Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Winter Time Beading

I've been given quite a few craft books to review and some of them are quite good but this one (Stringing Style 2) is great.  In fact, of all the other bead and jewelry making books I've got this one is the best and to prove it here's the necklace I made from its pages.
It's a bunch of green and green-brown pearls with greeny-brownish crystals strung between curved silver beads to make it look like a grapevine and I love it.

Here's a shot of it that isn't quite so subtly blurry (you didn't know that was a haute-couture photography technique did you? Well it is. Kind of).


The trickiest part is getting those curved beads because they didn't have any on hand here in town. Etsy is a great resource for that kind of thing.

Mine were slightly longer than the ones the book called for so I only needed 21 instead of 23 but you get the general idea.

Oh, and P.S. it seems to be warming up a bit. Maybe Spencer will get to have his ski meet after all.

And as for other artistic endeavors, here's a video I saw this morning that was not only interesting but fun to watch. I love new animation techniques--I think if I could have had my high school experience animated I would have retained a great deal more of the information.

16 comments:

Sage said...

Oh my, that is quite beautiful.. my attempts at beading have proved to be absolutely disastrous.. but I live in hope of achieving anything usable.

Janel said...

Nice! I like that a lot. I was trying to figure out how you got the curved bits, and then saw they are beads. Cool!

momneverstops said...

That is really pretty! I love the colors.

Anonymous said...

So what is "time beading" exactly? I understand wintertime beading, however. :-)

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I love the necklace! So pretty! I'm just not sure I have the patience to do it but it is cute enough that I might have to give it a try.

Carinne said...

want to make me one? :)

jacjewelry said...

Love the style; the little bit of sparkle is just enough to make it special! I have yet to read a book on jewelry-making... Even when I took metalsmithing last year, I didn't read any assigned books (what a bad student I am!). I did get a pearl knotting book for Christmas, and I am definitely going to put it to good use!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

What a gorgeous necklace! I'm very impressed.

Lisa @thebeadgirl said...

yay you! you did a great job!!!

:)

Annette Lyon said...

Way cool beading job!

And that video--wild.

Amelia said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Anonymous said...

WHERE ARE YOU?

The Self Help Mom said...

This necklace is so pretty and unique. It is awesome that you made one. I would love to get into making jewelry, but it looks so hard. Love your blog, take care!

Gail said...

Love this necklace, but miss your blog updates. Hope everything is alright.

Anonymous said...

I hope you're doing o.k. this winter -- hope you're not sick.

Karen B said...

I'm with Gail - is everything OK with you?