From bowling ball to pendant…..

How did that happen; a bowling ball turn into a pendant?  Here is how….

I often buy gemstone cabochons from SuperiorAgates.etsy.com because I am always able to find something nice to work with.  The other day while crusing Facebook I saw a awesome cabochon that they had just listed.  When I went to their site I found out that it wasn’t a stone but rather made from a bowling ball.  Way to recycle guys.

I thought I would show it off and what I did with it.100_9587

                                                           

Wanna see how I made it?

Here ya go….step 1 glue cabochon to foundation material…

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step 2 …make a peyote bezel around cabochon

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add some Soutache trim and some beads to embellish.

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trim and add backing, and trim stitch and there ya go a finished Bowling Ball pendant.

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How I make a beaded eyeglasses case part 2

Ok here we go lets finish this puppy up.

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Go ahead and complete your design on the top and trim bead backing.

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Cut2 pieces of lining material and 1 piece of backing..lay out backing stack lining right sides together and then the top.

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Because  I can’t use pins to hold fabric together I use tiny clips that won’t put marks or creases on fabric…Now it’s time to put it together.

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Go around the 3 closed sides with a cool edging stitch sewing the case together at the same time….On the open edges I used another edging stitch and sewed the lining together at  the opening at the same time.

100_7459and there ya have it a finished functional way to use bead work.

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I sure hope you enjoyed my mini DIY…if you have any questions I am happy to help.

How I make an Bead embroidered eyeglasses case…

I am so blind I have 3 different pairs of glasses that need—1 for computer-1for working on closer items and reading-1 pair of bifocals for distance and mid range. So as you can guess I need a few cases for them.  So if I gotta have them lying around they might as well be pretty.  I decided my newest project will be a eyeglasses case.I thought I would show you how I am doing it………..

Step 1…….

I folded a piece of copy paper in half and on the fold I traced around a old case I have been using.  Then I cut it out leaving about a 1/4 inch border for stitching.  Then I traced it on bead backing and cut it out.

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Step 2…

I gathered some components I think I might want to use and place them in different ways to see how they might look.

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I’m pretty happy with this lay out…….

Step 3……..

First I glued down the cabochon in the middle[it’s Mexican crazy lace agate}. Now let the stitching begin.

I build a bezel around the cabochon and secure the metal pieces in place with pretty beads.

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I like it so far……….

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all the metal pieces are in their spots..

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Step 4 start adding other elements to add interest…

100_7451and here is where I am at so far…………..

DIY….. How I make a Bead embroidered cuff bracelet

 

I have loved working with a needle and thread since I was a very young girl.  My Grandmother helped my Mom to raise us and she was a big influence on me.  She and my Mom were very crafty Ladies and they passed it on to me.

When I was about 6 or 7 Grandma started to teach me to embroider.  She would take me to the dime store and buy me little handkerchiefs and pillow cases with pretty color book like patterns printed on them; and skeins of beautiful colored floss. She could make beautiful things happen with those simple things and I was thrilled every time she taught me a new stitch. Then she taught me needlepoint and cross stitch and I was over the moon…..

Over the years I have learned and loved many different art forms and crafts and often came back to my old friends a needle and some thread.

Grandma and Mom are now gone and I am a Grandma.  I have a new passion involving a needle and thread and that is Bead Embroidery.  I wouldn’t have the skills it takes to do it if it wasn’t for the seeds planted many many years ago by those 2 strong women.

So I thought I would show kind of a DIY for how I am making my latest beaded cuff bracelet…..It’s not meant to be a step by step but more of a DYI overview.  Maybe it will spark a passion for needle and thread in someone like my Grandma did in me…..

So I’ll start by saying I have a relaxed design style I am not a big planner I like to let my designs develop organically. I think that’s why I am bored following patterns so I rarely do it.  I get really excited by the surprise of what happens .

Color is my main inspiration; then shape and texture.  For this project I was inspired buy a beautiful glass button I bought some time back so it is the focal piece for the bracelet.  I also choose some Swarovski crystal in complimentary colors. So the next step was to pick a background to stitch on.IMG_0462

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I measured and cut a strip of the plum colored backing material and glued down the button……………………………………

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Now it’s time to choose some beads for the bezel..This part is fun…………………………………………………………………………………….

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Next I made a peyote stitched bezel around the button.  Doing this helps hold the focal button in place and embellishes the button.{it looks pretty so I am happy}……………………………….IMG_0480

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s time to start placing the crystals.  I kind of play with the placement until it looks pleasing to me then I stitch a  peyote bezel around it too.IMG_0482

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now there are 1 focal and 2 crystals bezeled now it’s time to start playing with some other beads to see what I want to do next.  I have some vintage bugle beads that my Mom had in her stash and I think I my stich some of these down next..What do you think so far?  Once I decide I will glue down the tanzanite colored crystals, bezel them and start adding the bugle beads and who knows where I’ll go from there.

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If you want to see how this bracelet progresses check out my next post.  I’ll keep taking photos and posting as I go along….I hope reading this was interesting…..

Now I’m going to go back to beading my cuff……TTFN.