Friday, March 30, 2012

More Bracelets

These are all in my etsy shop right now. Click the pictures to be taken to the individual listings.

Happy Beading,

Monday, March 26, 2012


It's so weird hearing my own voice! I never think I sound the way I actually do. Do you feel that way about hearing you own voice in recordings?

Happy Beading, Jessica

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Shop Update + coupon code

Some new items in my etsy shop. Enter coupon code BLOGGER at checkout for 10% off your order.

Happy Beading,

Friday, March 16, 2012

I Opened An Etsy Shop!!!!

I 'm so excited I finally opened my etsy shop! Here's a few pictures of what's in there so far.

I'll slowly be building up my inventory over the next few days so please stop by.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Pearl Netting

I think this is turning into the beaded flower fiasco all over again. Once I start making something I like I wind up making like fifty of them. (you should see how many of those flower necklaces I actually made it's ridiculous lol)
Happy Beading,

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fun Colorful Earrings

It's like having little drops of happiness hanging from your ears :)

Happy Beading,

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Fireline vs Power Pro

As long as I've been making seed bead jewelry I've been using power pro as my thread, and I love it the only problem is when I use lighter colored beads since power pro is a dark green color. As you can see in the picture below it doesn't look so nice against the white beads.

Fireline on the other hand comes in several different colors including crystal which is almost invisible against the white beads which you'll see in the next picture.

It looks a lot nicer with the white beads. Both threads work up pretty much exactly the same. The only difference is the Fireline seems a little slippery to me but that will just take some getting use to since Fireline is more of a plastic (monofilament) and power pro is a thread like line. Also power pro frays at the end when it's cut which can make it difficult to get through the eye of your needle while Fireline passes right through. I will continue to use power pro with most of my projects but in the case that I'm using lighter colored beads I'll be using the Fireline. Hope this helped you if your looking to try a new thread :)

Edit: I've actually now switched over to using fireline only. I tried it out a bit more after this post and decided I liked it better because it slips through the beads a lot easier and causes less tangles.

Here's a comparison shot of the two samples.

Happy Beading,

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fringed bracelet

The finished bracelet from my last post. :)

Happy Beading,

Netting with fringe tutorial

I've put together a picture tutorial on how to do netting with a fringe. I tried to do a video version but I failed about three times so I gave up, and decided to do pictures instead. If you try it let me know, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

For a Video Version Click Here

First you start out with your needle and thread, two different colors of size eleven tohos, and size 4mm Czech glass beads (or whatever bead you choose for your drop)

You start off by adding your beads on your needle in the order above. Then move all your beads down your thread leaving an eight inch tail. (1 accent 2 main color 1 accent 2 main color 1 accent 2 main color 1 accent 2 main color 1 4mm round and 1 accent color)

Now run your needle back up your 4mm and pull tight.

Now string on more beads in the sequence show above. ( 2 main color 1 accent 2 main color)

Then run your needle up through your second blue (or whatever your color is) bead from the bottom of your work.

It should look like this.

Now string on these beads again

Then run your needle through your top bead.

And it should look like this.

Then string your beads on again like this.

And go down through your accent color bead in the group you just added.

And it should look like this.

Add your group of beads on again.

Go through your second accent bead in the first group you had added.

It should now look like this

Now add two main color beads a 4mm and one accent color bead and, move it down to your work.

Now run your needle back up through that 4mm bead and pull tight.

Now add this sequence again

And go through your accent bead in the group you added right before you added your 4mm.

It should look like this

Add the group again

Go through your accent bead at the very top group.

Then you should have this. Just keep repeating these steps and you'll get something like this.....

You can make it as long or as short as you want it. You can make a bracelet or a necklace. Leave it plain or add embellishment is up to you. I hope the pictures weren't to dark for you to be able to tell what I was doing. If you would like for me to do more tutorials let me know, and I'll try some more.

Happy Beading,

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Beads

Yay I love getting new beads, but it doesn't happen very often when you live in a small town. I either have to order online or go out of town to buy beads. Not this time though a vender from out of town came today and set up a display and all the beads were 30% off! I've never worked with charlottes before, but they were so pretty I got some to try, and they were only $3.00 so why not.

Happy Beading,
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