50 designers challenge - Part 3
Updated: 03 February 2012
Country Garden Necklace - I saw the beads and thought of Summer Gardens, the first beads I wanted to use were the Lucite flowers, I added a few bi-cone crystals and some bead caps plus some pink rattail which coordinated really well.
Summer Bracelet - I loved the emerald green wire beads and added the coloured pearls, lampwork beads and some flower spacers that I bought from an amazing bead market I visited in Istanbul last year. I created a three-strand bracelet using end fixings with three loops.
Spring Fling Bracelet - A charm bracelet was my first thought when I saw the pretty coloured beads, I cut three equal 16cm lengths of chain and attached jump rings to both chain ends to hold them together to give a chunkier. At one end I attached a clasp. I chose a selection of beads for my charms, threaded these onto headpins and made a wrapped loop for each. Then I attached them using jump rings, either placing on a single chain loop or using more than one of the three chains, so keeping the chains loosely together.
The necklace is two lengths of beaders wire, simply strung with the beads, one slightly longer than the first, using crimps, crimp covers, jump rings and a clasp to finish off. I did add an additional bit of sparkle in my items with some facet cut clear glass beads.
I always make earrings to go with a necklace or bracelet and the little flowers are so pretty so I simple make flower charms on head pins and attached them to a chain of jump rings.
Necklace - For the necklace I threaded pearl and lampwork beads on to eyepins and arranged them in the order shown, using large jump rings as spacers. I then attached this to two lengths of chain and finished it with a bolt ring.
Earrings - For the earrings I threaded the seed beads and flowers on to eyepins, trimmed some eyepins shorter and turned a loop at the top of each. I made two links using a pearl beads, attached one end to the earring wires, and the other to the three flower dangles.
Choker - take a large sieve, add a jump ring near the edge. Using nylon line create a posy of flowers with small pearls and crystals in each centre. Add leaves around the edge. Attach each end of the chain to the jump ring. Use posy as a clasp.
Earrings - create three dangles using a small flower, crystal and pearl, thread onto an eyepin. Add a crimp above the eye add a flower and repeat twice. Attach an ear wire. Repeat for the second earring.
The exquisite glass beads were so decorative, they needed little extra embellishment, and were put on straight wires. Having made five graduated pendants hanging from the chain, the design needed “softening”, so I added the flowers to retain a feeling of natural growth.
The emerald wire beads were dramatic, and with the pale blue pearls and silver spacers, the sea green colours together were very attractive. Simplicity was the effect required, and the wire rods were perfect to achieve this.
Pink and Green necklace – The green, pink and glass beads are threaded on separate eyepins with seed beads to space, then trimmed and turned loops made. Then white and pink flowers with seed bead are added to eyepins, with two having green spiral beads and leaf dangles added. The middle dangle has fine chain and leaves added. Use jump rings to make a chain, add the dangles with a leaf in between. With Beadalon wire, thread a green spiral, a seed bead and one jump ring until end of the chain. Crimp beads either end, add crimp covers to secure and use jump rings to attach to the chunky chain. Add a leaf clasp to complete.
Chandelier Earrings - Cut the end off a headpin, bend in the middle with pliers, cross over to form loop and turn a loop at either end. Thread a seed bead, a glass bead and a seed bead on an eyepin, trim and turn a loop, repeat for pearl links. Attach a fine chain to a jump ring, join to the glass bead link and attach to the middle loop. Attach the chain to either end of the pearl links then attach to the remaining loops using a jump ring. Add ear wires and repeat for the pair.
Necklace - I strung blue and pink pearl beads spaced with lampwork beads on a piece of beading wire. I added a clister of flower dangles to the centre of the necklace, each made on individual head pins. I attached chain for the back of the necklace and added a extra loop of chain that I decorated with more flower dangles.
Earrings - I made two flower dangles using a seed bead a small pink flower, then a large frosted flower and finished with a loop. I threaded two eyepins with a lampwork beads and turned a loop at the other end of each to make two links. I attached the flower dangles to one end of the beaded link and the earring wires to the other.
Necklace – I made lots of beaded links using eyepins through each pearl or lampwork bead, I then made another loop to which I attached a jump ring. I joined the beads together using these jumprings to make a beaded chain. Using headpins I threaded a pink teardrop pearl (from my stash) then a flower and wire wrapped the loop. I attached a flower dangle in between each bead using a jump ring. At the end of the chain I added a silver hoop with knotted ribbon, plus chain and clasp.
Bracelet – I created a beaded chain using the same method as for the necklace. I then added beading wire through each bead adding alternate flowers with a teardrop center, and leaves with green spirals at each join. I secured this with a crimp and a tiny flower. I attatched a silver hoop with knotted ribbon plus a chain and clasp.
To make both pieces I first randomly put the beads on my bead mat and played with the colours until I was happy with the mix and a design was forming in my mind.
Anastasia-Rose Bracelet -. For the bracelet I cut three pieces of chain to fit, and attatched each end to a three-bar finding. I crossed the chains over to form a loose chain link effect. I then wound beads onto head pins and formed clusters of co-ordinating beads. These I attached to the chains at different levels and at various spaces.
Anastasia-Rose Necklace - I added a few darker green Lucite flowers and crystals to lift the colours threading them onto head pins and attaching using jump rings. The main piece of the necklace is the remaining chain, joined into a ring with the drops attached until they fit to your liking. I attached co-ordinating thong to the chain using a half hitch knot. I attached a clasp finding and finished with a cluster of smaller Lucite flowers and crystals.
The necklace is made of sections of chain joining together green pearl and glass bead eyepin links, with a cluster of pink and white flowers at the base with more chain and bead dangles.
The earrings are a loop of green coil beads and seed beads threaded on to the beading wire and crimped at the top. They are then attached to the earwire with a calotte and jump ring.
Graduated Flower Necklace - The bib section of the necklace was made by combining the two sizes of flower to graduate their colours, along with the leaves. They were then hung from graduated lengths of chain. I added some antique copper chain and findings for contrast. The remaining flowers and leaves were attached to the tassels, as were a couple of the pearls and two of my own flowers.
Earrings - I wanted to make a feature of the way the coiled wire beads fit together. The main part of the earring takes its shape from that of the green beads. I had some similar beads in blue, which I used to create a drop with a coil of silver wire.
Garden charms bracelet - Thread a green bead and flower onto an eyepin and make a simple loop. Make twelve more. Take two leaf beads; thread onto an eyepin as before. Make twelve units. Lay out twelve alternating pairs of flowers and leaves. Hook each pair onto two jump rings. Connect the charms with two more jump rings, creating a chainmaille effect. Add short lengths of chain to each end if necessary. Connect a toggle clasp to the chain, attaching the final flower to the loop.
Cobweb pearl necklace - Cut three lengths of tigertail, thread a calotte and knot the lengths together. Close the calotte. Thread a green pearl over the left and centre threads, then a pink pearl over the centre and right threads. Continue threading beads; alternate the left/centre threads and centre/right threads. String a green pearl, pink pearl, green pearl, glass bead until you reach the desired length. Finish the necklace with a calotte and add a clasp.
Flowerball Necklace - Three pearls are grouped together on eyepin links and joined with short lengths of chain to make a long length necklace. The flower dangles are attached by wrapped loops onto a jump ring and then a lobster clasp so that the flowerball can easily be detached.
Flower Earrings - Clusters of flowers are gathered onto two jump rings to give movement, and then attached to an earring finding.
Necklace - The necklace has two strands of wire, one with beads, one with flowers, and a chain with beads and flowers on wrapped loop headpins. I stitched the focal point flower in layers onto a ring of seed beads, then bound between each layer to make the funnel shape. I connected the bottom two strands for stability.
Earrings - The earring beads were strung on eyepins, with the beading wire ‘stamens' attached with crimps.
Winter sunset bracelet - Cut a piece of chain to fit your wrist. Add a toggle clasp to the ends. Place orange and turquoise pearls on headpins and make a loop. Place crystals in the centre of the larger white lucite flowers and seed beads in the smaller ones and place on headpins. Add these to chain with jump rings, along with a tree charm, clear and turquoise glass leaves and silver filigree beads.
Spring is sprung necklace - Cut three pieces of beading wire each about 40cm. Alternating glass flower beads and green pearls, string a green bicone and a silver bicone either side of the large beads. Separate the groups with curved spacers. Repeat five times on each wire, varying the sequence. Join all three wires to oval rings with jump rings. Add a piece of chain to each side and finish with a clasp.
Necklace - Make sixteen beaded links using seven seed beads thread onto a eye in with a turned loop at the end. Also make fourteen more beaded links in the same way using coil beads, pearls and lampwork beads, each with a seed bead at either end. Join the links together to make a chain. Leaving one lampwork bead to attach as a central dangle. Make nine flower dangles on headpins, add two to the chain and attach the rest to short lengths of chain hanging from the central lampwork bead.
Earrings - Make two lampwork beaded links on eyepins as for the necklace. Attach to earring wires. Make twelve flower dangles, two coiled bead dangles and attach these to two short chains handing from the two lampwork beaded links. Add leaf shapes attached with jumprings.