Beading Friends Forever – March Challenge

A quick reminder, you’ve only got a few more days to get your entries into the March Challenge inverted on the Beading Friends Forever jewellery challenge blog. There are two categories, you can entry one or both, the tutorial/pattern category  and the favourite colour combination category, and you have the chance got win £15 to spend on Beads Direct. More details about e challenge and prize over on the BBF challenge blog – 

http://beadingfriendsforever.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/march-challenge.html

 

 

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Diamanté Macramé Bracelet

 

My latest make from my BD-i Tiaramaking design team pack, I’m a jeans and t-shirt girl for day to day wear so I don’t usually think to wear diamanté jewellery during the day so I wanted to a design that incorporated the diamanté trim but was suitable for wearing with a casual outfit.

The bracelet was made using the 3mm diamanté trim with end clasp & the AB glass bugle beads from BD-i, plus a lobster claw clasp and 0.5mm nylon cord from my stash.

http://www.tiaramaking.com/diamante/diamante-trim-silver-1112.html

http://www.tiaramaking.com/bdi-beads-and-crystals/seed-and-bugle-beads/seed-beads-clear-2mm-pack-of-3701.html

I’ve put together some basic instructions to make the bracelet . I made a 7 1/2″ bracelet, if you want to make a different size cut the diamanté trim accordingly, I allow approx an 1″ for the closure so for a 7 1/2″ bracelet I cut a 6 1/2″ length of diamanté trim.

1. Cut a length of diamanté trim and attach the end clasps to both ends of the trim.

2. You need 54″ of the cord of your choice, I used C-lon nylon cord 0.5mm.

3. Thread on 10 of the AB bugle beads fold over the cord at the centre to create the loop closure, thread on the diamanté trim onto the two cords. The diamanté trim will act as the lazy strand and the cord will be used to make the square knots.

4. Create square knots to secure the loop and cover the diamanté end clasp, the number of square knots will vary depending on the thickness of the thread and how tight you knot, I only need 2 square knots to cover the end clasp.

5. The square knots are now going encompass the diamanté sections, the cords are laid at the sides of the diamanté and you make square knot below. I only needed one square knot between each diamanté, you continue with the square knots until you reach the end of the diamanté trim.

6. Once at the end of diamanté trim slide the two cords into the diamanté end clasp, then thread on your lobster claw clasp and tie an overhand knot to secure. I like to add a little clear nail polish to the knot, for added security, leave overnight to dry then trim the ends.

If you’ve never tried micro macramé before you can find tutorials for the basic knots and jewellery patterns over on  

http://www.free-macrame-patterns.com/

The square knot tutorial

http://www.free-macrame-patterns.com/square-knot.html

 

I’m going to make a few more of these, I think I’ll look really nice stacked up with different colour cords 🙂

 

Double Band Tiara – BD-i Tiaramaking

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Well have you guys missed me, have had a few odd weeks that meant I’ve not had time to post on the blog.

Back to blogging and my first make from the BD-i Tiaramaking design team pack. I’ve started with a tiara, I usually make a headband style when using a double band tiara base but decided to try something else this time. I started the tiara by making the twisted vines using 0.4mm silver wire and the AB Cut Glass Bugle Beads then added these to the centre of the top band of the tiara, I then added the 8mm Clear Glass Crackled beads between the top and bottom band of the tiara base. To finish the tiara, I added the Diamante trim to the top and bottom of the tiara base. You can see that I don’t add beads all the way to the end of the tiara base because I found that when the tiara is positioned on the head it can be uncomfortable taking the wrapping all the way to the end, if the wearer is very sensitive you can also wrap ribbon to help cushion the ends. I had some fun trying to get piccies of the finished tiara, the flare from the beads and diamantes was a struggle but that tells you how much the beads pick up the light. If you need supplies for the your own tiara or jewellery, check out http://www.tiaramaking.com/.

BD-i Tiaramaking Design Team

I’m really excited to announce that I’ve been invite to be part of BD-i Tiaramaking design team, I’ve been using their products for a while now and when I saw the Design Team call I jumped at the chance. I will be sharing my creations using BD-i products on a regular basis so watch this space!!

BD-i Tiaramaking are running a competition to win some of their stunning diamanté pieces, no complicated rules just pop on over to their Facebook page and hit the Like button, couldn’t be simpler and the winner will be drawn on the 17th March.

For more inspiration check out Create and Craft, Sky 671 – Freeview 36 – Freesat 813, on Sunday 17th March 3pm – 4pm to see live demonstrations from BD-i Tiaramaking.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/BD-i-Tiaramaking/171056759621602

http://www.tiaramaking.com/

Wire Wrap Bangle

 

Been playing with wire!!! Shock horror I hear you say 🙂 I was suppose to be making a start on Mum’s Mothers Day pressie, hence the purple beads being out, Mum loves purple, but got side tracked with the a bangle. So today I must sit down and get started on the necklace & earrings I’ve got planned, something for her to wear on her hols. The bangle is made using 1mm SP copper wire for the frame,the wire wrapping is done using 0.4mm SP copper wire, 8mm Czech fire polish beads, 6mm Czech Fire Polish beads, glass pearls in 4mm & 2mm, size 11 seed beads, crystal bicones in purple & clear AB, faceted AB crystals, SP chain & toggle clasp.