Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Brick Stitch Penguin Pattern


Brick Stitch Penguin Pattern

Penguin Pattern
Available on Etsy and Craftsy

Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, Size 11
170 Beads in 4 Colors (DB-10, DB-200, DB-236, DB-722)
Feel free to change the bead colors.

Beading Technique: Brick Stitch
Difficulty Level: Easy with Experience

Please note that this pattern is an original Bead Crumbs design. You are not allowed to copy, reproduce, share, alter or sell this pattern. If selling your completed beadwork from this pattern, please credit the design to Bead Crumbs by Jayne.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

About Custom Orders

During the holiday season, custom orders for seed bead designs come in fast and furious. Custom orders allow me to experiment with new designs and techniques that I would not have otherwise worked on and it brings back past designs that have been sold out but now revived. I truly enjoy the process but must admit there are challenges just because life can get hectic sometimes, especially during the holidays. Yet I know I am blessed because I am doing what I love and I am happy to share my beaded creations with you.

Here is a short video explaining my custom order process.



These are a few customs order samples that I've had the opportunity to work on.


Bead Tubes. Easy project. These bead tubes were carried in my shop in the past but were sold out and never restocked. A customer contacted me and asked if I could make more in the colors above. This was a simple project because...

1. Existing Pattern. It was a familiar design using stitches that are ingrained in my brain.
2. Bead Availability. I had the beads and bead colors on hand.
3. No Alterations. There were no requests for alterations on the the current design.
4. Long Time Frame. This request was placed early giving me lots of time to complete.


Oranda Goldfish. Slightly challenging but the most fun. I was contacted by a Facebook follower (bless her heart!) who requested Oranda goldfish charms. She provided me with a beautiful photo of an Oranda goldfish as a reference. Oh my goodness...I  never knew goldfishes could look so elegant! That scared me a bit because I wondered how my simple bead project could capture such a stunning creature.

On the challenge scale, I would rate this a medium because:
1. Existing Pattern. I already had the pattern for the small goldfish but needed to change the bead colors.
2. New Pattern. The small goldfish did not capture the beauty of the fish I saw in the sample photo so I wanted to make a second design of a larger goldfish that required an entirely new pattern.
3. Bead Availability. I had all the beads and colors I needed.
4. No Alterations (but...) Though the customer did not ask me to make any alterations to my existing design, I took it upon myself to create that second, larger goldfish because I just had to!
5. Time Frame. This was not going to be a Christmas gift so it was not a rush project and I could take the normal 10 - 15 days to complete.


Delicate Snowflakes. This snowflake project is still in the works. It was requested by a wonderful blogger pal who has helped me along in my blogging journey. I call this a challenging project because:

1. Existing Pattern...none. I needed to make an original pattern of a snowflake that resembled that popular movie snowflake (you know what that is). Lucky for me, snowflakes are quite generic so I don't think I'm stepping over into the copyright infringement zone.
2. Bead Stitches. I needed to refresh my knowledge of various types of bead stitches for this circular project.
3. Bead Availability. I have an abundant supply of Miyuki Delica seed beads but my inventory of round seed beads are limited. I needed to shop for the beads in this design.
4. Alterations Required. I didn't hit the mark on my first attempt and needed to tweak the colors as well as the pattern. I also learned that my thread was not thick enough to keep the snowflake stable. I practiced with wire and different kinds of thread before settling on a light varnish to steady the snowflake.
5. Time Frame. Being that this request comes during my "busy" time and it involves techniques that I need to practice on, the time frame is a little daunting.

Although custom orders are closed for projects that need to arrive before Christmas, I do hope you consider me for your upcoming beaded creations.

Thank you so much for your support!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Seed Bead Christmas Designs

My Christmas seed bead designs are up.

From the top left, clockwise, I have...

* Mistletoe earrings (you don't really need to kiss - ewwww)
* A cute watermelon stocking charm (my favorite)
* Wee Christmas tree on silver tone, cable necklace chain
* Festive star earrings
and, in the center,
* Mini Christmas tree charms (the most versatile because you can add it on to a key ring, phone charm, etc.).

These are available on Bead Crumbs, Etsy.


I've sold out on the other Christmas designs, shown below. Perhaps if I have time, I'll be able to make more.


Each year I am surprised at how quickly the holiday season approaches. You would think I'd get used to it - having gone through so many.

Enjoy getting prepared for the Joy of Christmas!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Folding Instructions for Kraft Gift Box

For those who purchased the Kraft Gift Box from Bead Crumbs, below is a diagram with the instructions for folding the box.

Bead Crumbs Etsy


1. The box will come to you flat or folded in half to save on shipping cost. Pre-fold your box along the scored lines.
2. We will work on the bottom of the box first. The bottom is the larger side without the shop logo stamped on the outside. Place the logo side face down on your work surface so you will be folding up on the blank side.
3. Fold the side with the red star and the corners in. The red star is not on your box but shown here for demonstration purposes only.
4. Fold the sides up and tuck the little tab into the slit opening.
5. We're working on the top of the box now. Fold the side flaps in.
6. To close the box you're going to tuck the side flaps into the box.
7. Tuck the little rounded tab into the little pocket created by the folds.
8. Your box is now finished and quite secure.
9. Remember to include your Bead Crumbs' trinket in the box :) Although the box is ready for gift giving, you can add tissue, ribbons, wrapping paper or your own embellishments to decorate your box even further.

Thanks for stopping by. Please contact me if you have any questions.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Sample Bead Crumbs PDF Pattern, Bead Weaving with Seed Beads

Hello!

Today I'm posting a sample of my PDF bead pattern. The image below is similar to what you will receive when you purchase a digital pattern from my Etsy shop or my Craftsy Pattern store.

I've sold quite a few patterns and received a total of two negative reviews which are two too many (wow, that sounds confusing). The problem occurs when there is a misunderstanding of what will be received in the PDF file that is purchased. I would like to clarify what you will be receiving so you will not be disappointed when you buy my pattern and, in turn, I will not be sad about the negative review.

First of all, it's important to know that there will be "No Instructions" included with your pattern purchase. Zippo, zero, puka, nada - not even follow along diagrams or stick figures. Those who are familiar with bead weaving (ladder stitch and increasing/decreasing brick or peyote stitches) will have fun creating these beaded designs. Those with little or no experience may struggle a bit (or a lot). If you are new to bead weaving, you may want to practice with my free patterns first. You can also go to my YouTube channel, Bead Crumbs Designs, for tips and freebies.


Okay, now for what you will receive. You will receive a 1 or 2 page PDF file to download to your computer device. The page you download will contain the following information: 
1. Suggested beading supplies. These are the materials that I usually use in my beadwork but you can use whatever you have on hand.
2. Bead Legend. A chart with the bead reference number, bead color and bead count. Most of the time, I use Miyuki Delica seed beads, size 11 and Miyuki Rocaille or Toho size 15 for the loop. You are free to change the bead colors and use the beads of your choice.
3. Image of a completed project. If you use the same supplies and beads that I suggest, your finished product should look similar to the sample photo shown.
4. Bead Chart. The bead chart is the pattern of the beadwork. The numbers on the bead chart correspond with the numbers on the bead legend so you will know what color beads to use and where it should be placed.

Finally, please note that the patterns are my original designs. I've squished my little brain cells really hard to come up with the design so please understand that you are not allowed to copy, reproduce, share, alter or sell the patterns. Your finished product, however, may be sold but out of kindness and professional courtesy, please credit the design to Bead Crumbs by Jayne. It is disappointing to see my designs sold elsewhere with credit going to someone else :(

For the time being, I've de-activated all of my bead patterns on Etsy (but you can still buy them on Craftsy). The brick stitch Turtle pattern used in this blog post is not available yet but it will go up on Craftsy as a free design. If you want to give it a try based on the image above, knock yourself out and have fun. A completed Turtle charm can be purchased here > Cute Turtle Charm.

All of my patterns are created using the Bead Tool beading software. It's a wonderful program!

I hope this information helps because I would love to share my patterns with you so we both can have beadiful fun together!

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pattern Available for Beaded Blow Dryer and Flat Iron Set

Bead weaving pattern now available for these essential hair styling tools - Blow Dryer and Flat Iron.

Brick stitch bead weaving pattern
Brick stitch blow dryer and flat iron for hair
Patterns available on Craftsy.

You  need to know basic bead weaving stitches - ladder stitch and increasing/decreasing brick stitch.
Blow Dryer 
Skill level ***** The odd shape of the blow dryer and the electrical plug makes it a little tricky.
Dimensions: 15 beads wide x 21 beads tall
Miyuki Delica Seed Beads, size 11, unless noted.
Colors: 6
Black, DB010
Opaque Grey, DB731
Opaque Dark Blue, DB726
Opaque Red, DB791
Matte Light Red AB, DB856
Transparent Crystal, Miyuki Rocaille, size 15, 15-131

Flat Iron
Skill level ***** Pretty basic except for the plug.
Dimensions: 7 beads wide x 28 beads tall
Colors: 5
Black, DB010
Opaque Grey, DB731
Opaque Red, DB791
Matte Light Red AB, DB856
Transparent Crystal, Miyuki Rocaille, size 15, 15-131

Feel free to change the bead colors and Have Fun!
If you would like to buy the completed hair set, it's available at Bead Crumbs, Etsy >>>Beaded Blow Dryer and Flat Iron.

Contact me if you have any questions. Thanks!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fun Halloween Projects

From Craftsy.com comes this exclusive Jillibean Soup Halloween Kit with video lessons. 

Kit includes:
  • Jillibean Soup Owloween Stew and Witches Brew 6”x6” mini paper pads
  • Jillibean Soup Owloween Stew Pea Pods Die Cuts
  • Jillibean Soup Owloween Beanboard Alphas in Black Glitter
  • Jillibean Soup Owloween Enamel Stars in Orange
  • Jillibean Soup Owloween Multi Dot Paper Tape
  • 3 HD video lessons led by expert Ronda Palazzari


  • You will learn how to make spooky fun with the materials provided in the kit. You will also receive video lessons from paper crafts expert, Ronda Palazzar.

    Click for more information: Craftsy’s NEW paper crafting kits 




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    Monday, September 29, 2014

    Free Beading Instructions for Crystal Beads and Pearls Earrings


    Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and PearlsFree Beading Instructions

    Designer:
    Tammy Honaman
    Author, Jewelry Making Expert and Educator
    Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

    Click here for supplies and instructions. Have fun!

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    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Support for Seed Bead Halloween Bat Pattern

    Here is the supporting pattern information for my seed bead Halloween bat pattern that is being made available to those who plan to purchase or have purchased my bat pattern on Craftsy.


    Skill Level: ***** Beginner.
    The increasing and decreasing stitches are a little tricky. I would suggest that you make this with the vertical brick stitch.

    Made with Miyuki Delica seed beads. Product listing below.

    DB001 Gunmetal, Count:50
    DB­10 Opaque Black, Count:147
    DB-661 Opaque Purple, Count:2
    DB­721 Opaque Yellow, Count:8
    DB­722 Orange Opaque, Count:6
    15-401, Opaque Black, Count:6

    Starting point - ladder stitch and continue as vertical brick stitch.
    Color has been changed for demonstration purpose.


    For more help on bead weaving stitches, please visit Bead Crumbs Designs on YouTube.

    Please contact me if you need further assistance. Thank you!!

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    Note: product links are affilates.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    Yuzen Washi Cranes Sold Out

    Paper Toast Crafts is currently sold out of the Yuzen Washi Cranes. I've ordered more Yuzen origami paper - it's imported from Japan but shipped to me from Ireland! I've been unable to find this pre-cut 6 cm. size locally. I'd love to hear from you if you have a favorite origami or paper place. Thanks!


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    Friday, September 5, 2014

    Frankenstein Brick Stitch Pattern, Halloween Charm/Pendant Design

    Happy Friday!

    I just completed the pattern for a seed bead "Frankenstein". This is a brick stitch bead weaving design. It does not include the instructions so this is recommended for those who are already familiar with bead weaving. If you want a review, you can get stitching tips on my YouTube Channel. You will receive a bead graph and bead legend with the suggested bead colors.

    The finished size is approximately 1.5 cm. at its widest point and 2.25 cm. in height.

    Use Frankie as a necklace pendant or a charm for your phone, bag or key ring. I think it would be a fun Halloween "treat" as an alternative to candy.


    Frankie is made stitched with Miyuki Delica seed beads in 5 different colors. The top loop is size 15 Miyuki Rocaille in a transparent crystal. Feel free to change the bead colors to your liking.










    The pattern is a PDF digital download that sells for $1.50. Purchase pattern here:

    Here is the link for beading tips:
    If you prefer a finished piece, it is available on Etsy.
    - Frankenstein Charm/Pendant

    Have Fun!

    Please note that this pattern is an original Bead Crumbs design. You are not allowed to copy, reproduce, share, alter or sell this pattern. If selling your completed beadwork from this pattern, please credit the design to Bead Crumbs by Jayne.


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    Friday, August 29, 2014

    Free Mini Panda Pattern with Miyuki Delica (TM) Seed Beads



    Here's a freebie! This is the brick stitch bead graph for the mini panda charm using Miyuki Delica seed beads. I linked the supplies to my affiliate account but you can buy the beads at your favorite craft shop or online.

    Bead Crumbs by Jayne

    The supplies I used include:



    Miyuki Delica 11/o Seed Beads:


     The finished panda will look like this except that I changed the foot pad color. Experiment with the colors too! I also added a loop and closed jump ring to the top of the beadwork. The pandas are available at my Etsy shop, Bead Crumbs.

    Have Fun!

    Please note that this pattern is an original Bead Crumbs design. You are not allowed to copy, reproduce, share, alter or sell this pattern. If selling your completed beadwork from this pattern, please credit the design to Bead Crumbs by Jayne.

    Delica (TM) is a registered trademark of Miyuki Co. Ltd.
    Bead Graph is made using the Bead Tool software.

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Pattern Seed Bead Pug - Bead Graph and Thread Path

    I've been asked to do a tutorial of the seed bead Pug design and I've finally gotten around to making a slideshow with the thread path so you can bead your own little dog. The original pug charm was stitched using the Peyote bead weaving method but this video shows it in the brick stitch method because I have supporting videos on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/beadcrumbsdesigns, to help you along in case you need a review of the basic stitches.

    You may want to print the bead graph and bead list as a reference.


    Delica Seed Beads, size 11 


    (linked to my affiliate account)

    Here is the slideshow with the Pug's thread path.



    View it on YouTube, http://youtu.be/1Q11ruz3MAI.

    I am happy to share my designs but as a courtesy to the many hours I spent making this pattern and video, I would appreciate if you do not copy, reproduce, share or alter my Pug Pattern as your own. If you do sell your completed beadwork, please credit the design to Bead Crumbs by Jayne.

    Have fun!

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    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Paper Toast

    Happy Aloha Friday!

    I have decided to separate my origami crafts from my beaded accessories by opening Paper Toast on Etsy. I've found that origami is a relaxing way for me to fill in the time between bead orders and I'm hoping it'll keep me busy during those lull periods. I'm currently working on custom orders on both sides and I'm having so much fun! I'm lucky to love what I do :)


    Paper Toast (Banzai! Cheers! Salud!)

    Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by!



    Monday, July 21, 2014

    Origami Paper Crane Decoration Ideas

    I'll do the folding, you do the decorating.

    Photos from top to bottom

     Paper Crane Supplies: 
    or Bokashi Origami Cranes (not shown)

    Decorating Ideas:

    Origami Crane Cards 

    Origami Crane Arrangement

    Origami Wedding



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    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Toilet Paper Roll Gift Wrapping

    The crafter's 3Rs = Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse. Sometimes this thought leads to hoarding issues. Why am I keeping all those empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls? Gift wrapping of course!

    You Will Need

    - Toilet Paper or Paper Towel Roll 
    - Decorative Paper
    -Washi Tape (optional)
    - scissors, glue, double sided tape, stapler


    Ready to roll?


    Cut paper to fit over your roll with a little extra for overlap.My paper measures 6 x 6 inches.


    Wrap paper around roll using double side tape to secure. Sides should extend over the roll.


    Tuck in sides and glue down.


    Squish side flat and staple close to edge.


    Add your gift into the roll.


    Squish flat open end in the opposite direction and staple to seal.


    Hide stapled edge with washi tape or more decorative paper.


    Finished piece will look like this.

    but...use prettier paper and perhaps add some decoration.


    The End.