Saturday, February 25, 2012

Back to the work at hand

Working on Marcia's book Beaded Opulence. I have finished the custom cuff made for my good friend Mitch, and here it is:

Now of course, that's on my arm so it has a lot of extra space, but his very large manly arms made it look great!  I think where we last left off was Cassiopeia.  So the next project in the book is Ka'iulani, I'm just glad I had any kind of bead that was top drill like this, made even better by the fact that it was in fact a pearl!  Just what the directions called for!  Of course I changed up colors, but I always seem to do that even if I don't intend to.

Then we have the beaded bangle, for this one I definitely had to think outside the box.  The rubber cord that it calls for I wouldn't have had any idea where to get, the advice my husband gave me however, was "Why don't we try the hardware store?"  And lo and behold, there was exactly what I needed.

Fleur Fantaisie was a project that I could have all kinds of fun with, since the focal beads are probably all one of a kind and really influence what colors and complementary beads you use.  I tried something funky, a purple skull.

Etruscan Treasure was a necklace I had tried very early on, before I took on this adventure, so I have two different versions of it.  I love both of them, although I have a soft spot for silver.

I had also done one other version as a custom order for my dear friend Krissy, she wanted it to look sort of like a peacock feather!  It was fun, unfortunately, no good pictures of it were taken.
Ringlets is the first project I had to ask Marcia herself where she got the aluminum rings for the project that it calls for. As I found out, I was to make another trip to the hardware store, where I, again, found exactly what I needed.

Cappadocia was a fun project to work on and I definitely want to make time to play with this pattern more than just this first one I made (we'll see when, if ever, I get to that)

As the journey continues, Cascade was a project that I had tried over the summer in pink and rose quartz
but as I was working my way through the book I just felt like I really should do this project again.  So I did!

Gabriella was a fun structural piece to create, since I didn't use any wire on the inside of the pendant to help it keep its shape.

And our last project for now, Urchin, delightfully and surprisingly easy to do with directions given.  And I just love the rope that Marcia has in her book for a few different projects.  I have already used it for a couple of my own to create an interesting rope piece for just about any pendant.  Urchin! right, Urchin, I of course had to change up the colors since that's what I tend to do and since I'm so fond of silver...

And that's all for now!  Since I hadn't updated in awhile I knew I had better give you quite a few pictures to look at so hopefully you all enjoy them!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Blast to the Past

I never got back to the computer yesterday so here's the continuation of yesterday's post with some bracelets I've done in the past.

This one was fun, challenging too, since I didn't have any of the pieces called for practically:

This is one I did from a Bead & Button show class a few years ago:
This was the original I did in class:

Here's one from the book Bugle Bead Bonanza:

A custom ordered cuff I did:


A ribbon looking project from Bead  & Button:

And lastly for bracelets, fun with rivolis:

That's all I've got for now, I'll be back later on to do a quick post of earrings to round out the blast to the past pictures, hopefully giving me enough time to put together a post for Marcia's book ( Beaded Opulence ) later on.

Friday, February 17, 2012

A look back

at some of the projects I've finished in the past, because why not?  Just some pretty pictures to fill the time until I can put together a better post for the continuation of Marcia's book.

I spent somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 hours working on this scarf over the course of a year.  Created my own fade pattern to go from white to black.  Here it is worn:

A St. Petersburg necklace, that I believe came from Bead & Button:

Fun with rivolis:

Some shaped beadwork via Diane Fitzgerald:

A personal favorite since I love rainbows:

I was trying something new with this one:
And a close up of the fringe:

And probably my favorite piece I've ever made, I was sad to sell it, but glad it will be appreciated:

I'll let that be all for now, since I barely got through necklaces, I had to leave out quite a few, but I'll throw some bracelets up later today!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The work continues!

I've been working on the Abacus cuff for a male friend of mine, and it didn't occur to me when I agreed that guy's wrists are generally bigger than girls.  This makes for a very large and long Abacus bracelet.  So here it is, still in progress:

So far it is about 7 inches and I still have 2 to go!  This is one intense project.
To break up my time and to keep me from going crazy (or crazier, depending on who you talk to) I decided to work on these fun little pendants for Anita:

And that's all I've got for now, I probably won't post again until I've finished Abacus, so hopefully I'm not too far gone by then!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

And another down

Finished the black and purple flower in only a day!  It definitely helps that I have the option to stay home all day and work on these things!  Without further ado, here is the last flower for now:

And because I still have them all in my office (for now) here is my little garden:

I do have a couple more orders to do, but the one I've started with because it is from Marcia's book Beaded Opulence, is a bracelet cuff for my friend Mitch.  He saw my silver version of Abacus, and said "ooh, I want one!  But, uh.....can you make it manly?"  So here's the beginning of that:
I'm getting approval each step of the way from my hubby to make sure it's "manly" enough.