Sunday, March 4, 2012

Beading Babes Project # 3





Hi Y'all,

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.



First one up is Ravishing Rosettes...
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
Therese




24 comments:

  1. love both of the pieces! I will have to go back to my December B&B and pull the first pattern to try myself.

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  2. Hi Therese,

    so wonderful work! I love your colours!!!

    Siggi

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  3. Beautiful as always! That bracelet is just so elegant!

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  4. stunning Therese....love them both but that bracelet speaks to me :)

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  5. Both of those are so striking. I really love the color palette on the Runway of Pearls. I am also giddy that you used the 3mm crystals to embellish. I wanted to do that, but second guessed myself. I love the earrings you made from the Ravishing Rosettes pattern .. very creative.

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  6. Wow, oh wow! I love them both and am quite in awe of the amount of work these must have taken. So very beautiful and I love Ravishing Rosettes. That colour combination is stunning. You are making me wish I could do beading!!!

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  7. Gorgeous creations Therese! I love the dark set. It sort of has a mysterious feel to it! The bracelet is so elegant. I do agree with you about Angelina Jolie. She looks a bit odd.

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  8. THese pieces are FANTASTICO! Ravishing Rosettes gave me fits too! Unfortunately, the light bulb never went on for me! your RR piece is so pretty and I love that you did your own clasp.

    The Runway of pearls is simply amazing. I love your color scheme, the triangles look great and that clasp is so gorgeous!!! I love what you did with both of these pieces!!

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  9. I love the Blues and Bronze together in your Ravishing Rosettes piece...Lately I have been in love with Metallic and Matte Metallic Blues! And anything with Bronze is good in my book!

    And your Runway of Pearls turned out so pretty!

    I think my dislike of this project is just with the colors and type of embellishment beads I chose...and it just didn't look good! I know this sounds strange, but my bead choices just mucked it up so in the end, I decided to remove my embellishment beads.

    But I still have the naked RAW base tube and I might use it for something eventually...I am certainly not going to rip out all that RAW just to salvage the triangle beads!

    However, with Crystals and Pearls and bright shiny colors, this bracelet looks excellent! I think it was definitely meant to be made in this style rather than whatever the heck I was going for...haha!

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  10. The detail in your work always blows my mind! gosh are they every gorgeous!

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  11. Nice work Therese. I love that you created a toggle for your necklace. I planned on doing that with my bracelet but misjudged the length so it was going to be way too long.

    I love the colours you chose for Runway of Pearls and that clasp looks absolutely stunning. The Indian Pink bicones look quite spectacular (one of my favourite Swaro colours by the way!) - what a great idea to use those instead.

    Thanks so much for taking part in Project 3. I look forward to seeing you again for Project 4!

    Karyn

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  12. I LOVE both of your pieces, Therese! Your color combinations are fabulous. I think the Babes do a great job of testing these patterns and the color choices make the finished projects look so different. I'm looking forward to Project 4!

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  13. Hi Therese , I love both pieces but I have to say the necklace blow me away, need to get my self that pattern as is absolutely gorgeous and I think the clasp is making it more elegant.

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  14. Great job Therese!! LOVE the colors on both projects! And the Runway bracelet belongs on a runway! STUNNING!! Great choice with the crystals as embellishments!!!

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  15. Yay!!!! I am in love with both of your pieces. Earrings what a spectacular idea! I am so glad they did work for you in the end with such awesome results! You are a beady queen!

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  16. Ooooh Therese these are fabulous

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  17. Beautiful Therese! I love love love the bracelet. It looks like something I might try to make sometime. Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to see what you ladies make next month!

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  18. Wow, they both came out really great. It seems like everyone had the hardest time with the ravishing rosettes. But you nailed it! Therese, I changed my blog address only to find that now none of the links work to it. Lucky me.
    So here is my new address to the same old toady blog:
    http://crimsonfrogdesigns.blogspot.com/

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  19. This is really beautiful! One of these days, I have to buck it up and try this technique! Stunning!

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  20. Therese they are stunning ! The necklace and earrings are amazing ! Well done....:)

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  21. Amazing work! They turned out beautifully ;)

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  22. Wow - the necklace reminds me of waves - I would feel like an exotic mermaid !!! Absolutely gorgeous - and the bracelet looks yummy and full of Spring with all that pink and green!

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  23. I'm in total awe of you what you can do w/those tiny little beads - amazes me!! These are really beautiful!!

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