Friday, April 24, 2009

Free Star Tutorial

Here is the first of the tutorials.


Materials: 4mm crystals, or other beads
Size 10/0 seed beads
Stopper bead, any color, will be removed later.
Fine fishing line, approximately 80cm
Beading needle, or other fine needle

1. Thread the fishing line onto the needle

2. Tie on a stopper bead. A stopper bead is a bead the same size or smaller than the smallest bead you are using. String through it twice to hold it in place.

3. Add 6 seed beads, 1 crystal and 1 seed bead.

4. Go back through the crystal, and pull tight.

5. String on another 6 seed beads, a crystal, and this time 4 seed beads.

6. Go back through the first seed bead you strung on, through the same way you came from originally. Then back through the crystal.

7. Continue in this manner, adding 6 seed beads between each section, crystals next to each end, and ends alternating between a single seed bead, and a 4 seed bead circle.

8. This should form a zigzag pattern with the 4 bead circles on one end, and the single beads on the other, as in the diagram.

9. Stop when you have 6 of each types of ends. 12 points all together.

10. The thread should now be coming out of the crystal, in readiness for the 6 seed bead centre. Now instead of starting a new 6 bead section, just string back through the first section, all the way through the first 6 seed beads, the crystal, and the end seed bead.

11. You should now have a rough circle. String through the next single seed bead, at the next point, then the next. Continue through them all. Then go through them all again.

12. Tie off, and thread through a few beads. Remove stopper bead, tie, and thread through a few beads.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Free Tutorials coming soon

I'll be moving all my free tutorials from my website to my blog soon.

I'll start with the oldest one, and gradually I'll be adding the brand new ones to the blog, rather than my web site.

These will be all my own creations and my own patterns.

Have fun

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Freeform Madness

freeform bracelet

I'm giving the spirals a rest for a while. The cellini and Dutch spirals are both being made into necklaces so they take a little while to do. I find it helpful to take a break from work that takes too long, if I don't have a timetable for it, then I can come back to it fresh, or just do little bits as it takes my fancy.

I finished the other spiral rope which is really an embellished right angle weave. I wasn't too happy with it, so I gave it to my daughter, and tried different beads. More on this next time.

I've never done any freeform work before, so I thought I'd give this a go. It was a bit scary at first, the base was a bit crooked, but they say it's supposed to! Then I wasn't sure if everything should sit flat against the base. And I wasn't sure what to put where, or how to do it.

freeform beading

I started putting the bigger beads on, then gradually added some bridges, and I wasn't really sure this was going to work, it didn't look so good. I thought I'd just keep going, I added more beads, more bridges, then I was on a roll. All of a sudden it was taking shape. I added more of this and that. By now I loved doing it and I kept thinking of more interesting things to do with it. And believe it or not, I actually loved the look of it! Bummer! I promised my daughter she could have it, when I wasn't so sure how good it would look.

Anyway, I've nearly finished it. So I'll take a photo to post before she has it. But I'll definitely make some more. I'll post the photos of it next time.

freeform beading

Thursday, April 2, 2009

More Spirals

spiral rope
spiral rope necklace
So, I made the spiral rope. I made it with a few different colors and some different sized beads. I love the way it turned out. Here in Australia it's Autumn, and these are perfect Autumn colours.

3d beaded teddy bear
I've finished the Teddy Bear. It's so cute! I think I might try getting better photos though. These don't seem as good as they should be.

3d beaded bear

I'm halfway through a Dutch Spiral and the Cellini Spiral (Peyote Spiral). They'll be finished soon. The other new spiral that I spoke of last time, just known as Spiral Rope (same name as the other basic Spiral). This one is basically an embellished Right Angle Weave. I'll do this one shortly too.

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Jenny Lawson

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