Sarcasm does a Beaded Bezel Tutorial


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Welcome back to another fun-filled week of snark, honorable mentions from the Challenge, some of my beadwork (yes, I have found some time to bead, despite everything that has been going on!), and a tutorial! This is going to be a long one, boys and girls, so grab on to your nearest glass of wine (or whatever else lifts your spirits) and hang on!

First, let me apologize about the tone of last week’s posting. I know it was down and depressing, and I apologize. Sometimes though, you just need an outlet for your emotions, and since my family was center stage in the cause of mine, it fell to writing about it here. Not fair to you. No more, I promise.

Believe it or not, I not only have been beading, but actually won a little something in a challenge myself. Bello Modo held their Crescent Design Challenge, where original submissions had to be made using the Czech mates Crescent beads as the primary design bead. I was proud that my design “Eclipse” was selected as one of their runner-ups. I am currently writing a tutorial to it, and it will be available for sale on my website in the next couple of weeks!

"Eclipse"

“Eclipse”

"Eclipse"

“Eclipse”

This week, I had a lot of fun trying out the new Es-O and Tipp beads I got from Potomac Bead Company in the “Tipp Topp” bracelet by Akke Jonhof.  You can find the pattern in the April/May edition of Beadwork Magazine.  Did I follow the pattern as written? Well geez, do I ever??? Seriously though, the only changes I made, were in attaching the clasp. I used a 2-holed bar and a few seed beads before attaching my magnetic clasp instead of how Akke did it. I just liked the structure and strength of it a little better.

In my version I also played with some of the newer bead colors too. I used pastel light grey Tipp beads (though I have to warn you they are considerably darker than on the website photo), bordeaux Es-O beads, pastel light grey O-beads, and 6mm faceted rounds in white grey luster. As I mentioned before, I did use a couple of 2-hole bar bead in hematite on each end with some seed beads in silver lined grey to attach my magnetic clasp.

"Madeira"

“Madeira”

This week I bring you a tutorial for an easy beaded bezel for a cabochon, courtesy of Leslie Rogalski, Creative Director for the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad. Though this one is for a 24mm cabochon, it can easily be adapted for any size.

article source Easy Beaded Cabochon Pendant © by Leslie Rogalski, Designs by Leslie Rogalski – www.sleeplessbeader.com

Easy beaded cab

Easy beaded cab

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  • 1 – 24mm cabochon (glass/stone/crystal, etc.)
  • 1 gm 11/0 seed beads (galvanized muscat shown)
  • 20 size 11 delica color B (violet sparkle lined DB-0610 shown)
  • 40 – 2mm round or Firepolish crystals (jet sliperit shown)
  • 1 – 6mm round or Firepolish crystal
  • Cord and clasp of choice
  • Fireline/Wildfire/One-G/KO Beading thread
  • Size 11 or 12 beading needle – ( free dating sites after tagged note: I personally recommend Tulip needles – Becca)
  • Scissors or a thread burner ( chicago based dating sites note : I personally recommend the Berkley Hot Line Cutter – the tip is retractable, it comes with the batteries and an extra tip, can be found in most sporting goods stores in the fishing department, and costs less than $10!)
  1. On a 1 yd (.9m) piece of thread pick up 1A and 1B ten times for a total of 20 beads. Sew through all the beads again and pull into a ring; leave slight ease in order to sew through these beads in subsequent steps. Knot tail to working thread. Exit the first A strung. Pick up 8A, 1 crystal, and 8A. Skip the B in the ring and sew through the next A, making a loop.
  2. Repeat around the ring for ten loops. The last loop sews through the first A in the ring. Exit through the first 8A and the crystal in the first loop strung. p1
  3. String 3 crystals. Sew through the crystal exited in the loop forming a loop of 4 crystals. Exit the crystal in the loop.
  4. String 1A, 1B and 1A. Sew through the next loop’s crystal. Make sure the loop is flat, not twisted, before sewing through the crystal. Repeat Steps 3 and 4, pulling the beads close, to add 4-­‐crystal loops at the top of each loop. Sew through the first loop’s crystal, and circle through the crystal picot to exit the top crystal. Make sure the three beads between crystals are pulled up snugly, without gaps. The beadwork will cup as you work.p2
  5. Place cab face up in the beadwork. String 2A and pass through the top crystal in the next loop. Continue around the ring, pulling the beads snugly to capture the cab. Sew again through the circle just formed of A beads and crystals.
  6. Sew through the beads to meet the tail on the underside, knot, weave in the ends, and trim.p3

BAIL

  1. Customize the size of the bail to fit over your rope or cord by adding or subtracting A and B beads in the next steps.String a stop bead on 18″ (46 cm) of thread. Leaving a 6″ (15 cm) tail sew through the second, third, and fourth A beads in one strand of one of the loops (counting from the front of the cab). String a 2mm crystal, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A a(or more for a larger bail space) and a 2mm crystal. String one 6mm round, a 2mm crystal, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A (or however many you just strung,) and a 2mm crystal. Sew through all the beads again one and a half times, to exit the 6mm bead. Remove the stop bead.
  2.  String a 2mm crystal, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1B, 1A (or however many you just strung) and a 2mm crystal. Skip one strand and sew through the second and third A beads in the next strand of A beads. String a 2mm crystal, however many A and B beads you just strung) and a 2mm crystal. Sew through the 6mm bead and through all the beads in this step. Weave in the thread ends to secure and trim.p4

So, to wrap up the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Challenge Challenge Spring 2016, I wanted to bring you just a few more Honorable Mentions! These are a few that stood out to me  and the judges as simply amazing for various reasons about to be explained.

CRAW, or in layman’s terms, Cubic Right Angle Weave, is as about as difficult a stitch as a beader will ever run across. It requires time, patience, and did I mention time and patience? Oh yeah, I think I did! Girija Kuppaswamy’s 21 inch version of Jill Wiseman’s CRAW rope tutorial, (yes – TWENTY-ONE INCHES!) obviously took a LOT of time and patience, and was simply beautiful too!

Girija Kuppaswamy - Jill Wiseman's CRAW rope necklace

Girija Kuppaswamy – Jill Wiseman’s CRAW rope necklace

JR An Carol Carnes submitted a LOT of entries, but the one that really took my breath away was the Superduo bezel (tutorial by Allie Buchman of Potomac Bead Company), using the reversible angle and such vibrant shades of the Challenge colors!

JR An Carol Carnes - Allies Super Duo Bezel

JR An Carol Carnes – Allies Super Duo Bezel

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Mary Kearney is someone I see in a lot of the beading groups on Facebook, as well as the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry monthly color challenges, and she certainly did not disappoint in my Challenge with her Jill Wiseman Cellini spiral, which used nearly every Challenge color there was to use! Simply a gorgeous piece of beadwork!

Mary Kearney Jill Wiseman Cellini Spiral

Mary Kearney Jill Wiseman Cellini Spiral

And then there was the one thing that surprised me in just how much I loved it, because I have never really been a fan of beaded beads. However, both of Sherry Palmer-Zieman’s entries, “Frill-Seeker,” a Trendsetters by Yumiko Watanabe, and Allie Buchman’s “Moon Lantern” bracelet both contained beaded beads, and I simply adored them!

Sherry Palmer -Zieman - Allie's "Moon Lantern" bracelet

Sherry Palmer -Zieman – Allie’s “Moon Lantern” bracelet

Sherry Palmer-Zieman - Trendsetters by Yumiko Watanabe "Frill Seeker"

Sherry Palmer-Zieman – Trendsetters by Yumiko Watanabe “Frill Seeker”

 

 

Going to wrap up this late edition of Sarcastic Beads and Yarn for the week, BUT, that does NOT mean I do not want to hear that little “ding” on my phone that means I have a comment from you fine folks! Also, if you read my plea for help last week, well, the song remains the same. I need all the help I can get with keeping this site up and running and there is a handy little Paypal donation button on the side if you would be so kind. I want to thank Sheila P. and Linda N. for helping me out with their kind generosity this past week, and Dorothy F. before that.

 

Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Coming Next Week: Spotlight on some cool bead artisans from around the globe!

Sarcasm does Cellini (with a tutorial!)


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Ok, I had oral surgery Tuesday, so I am NOT in the best, or for that matter, the straightest frame of mind. (Thank you pharmaceutical industry for pain meds!) Fasten your seatbelt folks, cuz this is going to be short, sweet, and to the point this week. I gotta go lay down! Butttt, since I was stuck at home unable to drive, due to those marvelous wonders we call pain pills, I did manage to get some beading done!

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In addition to working on some new projects of my own, I decided to see what all the fuss was about with Jill Wiseman’s Wave Crest pendant that you can only get the kit for on JTV. Well, JTV has been sold out of their kits for like, forever, so Jill, being the super wonderful nice person that she is, went ahead and released the how-to video on Youtube and just kind of left it up to the viewer to figure out what beads to use. I did just that. 😀 Another thing you can do to learn Jill’s beautiful techniques? Pick up a copy of her book, “Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes: 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches (Beadweaving Master Class Series)” at your nearest book retailer or online. You won’t be sorry you did. It is an A.WE.S.O.M.E. book!

My version (and I’m not specifying bead sizes out of respect for Jill and JTV’s publishing rights) uses copper firepolish beads, matte teal, matte tea rose AB, galvanized metallic chocolate, blue zircon, and Navajo white seed beads. I will say this, the only thing that makes this different from a regular Cellini spiral is just one teeny tiny little trick. You can find Jill’s how-to video here. Other than watching to see what that little trick was, I basically did it on my own, because I just am not a video learner. All that stopping and starting and rewinding and fast forwarding gives me a headache. I’m a visual learner. I look at something, visualize the thread path, and then just do it. Anywho, here is my version.

"Wave Crest" by Becca Scott - Design by Jill Wiseman

“Wave Crest” by Becca Scott (Design by Jill Wiseman)

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So this is just based on basic Cellini spiral principles. Need some pointers on how to do one, or just a refresher? Well, here ya go! The Cellini spiral, named after a famed 16th-century Italian artist of dubious reputation and immense talent, is a really fun and creative way to do spiral peyote.

The basic technique for making a Cellini spiral is the same as creating a piece of tubular peyote stitch: pick up an odd/even number of beads, tie them in a ring, and start working in tubular peyote stitch. What gives Cellini spiral it’s characteristic undulation is the variation in bead sizes used to make the tube. Yes, it really IS that simple! It can be worked in either even or odd-count tubular peyote stitch. If you decide to use even-count tubular peyote stitch, don’t forget to make the step-up at the end of each round. That’s another thing that makes the Cellini so darn easy: the step-up is always in the same bead! When working in odd-count peyote stitch, the work will just spiral around to infinity, with no need to make a step-up.

The most important thing to remember about doing a Cellini, and I can not stress this to you enough, is your thread TENSION! It is absolutely crucial for your spiral to look presentable and your beads to spiral correctly and lay against each other they way they are supposed to. Because it requires such a sturdy tension, I recommend you use at least a 6 or 8lb Fireline or Wildfire. Put your Nymo, and all those other softer, stretchier threads away for this, because you need something sturdy.

The other key thing to remember? The main thing about a Cellini spiral is that no matter what your bead combination, whether you are doing even or odd count, you will ALWAYS feed the same bead you are coming out of into the next bead. Doesn’t matter what color or size, this is always, always, given in a Cellini, and what makes it so freaking easy!

Four Bead Combinations for Cellini Spiral

Ready to give it a try? Here are four easy variations of Cellini peyote spiral for you to play with!

Copper Spine: Start each spiral with 13 beads as follows:Copper Spine

  • 2 dark blue size 8 seed beads
  • 2 light blue size 8 seed beads
  • 2 purple size 11 seed beads
  • 2 light blue size 8 seed beads
  • 2 purple size 11 seed beads
  • 2 green size 8 seed beads

 

Raspberry Raspberry Spiral: Start each spiral with 12 beads:

  • 5 peach lined size 11 seed beads
  • 3 matte raspberry size 8 seed beads
  • 2 rose lined size 6 seed beads
  • 2 matte raspberry size 8 seed beads
  • 1 copper size 6 seed bead

 

 

Black crystal Black Crystal Spine: Start each spiral with 13 beads:

  • 1 black 4mm crystal
  • 2 green size 8 seed beads
  • 2 green size 11 seed beads
  • 4 matte bronze size 11 seed beads
  • 2 green size 11 seed beads
  • 2 green size 8 seed beads

 

 

Copper Spine Olive and Copper Spiral: Start each spiral with 9 beads:

  • 3 olive lined size 15 seed beads
  • 2 matte bronze size 11 seed beads
  • 2 matte olive size 8 seed beads
  • 2 matte copper size 6 seed beads

 

courtesy of Jennifer VanBenschoten of Beading Daily

 

If you want video instructions, I recommend Potomac Bead Company’s video “Cellini Spiral Stitch (Introduction)” that you can link to here. Say, you need somewhere to buy those beads and crystals for this fabulous project! So why don’t you head over to Eureka Crystal Beads to buy them? They have Toho’s in 20 gram tubes, and superduos in 25 gram quantities for unbelievably low prices! They are based in Rhode Island and my orders to Alabama from them usually arrive within 2-3 days max. That’s how fast their shipping is!

 

Anyway, that is IT for me for this week. Pain meds are kicking in and I need a nap! Besides, the grandbabies will be arriving soon, and that means a LOT of work for my hubby! Ha! I guess there are some benefits to having part of your jawbone cut out and grafted back on! Please don’t forget to leave me some comments. Show me some love, people! I want to know what tutorials you need to see, and suggestions for what you want me to do, not do, whatever! Also, don’t forget to sign up in that little box thing that floats around this page depending on what kind of device you’re on to get my snark delivered straight up and first to your email inbox each and every posting. You never know when I might throw out a bonus post that doesn’t get posted on social media!

Until next time, stay smart, or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm does a Cellini Spiral


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Tis the season. Christmas is this very week and it’s kinda hard to be snarky about something so important as the celebration of the birth of Christ and our celebration of it. But then again, there is the months of credit card bills, waiting in endless checkout lines to pay for “THAT” toy (after you got shoved and kicked and stepped on to get it) that just had to go under the tree this year for your little one, waiting until the last second to figure out what to buy the hubby (or wife – I’m not gender biased with my readers! 😀 ) and all that cooking and of course, along with the cooking, comes the inevitable clean-up afterwards. Not only of the kitchen, but the whole frigging house, because you just know the kids have strewn wrapping paper and boxes and their new toys every freaking where!

Sound like your house? It used to be mine, but then I did the smart thing. I convinced my daughter that since Santa comes to her house, it makes better since to do the entire day there, so the kids can play with ALL their new stuff, rather than them wishing they were at home while they ate at my house. Works great for me, no cooking or clean-up! Works great for her too, as far as the kids go, but then she IS stuck with all the cooking and clean-up. Did I mention how much I LOVE being a grandparent? 😛

Anyway I have my own little Christmas anecdote of Good Samaritanship to share. I have had a rear passenger tire that has been slowly losing air over the last two to three weeks. A few nights ago, as I was leaving our LBS around 11:15 p.m. (yup, been staying late to get those Christmas orders done!) My dash reading said the tire was down to 16 pounds. It’s actually supposed to be at 42 for my particular car. I called my husband and he said just to drive slowly home and he would go get it plugged in the morning, that it probably had a nail in it (turns out it was two!). As I was driving home and was stopped at the last big intersection to turn into my neighborhood, a policeman was waving for me to roll down my window from the lane next to me. He said I was about to have a flat or blowout and to pull into the service station on the other side of the intersection.

One thing about police now is that everyone is complaining that they do not care about the citizens they are supposed to serve and protect. I have never believed that, having been married to a retired one as long as I have. I think it is just part of their training now to triage their responses to certain situations, which means the most critical come first. Anyway, this policeman was kind enough to not only pay for (yes, actually had to pay for AIR) and put air in my tire, but had a tire gauge and checked the p.s.i. as he was doing so, to make sure I was at the proper 42 lbs p.s.i. It took all of 10 minutes of his time away from his patrol duties on a late night. He explained to me, that especially this time of year, he didn’t want a lone single woman who was being distracted by putting air in her tire to be robbed of her purse and valuables inside her car from the other side. He was the utmost example of what it is to protect and SERVE. I wish I had gotten his name, but was so shocked and grateful, (not to mention exhausted and eager to get home) that I regretfully did not. So, thank you to the Montgomery, AL Police Officer on Atlanta Highway and Coliseum Blvd. who helped me! What a gentleman! Next time you see one of your officers, thank him or her for their service to your community. You never know when you will need them, whether you realize it or not!

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So, the next morning, as I’m on my way to meet my husband at the tire shop to get the tire, I had a @%@$%&# BLOWOUT on the front tire on the same side! I nearly ended up in a ditch, but instead managed to steer away from it, up a curb, and into the parking lot of the nearest open bar. Yes, open bar at 8:30 a.m.! So, now I have a trashed tire rim from hitting the curb, a concussion from hitting that plastic thingy between the door frame and the windshield, and two tires that have to be fixed or replaced!

So, on to some beading for the week! I have done a LOT of beading this week, and I have so many things to show you, but lets just go one thing at a time, shall we? One of the orders I had for Christmas was for a bracelet containing peacock colors, and for a very small wrist – 6 1/2 inches. I thought this would be the perfect time for me to work on my Cellini spiral so off I went! For this bracelet, I used 8/0 Aqua lined Grape, 11/0 Translucent Turquoise, 11/0 Metallic Teal Iris Delicas, 11/0 Metallic Midnight Purple Iris Delicas, and 15/0 Blue lined Blue AB seed beads. Once the spiral was completed, I closed up the ends with the 11/0 Turquoise and 15/0 Blues until completely sealed. Then I formed a loop with silver seed beads around a silver toggle clasp. Tension is VERY important when doing a Cellini, often to the point of breaking your thread and even your needles. I recommend using Fireline and Tulip needles, as I got through this entire bracelet without breaking either, and have gone on to using the needle in other projects with absolutely no problems.

"Peacock" Cellini Spiral

“Peacock” Cellini Spiral

Don’t forget for all your beading needs to check out Eureka Crystal Beads. You simply can’t beat their prices, fast and free economy shipping, or the amount you get for your money. Heck, Toho seed beads are sold in 20 gram tubes! They are also ALWAYS running some kind of a sale! Another thing, they have some great absolutely 100% FREE downloadable patterns. There is a link to those on the sidebar on this page. Use discount code A10SAVE20R and receive 20% off your first order!

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! I will be spending it with my babies, but will be,  talking to you again next week! If you haven’t already, don’t forget to fill out that email subscriber form on my page, so you can get my snarky beading directly in your inbox each and every time I post! Comments? I absolutely ADORE hearing from you! Please leave me a message on what you are doing, what you would like to see from me, or just to say “hey there, “you snarky smartypants!” Also, don’t forget to send me your favorite sarcasm memes to beccasbanglesofal@yahoo.com and I will use them in a future post!

Until next time, be smart, or be smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm thinks pink


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I love, love, love, my grandbabies. They are my heart, soul, and world. When my 5-year-old grandson was getting ready to start kindergarten this year, I was not just excited for him though, I was excited for me! Let me explain. When his mom, my daughter, was in elementary school, I did the PTA thing full-time, and when I say full-time, I mean I went to her school with her in the mornings and didn’t leave until long after she was dismissed in the afternoons – every single day! I even served on our local County Council’s Board of Directors and had EIGHTEEN schools under me in addition to everything I did for her school. But I loved every freaking minute of it. Every time I subbed a class, laminated, copied, answered phones, just whatever needed to be done, I loved volunteering for such a great cause – the benefit of my daughter and others schools.

So now that my grandson is in kindergarten and his mom works full-time – I get to do it all over again! (Insert happy dance HERE!) Anyways, last week I was busier than a fireman at a 5 alarm fire trying to sort out school field trip and spirit shirts and get them delivered to all the kids before said field trips that were this week. Then, on Thursday I helped chaperone the entire kindergarten to a pumpkin patch field trip to Dream Field Farms. It was an awesome experience for the kids. They all got to dive in a corn pit, which is basically like those ball pits at the pizza places, except it is dried corn. They thoroughly enjoyed jumping around in the “unmicrowaved popcorn!” There were pigs and goats, a hayride where they all got to pick out a small pumpkin to take home, and plenty, and I do mean plenty of other activities! They even have pig races!

As much as I love my grandson and having sixty 5 year olds and an entire faculty calling me Gamma, after those few days, I was, to put it mildly, crapped out exhausted! Buuuuutttt, still I couldn’t sleep one of those nights, and the secretary at his school is a HUGE supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness (she even put permanent pink streaks in her hair), so I cranked this out to give to her to thank her for letting me help out so much.

Flat Cellini Spiral Bracelet for Breast Cancer Awareness

Flat Cellini Spiral Bracelet

This was my first of any type of Cellini for a bracelet, let alone a flat one that I have done.  I used 6/0 opaque baby pink, 8/0 copper lined pink, 11/0 silver lined white, and 11/0 dark pink delicas. I finished it off with a matte sterling 3 strand clasp and sterling silver awareness charm. I made it about 9 inches in length, because it draws up quite a bit when you pick it up and put it on. I definitely had fun making this spiral, though I wish there was something that could be done to keep the thread from showing quite so much between bead sizes. Just a pet peeve of mine. If I had my way, all thread would become invisible once the clasp was sewn on! Now wouldn’t THAT be cool! If I could figure out a way to do it, I could be rich! What would I do with the patent for something like that? Well, buy more beads and yarn, of course! Duh!

I’m going to wrap this one up for this week. My little Doodlebug is walking now, and is literally trying to climb up my leg as I am typing this. It’s pretty close to her bedtime. If you haven’t already, please fill out the little box for the email subscription and you will get my sarcastic repertoire directly in your inbox every weekend and whenever I feel like it in between! I will be resuming my random postings in the next couple of weeks, so if you are an email subscriber, stay tuned! Don’t forget to leave me a comment on what YOU are beading/wire wrapping/polymer/lapidary/crocheting/knitting/and any other craft I haven’t listed here! ALSO, if you wouldn’t mind leaving me some sarcasm memes, I WILL use them in future postings!

Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm wins a Design Challenge!


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I tend to be just a wee bit more sarcastic to the people I love and like, so if I’m straight up nice to you, then you have to wonder what I really think about you. Luckily for most, I’m sarcastic with nearly everyone I meet. I also tend to be a little more on the sarcastic side of things when I’m stressed, upset, ticked off, or _____ (you fill in the blank). That being said, I have really been on my game with the sarcasm thing this week.  To say I have been stressed would be a colossal understatement, and to explain all the reasons why would turn this week’s blog into a submission for a “Reader’s Digest” condensed book.

The thing that got me out of my stress-induced funk and inspired my beading mojo to carry on this week though, blew me out of the water. It seems I WON the Dry Gulch August Color Design Challenge! I’ve never won anything with my beading! Ever! Every month for the last several months, I have been entering the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry color design challenge. They assign a color design pallet each month, and you have to use all the colors in the pallet to design something amazing and artistic. Judging is based on adherence to the color pallet, creativity of design, and effort put into the project. Of course my entries have always been jewelry.

This month I entered a pendant. The color pallet was  called  “pink patina door” and consisted of five colors: vivid red, dark moderate red (looked burgundy/wine to me), dark moderate yellow (looked olive), mostly desaturated dark cyan-lime green (kind of a dark sea foam), and  mostly desaturated dark cyan-lime green (sea foam). You can see the color pallet, along with all of the entries here.

I have been wanting to attempt to do a Cellini spiral for a while, and was challenged in one of my beading groups to do a flat Cellini, so I thought why not kill two birds with one stone, and do the Cellini using the challenge color pallet from the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry challenge?  I used size 6/0 in matte olive, 8/0 in matte dark sea foam, 11/0 in opaque dark sea foam and opaque dark red, and 15/0 delicas in opaque bright red. I stitched a flat Cellini approximately three inches long and then “zipped” it up with my remaining Fireline thread. I finished it with a Swarovski briolete in ruby.

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I have to admit, I absolutely hated working with this color combination at first. It was so far out of my color comfort zone I wanted to scream obscenities to the beading Gods. But, that’s the thing about these color challenges from Dry Gulch. They are supposed to get you motivated to work with something new and different each month, whether you are comfortable or not with what you have to work with. If it had not been for my favorite Bead Fairy Cyn Wilson motivating me to finish, I really do not think I would have. Now that I have, I have a $50 gift certificate from Dry Gulch to show for it!

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To make me an even happier camper this week, COLLEGE FOOTBALL HAS ARRIVED!!! My beloved Auburn Tigers played Louisville yesterday at the Georgia Dome and beat them 31-24! War Eagle! Next week is a home game against Jacksonville State. There is nothing better than the atmosphere in Auburn, Alabama during a home game. Auburn fans are a big family and greet each other with “War Eagle” wherever they go, whether you know each other or not.

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Until next time, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca