Thursday, November 22, 2012

Beading process

Today I am going to share my beading process with you guys..

I talked to a friend a few days ago and both she and I came to realize we have really different ways of thinking LOL Well when it comes to our creative process that is. 

I use a lot of time on "research" with that I mean, I have a BOARD on pinterest for jewelry, I usually use it for inspiration, color, stitch or something totally different or if I want to bead and just don't know what to bead, a bead fix I call it ;) 

In this particular process I am going to share with you, I will work from a theme. 

I am in a bead swap group here in Denmark, and we are swapping beads and we have to make something from them according to a theme. 

Today's theme is WINTER! 

First I looked through my board, (feel free to follow me in pinterest BTW)

Okay I gathered all the beads I had I felt was perfect for the theme. Let the inspiration flow...

The swapped beads are in the brown square lit. ;) And sorry the mess LOL I work really good like this when I am brainstorming

And now it is time for some doodling on my paper

When I doodle I do not think about how can I do this, or do I know how to do this stitch, I just doodle. ;) Many of these ideas will change a lot, some way turn out totally different later, I'll show you..

The top drawing the the teardrop, I wanted to make a spiral rope with twin beads, but as I made the spiral I realized I would not have enough beads for a necklace, plus it was WAY to thick for that kind of necklace, so it became a bracelet instead. I am really happy with it. It was only my second time making a spiral rope. When I came across the tutorial I knew I wanted to try it ;) spiral rope with twin beads

The next one I wanted to give ago was another necklace. The one with the side drilled triangle bead ;) When I started this piece, I wanted to make this particular necklace, and it was so much fun, But when I needed to attach the triangle bead, my pendant, I didn't think it went very well with the rest, so my necklace became a bracelet. 

I haven't had time for the rest of the ideas, yet, but check back and I will keep this updated. Please also if you'd like to share your process with me feel free to write to me ;) 

The plans I had for the coin bead changed a few times during the process, then I found a Russian tutorial, and I had to do it, A few changes though more rounds of peyote and fewer beads to go around, other than that it is pretty much the same as in the tutorial. I am still not finished with it, need to make a chain or something, not sure I have the right idea just yet. Here it is:



The tutorial I used you can find here: pendant

Also I made some earrings also in the winter theme, darker more frozen winter though, but they turned out really well, the picture did not, bear with me.

Here's a little more

The earrings I drew with the freshwater pearls, I finally made them.

And the chain idea to my pendant, well it became a simple necklace on it's own

Monday, November 12, 2012

A little new..

So I've had this blog almost a year. I am not as active as I want to, but I am glad with what I've done so far.

Lately I've been preparing for Christmas. I've made a little Christmas folder to take with me when I go shopping ;) I've printed a few things from this:  Genius website It is so clever, I've seen a few Christmas planners out there, I think I am making one next year, but this year I only have the printouts. It is so helpful, every year I've thought I could remember it all, but as soon as I step in side a store everything/wish goes out "the window" But not this year ;)

I've also been making Christmas cards, and I am almost done, there's a lot this year. ;) I will post pictures once I am all done, so far it is just a big pile of mess. I am trying to get more organized.

This year my son get's a visit from an Elf, one of Santa's helpers you know ;) I am so looking forward to that, I love everything about Christmas, and this year I have a plan to do some of the things I always says I am going to do.

Besides from all this, I have been making a little here and there ;)

These two necklaces are for a very close friends mother. She wanted a light necklace, the first one is made with nuts on a cotton cord, I knotted in between each bead/nut. She also wanted a few pendants she could snap on and of.

This one is also for her, wood beads, with little silver in between on wire with a toggle clasp. Also with a snap op pendant.

Remember my hexagon weave bracelet? Well here's two more in new colors. Black and red

And here ind Black, blue and green

Here's a party bracelet. I can not remember where I saw this little star pattern I put together for this bracelet. If you see it let me know so I can credit the designer ;) Here is a link for a tutorial for arabic motifs cuff

This hugs and kisses bracelet I made trying to make a ring (like the green one), but then decided to make it in to a bracelet in stead.

 And finally here's a knotted bracelet made from the beads I had left from the necklaces in the beginning of these pictures. ;D