Bodacious Woven Bead Jewelry

In This Chapter

^ Honing your brick stitching skills ^ Making your own beads using the peyote stitch ^ Weaving dazzling beaded jewelry designs

5o, you've got the basic techniques down when it comes to a few bead-weaving stitches, but what's next? How do you bring it all together to make some bodacious beaded jewelry that you'll love to wear or give as gifts? This chapter has a few answers for you; here, you find some fairly simple projects that help you get in more weaving practice while you make some jewelry components as well as finished jewelry pieces. For example, make your own beads from tiny seed beads that you weave together. Then combine those with other beads to make some unique earrings that will have everyone amazed when you tell them you made some of the beads included in the design. Or how about making a pendant of woven seed beads that you can add to a beaded necklace for that stunning focal piece?

For some jewelry makers, bead weaving can seem to take a good deal of patience and time, but these projects are designed to give you quick results (in "seed bead" time, that is) while you hone your weaving skills. They also push you to be a little more creative as you consider how you can incorporate some of the beaded components into other jewelry pieces or you try to think outside the peyote box. Get ready to pull out those tiny magic beads and weave away.

Diamond Design Pendant

Diamonds are your best friends, especially if you can make them yourself, or at least if you can make yourself a diamond-shaped brick stitch pendant using cream-colored seed beads and aurora borealis enhanced crystals, as pictured in Figure 11-1. After you've completed the pendant, you can either keep it simple and add it to a silver chain, or use it as a focal piece and design a beaded necklace just to show off this pretty pendant.

If you're working with light-colored seed beads and can't find a thread to match them, stick with off-white. It's a general, all-purpose color to have on hand.

Figure 11-1:

Cream-colored seed beads and crystal make up this woven pendant.

Figure 11-1:

Cream-colored seed beads and crystal make up this woven pendant.

Precious Stones

Precious Stones

IN this little text-book the author has tried to combine the trade information which he has gained n  his  avocation,  the  study  of  precious  stones,  with  the  scientific  knowledge  bearing  thereon, which his vocation, the teaching of chemistry, has compelled him to master.

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