April 30, 2015

DIY Bird's Nest Birthstone Pendant Jewelry For Mothers

Are you my Mother?

Do you remember that book - Are You My Mother?   It was one of my favorites. About a confused baby bird looking for his mother.

It came to mind while I was making this wire nest pendant with birthstones for Mother's Day. The book doesn't seem to be that popular now since I had difficulty finding it on Amazon. (*Note that I had difficulty finding the Original version - they've put out a simplified version for younger readers). 

Wire nest with birthstones for Mother: DIY instructions

Here's my Mother's Nest - with birthstones for March (Aquamarine), October (Opal) and December (Turquoise).  Lots of blue.  I wish I had some appropriate Pink Peruvian opal since the pink would have been a nice contract - and the October birthday is for a girl - but I don't.

I tried to make my nest a little different than most of the ones I've seen.  Did you notice?

April 26, 2015

Using Circular Brick Stitch Components for Earrings

What's Next?

Hopefully, once I published my circular brick stitch tutorial you were so inspired that you stayed up all night making a few.

You can lie - I'll never know.

Assuming you did, you're probably wondering what the heck do I do with all of these gorgeous beaded circles?

Ah - well, here's an idea.  Add a few more beads, a little more brick stitch, some french ear wires and you've got these great earrings.

April 23, 2015

Busy with Brick Stitch: New Tutorials

Busy Bee

Whew - I have been busy lately! Real work and well - yes, playing with beads too. It's all good. I'm thankful for the job (this week) and always thankful to have lots and lots of beads to play with.

This week I've published two new free tutorials. It's really some ground that I've covered before - circular brick stitch - but Destiny made me do it.

April 16, 2015

Suede Beaded Purse Tassle

Dressing up

I'll bet most of you doubted my commitment.  What commitment am I talking about?  

That I would actually use some of the Silly Plastic Tub O'Beads for anything remotely interesting. Even I (may have slightly) doubted my sanity after that post.

Well - Ha!  I think I have succeeded. The design itself needs a little refining and certainly a different color suede for a tutorial - but here it is.

April 14, 2015

A Serious Look at Silly Plastic Beads

Take a Step Back

Sometimes, I'm fascinated by the silliest things.  But I know it can't just be me.  I'm going to start this post on a serious project and end in la-la land.  You've been warned.

So, here's the serious project - and it's more of a re-work than anything. Or an exercise in identifying potential - which I guess is the overall theme of this post. I found this broken bracelet at the swap meet the same day I was lucky enough to buy the stash of Thai Buddhist Amulets.  The asking price was originally $8 to which I replied - Are you insane?  In the end, I bought it for $1.

April 11, 2015

Daisy and Peyote Stitch Ring

I guess I'm almost daisied out.  I spent the week trying to perfect a few designs and generally playing with the shape.  That was when I had free time - which I didn't have very much of thanks to returning to work after a week off and it officially being baseball/softball season again.

In the end, I made a tutorial for these sweet little rings that combine a thin peyote band with a beaded daisy flower design. I guess it may be hard to tell that both are the exact same design - just a variation on the center bead and number of petals.

April 6, 2015

Daisy Chain Sampler and Variations

Flower Power

Did you miss me?  I took my laptop with me on spring break, but I only opened it once and decided it was better to take a break from technology for a little bit.  I didn't take a break from beading though, so I have a few things to get caught up on.

I decided seed beads travel better than wire so that's what the next few projects will be. And since it's finally spring, I opted for flowers.