Beaded Ornament Pics

Just to add interest, these are ornaments I’ve made (and can find pics for)
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn001.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn002.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn003.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn004.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn005.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn006.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn007.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn008.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn009.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn010.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn011.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn012.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn013.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn014.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn015.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn015a.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn016.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn017.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn018.jpg
http://www.sparkliesandmore.com/orn/orn018a.jpg

Published in: on October 29, 2007 at 10:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Beaded Ornament Tutorials 2

Beaded ornaments

First, you need an ornament. If you want, you can remove the color by soaking in bleach or ammonia (do not combine these!). Some gentle scrubbing may be needed. If there is color on the inside of the ornament, add some salt to the liquid and shake gently til it all comes off. Rinse thoroughly and let dry.

Next you need beads. I use seed beads (size 11 mostly), bugle beads and then whatever larger beads I can find. I try to keep the larger beads under 15mm. I mostly use the cheap seed and bugle beads available at Wallyworld or chain craft stores. I prefer silver lined seed beads for the sparkle.

You also need beading thread, beading needles (size 12 is a nice size), sissors, and clear glue for sealing knots (I use Fray Check for fabric).

These ornaments aren’t only for Christmas nor do you have to use traditional Christmas colors. I’m making one in pink!

This is the second type of netting. I call it diamond netting.

String enough seed beads (main color) to fit around the neck of your ornament. Keep it an even number. You may want to make every other bead a 2nd color (accent color) to make it easier to find later.

Tie into a circle and pass through enough beads so that you are coming out of an accent color bead (the blue ones in the pic).

Now you have 2 choices. Simple diamond or diamond and long diamond.

Simple is better for small ornaments. I’m doing the long diamond variation. I’m also adding a larger bead to the intersections, which is optional. What is in ( ) in the instructions are the extra beads.

If you end with a long diamond:

String (one larger) one seed, one bugle, one seed ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed (one larger, one seed), one bugle, one seed ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed (one larger), This is one diamond, one long diamond. Add more as need to fit your ornament. End it with one more seed bead.

Another way of saying it would be:

Diamond – 2 sets of seed, bugle, seed, separated by a larger bead, with a larger bead at the beginning and end as well.

Long Diamond – 3 sets of seed, bugle, seed, separated by a larger bead, with a larger bead at the beginning and end as well

But don’t double up on larger beads.

I’ve probably just confused you more.

Keep in mind that you may have redo the first few rows a few times. It’s difficult to tell how many beads to use until you have several rows done and can see how much room the diamonds use. I’m trying 3 sets of diamond-long diamond for mine.

If you end with a long diamond:

Skip the last bead and go back thru the 2nd to last bead.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed

Go thru the 4th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed

Go thru thru the 6th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

Repeat to the top. Now if all goes well and you counted right, you should come out even. If not, just try again. This looks difficult and to be honest, the first few rows are confusing, but after that it’s very obvious what to do next…til you get to the end lol.

Now go thru the back of the bead in the ring that you came out of and thru 2 more beads in the ring.

**** String (one larger) one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 2nd accent (larger) bead of the 2nd row.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed and go thru the 4th accent (larger bead), the bugle and the 5th accent (larger).

Repeat these 2 steps to the bottom. When you get to the 2nd to last accent (larger) stop. We’ll finish this row and start the next all in one step.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger), one seed, skip the last bead and go thru the 2nd to last one. String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed and go thru the 4th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed

Go thru thru the 6th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

Repeat to the top.

Now go thru the back of the bead in the ring that you came out of and thru 2 more beads in the ring. ****

Repeat the part in between the **** until you are coming out of the 2nd to last bead in the ring before the starting bead in the ring. You may do this on or off the ornament, I prefer off the ornament til near the end.

Well, I was wrong on the length so had to start over. This time it’s 2 sets plus a regular diamond.

If you end with a regular diamond:

Skip the last bead of the first row and go back thru the 2nd to last bead.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed ,

Go thru the 3rd accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed

Go thru thru the 6th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

Repeat to the top. Now if all goes well and you counted right, you should come out even. If not, just try again. This looks difficult and to be honest, the first few rows are confusing, but after that it’s very obvious what to do next…til you get to the end lol.

Now go thru the back of the bead in the ring that you came out of and thru 2 more beads in the ring.

**** String (one larger) one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 2nd accent (larger) bead of the 2nd row.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed and go thru the 4th accent (larger bead), the bugle and the 5th accent (larger).

Repeat these 2 steps to the bottom. When you get to the 2nd to last accent (larger) stop. We’ll finish this row and start the next all in one step.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger), one seed, skip the last bead and go thru the 2nd to last one. String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed and go thru the 3rd accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed , ( one larger, one seed) one bugle, one seed

Go thru thru the 6th accent (or larger bead) from the bottom.

Repeat to the top.

Now go thru the back of the bead in the ring that you came out of and thru 2 more beads in the ring. ****

Repeat the part in between the **** until you are coming out of the 2nd to last bead in the ring before the starting bead in the ring. You may do this on or off the ornament, I prefer off the ornament til near the end.

Turns out that 2 sets plus a regular diamond was wrong too. It’s just 2 sets, which puts me back to ending with a long diamond.

Now on to joining the 2 sides. It’s probably best to do this on the ornament. Do the second to last row as normal. It’s when you get to the bottom and start going back up that you join things together. It’s a lot like zippering together the sides.

Ending with a long diamond:

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 2nd accent (larger) bead from the bottom of the first row, along with the seeds, bugle and the 3rd from the bottom accent (larger) bead.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 4th from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the 2nd to last row.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 5th from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the first last row.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 5th from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the 2nd to last row.

Continue like this to the top. When you are to the top, go thru the circle seed bead as usual. You should not be able to tell where you joined the netting when you are done.

Ending with a regular diamond:

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 2nd accent (larger) bead from the bottom of the first row

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 3rd from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the 2nd to last row.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 4th from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the first last row, along with the seeds, bugle and the 5th from the bottom accent (larger) bead.

String one seed, one bugle, one seed and go thru the 6th from the bottom accent (larger) bead of the 2nd to last row.

Continue like this to the top. When you are to the top, go thru the circle seed bead as usual. You should not be able to tell where you joined the netting when you are done.

You can stop here as it’s very pretty just like this or embellish.

Variations:

Skip 2 or 3 beads in the ring instead of just one. This only works with ornaments with a wide neck. It will spread the netting out more.

Getting ready for fringe:

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, it will still be too long. You’ve got several options:

1. Weave down to the bottom of the ornament. Connect the last seed bead of each row into a circle and pull tight. Go thru the beads again. It will hang loose but there are still things you can do with it.

2. Only weave down to the point where if you connect it, it’ll be tight. I’m not so fond of this one as it makes the extra bits all spikey. You can weave thru the extra bit, connecting them to try to straighten them out.

Fringe:

All the fringe ideas of the last tut also work for this type of ornament.

Balloon Fringe

There is one type of fringe that only works if you’ve connected this type of netting at the very bottom and it’s too long. Think of a hot air balloon. A large bead, beaded basket or some other basket of the right size can be attached to the bottom and the whole ornament will look like a hot air balloon. If you’re using a non beaded basket, be sure to embellish it before attaching it.

This would look so cute with the basket filled with candy.

Published in: on October 29, 2007 at 10:15 am  Comments (1)  

Beaded Ornament Tutorials

I did these tutorials a while ago for a group I’m in on Ebay and thought I’d share them here.

Beaded ornaments

First, you need an ornament. If you want, you can remove the color by soaking in bleach or ammonia (do not combine these!). Some gentle scrubbing may be needed. If there is color on the inside of the ornament, add some salt to the liquid and shake gently til it all comes off. Rinse thoroughly and let dry.

Next you need beads. I use seed beads (size 11 mostly), bugle beads and then whatever larger beads I can find. I try to keep the larger beads under 15mm. I mostly use the cheap seed and bugle beads available at Wallyworld or chain craft stores. I prefer silver lined seed beads for the sparkle.

You also need beading thread, beading needles (size 12 is a nice size), sissors, and clear glue for sealing knots (I use Fray Check for fabric).

There are 2 types of netting. I call one drop netting and the other diamond netting. I haven’t a clue what they’re really called lol. Let’s start with drop netting. Diamond netting will be a different tutorial.

String enough seed beads (main color) to fit around the neck of your ornament. Keep it in multiples of 5. You may want to make every fifth bead a 2nd color (accent color) to make it easier to find later.

Tie into a circle and pass through enough beads so that you are coming out of an accent color bead (the blue ones in the pic). String 11 seed beads (or 5 main color, 1 accent color, 5 main color) and pass through the next accent color bead. Repeat all the way around the circle. On the last one also pass thru the first 6 beads of the first 11 beads you added.

Do the next row with 15 seed beads (7 main color, 1 accent, 7 main). On the last one also pass thru the first 8 beads of this row .

Continue with these amount of beads for each row:

Row 3 – 19 seed beads (9 main color, 1 accent, 9 main)
Row 4 – 23 seed beads (11 main color, 1 accent, 11 main)
Row 5 – 23 seed beads (11 main color, 1 accent, 11 main)
Row 6 – 19 seed beads (9 main color, 1 accent, 9 main)
Row 7 – 15 seed beads (7 main color, 1 accent, 7 main)

Now pass through all the accent beads of the last row without adding any new beads. Go through them several times and pull tight.

Your ornament should look similar to this:

I normally add fringe. Fringe is the fun part! You can use one or more types of fringe on the same ornament. You could possibly use them all. I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as too much fringe. These instructions are not set in stone. Add more or less beads. Start higher or lower on the ornament. Do the same fringe on several rows or the ornament. These fringe instructions are basic so you can add nearly anything you want to them.

There are more types of fringe than I’ve listed here. To be honest, I really make it up as I go along.

When you’ve finished your ornament weave back through the beads to the top and tie off your thread. Add a drop of glue to the knot (and any others you may have added along the way) and let dry. Snip off excess thread and you’re done.

Fringe style #1
Weave back up the ornament til you are coming out of an accent bead on row 5.

String 1 seed bead , bugle beads, 1 seed bead. The number of bugles depends on the size. The whole line of beads should be 2 – 2 ½ inches long. Add a larger bead (or 2 or 3) and 1 seed bead. Pass back through all the beads except the last seed bead. Pass through the original accent bead from the opposite side that you started from.

Add another fringe, with 1 or 2 less bugles than the first. Add another fringe with 1 or 2 less bugles than the second one. You can add more, always 1 or 2 less bugles than the last but I usually stop with 3.

Weave over to the next accent bead in the row and repeat the fringe.

Fringe style #2

Weave back up the ornament til you are coming out of an accent bead on row 5.

String 1 seed, 1-2 bugles (depends on size), 1 seed, 1 (or 2 or 3) larger bead, 1 seed, 1-2 bugles, 1 seed and pass through the next accent bead in the row. Repeat.

Fringe style #2a
Pass through the first fringe until you are coming out of the last larger bead (tho this style works best with just one larger bead). String about 1 inch or so of seed or bugle beads (remember the seed beads at the beginning and end of the bugle beads,), 1 larger bead, 1 seed. Pass back through all but the last seed bead and back through the original larger bead(s) from the same side you came out.

Repeat on the other side.

String a shorter fringe on the first side, a few beads shorter than the first. Repeat on the other side. Weave over to the middle beads of the next fringe and repeat.

Be careful of your thread tension. The fringe should swing freely.

Fringe style #3

String 4-6 inches of seed or bugle beads. I try to keep this an even number. Go back through the opposite of the accent bead you came out of, creating a loop. Repeat for all the accent beads.

Flip ornament over and string 3 seed beads, add enough seed or bugle beads to just reach the bottom of the loops, add a larger bead (or 2 or 3), 1 seed bead. Pass back thru all but the last seed bead and the first 3 seed beads. String 3 more seed beads and pass through the accent bead opposite the accent bead you started from.



Fringe style #4

Weave back up the ornament til you are coming out of an accent bead on row 5.

String 34 seed beads and pass through the 2nd accent bead from the one you started with. The beads should droop slightly between the accent beads.

Repeat all the way around. You should return to the bead you started from.

Weave to the accent bead you skipped and repeat the above but weave under the first row of fringe before going through the next accent bead. I often do this in a second color.


Tips:

If you need to add more thread, try to get the knot as close to the last bead as possible.

You can work on or off the ornament until you get to a point where you are decreasing (adding less beads each row), then you must work on the ornament.

You may need to adjust the bead count depending on the size ornament or the size of beads you are working on/with.

Variations:

Instead of decreasing, do several more rows like row 5 and leave the bottom open.

Use a larger seed bead or small crystals for the accent bead.

Use bugle beads instead of seed beads
note: Always begin and end with a seed bead. Bugles are sharp and can cut the thread.
Bead count would be: Row 1 – 1 seed, 1 bugle, 1 seed, 1 bugle, 1 seed
 Row 2 – 1 seed, 2 bugles, 1 seed, 2 bugles, 1 seed
 Row 3 – 1 seed, 3 bugles, 1 seed, 3 bugles, 1 seed
Continue as needed.

Published in: on October 29, 2007 at 10:13 am  Comments (2)  

Change is in the air

It’s that time of the year where my focus changes from Polymer Clay to seed beads.  That’s not to say I stop claying but more of what I do is beaded ornaments.

 This year I’ve decided not to put up my big Christmas tree and instead picked up a little 3 foot one that fits on the shelf that’s in the corner between my puter desk and my clay area.  I put the lights on it yesterday but no ornaments.  I’ll do that closer to Christmas.

I also have to retrieve my beaded ornaments from Dad’s house.  I’d taken them over there cuz we were going to have an art sale but it fell through.  Once I get them back I may take new pics of them hanging in the tree.

Right now I’m working on an ornament that I owe someone for a favor she did for me last year.  It’s giving me fits.  I’d started one last year that used bugle beads and they kept cutting the thread.  I was repairing more than I was adding new.  So I scrapped that one.  Then I tried a new design but it wouldn’t lay right.  I like the design and I think I’ve figured out how to adjust it so it lays better.  I’ll start that later today.

If you’d like to see (and maybe purchase) the ornaments I’ve done in the past go here to Etsy.

Published in: on October 29, 2007 at 9:27 am  Comments (1)  

Burnt

I’m very upset with myself.

My stove is electric and the oven is controlled by 2 knobs.  One controls baking temp AND turns it to broil.  The other controls broiling temp.  Both must be on bake settings or it broils.  Well, I used the broiler to make supper last night.  Later I had things to bake.  Yep, you guessed it, I broiled my items instead of baking them.

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This is the top of a cigar box purse I was particularly pleased with.  (of course I was pleased with it.  Stuff I don’t really care about never burns).

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These are beads from one of the Combos ebooks that I’m working on.  These don’t bother me so much.  I have the recipes so they won’t be too hard to remake and some of them turned out funky anyway.

I think I can salvage the rest of the purse.  I’ll just have to make a new top.  It’s slightly discolored along the top edges but I already needed to put some sort of edging on so that will be easy to hide.

I’m beginning to think making cigar box purses is cursed for me.  I had covered this box before but didn’t really like it and never got around to finishing it.  So I removed that cover and put this one on.  I swear, if this one gets messed up again, I’m tossing the whole thing in the trash and giving up for awhile.

Published in: on October 18, 2007 at 10:02 am  Leave a Comment