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In & Out of Studio 3D
Wednesday, 16 February 2022
A Little Sleight of Wrist
Topic: Beads

Today I finished up a project from the 'long overdue' category!

Two years ago, at the end of February, I attended the Sew and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup Washington and one of the classes I took was  a beading workshop. The project was a bracelet called Anastasia and it was taught by the designer, Amy Loh-Kupser of i-bead.com. She had lots of kits so we got to choose the colorway we wanted.

In the time we had in the workshop I got three units of the beading done. When I came home I put all the supplies away and didn't think about picking it up again until I consolidated about a dozen to-do lists and noticed a note on one of them for 'beading'.

Today was the day! It did take several hours but I got it all done and I love it!

Then I decided to play a bit more and take some 'beauty shots' of it using my photography light box.

Because the connectors between the units are centered itallows a lot of drape to the piece.

As complicated as it looks this only uses no 11 seed beads, no 5 seed beads and two tones of two-hole beads.

I used a loosely rolled scrapbook paper to hold the bracelet for pictures.

Here is a view of the clasp which was provided in the kit.

So, now my new bracelet is ready to wear!

And when I pulled this out of the to-do pile I realized that I had bought another bracelet kit (different pattern) and a necklace kit. More beading in my future.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 9:57 PM PST
Friday, 6 March 2020
Beady Beady Beady
Topic: Beads

 One of the classes I took at the sewing and stitchery expo was a workshop on making a beaded bracelet. I had taken such a class two years ago and this was taught by the same person, but a different style.

I got 4 units done in class. I will do enough units to make this the length needed to use as a fancy band for my medical ID.

Here is a closeup view of the units I made.

I like this instructor and the way she writes her patterns so I bought another of the bracelet kits (different pattern) and a necklace kit that I can wear with my fancy cruise clothes.

I made the one from 2 years ago too large so I am going to remove some of the units to make it fit my ID bracelet as well.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 25 September 2015
Green and Twisted
Topic: Beads

When I was at the closeout sale at the bead store I picked up some parts to use on making evenly spaced triple bead strands. These included silver pieces that transition from three loops to one loop and silver bars with three holes.

I dug through my bead stash and selected tiny gold beads, tiny light green beads, medium grass-green beads, medium-large olive beads and medium-large turquoise beads. All were translucent except the turquoise.

I used beading wire to string three strands of the beads working randomly on the color mix. I attached the three strands of wire to one of the triple-loop terminators. Then I strung 2 inches of beads on each of the wires, twisted them around one another and threaded them through the holes of the spacer bar to keep them twisted.

Another two inches on each, twisted, threaded through a spacer, two final inches, twisted and then attached each to a loop on the other terminator. I used crimp beads to attach the wires to the loops, threaded the extra length of wire through several beads and clipped it.

Here is the finished bracelet and you can see the spacer bars holding the twists in place.

Here you can see the terminators to which I added jump rings. One got a lobster claw clasp.

Now that's something different for me.

I have now used up all my bargain purchases.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Sunday, 20 September 2015
The Stars Still Shine
Topic: Beads

When I got an email that a local bead store was having a BIG sale pending closing the store at the end of August, I went in mid-month to have a look-see.

The owner asked if she could help me find anything and I explained that I really wanted to learn how to do beading beyond just stringing strands. She politely told me I should have come in before because she USED TO do classes several times a month. Then she sat down, picked up her cell phone, and proceed to play Candy Crush. Thank you SO much for your service!

I wandered around and picked up a few things that interested me anyway and got the 50% discount.

I didn't learn anything new and ended up doing exactly what I had been doing all along... stringing strands. I did, however, make two nested strands to switch things up a bit.

The beads I bought were the irridescent stars, the Irridescent drops and the clear blocks. From my own stash I pulled polished garnet chips. Way up at the top where you can't see them are 3/4" gold tubes and a magnetic closure.

The other thing I did new on this piece was use beading thread with knotted ends instead of stretchy cord or beading wire with crimp beads.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Saturday, 5 September 2015
Big Blue Beads
Topic: Beads

Some months back I was given a little jar and little package of bright blue beads - imagine the giver's surprise when she gets them back as a birthday gift!

My first step was to arrange the large beads in a balanced layout on my bead board. Then I had to decide how best to string them because some were large hole (like Pandora) and some small hole (standard beads). In looking through my own bead stash I found a bag of small faceted beads in the same blue and they fit through the holes of the large beads perfectly!

So I used beading wire to string a leader and ender of the small beads and then alternated the large hole beads with the small hole ones using the small faceted beads for the large hole beads to ''ride over". Depending on the size of the bead it might take from one to three beads to fill the center.

You can see the beads have silver hardware on them and the large faceted beads have a aurora finish.


I used a screw-type closure at the back.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Monday, 8 September 2014
Last Entry For the Fair
Topic: Beads

I entered only one thing in the Beading and Jewelry class at the County Fair.

Unfortunately, this beaded double-string necklace did not win an award of any kind.

I always gets lots of compliments when the owner is wearing it and that makes me happier than an award!


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 13 August 2014 8:29 PM PDT
Sunday, 29 December 2013
A Few More Flakes
Topic: Beads

I had so much fun making those beaded snowflake ornaments (except when I poked my thumb with the wire) that I decided to do more and use them on packages for Christmas. I still had the bead bins all over my work surface so it was easy to come up with sets of beads to use. Other than pinching my palm with the pliers, this session was injury-free.

Here are the 6 new flakes I made:

Red and gold:

Black and Gray:

Amber and Silver:

Blue and Clear:

Pink and Clear:

Green and More Green:

I may need to get a new set of wirecutters for jewelry since this wire is SO hard it nicks the edge.

I still have about 10 of these wire frames to use next year. Hmmm, maybe for a necklace?


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
U 1 2 C M ?
Topic: Beads

Many moons ago I bought some wire snowflake frames to use in a workshop. Plans changed and I put them away for personal use and never got around to doing anything with them.

Today's the day!

I got out the bead stash and sorted the little bags into color groups. Then I gathered several bags together that I wanted to combine and started stringing them on the wire frames, one spoke at a time.

On five spokes the wire gets bent about 1/4 inch from the last bead. The wire is then clipped and turned back into the last bead. On the last spoke the wire gets a right angle turn right at the bead. Then the wire is clipped at about 1/2 inch and curled up with round nose pliers to make a loop for hanging.

This one combines some paper beads, copper, clear and amber beads:

This one uses yellow, amber and pink:

Another paper bead with lavender, clear, green and silver:

Shades of lavender and purple with pearl and clear:

Paper beads with blue, clear, green and white:

And, finally, red and gold:

The worst thing about working with these is the hardness of the wire. They are not likely to ever get bent out of shape because it takes a lot of muscle to bend and to clip the wires. You definitely have to have the right tools for these - and I hope I am not ruining my good jewelry tools on them.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Med Beads
Topic: Beads

While I had the jewelry findings out on my work table I grabbed the bins of beads and put together more stretchy bands to attach to a medical bracelet.

Some are similar to ones I have made before (working from the same stash) but will go to different wearers so it is not a problem.

I made 10 of them and they are all 5.5 inches in the beaded part. Because of cropping some of the beads appear here larger or smaller than actual size.

Rose and Pink

Amber, Green and Beige

Cobalt Blue and Silver

Black and Gray

Lavender in Two Finishes



Amber and Ivory

Letter Beads and Black Faceted

Agate and Tiger Eye

A whole wardrobe of beaded bliss.


Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Friday, 27 January 2012
Bead Bands
Topic: Beads

I put together another set of stretchy bands for medical ID bracelets. You can see on the right how they clip onto the metal information plate by using the lobster claw clasps on each end. This one as well as the blue ovals are polished stones that I bought for this project. The rest are put together from a mix of beads in my stash.

These are so easy to put together that you can have a whole wardrobe in no time at all. In fact, the most time-consuming part is deciding what beads to use!



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 12:01 AM PST
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Mundane to Marvelous
Topic: Beads

Mundane: A medic alert bracelet with a plain, industrial chain

Marveous: Beads on stretchy string with clasps on each end to clip onto the medic alert bracelet

Project: Make a 'wardrobe' of these from donated beads and beads from my stash

Oooo, aaaaah! The lady who requested these was very pleased with the result. She had purchased one and wanted more to go with her wardrobe. Yes, one is still chain but it has a twist in it and is much nicer quality than the one that comes standard on the bracelet.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Friday, 26 March 2010
Beaded Luck
Topic: Beads

I had a leftover card with the cross-stitch pricked out and decided to bead it. I used yellow beads but they pick up the color of the green panel and it darkens them.

I folded a side-fold card front in yellow and used a scalloped Nestability die to cut an aperture. Then I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the 'argyle' folder and then used a 'lettuce' Adriondack ink pad direct-to-paper to color the raised portions.

I attached the beaded panel to the inside of the cut-out.



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PDT
Sunday, 8 November 2009
A Little Bit Flaky
Topic: Beads

I made a wire frame and used paper beads to create this snowflake ornament. This was a design I created in my sleep last week! Worked just as I dreamed it. 



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Glitter N Pink
Topic: Beads

Another paper bead necklace using silver spacers. The beads are made of gift wrap again. 



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST
Friday, 6 November 2009
Precious Metal
Topic: Beads

I used a gold and a silver wrapping paper to make paper beads then strung them with two different glass beads to make a long necklace. I had not used beading wire before so the construction was a new process for me. 



Posted by studio3d@ccgmail.net at 6:00 AM PST

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