I just took some time off to create some jewelry for myself, but we both know it won’t be just for me for long. I’m still working on figuring out my “brand” and where I want my Etsy store to go, so it’s entirely possible you’ll be seeing these again in the future.
You can find the tutorial for the beads in the garnet and brass necklace in this post. I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to share the process for the larger blue beaded beads in the first pair of earrings; I learned how to make them in a class and I’d rather not step over some kind of ownership line, but they sure are pretty. I did design the beaded beads in the third piece I made this weekend, and I’m totally happy to share that tutorial after the pictures of my work.
I’ve had these pieces of garnet hanging around forever; garnet is my birthstone but I just hadn’t found anything to use them for. I turned them into beaded beads with size 15/0 Czech seed beads also used in this pair of earrings, and some left over 15/0 Toho seed beads and 11/0 Aikos (also from Toho) from the dragon earrings. I love the way this necklace feels and I cannot wait to have a reason to wear it.
These are mostly some 8mm Czech firepolish, 4mm and 3mm Swarovski bicones, 11/0 seed beads from Miyuki, and 15/0 Tohos. I really like this kind of beaded bead because they end up looking really pretty and intricate.
I’ve had these pieces of sodalite forever, and really wanted to do something with them. Turns out the key was some pretty little beaded beads at the bottoms for a fun pair of earrings. Here’s the tutorial for those beads.
You’ll want four 3-4mm rounds. I ended up using some 4mm firepolish beads for the ones in the earrings, but silver spacers here. You’ll also need two different sizes of seed bead. In the case of this tutorial I used a size 11/o (the orange ones) and a size 9/0 (the green ones), both Czech glass. In the earrings I used a 11/0 from Miyuki and a 15/0 from Toho.
String all four 4mm beads, interspersed with the larger seed beads as shown.
Tie ends together to form a circle
Exit the circle through a seed bead as shown.
String 2 smaller seed beads, 1 larger one, and two smaller ones, and connect to the next large seed bead in the circle.
Repeat four times until you’ve completed the circle. String through the first part of the first loop and exit the top larger seed bead as shown.
Connect the four top larger seed beads as shown.
Pull tight and knot off. Do not cut thread, instead work thread through seed beads until you are exiting a large seed bead from the original circle. Repeat the process for the other side.
Close bead and tie off. Your bead should look like this.
I hope that made sense to you! As always, questions and comments are welcome in the comments section!