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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

B.O.T.B'14 Alice in Wonderland

This year I am lucky to be one of the participants of Battle Of The Beadsmith. The third contest hosted by Steven Weiss of the Beadsmith.
My entry is a collar- necklace called Alice in Wonderland. I wanted to try new for me style of collage for quite a some time and ones I had such an opportunity I decided that it was the time.  Alice in Wonderland seemed to me one of the most suitable themes to picture this style and, ones it was written by Brit, I thought it would be nice to make something as a memory of the UK, after all I am leaving this wonderful, but so bad-weathered country this summer.
"Alice in Wonderland" collar- necklace was embroidered using Czech seeds beads, freshwater pearls and Czech pearl beads, soutache, satin ribbons and roses; also I spiced it all up with some zips, lace, chains and other little quirky bits and bobs.
It measures approx 10.5 inches wide x 16 inches long or 26 cm x 40 cm that includes lace and chains. It took me about 1.5 months to create this necklace. Well, I did not count the hours, I would say 1.5 month includes sketching, ordering and waiting for materials, then re-ordering and waiting for more materials and, of course, making the collar.
I had a lot of fun making it and I am sure will have even more fun wearing it!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Zipper Owlet PDF tutorial is out

I have at last managed to list PDF tutorial about how to make this cute little soutache owl brooch.
It took a while to put it all together and edit the pictures. This time it has 32 pages of text with over 100 pictures of step by step description. The description is in English and shown on example on pinkish - cream owlet. You can also use it as pendant like I have made the blue one.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Pink Butterfly - Zipper brooch

Oh, these kids!
My little daughter is six years old, she will be seven this July and she was a witness of my beadweaving from very early age. She has a passion for beads already and she asks me to teach her to bead. "When you are 8 I will teach you beading "- I say. But if it was so easy! She adores my butterfly brooches and asked me to make one for her. "OK",I said,"but I have to make another owl and doggy first". "Fine", she said.

Monday, 3 March 2014

2014 - The Year of The Blue Horse - bead embroidery necklace

This year beading web-site hosted another contest where the participant had to create wearable jewellery piece. There was a New Year theme  in honour of  Chinese New Year's animal - horse. This time there was a twist - must be present fringe. It could be different size and shape and as thick or as thin as you wish but it must be made out of seed beads.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

New zipper butterfly:Black Red Gold - monthly challenge at tacklethatbeadstash

Another month passed and there was the second time I have entered my work for a chance to get a prize. February challenge theme was " Black Red and Gold ". This time there was a little optional twist to use herringbone technique, but unfortunately I could not picture these 3 colours with named beading technique. Instead I gone for my zipper butterfly.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Zipper Brooch -Dog

My new work with zippers. I have been playing around with zipper and noticed, that I can use back of the zipper as well as the front. I think it gives few dozens of new possible designs with it.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Zipper fever continues! Zipper OWL brooch

Oh, dear. Ideas with zippers are coming and coming, but unfortunately I was caught at the crime scene cutting zipper of my husband's jeans so now I am patiently waiting for my order with zippers and weekend to sort pile of jeans together. And whilst I am waiting  I continue to draw more designs.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Zipper butterfly brooches and PDF tutorial

I have been fascinated about using zipper in handmade jewelry.
At last I have tried to do it myself and loved it.

Size of these cuties just approx 4.5 x 6.4 cm.

Please let me introduce you my new tutorial about how to make this cute butterfly brooch  /broach or pin.
It's now for sale in my shop on Etsy for easy download.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Special Order - Fantasy Warrior Or how I created a mystery custom order ...

This necklace was created for a very special person - my second cousin Nina. Her mum wanted it to be a surprise so I had to guess what would young 26 year woman would like to wear. I know she is Libra and auntie said Nina likes gothic drama... fantasy...astronomy...

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Custom order Leather Queen II and The Earth 2

Few month ago I received two orders on two of my very first necklaces: Leather Queen and The Earth.
They both have been ordered by the same person as the originals I kept for myself.

  The Leather Queen II turned out to be much more elegant monarch.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Sunflower - My entry for January Challenge Famous Painting Inspired // Подсолнух - кулон для январского конкурса "Вдохновленный Известной Картиной"

Recently I have discovered that there is monthly challenge running on blog
I love the idea, that in order to be a participant you do need register, you do not have to have full shop on Etsy, or be from particular place, team... You just need to create a piece of jewellery to reflect the theme of monthly challenge and e-mail your picture to the host. The prize, kindly donated by one of UK bead shops, goes to the winner and this winner chosen not by juries,  public or team member votes, it picked up... randomly, so absolutely anybody can be the winner! Just like lotery! It's so clever and so fair!

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Queen of Polar Night - Королева Полярной Ночи

This necklace was made back in Sep 2010 for readers challenge, which has been hosted by local (UK) Bead Magazine at Winter Sparkle Special issue No26. The theme of the challenge was Sparkle.