Archive for the shell beads Category

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.



I started something new.

Posted in beading, beads, hobbies, necklaces, peyote stitch, seed beads, shell beads on November 8, 2009 by beadnfun

Yep, I finished my necklace a few days ago, but just got around to taking photos and posting them.  Here they are.










So there it is.  Tah Dah!      How I worked this up is like this.  I did a peyote band, then hung the shell coins on the bottom.  Then I just took some assorted colors that went with the shell coins, and attached them spike style.  This one took a few hours, but believe it or not, I think I got the spiking done in about 6 hours total.  Probably about a 10-12 hour project for me.


Now to show you what I started two days ago.  First it is a double spiral rope.  This is from a design in Bead and Button Magazine by an artist named Alicia Shems.  You can go to Bead and Button and find this in their designs to download.  So I just started it on Thursday Night and I did some work to it just to get a good start for Friday night.  Here was my first hour of progress or so.






I just wanted to get my colors together, and try a little trial to see how it would go.  So for Friday, I think I added about 6 more inches to this one.  Total of about three hours after Friday.









Now that it is Saturday, I’ve finished about 11 inches of it.  A few more inches to go.  At this rate maybe I will be able to get some Christmas presents done after all.  This is only the second spiral rope that I have ever done.  I really like how they come together.  This is a little different version of it for sure.

As for now, I think I’m catching a cold.  I’ll see you guys later, and thanks for dropping in.



As I progress….

Posted in beading, beads, bracelets, hobbies, necklaces, peyote stitch, right angle weave, seed beads, shell beads on November 1, 2009 by beadnfun

Just wanted you guys to see the necklace I’ve been working on.   I have been adding spikes to the peyote band of the shell coin necklace.  Here is my progression so far.


See 2/3 done, or is it 4/5ths.  Anyway, I am glad.  This necklace has been on my work table for a little too long.  But that is okay.  I’m loving how it is looking now though.



I just love this style of free form.  It works so well for me because I have so many random beads, and I love to put the colors together and just have fun with all sorts of beads.



Love those tight shots too.


See, my one loop didn’t work and the necklace was a little tight, so I added a couple of more loops to it.  Each time I added a loop though, I made sure to go through the loop several times, as many as would allow to firm it up, and keep it as strong as possible.



And here is a couple of my earliest projects.


Obviously when I was still putting clasps on my bracelets.   Don’t do that anymore.  My hands can’t take it.


Plus, I was always getting the tension wrong on the ends, or exposing threads, or using too much thread that I couldn’t go through the path that I wanted… all know.


And another one, using 4mm druk beads, right angle weave, and 8’s cylinders for the dangles.


And I put this cute vintage button on the end of this one.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by again folks.

We will show you the end results soon.  Hopefully later today.

Gotta go jog first though.  Beautiful day today!