Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mags on the Wave Ring

Here is an example of the Wave Ring, a Cellini Spiral ring made popular by Cindy Pankoff, using long magatamas as the high point of the ring. Looks pretty cool don't you think! I can make this ring in about an hour, with distractions such as a car ride or watching shows recorded on the DVR. Well, now you know how I manage to get so much beading done! Multi-tasking is an obession of mine...oh wait, is that a sign of ADD as well??? Oh never mind, cuz I have to get back to piles of new beads.

For this ring I used the longer 4x7mm magatamas, size 8 seed beads, size 11 seed beads and then a series of five colors of Delica beads on Fireline...Cellini is a version of Peyote stitch. We'll see how long it lasts! I have been told the Fireline dissolves over time and I think in water!?!?!? I know it tends to break when a knot is now I only just weave away the loose ends and use a Thread Burner to cut.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fresh fish for Thursday

Special of the day today includes a beautiful beaded Fishy created for a Fish Challenge in a yahoo bead group. What a fun a thoroughly addicting process this has become! It seems that every beaded project I have on my table also ends up as a fish! This simple peyote Beaded Bead has subtle embellishments, using picot ends for the drops and a little bit of right angle weave to add the tail. It would be easy to use a bead soup mix to create one of these!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Senorita Bonita

Look what swam over from fantasy lagoon! As a member of Beaddreamz (a yahoo group), the current challenge is creating colorful fish...well, who knew it could be so much fun!!! (work? what work???) I have made a couple for the swap, those are kept under wraps, but this little Beta beauty seems to have found a home. Her name is 'Senorita Bonita', pretty little Miss, a fanciful Fantail Fandango, whose origins are somewhat dubious but most likely she comes from the Deep Blue Seas of the Pacific Rim.
A simpler version can be seen at the Beaddreamz site, check photos for "2011 Fish Challenge" and "ZZZ Fish Challenge 2008", a past swap with photos.
This is similar to making a beaded bead, using peyote stitch. Lots of beads were used, including pink, coral and purple seed beads, Delicas and crystals.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Garden of Beaden, Upland California

Had heard of this shop from my beadchick friends but never visited until last Saturday. You can feel the creative energy as you walk in the door. A small shop with large amount of creativity.