After threading a stop bead, add five 8/0 beads and go back through the 1st for a circle. (Fig. 1)
Then string one 8/0 between each bead in the circle, forming a pentagon shape. (fig. 2). Add 2 superduos between each 8/0 (fig. 3). Between each pair of superduos insert one 8/0. (Fig. 4)
Going through the second hole of a superduo right after the 8/0, insert a pair of superduos in each pair in the previous round. (Fig. 5). Add two other superduos over each pair in the previous round, and two 11/0 to the sides of each 8/0 (fig. 6). Place a superduo over each pair in the previous round and three 11/0 on the sides, moving the thread through the beads inserted in order to merge the four included in previous round of 11/0. (fig. 7)
Insert three 11/0 on the sides of each superduo in the previous round (fig. 8), then two of the three pairs inserted (fig. 9) and finally into a last round insert one 8/0 among each pair of two of the previous round (fig. 10).
Add a jump ring to one 8/0 and attach to an ear wire. Congratulations, you are done! Enjoy!
Starfish Superduo Earrings
My friend Tina Pawass of Freebird’s Innovations tried out my pattern and turned it into a necklace and bracelet set!
Freebird’s Innovations version of “Starfish Superduo” earrings AND a necklace!
Brrrrrrrrr!!!!! That’s all I have to say about the weather! I feel SORRY for all of you on the upper eastern seaboard who have gotten all that snow! We got about maybe five minutes of it here in Montgomery, Alabama Friday evening, and of course, everyone went stark raving mad! My Facebook feed read like it was the end of the freaking world! THAT is what happens when there is even a HINT of snow in Alabama! Life stops, schools close, grocery stores go bare, traffic goes haywire with freaking crazy idiot drivers wrecking everywhere because they think they have to get somewhere quick before the roads are going to close. Puh-leeze! Our roads only close when they are flooded, and as of late, that has been rather frequently, unfortunately. Stay warm people!
So, you all know I had oral surgery a couple of weeks ago. Well, I have spent my recovery time at home up until just a few days ago, courtesy of my husband, who wouldn’t let me drive while I was on those GLORIOUS things we call pain pills. Personally, I think my driving is better when I’m under the influence, but that’s another discussion….
You already know I taught myself Jill Wiseman’s Wave Crest from last week’s snarky installment.Butttttt, I wanted to play around with it a bit. Well, I was freaking bored at home, so I also taught myself several other things, including tubular herringbone and the Russian Spiral. But, I was enchanted with Jill’s Wave Crest, so I decided to downsize my crystals and my seed beads a little, and use my absolute FAVORITE color of PURPLE!!! I mean, how can you go wrong with purple???
“Wave Crest” (design by Jill Wiseman) comparison picture with smaller size
I also made another one in the called for by pattern size for a friend for her birthday. She wanted something that looked a little like the ocean and sort of beachy. I decided I didn’t want to just give her the pendant, so (man, I was SO bored while I was stuck at home!) I stitched her up my very first Russian Spiral, using 8/0’s in light blue pearl, milky sapphire Jonquil, and crystal clear hex, and 11/0 in silver lined alabaster pink.
“Wave Crest” with my very 1st Russian Spiral!
Well, I have had the fabulous honor of being chosen by Potomac Beads to try out some of their new beads! SO FREAKING EXCITED!!! They sent me an assortment of beads that they (and only Potomac) carry, such as Rounduos, Rountrios, Faceted Routrios, and Discduos, along with some superduos, seed beads, Firepolish crystals, and Swarovski crystals to use to create with! Also included in this picture is some ultrasuede and Nicole’s Bead Backing I received the same day.
I haven’t had a whole lot of time to work with them, because I got behind on my own orders due to my surgery, but I did work up a small prototype of a little something I wanted to share with you today. Not too sure whether or not this is going to work out to be a pendant, a set of earrings or the beginning of a bracelet component, but I welcome your suggestions in the comments below! Also, as a designer, I ask that you please respect my design process and not copy or reproduce anything I share with you in the picture below.
As you can see, I am using the Faceted Rountrios, 8/0 seed beads, 7/0 Matubo’s, 11/0 seed beads, and Rullas. The one thing that I am really unhappy with at this point is the amount of thread that is showing. If you are a regular reader, then you know that is my number one pet peeve. But, like I said, this is just a prototype, and I haven’t decided (though I have about a gazillion ideas) where I am going with it next. However, once I do complete it, I will release the tutorial for free for a limited time here on this blog to my readers who subscribe by email only. After that time is up, it will be available for purchase on my website.
That about wraps it up for this week. I hope I have been informative, nice, snarky, and a little bit humorous! Don’t forget for all your 20 gram tube Toho beading needs to check out Eureka Crystal Beads and use code A10SAVE20R for 20% off your first order! And, don’t forget to check out Potomac Beads for the newest beads, the Rounduos, Rountrios, Faceted Rountrios, Discduos, Czech Pressed Druk Cup Button Beads, Potomac Crystal Faceted Machine Cut Buttons, and so much more!
Ever have one of those weeks where you are grateful at the end of it that you didn’t need any bail money or a shovel to hide any bodies? Yup, that was me this week. By the way, I DESPISE politics! Yeah, that was random, I know.
Last week I told you all how much I LOVE working with superduos. I mean, it’s absolutely ridiculous how fascinated I am with the possibilities you can come up with for using them. When I first started using them, I decided I wanted to make some earrings with them, but I wanted something fun to wear that would go with just about any outfit. My most important prerequisite for earrings is that they do not weigh down the ear lobes. I mean, that can be painful! Anyway, since I love the beach so much, and live in an area where some great beaches are just a couple of hours away by car, I made these. This way, anyone could wear them. And by anyone, I mean anyone that would buy them from me, lol!
Superduo Starfish Earrings
These were made with Turquoise on bronze picasso superduos, beige lined crystal 8/0 seed beads, and sterling base metal ear wires. It takes just a small amount of each type of beads to make these and the color possibilities are endless. For photographing, I used a plain white coffee mug to hang them on.
Now, here’s the best part: You can have the tutorial for these earrings absolutely FREE. Zero dollars. Zilch. Denada. Gratis. There is one tiny little catch though. You do have to go to my store website Becca’s Beaded Bangles to get it. Go to the Patterns section, add it to your cart, and after you have finished shopping (cuz you are gonna buy lots of my stuff, right?) checkout, and I will email you the pattern as soon as storenvy.com clears the transaction. If you see something on my site that you like, but isn’t your color vibe, please email me at email@example.com or message me on Facebook. Custom orders are my specialty!
So that’s it for now. Please don’t forget to leave me a comment below and let me know how I’m doing, what you would like to see in future posts, or just to say “hey there!” Also, if you subscribe to my blog in the email sign-up box, you will get a random post now and again midweekish about well, almost anything!
My week has been a week of pure Gamma love. What is Gamma love? Gamma love is loving your grandbabies unconditionally at any given time. This week I had my 11 month old Doodlebug Adalyn for 5 straight days (and nights) while she was SICK, SICK, SICK! Only a Gamma can appreciate how to love a child when they are fussy, snotty, coughing, eyes infected, and running four straight days of fever. All of this on top of running a fever above 100 for 2 straight days. Yes, we went to see the pediatrician on the 3rd morning. By the time I took her home yesterday, she was well, happy, playing, and wanted nothing more than to hug on her “Bubba” (code name for her big brother, my 5-year-old grandson Jackson) and to kiss her mommy and daddy non-stop. It was a very sweet thing to see, yet made me sad at the same time after the closeness we had over the last few days.
Anyway, because of her being sick, I sort of neglected taking care of myself and ended up in the ER yesterday with a blood clot in my arm that had progressed into thrombophlebitis. That sucker was the size of a walnut! What really ticked me off was that it was in my right arm, and as I am right-handed, I couldn’t do much with it this week as far as beading or crochet.
BUT, I’m not going to leave you hanging, in fact, I’m going to bring you something I released last year, not only for sale on my website as finished earrings, but I also have the pattern available so that you too, can make them. They are my Starfish earrings made with turquoise Picasso superduos and size 8/0 seed beads. It’s a really simple pattern to follow, and a lot of fun to make. You can purchase the ready made earrings at my Storenvy store, or the pattern to make them yourself.
I loved making these. They were quick to work up, and didn’t require a lot of thought process behind it (not that I have a lot of them!). They are perfect to wear to the beach or with summer wear in a night out with friends. If you would like the pattern please visit my Storenvy page or you can shop directly from my Facebook page.
In crochet news: I have finished the sunhat for Adalyn to wear in her 1st birthday pics and currently working on her dress, but still have a ruffled diaper cover to go with the sunhat. I would have posted a picture of her wearing the sunhat, but you don’t want to see a sickly baby as a model! I will post it, along with the entire layette that I am making for her birthday pictures in a future blog.
As always, please leave me a comment with any questions about these earrings or previous posts, or just to let me know what you think about my blog! Please be kind or sarcastic!