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Monday, May 30, 2011

Glass Cabs as a Clasp

I loved looming with cubes, for my next cuff. These were 1.8 mm.

The more I worked with the pattern, in cubes, then added three layers of edging, I came to the conclusion that this spoke "French Country", to me. Therefore, I added two pictures of 'cockerels' as the clasp.

The scrolling helps to hold the glass cabs secure and the bead tubes keep the cabs tilted forward over the clasp properly.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ruffles and Loomed Beads

As it usually happens, I fool around with new ideas, sometimes, more then actually looming! This is precisely the case on a Delica 11/0 Silver Metallic looming I having created.

The look of 'total silver' can't be beat! It almost looks like a 'mesh of sterling jump rings', from distance. Or, a silver fabric even.

But, for this particular looming I decided to warp with a different thread, then usual. I used a reasonably priced thread, Dandyline© in .20mm, white. It is a 'near zero stretch' thread that has a feel of nylon to it. What impressed me more then anything is how it allows for creating 'ruffles'!

The loomed piece alone, using this thread, is very supple and feels like a swatch of fabric. This is how I thought about trying similar methods of manipulating this section of loomed beads much like a swatch of fabric.

This is truly one idea I will include in my personal 'Looming Journal'. I see some great design ideas!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wine Bottle Drape

I recently posted this picture, of my two children Olivia and Jonathan, on FaceBook. I received some questions about the 'wine bottle drape', on the table.

I said I would share how I make these drapes. This is a good a venue as any. However, since it is not 'Bead Looming' related, I want to sneak this in quietly.

Using simple supplies: any type of stone or gem, eye pins and jump rings. I purchase the eye pins (a pin with one end already bent over in an eye round) and jump rings (10mm in size). I prefer to use any type of metal, but not silver. This fact makes this project very inexpensive. Refer to the photo below, as I explain the start of this drape.

I prewrap each spacer, using the prewrapped eye pin. Load the eye pin with the type of stone or gem you are using, then cut to size so the stone fits snug, and fold over the other end into an 'eye', like the purchased pin already has. Sometimes, I'll make a load of these first, then begin the build, or you can wrap and make these as you build. The starting loop, which fits over the neck of the bottle, is make using size jump rings. You can see the 'start loop' in the picture above.

The full view below will show how you are working from these first six jump rings. If you have the eye pins loaded with your stone and wrapped first, you can add 'four' on to the jump ring, when making the 'start loop'. That way you don't have to open the jump ring to add the next layer. What you are creating is a diamond shaped pattern, adding jump rings and eye pin spacers, as you go further down the bottle.

After I finished the netting to cover the entire bottle, at the length I wanted to complete, then I made the 'clusters' of purple stones, hanging on a piece of chain, to create the look of grapes. I added this in between the upper sections of diamond shapes.

The bottle on the left shows I added another 'cross stretcher' of a different bead, between the large diamond pattern around the middle of the bottle. You can add or do anything, once you have the base netting completed.

The start loop, which sits around the neck of the bottle, is using either one large stone or gem to create then the diamond pattern covering the rest of the bottle is made using longer stretches of stones on the eye pins.

There are smaller and larger size wine bottles, so you may need to make one for each size. Again, use inexpensive supplies to make these. I did because I prefer the look of oxidation to the metal after many years of use!

I won't be discussing the beaded mat you may see the bottles sitting on...back to looming now!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dimensions for Monochromes

If you have notice a post in my Blog about 'Edging', then you will be familiar with my one finish suggestion of 'brick' stitching along the edge. This is basically how I do it, simply done as any other, but this time I am using the same beads, Delicas. I like to use large round seed beads when I add such an edge, but this is one step in my overall plan for this cuff, to create some dimension. Again, using only one color, Silver Metallic, I'll be creating dimension, on this cuff.

Monday, May 2, 2011

One Color Cuff

On the tail of completing my last new idea, "Glazing the Matte Beads", I decided to loom a monochrome cuff, using all the metallic silver beads I own. Right now, I am looming 11/o Delicas, but I also have 15/o seeds, 8mm beads, 6mm beads, cubes and bugle beads in the same 'silver metallic finish'. I'll be playing with some 'layers' of looming using these various shaped beads. When I get to the finish, I will even consider the same technique I just shared below, glazing the beads to add some look of oxidation. (The jury is still out on that idea though. I have to wait and see how this turns out before I decide on adding a glazed finish!) I will also be thinking about how the clasp could be created.