TARDIS Cross Stitch

This is a little late, but I wanted to share this great cross stitch bookmark that I made for a good friend’s birthday.

IMG_3255

I found this project here, (on Pinterest, of course).

IMG_3238

I love how the TARDIS appears and disappears.

IMG_3233

In fact I think each individual TARDIS is super cute itself.

IMG_3245

Bonus! I bet you didn’t notice, but I was able to photograph (and gift) it with the River Song Diary I made a few years ago. It was a super fun gift to make and give!

Saturday Finds: Orange Geometric Cuff Bracelet

Today’s Saturday Find is a bit of a cheat- I was traveling this weekend and didn’t actually find anything new to transform, but that’s OK because I did pick up some seed beads at the flea market last weekend, and decided to continue the tradition of geometric peyote cuff bracelets I started a few years ago. So technically, this is a Saturday Find since I did find the beads at the flea market last week.

IMG_3512

The beads are these cool randomized two-toned beads in orange and silver. I thought they’d go great with some of the turquoise Czech seed beads I already have.

IMG_3514

I created this great geometric pattern for the cuff band so that the focus could be the pattern but wouldn’t over-power the two toned beads.

IMG_3527

I haven’t put a clasp on the bracelet yet, but I plan to add one of these clasps as soon as I get my hands on more wire.

May Re-vamp: Beaded Bead Tutorial

This post is part of my monthly re-vamp series, so you may have seen it before. I’ve replaced the photos with higher quality photos and am including this new photo of some new earrings which use beads from all three of my beaded bead tutorials. Each of these tutorials will be re-vamped and posted here within the next month or so.

IMG_3459

This tutorial is for the center bead in the “stack”.

IMG_3430

In order to make these beads, you’ll need some 4mm rounds, or beads which are approximately that size. I used size 8/0 seed beads for these particular ones.  You’ll also need at least one kind (I prefer two different kinds) of seed beads. In the case of this tutorial both seed beads I used were a size 11/o, but were two different “cuts”; the purple were a regular glass seed bead and the bronze ones were a “charlotte” cut, which are less regular and have one flat side to provide a reflective sparkle.

IMG_3420

First, you’ll string a pattern alternating your larger beads (my 8/0’s) and your larger seed beads (my 11/0 charlottes).  Tie the ends of your thread together to form a circle  Exit the circle through one of the seed beads as shown (it doesn’t matter which one).

IMG_3422

String 2 larger seed beads, 1 smaller one, and  two larger ones, and connect to the next large seed bead in the circle.  Repeat four times until you’ve completed the circle.

IMG_3424

String through the first part of the first loop and exit the top smaller seed bead as shown.

IMG_3425

Connect the four top larger seed beads as shown.

IMG_3427

Pull tight and tie off.

IMG_3428

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 of the bead.  Close the bead and tie it off.

IMG_3430

Your bead should look like this.  The trickiest part of this bead is getting the tension in your thread right so that the bead lies nice and tight together, and doesn’t loosen up.

As always, questions and comments are welcome in the comments section, and keep your eyes open for more beaded bead tutorials coming soon!

Saturday Finds: Ring to Pendant

This post is the first in what I hope will be a series. There’s this wonderful flea market I’ve found which has some pretty terrible jewelry for cheap- jewelry which has good parts, good pieces which I can restructure into something new. I’m hoping to go once a week to pick up something fun for the weekend.

This week I found two items. The first was this bracelet, which I forgot to photograph while it was still whole.

IMG_3480IMG_3482

The other item was this terrible ring. Seriously, it was elastic and giant and plastic and just bad.

IMG_3477

I mean just look at this thing. Who does it fit? Is there anyone for whom it’d be comfortable?

IMG_3479

I really liked the curved pieces (of which there were 5) and I knew I could create a fun pendant from them.

IMG_3485

I was also able to salvage the soldered rings connecting the pieces of the bracelet above. I cannibalized and re-configured some of my other gold chains and used the soldered rings to help add some texture to the chain.

IMG_3504

This is my final product, a great pendant with some chain tassel. I’ve created a lariat length chain, and you can sort of see the intended wear in the picture below.

IMG_3492

I did have these pieces left over from the bracelet and the ring. Maybe next week I’ll come up with something fun for them!

IMG_3510

Sun Goddess Pin

You all may remember the Flower Goddess Pin I made a while ago.

IMG_2936

As absolutely fabulous as she was, I knew she needed a partner in crime, so I made this Sun Goddess Pin to go with her.

IMG_2952

Here they are side by side. Aren’t they fun?

IMG_2956

Beaded Lace Earrings

Things have been very busy for me, I’ve been graduating from school and moving and packing, but I wanted to share some fun earrings I made for my graduation day. I found the pin below on Pinterest, which came from this Russian blog (it’s about two blog posts down on the page).

original pin

Here, you see my version, made to match the shoes I wore to graduation. I used glass pearls and three different kinds of seed beads, and they’re really relatively light. I love them and I hope I’ll get the chance to wear them again.

IMG_3469

Copy-cat Earrings

It all started when I saw a friend wearing these earrings.

2015-04-22 20.08.21

Immediately I thought of Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork, a book which I love, and have definitely mentioned several times before.

IMG_3292

The shape of the earring was what really caught my eye and I just had to recreate it.

IMG_3275

Obviously the chain was an important part of the shape as well, and I decided to mix it up a little bit. Her chain is uniform, but I quite like the variety of the chains.

I had used up most of that blue color, and I’m trying to finish up the odds and ends of my seed beads. I have many colors and shapes for which there are only 30-50 or so left. So here is a pair of earrings I made with that in mind!

IMG_3297

Again, you can see the last of the blue featured here. I just love that color and I’m very excited to wear them.