Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Finishing Off With a Decorative Bead

Earlier I posted 4 ways to finish off your bead pattern with loops or tube beads to make it easier to convert your piece into a jewelry component. Click here to view.

Today I am adding 2 more methods. These styles work great if you want to integrate the finish into your design. I usually use a larger bead and loop or tube bead to create this look.

In the Sword photo below, I use a faceted bead for the handle with a beaded loop.

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Here is the thread path:

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With the yellow Ice Cream below, I used a round bead with a metal crimp bead.

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Here is the thread path:

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I hope these diagrams help to make your bead weaving adventures easier and a lot more fun!

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Please Note: Fireline is recommended with the crimp beads due to the bead's sharp edge. You may substitute the crimp bead with a large hole spacer or other type of bead.


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Bead Patterns - Finishing it Off

I'm going to show you some of the ways that I finish off a bead pattern with either a loop or tube bead. I know everyone has different ways of doing this so my newer patterns that I list on Etsy or Craftsy will not include instructions, suggested beads or thread path for making the loop or connector bead endings. You can use any of the methods below or do it your own way.

I hope the illustrations below will give you an idea of how I like to complete my design.

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I usually like to use transparent, size 15 round beads to make the loop but then I change it up from time to time, depending on the design. I may use 1.3 to 2 mm. tube crimp beads instead and slide a jump ring right through it. I double or triple up the thread for this section to make it stronger. I don't think it makes much of a difference how you finish off your piece but I would caution slipping hardware directly through the glass bead to avoid cracking your work. Also, crimp (tube) beads have sharp edges so I use it only with my Fireline thread. You may want to substitute the crimp bead with another type of large hole bead such as a spacer, closed jump ring , split ring or decorative connector bead.

Have fun beading!

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Custom Orders - Just a Reminder

The holidays are coming up fast and I'd like to make sure that I can fulfill all of the requests that I receive this year so I am re-posting this informational video about custom orders. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks!



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Friday, October 2, 2015

Halloween Parade

It's October! October is a great month because I think it inspires creativity in everyone. When my children were little, their school would hold a Halloween parade for the families. It was amusing to see students and administration all dressed up in costume. Some of the teachers were incredibly imaginative and had crazy, elaborate "disguises" while others were just funny. Students would wear whatever mom or dad could find (like last year's outfit, yeah me), something trendy from the rack, or a few others had over the top costumes with moving parts and gadgets. It was all in good fun with no pressure to compete...ahhh, fond memories!

Fast forward to today...we'll place some decorations in our driveway...no costumes except for my husband (who does the embarrass our kids thing)...prepare goody bags while binge watching "Lost" (we're often years behind the TV rage). Perhaps we will finally carve a pumpkin rather than drawing on it. A calmer sort of October that I find really nice.

Though there is no costumed parade here, I would like to share with you my procession of Halloween themed crafts that I have recently listed in my shop.

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