Here is the 2nd bracelet I made using the pattern from Bead & Button's Brilliant Crystal magazine. I used Dark blue pearls and hematite firepolish beads for this one. the band is such a lovely fit and great fun to make that I want to make another one but I think 2 is enough for now!
I fell in love with this bracelet and the colour combination when I first saw it in Bead & Button's Brilliant Crystals magazine. I really enjoyed making the bracelet and the colours are great, I have made another one which I will post later.
It's been a lovely Bank Holiday weekend here and me, my husband & son spent some time at the garden centre today looking for some new plants, we bought some bright orange & spiky magenta plants for one of our borders so hopefully in a few months I'll be posting a picture of a vibrant corner. In the meantime here is a picture of my gardens pride & joy, not many blooming just yet but if the last few years are anything to go by we've got a real treat in store. I'll take another photo when its in full bloom.
So like many of you out there I'm now completely in love with bezellingrivoli's. This ring is made using Laura McCabes Crystal Sunburst method. The surrounding crystals are some amazing jet abx2 crystals that my husband bought me as a surprise. The abx2 effect is beautiful, I can't get over how different the colours are in this finish. I am running out of Rivoli's so I'll have to try something else for a while until I get some more
In the pursuit of expanding my earring collection, I made these simple bezelledrivoli earrings using instructions from Laura McCabes book. I used steel grey delicas and galvanised silver size 15's. I like the simplicity of these but I think I will need to also have a pair of Crystal Burst earrings, after all a girl can never have too much sparkle!
Last night I sat down to watch the DaVinci Code on TV. I didn't have a project ready to work on so I picked up the beads left over from the little black dress earrings and started playing with right angle weave. I tried using different sizes and created a lovely curve which I then joined together and strung on the earwire with strands of 3mm crystals.
I quite liked the film, it was diverting at least, I much preferred the book though.
Although I wear earrings almost everyday, I make very few of them. I thought it was about time I rectified the situation, so for the next few weeks I am going to try & focus on expanding my earring collection, apart from the rings I am making as gifts of course.
These earrings are from a design called Little Black Dress Earrings by Marcia DeCoster published in Beadwork Magazine Dec/Jan. You can find a link to Marcia's blog on the right.
These earrings were a real delight to make! Relatively quick & easy and they use just a small amount of materials to great effect. These are for me, but I think they would make a wonderful gift for someone who loves earrings.
It's two of my friends birthdays soon and I will be making them some rings. I have to be careful not to say too much because they sometimes read this blog. I went online to pick up the supplies but of course I bought more stuff for myself too! Not too much but enough to feel a bit guilty! I bought myself the supplies to make the X's & O's bracelet from Brilliant Crystal Jewellery in the same colours as the middle bracelet pictured on p22. I don't usually follow colour combo's exactly but I really love this one, can't wait to make it!
Here is a ring I made using PhylissDintefass's pattern published in the most recent Beadwork magazine. It is an interesting technique which I enjoyed making but I didn't like the colour combo enough to make another for an earring. It makes a nice big ring though.
The inspiration for this necklace was the Beadalon Daggers necklace that I mentioned in an earlier post. Mine is slightly different, the pale grey triangles are 2 drop brick stitch with matte grey ab delica's with large red glass drops, the dark grey triangles are made with size 11 hex seed beads in single drop brick stitch. The necklace strap is peyote. It was a fun necklace to make and it drapes very nicely around the neck.
I am a bit of a hippy at heart, although I am a bit to young to have been a flower child (I was a New Romantic as a teenager). I love the individuality and colourfulness of the arty, hippy style and like to express that love of colour in my jewellery and I seem to be increasingly drawn to nature as inspiration for my beadwork.