Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Geometric Obsession Bracelets

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: the Geometric Obsession Bracelets (also available at Bead-Patterns.com):
The pattern includes step-by-step directions and illustrations for both bracelets. I named them "Geometric" because they were created using the triangle weave, and "Obsession" because I seem to be somewhat obsessive in using the triangle weave, or so I'm sure you must all think by now.

I'm also thinking that the bottom (second) bracelet would look interesting if you used bicone crystals instead of bugle beads but I haven't tried it yet.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

New pattern uploaded: Bistro Earrings & Pendant

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site, the Bistro Earrings & Pendant, $3.50 (also available at Bead-Patterns.com):

Also, at Bead-Patterns.com only, my Crystal Earrings II e-book and Crystal Necklaces II e-book are both on sale for $15 each until March 31, 2010.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New free pattern: Printemps Earrings

As promised, a free earring pattern to match the Printemps Bracelet is now up: the Printemps Earrings:
I used 4mm bicone crystals and 4mm fire-polished beads but you really can use any 4mm beads.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New pattern uploaded: Printemps Bracelet

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site, the Printemps Bracelet, $4.00 (also available at Bead-Patterns.com):
Free matching earrings coming soon!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Another new earring pattern up

I just uploaded a new pattern—the Mandala Earrings:

The pattern is also for sale at Bead-Patterns.com and Sova-Enterprises.com.

The design is sort of a strange combination of triangle weave, peyote and netting. I started by using six Delica beads for the beginning center circle (in Step 1) but felt they were too bulky. However, if you are not comfortable starting with such small beads (the pattern calls for a beginning circle of 15/0 seed beads), you can start with six Delica beads like I did here:
Using Delica beads for the initial center ring of beads does make the mandala "cup" more, though.

I also found that if you use metallic 15/0 seed beads, you may have to pull or "massage" the mandala so it hangs flat when you are finished. Just pull at the edges as if you are making a pie crust.