Lately I've been trying out new techniques and doing projects from magazines. Here's a sampling of my latest work.
A rainbow chevron band designed by Julz.
Gwen of Bead Infinitum's beaded bead design in Beadwork.
The beaded bead design by JewelryTales from the latest Beadwork magazine.A variation on a design by Anna Elizabeth Draeger.
Very loosely based on Julia Gerlach's netted beads; I added more embellishment and used the new Duo beads around the outside.
And these earrings are a riff on a design by Stephanie Wells.
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I love the rainbow bracelet.
What gorgeous things- love all the vibrant colours - you've made me want to make some beaded beads - now!
Gorgeous one and all but the rainbow bracelet is my favorite.
Wow - you have been very busy. These are all great, but I think my favorites are the earrings - love those - and the rainbow bracelet. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful work.
Very nice! I love the colors.
Holy cats! That's totally amazing! I use my bead magazines for inspiration, too, but like you, I like to put my own twist on stuff, to make it more...mine.
I gotta ask- with all that stitching, do you ever feel like your eyes are going to come out of your head? I used to feel that way sometimes when I could still do bead stitching.
And another thing- we always say, "holy cats." How come we never say,"holy dogs?" Guess it just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?(g)
Val, usually I never get around to doing magazine projects but I've been going through a stage these past few months. But yeah, I can never do exactly what's in the magazine--I always do it in my own colors at the very least.
Nope, my eyes always feel firmly anchored into their sockets, thankfully..
Sometimes I have these mega-dry patches and flipping through my magazines will give me a good jumpstart. Sometimes, all I have to do is look out the window, and away I go!
Lucky you! Sometimes, even when stringing, my eyes can get kinda tired, especially if I'm using really small beads. I've got a lit magnifying visor, but when I've been at it for awhile, to suddenly go back to regular vision can be very disorienting!
They all look great! That rainbow one would be good to sell to the boys and girls at mardi gras lol!
Val - Over here, we say 'holy cow'. I must say that I have never heard anyone say 'holy cats' before! haha!
Oh, I use that one, too!(lol) I've got a plethora of expressions I use. Because of course, I'm a lady and we ladies don't curse!(g) If I've ever cursed, it's because of all the stupid meds I have to take. They tend to take the muffler off my mouth and I can say stuff I wouldn't, so if any of you ladies ever spot a post that's really out of the ordinary for me, would you ask me about it? It may be I'm feeling particularly ill.
I think "Holy Cats" must be a Southern-ism. My best friend is from LA(no, not the city!) and she says it, too! You think that's funny? We also say, "Holy Socks!" I can hear y'all laughing now!
I have the Stephanie Wells book, too, and I really wanted to make those earrings!!! You have realized my dream!! Were they very hard? I seem to just look at my bead books, but never seem to get in there and actually make something!!! Kudos to you.
Oh carolee, you just described me to a tee too about the design books. :)
No, it wasn't hard. The wire shapes don't require a terrible lot of precision.
I love it all, but those earrings are amazing, now I'm going to have to go to Amazon and order the Stephanie Wells book! What gage of wire did you use?
A fun thing I love to do is go through Glamour or People Style magazines and create my own versions of what I see there - I even have a 'design scrapbook' that I use for future ideas, lol.
I do that, too! I've also copied some earrings that Emily Deschanel has worn on the tv show "Bones." I dig a lot of the jewelry she and Mikaela Conlin(Angela) wear, so I like to make a close replica.