Thursday, April 29, 2010

Playing with color

The beads that I ordered have arrived and I played with this lovely soft green 6 mm bead.  I substituted a second color seed bead in steps 4 and 14 to create this version of the Canterbury bracelet.  I found these lovely mulit tone 4 mm that are a combination Light ruby, green and silver to accent with.  Depending on how they turn gives you a different look, more soft green or more pink.

I recently bought a few new tops and I don't know about you but to me it is always an excuse to make something to go with it!!

I made another Maricot necklace in this soft turquoise color to wear with one of my new shirts.  Not that I "needed" an excuse to make something new of course.

I have also been busy making rings.  Here are two of them.  I was so surprised at how comfortable they are to wear.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Canterbury Bracelet

I have a new addiction.  This is a quick to make bracelet.  I made three in two evenings.  It is very versatile and its looks change just by the combination of colors.

This one got its name from the first bracelet I made at the right.  When you hold it up to the light it reminds me of a stained glass window and brought to mind the Canterbury Cathedral with its elegant windows.

This bracelet is made using the ladder stitch enhanced with net weaving.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sweet Petunia

This post is a little late in coming.  I wanted to share some photos from my beading class on April 10th.  One of my favorite parts in teaching is seeing the different color combinations that are chosen and how each student makes the project their own.  This is the first time I remembered to take my camera to class with me but I am so glad that I did.  The last photo is my original Sweet Petunia necklace.  We only finished about two-three inches of the necklace in class.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shaitana Bracelet and Ring

Here is another in the "Shaitana" series.  This is the first series of jewelry pieces that I actually have a complete set of. 

There is a necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring.  After I made the bracelet, I was playing with it on my hand and thought what a great ring it would make.  So I adapted the bracelet pattern into a ring and it turned out wonderfully.  It is very comfortable to wear.

I have actually been working on several ring designs lately.  They have been really fun to do.  I didn't think that I would really care for beaded rings but they are extremely comfortable when worn.

Hope you are having a good day today!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Happy Birthday from me to you

To celebrate my birthday this year, I am going to give you a present.  Click here to download the coordinating necklace to Esther's Garden Bracelet. 
I hope you enjoy it!!


Monday, April 5, 2010

Garnet Sweet Squares

In a couple of months, I will be teaching the Sweet Squares necklace.  It has about 400 crystals in it.  I originally made it with Swarovski crystals.  I wanted to make a sample using fire polish as a more economical alternative for those taking the class.  I think that both are stunning!

Naomi's Sweet Garland Necklace

The farfalling beads (or peanut beads as they are also called) were calling to me.  I really love how the farfalling bracelet came out and decided to make a necklace (click to see a larger version) to go with it.  When I was done, an earring idea occured to me as well.  This is one of my favorite sets to wear in its springy colors.