I've been slowly ramping up on learning beading and wirework for the past four years or so. The projects are presented in more or less chronological order.
The wirework bracelet is an old Etruscan design and a standard beginner
wire-work project; I learned it from the book Making
Wire Jewelry by Helen Clegg and Mary Larom. This practice
version is made from base metal.
Full bracelet from the front
Detail of back
This necklace is made mostly of glass beads and strung on tigertail.
Detail of glass necklace
Buddha Earrings. Plastic beads. Displayed on pink flamingo mug.
Cats and Flowers Earrings. Glass.
Monochrome Earrings. Hematite, white cubes, and window beads.
Elephant and Stars Earring. Fake ivory and ceramic.
Cat and Mouse Earring. Glass and polymer clay.
The Jetson Earrings are based on a design in the book All Wired Up by Mark Lareau. They are made of glass and fiber optic beads, and silver colored base metal wire. The Grape Cluster Earring is based on a design called "Clusters of Pearl" in the October 2003 issue of Bead and Button magazine. It is made of seed beads, glass beads, and copper jump rings.
This necklace is made of white cubes (they were a gift, and I don't
know if they are fiber optic glass or stone) and purple seed beads.
Detail of necklace
Matching earring with red glass dangle.
This bracelet is made from size no. 8 seed beads. I got the
Peyote Stitch itself down,
but I also tried figuring out increasing and decreasing
instructions to refer to, which yielded less than ideal results...
These beads were part of the first wire-loop necklace I ever made. I
wasn't very good at the wire loop method at that point, and the wire I
had lying around was particularly ugly. So after I'd had some practice
and had some nicer wire, I decided to remake the necklace. The necklace
has stone, glass, and wood beads and copper wire.
Another detail of earth tones necklace
Full view of necklace
The necklace has
two strands of freshwater pearls and sodalite chips, and one strand
of random beads, with an art glass bead in the center. The Grape Cluster
Earring is the same as the one shown above, with a few more beads added.
The feet belong to my kitty Biscuit.
Another full view of necklace and earring
Closeup of three-strand necklace, showing the clasp
Closeup of center of necklace and earring
Another closeup of necklace
This necklace is
made of shell heishi, stone bears, dyed mother-of-pearl birds, a stone
thunderbird, and a cloisonne jointed fish pendant.
Detail of inlay bear fetish bead
Detail of stone thunderbird bead
Detail of fish pendant
This and the similar Three-Strand Floating
are made of imitation pearls, seed beads, and monofilament cord. The cord
is wrapped twice around the three-bead clusters, anchoring them so that
no gluing, knotting, or crimping is necessary. Technique is from the tip
column of Bead & Button Magazine.
Detail of one-strand necklace
I based this on the "Victorian Ivy Leaf Charm Bracelet" in Art
of Seed Beading by Elizabeth Gourley, Jane Davis & Ellen
Talbott. The book project (see
photo) calls for charlottes; I used size 11 and size 15 seed beads.
The project calls for peyote stitch (base), square stitch (leaves),
netting stitch (ends), and edging, so it's a good way to learn or brush
up on several techniques. It took me a while to figure out how to keep
track of the peyote-stitched pattern, but I think the mistakes worked
out to a nice "semi random" effect.
Base before addition of leaves
This is based on "Diagonal Lines" by Anne Nikolai Kloss from the August
2003 issue of Bead and Button. I made up my own color pattern,
and I used turquoise rondelles instead of pearls around the edges. This
bracelet doesn't take long to make.
Last updated: 03 Mar 04