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Wednesday, 6 April 2011

WOYWW #96 - Beads

Last week, I showed you the beginnings of the necklace for my daughter... I mixed all the colours together and made a swirly cane, then cut it into half inch pieces.
Here are some of the beads, swirled with all the colours from the other canes I made, for the flower. it's centre and petals...
These are the canes I mean... the green is the centre, the red/white is the petals - I  had 6 of those - and then the flower cane rolled thinner.
These beads were made in the melt pot... 3 looking like large pearls, and three Leandra beads from clear UTEE with additions of colour and wire...

One of my melt pots is just here to the left and you can see some rolled out clay.as well as some of the lighter, less black beads.
I am cutting slivers of the flower cane to stick on to some of my beads, and three of them have all the canes mixed in...When the bead is rolled, the slivers smooth and melt i to the rest of the clay...
These beads are now being topped and tailed with the beads caps, having been cooked in my halogen oven... this is fab as it does it really quickly and without any fuss!!
They needed a coat of finishing gel, so I painted them with two coats of a gloss from Liz Welch - the bottle is in the photo below... they are hanging to dry, tucked into some polystyrene foam, balanced precariously on top of my pasta machine!!!
Basically finished here, just waiting to be joined with the chain she asked for...


And here they are, joined and finished with the six UTEE beads..and a pair of earrings to match, made from the flower cane and some seed beads. I am really pleased with it and she loves it, so that's ok then...
The other thing on my desk was a steampunk project for a challenge at The Three Muses.. If you would like to see the details on this one, please feel free to have a look here at the bits and pieces of what I did, close up and personal!!

I really enjoyed both projects and am looking forward to starting some more challenge pieces, when I have finished having such a busy week... for those who are wondering what I am doing showing stuff on my desk, it is all the fault of Julia at Stamping Ground. Why not pop along and see all those desks on show, it is really interesting...

Thanks for looking, and for leaving a comment, I am always so pleased to read what you have to say
Love and light
Frankie
xx

28 comments:

oneoff said...

Oooooh, I love both of these projects. Sadly I am now itching to buy some clay and have a go at the beads. I need to repeat to my self that I can't try every project! Love the inclusions in those melt beads...

Bx

Neet said...

What a gorgeous end pice you have made with those beads - and thanks for the journey to its completion. Love your cane and your Leandra beads are superb.
Rather envious of your steampunk picture - it is absolutely gob-smackingly gorgeous. Love each and every element you have used - and to perfection.

#18

Elaine Harding said...

Just one word - WOW! tfs

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow and double WOW!! cant believe how very beautiful those beads are Franka! they are amazing, so much crafty fun!! Thanks for sharing, and happy WOYWW!
Shaz in Oz.x #25

sasa said...

Looking just fab - really great canvas - loving your detail and design...
Thanks for sharing your space today. Have a fab week...
Sarah (sasa at 2)
www.blueboxbabe.blogspot.com

Helen said...

What fabulous beads! The canes look like sticks of seaside rock..... or is that just me, lol!

jude said...

#Gosh your daughters jewelery is absolutely beautiful .I dont have patience for all the fiddling..Absolutely adore the other project stunning good luck in the challenge.
Happy Creative Wednesday
hugs judex 9

Rebekah said...

Thos beads are absolutely superb! I am comppletely in love do you sell them?! Happy WOYWW hugs Rebekah xx (63)

Neil said...

Wow, they look great. I love the steampunk project! Thanks for sharing!

MvM-design said...

Wauwww a very creative desk!!
Very very nice beats!!

Happy Wednesday ;-)

Karen said...

Two really gorgeous projects, I love the canvas and those beads are just so beautiful :)
Have a lovely WOYWW,
Karen #107

stART said...

Beautiful! I appreciate the work in progress photos; it's so fun to see how other people manage things!

Sandy Huntress said...

Oooooh, I love your beads, and the finished necklace is GORGEOUS! It makes me want to get out my clay and play. :-)

Happy Woyww, Sandy #116

JoZart said...

Your beads are fantastic and I'm sure DD will adore it. Lovely project well explained.
Your steam punk project is stunning.
Thanks for thinking of me too,
Love JoZarty x

Caroline Hallett said...

Brilliant - both projects are amazing. Thanks for Sharing and hope you have a happy WOYWW. Caroline (No 31 x)

Roban Studio said...

Hi Frankie! Both projects are superb! The necklace is my fave. Your daughter will cherish it forever. Thanks for showing your method. Happy WOYWW and thanks for stopping by my desk.

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

Wow wot w fab post. The info on bead making was really interesting and the necklace and earrings have come out really beautiful. I have to say I adore your steam punk project and I have been thinking of giving something like this a go for a while. You were right those shrink plastic watches look great on it. I saw those on your desk last week and have put them on my to do list but haven't got round to it yet!
Also I love those flowers you've made and have noted down Lynne forsythias tutorial too -another one on my to do list!
Thanks for sharing, lovely blog, great post.
Happy WOYWW
Rebecca (48) x

Twiglet said...

Gorgeous projects - the beads are amazing!

Carola Bartz said...

The beads are beautiful - I loved to see the process. Great necklace, I really like the colors.

Sally said...

Great jewellery making! But the steampunk is my favourite, it is gorgeous! Great combination of elements, layers and textures - love it!

okienurse said...

Beautiful beads! Love the necklace. You are such a master with them! Love the steampunk piece. Thanks for sharing! Vickie #88

lisa said...

Your beads are amazing, Frankie. Thanks for sharing how you create them. The finished results look like those expensive ones you can buy nowadays. Your daughter will be thrilled.
I love the fact that you've found a use for a pasta machine!!
Hugs Lisax

LuLu said...

Howdy,
Neat desk. Nice beads and steampunk project.
Thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW!

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Tuire Flemming said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I looked your other blogs, too, and you have gorgeous works here and also on your darker side :)

Toucan Scraps said...

wowzers, really pretty beads and an incredible piece of artwork.

blessings to you from Angela (#123)

butlersabroad said...

Wow I really love how those beads turned out! Beautiful. Love your other project too, so cool.

Hugs
Brenda 98

Angelfish said...

What beautiful beads you've made, a very lucky daughter to be receiving that necklace:)
Fiona x

Serendipity Stamping said...

Thanks for showing us your process for making this fabulous necklace and earrings.