Adventures in Beading

On alternate Wednesdays I’m going to be keeping you all up to date with my lessons and stuff with beading.

Remember that beading store that gave me my first ever sponsored post, Auntie’s Beads?  Well last month on their Facebook page they ran a competition to design their cover photo.  The rules were that your photo should include 1 piece of jewelry made from beads from their site, photographed by itself with no one wearing it.

I thought for quite a while about what I wanted to create, and it was this picture from Pinterest that gave me the idea:

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I wanted to use the cord that I’d gotten, and have the neon beads in little arcs coming from the cord.  So I got out all my bits, and started work.  I knew I’d need quite a few links so I started with those, threading beads onto eyepins and wrapping the end into another loop.

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Which is where I hit my first problem.  I was doing this in the evening, at my desk, by artificial light.  In the pack of beads I’d gotten there are two very similar shades of blue.  I couldn’t quite tell them apart in the light I was working in, and I knew that if I messed up it’d bug the hell out of me as soon as I saw my bracelet in daytime.

So I put the project aside to work on when the sun was out, because as this picture demonstrates, it’s easier to see colour difference.

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After I’d put that away though, I realised I really liked those little links, and it inspired another idea.  I got some cute little leaf charms from eBay recently and thought they’d look gorgeous between little links of the green seed beads I got from Auntie’s Beads.

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I considered a bracelet at first, but decided that leaning on the charms would be quite painful, so I added some chain and made a really gorgeous necklace.

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After I’d finished the leaf necklace I found myself drifting back to my original project.  I couldn’t do the links, but I could do some other bits.  I prepared the cord with sliding knots and sealed the ends with little wraps of wire.

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After my disappointment with my wire wrapping on the feather keychain, I decided to practice before I did those ends on the cord.  I looked up a Youtube video and found two very vital pieces of information.  A) How to hold the cord and wire so that I can get a good start, and B) It doesn’t have to look neat!  Sometimes the rough look is better.

After I’d prepared the cord I did a bit more wire wrapping practice on a scrap of cord, including a practice attempt at attaching the links.

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I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

The next day when I woke up the sun was out, so I got started on the competition piece again.  I made up all my little links:

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And I attached them to the cord:

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Except that I didn’t like the way they hung, so I took them off and tried a different method.  I connected them altogether first:

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And then attached that chain to the cord:

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Nope.  Still didn’t like it.  So I did something radical and cut the cord.  I attached the chain itself as half the bracelet to the cord with more wonderful wire wrapping.

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Much better.  I love it.  I took a closer up picture for the competition too:

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And then I realised the sun had gone down and I was taking dodgy lighting pictures, so I waited til the next day to take some more:

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After I finished that bracelet I decided to do some more wire wrapping practice, and next thing I know I’d made another piece!

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I tried a new clasp option with that one too:

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PS> I didn’t win that contest, but they’ve decided to run it monthly, so who knows?

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About Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/doodler/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.
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