Aug 012017
 

This lovely plover bead has been sitting on my studio table for way too long now. I’ve enjoyed looking at it but it was high time it got made into something wearable!

beach scene necklace cover

This bead was made by Shannon Vickers of Blue Blazes Lampwork.  You can also see what she’s up to on her Facebook page.

Many of you have told me that you enjoy the tutorials where I explain the design process. That’s why today’s video is longer than usual.

Let me know which you prefer:

  • shorter videos
  • or more of my rambling about design.

Tools and Materials:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Beach Scene Necklace-Lampwork Focal Bead Jewelry Tutorial video at YouTube.

Dec 112012
 

Way back in October Lesley Watt offered up the results of a lampworking friend’s destashing. Can you say super-duper generous?  Wow!

Hey, when someone offers free beads, who am I to turn them down?

bead-giveaway

Yup, the bead I got was in this pile.  I’ll let you play Eye-Spy.  😉

The only catch was that we had to promise to make something with our treasures and share them in a blog hop on 12/12/12.  Sounded good to me!

Here’s the necklace I made:

green-and-blue-lampwork-pendant-necklace-still

I don’t think I could have picked a bead I would have liked more from that pile.  Thanks, Lesley!

green-and-blue-lampwork-pendant-necklace-close-up

Here are the other lucky recipients of Lesley’s kindness.  Be sure to check out their creations.

Lesley Watt –thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.co.uk
Cory Tompkins –tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Rebecca Anderson – songbeads.blogspot.com
Marie Cramp – skyejewels.blogspot.com
Claire Braunbarth – smittenbeads.blogspot.com
Heidi Post – expostfactojewelry.blogspot.com
Tiffany Smith – southerngalsdesign.blogspot.com
Sharyl Macmillan-Nelson – sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com
Ailsa Cordner – bramalfiebeadsetc.com
Linda Landig –  lindalandig.wordpress.com
Caroline Dewison – blueberribeads.com
Renetha – lamplightcrafts.blogspot.co.uk
Kari Asbury – hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com
Niky Sayers – silverniknats.blogspot.com
Purple Cobwebs – purplecobwebs.blogspot.co.uk
Cilla Watkins – tellyourgirlfriends.com
Therese Frank – theresestreasures59.blogspot.com
Claire Ennis – clairescrystalclassics.blogspot.com
Emma – apolymerpenchant.blogspot.com
Kathy Lindemer – bay-moon-design.blogspot.com
Alicia – allprettythings.ca
Sandy Huntress – keepsakecrafts.net < You are here. 🙂
Lori Bowring Michaud – artfullyornamental.blogspot.com
Amy – copperdiem.blogspot.com
Katherine Gale – terrabeadworks.blogspot.com

Just for fun, here’s a video showing how to make this necklace and some of my thought process in the designing.

Happy creating!

Materials:

  • lampwork focal bead
  • 1 decorative head pin
  • 1 crystal bead
  • 3 silver space beads
  • 6 beads of “tangled” wire
  • 2 cube beads
  • 2 eye pins
  • 3 1-inch lengths chain
  • 2 10-inch lengths chain
  • necklace clasp
  • 15 5mm jump rings
  • 2 pair chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters

Directions:

  1.  To make bead dangle, slide crystal bead onto decorative head pin. Follow with silver spacer, lampwork bead and 2 more silver spacer beads.  Grasp wire with chain nose pliers where it exits last spacer bead; bend wire into 90° angle.  Grasp angle with round nose pliers and start to form a loop.  Reposition round nose pliers and complete loop.  Use wire cutters to cut off excess wire where wires cross.
  2.  To make bead link, slide a cube bead onto an eye pin.  Grasp wire with chain nose pliers where it exits bead; bend wire into 90° angle.  Grasp angle with round nose pliers and start to form a loop.  Reposition round nose pliers and complete loop.  Use wire cutters to cut off excess wire where wires cross.  Repeat to make second bead link with second cube bead.
  3.  Use 5mm jump rings to connect the elements in the following order:                                                                                                                                                                  10-inch length chain > wire bead > 1-inch length chain > wire bead > cube bead link > wire bead > 1-inch length chain > wire bead > cube bead link > wire bead > 1-inch length chain > wire bead > 10-inch length chain > clasp
  4.  Attach a jump ring to end of chain opposite clasp.
  5.  Use a jump ring to attach lampwork dangle to center link of center 1-inch length of chain.