Friday, January 20, 2017

3D Peyote Triangle Earrings - Variations

The sun finally came out late this morning so I took 100 photos of the earrings that I've been working on. After picking out the best photos, I still had almost 60 to edit but now I've got subjects for seven more blog articles to write after today's.

I blogged about the earring sample below a few days ago HERE. I made that one according to Kelly's instructions in her video as far as the number of beads that I used. I wondered what would happen if I changed the number of beads in the center hole and the number of "V's" in each corner. Below are two examples where I changed the number of beads in both places. You can see that doing this can completely change the look of the earring. I made one more variation and liked it so well that I made a complete pair of earrings that way. I'll show you that pair of earrings another day.

You can watch Kelly Dale's YouTube tutorial HERE.

  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Metallic Bronze" (DB22)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Opaque Antique Rose" (DB1376)

For this sample earring, I reduced the number of beads in the center hole to seven per side and added one more "V" in each of the corners. I used the chocolate bead at the top because the bronze Delicas that I used are an odd-looking dye lot that looks more like metallic chocolate than the normal dark bronze color. It looks as if they forgot to add any yellow to the finish to make it look bronze.

  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (4222)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Galvanized Pewter" (DB1852)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Duracoat Dyed Opaque Eucalyptus" (DB2131)

For this sample, I made the center hole really small by using only five beads on each side and made six "V's" on each corner. These "Eucalyptus" Delicas are a beautiful color but I couldn't get the color quite right in my photo. It's not quite turquoise and not quite teal.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Playing with my beads...Peyote Stitch Earring Samples

The sun came out for a while on Monday so I quickly snapped some photos of some of the earrings I've been working on. Some of the colors in the photo above aren't quite right but the light wasn't all that great. In any case, you can see that I have quite a nice collection of Delica bead colors to play with now and I've been having a blast trying lots of colorways. I also ordered eight more colors which should get here in a few days. Click on the photo above to see it full size.

I called these "samples" but they're all completely finished earrings. All I need to do is make the companion earring for any of the ones I decide to keep for myself or give to someone.

I'm not going to post the supply lists today. I will do that as I post the complete pairs that I make. Either that or I will blog about each of the earring designs separately and will post the bead info at that time.

I will tell you where you can find each of the tutorials that I used to make the "Russian Leaf", "3D Peyote Triangle", "3D Peyote Square" and the solid "Peyote Triangle".

The "Russian Leaf" is from Jill Wiseman's video tutorial which you can watch HERE. Download her free PDF tutorial that accompanies the video HERE.

Watch Kelly Dale's "3D Peyote Square" video HERE.

Watch Kelly's "3D Peyote Triangle" video HERE.

Lastly, I made the solid triangle earrings after watching Sara Spoltore's video tutorial HERE.

Although I'm not all that keen on the square/diamond shaped earring, I love all three of the other designs very much. I'm also having fun coming up with ways to tweak and embellish them. For example, after trying Sara's tiny triangle, I went ahead and made some larger earrings by simply adding more rows. They're a cute size and just big enough that I was able to add some little "flowers". I've also added a similar flower to some of the leaf earrings.

If you look closely, you'll see that I used a variety of methods for attaching the earring wires. After many experiments, I've pretty much decided that I like just using an 8/0 seed bead at the top to attach a jump ring better than a seed bead loop.

So, why not have some fun with Peyote Stitch and Delica beads? It's very relaxing and fun! Please let me know if you have come across any other earring patterns made with Peyote Stitch and Delica beads. I'm not interested in the type of patterns that are made with needlepoint-type charts to create pictures. I enjoy making 3-dimensional shapes such as the ones I'm showing you today.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Magnet Clasps - Where to buy them cheaply

I'm often asked where I buy my magnet clasps. I had a really good Chinese source for them a while back but that eBay shop no longer has them. I've since found another shop on eBay that has nice ones and I've ordered them from best-love-u365 quite a few times. Their shipping is free and relatively fast compared to other Chinese shops I've bought from.

The Chinese magnets may not be as strong and reliable as more expensive clasps that you can buy elsewhere, but the price from China can't be beat and they suit my budget perfectly. Because they're so inexpensive, I expect some imperfections. I sometimes have to re-glue some of the magnets over time. Since I have no experience with expensive magnet clasps, I can't say if this is more of a problem with the cheap ones from China or just the way that they all are. The problem seems to be that they don't always put enough glue on the magnets to keep them from failing. My husband re-glues them for me and he says that the bond is permanent when he's done with them.

I'm updating this post because all of the other links that I had in my previous were dead except for the one I mentioned above. I did a search on eBay and found several others that have the same kinds of clasps that I've been buying. Note that I have never purchased anything from any of these shops except for best-love-u365.

While doing my search, I noticed that several of these shops, including best-love-u365, are now selling a new style of clasps that I'd like to try. They're pretty and I'm hoping that they will be as nice as the "striped" ones that I usually buy. I'll try to remember to post back once I've tried them. This is what the new kind looks like:

Although several shops have these, only three on the list have them in bronze. They are century-jewelry, changchul-0 and jewelry1995-1. jewelry1995-1 doesn't have a photo of the bronze ones, but they are listed and show that they're in stock. On Sunday morning I ordered some from changchul-0 in bronze, copper and dark silver. They shipped them that night. We'll see how long they take to get here. I've had packages from China arrive in less than two weeks and others that took several weeks to get here. I did get a tracking number with the order but not all Chinese shops on eBay provide one.











Monday, January 16, 2017

3D Peyote Triangle Earring with a border

  • 15/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Metallic Light Bronze" (DB22L)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads "Matte Blue Grey" (DB301)

I showed you a pair of these earrings in the same colorway the other day HERE. I wanted to try an idea that I'd seen on Pinterest where someone had added a border around the edge of some similar triangle earrings. Theirs actually had an inner and outer border but I thought I'd keep it simple until I figured out how to do it. Below you can see today's earring next to one of my first triangle earrings which doesn't have a border. I'm not sure which version I prefer. I think it might depend on the main color of the earring whether I want a plainer earring or not. In any case, I'm still experimenting to figure out which rows to add the border to. In this sample, I added a row of bronze beads to the last row on the front of the earring and also in the last row of the back.

You can watch Kelly's YouTube tutorial HERE.

I've been busy making a lot of "Russian Leaf" and "Peyote Triangle" earrings but it might be a while before I can take photos of any of them and blog about them. As of this morning, they're saying that we won't see the sun until Friday. I will keep my camera ready though just in case the sun comes out for a few minutes.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Lucy - Gold & Purple

  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • Smooth SuperDuo beads "Matte Golden Olive"
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Matte Golden Olive"
  • 4mm druks "Milky Alexandrite Moon Dust"

This is the last "Lucy Bracelet" made with Candy beads and smooth SuperDuos. Read my previous posts for information about places to find these Candy and smooth SuperDuo beads.

You can download the free "Lucy Bracelet" pattern from THIS post.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Lucy - Ivory & Gold

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Light Bronze" (457L)
  • Smooth SuperDuo beads "Ivory"
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Matte Gold aka Metallic Flax"
  • 4mm Czech pearls "Gold"

This is the third "Lucy" made with Candy beads and smooth SuperDuos. I've got one more to post tomorrow. 

You can download the free "Lucy Bracelet" pattern from THIS post.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Bracelet of the Day: Lucy - Dark Green

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • Smooth SuperDuo beads "Patina"
  • 8mm 2-hole Candy beads "Red Luster Matte"
  • 4mm druks "Bronze Antique"

Here is another "Lucy" with 8mm Candy beads and smooth SuperDuos. I have two more colorways that I will blog about tomorrow and on Sunday.

You can download the free "Lucy Bracelet" pattern from THIS post. You can buy Candy beads and smooth SuperDuos at Supply Emporium and Red Panda.