mesmerized by the beauty of our rhinestone cup chain but have no idea where to start with using it!

Curly Wire & Crystal Earrings Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:14:40 -0800

Freeform wirework contrasts with sparkly crystal beads in this fun wire earring project. The curly wire on these earrings is made with finger loops. This is a lovely, artistic day-to-evening style.

Bead Embroidery Tutorials (4/3/2015)

2015 April 3

I love the look of bead embroidery, but it’s not my favorite beading project to do. I always try to cram too many beads in and it ends up looking lumpy instead of smooth. On the other hand, I do love the Orthocera Pendant. I have several of these, as fossils fascinate me. I majored in Anthropology/Archaeology in college, and took a lot of Geology and Paleontology, so I love to collect fossils. Might have to dig one out and give it a try.

Orthoceras Pendant With Bead Embroidery

Orthoceras Pendant With Bead Embroidery

Orthoceras Pendant With Bead Embroidery Mon, 09 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0700

This fossil is called an Orthoceras, and I bought it on our trip to Alaska in 2013.  I’ve been looking for the perfect project to use it, because I think it is SO COOL, and I didn’t want to waste it on just anything. Recently I’ve gotten into another pendant-making kick, so that seemed to be the best choice for my little fossil.  The patterning on it is really interesting, and I didn’t want my beadwork to overpower it, so I kept it very simple…a few seed beads and a handful of glass pearls, all in black and grays.

Bead Embroidery Bracelets Tutorial Sun, 05 Feb 2012 10:59:07 -0800

How to design your bracelet so that it fits you perfectly, the kinds of supplies you’ll need for bead embroidery, how they fit in to the projects as a whole, why some supplies are better than others, bead embroidery stitches, tips for making some of them easier and faster, two bracelets , naturally, full supply list, including the seed bead color numbers, picot fringing, which softens the more tailored look of these bracelets.

Beaded Beads Tutorials (4/1/2015)

2015 April 1

I found some great beaded bead patterns and tutorials today. We don’t always have time to finish a large project, but with beaded beads, you can make something in an evening or two and get a lot of satisfaction from it.  What a great way to make a fast piece and infuse a bit of spring using “springy” colors.

Dodecahedron Beaded Beads

Dodecahedron Beaded Beads

Having Fun with Dodecahedron Beaded Beads Sun, 29 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0700

Ever since I learned how to make a dodecahedron beaded bead using right-angle weave, I’ve been fascinated with the many possibilities for stitching and embellishing them. Once you learn the basic thread path, a simple dodecahedron beaded bead can be stitched up in just a few minutes, making them a great option for beaded necklaces and bracelet-making projects.

Double Rosette Beaded Beads Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0700