I’m Back……..

Things have been busy in the Gonzalez household so I have neglected my blog a little….

Today I would love to introduce you to a wonderful glass bead maker I have found….The other day I was browsing Etsy looking for some new and beautiful beads to make earrings with and I came across a wonderful bead maker from Pennsylvania named Catherine Steele her Etsy shop is http://www.artwithheart.etsy.com

I bought 2 pairs of her awesome sea shell beads and made earrings with them.

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I like these Aqua ones I added some moonstone beads and some pearls and crystals to finish them off.

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I LOVE these purple ones I put them on rose gold ear wires made by my friend Moe added some chalcedony and moonstone beads to make these beautiful earrings.

 

So if you are looking for some beautiful well made glass beads I highly recommend her shop.

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DIY How I made a bead embroidered cuff bracelet part 3

I am very happy I finished beading the cuff bracelet this morning.  Now I will show you the final steps.

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Now that I have finished all the top beading it is time to start trimming away the back ground material.  It is important for this design to cut as close to the beads as I can without cutting any threads on the back.  I always get nervous at this point because once I start cutting there is no going back if I don’t like it.100_7007I stop several time while cutting to wrap it around the brass form to make sure I like the shape it is taking.

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All trimmed now and I like how it is fitting around the form.

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next glue bracelet to cuff form and then glue a backing to cover metal and stitching to create a clean back of bracelet.  I use little clips to secure it till the glue dries.  When everything is dry I them trim the backing flush with the front.  I am almost done.  The only thing left to do is edge the whole piece with a nice edging stitch and some beads to hide the rough edge  It is important to use very small stitches so they show very little.

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and Tada you have a cuff bracelet!  I hope you enjoyed reading this 3 part DIY on making a Bead embroidered cuff bracelet.  Now it’s time for me to start figuring out what my next project will be.

DIY Bead embroidered cuff bracelet part 2

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Here you can see the progress I have made on the bracelet.

1. I stitched down my Mom’s vintage bugle beads and topped the with some of the purple beads used in some of the bezels.

2. I bezeled one of the tanzanite crystals and have glued down the other.

Next I’ll bezel the other crystal and then pick some beads to fill in the rest of the design.   I am considering letting some of the plum backing become part of the design; it is such a pretty color and the backing has a nice texture.

I also need to think about the finished shape of the bracelet; do I want it to have straight sides or maybe wavy sides? I have never made a wavy finished one but I am kind of leaning that way I think it would compliment the oval and round shapes that are emerging in the beading.  I’ll know for sure as the beading gets further along.

Now it’s time to go back to beading so I can share more next post. TTFN.

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.

Purple passion

Lately purple has been my go to color.  Almost everything I make begins with color it seems to be my biggest inspiration.

While shopping I found this beautiful natural amethyst focal bead and I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, make something with it or just sit it on my work table and enjoy the pretty purple and white crystals.  Well after playing with it for a couple of days I decided it needed to be a necklace.  I started looking through my huge bead stash and found some awesome amethyst colored crystals,black onyx and pearls that I thought would flatter the focal bead.

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I would love to keep it but I am going to list it in my on line shop.  Http://GingerbellsGifts.Artfire.com and until it sells I will be able to look at it and admire the lovely amethyst stone.