[identity profile] whiskyinmind.livejournal.com
Hi all! I have a random question for y'all. I'm currently making knotted bracelets with lettered beads for fandom friends and am wondering if anyone has any advice on how to permanently fix the lettering? I'm using dry transfers (Letraset and the like) on smooth glass beads. I've tried fixing with PVA/craft glue and artists varnish and while both work, they're not as permanent as I would like them to be.

Here's an example of one of the bracelets so you can get an idea of what I mean.

Thanks for any and all advice folks!
[identity profile] ladythmpr.livejournal.com
I haven't crafted much in the past 15 months or so; I've been crafting, then caring for, twin daughters. Now that they are a less bosom-dependent, and don't have to be held every minute of the day, and are happy being with other people, I may find some time to craft again.

The babies went out with DaddyGB today, so I had several hours of no-babies time. I decided to tackle one of my UFOs - Un-Finished Objects. I spent some time trying to figure out what I had been planning to do with it! It looked like I really didn't have all that much to do to finish, but it took a surprisingly long time. My supplies aren't currently as organized as I like, and my skills are definitely rusty.
Come meet Bessie )
[identity profile] limaccia-san.livejournal.com
Hi girls!
A crafty dilemma is going on here and I count on your good suggestions: I've these wood beads and I'd like to make a necklace. I made few tries but I think it's missing something, I just can't put m hand on it.. mmm. These are the first attempts:
PicMonkey Collage3
I tried to ask google and these are the images that caught my attention: inspiration 1..
PicMonkey Collage

..and 2
here )
[identity profile] memoryanddream.livejournal.com
I've been doing some more trees in my "Full Moon" series lately. Especially ones that are unique, or one-off versions in a variety of materials and colors.


more behind the cut! )

I'm working on a few more unique variations right now as well! Trees have always been my favorite and it's why I've made them for so many years.

Bead Charm

Jun. 25th, 2012 02:55 pm
ext_41757: (Moon Light)
[identity profile] katzb101.livejournal.com
Been lurking for a while, but have not posted as I haven't finished anything in a while. You wouldn't believe the number of projects that I've got sat about waiting for me to finish them *wry*.

Not really played with my beads in a while either, but I had one of those I feel like doing something days. And this is the end result.

Bat Charm )
[identity profile] scarlett71177.livejournal.com
Totally new here, and I feel a bit weird posting something so simple, but hopefully it's cute.

I made this necklace for my 4 year old niece's dance recital as a little gift of congratulations.

Peyton's necklace

Directions behind the cut )
[identity profile] glitterophelia.livejournal.com
I was inspired by a previous post where someone had posted a lovely photo of a necklace beaded using ribbon instead of the usual wire. Today, I visited the local bead shop and picked out several large beads that can be used with necklaces beading with ribbons. I've looked all over the net at tutorials on beading with ribbon and different technical ideas, including combining ribbon AND chain (though I'm not quite sure I'm ready for THAT just yet, though it looks exciting). I had checked out ribbon at Michaels a couple of days ago, and for one measly bit of silk ribbon, they wanted 3 dollars. enough to make one necklace. I'm thinking of hitting up JoAnn's this weekend to see if I could find something a bit more substantial. My question is, however, is what sort of ribbon should I get? Are there are certain materials that are better than others? Some that will hold up better than others? Some that will look better in the long run? I don't mind spending a little extra if it means a better quality piece, especially since I'll be selling them on etsy and I don't want to have a reputation of selling poor quality necklaces. Any suggestions would be fantastic. I'm excited to get into making some more interesting crafts instead of boring beaded necklaces that no one seems to want no matter how high quality they are.....
[identity profile] memoryanddream.livejournal.com
I'm most known for my Tree of Life pendants and one of my most popular has been something a little different; my Halloween Moon tree. This bare-branches piece features an orange moon peaking out from behind black wire trunk and branches. Recently, I made two additional versions - one in silver with a white moon and one in silver with a blue moon. This rounds out a full moon "trilogy" if you will. I love how they look.

So, for the contest, I thought I'd share my tree trilogy with the group. :)

Once In A Blue Moon + Under A Full Moon + Under A Halloween Moon
(click image for larger version)

Thoughts welcome!

Edit to add: More info on them can be found on my blog HERE.
[identity profile] gloraelin.livejournal.com
The last couple of weeks I've been doing a lot of beading again. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of in-progress shots for these, or I'd do a tutorial. I may wind up making a bunch more so that I can do one, 'cause these are so much fuuuuuuun. This entry is VERY image-heavy.

follow the white rabbit! )
[identity profile] light-by.livejournal.com

Bigger and closer )
[identity profile] tasmania-gal.livejournal.com

73.65 КБ 

Stones and bells bought in India, the bead with ornament from Indonesia.


Feb. 4th, 2011 09:57 pm
[identity profile] tasmania-gal.livejournal.com
Glass, wood and plastic beads from Indonesia

110.58 КБ
[identity profile] christmasjedi.livejournal.com
So I bought two of these adorable black elephant beads a week ago with the plan to make a pair of dangle earrings out of them. Once I got them home, however, I realized they were drilled tail to trunk, rather than top to bottom, and now I don't know what to do with them! I think they'd look silly hanging from their tails!

If I had more I'd make a bracelet, but I just have the two and the store I bought them at is over an hour and a half away from me. I don't make a lot of jewelry, so I was hoping that some of you wonderful, brilliant craftgrrls could offer me design suggestions or other ideas on how to use these beads.

The beads are 16mm long by 11mm high.

[identity profile] lttle-red-lotus.livejournal.com
I decided to go a little simpler this go around (not so much intricate wire weaving). I also got a new camera...still getting the hang of it. It's a cannon power shot that I got for christmas. I LOVE it!

Arabella )

Sterling silver, chocolate freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals.

Crazy Little Thing )

Antiqued sterling silver, garnet, pink tourmaline

Love Blossoms )

Garnet blossoms shaped into post earrings from sterling silver, briolettes, garnet rondelles, freshwater pearls.

Spring Romance )

Antiqued sterling silver studs made from citrine, pink and lavendar freshwater pearls, pink tourmaline, and light amethyst.
[identity profile] meteetsee.livejournal.com
I scanned and uploaded the chapter on beading from Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts; here's the link.  I previously posted the chapter on Candlemaking.  If you make something from the book, be sure to post it in the comments!


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