Friday, March 31, 2017

Mini Crown Earrings Blue Jeans

It's been a long time since I made some jewelry just for the sake of making some jewelry. Lately, I've been focusing my attention on designing novel works for the purpose of writing tutorials, and that takes a lot of time to finish each project. But, last night, I made some jewelry using one of my older patterns, and gee, it was nice to finish a piece in one sitting. These are Mini Crown Earrings, in the colors of blue jeans.


Find this pair here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/522067551/
Learn to make your own: https://www.etsy.com/listing/202127734/

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cellini Marquis Pendant

An old friend commissioned me to make a pendant incorporating an old tooth that one of her friends gave her. She had a pretty clear vision of what she wanted, and here's what I came up with. The design of the frame is almost identical to the Cellini Marquis, but I added a few extra rounds to make it bigger.


Boy, you blow up a photo of beadwork, and the mistakes really jump out at you. Fortunately, the missing beads on the bail were fixable. Ahh. All done.

You can find the tutorial for the Cellini Marquis pendant in my Etsy shop.  Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Tutorial - Cellini Marquis Pendant

Here is my latest design in my series on Cellini spirals made with peyote stitch and seed beads in different sizes.  With this new tutorial, you can learn to bead weave this Cellini Marquis Pendant.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/494961656/
The beadwork is stitched with just 3 sizes of regular Japanese seed beads. So if you are a bead weaver, you probably already have everything you need. Using just a pinch of each color, this a great way to use up seed beads leftover from other beading projects. No fancy shapes required!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/494961656/
Making the pendant is a suitable project for advanced beginning to intermediate bead weavers who like seed beads. The pendant measure 6 cm high, 7 cm wide, 12 mm thick.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/494961656/
The tutorial is 16 pages, with over 70 full color illustrations and photographs. The tutorial gives highly detailed instructions for every step in the pendant.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Free Pattern Beaded Pussy Hat

Sorry I've been MIA, but... politics.
With all of the craziness that has occurred over the last few months in the US, I have been inspired by politics in a way that I never have been before. The day after the 2017 inauguration, I watched as more than 3 million people protested across the globe for women's rights. In the photos, I saw huge crowds marching for the Women's March on Washington. I saw thousands, maybe tens of thousands of pink pussy hats, all made by hand to honor and draw attention to this event. Being an artist myself, I wanted pay homage to this symbol of women's rights. As a result, I drew this pattern for beaded pussy hats.
The pattern is free for you to use and share as you'd like. Please make lots of beaded pussy hats, give them to your friends. Use them as a reminder to stay involved, and always stand up for women's rights.
These beaded charms are quite little.  As patterned, they are suitable as zipper pulls, earrings, pendants, and bracelet charms. I'd recommend scaling the beads to 11, 8 and 6 to make it bigger for a key ring.
 
On the photo below, the one on the right has stripes. The two on the bottom and left use three colors of beads. Switch colors after each row. If you use a cycle of 2 colors, you get stripes, whereas if you use a cycle of 3 colors, then no two beads of the same color touch each other. There is another 3-cycle in the photo above (far right). You can compare the effect of the relative contrast in color values. Mix dark and light values (previous photo) or mix values of low contrast (photo below).
If you would like to make an origami version of the pussy hat, here is a free tutorial by Beth Johnson.
http://bethjohnsonorigami.com/instructions/ The paper hats here were folded and photographed by Ron Taylor. Notice the bottle cap for scale. Ron folded each of these from 3/4 of a sheet of 3.4 inch memo paper.
Thank you for standing up for women's right. Women's rights are human rights.
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