On Wednesday, Jean Campbell talked about not wearing her beaded rings until she was inspired by artist Frida Kahlo who apparently lived by the jewelry motto "more is better"! I confess do not wear my beaded rings either. (I'm sensing the start of a support group here . . . Beaders Without Rings.) Instead, I keep my rings in a little paper box by my office phone because they are fun to play with during those dreaded telemarketer calls. I don't know why I don't wear them. What I do know is that they are fun to make. Even if you decide later that you don't want to wear your rings either (or you just want to join the Beaders Without Rings support group and eat my homemade brownies), you still might want to try one for fun.
A Great Beginner Project
For me, a great beginner project is not just one that is easy in terms of actual steps, but also one that can be completed in a relatively short period of time. I think an hour or two at most is perfect, which is why I never understood the push in knitting to make scarves beginner projects!
Each peyote stitch band is composed of two rows. By wearing more than one ring on your finger, you give the illusion of wearing a ring with a wider band. You also have the option of switching the order of the rings any time you please, giving you a whole new look with minimal effort. The instructions show you how to make a two color band like the rings shown here. However, once you get the basic technique, you'll be able to create your own unique variations.
Free Project: Peyote Stackable Rings by Cathi Tessier
A Word about FireLine
This ring project uses FireLine, which is a thermally produced fishing line that is popular with beaders.
FireLine one of those things you'll either love or hate. (I happen to love it, myself.) One of the benefits of using FireLine is that it's easy to hold onto and so stiff that you may be able to use it without a needle for some projects. This is one of the features I especially like since I tend to drop my needles into the sofa cushions!
I asked Leslie Rogalski, editor of Step by Step Beads, for a few hints about using FireLine. Leslie notes that it is "suitable for almost anything" and comes in different weights. For projects that don't need to bear weight (like earrings), Leslie uses 4 lb. For projects needing power to hold beads together as in bracelets or bails, she uses 8 lb, which she also uses in her rings.
Here's what else you need to know about FireLine:
- It has virtually no stretch.
- It works well for stiffer beadwork or designs with crystals. (Leslie recommends using it doubled and in projects where the FireLine exits the bead holes straight, so that the edges of the crystals do not have a chance of abrading the thread.)
- It does dull scissor blades, so designate a pair of scissors to use for cutting.
- It may leave black marks on your fingers, but those wash off easily.
Next Wednesday Jean Campbell will have some additional tips about using FireLine and similar products like PowerPro and Dandy Line. In the meantime, feel free to post your comments and questions on the website. Do you love FireLine? Hate it? Never used it?
Glass Bead Design Challenge
Have you submitted your challenge entry yet? Design a necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings with any type of glass beads (including lampwork, Czech pressed glass, or crystals) and you could win a cool new beading book or this beautiful starfish lampwork pendant by Stephanie Sersich. Deadline is Sunday, March 2, 2008. Enter the Glass Bead Challenge.
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