Sunday, February 26, 2012

New pattern uploaded: Lazy Moon Earrings

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: the Lazy Moon Earrings, $4, also available at

These earrings are made by first creating a bezel using the peyote stitch to hold the rivoli. Next, use right angle weave and netting to add 3mm fire-polished beads, 2mm round beads (gemstone, glass pearl or fat 11/0 seed beads) and Delica beads around this rivoli base.

The pattern is fully illustrated with detailed step-by-step instructions for using size 12mm rivolis (pictured on left), with directions included for using smaller size 47ss (about 10.7mm, pictured on right) Swarovski #1122 (with flatter foiled backs similar to the 12mm rivoli) and 47ss Swarovski #1100 (pointy backs, currently discontinued but widely available as vintage rivolis). You can find them by searching on "Swarovski 47ss" at eBay, Etsy and Artfire, and at

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Free Twin bead patterns

A while ago, a beader asked me if I had tried Preciosa Ornela's new Twin beads. I finally bought some and am anxious to play with them this weekend. These two-holed, oval glass beads measure about 2.5 by 5mm and come in a wide variety of colors. I bought mine from Kandra's Beads but they are now available at and

If you are on Facebook, you can find several free Twin bead tutorials by "liking" the Preciosa Ornela Facebook page, and then clicking on PROJECTS on the left where you'll find a great many PDFs available for download.

You can also find PDFs on the Preciosa Ornela website but it can be a bit tricky to find the download links. You have to click your way to the "Projects" section, scroll down and when you find the Project you like, click on "more" and the download PDF link is under the text, "Files & Links":

Here are some more wonderful FREE Twin bead patterns that I have run across on the web:

Gemini Bracelet by Jane Cruz at

Sasha Si's Preciosa TWIN Rivoli Pendant Tutorial:'s free 20 minute video on "How to Bead Weave a Twin Bead Bracelet Using a Circular Stitch":

Simone's Twin BB:

BeeJang's Clarissa:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New FREE tutorial uploaded

I just uploaded a new free tutorial—Creating a Peyote Bezel:

For those who have been scared to try this wonderful technique, step by step instructions are now up on my website. The link to a downloadable PDF is located at the bottom of the page.