Funky Chunky Bead Stash Jewelry!

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They’re BIG! They’re BOLD! They’re COLORFUL! And best of all, they USE UP BEAD STASH BEADS!

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I came across some paper beads from when I FIRST started beading. I remember we went camping, and I brought paper, scissors, markers and glue with me…and sat in a tent for an entire day while it rained and made a ton of paper beads. So I remembered seeing these Anthropologie inspired earrings all over Pinterest some time back and got out some wire.

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I’m not very good with wire. These earrings are pretty big. But they sure are colorful! And I’m not afraid to wear big colorful earrings every now and then!

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A few weeks ago I got an email from Auntie’s Beads touting Karla Kam’s one millionth view on her video for bead crochet. So I gave it a whirl!

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I used wire that was bigger than recommended. Well, that’s all I had on hand. But I did manage to use up a bunch of blue beads, including a few packages of cute lampwork beads that were in the dollar markdown bins at Walmart.

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Aren’t they groovy? Every time I see a bag of lampworks in the markdown bin I can’t resist. Anyway this necklace is REALLY REALLY BIG. I’m not sure if I will ever have the motivation to wear it. Maybe with a white t-shirt and some sort of cardigan. In winter. Maybe.

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Yeah, that’s a big old heavy necklace. But it was fun to crochet with wire and beads. Maybe if I get smaller, thinner wire I would like it better.

Sunflower Earrings – Rivoli, SuperDuos, and 11/0’s

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Week two of messing around with the assortment of Rivolis that I bought reminded me of this pin that I have had on one of my boards for a while. It is a MUCH simpler way to encase a Rivoli as opposed to peyote stitch. The ingredients for each earring are: 24 superduo beads, one 14mm Rivoli, and a handful of 11/0 seed beads. NOTE: Do NOT use 11/0 cylinder beads. Only use Toho or regular Chinese glass seeds. I found out the hard way that 11/0 cylinder beads yields bad results. Behold:

11/0 Cylinder Beads results in an earring FAIL

11/0 Cylinder Beads results in an earring FAIL

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On a yard of thread, string 12 superduos with a seed bead between each one. Go through the first superduo to make a circle and knot the tail piece to hold it together. Move your thread up to the top hole of the superduo you are at. Go round the circle adding two seed beads between each superduo, going top hole to top hole all the way around.

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Next you need to add another superduo on top of each superduo in the circle. I just kinda came out of a top hole, went through the bottom hole of the new superduo, then back through the top hole of the one in the circle again. Go through two seed beads to get to the next superduo and repeat all the way around.

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Move your thread up to the top hole of the new superduos you just added. Then add a seed bead between every OTHER superduo. This is what is going to allow it to cinch up around the Rivoli.

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Place the Rivoli face down into the center of your circle. Holding it centered with your fingers, pull the thread tight to cinch up around it, and tie a knot in your thread to hold it in place.

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I added a little extra beading to the back of my Rivoli to hold it in place better. This was not on the instructions in the web page that I referenced above, but I am still so nervous beading around Rivolis, and it seemed a bit loose in there. So I added three seed beads between each of the seed beads on the back of the Rivoli (the seed beads that were between every OTHER superduo that were added in the last step).

adding three seed beads between each of the seed beads on the back of the Rivoli

adding three seed beads between each of the seed beads on the back of the Rivoli

I then added one more seed bead between the center seed bead of each set of three that I just added. Just to make a little net of beads for the back.

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The final step, before adding the earhook, is to weave your way back to the top of the piece where there is a row of two seed beads all the way around, these beads are between the two sets of superduos. Go through the first set of two, add three seed beads, and go through the next two on the circle. This makes the little petals of the flower. Do this all the way around.

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Add the ear hook, I came out of a center bead of one of the petals, and added a seed bead, a superduo, another seed bead, a jump ring, a seed bead, back through the other hole of the superduo, a seed bead, and then back through the bead in the petal. These earrings took me about fifteen minutes to make each one. They are so easy! I didn’t really try to color coordinate this, it was more just grabbing some beads that were handy. But now that I see how cute and easy they are, I am going to make a few more pairs in some great colors!

so sparkly!

so sparkly!

Here is one with blue rivoli, blue and clear superduos, clear 11/0's on the flower and blue 11/0's for the petals.

Here is one with blue rivoli, blue and clear superduos, clear 11/0’s on the flower and blue 11/0’s for the petals.

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And I reworked the pattern to fit a 12mm Rivoli instead of a 14mm….it takes 9 Superduos instead of 12. Here is a pair using a green 12mm Rivoli, some green and red Picasso superduos, and silver and red 11/0’s.

sorry for the bad lighting.  As usual.

sorry for the bad lighting. As usual.

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And here is one using an 18mm Rivoli. It took 14 Superduo beads instead of 12. I haven’t decided whether to use it as a pendant or make another for a set of earrings. Maybe both!

18mm Rivoli

18mm Rivoli

Sunflower earring Pink 18mm Rivoli and gold seed beads

Sunflower earring Pink 18mm Rivoli and gold seed beads

I ended up sharing a cab with a stranger while wearing these earrings, and she exclaimed “Wow! Where did you get those earrings? They look like they are from India…did you get them from India?” I never thought about that, but I guess they do kind of look like they are Indian!

Sparkly!

Sparkly!

Fan Earrings

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I have been stalking the beautiful tutorials of Ellad2 for quite some time now, and decided to purchase one for a lovely pair of fan earrings.

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They are actually quite easy to make, the base is made of 8/0 seeds and superduo beads. My problem was, I only had 6/0 beads, which kinda threw everything off.

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After making the inner loop, you then add rows of 15/0 seeds inside.

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Her instructions called for a 6mm center bead, but as my dimensions were all off by substituting 6/0 for 8/0, I ended up using a bigger center bead.

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The fans are made with some 3mm bicones. The earrings are lovely, and I immediately ordered a bunch of 8/0 seeds so that I can make them PROPERLY. The fans tended to curl up instead of laying flat, which I think will be remedied when I use the correct size beads.

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I couldn’t wait for the new beads to come, so I made a second set in green and gold. I HIGHLY recommend any tutorials from Ellad2, they are super cute, and have very clear instructions and pictures to guide you along. There’s even a few “freebie” tutorials hidden on the site as well!

UPDATE:

Okay so my beads all came, and now I have proper 8/0’s and all sorts of new colors of superduos. But guess what? They are still curling up at the ends.

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But I think I know the culprit – the monofilament. I need to be using a needle and beading thread.

green Picasso superduos and 8/0's...green 15/0's...purple 3mm bicones...and an 8mm purple glass center bead

green Picasso superduos and 8/0’s…green 15/0’s…purple 3mm bicones…and an 8mm purple glass center bead

gold superduos and 8/0's...clear 15/0's...red 3mm bicones....and an 8 mm red glass center pearl

gold superduos and 8/0’s…clear 15/0’s…red 3mm bicones….and an 8 mm red glass center pearl

gold and rainbowy gold superduos... turquoise Picasso 8/0's...red 3mm bicones...gold 15/0's...and a peachish 6mm center glass pearl

gold and rainbowy gold superduos… turquoise Picasso 8/0’s…red 3mm bicones…gold 15/0’s…and a peachish 6mm center glass pearl

Yes, I am going to try again with some beading thread instead of the monofilament and I think that will cure the curls.

UPDATE:

I pulled out the very first pair of fan earrings I had made tonight, took one apart, and redid it using the PROPER materials – 8/0 beads instead of 6/0s, a 6mm center bead instead of a 10mm, and beading thread instead of monofilament. All I can say is, WOW!

The old earring

The old earring

Reworked earring

Reworked earring

When I made these earrings I was pretty new to bead weaving and hadn’t even started using needle and thread yet. What a difference a few months of practice makes!

side by side

side by side

“Miracle” Hugs and Kisses Earrings and Pendants

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So I got an email from Auntie’s Beads about some sort of “stranded” sale (strands of beads) and I ended up buying a whole, whole lotta those Miracle Beads, which are actually really neat and fun to work with. All day, as I sat on my bed beading and had all my miracle beads laid out, my husband kept commenting: “Wow…those are some cool looking beads….Come over here and look at them from this angle…..What the heck is in them?…..no, really..come over here and look from THIS angle!”

pink bead on the bottom of the dangle.....

pink bead on the bottom of the dangle…..

As you don’t get too many beads in a strand, I tried to find a project that didn’t use too many of them, and this video of “Hugs and Kisses Earrings from Alicia (Beadiful Nights) looked like a good quick project. As I am going on a cruise next month, and just bought a boatload of summery dresses from my local thrift shop, THREE of them in pink and brown colors, I decided to go with that color scheme. These pieces each used one pink 8mm bead, two pink 6mm beads (plus one for the dangle), four brown 4mm beads (plus one for the dangle), 2 6/0 seeds, and a handful of 11/0 seeds, which I happened to find these rainbowy brownish pinkish ones in my seed bead bucket.

and a brown bead on the bottom of the dangle.  Duh!

and a brown bead on the bottom of the dangle. Duh!

Being the semi bonehead that I am, and trying to watch the movie “The Runaways” while working this project, I finished my earrings only to find that I made one with a pink bead on the bottom, and the other with a brown bead on the bottom. Oy. So I ended up making two sets of earrings and two pendants. Which was fine, because these work up in about twenty minutes tops. Super easy! I will probably do a matching bracelet later this week as well to complete the set.

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Here is another set that I made in blue:

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Rainbow 3 Loop Seed Bead Earrings

Finished Pair!

Finished Pair!

I came across an old “like” that I had on Pinterest for some Summer Quill Earrings that looked so cute and easy that I decided to try, using some 9mm bugle beads that I had instead of quills, which I quite definately did not have.

3 equal lengths of seed beads, in hombre-ish color scheme

3 equal lengths of seed beads, in hombre-ish color scheme

one unfinished earring next to a finished earring

one unfinished earring next to a finished earring

I made three lenghts of seed beads, in a rainbow hombre color scheme. Each string is the exact same number of each color, with one bugle bead in the center of each side. I attached the three strings together on each end with a crimp bead.

Each side closed by inserting all three strings into a crimp bead

Each side closed by inserting all three strings into a crimp bead

I then joined the two sides together by putting all six strings through another crimp bead. Try and make sure that the strings are not twisted when you crimp, so that they hang in a loop.

making a loop for the jump ring

making a loop for the jump ring

Make a loop out of the six strings so that you can attach a jump ring to it. Put all six strings through a small crimp bead, as it is very hard to get a tool up under the bead cap after you add it. My crimp bead was small enough that all six strings fit snugly in there even without me actually crimping the bead.

Adding a bead cap to cover all the crimp beads, and a jump ring to the loop that was made

Adding a bead cap to cover all the crimp beads, and a jump ring to the loop that was made

Slide a bead cap over the whole mess, and pull the strings from the bottom of the bead cap to snug up the loop and pull it down. I inserted the tip of my needle nosed pliers into the loop while I was pulling, so I didn’t pull the loop down into the bead cap. Attach the jump ring to the monofilament loop, and then pull the bottom strings down until the jump ring sits on top of the bead cap. Trim all the loose strings at the bottom of the bead cap.

All trimmed up and ear hook attached

All trimmed up and ear hook attached

Add the ear hook to the jump ring and that’s it. I am positive that there are better ways to do this, but this is the method that I came up with and they came out neat and sturdy. All in all, it probably cost me less than a buck to make these. I am thinking about ordering some actual quills, I have never worked with quills but they look pretty neat. I found THIS WEBSITE that sells porcupine quills, both dyed and natural. Apparently there are approximately 3,000 quills in an ounce! This site sells ounces for around $25, and quarter ounces for $6 to $8, which seems pretty reasonable.