Dec 182015
 

ff bicone beads

If you’ve been watching my jewelry videos for any time now, you’ve probably noticed that I love to use bicone beads. There’s just something about that different shape, especially the diamond shaped profile, that really draws me in.

When I first got into beading I was utterly amazed to discover that beads came in shapes other than round! The cubes especially entranced me.

The one subject I get the most questions on is that of bicone beads. So I put together this little video for you just explaining what they are and how they are used. I even found an interesting alternate name for them.Here are some of my favorite bicones:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Bicone Beads video over at YouTube.

Aug 242015
 

tweet pink earrings

When you start with earring findings as cute as these it doesn’t take much to make a really nice pair of earrings. Just add a few bead dangles and ear wires.

I can’t seem to find where I purchased these findings but here are some really cute chandelier findings at ArtBeads.com.

An ombré blend of crystals makes them especially interesting. Because most of the work is already done for you with the findings it’s just simply stringing beads on the head pins and making loops, so these earrings go together very quickly.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Tweet Pinks Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 2 chandelier style earring findings with five loops each
  • 2 ear wires
  • 8 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in Fuchsia
  • 12 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in Rose
  • 12 4 mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads in Crystal Clear
  • 10 head pins
  • 22 3mm beads

Tools:

Directions:

  1. Onto a headpin slide four 4mm Fuchsia crystals alternating with three 3mm spacer beads. Repeat once.
  2. Onto a headpin slide three Rose crystals alternating with two 3mm spacer beads. Repeat three more times.
  3. Onto  a headpin slide three Crystal Clear crystals alternating with two 3mm spacer beads. Repeat three more times.
  4. Use One Step Looper to make loops at the top of all headpins. Use chain nose pliers to open loops and add to chandelier findings, with Fuchsia dangles in the center and Crystal Clear dangles on the ends.
  5. Use chain nose pliers to open loops of head pins and add to complete earrings.
Jun 292015
 

magma sparkle earrings (2)

In today’s earrings I show you how easy it is to not only make your own wire frames, but how you can construct your own chain. It’s so simple you’ll be amazed you didn’t think it of before!

These dangly earrings combine black wire with red and earthy colored Swarovski crystal beads for a look that makes me think of a volcano sending forth lava.  Of course, you make yours in whatever colors work perfectly for you. 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Magma Sparkle Earrings Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 2 3-inch pieces 20 gauge wire
  • 2 ear wires
  • 20 head pins
  • 20 6mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads (I used the Swarovski mix called “Earth.”)
  • 14 4mm jump rings

Tools:

  • 2 pairs chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
Apr 272015
 

Mojave Sparkles Necklace

The muted earth tones in this necklace make me think of the soft light at dawn or dusk in the desert. I love the contrast between the earthy jasper beads and the sparkly Swarovski bicone crystals. Even though they contrast, it’s the colors that make them work together.

This design concept of adding smaller beaded sections to a necklace fascinates me.

scalloped pearl necklace

Jude Wroblewski’s bib style necklace featured at FireMountainGems.com

My inspiration for this piece was Jude Wroblewski’s bib style necklace featured over at FireMountainGems. Her piece has over a dozen scalloped strands and those really are the focus of the necklace.

Since I wanted my picture jasper beads to be the focus, I kept the scallops more subdued.

Have fun designing your own necklace with as many or as few scalloped strands as you like. Make them full and lush like Jude’s, more restrained like mine or just all your very own. 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Mojave Sparkles Necklace Video Tutorial over at YouTube.

Materials:

  • 8 15mm x 20mm oval jasper beads
  • 9 5mm antique gold plated corrugated beads
  • 60 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads (I used a combination of their color mix “Mojave” and crystal clear)
  • 8 inches 3mm brass spacer beads
  • 8 inches chain, cut into two 4-inch pieces
  • 1 or 2 jump rings
  • lobster clasp
  • bead stringing wire
  • 8 wire protectors
  • 8 crimp beads
  • 8 crimp covers (optional)

Tools:

Directions:

  1. Cut a 5-inch piece bead stringing wire. Onto bead stringing wire slide a crimp, then slide wire into one end of wire protector and out the other. Slide the wire end back through the crimp and bring crimp to within 1/8-inch of wire protector. Flatten crimp with One Step Crimper or crimping pliers and squeeze ends of wire protector together. Trim shorter piece of wire close to crimp.  If desired, cover crimp with a crimp cover by picking up with crimping pliers, sliding over flattened crimp and gently squeezing pliers. Use crimping pliers to shape cover into a round bead shape if necessary.
  2. String 20 4mm Swarovski crystal bicone beads onto bead stringing wire and repeat step 1 to finish end of wire. Repeat 2 more times to make 3 small strands of crystals.
  3.  Add a Bead Stopper to one end of a 20-inch piece of bead stringing wire. String on 5mm spacer>jasper bead>5mm spacer>jasper bead>5mm spacer>end of one crystal strand>jasper bead>5mm spacer>end of second crystal strand>jasper bead>end of first crystal strand>5mm spacer>end of third crystal strand>jasper bead>end of second crystal strand>5mm spacer>jasper bead>end of third crystal strand>5mm spacer>jasper bead>5mm spacer>jasper bead>5mm spacer.
  4. To each end of stringing wire add 4 inches of 3mm brass spacers. Finish the ends as in step one, adding end link of a 4-inch piece of chain before bringing wire back through crimp.
  5. Use a jump ring to add a lobster clasp to one end of chain. If needed, add a jump ring to other end of chain.