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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Beadwork - Fishy Box

Here is a box that I started earlier this year. I put it aside to work on other projects. I decided to finish it last week.


This is an elongated hexagon box. The start is a bit different that the other boxes. Each time I had to start a new thread I had to ensure that I was still going around in the same direction, otherwise I would have had some very odd looking fish.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Inspiration - Sea Anemone

This image of a pink tipped surf anemone is similar to the one in the Beader's Color Palette by Margie Deeb. It was used by Robin Atkins to create a beautiful bracelet.

I have taken the noted delica colour and started to create box with them. I have chosen to make the fuschias the dominate colours for my first box. I am planning to do a second box with the green as the dominate colour and a third with the pale yellow as the dominate colour.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Beadwork - Ellyloo box

I have finished yet another of the bead boxes. The colours for this one were inspired by a set of lampwork beads I purchased from Elly Peters.


Here is the finished box.


I really liked how the finished box looks. At various points I almost stopped and thought about taking it apart. But I continued on, knowing that it would likely look good when it was finished.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Beadwork - Inspiration

I have started another box. With other boxes I have often found that choosing the right finial was the challenge of the piece. This time I have taken the inspiration for the colours from a set of lampwork beads that I purchased to use as the feet and the finial. The lampwork beads are by Elly Peters.


I have other boxes planned based on colour palettes for Margie Deeb's book The Beader's Color Palette. It is a great inspirational book. Each palette list delica colour numbers.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Beadwork - Two months worth of work

Wow, it has been two months since my last post. I have started and finished a number of pieces but have only just finally been able to get them photographed.

So in to particular here is most of my beadwork from the last two months.

This is a simple netted necklace kit (Textured Net) from Rypan Designs. I taught this to my friend's knitting group. They loved it. My friend called me later that day to let me know that she had finished her necklace. It was the first time she had done any beadweaving.



These two are also designs from Rypan Designs. I bought these great bronze fire polished beads and used them in the Gothic Fringe design. I played with the number of seed beads between the crystals to make it the correct length without having to buy more crystals.
Of course I have also made some more beaded boxes. The first is the Celtic Knot box. I changed to colour from red to blue and I used only one colour in the background instead of three.
The second one was a requested one. My friend Anna saw my blue pagoda that I finished earlier this year. She wanted one done in black, red and white. I just topped it with a Swarovski cystal finial.
The other two pieces that I have finished are basic stringing necklaces. The first combines lampwork beads and pearls.
The second was a request for a red necklace. I had these three rectangular resin pieces that were the starting point for this creation.