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I got nothing for today, so I thought I’d just add in a collage of my most recent photo shoot with Danielle.

All of these pieces of jewelry are available on my Etsy.  Some might be on clearance!  http://hannahrachel.etsy.com

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Silk and Chain Steampunk Necklace

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I might have posted this already, but I just can’t seem to find it, so my apologies if it has already gone up on this blog… but here it is again.
Before you get to work, please take the time to read the tutorial thoroughly.
It’s a bit like a complicated recipe; you want to have all of your ingredients ready before you start!  This tutorial is intended for intermediate  beadweavers; you should really know even count peyote stitch and be able to read a peyote graph.  If you don’t know peyote stitch, I have a tutorial available on my website and my etsy page: it is called the Japanese Screen Bracelet.
This document is protected by copyright, and is intended for the sole use of the person who has purchased it. Please do not copy this tutorial, or distribute it in any manner. (This does not include printing for your own personal use.)
The design for this piece is based off of ancient techniques.  The design itself, however, is mine.  You may not reproduce this design for sale without my written permission.  In addition, this design may not be entered in any competitions without given me design credits and without written permission.  Thank you.
Most importantly, please have fun! Feel free to contact me with any and all questions regarding the information below, and for sources for any of the materials mentioned. I’ll do my best to help you track down whatever you’ll need!

Materials:
* Centerpiece – I used one of the steampunk watches that we bulk ordered from China, but you could use a lampwork pendant/bead!
*1/4″ silk cording
*Cord Caps
*Wire – I used 22g since that’s what I had hanging around
*Chain (I have three varieties here). My longest piece was TWICE as long as the cord and just happened to come attached to that watch.
*Big jump rings (I think these guys are 10mm)
*Clasp
*Disk Beads
*Lampwork Spacer Beads
*Size 8/0 or size 6/0 seed beads
*Beading Thread (I recommend Fireline)
*Clear Tape
*Glue – I recommend .527 watch glue or “Zap-a-Gap.” Don’t use superglue since it puts a white film on glass beads that looks bad.
*Optional – Steampunk Cog Bead things (I used two – they were made by Tim Holtz)
*Optional – if you’re using a lampwork centerpiece: headpin and matching beadies
*Optional – matching 6mm Swarovski crystal
*Wireworking Tools – flat nosed pliers, round nosed pliers and wire cutters

The Centerpiece

If you have purchased one of the watches and want to use it as the centerpiece, you don’t have to do anything to it besides take it off the chain. However, if you want to use a focal bead, you’ll need to turn it into a drop first.

Slip a bead (shown is a Swarovski, but you’ll be using your focal) onto a head pin, and using round nosed or needle nosed pliers to bend the head pin over. If your lampwork bead hole is too big for the little “head” on that head pin, block it up with some smaller beads, one above and one below your bead. See the little space between the headpin and the 90-degree bend? You want this, but you only want a little bit of room there (no more than 1/16”).

Tip: In the photo I’m uploading, that’s a towel behind the Swarovski, but it looks like a shag rug, so turn on some disco now to complete the rest of this project.

Next, hold the bent part of the head pin with round nosed pliers, and with your fingers bend the rest of the head pin around the nose of the pliers to form a loop.

Insert the nose of your round pliers back through the loop. Hold the loop of the head pin over the nose of the pliers while using bent/flat/needle nosed pliers to wrap the head pin around itself. This will secure your loop so it cannot open.

If you are using the watch, you might want to add some heavier beads at the bottom of the tassle chains. I’ve noticed the weight isn’t well distributed otherwise. I also added some more chain into the tassle, because I LOVE fringe.

The Silk Cord

Our own Jamn makes silk cording, but its not as thick as the stuff I used. You could bundle some of hers together though, and it would add a layer of texture that would be really beautiful.
http://Jamnglass.etsy.com
Here’s a photo I randomly ripped off her etsy site, just to tempt you. Hopefully she won’t mind…

I found some of the thicker stuff also on Etsy at
http://TandZSupplies.etsy.com
but here’s the thing… I’ve never ordered from this company and so as a result can’t vouch personally for her.
She’s got good feedback, though.

I happened to have a piece from a million years ago, made from a company called embeads. I looked them up online and can’t find their website, though. I’d also like to pretend that I was all trendy in using orange since its the Pantone Color of 2012. Actually, the Pantone Color is “tangerine” and I just had this cord…

The Disks

I refuse to take responsibility for my boro disk-making obession, so I’ll just go ahead and blame someone else for it (you know who you are, up there in Canada)! You can make your disks out of either soft glass or boro. I just like the colors of the boro. If you want some, I’ve got plenty to spare, just let me know how many and the approximate color. They’re super cheap, too. I used… uh… 8 of them. They only sort-of matched.

Anyhow, here’s a bunch of eye candy I had hanging around on my computer…

If you do want to try and make your own, here are two videos I dug up on youtube. They use soft glass, but you could use boro instead. As a matter of fact, I think its easier in boro. You do want to pop them into a kiln, though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xl5s3FLmdaM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtmR8Ib5z2s

Ready to put this thing all together?

Wrap your longest chain around the silk cording. Wrap it pretty tightly, and try to keep the wraps even.

Wrap scotch tape tightly around the ends. This will help to keep your chain nice and even with the silk cording and will also help keep the silk cording from fraying. Cut the tape directly in half so that when you add your bead cap the tape doesn’t stick out from underneath that cap. Nip off the extra chain with wire cutters.

Wrap a piece of your wire around the chain and taped edge. Do it really really REALLY tightly. Add a bunch of glue right at the top of the tape. This will help keep your silk from fraying also, and acts as extra insurance in case your wire wrap wasn’t tight enough. Run the wire up through the bead/cord cap. I like adding a matching bead up here to make the back look as nice as the front. Wirewrap your clasp onto the piece.

Okay! Time to embellish the front!

Add a large jumpring at the center front. I like to catch the chain here, too, just to make sure that the wrap stays consistent. Attach your focal bead/watch to the jump ring.

I put a piece of thin chain through each of 4 disks and suspended them from jump rings around the cord/chain.

I also added two other short pieces of chain between the jump rings. You know, since I had that extra chain and all. The three chains I used in this piece did NOT match. This was part of the fun of it.

Finally, I stacked glass disks, spacer beads, cogs, Swarovski crystal and some 8/0 seed beads and sewed them onto the silk cording. My cogs were two different metals and none of the beads matched. I was okay with this!
Here’s a close-up on one of those stacks.

Too busy for you? Here’s a simpler version…

Now, lets see your version!
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A little while ago, I posted about getting my wonderful selection of beads in the mail via Kalmbach Publishing Company.  They were donated from Eva Sherman at Grand River Beads.

As an overview, the whole idea stemmed from Lori Anderson, who has hosted a “Bead Soup Blog Party” for a couple of years now.  You can read about the original idea here: https://sites.google.com/site/beadsoupparty2012/.  Anyhow, Lori has written a book based off her Blog Party called Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash.  You can get it on Amazon.  Its less than $14.00

This is my fifth installment on the series.  I was stymied for a little bit on my project because the top half was bead embroidered and the bottom half was all wirewrapped and it looked like two different projects. I’d already removed some of the fringe, which breaks two of my rules (always add more fringe and never take things apart).  So, I set it aside for a little while.

Carol, from Dancing Beads in Oregon, actually came to my rescue.  She suggested that perhaps there needed to be more about the butterfly on the top section.  I realized that she was 100% correct.  Her idea was to remove some of the purple triangular beads and re-angle them so they looked like wings.  The problem with that was twofold – firstly, they were REALLY glued and sewn down.  Secondly, I actually working on pretty crummy fabric stiffener.  Once its complete and backed with the steel form, it’ll be nice and sturdy, but just now if i even THINK about cutting that off I’ll probably rip the stuff.  Always use good quality backing (don’t do what I did).

Anyhow, so here’s the update.  I’ve added angled filigree wings on the upper part that are backed in orange ultrasuede (it’ll be trimmed and cut to size later) and I took apart the flower at the bottom and backed it with the same ultrasueded.  This makes it lighter than it was beforehand (it was backed with a big bead) plus adds some of the bead embroidery down below.

See you next time!

Silk and Chain Steampunk Necklace

Materials:
Centerpiece – I used one of the steampunk watches that we bulk ordered from China, but you could use a lampwork pendant/bead!
1/4″ silk cording
Cord Caps
Wire – I used 22g since that’s what I had hanging around
Chain (I have three varieties here). My longest piece was TWICE as long as the cord and just happened to come attached to that watch.
Big jump rings (I think these guys are 10mm)
Clasp
Disk Beads
Lampwork Spacer Beads
Size 8/0 or size 6/0 seed beads
Beading Thread (I recommend Fireline)
Clear Tape
Glue – I recommend .527 watch glue or “Zap-a-Gap.” Don’t use superglue since it puts a white film on glass beads that looks bad.
Optional – Steampunk Cog Bead things (I used two – they were made by Tim Holtz)
Optional – if you’re using a lampwork centerpiece: headpin and matching beadies
Optional – matching 6mm Swarovski crystal
Wireworking Tools – flat nosed pliers, round nosed pliers and wire cutters

The Centerpiece

If you have purchased one of the watches and want to use it as the centerpiece, you don’t have to do anything to it besides take it off the chain. However, if you want to use a focal bead, you’ll need to turn it into a drop first.

Slip a bead (shown is a Swarovski, but you’ll be using your focal) onto a head pin, and using round nosed or needle nosed pliers to bend the head pin over. If your lampwork bead hole is too big for the little “head” on that head pin, block it up with some smaller beads, one above and one below your bead. See the little space between the headpin and the 90-degree bend? You want this, but you only want a little bit of room there (no more than 1/16”).

Tip: In the photo I’m uploading, that’s a towel behind the Swarovski, but it looks like a shag rug, so turn on some disco now to complete the rest of this project.

 
Next, hold the bent part of the head pin with round nosed pliers, and with your fingers bend the rest of the head pin around the nose of the pliers to form a loop.

Insert the nose of your round pliers back through the loop. Hold the loop of the head pin over the nose of the pliers while using bent/flat/needle nosed pliers to wrap the head pin around itself. This will secure your loop so it cannot open.

If you are using the watch, you might want to add some heavier beads at the bottom of the tassle chains. I’ve noticed the weight isn’t well distributed otherwise. I also added some more chain into the tassle, because I LOVE fringe.

 
The Silk Cord

Our own Jamn makes silk cording, but its not as thick as the stuff I used. You could bundle some of hers together though, and it would add a layer of texture that would be really beautiful.
http://Jamnglass.etsy.com
Here’s a photo I randomly ripped off her etsy site, just to tempt you. Hopefully she won’t mind…

 
I found some of the thicker stuff also on Etsy at
http://TandZSupplies.etsy.com
but here’s the thing… I’ve never ordered from this company and so as a result can’t vouch personally for her.
She’s got good feedback, though.

I happened to have a piece from a million years ago, made from a company called embeads. I looked them up online and can’t find their website, though. I’d also like to pretend that I was all trendy in using orange since its the Pantone Color of 2012. Actually, the Pantone Color is “tangerine” and I just had this cord…

The DisksI refuse to take responsibility for my boro disk-making obession, so I’ll just go ahead and blame someone else for it (you know who you are, up there in Canada)! You can make your disks out of either soft glass or boro. I just like the colors of the boro. If you want some, I’ve got plenty to spare, just let me know how many and the approximate color. They’re super cheap, too. I used… uh… 8 of them. They only sort-of matched.Anyhow, here’s a bunch of eye candy I had hanging around on my computer…
If you do want to try and make your own, here are two videos I dug up on youtube. They use soft glass, but you could use boro instead. As a matter of fact, I think its easier in boro. You do want to pop them into a kiln, though.

Ready to put this thing all together?

Wrap your longest chain around the silk cording. Wrap it pretty tightly, and try to keep the wraps even.

Wrap scotch tape tightly around the ends. This will help to keep your chain nice and even with the silk cording and will also help keep the silk cording from fraying. Cut the tape directly in half so that when you add your bead cap the tape doesn’t stick out from underneath that cap. Nip off the extra chain with wire cutters.

Wrap a piece of your wire around the chain and taped edge. Do it really really REALLY tightly. Add a bunch of glue right at the top of the tape. This will help keep your silk from fraying also, and acts as extra insurance in case your wire wrap wasn’t tight enough. Run the wire up through the bead/cord cap. I like adding a matching bead up here to make the back look as nice as the front. Wirewrap your clasp onto the piece.

 
Okay! Time to embellish the front!

Add a large jumpring at the center front. I like to catch the chain here, too, just to make sure that the wrap stays consistent. Attach your focal bead/watch to the jump ring.

I put a piece of thin chain through each of 4 disks and suspended them from jump rings around the cord/chain.

 
 
 
I also added two other short pieces of chain between the jump rings. You know, since I had that extra chain and all. The three chains I used in this piece did NOT match. This was part of the fun of it.

Finally, I stacked glass disks, spacer beads, cogs, Swarovski crystal and some 8/0 seed beads and sewed them onto the silk cording. My cogs were two different metals and none of the beads matched. I was okay with this!
Here’s a close-up on one of those stacks.

Too busy for you? Here’s a simpler version…

 Now, lets see your version!
Or… you can just buy mine!
The more complex orange one:
And the less complex one:
In May, I made a pendant using beads donated by Auntie’s Beads. You can read about it here. I was really pleased with it, but honestly, there just wasn’t enough going on there for me. It needed more fringe! It needed to be bigger! It needed more beads!
At that point, I ran out of time before Bead & Button and also didn’t have a brass necklace blank…

Once I got home, I really tried to take a short break after my three weeks of running, but didn’t do all that well. First, I finished up the bracelet shown in my last post, using beads from Caravan Beads of Chicago.

Then, I decided it was high time to add more STUFF to the pendant. I had purchased a brass necklace blank at Bead & Button, had leftovers from the two pieces I made from the Auntie’s Beads donation, and also had some leftovers from the Caravan Beads bracelet. So… after more bead embroidery and (again) too much fringe, here’s the finished piece.

At least I think its finished. There’s still some room for fringe on there. Apparently black and purple are my May-June colors. I’ll have to start making something in a different palette soon.

I just love a challenge, especially when I’m supposed to be getting ready for a teaching trip and for Bead & Button.

In particular, if there are Swarovski crystals and seed beads, I’m bound to be all over it. Aussie Threads and Fibers has done it again. She’s assembled a gorgeous kit. Here’s what she says about it.

We have put together 24 kits, each with a wholesale value of $50 (as a side note, I think it was worth a lot more than $50, but that’s beside the point…)

We are not big on rules or restrictions, so we only have a few:

1. You must be selling on Etsy AND have an honest to goodness wholesale license.
2. You may create anything your little old heart desires, using any technique you wish.
3. Pictures of the finished project must be sent via email (jpg format) by June 1, 2010.
4. You may choose not to use every item in your kit. Your piece must contain 75% of the kit components.
5. You may supplement your design with additional components.

So I wrote, and here’s what I got in the mail…


Isn’t it fabulous? I gotta tell you, the colors are better in person. I ended up using everything in the kit except for some of the copper headpins and some of the jump rings. I had a few components left over from the previous challenge that worked – they were the same color pearls and also I had a few of the really interesting silver channel rings. I added some cubic zircon drops I’ve been hoarding for a while, some green freshwater pearls, some 11/0 light green seed beads, some 15/0 seeds and some glass cabochons I had sitting around (you can’t see them in the finished photo since they were for texture and are covered in seed beads.

And… here’s what I came up with!

So… How did I do it?
Magic!

Just kidding.
I started by setting and covering the cabochons. They were made by my friend Catharine and while I generally like to show her work off, these were single color. I don’t think she’ll be offended.

Then, I drew out the two side pieces and put the major elements on it. I layered the copper filigree piece over the Swarovski channel set ring. I wasn’t sure about it at the beginning, but decided to just go with it.

Here’s what it looked like after I covered that back cabochon and did a little bead embroidery.

And here’s the finished side piece.

Linda Gettings has an excellent tutorial on peyote stitching around a bendy straw. It is available in a book called “Creative Beading 3.” My center section is done around a bendy straw (my friend Marsha sent me a whole pile of them, so now I’m just looking for excuses to use them. See the post below for a project I recently completed with her). However, it is done with a netting technique I learned from my dear friend Jeannette Cook http://www.beadyeyedwomen.com.

Here’s the side piece attached to the center piece. As a side note, you gotta be pretty careful with those matte finish gold beads. The finish wears off easily. I remembered to spray them before I started.

So, this piece will be heading to my Etsy store after Bead & Button, but I think I’ll send it on over to an evening exhibit at Bead & Button first.
What? You don’t remember what my Etsy store name is?
http://hannahrachel.etsy.com.

You can get involved with the challenges by checking out the Crafty Retailer blog. http://thecraftyretailer.blogspot.com/
Don’t be too on it, though, because I’ve been late requesting every single one of the kits and have still been allowed to play – I wouldn’t want to be too late to the party!

In addition to having a truly fun writing style (she makes me laugh regularly while reading her blog posts), she has some really great sales techniques and articles.

And while I’m at it, here’s her website, Aussie Threads & Fibers. Check the Swarovski Crystal out. YUM!

My second place winner for the 2009 Treasures of Toho contest is in the most recent issue of Bead & Button! Check it out!
-Hannah Rosner
Good River Gallery
http://www. GoodRiverGallery.com

Also, check out my sale on Artfire – details in the posting below.



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