Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wedding necklace: bead embroidered cabochons in burgundy and rose gold

Here's the last piece of my wedding jewellery suite: the necklace. I haven't finished it (I'm going to add some more drops) but the basic structure is done.

There are five bead embroidered elements, which incorporate vintage 24 mm acrylic cabochons, a 12mm rose gold rivoli, rose gold seed beads and various shades of burgundy pearls. The drop is Swarovski's Bordeaux drop pearl. I've mixed all kinds of burgundy colours in this piece, from purple to brown, to try to get an overall impression close to the colour I wanted.

The chain is rose gold plated.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wedding bracelet: bead embroidered acrylic cabochon in burgundy and rose gold

I'm finishing off my wedding jewellery as I get married in less than two week :)

All the pieces are built around these gorgeous 24mm acrylic cabochons I got from Etsy seller yummytreasures.

This is a bead embroidered bracelet with one cabochon, two 12mm rose gold Swarovski rivolis and a rose gold clasp.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fake double spiral stitch bracelet

I wanted to stitch a spiral bracelet and couldn't make up my mind whether I wanted to use 4mm black fire polish beads or 4mm burgundy pearls as the main beads. Well, I remembered some good advice: "When beading, if you ask yourself "What if..." then just do it!" I stitched five rounds with the fire polish and then did five rounds with the pearls and it looks quite a bit like double spiral stitch but is much, much faster!

Core is four 8/0 metallic dark raspberry. 11/0s are rose gold.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Wedding earrings

After experimenting with various materials and techniques, I've finally settled on what I'm going to use for my wedding jewellery.

I'm getting married in a burgundy dress (from Kiyonna -- comfy and beautiful :)) and I tried so many different colours of rivolis trying to match it, or at least get close. Swarovski just doesn't have a real burgundy -- one that's not too red or not too purple. After trying crystal red magma, burgundy (not available in rivolis but available in 12mm buttons) and siam I finally gave up on that area and turned my attention to bead embroidering cabochons. I got some really lovely vintage 24mm cabochons in a gorgeous burgundy and now I'm all set!

Here are the earrings. The seed beads are Toho colour PF551 -- Rose Gold. There are also rose gold Swarovski pearl drops and 6mm bicones in there :)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Bead embroidery pendant

I'm working on a new pendant - the focal cabochon is dragon agate and I've paired it with a crystal red magma Rivoli and rose gold seed beads. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Farfalle fever by Shelley Nybakke

Another Shelley Nybakke design, using peanut or farfalle beads and RAW. These are the bigger farfalle beads, the 3 x 6 mm ones, and they have a gorgeous weight and stitch up amazingly quickly!  I only had one tube of them (and I have massive wrists) so I made a narrower bracelet and I added a slightly ruffly netted edging of copper to the blue.  I will wear it with jeans :)