A New Beading Angle

Well, it’s not really new. I have always had a fascination with beaded beads. I could not rest until I learned how to make the Puffy Heart which is really a beaded bead made from the two strand version of right angle weave known as cross weaving or the Hachinojiami or Kousa-ami stitch that one often sees in Japanese three dimensional bead work. For a simple project pattern, press here.

Arguably the dodecahedron shapes above and below are not really right angle weave because the beads don’t all sit at right angles to one another.

These beads are cubic right angle weave which is a wonderful stitch. It works up quickly and you can turn out shapes as if by magic. I was tearing my hair out trying to learn this stitch until I realized that it started with a beaded cube and the rest of the stitch was just a continuation of the cube. So I was able to figure it out on my own. But my mind works in funny ways. I am still stymied by the fax machine in the office where I work.

Anyway, I looked at a few on-line videos because I wanted to teach the stitch to Beading Yoda, (who is the Empress and number one Ambassador of flat right angle weave).

Most of the videos took a straight forward technique and complicated it to the point where it resembled Chinese Algebra rather than beading. And that’s not a good thing.

But then I came on this video by Heather Collin. It’s lucid, understandable, and you can see what she’s doing. Take a look.

I’m winding up with a picture of some more beaded beads including new Klimt inspired beads. I’ll post more on these later. I am still experimenting and have not gotten them out of my system. Yet.

The End of the Soup – Until the next Time!

It’s time for the third reveal!  Here’s a list of the participating blogs.   Be sure to check them out. 
Hostess, Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

Agi Kiss, Moonsafari Beads 
Alice Peterson, Alice Dreaming

Alison Sachs, Beads by Earthtones
Amanda Dittloff, Passion Smashin’
Andra Marasteanu, Bijoux de Monanage
Angie Szlovak, SweetBeads
Anitra Gordy, Leelu Creations
Ann Sherwood, Ann’s Blog
Arlene Dean, A Glass Bash
Audrey Belanger, Dreams of an Absolution
Barbara Blaszczyk, laboratorim Flory
Bianca Odenthal, Zydies Glasperlen
Birgit Klughardt, GitesBeads
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry
Bonnie Coursolle,  Jasper Gems
Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
Charlene Jacka, Clay Space
Cherrie Fick, En La Lumie’re
Cheryl Foiles, Get Your Bead On
Christie Murrow, Charis Designs JewelryChristina Miles, Wings n Scales
Christina Stofmeel, Feng Beads
Christine Stonefield, Sweet Girl Design
Cindy Cima Edwards, Live to Design
CJ Bauschka, 4 His Glory Creations
Claire Smith, Embergrass Jewelry
Cynthia Riggs, Cynth’s Blog
Dana Fowler, Trunk Full of Treasure
Dawn Pierro, Turtle Moon Designs
Dee Elgie, Cherry Obsidia
Donetta Farrington, Simply GorgeousDot Lewallwn, Speedie Beadie
Eileen Snyder, Dorset Hill Beads
Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
Eva Kovacs, Ewa gyongyos vilaga!
Evelyn Duberry, Sheba Makeda
Fay Wolfenden, Torch Fairy
Fen Li, Bead Flora Jewels
Gail Zwang, Angel Moose Enterprises
Geneva Collins, Torque Story
Grace Dorsey, Fan of the Flame
Gretchen Nation,  Art Food LodgingHannah Annear, Squintessential
Hajer Waheed, My Beaded World
Heather Goldsmith, As I Bead It
Heather Otto, The Craft Hopper
Heidi Kingman, My Bead Therapy
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Isolina Perez, Isolina Perez
Jacqueline Keller, CreARTelier
Jane Haag, Did You Make Something Today?
Janeen Sorensen, Wild Vanilla Designs
Jean Peter, Jean P. DesignsJennifer Judd, Jen Judd Rocks
Jennifer L Justman, Soul’s Fire Designs
Joanna Matuszczyk, Bizuteria z filcu
Joanne Brown, Jo’s Jewels
Joanne Lockwood, Jo Bunkum
Joyce Becker, Joyce’s Joyful Gems
Judy Riley, Three Red Beads
Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Karin von Hoeren, Creative Ideen

Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Kashmira Patel, Sadafule .. always in bloom!
Kate Richbourg, We Can Make That at Home

Katrin Lembke, AllesPerle
Kathy Combs, Torched in Texas
Kathy Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Kelley Fogle, My Life, One Bead at at Time
Kelly Hosford Patterson, Traveling Side Show

Klaudette Koon, Only Road
Lara Lutrick, Lampwork Beads by Lara
Laura Guenther, Blue Antiquities

Laurie Lalonde, Simply Mod Jewelry
Lilik Kristiani, Soul of My Embodiment
Linda Younkman, Lindy’s Designs
Lisa Chapman, Beach Cat Beads
Lisa Lodge, Pine Ridge Treasures
Loretta Carstensen, Designs by Loretta
Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
Lori Dorrington, Lori’s Adventures in Etsy Land
Lupe Meter, Gem’s PC Corner
Lynn Davis, LLYYNN

Malin de Koning, Beading by Malin
Mandi Effron, Craft-o-licious
Mandy Williamson, Mimi’s Beading
Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter
Maria Rosa Sharrow, Willow Street Shops
Marianne Baxter, Simply Seablime Jewelry
Marina Dobrynina, Savon Feutre
Marjolein Trewavas, Room for Change
Marelene Cupo, Amazing Designs
Marsha Neal, Marsha Neal Studio

Marta Kaczerowska, uhuhu
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Menka Gupta, Menka’s Jewelry Blog
Michelle Burnett, Reverie and Revival
Michelle Escano-Caballero, The Cabby Crafter
Miko Wiropati, Uniquely Yunikua
Milla Hope,  LB Creative Arts and Crafts
Mimi Gardner, Other Curiosities
Miranda Ackerley, MirandackArts
Natalie McKenna, grubbi

Noemi Baena, fuego, metal, y color
Pam Ferrari, Ferrari Originals
Pam Sears, Crazy Creative Corner
Penny Neville, Copper Penny
Rachel Baron, R. Baron Designs
Rachel Myers, Rockabead Jewelry
Rana Wilson, Definitive Designs by R. Wilson
Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca’s Place
Riki Schumacher, Riki Jewelry

Rose Binoya, Ahtee’s Blog
Rossana De Gaspari, Rdegas Blog
Sally Anderson, Wild Sally Road
Sandi James, Do Be Do Bead Do
Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
Sandra Wollberg, City of Brass Stories
Sarah Goode, Pookledo

Sarah Small, blog by salla
Shai Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Shawn Mills, Shawn Marie Designs with Bent Wire
Sheila Davis, Stone Designs by Sheila

Sheryl Stephens, Babble Bead
Shiraz Biggie, Secret Song Designs
Solange Collin,  Ahowin Handcrafted Jewelry
Sonya Stille, Dreamin’ of Beads
Stephanie Dixon, The Dixon Chick
Susan Kennedy, Sue Beads
Susan Sheehan, Strands of Thought
Suzann Sladcik Wilson, Beadphoria
Sweet Freedom, Sweet Freedom Designs
Tabatha Dinger, Modernly Created
Tania Hagen, Pelima Jewellery Design

Tanya Boden, Fusion Muse
Terri Gauthier, Blooming Ideas
Terry Carter, Tapping Flamingo
Tracy Stillman, Tracy Stillman Designs

Find previous posts on the blog party here, here, here, here, here, and


Dreaming in Patchwork

It’s Summer.  It’s hot, too hot to be sitting in my dining room sewing the quilt.  Maybe by next Fall,  I will have my downstairs workshop revamped.  My dream is to have a big walk around table and  new lights so I can spread out and start quilting again.  When I get into something, it becomes an obsession.   When I get to quilting again, I will start dreaming in patchwork.

The Big Reveal Revisited

The August 11 reveal date  for  group 2 of Lori Anderson’s  6th Bead Soup Blog Party has passed.  I was blown away by all of the outstanding work I saw as I hopped from blog to blog.  Lori put together the map below to show where  all 400 blog party participants live.  There are  more detailed breakdowns on her blog.

Look at what  my partner Kristen Latimer  made with the beads I sent to her

MJM Jewelry Designs

I don’t think my beads and clasp were the easiest to work with.   Kristen’s jewelry seems more delicate than a lot of  mine and the clasp I sent  was pretty big.  And I could never figure out what to do with those minty vintage curved bugle beads.   Kristen found a way to integrate her crystals and smaller beads  with mine and  made a a very attractive set of earrings and a bracelet that anyone would be pleased to wear.

On another topic, the Philadelphia Polymer Clay Guild (of which I am a member) has started a YouTube channel and we intend to fill it with playlists of high quality tutorials with videos we make ourselves.

So, here is the interview with Jana Roberts Benzon.

And finally, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.  That’s right: It’s Beadfest Philadelphia time.  Don’t miss it.

The Big Reveal

Earlier this week, I wrote about the difficulties I had designing a necklace for today’s reveal even though my partner, Kristen Latimer of MJM Jewelry Designs, sent me so many beautiful beads and a silver toggle clasp. But I persevered

And ended up making two necklaces! With different designs. I’m not sure what happened. I started out to make necklace number two (below) and ended up with necklace number one. (Further down in the post). I used the focal bead in necklace number one and still had a lot of beads left along with the clasp. So I used the clasp as a jumping off point for a new focal piece and built necklace number two around it. I am happy with the results although I would not want to wear necklace number two in the hot weather we are having right now on the east coast of the U.S.

Necklace Number Two

There’s a lot going on in necklace number two and I wanted the components to hang correctly. I actually sat in front of a mirror for part of the process to make sure the components hung the way I wanted.

The dapped forms have a little pattern on the back made with a rolling mill.

The circle between the two beads on the focal is fused fine silver. The sterling silver dangle with the soldered ring was from a component I made and took apart. I was going to make bullet ends to finish the necklace but then I decided to wire wrap and chose steel wire over silver.

I used a combination of metals including brass, copper, sterling silver and iron. The tube beads are etched copper. I used scrap fabric and ribbon, but the blue is the ribbon that my partner Kristen Latimer of MJM Jewelry Designs used to wrap the package of beads. I dyed it blue and cut it down the middle.

And now for the piece where I used the focal bead and the steel wire I found on the sidewalk.

Necklace Number One

You can see how I used the piece of steel I cut from the round I found on the sidewalk. I capped the ends with brass washers and silver beads. And I did end up trapping the focal bead in a trapeze-like setting. It’s hard to ball the ends of wire when you have glass beads on them, but I had to do it to get the look I wanted. I was very careful because I had already tried this in an earlier version of the focal and did not want to push my luck! The pendant is on a thick rubber cord with a magnet closure. It does not need anything else.

I balled and wrapped all kinds of wire.

I made the lentil bead from copper I had etched. Them I wondered whether I could coat the bead with silver. I looked for information online and couldn’t find anything concrete. Well, since no one told me not to do it, I went ahead and did it. The other side if the bead is entirely silver coated but I like this side because you can see that the two metals together.

This was a learning experience! I doubt if I would have made either necklace if not for the Blog party. Thanks to Lori for organizing it and Kristen for picking the right beads!

Check out all of the other participants revealing their creations today. Press here for a list of the participating blogs.

The Road to the Reveal

August 11 is the big day for group 2 in the  6th Bead Soup Blog Party.    Lori Anderson is  a brave soul to organize this bash.  Four  hundred beaders from around the world are participating.  You are assigned a partner and you each swap a set of bead soup.  It’s not really bead soup as we have come to think of it-you send good beads-the kind you would want to use yourself  and you have to include a focal bead and a clasp.

My partner is Kristen Latimer of MJM Jewelry Designs.  She sent me so many wonderful beads and a silver toggle clasp.  I didn’t want to just string them. I wanted to do something that would stretch my skills and imagination.  The beads were talking to me but I think they had a sense of humor.  They chattered away, never getting to the point and then they clammed up.

This is a somewhat pathetic attempt at a focal piece which I quickly abandoned.    But the next day was serendipitous.

I found several pieces of high carbon wire-extremely thick wire- on the sidewalk.   I am not joking when I tell people that I work with glass, metal, polymer clay, seed beads and things I find on the sidewalk.

The wire was so thick I had to saw it  with a jewelers saw.  It buffed up to a nice matte finish.  And then I started to do what I do when I am stumped for an idea: I make components.  I made a lot of components.

I ended up scratching most of these ideas, but they were enough to get me started.  In the process, I tried several techniques that were new to me. All will be revealed on reveal day, so stay tuned.

ClayConneCTion 2012

This year, I finally got to go to ClayConneCTion, the semi-annual retreat of the Southern  Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild.    The SCCG knows how to throw a party-er-retreat.  Besides plenty of work space in a brightly lit room, they had a full schedule of interesting demos in a quiet room with an overhead camera,  a fundraising auction,  a bead contest, a bottle of hope challenge and more.  You could participate as much or as little as you wanted.    There was lots to learn and lots of eye candy.   The facilities on the Connecticut College campus were conveniently close to one another and there was easy access to workroom, dormitory cafeteria, parking and a clown complete with funny shoes and a big red nose.   Now for the pictures.

Best Demo Set Up Ever!

Work Room

Lynne  Ann Schwarzenberg

Darleen Bellan

Sherman Oberson

Throw in a side trip to Wolf Myrow  in Providence RI with Sherman and Patty (and meeting the rest of the people there with the same idea) and my joy was complete.

Stay tuned for the big reveal!