Friday, April 6, 2018

Today is the reveal for the Bead Peeps Blog Hop 2018. Thank you LindaAnderson for hosting this fun challenge. Since my package did not arrive from my partner I decided to do something on my own. I bead with a group of friends every week. One of the ladies went to the Tucson Bead Show this year. She brought back the large green two hole rectangles and challenged us to make something with them. I decided to use them for this hop also. Since bead embroidery is my favorite thing to do I started there. I found a cabochon that is colored similar to the two hole rectangles and bezeled it. Then I attached it to a circular piece of backing. I stitched the two hole rectangles below it. A black seed bead and a green disc were uses to fill the holes. Next I created six fringes. One for each of the holes and stitched them below the rectangles. I found jade ovals for the edge of the circle. Then I filled in with green seed beads. The straps were created with faceted jade rounds, black discs, green bicone crystals, and black teardrop shaped beads. I chose a gunmetal toggle clasp for the closure because it matched the bead caps I used on the fringes. I also created matching earrings using a jade round and fringes with the same beads as the necklace only they are shorter.  I had fun creating this and I hope you like it. Now please check out what the other designers in this hop created at https://www.facebook.com/groups/beadPeeps/

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Carrier beads are all the rage now so I had to try them. They certainly are fun and addictive. They stitch up fast and there are bunches of patterns to make. All of the pieces that I have seen are simply strung with a beads at each hole between them. I wanted to do something different, so this is what I came up with. I made a half a dozen tries at stitching them together  then gave up and went to bed last night. First thing this morning I thought of eyepins to connect them and they worked great. Three sizes of aqua rondelles, gold spacers, and white pearls create the straps along with a hook style clasp. An aqua drop hangs as an accent from the center carrier bead. A pair of carriers that match the necklace center bead were created as earrings. Simple wire wrapping connects them to the earwires. I am proud of how this set turned out and I hope you like them too.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

I realized that I never posted what I created for the first Miriam Haskell challenge. This is the necklace and earrings from the first set. The petals on the large flower were painted with nail polish because I could not find the color that I wanted. Tiny white pearls were stitched in  the center and the flower was attached to an oval filigree. Then I used the metal flowers from the kit with bright pink pearls as centers on the lower corner of the filigree. The top has small pink glass flowers with white pearl centers. Two pink glass leaves finish the focal. The straps are the large white glass rounds separated by pink seed beads in the Haskell style. A box clasp from the kit is the closure. The earrings are one of the white glass rounds above three of the small pink glass flower dangles.
I created the pin on a metal form from the kit. White seed beads wrap the frame as I have seen in Haskell pieces. The center is more of the pink glass flowers with some cranberry colored ones also. A pink flower slider was used for the largest flower . A clear AB glass leave is the accent. Lastly I created another pink petal flower in a single layer that matches the necklace to use on the bracelet. The band is the large white rounds matching the necklace. Although I have never seen a Haskell piece with a snap as a clasp I chose to use one for the bracelet. If you don't know who Miriam Haskell is I suggest that you google her as you will see some of the most amazing pieces of jewelry. I had a wonderful time creating these jewelry pieces. I hope you like them.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

I created this parure (set) for the second Miriam Haskell Challenge sponsored by A Grain of Sand.
When I think of Miriam Haskell jewelry I think of floral component based pieces so that is what I made for the necklace focal. To make the necklace I started with the round filigree from the kit. I stitched some of the black seed beads from the kit and a 4mm black round in the center, then I made loops of the pearly white seed beads that were a free gift with my kit to form the black and white flower. I also stitched some of the black seed beads into leaves. I was inspired to make this flower by one I saw in my Miriam Haskell book that was a bracelet center and was a Robert Clark design. I found a large brass flower in my stash and embellished it with more of the pearly white seed beads and used a matte light yellow glass flower center. I attached these two flowers to a larger filigree piece. Next I attached two pale yellow enameled flowers each in a different shape and with a different black glass flower center. The finishing touch for the focal was 5 small matte light yellow glass flowers. The straps were made with the large black faceted nailheads from the kit plus some I already had.They were spaced out with the black seed beads from the kit and black size 6 seed beads. I saw straps in my Miriam Haskell book which were made with black fire polished beads spaced in this way. Most of the Miriam Haskell pieces that I have seen are very colorful so black was more unique. I used the black faceted clasp from my kit for the closure. Next came the earrings. There were a pair of floral inspired metal pieces in the kit which I used as my earring bases. I glued black Swarovski crystals into the indentations and hung one of the yellow set crystal from the kit on the bottom to keep with the color scheme I had going. Earwires was all that was needed to complete these simple earrings. I used the large yellow cabochon with the crescent shaped holes to create a pin. I wired one of the yellow AB crystals to the center. It is surrounded by small black round beads. I created a harness with wire on the back. To this I attached three of the yellow set crystals so that they hung below the cabochon. Next I punched a pair of holes in the metal bow from the kit and used a pair of oval jump rings on each side to attach the embellished cabochon to the bow. I used wire to attach a pin back and this creation was done. I had fun creating these designs. I am working on another pin and I have a bracelet design in my head too but they will have to be finished after the challenge is over. It was fun to design these pieces. I hope you like them.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Fish Leather

The necklace I am showing today is made with fish leather. The royal blue salmon skin was imported from Iceland. The people who sell it were the speakers at the last Upper Midwest Bead Society meeting. It was interesting to learn about how the fish skin is processed. The focal beads are enameled copper from C-Koop Beads. I bezeled the two enameled pieces with large royal blue crescent shaped beads and seed beads and added a faceted drop to the bottom cab then sewed them onto the leather.  Next I added two bezeled  glass cabs as accents. I did use bead backing behind the leather to stiffen the piece and help it support the weight of the beads.When I was done applying the focals I glued ultra-sued to the back to cover the stitching. I edge stitch seed beads with daggers at the bottom to finish the piece. The straps are bugle beads and seed beads in a herringbone pattern. Blue crystal rondelles and silver cones finish the straps. I chose a silver toggle clasp as the closure. I had fun working with something unusual. I hope you like it.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Miriam Haskell Challenge

A Grain of Sand bead shop is offering a Miriam Haskell inspired challenge. They sold a kit with vintage beads and asked participants to make something inspired by Miriam Haskell's designs.The picture above is the parure (set) that I created for today's reveal.
When I think of Miriam Haskell jewelry I think of floral component based pieces so that is what I made for the necklace focal. To make the necklace I started with the round filigree from the kit. I stitched some of the black seed beads from the kit and a 4mm black round in the center, then I made loops of the pearly white seed beads that were a free gift with my kit to form the black and white flower. I also stitched some of the black seed beads into leaves. I was inspired to make this flower by one I saw in my Miriam Haskell book that was a bracelet center and was a Robert Clark design. I found a large brass flower in my stash and embellished it with more of the pearly white seed beads and used a matte light yellow glass flower center. I attached these two flowers to a larger filigree piece. Next I attached two pale yellow enameled flowers each in a different shape and with a different black glass flower center. The finishing touch for the focal was 5 small matte light yellow glass flowers. The straps were made with the large black faceted nailheads from the kit plus some I already had. They were spaced out with the black seed beads from the kit and black size 6 seed beads. I saw straps in my Miriam Haskell book which were made with black fire polished beads spaced in this way. Most of the Miriam Haskell pieces that I have seen are very colorful so black was more unique. I used the black faceted clasp from my kit for the closure.
Next came the earrings. There were a pair of floral inspired metal pieces in the kit which I used as my earring bases. I glued black Swarovski crystals into the indentations and hung one of the yellow set crystal from the kit on the bottom to keep with the color scheme I had going. Earwires was all that was needed to complete these simple earrings.
I used the large yellow cabochon with the crescent shaped holes to create a pin. I wired one of the yellow AB crystals to the center. It is surrounded by small black round beads. I created a harness with wire on the back. To this I attached three of the yellow set crystals so that they hung below the cabochon. Next I punched a pair of holes in the metal bow from the kit and used a pair of oval jump rings on each side to attach the embellished cabochon to the bow. I used wire to attach a pin back and this creation was done. I had fun creating these designs. I am working on another pin and I have a bracelet design in my head too but they will have to be finished after the challenge is over.This is the second of their challenges that I have participated in. I guess I neglected to post pics of what I did the first time. I will do that later. I have been neglecting my blog because my camera is not working and pics from my phone are large which makes them harder to look at on-line.