16 setembro 2015

Beaded Pendants

Hello, dear readers!

Today I have to show to you some beaded pendants. The Starburst Earrings that I've already shown you HERE, have been transformed to pendants that I've hanged from fine trace chain, The original design is by Deborah Roberti that you can find HERE and it's free of charge.

They have been added to my Etsy shop and I've already sold one - the simplest one, which is only silver coloured. I'm more and more attracted to simpler designs and colour schemes. The customer said it reminded her of lace. And lace is so trendy, right now, isn't it?

I've also made a dark blue and silver version. I'm so fond of these silver versions of the original design that I have made one for myself and wear it often.

Deborah's Starburst Earrings are definitely inspiring. I could say that I've experimented everything with them but one can not say that. Who knows what comes next?

Bead happy!

09 setembro 2015

Big Star Small Star

Hello, dear readers!

One of the patterns I have been working on is the Starfish pattern. A blogging friend of mine, the highly criative Fatima Menser-Potter has made one design for a big starfish pendant that you can hang from a chain. I have followed the instructions and made a pendant in sand colours.

I have used Japanese Toho seed beads in 8/0 and 11/0 sizes and Wildfire thread 10lb. I am very happy with the result even if it is not as curved as the ones in the photos of the tutorial. 

The best results, according to the author, are achieved with Toho 8/0 and Miyuki 11/0 (I don't have Muyiki in this size) and Fireline 8lb (I don't have this size). 

You can buy this tutorial at Fatima's ETSY shop named She Walks in Crystal where you can find kits, tutorials, beaded jewellery, and so on. The link to the tutorial is HERE

This is not my first starfish. I had previously made a smaller one. 

For this one, I've followed the instructions from a YouTube video made by Gena Hopkins. It is a double-sided small starfish and it's gorgeous. I prefer small scale objects to bigones. You can find the video HERE. I have entered this creation in the Operation Tackle That Bead Stash challenge dedicated to the beach. You can see all the entries HERE.

05 setembro 2015

Fascinated By Tiles

Hello, lovely readers!

Today I bring you a project that I started last year but I was not very happy with it because I was sure it was not perfect.

It was the Persian Tile motif, designed by Marcie Abney that I did for my friend Nan Smith's challenge on July. The blog post is HERE.

So, this time I made two more motifs using better quality beads. I replaced the Czech seed beads (I love Czech beads but the seed beads are not their best product) with Japanese Toho seed beads which are bigger and more consistent in size.

the imperfect tile from last year

the quasi perfect tile 
the perfect tile 

all of them 

I think I'm not over with beaded tiles. I'm totally fascinated by them!

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