May 20, 2017

Herringbone Wire Wrap Using Flat Beads

Although it may not be obvious, herringbone wire weave works best with beads that are round in the center. They don't have to be perfectly round beads, but oval, rondelle, drops, anything that is rounded will work best because the bead can turn in the herringbone frame and it will still look fine.

Tips to make Herringbone Wire Wrap Using Flat Beads at Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

So what do you do when you want to add herringbone wrap to flat beads?

May 14, 2017

Herringbone Wire Weave with Beads: Free Tutorial

As a follow up to the basic herringbone wire weave link tutorial, here is a tutorial for the variation with beads.  I used silver 20 gauge wire for the center and 24 gauge wire for the herringbone wraps for a two-tone metal effect.

Free tutorial: Herringbone Wire Weave with Beads - Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

One thing I really like about adding the side beads with a large center bead is that it looks like an evil eye.  I think that look could probably be played up a little more in the design with your choice of beads.

May 10, 2017

Framing Photos with Bead Embroidery

I decided to take a new approach to beaded cabochons for Mother's Day.  I wanted to make something personal and nostalgic, like an antique photo pendant or locket.

But it had to be beaded, of course.

Frame picture cabochons with bead embroidery - free tutorial

The pendant and framed picture are a combination of the materials I could find to work with for this type of project and a new bead embroidery book I borrowed from the library.

April 28, 2017

Quick Double Spiral Wire Ring Tutorial

This wire ring tutorial is quickly made and the instructions are not as exact as they normally are.  But, the ring was also quickly made, so it only seems appropriate that the tutorial be the same.

But - I really do like this ring.  It's super comfortable, adjustable and I think the basic design can be morphed in some interesting ways.

April 22, 2017

Free Herringbone Wire Wrap Link Tutorial

You know how people say be careful what you post on the internet, that it will be there forever?  That's not entirely true.

How do I know?  Because I link to all sorts of articles and tutorials, and over time, they disappear and the links go to pages that aren't found or are re-directed to content that is different from what I intended.  

Of course, those articles aren't the same as the pictures of you doing something embarassing that you don't want your co-workers, boyfriend or mother to see.  Those probably will be there forever.

Free herringbone wire weave tutorial

One of the things I've started doing is re-visiting my old blog posts and making sure they are still good. I took this on because I know some things have changed.  And some of those changes are exciting!