Thursday, January 11, 2018

1/11/18 Do something with my Delica Dodecahedrons

This week I did something with these Delica Dodecahedrons. I didn't literally make them into anything as they are great little beaded works of art on their own, instead I examined my best way* to do them and made a mini tutorial!
   
                   

   I didn't stray much from the rainbow colors, I just moved on to Luminous Delicas as my choice of beads :)


To make this Delica Dodecahedron it will take 6 colors of Delicas and 12 components. I like to zip each new component to the last one made, but all 12 could be made first then attached together- beader's choice!

Pick up 10 of the first color beads (purple). These 10 will make up the first two rows. Make a circle out of the beads, skipping every other one to make an inner and outer row. End by stepping up through a bead that is on the outside.
  
 It should look like a little star when tightened up.

 Add two beads in the next color (pink) all the way around, stepping up and exiting between the first beads added in this round.
 Add one bead in the same color (pink) as the last round between all the beads of the last round. Finish this round by stepping up and exiting through the first bead added in this round.

 Add one bead of the next color (peachy) through all the beads of the last round. Step up through the first bead added in this round to get ready for the next round. 
 Add one bead and sets two beads of the same color (peachy) from the last round. Continue all the way around stepping up and exiting the first bead added in this round.

 With tight tension at this point the component will start to have a little bit of a curve similar to a fingertip.

 Add one bead of the next color (yellow) between the beads of the last round. End the round by stepping up through the first bead added in this round.
  
 Add one bead of the same color as the last round (yellow) between all the beads of the last round. Step up through the first bead from this round.

 Add one bead of the next color (green) between the beads from the last round. It will start to look like a little cap or beginning of a tube at this point since there were no sets of two added. 
 If this is the first component add another round of beads in the last color (blue) between the beads of the last (green) round. [this step not pictured but is exactly like the last round except with blue beads]

After making two components start attaching them together by "zipping" them up where the blue beads meet the green beads. 

Finish each additional component by adding blue beads around the unattached sides so it is ready for a new component to be attached to it.

When done there will be a total of 12 components attached together forming a sturdy hollow Delica Dodecahedron. Tight tension is the key to make sure it isn't squishy. 

Here are a couple of other shots I got- you might see them on Instagram if you follow me @bethclarkart :) The first shot is one of it glowing under blacklight- all luminous Delicas glow under blacklights! The middle is a shot of the inside of the piece before it was finished and the last shot is straight on with a view right through it!
  

Next week I am going to "do something" by finishing something! I have a few UFO's.... some I have done and blogged about...Beady honesty - remember this really cool spiral rope with the vintage "chilli" like beads?
 This thing:
It is totally unfinished. It is so simple to make- fun even- and I never finished it. Complete honesty, it was never finished because I was sick and didn't feel well enough to do it. I don't want to bum out my beads by discussing the specifics of my woes with the whole internet, but let's just say I feel much better now and will be finishing this with no problem! I am not sure if it is going to be a really long continuous necklace or if it will be a clasped one- check out next weeks blog to find out!
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*As always, please read my disclaimer:

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀


Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, January 4, 2018

1/4/18: Do something with BEADWORK Oct/Nov 2015

I am off to a good start "doing something with it". Last year I choose my Beadwork magazine from October/November 2015 as the first thing to do something with.  I choose to make the beaded bead in the magazine designed by Cindy Holsclaw. One of the options given in the magazine was to make the bead with two hole triangle beads for a spiked look. I happened to have some triangles but I didn't have any 6mm bicones like the pattern called for so I substituted 6mm Czech glass. It means did something with not only the magazine, but also 2 hole triangles and 6mm firepolished Czech glass beads! The pattern for this bead is available directly from Cindy online at BeadOrigamiIf you want to support the designer without buying the magazine click on over!

   

I made two of these beaded beads and created a pair of earrings out of them. I love these beads as earrings. The beads are self supporting and the triangles give them a great texture. I used Sterling Earwires and beads to make these beads swing and dangle a bit, but not too much ;) 
These earrings are gonna be for sale but I haven't gotten the listing up and ready yet. If you love them and they have to be yours- shoot me an email or message me through social media! 

Of course I didn't stop at just two beaded beads. When I was digging, cleaning, and organizing the other day searching for things to do something with- I found more triangles that I had, and enough 6mm black crystals to make more beaded beads.  Both of these beads are currently hanging out in my personal collection. I love wearing beaded beads as pendants and these are just the right size for daily wear.
  

I did find the silver bead with the black 6mm bicones was slightly easier to make than the ones with Czech glass. It might be because it was the 4th one, but it is most likely because that was how it was supposed to be made.

As crazy as this sounds, I have actually done another project from this magazine. I have made the cover bangle by Lisa Kan. I actually made three of them.
These bangles are currently hanging in my personal collection of jewelry since they are made with coated SuperDuos that don't always hold up. Great for personal jewelry- terrible for sales! The two bangles in the front are my own adaptation of her pattern. I include SuperDuos on the inside of the bangle which makes them much stiffer. 

It is easy to see the inside SuperDuos that I added to her pattern in the neon bangle :) I completely recommend this issue of Beadwork. Not only does it show how to do Hubble stitch which is the reason it was out in the first place, but I got to make beaded beads!!!!

If you follow my blog this year you will start to see the extent of my bead stash and personal collection of jewelry. I will make a point to mention when the materials I use for the week had to be purchased and when they are part of the hoard ;)

Next week I am going to do something with:
This self supporting Dodecahedron made of components. I have made two things with this idea in the past; a larger object for my husband and a beaded bead. I have never written down how I did it or figured out if there is best way to do it. My goal is to make another bead sized one that is less squishy and create actual instructions for it. 
 
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*As always, please read my disclaimer:

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀


Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Last post of 2017!


This is my final Thursday bead post of 2017! This year I covered 40 beading stitches even though I took a hiatus in the middle of the year to participate in Battle of the Beadsmith. After a year of trying stitches, I don't think I have a favorite. I do have a new appreciation for several, including flat spiral and of course, the previously dreaded bead crochet.

  

There are a few stitches that weren't covered this year because during the battle weeks they were missed or skipped. The missing stitches I had planned to try were: Huichol, Diamond Weave, Kumihimo with beads, Diagonal Peyote, Triangle Weave, and Loom. I may cover some of these in my adventure that will be next year, but even if I don't try them- they still deserve a mention!

On to the plan:
My year to "do something with it"! I think most beaders understand this...

 I have been buying beads since before I knew what to do with them- I probably have beads I don't remember buying.  I have a folder full of free PDF's (my quick count was easily over 100). I have almost every Beadwork and Bead & Button magazine since 2008. I have (a number I don't really want to mention) beading projects that were either left unfinished or were just a passing idea I never turned into anything. All of these have one thing in common- I haven't done much with them...

    Each week- (on Thursdays) I will post the thing "I did something with", and the thing I am going to "do something with" for next weeks post. I will do my best to finish at least one project a week and share it here on my blog. If it turns out great I will also list it for sale and post the link. I am not going to limit myself to only bead stash, if I need something I will get it, but I will do my best to work with what I already have. I am definitely going to make a point to revisit the patterns, baubles, bits, trials, and things I have laying around unfinished or barely started!

Time to start this show and tell: next week (Thursday, January 4th 2018) I will be doing something with this magazine! Beadwork October/November 2015. It has been sitting out since my Hubble blog post taunting me with a Triangle Weave beaded bead pattern by Cindy Holsclaw ;)


I am now off to dig through, organize and make a list of things "to do something with!" Wish me luck...

*As always, please read my disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀


Thanks for Reading & Happy Beading! -Beth

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #42: Hubble

This is my last post about a stitch this year! It is time to Hubble! Not too long ago bead artist Melanie de Miguel invented a new beading stitch! She now has a couple of books on the stitch that are available for purchase on Amazon. This week I played with Hubble, making a small piece of tubular Hubble, and a bracelet made from some frosted silverlined 8's.


I really like the way the finished stitch ends up like a flexible fabric. It is actually also pretty sturdy since each stitch has multiple passes. 
  

The how to:
Interweave has an article on Hubble that shows the basic threadpath.

I learned how to do Hubble stitch in Beadwork, October/November 2015.

(FYI this is a good magazine to have, in addition to Hubble- it has a Lisa Kan bangle, a beaded bead by Cindy Holsclaw, a pair of earrings by Marcia DeCoster and an excert of one of Kassie Shaw's books!)

Minus the cat the magazine looks like this:



Next week I will be posting for the last time this year! I have made "plans" for next year. Check in next week for the details! I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend, no matter what or if you celebrate!

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

The last post!

December 28th: Summary of 2017's project and what I am up to next year! 2018!