BD-i Tiaramaking April Challenge

 

 

Well, I’m so behind schedule with just about everything!! Apologies for the late post about the April Jewellery Challenge from BD-i Tiaramaking.

This months challenge is Diamanté & Crystals, sadly the photo of my DT pieces for the challenge don’t do the Diamanté chain any justice at all, the red version I received is beautiful but I just can’t get a good photo at the minute, will try again tomorrow.

The challenge pieces are a triple row bracelet using the red diamanté cupchain, this would be great for not only for the evening but daytime too with jeans & t-shirt, and an opera length necklace made with some beautiful connectors, also from BD-i, and the the red diamanté cupchain.

You can find all the details about the challenge over on the BD-i blog here, including how to buy the great value challenge pack for just £5,how to entry the challenge and details of the prize for the challenge winner.

 

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BD-i Tiaramaking March Design Challenge

 

Well I did tell you I’d been busy with several projects, three posts in one day!!!!

This micro macramé bracelet is my first piece made from the BD-i Tiaramaking Design Challenge bundle for March, I loved the colours in the pack I received. I received the ‘Touch of Teal’ bundle, there are three different colour bundles, the other colour packs are ‘Peaches & Cream’ and ‘Lovely in Lilac’.

 

 

You can purchase the challenge bundles here, for the bargain price of just £5. Once you have received you Design Challenge bundle, you can create anything you like using your own findings etc but only the beads from the bundle. Upload a photo of your design to your Facebook page, tagging BD-i, or email your photos directly to BD-i before the closing date and then a winner will be chosen to receive the next challenge bundle for free. You can find full details of the challenge over on BD-i’s blog

Well I’ve more beading to get done, I’ve stacks of beads still to use from the March challenge pack, so no more blogging today the beads are calling!

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s designs 🙂

Micro Macramé Cuff Style Bracelet

 

 

My latest make a micro macramé bracelet, using a white magnesite cabochon as the focal point. I didn’t have a clear design when I started this piece, the only firm idea I had when I started was I wanted to incorporate the leaves. It took a bit longer than normal to knot because my shoulder is still giving me trouble but I got there in the end and I’m pleased with the result.

I’ve got some beautiful goodies from BD-I Tiaramaking to make DT pieces, some really sparkly rondelles. I must stop admiring them and get making lol

BD-i Tiaramaking February Design Challenge

 

Been busy, busy, with the February Design Challenge from BD-i Tiaramaking. Struggling with the camera work but didn’t struggle to get inspiration for my jewellery designs from the beautiful beads. I made a jewellery set in silver and red, using the bicones, diamanté rondelle spacers and clear/AB rondelles, all from the pack the only additions are the wire & findings. As I said I’m struggling with the camera work and sadly it doesn’t show the wonderful sparkle from the diamanté rondelle spacers and the clear/AB rondelles, they really do catch the light and twinkle.

 

My next designs are a ring and a handbag charm, using the red seed beads from the pack plus wire and findings from my stash. The ring is adjustable and quite a simple make but I think it’s an eye catching design, just love, love, love red & gold together 🙂

I’ve a couple more makes to upload, hopefully I’ll have more success with my photos!!!!

Make sure you check out the BD-I Tiaramaking blog for full details of the design challenge and I look forward to seeing your designs.

Micro Macramé Bracelet Tutorial

 

This is the macramé pattern that I used to create the necklace on a recent project, Micro Macramé Necklace with Agate pendant. I’ve done a quick tutorial for the pattern, it’s a popular design with knotters because its so versatile, you can add beads to the design, hang beads or charms from the loops, you can add more cords and do different knots or weaves in the oval sections and you can make multiple joined sections which makes a very eye catching design.

 

Materials

31″ cord x 8, 1mm waxed polyester cord

Optional jump rings & toggle clasp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tie a loose overhand knot, using all the    cords, approx 5 1/2″ from the end.

Divide the cords into two groups of 4 cords.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the two centre cords, make a diagonal Double Half Hitch (DHH) knot using the left cord as the holding cord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working with the right group of cords, using the left cord as the holding cord make a row of diagonal DHH knots, working left to right, with the three remaining cords.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the same holding cord make a row of diagonal DHH knots, using the three knotting cords, working right to left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working with the left hand group of cords, use the cord on the right as the holding cord make a row of diagonal DHH knots, working right to left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the same holding cord, make a row of diagonal DHH knots, working left to right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using the two centre cords make a DHH knot, to join the oval together, the left cord is the holding cord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat steps 4 to 7, until you reach the desired length for your bracelet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can choose how to finish the bracelet, I attached the cords to closed jump rings using vertical Larks Head knots and added a toggle clasp. There is sufficient cord remaining at each end if you would prefer to make a sliding clasp.

Hope the tutorial is useful and I’d loved to see your designs 🙂