Friday, July 30, 2010

Brush Dance Reflection Journals $1 Each!

Is there no end in sight? Brush Dance Reflection Journals are now on sale until August 13th for only $1 each. Reflection Journals are beautiful little journals, generally around 6 by 8.5 inches, with about 128 inside pages that are unlined on the left-hand page and lined on the right-hand page. Each journal has an elastic closure with either wire-o or fabric binding, and spot illustrations and quotes that repeat throughout. I prefer the wire-o binding. Obviously, along with their earlier sales, I have now purchased enough to last the rest of my life.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

New pattern uploaded: Pebbled Bracelet

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: Pebbled Bracelet, $4, also available at Bead-patterns.com:



It's got a lot of texture to it, and one of my favorites so far. You can add more rows and make it a big fat cuff.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New free beaded earring pattern: the Trinket Earrings




(copyright 2010 Deborah Roberti) 
Materials:
• 2 yards of 6 lb. FireLine
• Approximately 80 size 11/0 seed beads: Miyuki Lt. Bronze 11-0457L. Can be purchased online at Charlene's Beads and WhimBeads.com.
• 10 size 4mm bicone crystals: Swarovski Amethyst Satin. Can be purchased online at FireMountainGems.com.
• 8 size 4mm glass pearls: Swarovski Bronze. Can be purchased online at FireMountainGems.com.
• two small (2-4mm) jump rings
• a pair of earring findings





Step 1: Thread your needle with a yard of FireLine. String a seed bead, a glass pearl, a seed bead, a glass pearl, a seed bead and a bicone crystal. Leaving about an 8-inch tail, tie the beads in a circle with a double knot:


Step 2: Go back around through the beads that you strung in the first step:


Step 3: Go back around through the seed bead and the glass pearl highlighted in RED:


Step 4: String a seed bead, a glass pearl, a seed bead, a bicone crystal, three seed beads, a bicone crystal and a seed bead. Go around and back up through the glass pearl that you exited at the end of the last step:


Step 5: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED:


Step 6: Go back around through the seed bead, the glass pearl, the seed bead, the bicone crystal and the seed bead highlighted in RED:


Step 7: String three seed beads. Go up and back around through the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the seed bead, the glass pearl, the seed bead and the glass pearl highlighted in RED:


Step 8: String a seed bead, a bicone crystal, a seed bead, a glass pearl and a seed bead. Go around and back down through the glass pearl that you exited at the end of the last step:


Step 9: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED:


Step 10: Go up through the seed bead, the bicone crystal and the seed bead highlighted in RED:


Step 11: String ten seed beads, a bicone crystal and two seed beads. Go through the jump ring and then back down through the two seed beads, the bicone crystal and the seed bead that you just strung:


Step 12: String nine seed beads. Go down and around through the seed bead, the bicone crystal, the two seed beads, the bicone crystal, the five seed beads, the bicone crystal, the two seed beads and the bicone crystal along the outer edge (highlighted in RED):


Step 13: Go back around through the beads highlighted in RED and the jump ring to reinforce the earring:


Step 14: To add even more strength to your earring, go back around through the beads highlighted in RED and the jump ring:


Weave your way back into your earring, knot and cut your thread. Repeat for tail thread from Step 1. Attach your earring finding to the jump ring.

These earrings match my free Garden Necklace:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New pattern uploaded: Antique Earrings & Pendant

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: Antique Earrings & Pendant, $5, also available at Bead-patterns.com:


This one is a personal favorite. I'm looking forward to designing a matching bracelet for it this weekend.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A new video a day

FireMountainGems.com has 58 brand new beading videos and promises to post a new one each day until they are all up. Go to Jewelry Making Video How-To's and click on the "View" button under the "Today's New Video" graphic in the top right.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New pattern uploaded: Sixpence Bracelet

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: Sixpence Bracelet, $4, also available at Bead-patterns.com:



It matches the Mandala Earrings except that it has four bicone crystals in the center of each medallion instead of six:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Major Fire-Polished Bead Sale at ShipWreckBeads.com

ShipwreckBeads.com is my absolute favorite place to shop for fire-polished beads. Their prices and selection are quite astounding. Through July 19th, they are having a 30% off sale on selected beads and this includes a good chunk of their 3mm and 4mm fire-polished beads. You can get 100 size 3mm fire-polished beads for as little as $1 so needless to say, I have stocked up. Their non-sale prices are also quite good but with the sale, navigating to them is a bit tricky so click HERE.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Craft For Everyday of the Month

Looking for craft tutorials? Megan at GlueGunCrafts.com emailed to let me know that my Easy Crystal Bracelet was featured in July's "A Craft For Everyday of the Month". Thanks!

There are links for some wonderful tutorials here and don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the July list for monthly crafts from the last 8 months. All in all, a great site!