Light! Camera! Action! Video!

Ice Princess BraceletTo bead or not to bead, that is the question.  Well, you know my answer -- if it stands still long enough, I bead it!  So naturally I have been doing lots of videos.

Spiraling Out of Control

Lately, I have had a thing for spiral weaves.  From Russian Spiral to Dutch Spiral to Cellini Spiral and Double Spiral...do you sense a pattern here?  Intro videos, project tutorials, I've been spiraling out of control, LOL.  :D

Which is my favorite?  What day is it?  Each day, I seem to like one more than another, and the next day it may have changed.

  • I like Russian Spiral if I want to create something fast!
  • I like Dutch Spiral if I want something with an open, lacy effect.
  • I like Cellini Spiral if I want something with a dramatic spiral.
  • I like the Double Spiral when I want something lush, but not overwhelming.

I've been working on a project using triple spiral - yikes!  And should I mention Peyote Spiral, Herringbone Spiral...what can I say, I like tubular weaves!

New Beads, Old Beads

The photo on this page ("Ice Princess") uses a new bead that I got -- long drops.  They are kind of a cross between a Rizo and a Drop.  In any case, I like them, and I wish I had bought more, in other colors.  (Then again, that's the story of my life!)

And my old favorites - size 11 and size 8 seed beads -- figure prominently.  What falls into the "old but new" category is that in my Ice Princess bracelet, I also use some of the Czech seed beads that have been gathering dust in my bead box.  I love the looks of the Czech beads, but I hate that the bead holes are so irregular.  Well, a Double Spiral is great, because I only go through the "wings" once.  And now that I think of it, I really should try them with Russian Spiral as well!

Video, Where Are You?

Well, I have to offer a video for you to watch, right?  And if you guessed it would be the one for Ice Princess, you'd guess right there as well.

So, sit down, put your feet up, grab something to drink and have fun watching!

It’s Been Way Too Long…

Odd Count Peyote BraceletIt's bee waaaaay too long since I did a post -- sorry about that!  And I have been up to quite a bit!  Part of my issue is that my website had issues (resolved, if you are viewing this, LOL).  Another part is that I have been busy busy busy with doing YouTube videos for my channel called Beaded Jewelry Diva -- which you can find at https://www.youtube.com/user/beadedjewelrydiva

I've also got a bunch more ebook tutorials at:  http://www.beadedjewelrydiva.com/project-tutorials-for-jewelry/

So as you can tell -- lots of jewelry-making goodies!

Published in Artisan Jewelry Times

Woo hoo, I have one of my earring projects published in the online magazine Artisan Jewelry Times -- http://www.artisanjewelrytimes.com  If you have never seen the magazine, I highly suggest you take a look -- it's quite amazing (even aside from my earrings, naturally!)

What Else?

Last year was a banner year for surgeries -- two hip replacements, so I spent far too much time either in the hospital or recovering from the surgeries.  But it's all good, since I am now free to move around and do things again that I wasn't able to do for far too long.

Plus, with the release from the pain, I have become far more productive when it comes to making jewelry!

SuperDuo RufflesJewelry Trending (Well, Mine at any Rate)

So what have been my trends in the last year?  I did get into the two-hole Czech bead craze, which I haven't yet recovered from, lol.  If you see my channel, you'll see several projects I made with the two-holes.

I've also lately been enamored by spiral rope beading.  In the last few months I've done tutorials on spiral herringbone, flat spiral, the regular spiral stitch, Russian spiral and also Dutch spiral.  And I have a few more ideas in the hopper -- a reverse Russian spiral bracelet, a Dutch spiral bracelet and a triple spiral.

I've also got another stretch bracelet project in the works, as well as a new memory wire bracelet tutorial.  Just a little something to keep me busy!  :D

Oh, and I am getting ready (in the next week or two) to come out with a new Viking Knit ebook.  This one is quite a bit different from what I've done in the past, and I hope you find it interesting.  (I'll do a link to it as soon as I have published it.)

That's All For Now

That, as they say, is enough work (play!) to keep me out of trouble.  Let me get busy finishing up the Viking knit ebook, and editing my stretch bracelet video.  I'll write again soon!

Shibori Silk Cuffs, Part 2

Shibori Silk BraceletI started talking about my venture into shibori silk bracelets in another post, and so here are a couple more photos of my bracelets.

First is a bracelet where the silk forms less of a design element, in favor of rivolis and drop beads.  This bracelet is more textured than the other bracelets.

I also added sequins to this bracelet, as well as some of the Czech Superduo beads.  Glass pearls of various sizes and seed beads make up much of the rest of this bracelet.

I also used a wider color range on this bracelet -- green to pink to purple to amber.

Whisper of MidnightIn contrast, the next bracelet is monochromatic.  The silk was supposed to be more of a contrast, and when it turned out to be less so, I decided that a pallet of gray might be in order.

I had some of those fun peacock rivolis, and figured that they would be a great addition to the pearls and silk.  The peacock rivolis have a more subdued color flash, which gave the bracelet a little hint of color.

Any more to display?  I have some in the works, with different color combos.  Some with dichroic cabs, some with rivolis.

And...I am also working on an ebook that will feature a project made with the shibori silk.  :D

So meanwhile, hope you like these photos, and happy beading!!!

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Bead Embroidery and Shibori Silk

Gypsy's SilkWhen I took the Shibori Bracelet class from Sherry Serafini in Feb 2013, it opened up a new world for me, bead-embroidery-wise.  I never really thought about using fabric as part of the design before, at least not this way.   So Sherry, thanks again for inspiration!

The bracelet I made during the class I ultimately christened "Gypsy's Silk" -- it's the purple bracelet on the right.  It's a wide cuff, to make full use of the silk, which was dyed in purples and greens.

I used some of the polymer clay cabs I made as part of the design, plus lots of bling-y beads like sew-on flatback Swarovski crystals, and some dichroic cabs that Sherry had for sale.

Shibori Silk BraceletOf course, these bracelets are like potato chips -- I couldn't make just one!

The next bracelet I made had a more monochromatic look, as the Shibori was in medium shades of blue.  There wasn't enough of a contrast color-wise in the silk, so I made do with pleating and crystals.

This one is much narrower than the one I made in class, but it's still an imposing bracelet.  Especially since I added a small fringe as the edging.

Aurora's JewelsSo what to do next?  I got some silk in shades of copper and pink, and it was a beautiful color shading.  I liked the silk so much that I did more pleating.  But anchoring those pleats?  That took a little more trial and error.

I used some rivolis this time, so instead of using a lot of crystals this time, I used more glass pearls.  One of my new favorites is the new 2mm glass pearls from the Czech Republic, which come in a wide variety of colors.

And yes, I've made even more, which I will show in other posts.  :D  I've used more of the Swarovski rivolis in the other bead embroidery bracelets with the silk.

You can find the Shobori silk on Etsy, which is where I got most of mine.  There are lots of different color combos.

The thing to keep in mind about the silk -- if you have rough hands or fingernails, they will snag the silk.  For the most part you can cover snags with beading, but it's sad when you snag it when you are pretty much done.  So be careful, and make sure your hands and nails are smooth.

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