I don’t have anything to write today, so I thought I’d spread some Etsy love around.  Here are some more of my favorite items on Etsy.
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Here’s a koi pair from creaturesfromel

Most of her work is by custom order and I absolutely am in love with the filigree qualities about them.
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This precious metal clay box  by wanaree is incredible.

She also does online classes, apparently.  This is an idea I’ve been meaning to try out…
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And… here’s a scarf my MOM made! You can find more at JoyRosner

I love her work – its perfect for this time of year – all soft and cuddley.
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That’s it for today!  Enjoy!

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My thank you to Ann of Francescas Fancy for this prize for the Etsy Beadweavers very first January Challenge. I just got this baker’s dozen in the mail this past week! 5 gram bags of Delica seed beads in blues and purples.  Aren’t they yummy?

THANK YOU ANN!

Check out her shop…
http://www.etsy.com/shop/FrancescasFancy

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

I don’t have anything to write today, so I thought I’d spread some Etsy love around.  Here are some of my favorite items on Etsy.
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First up, a dragonfly from Mythologicae

You can get him in different colors, too!  This is actually one of the earliest itesm I favorited on Etsy.  I just think he’s too darned cute.  You should see the hatchlings, too…
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Next up… a moth ornament/brooch from BlueTerracotta 

I love this little guy, and he’s pretty reasonably priced.  The shipping from the UK might be a bit of change, though.
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Here’s a steampunk/gothic style pendant from twistedsisterarts

This will probably freak out my friend Barb; she’s not into eyeball jewelry. But I love it, and the artist has made wire wrap skills.
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And finally, here’s a polymer clay vessel from KateTractonDesigns

She also does lovely seed bead work.  Check her stuff out!
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That’s it for today.  More next week!

I can’t seem to find these, so I’m reposing them.  I apologize if they are repeats!

The World’s Easiest Bling Bracelet – Swarovski Crystals and Lampwork.
Here’s another super trendy bracelet that’s actually really easy to make.Materials:
* 7″ Swarovski chain – mine is on a blue ultrasuede base, but you can get it from Etsy without a base.

Expect to pay about $6/foot.
Here’s a link to a store with stuff that would work just dandy.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/95899190…inestone-chain

* Leather Lacing – about 18″

*Lacing Thread – you can use whatever you’ve got.
I have some black hemp here that would work, but I’ve decided to use C-lon Macrame thread since I have some pretty colors.
As a side note, I get my C-lon from here:
http://www.caravanbeads.net/ProdList.asp?scat=76

* Glue – I suggest .527 watch glue or “Zap-a-Gap.”

* Bead or Button for closure – of course I used a boro bead…

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Fold your leather lacing in half. This is going to be the button loop, so make sure it fits over whatever you’ve picked as a closure.
Lay your lacing along the same line as the leather. See which side I have the cut end on? I’ll be wrapping the loop shank over the top of this to conceal it.
You can use a spot of glue to keep it all in place.

Wrap the lacing tightly around the leather to make the loop shank. I suggest at least 1/4″.
Keep it together at the end with a half-hitch knot. You can use another spot of glue if you’d like.

Lay the swarovski chain over the lacing. You can use a spot of glue to keep it in place if you’d like, but its going to be the wraps that really keep it all together.

Wrap tightly between each swarovski stone.

You could continue a full length of the bracelet, or you could decide you want more lampwork bling. I cut my Swarovski into separate pieces and added some boro bead goodness.

At the end, make a shank in the same way you did at the beginning. If you’d like to hide your cut lacing thread end, you can thread it on a needle and sew it back in through the loop.
Use a spot of glue to hold everything in place, if you’d like.

String on your bead or button and knot to hold it together. Again, you can use a spot of glue if you’d like.

Cut all raw edges. Wait for your glue to dry.

Wear and enjoy!

Other options:
Here is a bracelet on Etsy by westprince done without the lampwork beads.

Here is a bracelet done exactly the same way, only using ball chain. This is on Etsy by sukoshishop.

Yup, I’ve blithered on for years about myself on this blog.  Its way past time to show a little bit of love.

I’ve been on the Etsy Beadweavers Team for a number of years now.  Its really active – members have to join in on the challenges on a regular basis as well as keeping a minimum number of beadwoven pieces in their shop.

Teams are a community feature on Etsy where you can connect with other members. With Teams, you can meet people with common interests, and collaborate. The Teams feature makes it easy for you to join an existing team or to create, maintain, and promote a new one. It’s also a way for shoppers to browse by theme or location and find shops that might interest them.  Teams sometimes do arts/crafts fairs in real life, promote each other’s shops and hold challenges or contests.

I am part of a number of teams on Etsy and I’ll speak about a few more of my teams over the next few weeks.

From the team announcement: “The Etsy Beadweavers Team is made up of bead artists who aspire to successfully market their beadwoven creations on Etsy.com and elsewhere. As such the EBW Team has two areas of focus:1) Practical business help, including sales promotion by networking, marketing and creating awareness of beadweaving as an art. 2)Artistic inspiration, instruction and encouragement.. The Beadweavers’ creations are different from many of the traditional beaded items, in that they are woven from hundreds or thousands of tiny beads to create intricate designs and pictures. These weavings take the form of both art and jewelry. Each piece takes many hours to complete, with some larger pieces taking weeks or even months.”

Each month, the Etsy Beadweavers pose a challenge to their members.  Many of these pieces are some of the most creative beadweaving pieces I’ve seen.  You can see the current challenge by typing in EBWC in the search bar when you go to Etsy or heading on over to http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/

I’ve actually managed to finish a brand new piece in time to get into the most recent Etsy Beadweavers challenge.  I’ll write more about it on the 10th when the polls are open and you can vote for your favorite!

Its a huge team!  Ready for the list?  Go on and have fun – they have some wonderful pieces and will be thrilled if you favorite them or share them on pinterest, twitter or facebook.

EBW Shop Links

  1. 4uidzne – Sharayah
  2. ABeadedWorld – Megan
  3. Adina Halpern Designs – Adina
  4. AJbead – Cajsa Lisa
  5. Allamej – Vernonica
  6. AllasArt – Alla
  7. AliseExclusive – Alla
  8. AlterDeco – Jana
  9. Ambrosian Beads – Carol
  10. Amy Kohn Designs – Amy
  11. Angelque Creations – Jacquie
  12. AnnaCohen – Anna
  13. Annamei – Anna
  14. AnnetaValious – Anneta
  15. Annette Mackrel – Annette
  16. April Is Forever – Sarah
  17. Arjarvis – Amy
  18. Art Beadwork – Iryna
  19. Artizen Beads – Laura
  20. ArtfulAr – Arlene
  21. ArtMasquerading – Chris
  22. AZJoLeeBeadweaver – Joan
  23. AzuriteCreations – Heather
  24. Backstagecrafts – Rhiannon
  25. Barbaraellis – Barbara
  26. Bead4me -Isabella
  27. Beadacious1221 – Sylvia
  28. Beadbug’s Boutique – Judy
  29. BeadDivasFlorida – Cookie and Pam
  30. Bead Catcher – Mariya
  31. Beaded Dreams8 – Jagoda
  32. BeadenBead – Natasha
  33. BeadEnCounter – Lynn
  34. BeadFatuationDesigns – Katerina
  35. Beadhisattva – Nyah
  36. Beadiful Jewelry – Linda
  37. Bead Matrix – Catherine
  38. Beadn4fun – Christine
  39. Beadoodled – Erik
  40. Bead Prestige – Patty
  41. Beads and Blooms – Debra
  42. Beads Head – Orly
  43. BeadsnJane – Jane
  44. Beadsofaquarius -Mouna
  45. BeadThoughts – Wilha
  46. BeadUnsupervised – Carol
  47. Beadwoman3 -Gretchen
  48. Beadyjan – Jan
  49. Beagle Beads – Amanda
  50. Benomama – Ester
  51. BetelgeuseStar – Yuliya
  52. Betty Stephan Beadwork – Betty
  53. BlingJewelryDesigns – Lisa
  54. BlissWorksStudio – Sandra
  55. BlueStarArts – Andrea
  56. Bobbianncook – Bobbie
  57. BodyArtbyJennifer – Jennifer
  58. Bohodame – Sarah
  59. Boonie Beads – Laura
  60. ByMaja – Miriam
  61. BySalla – Sarah
  62. CarlKennedy – Carl
  63. Carosell Creations – Kirsten
  64. Cascreates – Chris
  65. CatonaBeadMat – Vickie
  66. CharmCityTrinkets – Sarina
  67. Chatterboxhouse – Susanne
  68. CheriCMeyer – Cheri
  69. ChristianvRodriguez – Christian
  70. Chrysanthemumveil – Amanda
  71. Cielo Design – Miriam
  72. CigarBoxBeads – Marilyn
  73. Cjewelcreations – Cammy
  74. ConniqueJewellery – Connie
  75. CraftyWeaves – Cecilia
  76. CreationsbyAlle – Alice
  77. CreationsbyAna -Anita
  78. CreationsofAgape – Dee
  79. CrestieCuties – Heidi
  80. CrimsonFrog – Kinga
  81. Crown Rose Gems – Rosita
  82. Crystal Star Gems – Tracey
  83. Crystal Wonders – Sue
  84. Daniell Art – Daniella
  85. Davianna – Eva
  86. Dax Designs – Glenda
  87. DDeli – Dani
  88. Debger – Debbie
  89. DeborahaWeaver – Deborah
  90. DefinitiveDesignsrlw – Rana
  91. DealanDeDesings – Dayna
  92. DesignbyAnce – Ance
  93. DesignbyMiST – Milena
  94. Designing Rose – Rachel
  95. DolgovaSvetlana – Svetlana
  96. DorisDesignz – Doris
  97. Down Stream Diva – Shannon
  98. Dream Beadweaver – Susan
  99. DustysTreasure – Sue
  100. EKLfunkyJewels – Erin
  101. Elemental Nature – Kathy
  102. Eliana1971– Eliana
  103. Ellimei – Elli
  104. Elsielight – Luella
  105. Enchanted Beads – Ileana
  106. EsmerldasStudio – Bev
  107. Fan De FanFan – Francoise
  108. Far From Plain Jane – Janie
  109. FionaMaya – Fiona
  110. Flagrantdesigns – Gloria
  111. Fleur de Irk – Irina
  112. Francesca’s Fancy’s – Ann
  113. FreeSoul – Simera
  114. FullCircleDesign – Annie
  115. Ginja Girl Designs – Mary
  116. Glimmerstone – Ellen
  117. GoldenZelda – Zelda
  118. Gypsy Eyes Jewelry – Karin
  119. HannahRachel – Hannah
  120. Haute Ice Beadwork – Marsha
  121. House of  Tiswan – Beverly
  122. IBBeading – Tina
  123. Iceboxgems – Cindy
  124. IdahoBeadweaver – Michele
  125. ile1974 – Ileana
  126. InetasJewelry – Ineta
  127. JadeButterflyDesigns – Scarlet
  128. JaniceMarieBridal _ Janice
  129. JaninaGrigoreJewels – Janina
  130. JaniesGems – Jane
  131. JayceePatterns – Jaycee
  132. jdnative – Venetia
  133. Jewelry By Jane 29 – Maddy
  134. Jess2bead -Jessie
  135. JMCFineArtJewelry – Joyce
  136. JosJewels1 – Joanne
  137. JoyFully Jewels – Caryn
  138. Justbrez – Skylar
  139. Kaleidoscopecolours – Debbie
  140. KanKou – Mariam
  141. KathysBeadTreasures – Kathy
  142. KraftConfessions – Kristin
  143. Krisdesignfsp – Kris
  144. KateTracton Designs- Kate
  145. KellyJAngeley – Kelly
  146. Kuzmadesign – Valerie
  147. KVBJewelry – Kathleen
  148. LacyNecklace – Breda
  149. LadyNayana – Kim
  150. LadyVoodoo – Tammy
  151. LaLooJewerly – Jeannie
  152. LaPerlaA – Antonella
  153. LaurenElise – Lauren
  154. LeafDroppings – Kimberly
  155. LeeLaBeads – Lea
  156. Leslie V Creations – Leslie
  157. LeviraArt – Iryna
  158. LexiHavlinDesigns – Lexi
  159. Little Stone Design – Cheryl
  160. Lirigal – Svetlana
  161. Lostaloha – Syndey
  162. LuckySammy – Kathyrn
  163. Lutita – Liutauras
  164. LuxMysticaBeadworks – Bonnie
  165. Maneklady – Helena
  166. MarsiesCrafts – Kristina
  167. Maryniky Designs – Maryanne
  168. Mary T Designs – Mary
  169. MayaMani – Sonali
  170. Medic5415 – Elaine
  171. Megansbeadeddesigns – Megan
  172. MelJoyCreations – Melissa
  173. MFDBeadworkOriginals – Mikki
  174. MIDesign – Melissa
  175. ModernDayCinderella – Dawn
  176. Moonsafaribeads – Agi
  177. Mordakk Designs – Nicole
  178. More Than Somewhat – Charlene
  179. MyAmari – Yvonne
  180. Mygo2Pieces – Mercer
  181. Myfairladyvt4 – Ann
  182. MyOrcaDreams -Shannon
  183. NazoDesigns – Pinar
  184. Nellienits – Nellie
  185. New World Elegance – Gloria
  186. NigosDesign – Nigar
  187. NJ Designs 1 – Norma Jean
  188. Njema – Ginny
  189. Noralynnedesigns – Nora
  190. NotsoplainbyJane – Jane
  191. Olgaterranova – Olga
  192. OneCheekCrafts – Jobi
  193. Otila – Ioana
  194. Pacific Bead and Wire – Nathan
  195. Pasipuosiu – Ramoune
  196. Peregrine Beader – Callie
  197. Pixelated Glass – Carol
  198. Play’n with Beads – Dawn
  199. Pleasabledesigns – Pamela
  200. PreciousHeartBeads – Anna
  201. PrincessStarfish – Kelly
  202. Rabbit Hollow Creations – Holly
  203. Random Creative – Rose
  204. Rarespecimens -Erin
  205. Rebeccanebesar – Rebecca
  206. RebeccasWell – Becky
  207. RebekeJewelryShop – Gintare
  208. Reginao – Regina
  209. Room 3 Designs – Tiffany
  210. SallygoroundtheMoon – Anne
  211. SallyJeansBeadedGems – SallyJean
  212. Sandy’s Treasure – Sandy
  213. SashaSi – Sasha
  214. Savoy Studio – Lisa
  215. Scarboro – Elizabeth
  216. SharonEdelmanforEPEC – Sharon
  217. ShonetteDaniels – Shonette
  218. SierraBeader – Kathy
  219. Silver Dragon Creations – Patricia
  220. Smadar’s Treasure – Smadar
  221. Sobby – Silvia
  222. SoulshineCorningNY – Ann
  223. SparrowsMeadow – Mindi
  224. Spring Colors – Hadass
  225. Starwaves – Marilyn
  226. Stick Lizard Designs – Laura
  227. Suegoodebeads – Sue
  228. Svetak – Svetlana
  229. Svetush – Svetlana
  230. Tapestry Beadwork – Rachael
  231. Tauriel – Joanna
  232. Ten Storey Love Song – Janet
  233. TerahClassyCreations – Terah
  234. Terran – Terran
  235. The Beaded Bead – Sharri
  236. The Bumble Beader – Susan
  237. TheSpecialCase – Maria
  238. The Studio Elle – Ellen
  239. This One Woman – Melissa
  240. Thistle Dew for You – Joanne
  241. Thunderboltbeadwork – Rachel
  242. Time2Cre8 – MaryLou
  243. TropicalKaren – Karen
  244. Vicus – Eva
  245. WildWoodBeadworks – Nancy
  246. Windy River – Sylvia
  247. ZoojaDesign – Csilla
  248. ZviaGil Designs – Zvia

Happy Christmas, to my friends who celebrate!

I’ve been working on a thicker and more advanced version of the very popular ladder stitch bracelet.
You can see my original (beginning level) tutorial here.
https://goodrivergallery.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/free-beading-tutorial-ladder-stitch-bracelet-with-lampwork-closure/

You should read through the original before you try this one since this builds on the basic version.

This tutorial should explain how to do a piece with multiple rows as well as adding a braid option.

Materials:
**Work Surface

**Thumbtack

**C-Lon Macrame Cord
(I get it from caravan beads here: http://www.caravanbeads.net/ProdList.asp?scat=76 )

** For a double wrap bracelet, 3 pieces, 1 1/2 yards long each 1mm leather (available from your local bead store)

** 5 grams size 8/0 seed beads (also available from Caravan Beads)

** 20 grams 3.5 cube beads. The hole needs to be 1mm so it slides over the leather. This would also look GREAT with tiny spacer beads.

** Button or Lampwork glass bead

**Twisted Wire Needles

**Some glue – I suggest watch glue.
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Alrighty, ready to get started? Cut the three pieces of leather as directed in the materials above.Find the approximate middle point on them. We’ll be starting by making the buttonhole loop, so the important part of this is that we start about 1/2″ off center and that we make sure the loop is big enough for your button or bead.

Use the c-lon to bundle them together. Wrap them together, tie off and then go ahead and start weaving (over one, under one, over one and around the bundle) to flatten your pieces. I’ve got them pinned down to my work surface.

Using the same technique from the previous/basic version here, weave the beads between the leather “weft”. Remember to always go through the beads as you pass them with the needle, otherwise you’ll have unsightly c-lon loops. If you were to use the same size beads, this would allow you to do multirow bracelets. Since I’m trying to make a loop, however, the outer row is bigger beads than the inner row (I’ve used 8/0 seed beads in the inner row and cubes on the outer row).

Since the loop wasn’t curving fast enough, I had to add increases in the outer row.  The following photos are a little overexposed, sorry.

Okay, so increasing one side is actually a royal pain in the a$$ because you have to make sure you do it evenly and it has to match your bracelet closure (button or bead) when you are finished. I had to take mine out twice before it worked out. But my final increase was done every THIRD cube bead. A better way to do this would be just to make sure your outer bead is significantly larger than the inner bead so the curve naturally happens.

As a side note, this does not match the increases in the photos, but every THIRD bead worked for a 3/4 inch button.

To work an increase, add the cube (outside/larger) bead and then instead of going directly to the inner bead double back and add another cube/larger bead. On the next pass, you’ll add both the outer and inner beads as normal.

Once your buttonhole is complete, you’ll want to wrap a shank on it. Put a spot of glue on the shank to keep it all together.

Now… You can either go ahead and use the same technique to spread your 6 strands out and weave between them with the ladder stitch technique (this makes a wide, really wonderful bracelet) shown above… You need to make certain that all your beads have approximately the same width, otherwise the bracelet will undulate, which actually can give you another completely different design idea.

….or you can braid.

I’ve decided to braid because after doing the ladder stitch three times for that buttonhole I was totally done with the whole idea. I have to tell you here that the only previous ladder stitch bracelet I managed to finish was the one I made for the previous tutorial before I got totally bored.

We’re going to use a six-strand braid, which is why I had you cut so much leather. You’ll see below that I also covered the shank with a little bit of peyote stitch since I can’t leave well enough alone and I’d done a messy job wrapping that shank. We’re going to use a six-strand flat braid here.

Flatten out your six strands.

Here’s how this works WITHOUT beads.
1 * From the right, you’ll take the first strand (I’ll call this the working cord), go under the second strand and over the third strand.
2 * From the left you’ll take the first strand, go over the second strand, under the third strand and over the fourth strand (which was the working cord from the other side).

Repeat steps 1 & 2.

Here’s a website you can check to see this in a little more detail (without beads). This is actually the website on which I learned to do this particular flat braid.
http://www.seekyee.com/Slings/howtos/6strand1.htm

Here’s how this works WITH beads.
I’ve used cube beads here, but I’ll bet this would be great with lampwork spacers. Remember, you just have to make them big enough to go over a 1mm leather code. I’m not sure what size mandrel this is.

1* From the right, you’ll take the first strand (I’ll call this the working cord), go under the second strand, add a bead, and over the third strand.
2* From the left you’ll take the first strand, go over the second strand, under the third strand, add a bead, and over the fourth strand (which was the working cord from the other side).

Repeat steps 1 & 2.

The finished beadwork will appear to have a herringbone pattern.

Braid to the end of your bracelet. Try to braid as tightly as possible, and stretch the leather a little bit as you go. You’ll see the tension even out as you continue to work the braid.

At the end, you can either knot the button/bead directly onto the leather or you can add a piece of c-lon and make a shank that attaches to the button/bead. That’s what I did because my Czech button has a tiny metal shank in the back that only went over a single piece of leather.

Here’s a photo of the finished piece again – enjoy!

Okay, now lets see your versions!

Did you know that I have free tutorials on my website?  You can find them here.
http://www.goodrivergalleries.com/tips.htm

Also, when I work up patterns that haven’t been tested, I offer them for free on my newsletter.  Want to sign up?  http://www.goodrivergalleries.com/contact.htm