Thursday, June 8, 2023

Rendezvous Necklace and Earrings

I finished making this lovely necklace yesterday.  It was made following the Rendezvous Necklace tutorial by Potomac Beads.  I also created a pair of earrings to match.

I just adore the soft colors in this necklace, not to mention the crystal sparkle!

For the earrings, I used a quartz bead with the two colors of seed beads from the necklace and then added additional crystal dangles to the bottom.  Easy and quick!

Saturday, June 3, 2023

San Fran Twisted Bracelet

I made another bracelet this week following the San Fran Twisted bracelet tutorial by Potomac Beads.  I used their suggested color combination, except for changing out the color of the RounDuo beads.

It's a fun and very simple design to make!

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Cup of Pearls Bracelet

Although I started this bracelet last month while I was visiting family, I didn't finish it until recently.  I had done everything except the closure sections and simply ran out of time.  This is such a pretty design!  I followed the Cup of Pearls Bracelet tutorial by Potomac Beads on Youtube.

I love the deep rich purple color of the pearls in this bracelet.  My tension isn't perfect in a few areas, but it isn't too noticeable and it looks so pretty on my wrist.

The closure is unusual and fits so nicely with the bracelet design.  It involves three loops and three single pearls.  I wasn't sure how well it would hold, but it feels pretty secure.  I want to make earrings to match and will post them on my blog when I get those done.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Don't Stop Growing Bracelet

Here is the second bracelet that I made last month.  I followed the Don't Stop Growing Bracelet tutorial by Potomac Beads on Youtube.  I absolutely loved the lavender colorway and had to make it for myself!

Isn't that a gorgeous design?  My only issue with it is the visible thread on the sides of the RounDuo beads, so next time I would choose to use a gray thread instead of white.

This bracelet also uses a Czech cup button for the clasp.  It looks complicated, but the tutorial was easy to follow.  Check back to see the last bracelet tomorrow!

Sunday, April 23, 2023

Forget Me Not Bracelet

I've made three bracelets in the last month.  I was gone most of March to visit family and help out with my newest little grandson, so I took projects with me that didn't require many tools.  I've had the supplies to make this bracelet for well over a year.  It was super easy to make!  I followed the Forget Me Not Bracelet tutorial from Potomac Beads on Youtube.

I actually made it twice, because I made a mistake the first time.  I left out the leaf detail between flowers in one spot.  Although it wasn't super noticeable, I knew it would bother me every time I wore the bracelet, so I chose to remake it.

The bracelet has a simple button closure using a gold Czech cup button.  This design would look so pretty in other colors!

I'll post the other bracelets over the next two days.  My goal this year is to make all the jewelry projects that I've kitted up for myself.  The beads are in labeled bags and ready to go.  I just need to do them!

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Ghost Earrings

I made these fun ghost earrings today.  There are a few small flaws, because it was my first time trying to do this stitch, but they turned out adorable.  I started making them initially several days ago using the supplies I had on hand.  That attempt ended in disaster when I could no longer get my needle through the seed beads.  Can I just say that thread type matters?  Today I started again after getting some One-G thread and this time I succeeded.  They are a simple design, but it did take me about 4-1/2 hours to complete the pair.

They are so so cute!  I followed a tutorial on Youtube by Beauty Beads Land that was posted five months ago.  I had promised to make them for my daughter for Halloween, but ended up doing a theatrical production at the last minute that took up a lot of my time, so it never happened.  She'll wear them any time of year so better late than never!  She loves them!

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Black Eye Susan Bracelet

I made another bracelet this week following the Black Eye Susan Bracelet tutorial by Potomac Beads.  I used the same colorway as the original design.  It's unique because the button clasp is incorporated into the bracelet focal.

It looks really cool on the wrist.  Unfortunately, my button doesn't lie entirely flat because I reinforced the thread several times and it's a bit stiff underneath.  Oops.  I still consider myself a beginner when it comes to beadweaving projects.  The tutorial was easy to follow though.  The bracelet has a nice drape except for the button area.

The bracelet is a bright pop of sunshine on a very dreary, rainy day here and now I can check one more jewelry project off my list!  I've had this one sitting around for a while.