Tuesday, April 23, 2013

New Kit for Borromean Link

The first set of kits for the Borromean link is almost sold out, so I put together this color scheme to replace itI like the first photo because it shows reflection symmetry without rotation symmetry.

In contrast, the next photo shows rotation symmetry without reflection symmetry.
This last perspective really shows that the links are rectangles. It shows both rotation symmetry and refection symmetry

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Color Medallion No. 4 Blue Marine

This is the fourth Color Medallion I made, and this one will be a kit.  If you like playing with color, Color Medallions offer a fun challenge.  I had to do quite a bit of ripping and redoing to get this to blend as I liked, but in the end, I think I got it.  I enjoy working with blue glass beads because blue glass comes in a wide variety of shades including the very intense blues I used here.

If you want one, you should come take our class.  Florence and I will teach this class together at the Bead & Button Show 2013.  Color Medallion kits are now available.  Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Lotus Drop Necklace Kits

Last month, I introduced the Lotus Drop Earrings.  Now I've got a Lotus Drop Necklace to show you.  This one is a kit.
The necklace is 20 inches long (51 cm), longer than what I typically wear, but it seems right for the shape of the dangles.  Of course, you can make it shorter if you want by leaving out some of the components.
Then, with the leftovers you could make matching earrings.  Anyway, I kind of really like this next photo.
As I was making this necklace, I was excited when I realized that I could source the beads to make a limited number of kits, all except the blue briolette drops.  So the kits include everything but the briolette drops and the wire I used to wrap them.  I left out the drops because it is terribly difficult and expensive to acquire natural faceted briolette beads in bulk.  Plus, I didn't think the ones I used are particularly the "right" choice, and you might enjoy, just as well, finding your own drops to make your necklace personalized for you. That way, every assembled kit will be a little different.
Here is what this necklace looks like as a drawing.
I used the drawing to help me make the necklace.  With Doceri software on my iPad, it's a lot easier to make copies than it is with real beads.  Doceri lets me design complex bead work quickly and easily, especially for a design like this, where a few motifs are repeated over and over, and there are lots of different ways to combine them.  The necklace I made wasn't the first necklace I designed on my iPad.  Here are a few others.
Here are some small ones.
I have patterns and kits available if you would like to make your own Lotus Drop Necklace.   Thanks for looking.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Color Medallion No.3 Violet Boudoir

This is the third color medallion I made.
I'm pretty happy with it, so much that I might actually have to keep this one for myself.  I made kits, but they are all sold out. You can find other kits and the pattern here.

Florence and I taught this class together at the Bead & Button Show 2013.  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Starburst Necklace (Water) Part 3

I finished my Starburst Galaxy necklace in this color scheme inspired by water. 

In the Starburst Galaxy class students will learn to make a whole galaxy of beaded stars.  I wanted students to make a nice sample of the different sizes, so the kits we are assembling will make the 5 different stars shown here.   (These 5 stars are just a few of the 20 or more possibilities you can make with this technique.)    The kits include enough materials to make 9 different stars:  1 large 8-star and 2 each of the smaller stars.   With 9 stars, you can make earrings, pendants, a bracelet or a necklace, or some combination of these.  We thought it would be the most fun and informative for you if the kits make a bunch of different stars, and then let to you decide how to finish your stars into jewelry.  I finished mine into a necklace with some twisted cubic right angle weave in the back.

I'm going to make two more beaded star kits for this class.  For the "Fire" and "Gothic" Starburst kits, we just ordered a HUGE pile of Swarovski crystals yesterday morning.  Once the crystals arrive, I'll start beading some sample, and show you photos as I take them.  Thanks for looking.
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