Friday, 26 October 2012

Beaded Spiral Pearl Bracelet - Free Beading Pattern

Spiral Stitch is great. It's a very easy stitch to learn and also very versatile. Using the basic foundation of the stitch you can create a lot of different looks. You can alter the size and style of beads you use or you can change the amount of beads used per stitch. Through experimentation you can create an abundance of beading possibilities!  Here are some examples of my work, all created using spiral stitch.

Hot Pink and Lime Green Freshwater Pearl Bracelet


Garden Bracelet with Swarovski Crystalised Pearls, Czech Leaves and Flowers


Lapis Lazuli Beaded Necklace with Galvanised Miyuki Beads


Large Loop Earrings with Miyuki cubes and Galvanised Beads

I'm delighted to share with you my spiral freshwater pearl bracelet pattern. Keep in mind, that you can adapt this pattern however you like, replace the pearls with cubes, wooden, leaf or ceramic beads...whatever takes your fancy!
 
Freshwater Pearl Spiral Bracelet Pattern


Materials
Approx. 2-3 grams of size 6 green seed beads A
Approx. 5 grams of size 11 ceylon purple seed beads B
(I generally like to use Japanese seed beads but you can use cheaper seed beads if you like - Just try and use beads that are similiar in size)
18 Dark green freshwater pearls C
18 Lime green freshwater pearls C
36 Dark purple freshwater pearls C
2 silver plated bell cones
2 silver plated eye pins
2 silver plated jump rings
1 silver plated lobster clasp
Thread
Needle
Round Nose Pliers
Pliers

Method
Step One
Thread your needle with a stop bead leaving about 20 cm (8 inch) of thread.
Add four (size 6) green seed beads (See Diagram 1).

Diagram 1












  
Step Two


Add another (size 6) green seed bead, two (size 11) ceylon purple seed beads, one dark purple freshwater pearl, and two more (size 11) ceylon purple seed beads. Now pass the thread through the last three beads you stitched on in step one, and the very first green bead you picked up in the beginning of this step (See Diagram 2).

Diagram 2

Step Three
Once again, add one green seed bead (size 6). Then add two ceylon purple seed beads (size 11), one lime green freshwater pearl, and another two ceylon purple seed beads (size 11). Next, pass the thread through the four green seed beads to form the base. You do this by picking up three of the size 6 green beads from the previous steps and the one size 6 green bead you just picked up in the beginning of this step. (see Diagram 3). Pull your thread, so the purple seed beads sit on top of the base lime seed beads and push the purple seed beads and freshwater pearls to sit beside the other beads sitting on the outside of the base.


Diagram 3

Continue to add one (size 6) green bead, two (size 11) ceylon purple seed beads, one freshwater pearl* and again two (size 11) ceylon purple seed beads. Pass through four green seed beads to form the base (passing through the three green seed beads from the previous steps, and also picking up the green bead from the current step).

*To achieve the colour pattern of the bracelet, alternate the freshwater pearl colours with each step. As follows
One dark purple (as in step 2)
One lime green (as in step 3)
One dark purple (step 4)
One dark green (step 5)
Repeat these step till you reach your desired length, keeping in mind the extra space you'll use for clasp. For a bracelet I work about 17 inches of spiral stitch, leaving about 1 and half inches for the clasp area.


Here is a summary of steps for this Spiral Bracelet:

1st step only - Thread: 4 x A, 2 x B, 1 x C, 2 x B, pass through all four A beads to form base
Every step (except the first) - Thread: 1 x A, 2 x B, 1 x C, 2 x B, stitch through 3 A’s (already in base from previous steps) and 1A from this step.



Finishing off your bracelet
When your bracelet has reached the required length attach an eye pin to the end of the piece with your thread. Do this by wrapping the thread around the eye pin and tying knots. Repeat, this many times – stitching the thread back into the bracelet and tying knots and wrapping around the eye pin. You should wrap the thread until the eye pin is securely attached. The eye pin may still move a little but do not worry. Finish the thread by weaving into your work and tying a final knot - seal knot with a little nail polish. Now, add a good dollop of clear nail polish or pvc glue, over the tied knots on your eye pin. Let dry, then place your silver plated cone, over the eye pin (see Diagram 4).

Diagram 4






Next, trim the excess length from your eye pin leaving enough to curl. Curl end so that the bell cap fits securely on the end of the bracelet. Remove stop bead from other end of bracelet and attach eye pin in same way as other side. Attach jump rings to the ends of the eye pins. Finish off your bracelet by adding lobster or toggle clasp (see Diagram 5).

Diagram 5



Changing Thread
I usually use enough thread (about 1.5 metres) so I only have to change the thread once throughout this project. When you have about 13cm (5 inches) of thread left, weave it back into the base beads. First weave back through two of the base beads. Tie a knot. And weave again through another two. Tie another knot. Seal your knots with clear nail polish or pvc glue.
Add new thread by weaving it in about five beads prior to where your works ends. Weave through two beads. Tie knot. Weave through another two beads. Tie knot. Weave through one more bead and you should now be ready to continue your work. Seal knots with clear nail polish and trim ends. As you will be passing your thread through the same section where your old thread is finished, be careful to not undo this prior work. Also, aim to tie your knots in alternative placement to where you tied your knots in finishing your thread, as this helps to keep your work neat.

I hope you enjoyed beading and please show your support by leaving comments. Thanks : )

Easy Beaded Two-Tone Earrings - Free Beading Pattern

In the Ten Minute Lantern Earrings Pattern I showed you an easy and fast way to utilise Lampwork Accent Beads. Here is another simple way to make pretty two-tone earrings from these gorgeous lampwork beads.



Materials

2 Peppermint green small lampwork beads
2 Aqua blue lampwork beads
6 Peppermint green swaroski crystals
4 Cool mint blue swaroski crystals
18 Small silver plated balls
1 Pair of sterling silver earring hooks
2 Silver plated eyepins
6 Silver plated headpins
2 Silver plated jumprings

Method

Place one silver ball, one bead, one green crystal, one peppermint green lampwork bead, and
another silver ball on an eye pin. Curl end.
Place one silver ball, one green crystal, and one silver ball on a headpin. Curl end. Repeat.
Place one silver ball, one blue crystal, one silver ball, another blue crystal, and finally one silver ball on a headpin. Curl end.
Add the beaded headpins to the jump ring - short, long, short.
Attach headpin to the eye pin with the lampwork beads.
Repeat for second pair.
Attach to earring hooks.

And here is some other colour schemes you might also like to try...






 

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Ten Minute Lantern Earrings - Easy Free Beading Tutorial








I wanted to write a tutorial to make something very simple and very quick. I also wrote this tutorial to show you one of the ways you can use accent lampwork beads from my bead inspiration kits, available in my Etsy shop at Peachy Lane. These beads are made from the finest quality Italian Moretti and Vetrofond glass. If you are unfamiliar with these glass manufacturers, in short, they are both produced by the Moretti family who are considered one of the best, if not the greatest, glass-making family in the world. Their glass is sought after by many renowned glass artists, and works made from their glass, features in many of the world's finest galleries and museums. The glass is considered a soft glass and  the Moretti family have produced a vast range of glass types and opacities. It's important to know, that the mass-produced beads (mostly made in China) are not made from this same quality glass, and these beads lack the lustre and beauty of the Moretti family glass, that makes Tom's lampwork glass beads so special.


Most of Tom's amazing lampwork beads have sold, but I still have some of his never-before-seen work in my shop. I hope you get a chance to take a look. Tom has retired from lampworking to focus on his music career, so all the items in my shop are the very last of his work.


MATERIALS
6 Small Lampwork Beads
12 silver-plated (or sterling silver) balls
1 pair of sterling silver earring hooks
4 silver plated eyepins
2 siver plated head pins
Pliers
Round Nose Pliers


Method
Place one silver ball, one lampwork bead, and another silver ball on an eyepin. Trim excess eyepin with pliers, leaving enough length to curl. Curl using round nose pliers. Repeat four times.
Place one silver ball, one lampwork bead, and another silver ball on a head pin. Trim excess headpin with pliers, leaving enough length to curl. Curl using round nose pliers. Repeat two times.
Link two beaded eyepins, and one beaded headpin to form the hanging lantern. Ensure the headpin is at the bottom. Repeat for other pair.
Attach to sterling silver earring hooks.

That's it. Finished. 
 

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Sweet Garden Bead and Daisy Chain Necklace - Free Beading Pattern

I think lampwork garden beads are neat...they're sort of like little worlds all contained in one bead. The best bit, is that each one is different...Each one has it's own little style, colour and garden. Here are some my friend Tom made.



Most of Tom's amazing lampwork beads have sold. But I still have some of his beads in my Etsy Shop at Peachy Lane. Tom has retired from lampwork making to focus on his music career, so all the items in my shop are the very last of his work.

These garden beads have so much character that they look just fine attached to a simple chain or silk cord. But if you're keen to make something more elaborate, here is a daisy chain necklace pattern that matches sweetly with these garden beads. Remember, you can use any colour scheme you like. I chose my colours to suit my garden bead but you may like to vary the colours of the seed beads to suit your own garden bead. You may also like to adjust the sizes of the beads for a larger necklace or maybe, you'd like to add several more strands of the daisy chain. (If so, remember to replace the size 8 beads with larger beads so there is enough room for several thread strands to pass through.) I hope you enjoy this pattern.



 TOOLS
One Artisan lampwork garden bead
Approx. 3 grams Size 11 seed beads colour of main necklace A (blue)
Approx 1 gram of Size 11 seed beads second colour for picot leaves B (red)
Approx 1 gram of Size 11 seed beads third colour for flower petals C (yellow)
Small amount of Size 11 seed beads fourth colour for flower centre D (orange)
Small amount of Size 8 seed beads matching main colour E (dark blue) 
One small blue lampwork bead as clasp
One headpin
Two small silver balls
One silver jump ring
Thread
Needle
Round Nose Pliers

This is a very easy stitch, and will only take a couple hours to complete. I have made the piece with size 11 beads, as I was aiming for a daintier, subtle look. But you may use larger beads for a more striking finish.
This is a basic chart of a section of the necklace.
 

 

First Side of the Necklace

Step One
Condition thread with beeswax. Thread on a stop bead leaving about 20cm (8inch) tail.
Step Two
Thread on one E (size 8 dark blue) bead, fifteen A (size 11 blue) beads, and again one E (size 8 dark blue) bead.



Step Three - Make a 5 bead Picot.
Now, thread on three A (size 11 blue) beads, and five B (size 11 red) beads. Next, pass your needle through the last A (blue) bead you just strung on, passing the needle through the same end of the bead from which the thread is tailing from. Pick up another two A (size11) bead.




Step Four – Make a daisy flower
Add four C (size 11yellow) beads for flower petals, one D (size 11 orange) bead for flower centre, now again thread through the very first C (yellow) bead you added in this step, passing the needle through the same end of the bead from which the thread is trailing from.




To complete your daisy flower:
Add two more C (size 11 yellow) beads, and pass through the fourth C (yellow) bead you added in the beginning of step four.




Step Five

Add another picot - see step three
Add another daisy - see step four
Another picot - see step three
Another daisy - see step four
Add three A (size 11 blue) beads.

Step Six
Repeat Step two through to Step five two times – you will have three sets of three daisies on each side of your necklace (that's nine daisies altogether). Remember this is just a guide so you can add more length if you would like a longer necklace.

Centre of the Necklace

Step Seven - The centre of your necklace will have three sections of fifteen A (size 11 blue) beads separated by the larger E (size 8 dark blue) beads. Your garden bead (which you will attach at the end) will hang from the middle section.
Thread on one E (size 8 dark blue) bead, fifteen A (size 11 blue) beads, and again one E (size 8 dark blue) bead. Repeat three times.

Second Side of Necklace

Step Eight – To complete the other side of your necklace you will simply follow the same pattern as the beginning, but you will need to reverse the sequence of steps slightly so that the daisy chains appear in the same positioning. So this time you will:
Add three A (size 11 blue) beads.
Make your daisy flower - step four
Make a five bead picot step three
Another daisy flower - step four
Another picot - step three
Another flower - step four
Another picot - step three
Now Thread on one E (size 8 dark blue) bead, fifteen A (size 11 blue) beads, and again one E (size 8 dark blue) bead.
(Repeat all of step eight two times).

To make clasp

Step Nine
Add 9 A (size 11 blue) beads, one lampwork bead, and three more A beads (size 11 dark blue) beads.
Pass back through the first bead you added after the lampwork, through the lampwork bead, and continuing through the A bead you added just before the lampwork bead. Now add three A (size 11 blue) beads and skip three beads, and pass through the fifth A bead you added at the very beginning of this step. Add three more A (size 11 blue) beads and pass through the very first A bead you added at the very beginning of this step. You can see the Bubble and Squeak Bracelet Tutorial for a diagram of how to make this clasp.

Make a second strand of daisy chain.

Step Ten
To make your second strand of daisy chain simply follow the directions all over again, from step two through to step nine, but instead of adding the E (size 8 dark blue) beads pass through the existing E bead already added on in the first strand. See the diagram for guidance.

Make a loop

Step Eleven
Remove your stop bead and thread approximately twenty A (size 11 blue) beads to form a round loop. Ensure it fits over the lampwork bead clasp.

Attach your garden bead

Step Twelve
Add one silver ball, your garden bead, and another silver ball to a headpin. Curl end and attach to an open jump ring. Attach the jumpring to the centre of the necklace.
And that's it, a beautiful garden bead necklace.

And for something a bit different here is a garden bead lariat that has with a very similiar stitch, only this one has picots only and no daisies. It also has several more strands.





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