Archive for February, 2010

I continue…

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2010 by beadnfun

Yep, I made a few rings recently.  I realize that I am only beading on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  So my progress will be slow. Since I have not been beading as much I have also noticed that my hands are hurting more, so I better start putting a little more effort into beading so I can keep my hands from falling asleep as I work.

The second ring.

The third ring.

and so on.

I did remove the strings by the way.   I just like to keep my needle attached to my long string and use it up before working these end threads back in.  Then I do them all at the same time.

So this is working up pretty easy.  I’m using a total bead soup mix, but with all colors, so I probably take a little longer to look for the matching colors than if I just poured specific colors on my tray.  I love to have mixes on hand for these kind of projects though.

I will keep taking photos for you and keeping you posted.


Happy Beading!


Ruffled Rings

Posted in beading, beads, Oglala stitch, peyote stitch, seed beads on February 19, 2010 by beadnfun

Yep, I’ve wanting to work on this stitch for a while.  This was a project out of the current Bead and Button magazine.

Lively Links by Marina Nadke.

This is the kind of project I like to sink my teeth into.  Lots of drama, and lots of beading.  And I get to use some of my mixes that I have sorted out for a little variety besides my tubes of color.

And it is basically a simple stitch, peyote stitch then double peyote stitch.  I think I need something not so complicated, my brain can’t handle it right now.

My job is really working me hard right now, so I’ve been lax of course doing the beading and instead have been resting and surfing the web a lot.  So pardon the time off from beading.  Hopefully this will kick start me again.

So I started.

Second row.

Third Row, the beginning of the 2up beads, and the start of the ruffle.

Fourth row.

Fifth and final row of the first ring.

Stay tuned for more.

Okay extreme close up.   So I will keep you tuned about my progression.  I definitely see this as a few day project.  Each rings needs to be started and the threads tied in before the next one can start, or at least that seems a good idea to me.

I think this stitch is also referred to as Oglala stitch.  I will research that and let you know that one soon.

Thanks for checking my progress.


Lately I’ve been stringing.

Posted in beading, beads, hobbies, seed beads, shell beads on February 1, 2010 by beadnfun

So I have strung some pieces together lately.  I’ve taken some of the excess beads I have a lot of and just using them, trying to make something wearable out of them.

I’ve been also trying to do better with wire wrapping and working with pieces of chain.  I still don’t do a great loop, it bends this way and that, and here I am clutching at two different pliers.  aack.

So let’s see some photos. Of something.

Yep I believe this is my last bead order.  I don’t think I ever showed you these.  The box has arrived.

The pens are for pricing.  I go ahead and write the price I pay, and the date and year, so that if the prices go up I can adjust if I sell anything.

I get so excited when I get my order, or course I have to take photos.

So as you can see I have a variety of cool beads and a group of sale beads that I like to use for my bases for some of my bracelets and necklaces.  They don’t cost much, so I can save my best quality for the surface that really shows.

This was what was in the little cabochons assortment pack.  Love the photo.

My next order will be with Shipwreck Beads.  I can by a larger quantity of one thing and they have some great assortments that have colors that go together.  Like 4mm fire polished beads in a lavender mix for 1200 beads at 17$ or so.  Their  minimum order is 50$ I believe so I’ve been refreshing myself with their website to see how I want to spend my money.  I have gotten into a big ordering deal with Fire Mountain because I spend so much money that I want to get the volume and not worry about my big order.   Complicated I know. But it has been a year.

Thanks for tuning in.