Monday, April 24, 2017

I created this bracelet as my second design for the Potomac Bead Challenge 2017. I used a Potomac exclusive crystal rivoli for the center. Seed beads form the bezel. The surround is created with Arcos Par Puca, Ava's, Rounduo's, and dragon scale beads. Seeds beads, delicas, and bugles were stitched to the ultra-suede next in bead embroidery style. An Ava and Rounduo accent each end. Copper firepolished beads were used on the edges. A pair of copper cup buttons and seed bead loops form the closure. I hope you like it. I am pleased with how this design came out. It is very different that what I saw in my head at the start. You can see all of the designs submitted for the challenge on Potomac Beads facebook page. You can vote for your favorite design by liking it.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Potomac Bead Company is having a design challenge. This is the first piece that I created for it. I started with a tree agate cabochon. I used Ava beads and rountrios with seed beads to bezel it. The fringe hangs from more of the ava beads. Three hole beams and seed bead picots form the straps. The closure is a cup button and seed bead loop. I hope you like my design. You can vote for your favorite on Potomac beads design challenge facebook page.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bead Peeps Blog Hop

Today is the reveal for the Bead Peeps Blog Hop. We were given a partner with whom we exchanged beads.  Then make something with the beads that you received. My partner is Tina Pawass. Her blog is Thank you for being my partner Tina. I enjoyed getting to know you.  My camera was not playing nice when I tried to photograph what she sent so I will just have to tell you about it as I go. She sent the two ceramic ovals that I turned into the pendant. I used petrol blue pearls as a frame for the ceramic ovals. Next I stitched cobalt blue size 11 triangle beads around the pearls. Cobalt blue and white size 15 seed beads form the inner rings of the bezel. I used the white two hole triangles from my package at the bottom of the pendant. I finished the rest of the pendant edge with  stitched crown points trim. The bail is twisted bugles and white seed beads. I chose to suspend the pendant on a silver curved tube. The blue 6mm rounds were in my package. I turned them into the straps for my necklace with the silver links that Tina sent. The closure is a toggle clasp from Tina. I had fun making this necklace and I hope Tina likes it.
This is a closeup of the pendant so that you can see it better. Please check out what Tina made with what I sent her at the link above.  I always enjoy seeing what two people made with the same beads but I forgot about that part of the hop. Thank you Linda Anderson and the other administrators for hosting this challenge. #BeadPeepsSwapNhop17. Here is the link to Linda's blog where you can see all of the amazing designs that the other participants made