June 24, 2014

Brick Stitch Inside a Wire Frame

Trying Something New

peacock color beads stitched inside a wire wrap frame from Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog

I'm still playing with brick stitch, but tried something new this weekend.

I made a teardrop shaped wire frame following the same technique I used on the silver and gemstone mosaic earrings from a couple of weeks ago.

Then, I added brick stitch rows inside the frame.  

I've done plenty of brick stitching around the outside of objects.  

For example:


brick stitch: Miguel Ases style


brick stitch rounds through a spacer bead

And brick stitch through spacer beads, where the spacers are turned sideways.

brick stitch sround the outside of a hoop


Brick stitch around the inside of a wire frame

And what I found out - is that it is much more tedious and time consuming to brick stitch around the inside of an object.  

Maybe making the second earring will be quicker, but it took a lot more thought to make sure the beads were spaced evenly and to pull the string through the hoop every stitch and avoid tangles.  

brick stitch inside wire component: Peacock feather?

The frame I made is 1.5 inches long from the top of the hanging loop to the base.  They are about 3/4 inch wide.  I used 8/0 beads for the first round, 11/0 round for the second, and 11/0 cylinder beads for the inside.

I think they came out OK.  I wish my color selection was a little better - but I think these should look good on.  They remind me a little of the eye of a peacock feather, which makes me want to try to make a pair that looks like a peacock feather.  

I'll take step by step pictures when I make the next earring - or maybe make the peacock feather. 

P.S. One thing I really like about this post is that I feel like my brick stitch technique - spacing and tension - has improved considerably.  Look at the difference between the wonky pink rounds and the blue ones above them!  Patting myself on the back for that today...

5 comments :

  1. Beautiful hand made jewelry. Stunning creativity. Thanks Lisa :-)

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  2. The earrings are beautiful and I love the color choice.

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  3. Hi Lisa, somehow I managed to miss this! Beautiful work -- and I just subscribed to your blog so I don't miss out on any more goodies like this.

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    1. Oh good! So glad you subscribed. Actually - I have some different shape frames now, so I'll have to try this again soon - with some different shape beads.

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  4. Good grief! I've just tried to have a go at this, Lisa... And OMG (as they say).
    First, I should have waited till I got hold of thicker wire to make the frame.
    Then I should have used rounder 6/0 beads for the first line, not rather cylindrical Matsuno beads (err... were those first beads of yours 6/0?)

    The beads wouldn't keep in line (maybe 6lb fireline would have been better?) So I decided to start small, with a couple of 11/0 lines, then go to 4mm fire polished beads...

    But I gave up completely when I cut the stupid working thread, not the tail!!!!

    Argghhhh!

    Anyway, beading inside a frame is a real pain, as you implied. But as I'm a stubbon toad, I shall persevere. I WILL make it work! :-)

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