Beaded Flower Necklace

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I found this video from Kelly, of Off the Beaded Path, for this Fun Floral Necklace. It requires SuperDuo beads, 11/0s and 8/0s. That’s it! It is fun to make, too.

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Kelly gives the option of making the flower components all the way around, or making the chain-like components and as many or as few of the flowers as you like. I chose to make five flowers, and the rest chain. I made 14 chain components for each side on the red necklace, and wanted it a bit longer so I made 15 on each side for the gold necklace.

The Ingredients:  Black SuperDuo beads, Black and White striped 8/0 beads, and blue 11/0 beads.

The Ingredients: Black SuperDuo beads, Black and White striped 8/0 beads, and blue 11/0 beads.

Making the flowers is easy! String 8 SuperDuos into a circle and add an 8/0 in the center.

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Add an 8/0 between each top hole of all 8 SuperDuos.

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Add 3 11/0s between each 8/0.

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Each flower gets ONE connector, made of 2 11/0s, a SuperDuo, and 2 more 11/0s.

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Flowers are joined together by adding 11/0s to the side of one flower that doesn’t have the connector to the connector of the next flower.

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After all your flowers are joined together it’s time to work on the “chain”!

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The chain is basically a variation of the connectors – very easy and quick. You can even mix it up, like I did here, by using a few 8/0s in place of some of the 11/0s.

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The video shows each step in detail. The whole necklace works up in a few hours!

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Beaded Bracelet “Cyprus”

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I made all three of these bracelets today…they work up very quickly and are pretty fun to do!

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I came across this older post from Madame Bijou for her Cyprus bracelet. It didn’t take much thought to figure it out – she uses what looks like some 6/0 beads in her bracelet, I used some cubes to make the brick stitch triangles because I have so very, very many of them.

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Make a brick stitch triangle with 7 cubes or beads on the bottom row, working up to two in the top row. Coming out of one of the two top cubes, make a loop of six 11/0 seeds to connect your jump ring and go back through the other top cube. Work the thread back down through the triangle and exit the first cube of the bottom seven.

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Add your first row of beads – use bigger and different sized and colored beads, separated by two, three, or four 11/0 seeds. You will need to measure your clasp, and the size of your triangle. Add together the clasp size and the triangle size times two to figure out how long to make your connecting string of beads. I made some a bit longer than others (just a teeny bit) so that some of the strands overlapped – but you could make them all the same size if you want.

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When you have your length of beads, start making the other triangle. Make a ladder stitch of seven cubes.

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So make the other triangle, adding another loop of six seeds at the top to connect the other side of the clasp. Weave the thread back down the other side and come out at the end cube on the opposite side of where your bead string is.

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Like this! Now just fill in the center five cubes going back and forth. I used about ten to fifteen seeds to begin and end each bead strand, and worked the bigger beads in to the middles. When you get to the end of a bead string, just go up into the cube you end at and come down out of the cube next door.

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It’s really easy, and I love anything that uses up bead soup beads. The first one I made had silver cubes, black 8/0 seeds, and some assorted bicones and confetti glass beads. I made it a bit too short so I had to use a HUGE clasp.

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Second bracelet used a blue colored mix of cubes, an 11/0 Czech seed bead mix called “ghostly apparition”, bicones and blue cats eye beads.

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And the third bracelet used a white, silver, grey cube mix, the same Czech seeds, and some black and silver beads along with red cubes and red bicones. Again I messed up and made too short, so luckily I had another huge clasp on hand. These bracelets look quite fancy, but were really easy to make. I am still working on my bead weaving skills, so doing the brick stitch triangles with those big old cubes was great practice for me.

Beaded Bracelet Assortment

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I work on jewelry every single night. Every. Single. Night. It’s been well over a year, and I still love to bead, to the point that I can’t wait to get home from work and browse the internet and find something I want to attempt to make. Here are some of the bracelets that I have made over the past few weeks.

Embellished RAW Bracelets

3 row wide, 7 inch long basic right angle weave strip

3 row wide, 7 inch long basic right angle weave strip

Sometimes I even bring some beads to work with me, on days when I know it is going to be slow. I try and keep it simple, so I make strips of Right Angle Weave, and then embellish them when I get home.

adding 3mm crystal bicones and 4mm white beads

adding 3mm crystal bicones and 4mm white beads

I left the edges unfinished – I’m not sure why, but usually I add something between each bead along the length of the bracelet.

add a clasp and you have yourself a sparkling bracelet!

add a clasp and you have yourself a sparkling bracelet!

single row of RAW using pink 4mm cats eye beads.  Embellished with 11/0 rainbow brown seeds and clear 4mm crystal bicones.  Edges finished with 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.

single row of RAW using pink 4mm cats eye beads. Embellished with 11/0 rainbow brown seeds and clear 4mm crystal bicones. Edges finished with 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.

single row of RAW using 8/0 matte black seeds.  Embellished with gold 15/0 seeds and 4mm rainbow AB crystal bicones.  Edges finished with 11/0 matte black seeds.

single row of RAW using 8/0 matte black seeds. Embellished with gold 15/0 seeds and 4mm rainbow AB crystal bicones. Edges finished with 11/0 matte black seeds.

single row of RAW using 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.  Embellished with 11/0 seeds in same color and 4mm red bicones - edges finished with 2 of the 11/0's between each 6/0.

single row of RAW using 6/0 rainbow brown seeds. Embellished with 11/0 seeds in same color and 4mm red bicones – edges finished with 2 of the 11/0’s between each 6/0.

These bracelets are so easy – they take about an hour to make start to finish.

3 rows of RAW using gold 6/0 seeds.  Embellished with alternating gold crystal bicones and turquoise chips.  Still working on the edges....

3 rows of RAW using gold 6/0 seeds. Embellished with alternating gold crystal bicones and turquoise chips. Still working on the edges….

Panda Hall Flower Bracelet

I don’t know what else to call this bracelet, but I used a free tutorial from Panda Hall to make two bracelets. This first one follows the tute exactly:

8/0 black seeds and 4mm silver sparkle beads.

8/0 black seeds and 4mm silver sparkle beads.

The first side works up super quickly – the second side, which incorporates some beads from the first row into the pattern, takes a bit of paying attention.

I love this one!

I love this one!

This second bracelet is just the first row of the pattern. I got done with the first row, counted my beads I had left, and found that I was a few beads short! So I just left it as one row.

peachy colored 8mm pearls and 8/0 white seeds

peachy colored 8mm pearls and 8/0 white seeds

Tubular Herringbone / Chenille Stitch

I made my first tubular herringbone piece a few weeks ago – it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be!

my first tubular herringbone necklace!

my first tubular herringbone necklace!

Using this tutorial from Bead Mavens, which incorporates bugle beads into the herringbone stitch, I added some gold bugles to brown and white 8/0 seeds.

sections of gold tube beads breaks up the monotony of brown and white.

sections of gold tube beads breaks up the monotony of brown and white.

It was fun to do, and I liked using the 8/0’s…they were the perfect size. Not to small and not too large. Then I came across a video for Chenille stitch which is described as “a combination of ladder and herringbone stitches”.

rainbowy red  and matte black 8/0 seeds.

rainbowy red and matte black 8/0 seeds.

I like the pattern of X’s, or flowers…and I did mess up a few times in this, but once I got the hang of it, it was just as easy as herringbone. You just have to pay attention on this one, too!

I made this while we were on a family vacation at a beach motel.  The kids found a tacky, HUGE necklace and earrings set that someone left on the beach.  I took it all apart, and the clasp and some silver beads were used in THIS bracelet!

I made this while we were on a family vacation at a beach motel. The kids found a tacky, HUGE necklace and earrings set that someone left on the beach. I took it all apart, and the clasp and some silver beads were used in THIS bracelet!

One of the things I love about beading is how versatile most patterns are. With a change of color or size of beads, or adding extra rows, you can make totally different pieces from one pattern!

Potawatomi Daisy Chain Tutorial

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Daisy Chain beading is easy. Repetitive and easy and it makes such cute little bracelets, or necklaces, or ankle bracelets. Potawatomi daisy chains put a little line of leaves between each daisy. You can make your daisies all the same color, or alternate colors, or even make each one a different color!

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Anyway the Potawatomi stitch is four basic motions, using minimum 3 colored beads: a petal bead, which is the petals of the daisy; a pollen bead, which is the center of the daisy, and leaf beads which are obviously the leaves. In this tutorial I am using green for the leaf beads, silver for the pollen beads, and alternating yellow and orange for the petal beads.

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The first daisy to start off the chain is done differently than the rest of the bracelet:

To Begin:  thread FOUR petal beads and ONE pollen bead

To Begin: thread FOUR petal beads and ONE pollen bead

go back through the first bead strung, moving towards the tail.

go back through the first bead strung, moving towards the tail.

thread TWO more petal beads and go into the LAST petal bead from the previous step (the one right above your pollen bead)

thread TWO more petal beads and go into the LAST petal bead from the previous step (the one right above your pollen bead)

Voila!  The first daisy!

Voila! The first daisy!

The rest of the chain is the same from here on.

Thread a leaf, a petal, and a leaf

Thread a leaf, a petal, and a leaf

Go up through the bead right above the one you are coming out of

Go up through the bead right above the one you are coming out of

Thread a leaf and a petal and go down through the petal bead you just added.

Thread a leaf and a petal and go down through the petal bead you just added.

Pull snug and you will have this!

Pull snug and you will have this!

Add TWO petals and ONE pollen and go down through the petal bead right below you

Add TWO petals and ONE pollen and go down through the petal bead right below you

Lastly, add TWO petal beads and go up through the next PETAL bead up, the one right above the center pollen bead.

Lastly, add TWO petal beads and go up through the next PETAL bead up, the one right above the center pollen bead.


Yay!  second daisy done.

Yay! second daisy done.

Now it is just repeating the pattern:

1 LEAF, 1 PETAL, 1 LEAF
1 LEAF, 1 PETAL
2 PETAL, 1 POLLEN
2 PETAL.

1 LEAF, 1 PETAL, 1 LEAF

1 LEAF, 1 PETAL, 1 LEAF

1 LEAF, 1 PETAL

1 LEAF, 1 PETAL

2 PETAL, 1 POLLEN

2 PETAL, 1 POLLEN

2 PETAL

2 PETAL

Another one done!

Another one done!

yellow and orange daisies, silver pollen, green leaves in 11/0 seeds

yellow and orange daisies, silver pollen, green leaves in 11/0 seeds

So I hope you will try out a simple Potawatomi Daisy Chain, it is my favorite of all the daisy chains and is so easy! Very cute for a summer anklet.

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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!

St. Petersburg Tila Bead V-Shaped Necklace

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I found this necklace that was entitled “Sleek in Silver” in a back issue of Beadwork magazine. I ordered FIFTY digital issues a couple of weeks ago when they were running a special for like 30 bucks off if you spend 50. Or something like that, all I know is I spent a bit over twenty dollars and I am ROLLING in digital issues of Beadwork, Step by Step Wire, Bead & Button, etc.

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Anyhoo, this was a St. Petersburg stitch using Tila beads, 8/0 seeds, and 11/0 seeds. I was supposed to have top drilled briolettes for the dangles, but all I could find was some glass leaf beads so I went with them.

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This necklace involved making 31 sets of stitches based around a tila bead, and then rounds 32, 34, and 36 each have a dangle. Times two…..the two straps of the necklace. The straps are then combined with a little triangle of 3-2-1 tila beads with 3 more dangles.

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I had ALOT of fun making this one. I enjoy St. Petersburg stitch, and I especially enjoyed it with the tila beads. It didn’t involve a lot of thought, and no complicated maneuvers….it was a breeze to make. I made screenshots of the three pages of instructions I used, as I am not the most tech savvy person, and my attempted upload to scribd failed.

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And here I am modeling the lovely V shaped St. Petersburg stitch leaf dangle necklace!

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UPDATE: I made a half necklace of the St. Petersburg Tila beads and used some black chain for the rest.

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I ordered some “good” beads from Fusion Beads, including the 6mm Emerald green Tila beads and the 16 mm black Daggers in this necklace. All I can say is wow, it is so nice using higher quality beads than the less expensive ones. Fusion beads sells by the bead, so I only had 50 of these Tilas, thus the idea for the half necklace.

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The only problem I have with this necklace is the daggers do not hang properly. This is the first time I have worked with dagger beads, so I’m not sure if I need to leave more slack when stringing them or what. I may end up taking this apart and re-doing, because those darn daggers stick out all the wrong ways and I have to manually straighten them out – and then walk like a model with a book on my head so they don’t move. Not very practical!

Knotted Wax Cord Beaded Bracelets

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I bought a package of black waxed cord last week, I think I had earlier seen something I wanted to make and waxed cord was involved. So it was in my head when I saw it at Hobby Lobby that I NEEDED it. But damn if I couldn’t figure out what I had wanted it for. So after a bit of googling, I came upon this video from Beadaholique and off I went.

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The first bracelet I attempted to make used some greenish blue 6/0 seed beads. It is very easy, mindless work that you can do while watching TV. The video shows the project as a double wrapped bracelet – but I guess I missed the part where they SAID they are only going to show you how to make a single wrap. So I cut the lengths of cord to their specs and off I went….I started to get real close to the end of my cords and thought “this doesn’t look right” – so when I removed all the tape I had holding it down I realized it was WAY too long for a single wrap and WAY too short for a double wrap. Sigh. So it was turned into an ankle bracelet, and even that is a tad too big, but oh well. I need to pay more attention, I guess.

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I had so little cord left that I could only muster out a loop to hold a small bead as the closure.

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This time I was prepared! I cut a whole, whole lotta cord and ended up doing a triple wrap! I also used a package of cube beads since I have so many (thanks to an AMAZON sale last year) and because they are uniform in size. I LOVE the way the cube beads came out. And this one worked up so much quicker than the seed bead one. I used the miyuki seed bead mix “Melonberry” (and as I just clicked over to Amazon to check the color I used, I notice that they are on sale again – 84 cents for a whole tube. Higher Power, give me the strength to stay off of Amazon tonight….)

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I had enough cord to actually use a button on this one, although I would have liked a more compatible colored button. But these bracelets are so easy to make, and I think they would sell easily if I ever get myself in gear to go sell stuff. So my next goal is to stock up on different colors of waxed cords, and buttons!

Here are a few more color assortments:

green, white and black on black cord

green, white and black on black cord

multicolor mix on black cord

multicolor mix on black cord

frosted greenish blue and white on black cord

frosted greenish blue and white on black cord

pastel multicolor mix on white cord

pastel multicolor mix on white cord

a whole bunch of bracelets!

a whole bunch of bracelets!