Monday, May 28, 2012

Gone fishin'

I'm away on vacation (no, not really fishing, and not to Bead & Button, like everyone else in the beading stratosphere--I'm visiting relatives out West with my daughter), so there's no I Might Make That! Monday today.

I'll resume next week. Enjoy your Memorial Day and happy start of summer, everyone!

Monday, May 21, 2012

RAW-bezeled chatons for I Might Make That! Monday

Fusion Beads' Red Baubles

A short but sweet post this week--found these cute bezeled earrings as a project on Fusion Beads' website recently. What makes them different is that the bezel is right-angle weave, not brick or peyote stitch, which you see a lot more often. Another difference is that the centers are 8 mm chatons, not rivolis.

Link to the step-by-step tute, which has pretty detailed illustrations. The tute can also be downloaded as a PDF.

Bowdabra's Formal Necklace
I'll throw in one more pattern that came my way via Craft Gossip. It's from a site called Bowdabra, which sells gizmos for making bows.

Yes, it looks like lots of other multistrand necklaces, but what makes this one different is it uses a product I've never heard of, Ribbon to Bead. This is a spool of ribbon that has wire on the ends specifically designed for stringing it through beads (with 2 mm or larger holes). And no, I don't think you need to purchase the mini-bowdabra to make the ribbon flourish. It looks like some silly infomercial product.

Has anybody ever tried Ribbon to Bead or seen it sold anywhere?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Girly beaded spiders and more for I Might Make That! Monday

Beaded spider from Shawkl
Arachnaphobes, stay away!

Last October, I spotted a pattern for a beaded spider--I think it was on CraftGossip. I didn't save the link, but in Web-surfing this weekend I stumbled across the creator of those beaded spiders and the tutorial that accompanies them.

Beaded spider from Shawkl
These beauties are from Kathy Shaw of Shawkl. What I like about them in that they're girly, not Goth. Not the least bit  Halloween-y. Just a nice alternative to the dragonflies and butterflies you see everywhere. Kathy Shaw's tute is here and is linked to caption of the rose-colored spider, below, as well.
Beaded spider from Shawkl

These appear to be freestanding spiders, to be used as ornaments or whatnot, but you could easily wire a pinback to them. She has other tutes on her site, too (mostly sewing/quilting/embroidery), which is how I landed on her page to begin with.

Cabbage rose from Shawkl
Check out this darling cabbage rose, for example. I won't tell you what it's made from. Click here to see. I think a cute mixed-media necklace could be made by sewing a dozen, each cupped by a bead cap at the base, onto ribbon or kumi braid, along with lots of pearl and crystal dangles.

Here are some other beady spiders for inspiration:

This green fellow here is from So Crafty; there are instructions for a couple of different variations, plus a video. I like the unbeaded legs effect:

So Crafty spider

And from Etsy (it's sold; I wonder if the buyer wore it as a bride?):

Bridal Spider from Souldier

This one here is getting pretty meta: a beaded spider in which one of the beads is a beaded bead. Whoa.
Meadow Treasures via

Here's a netted ornament that is inspired by "the legend of the Christmas Spider." Hmmm. Not familiar with that legend. But it does explain why so many of the spiders I'm finding are ornaments, not jewelry. Excuse me while I Google.

OK, I'm back. For those as ignorant as me, a version of the Christmas Spider legend can be found here.

And here's a steampunk bad girl spotted on Pinterest. L-O-V-E this one.

OMG, the Pinterest search for "beaded spiders" turned up some amazing beaded spider webs. I'll post a couple, but then I really have to stop. Really.

Source: via Liz on Pinterest

(For blog newcomers, the I Might Make That! Monday Archive can be accessed by clicking the IMMT!M link in the top right corner.)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Follow the path

Follow the Path

Just treated myself to an e-book--Lori Anderson's wonderful Follow Your Path: Ideas and Inspiration for the Creative Blogger. She's having a sale this weekend in which you can get $1 off.

Of course the writing and creative wisdom are amazing. Her regular readers would expect no less. But the photos are capital-letter AMAZING. It's truly a feast for the eyes.

Lori's blog was one of the first I started reading when I got into jewelry-making. I met her at a crafts show a year or so back, and she is as warm and generous in person as she is in her blog. She, very kindly, became one of my first "followers."

For procrastinators out there, it'd make a great Mother's Day gift--it's instantly downloadable!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Asian knot tutorials for I Might Make That! Monday

Whoops, Monday's arrival caught me off-guard. I didn't have an IMMT!M post ready and the weekend got eaten up with other commitments. But luckily in my inbox today was Fire Mountain Gems' e-newsletter and some great tutorials on Asian knots using these plastic gizmos.

Fire Mountain Gems Asian Knot Tutorials
Click on the link in the caption to go to the page. The step-by-step pics are great!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Red and brown and peacocks!

A while back, I signed up to get emails from Artbeads, although I have never actually ordered from them. A few days ago they featured this red and brown bead mix in one of their promotions. Isn't this yummy? I didn't know I liked red and brown together until I saw this! Now I want to make a multistrand choker kind of like this one but in cherry and chocolate.

Red and brown Swarovski palette from

Also in my inbox this week was this lovely peacock collection on Artfire. Since I recently wrote about my love for peacock hues, I just had to share. (Click on the caption to go to the live page, if any of these items catch your fancy. This is a screenshot, not a live-linked treasury.)

Peacock Strut Artfire collection