Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Simplicity - beaded bracelet

Since I have no excuse anymore to stay away from the blog, I would like to show you another bracelet. Yes, a bracelet, not a pendant, for once! ;) Even a few bracelets, since the pattern was so nice, easy, fast and simple to make. True Simplicity indeed. ;)

You will need some 6mm round beads, SuperDuos (lots of them!), 4mm fire polished beads and 11/o seed beads. The full tutorial however will be published tomorrow. I still have an illustration or two to finish by now.

The bracelets are 2,5 cm (1") wide. And this is how they look like:

beaded bracelet free pattern

beaded bracelet free pattern

beaded bracelet free pattern

beaded bracelet free pattern

Remember, the free tutorial will be available soon. So stay tuned!. ;)

Until then, my friends. :)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sea Urchin - tutorial - and other water creatures ;)

I know, I know, I wasn't here for a long time again. This time though it wasn't just because of my laziness. ;) I was working pretty hard, restarting my 240l aquarium, which got quite neglected during my treatment last year. It didn't look good at all anymore so I just had to do something about it. It took quite a long time - I had to move the fishes to a small tank where they could live for more than a week, clean something like 70 kilos of gravel, prepare a huge amount of water, deal with two buckets of water plants, then wait until I could move the fishes to their old home again...  I still have to keep in check all the water parameters if I don't want any algae to appear, until the aquarium becomes fully stabilized, but now it is quite pleasant to look at it again. ;)

I have done a little bit of beading since my last post though. The Sea Urchin pendant is one of the pieces that some of you  have seen already (and some of you have even made it from my tutorial). ;) I guess it is time to show it finally on my blog too. It is made with 13mm spikes, SuperDuos, fire polished beads and seed beads. Not so difficult to make, I can assure you. It measures around 4,5 cm (1,77") in diameter, without the bail.

The tutorial is available here on Etsy. If you want the Polish version I would suggest waiting for the summer issue of Beading Polska magazine. :)

Here you can see two different colour versions:

Sea Urchin - beaded pendant tutorial

Sea Urchin - beaded pendant tutorial

Sea Urchin - beaded pendant tutorial

Sea Urchin - beaded pendant tutorial

But make sure to visit Silke's blog too! She made a really beautiful, blue version of the pendant!

Before I say good bye for now, I'll show you some pictures of my private underwater world too. These are different views of my aquarium, when it still looked good. The current layout can't be shown until all the plants will grow some more. ;)
So, enjoy and see you soon! :)

planted aquarium - 240l

planted aquarium - 240l

planted aquarium - 240l

planted aquarium - 240l

planted aquarium - 240l

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Triangulum - another beaded pendant :)

It's been a while again since my last post, I know. But I was on my vacation first, then I was sick, then I had a lot of work... but at least I can finally appear with a few new patterns. Today I'll show you one of them. :)

Triangulum is just another experiment. You know, the one when you take out your beads, start making something that you don't know yet what it is going to be, but then it turns out to be a piece which you are satisfied with. I was quite satisfied with the first attempt, so I made another pendant to see if I still remembered all the steps. I did remember, but I also realized that I must find some easier way to make it. Third time lucky, they say. The third pendant differs a little, little bit from its predecessors, but it's waaaay easier to make. Still I wouldn't say it was very easy anyway. But at least I like it. ;)

The pendant measures 4,5 cm (1.77") at the widest point. It is made mostly with SuperDuo beads and seed beads in two sizes. A huge 14mm round bead is placed in the center of the piece.
The Polish version of this pattern will be published in the next issue of Beading Polska magazine. The English one is available already on Etsy and Craftsy.

Before I show you the pendants, I have one more information. The twisted peyote patterns I was promising to write cannot be published yet. As they were inspired by wonderful work by June Huber and her Peyote Twist Earrings, I wanted to be on the safe side and asked for her opinion, if using her idea (in a different way and different beadwork though) wouldn't violate her author's rights. Due to some urgent matters though she is not able to give me the written permission yet, but I was already promised to be granted it. So we all need to be a little bit more patient. In the meantime make sure to check out her website and the beautiful patterns she makes! You won't regret it, I promise! :)

Back to the triangles though, here are all the pendants, in the same order as they were created.
And I'll see you again soon, with a few more tutorials! :)

Thank you for dropping by and take care, my friends! :)

beaded triangle tutorial

beaded triangle pendant

triangular pendant - tutorial

beaded triangles

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Twisted triangle

Still playing around with the twisted peyote, as you can see, and trying a triangular shape this time. :)

This pendant was finished long time ago, and a long time it had to wait for being presented here. ;) Poor pendant has been waiting for long enough it seems, but I wanted to show it when the pattern would be ready. I failed, I haven't even started writing the tutorial yet, but the pendant doesn't deserve to wait for longer. ;)

It is made with Delica cylinder beads and Toho seed beads in three sizes. Three tiny fire polished beads are added too. The pendant is 5 cm (2") long without the bail.

twisted triangle pendant

twisted triangle pendant

twisted triangle pendant

And now I'd like to say good bye for now, I'm leaving for a short vacation in two days. I can't wait to do some beading along with Julia! Should be fun! I'll see you again in February then!

Take care, all of you! :)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Another beaded pendant

Yep, another pendant that was finished more than a month ago, but still wasn't shown here... Unusual in shape, but I can't say I'm very pleased with it. It's just one of these pieces, which are worn once and then completely forgotten, thrown into a box with the rest of my beaded pendants. I actually realized that I have lots of those... almost too many. And yet I wouldn't be able to part with any of them, even if I'm not going to wear them anymore. ;)

This piece was made with Toho, Delica and fire polished beads, with a big Swarovski rivoli in the center. The pendant is 4,3 cm (1,69") wide and 5,5 cm (2,16") long without the bail.

beaded pendant

beaded pendant

Next time - some triangles. So see you until then! :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Twisted Star - beaded pendant

I know I neglected the blog a little... it's not though that I don't do any beading, I still have a few things to show, so I'll try to force myself to publish them soon. :)

Decided to start with another twisted peyote experiment, this time it is something that is supposed to resemble a star. Does it really? Maybe a bit. Maybe it's more like a starfish, but who cares. ;) I actually like the design and could be that soon I will be able to publish a tutorial how to make it. It's not really difficult to make, but it takes a lot of time and attention. It's probably the amount of time required that stops me from writing the tutorial... why do so many other things want or need to be made too? Or I just should stop being so extremely lazy. ;P

Anyway, this is the star. Made with Miyuki Delica and Toho seed beads, with a Swarovski rivoli in the middle. The piece is quite big actually, it measures almost 7cm (2,75") at the widest point. It's very light though. It certainly makes a pendant that is really noticeable. ;)

twisted peyote star pendant

twisted peyote star pendant

twisted peyote star pendant

Thank you all for watching and visiting this blog. :)
I hope you'll have a nice weekend and see you some other day! :)

Edit: the tutorial is already available here. :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Blooming Roses bracelet - peyote pattern

Why didn't anyone tell me that making peyote bracelets is so time-consuming?! Had I only known... it would have never been finished otherwise. Good thing that usually the result is worth the effort. ;)

Drawing the pattern was the easiest part though. Choosing the right beads from my not so big Delica stash was not easy at all! I started the bracelet three times and then, after spending a few hours on making the first two inches, I decided to destroy it as I was quite unhappy with the bead choice. Beads that looked darker in the bag were lighter in the bracelet, while those that I wouldn't call dark at all, seemed far too dark as they were strung... I actually thought that I'd never be able to finish it.

Miracles happen, though. Last night it was finally done! ;)

The bracelet is 16 cm (6.3") long, fitting perfectly my thin wrist and it is 4,3 cm (1.7") wide. The pattern however is slightly shorter, it measures around 15 cm (6.1"), but it can be made as long as you want, it's just enough to add a few extra rows on its both sides. It is available here on Etsy.

peyote bracelet

peyote bracelet pattern

Still planning to make the tutorials for the twisted pendants... but I am so lacking of time for beading... To these of you, who wait for them I can promise that they WILL be made. Before other flat peyote patterns, that's for sure! ;)

Have a great day, all of you! :)

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