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I entered Beadaholique‘s “Ocean Treasures” Beading Challenge with my Beadwoven Starfish and Seaglass Earrings and was chosen as a finalist!
In my design I wanted to highlight the seaglass pendant beads I had bought from Beadaholique and wanted my entry to be simple enough for anyone with basic beadweaving knowledge to make themselves.
The starfish are beadwoven in herringbone, also called Ndebele, stitch using Fireline and round seed beads in sizes 8/0 and 11/0 and incorporate a wire guard for easy connection to the kidney earwires. The Seaglass Pendants are attached to a very short length of chain to allow them to hang just below the starfish.
Voting is open till the 14th August. One US finalist and one International finalist can each win a $100 gift voucher from Beadaholique. The photo with the most “Likes” wins!
If you like my earrings please click here and “Like” my pic!
Beads Direct UK is currently holding a weekly contest for jewellery designs inspired by favourite places. I sent in a photo of my Blue Seas Necklace together with a photo of Comino’s Blue Lagoon. Comino, the smallest of the three main Islands that make up the Maltese Archipelago has the most beautiful turquoise water, which was the inspiration for my piece.
Happy news when I saw my necklace featured in their weekly newsletter as the winning piece! I’m really looking forward to receiving my prize, which is a bead hamper worth Fifty Pounds Sterling!!
Newsletter from Beads Direct showing the winning necklace from Joanne Zammit of gr8jewellery.
So many new shapes of beads are available, makes beadwork even more fun!
When I saw these spike beads I knew I wanted to try and make a cuff bracelet that incorporates them at the ends. I teamed them up with Super Duo beads to create end-caps and used them on metallic Eco Nappa Leather.
I’ve been seeing lots of pictures of Soutache work and thought “Yippee! Something new to try!!”
Very similar in technique to bead embroidery, flat back cabochons are stuck to a backing such as Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, with beads and Soutache cord stitched around the focal cab. Soutache can also be stitched directly to drilled beads without the need for a foundation.
Soutache work is very time consuming and great care has to be taken to ensure that the needle passes exactly through the centre channel on the soutache cord and also to make sure that the thread isn’t pulled too tight or the cord will pucker up.
My first Soutache work was a pendant. The focal Turquoise cabochon was undrilled so I worked with a foundation.
Pendant with Soutache cord by gr8jewellery. Work in progress.
I stuck Ultra Suede to the back to hide and secure all the ends, then stitched it to the foundation for a lasting finish.
Hand stitched backing on Soutache pendant.
The finished necklace. Suede cord in turquoise and lime green and clasp with extender chain.
… another addition to my collection of hand knotted bracelets, this one featuring Swarovski crystals in white opal with metallic leather. I’m also making a coordinating necklace with a Swarovski Square crystal with a beadworked bail.
Also a pair of wire wrapped earrings using some really gorgeous Czech firepolished beads I bought recently:
I have some new supplies in antiqued copper and brass that I’ve been playing with, including some lovely filigree flowers and heart lockets.
I’ve made my first necklace with one of the filigree flowers, for which I worked a Swarovski rivoli for its centre. I have half a dozen flowers in different colours so I matched the crystals to the colour of the flower.
I’ve also been busy taking new photos of some of my existing work and the new packaging.
I have a bracelet that needs working on, similar to the necklace shown in the background. Teeny tiny silver lined cylinder beads, each measuring just approx 1mm in length, will be used. Unfortunately not all the beads are evenly sized, so I need to check each one as I pick it up.
This isn’t work to be done in a hurry, and frequent eye rests are a must, but I know it’ll be worth it when I see it finished!
I missed my Fiery Fridays post, so here is a Splendid Sunday instead!
The $5.95 Group Deal was activated on 1st October and besides opting in with my gr8jewellery shop, I also opened another shop at that special rate. I’ve been seeing many new Pro Shops and found it much easier to find listings from Pro studios for my newest Collection. It was indeed A Fruitful Search
I also noticed an active Beadweavers’ Guild so I immediately applied and am very happy to have been accepted. One of the members, Carol from SandFibers, created a Collection featuring Guild members’ work and the first thing I saw this morning on opening ArtFire was my Mystic Eye Choker staring back at me from the front page of ArtFire! Thank you Carol :D