Sunday, September 27, 2009

BEAD QUEST

I bought a few beads today.

THE BLACKS AND YELLOWS
I had talked myself out of going to the Bead Fair at Newark for several reasons:
  • I had enough beads already.
  • I hadn't used all the beads I bought there last time.
  • It was too nice a day to be spent indoors.

THE BLUES AND REDS

I talked myself back into going to the Bead Fair for these reasons:

  • A girl can never ever have too many beads.
  • It only takes place every 6 months so it would be a shame not to.
  • Fresh air is just fresh air and the dog has had lots of great walks lately.

THE TWINKLY ONES

AND THESE FABULOUS DICHROIC GLASS BEADS

Saturday, September 26, 2009

ROSE QUARTZ DUO





Rose quartz is one of my favourite stones to make things from. It blends well with lots of other colours and comes in all shapes and sizes.


It is also relatively inexpensive but can look anything but cheap when made up.
In the first necklace I combined it with some pretty lavendar crystals and in the second some silver beads and just one crystal.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

3 AM EARRINGS


The other night I couldn't sleep. I was tossing and turning, saw the clock at 1 am, 1.30 am, 2 am......

I decided to get up and read or something. My beads were on the table so I finished a repair job I had started. Then I was dibbling in my bead box and found these metal beads. Another rummage found the little glass hearts. Et voilà.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

MORE BELLY DANCING EARRINGS





Designed to dangle and jangle as you wobble and wiggle.

















This pair would not keep still even to have their photo taken.




Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"I THINK, THEREFORE I AM" Rene Déscartes


A recent trip to our local bead shop produced a little haul of interesting beads.
Now what shall I do with these?

Detail of the gorgeous glass beads

(I actually only went in for some earrings posts and some yellow beads for a project I had in mind.)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

STRIPEY NECKLACE


A pendant from a craft shop strung with some garnet glass beads with silver spacers.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

BLACK AND BLUE


Blue foil-lined and black beads with silver spacers.

The pendant was made by pushing a large bead into one of those ready-made bead cages that looked much too small. The stretched effect of the wire made it look like wire-wrapping.

This was demonstrated to me by the lady who owns the woolshop in Clay Cross, so the credit for the clever idea must go to her, not me.

LILIAN'S NECKLACE



Mostly plastic beads and a plastic pendant for a little girl.

RAINBOW NECKLACE



Glass foil-lined tile-shaped beads and gold spacers made a very versatile necklace that goes with everything.

THE MOTHER-IN-LAW'S BEADS

Some painted plastic beads with "faux" pearls in unusual olive and khaki colours, probably from the 1960's. I just added the little gold spacers.


Last autumn my mother-in-law gave me a box of old beads and broken jewellery. I felt rather awkward about that fact that she had given them to me and not to one of her three daughters. So I came up with the idea of remaking some of the beads into gifts for the daughters, and the grand-daughters, for Christmas. These are two of them. I think they all appreciated the jewellery and it made me feel better, too.


Some pretty plastic beads in a marbled purple and aqua colour. I added some glass beads, silver spacers and Swarovski crystals. The old beads were probably 1970's.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

HONEY AND SHELLS



The large beads seem to be pieces of shell set in resin and the small ones are honey coloured glass beads, made using a technique called "lampwork".




Detail of the shell beads.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

BELLY DANCING EARRINGS


I made these for a colleauge who recently started to learn belly dancing. The red heart beads are glass and the little discs are metal so the earrings jangle as she dances.
(Not that anyone will be watching her ears !!)

JACKIE'S NECKLACE


The beads are abalone shell and Swarovski crystals in "golden shadow" colour.

SCARF SET


I found some lovely scarves / cowls on sale at a craft fair in Derbyshire last autumn. The scarves looked like necklaces when worn so that gave me the idea for some Christmas presents.

The bracelet and earrings are made from brown and aqua coloured beads plus some copper spacers to match the scarf. The matt round aqua beads are called "ice beads" made by Gutermann. Sadly, they seem to have discontiued them. (Luckily, I did buy lots of them so that's OK!)

I have discoverd which yarn the cowls are made from and am currently experimenting with needle sizes to see if I can get the same effect myself.


Mme ANDRÉ'S NECKLACE


I made this as a gift for our French neighbour, Mme André, who has been so kind to us. And so understanding. She doesn't speak a word of English so our French is improving thanks to her.
Its made from Swarovski pearls and glass beads.

NICOLE'S NECKLACE


A polymer clay pendant strung on black wire with glass beads.

AMÉLIE'S NECKLACE







A matching necklace and bracelet made from rubber beads at the centre with a mixture of glass and wooden beads. The necklace is strung on memory wire.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

ISABELLA'S NECKLACE




A matching necklace and bracelet.
Made from fimo beads and a fimo pendant, strung on purple thong and ribbon.