It is time to show what I did with the Beading Babes Project # 3. We voted for two different patterns out of a choice of five patterns. The winners were Ravishing Rosettes by Smadar Grossman in the December 2011 Bead and Button magazine and Runway of Pearls by Barbara Falkowitz in the December 2011/January2012 Beadwork magazine.
This one gave me fits I started it five times before the light bulb finally went off in my head. The fourth attempt I decided to make a pair of earrings instead of ripping out the beads and starting over. The colors I chose for my rendition of Smadar design was blue and bronze. One set of size 11/0 and 8/0 seed beads are Iris blue. The 3 mm Swaroski crystals are Paris blue and the 6 mm Swaroski pearls are Tahitian blue and of course the other size 11/0 and 8/0 seed beads are bronze. I took many pictures trying to get a good shot that show all of the components that I used making this necklace, but the colors of blue I chose are very dark and hard to photograph so this is the best one I could get.
The pattern used a Lobster claw clasp, but I was not feeling that so I made a beaded loop and toggle clasp. Once I got the hang of this pattern it took me about 12 hours to make.
On to the second one Runway of Pearls...
The bracelet I thought was going to be the harder of the two pieces to do, because it was RAW and RAW and I do not have a nice relationship. I was so wrong! Once I got started I had the base rows done before I knew it, but I had to stop, because I had to go to my paying job. Don't you just hate stopping when you are on a roll? Well anyway I thought about it the whole 8 hours at work and could not wait to get home and work on it some more. When I did get home I stay with it until it was done. In all it took me a little over 4 hours to complete this bracelet. Let's just say the RAW's and my relationship is improving!LOL For the bracelet I used size 11/0 gray triangles, cream 3mm Swaroski pearls, 3mm AB clear and 3mm Indian Pink Swaroski crystals, and a round box clasp with rhinestones. Yep lots of Bling in this one!
I like the look of using crystals to embellish the bracelet, but I was worried that the bi-cones would cut into my arm when wearing the bracelet, but I was wrong the bracelet is quit comfortable to wear.
Well there you have it Beading Babes Project 3. I can not wait to see what is up for the voting in Project 4. I am so glad that I am a part of this group. I am having lots of fun and getting pushed out of my comfort zone for sure.
If you would like to see what the other Beading Babes have done or you are interested in being a part of the Beading Babes go visit Karyn's blog Released by Rufydoof or click on the Beading Babes badge in my side bar.
Happy beading Y'all