Sarcasm Got Her Groove On!


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In my arm!!!

You all are going to HAVE to start sending me sarcasm and bead memes. I went to Google them for this blog and the first three rows that popped up were actually from this blog! Ha! I guess that means I have some sort of web presence, even if it IS as a snarky beader! You can send them to my email at tinybead@beccasbeadedbangles.com by the way!

So this week I have been taking it really easy and taking a LOT of naps because of this nasty MRSA infection that has caused a crater in my beading arm. LOTS of naps, because I gotta tell ya, fever and infection will flat wear you out! Besides, it’s rather painful to bead with this giant, antibiotic-resistant hole in my arm.

Anywho, I DID get one project finished, and I’m rather proud of getting it done, because it is one I have been putting off for quite a while. I’m not easily intimidated by beads or patterns, but the idea of one that has layers? Makes it sound like work! Beading is my LOVE, it’s not supposed to be WORK! Well, as it turned out, this pattern was something I absolutely LOVED, and not a thing like work at all!

This week I finally got around to doing Marcia Balonis’s “Dipped in Color” bracelet, and oh my gosh, where-have-I-been-and-why-have-I-been-putting-it-off-for-so-darn-long??? Seriously, it was so much fun to make! I mean, really, how many bead patterns have you read, where you literally laugh out loud reading the instructions? This lady knows how to write a tutorial for ME! I have to also mention that in addition to her being a member of the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad,  she is also a a Starman Trendsetters designer, AND has her own blog, Baubles and Beads, and you can find her patterns on Etsy HERE. Ya think she’s a busy lady? Nahhhhhh

Dipped in Color

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“Dipped in Color”

Although her pattern called for either 3 or 4mm round or firepolished beads or pinch beads on the outside, I decided to make use of those wonderful Chalk Blue and Aztec Gold Groovy Tiles I had purchased but didn’t quite know yet what to do with.  The rest of the bracelet consists of Metallic Beige 3mm firepolished beads as a base, with Czech Bar Beads in Leather, Blue Metallic Suede Quadralentils, and 11/0 seed beads in Toho Grey Rainbow. That’s really all there was to it!

I have been getting a lot of emails asking about the written version of my “Penny Pincher” bracelet that Potomac Bead Company was kind enough to release on video last week. I did a kind of mini-survey in a couple of places on Facebook to see if there would be any interest, and well, apparently there is. So, I will be releasing a written tutorial for it within the next few days. The difference in the written tutorial and the video? The video uses a two-needle approach to make it, while the written version will only be using ONE!!!

SO, the FIRST twenty email subscribers to this blog to comment (before next week’s blog) something funny and snarky about beading (keep it clean folks – this is a PG-rated blog! lol) will get it absolutely, positively, 100% FREE! The rest of you will have to pay. Sorry, but it costs money to do all this stuff! Besides, a) I love hearing from you; and b) I need the material to use in a future blog. Ha!

Also, please don’t forget that little Paypal donation button thing I have going on this page. It really DOES pay my web fees, and with me having to replenish all the tools and supplies that were stolen from me recently – I am, shall we say – needy?

Until next time, stay smart, stay smart sassy!

Sarcasm has a YouTube Tutorial!


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Hey everyone, SO sorry to be running late this week, but well, I was in the hospital with this crater thing on my arm, and what was thought to be a spider bite turned out to be a nasty infection that was REALLY resistant to the antibiotics – even the IV ones!

Anywho, y’all remember my “Penny Pincher” bracelet? You know, the one that was one of the winners of the Potomac Bead Company 2016 Design Challenge? You know, THIS one!

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“Penny Pincher”

Well, a lot of you have been asking for a tutorial for it, and though I haven’t finished the written one yet, Potomac Bead Company has posted a VIDEO tutorial of it by Allie Buchman, which can be found HERE.

I absolutely ADORE the colors she chose, and though I used a one needle approach in making mine, she simplified it (yes it DOES simplify it!) by using a two needle approach. Also, if you want a ruffled look to the bracelet, add three o-beads instead of two on the outer edges!

Another thing, I want to apologize for my rant last week about what happened at the LBS where I live. Yes, she stole quite a bit of my things, but with the assistance of my local police department, I WAS able to retrieve SOME of it, though the more expensive items “could not be found.” So, I am out over $500 in tools and supplies. If you want to help me out here, I would definitely appreciate it, and you can do so by hitting that Paypal button on the side/top/bottom of the page.

Also, don’t forget to subscribe! If you are on a mobile device, just scroll down to the bottom and click on “View Desktop Version” and down near the comments you will find the subscription box. Desktop users can find it in the upper right hand corner. I thank you all SO much for hanging in there with me! I never dreamed that there would be nearly 40,000 of you, heck, I never thought there would be 40 of you!

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

Becca

Sarcasm is Rolling with Rivolis – a short tutorial!


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It’s that time of year again. You know – the one where the weather is so unpredictable you don’t know whether to wear short sleeves with your boots and shorts, or long sleeves and pants with your flip-flops. Oh, wait – that’s only in Walmart…ha!

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Really though, the kids are getting out of school and/or graduating and parents everywhere are hiding the breakables and taking out second mortgages to pay for summer childcare. My daughter is lucky though, She has me to watch my grandson all summer while he is out of school, even though my Doodlebug will continue on with her daycare. She is such an intelligent and bright little girl for her age (21 months) that she definitely needs to carry on with the preschool thing.

My Doodlebug!

My Doodlebug!

My Little Man is graduating from Kindergarten tomorrow, followed by a school sponsored field trip to the zoo for all the graduates and their parents and adult family members that are with them. I am “lucky” enough to get to go in early at 7:45 tomorrow morning to substitute in his class and get them ready and lined up for their graduation ceremony because his teacher is out for the remainder of the year with a sick child.

Mrs. Denise Whatley in the background, and My Little Man, Jackson in the foreground, working hard at school!

Mrs. Denise Whatley in the background, and My Little Man, Jackson in the foreground, working hard at school!

I would like to personally thank Denise Whatley for everything she has done to enrich Jackson’s Kindergarten experience and taking care of My Little Man this year. It has been a pleasure to serve as her “Room Gamma” and I have loved every second I spent with all of her students. Mrs. Whatley, we are all praying for you and your family here from the Scott and Whaley households, along with the MIB PTA! Take care and God Bless, and we will see you next school year!

So, how about a little bit of beading? LOL – I bet you thought I was never gonna get to the subject of beading! Well anyway, I have this little baggie slam full of 14mm rivoli crystals that I have just been itching to use in my beading, but every time I have tried to bezel the darn things, I have, to put it politely – royally screwed it up every.single.time.

I never could manage to get the right number of beads around the darn things to hold onto them. Either I had too many and it wouldn’t stay on, or not enough and I couldn’t get it to wrap around it at all once I started the second row of peyote. So it turns out not only was I not using the correct number of beads, but the wrong sizes on the rows too.

So anyways, I saw the Mandela on the cover of the latest B&B and just fell in love with the flowery look that the superduos were giving it, and thought, why not, just go for it! But, when I read up on it, I was thinking the whole time, there has GOT to be a way to do this without so freaking many thread passes back and forth and running in circles all over the place. Plus, I thought, with the rivolis I had on hand, I could do something cool and make it a stash buster project at the same time.

I started out with a basic rivoli peyote bezel. I then added 8/0 hex beads, superduos, firepolish beads, and these new really cool Czech lily petal beads I had just gotten. I never looked at B&B again until after I was done, and was really pleased with myself. I had managed to eliminate multiple thread passes, and completely changed thread paths for about 95% of it. Here is the result. I’m kinda pleased with myself, as it is the first time I have managed to master a rivoli bezel at all. I will be adding either a fold-over triangle or butterfly peyote bail to it.

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“Crystal Petals”

First thing is you need to be using Delica beads if at all possible for your base row. I am providing this hand little chart of how many you need per rivoli courtesy of Bead and Buttonand it is self-explanatory, with the exception of it doesn’t say that it  helpful resources IS referring to 11/0 Delicas for the number of cylinders.

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Now, what do you do with that number of beads?

go to the website For a Peyote stitch bezel:

helpful site 1. On about 2 yards of thread, pick up the correct number of beads to fit around the circumference of your crystal/stone and leave enough of a tail to weave back in later. Sew back through the first two or three beads to form a ring. check out the post right here (figure 1, a-b)

rivoli bezel fig 12. Pick up a delica and skip the next delica, sewing through the following delica (b-c) in the ring. Continue working tubular peyote to complete the round, stepping up at the end through the first delica bead added to that round. Those will be the ONLY rounds worked with the 11/0 Delica beads on this side of the bezel. (c-d)

3. Continue working tubular peyote for the next two rounds using 15/0 seed beads (d-e), keeping the tension tight to decrease the size of the ring around the crystal/stone.

rivoli bezel fig 24. Position the rivoli in the center of the beadwork’s opening, or bezel cup. Weave back through your beadwork to the opposite side of it. Work one more round of tubular peyote with the 11/0 delicas and step up. Holding the rivoli crystal/stone in place inside the bezel cup, work two more rounds of tubular peyote with size 15/0 seed beads, keeping your tension very tight so that the bezel cup will shrink around the rivoli crystal/stone. Instead of stepping up at the end of the second row of 15/0’s (figure 2), weave in your thread and cut it. (Tutorial courtesy of Bead and Button)

You can also bezel these slick little devils using RAW, or Right Angle Weave. There is a great photo tutorial for that over at Beading Daily that includes photographs and step-by-step instructions. I also noticed over at Beading Daily that there is a tutorial for stitched bezels using Picots HERE, and Nathan Buchman over at Potomac Bead Company has a “super” tutorial using superduos HERE.

So that wraps it up for this week ladies and gents. If you have not subscribed by email to my snarky little bead blog, then I just have to ask – WHY NOT??? It’s free (though I would appreciate a little help with my web fees via that Paypal donation button you keep seeing), you get to be the first to read my ramblings, and every now and again you will get a random post with a tutorial, pattern, recipe, or something from me that I don’t post anywhere else! So hit that subscribe button. And one more thing – show me some love and comment below and let me know how I’m doing here, how you are doing, what you are doing (just not who – TMI!). I love to hear from you!

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

Becca

 

Sarcasm does Nothing but (Tubular) Netting…A Tutorial


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Wowzers, what a week! I have been busier than a mosquito at a nudist colony this week! Three beaded ropes, a bracelet to finish the design on and bead up, photograph and submit to the Potomac Bead Company Design Challenge 2016, my daughter closed on her new house this week, my LBS is moving to their bigger and closer to me (yippeeee!!!) location (both of which I am helping to move!), and oh yeah, did I mention that I also got selected as PTA President at my grandson’s school for the upcoming year? Sheesh! And on top of all of that? I have about 12 new designs parked in my head that need to either be written out, beaded, or both, plus  a few tutorials that need to be written on some things I have recently done! There are just not enough hours in a day, which is probably why I never sleep at night. Ha!

My latest entry in the Potomac Challenge was another bracelet, although I think it would make a lovely bangle without a clasp. I would like to introduce you to “Chih-Nu,” named after the Chinese Goddess of spinners, weavers and clouds. She rules over handicrafts, fire, and rain. It was made with faceted Rountrios in vintage copper, Rounduos in pastel turquoise, DiamonDuos in pastel dark coral, Potomac crystal rondelles in crystal AB, Miyuki 11/0 delicas in duracoat galvanized champagne, and Firepolished Chinese crystal rondelles in fire and ice. The closure is with a Potomac Czech Cup button in vintage copper and Miyuki 11/0 seed beads in brown iris.

"Chih-Nu"

“Chih-Nu”

So last week I showed off the jewelry I did for the wedding, including the Jill Wiseman bracelet, “Flower Power,” which is done in tubular netting. If you recall, I mentioned that I loved the stitch so much, it would be my “go-to” stitch whenever I needed a beaded rope for anything from now on, and it will be! But, who am I to hog all of the glory of that wonderful technique?? Not me! So, this morning I managed to put together a little photo tutorial of how to get going on your own tubular netted rope.

This is my first picture tutorial done on my own, so please bear with me! It was not easy balancing beads and thread, a needle, my phone (cuz that’s how I took the pictures) ,and keeping it steady so these pictures would not be blurry, a toddler (did I mention that my Doodlebug spent the night and she adores watching me bead!!!), and trying to get my thumb on the shutter button all at the same time!

One of the great things about tubular netting is the flexibility of the rope. It is super slinky and moves and drapes beautifully with or without a pendant. The only other rope stitch that even comes close to it is the Russian Spiral (which I will cover in a couple of weeks), but this is just super lightweight. The size of your rope is dictated strictly by the size of your beads. The bigger the bead, the fatter the rope. If you are making it for a pendant though, I recommend using 11/0 seed beads so the bail will go on smoothly without getting caught.

Basic Tubular Netting

Supplies: All you really need are two tubes of either 11/0 or 8/0 seed beads, your choice of beading thread (I used Wildfire here because that is my go-to for black beading thread), scissors or thread burner, needles (you can see I am using my ever trusty Tulip size 11 needles!), and a stop bead.

The tubes from your Tulip needles are great to re-use for beads!

The tubes from your Tulip needles are great to re-use for beads!

Step 1: On a comfortable length of thread, string your stop bead and leave about a six-inch tail to use for a clasp later. Then add 12 beads, alternating your two colors. For my beads, color A is the orange, and color B is the blue. (fig. 1)

Step 1: On a comfortable length of thread, string your stop bead and leave about a six inch tail to use for a clasp later. Then add 12 beads, alternating your two colors.

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Step 2: Bring your needle up through your 1st bead and through all your beads to form a tight circle. (fig. 2)

Step 2: Bring your needle up through your 1st bead and through all your beads to form a tight circle.

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Step 3: Once your circle is formed, exit your needle from your 1st “B” bead. (fig. 3)

Step 3: Once your circle is formed, exit your needle from your 1st "B" bead.

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Step 4: Add three beads in this order: A-B-A. Skip one B bead and go through the next.  Repeat this twice more around the round.(fig. 4)

Step 4: Add three beads in this order: A-B-A. Skip one B bead and go through the next.

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Step 5: Step up to the next row after going through the last B bead by also going through the 1st A & B added this round. Your needle should now be exiting the 1st B bead added to the previous round completed. (fig. 5)

Step 6: Step up to the next row after going through the last B bead by also going through the 1st A & B added this round. Your needle should now be exiting the 1st B bead added to the previous round completed.

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Step 6: Continue adding your three beads and skipping to every other B bead. The only time you will ever go through an A bead is during your step-up to the next row. Continue until desired length. (fig. 6)

Step 7: Continue adding your three beads and skipping to every other B bead. The only time you will ever go through an A bead is during your step-up to the next row. Continue until desired length.

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This is what eight completed rows looks like. It took approximately six minutes to complete. (fig. 7)

This is what eight completed rows looks like. It took approximately six minutes to complete.

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Finishing Up: To finish up and seal off your ends so that you can attach your clasp, simply just only add your two A beads on the last row and do not add any more B beads. Pull tight and you will notice the lip of the tube will pull in slightly. This makes a nice end to a tube bead or a rope chain on a necklace or bracelet. If desired, you can continue adding rows and decreasing the number of beads to make it even more tapered.

That is really all there is to it. A lot of people use a dowel or rod inside their rope to get their first few rows going because it is a rather wonky, jumbled looking mess for about the first four or five rows as the tube begins to form (like Chenille stitch does). The first time I attempted it, I used a 3 mm or 3.5 mm crochet hook, depending on bead size. I have actually found it easier not to use it though, because it just gets in the way and slows you down.

If you are looking for projects to try out this technique, then look no further than Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes: 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitcheswhere Jill has an entire section of her book devoted to various netting techniques. Another great one that I have discussed previously is Sonoko Nozue. Her book, Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue: 25 Jewelry Designs From A Master Artist,” extensively covers various types of netting as well, and her main focus is how to embellish it with Swarovski crystals – and man-oh-man does she use a lot of crystals in her work!

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Last week I made an enormous plea for your help in keeping this blog going by your donations via the Paypal donation button at the top of my blog. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that my WordPress theme had been updated by the server and that very much-needed Paypal donation button was gone! Thanks to a loyal, kind, and GENEROUS reader who pointed that out to me, it is back in place for those of you who would like to see me keep posting. I would also like to publicly thank Carol Carnes for donating the fees for my upcoming annual domain renewal. Without her folks, next week would have been my farewell post!

If you can swing something like $5.00 toward my monthly fees, I would really appreciate it! Just two donations a month will cover it, that’s all! If you can’t, no worries, because I am forever grateful to you anyway for your reading my ramblings in the first place each time I post. I do ramble on, don’t I?

If you haven’t signed up as an email subscriber, you are about to be missing out! Bonus postings are about to become a frequent and impromptu thing! If you crochet, then you will really like the impromptu postings! impromptu postings only go out to email subscribers and the links are not posted on social media. I’m about to start a CAL tomorrow (crochet-along) so I will be posting about that too!

Don’t forget to chime in and leave me a comment, a question, a rambling of your very own! My grandson has started carrying my phone around with him on Sunday afternoons so he can let me know when it dings that I have one! He gets just as excited as I do, and as an outgoing kindergartener, I am letting him read them to me for practice with his reading skills, so watch the language! lol

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

Becca

Starfish Earrings with Superduos


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Don’t forget that the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Spring 2016 Bead Challenge ends this Friday. Entries can be submitted until 11:59 p.m. CST that night. You may submit as many entries as you like, up to three per day, per person. It’s worth entering just for a shot at that $250 prize pack of those yummy beads from Potomac Bead Company and the $50 gift certificate for the runner-up from Bello Modo!

Don’t forget that in order for your entry to qualify, you MUST be an email subscriber to this blog AND have liked my Facebook page, Becca’s Beaded Bangles HERE. Now, onto the pattern!

Starfish Earrings with Super Duos

Copyright: Becca’s Beaded Bangles http://beccasbeadedbangles.com

For personal use only, no mass production. Please contact me here if you are interested in teaching this.

 

Materials:

8/0 round seed beads (15)

11/0 seed beads (around 40)

Super Duos (30)

Fireline or Wildfire

Size 11/12 Beading Needle (I recommend Size 11 Tulip Beading Needles)

After threading a stop bead, add five 8/0 beads and go back through the 1st for a circle. (Fig. 1)

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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)

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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)

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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).

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Add a jump ring to one 8/0 and attach to an ear wire. Congratulations, you are done! Enjoy!

Starfish Superduo Earrings

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!

Freebird’s Innovations version of “Starfish Superduo” earrings AND a necklace!

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

Becca

Sarcasm Dishes Out Photography Tips


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Nothing irritates me more than to be out of my routine. My Sunday routine is get up and bead for a bit, have my convo with my higher power, and then write my blog so you guys can (hopefully) get a few laughs, learn a little something, and (puh-leeze!) throw me back a few comments after you do. This morning was ALL out of whack when we lost power in my half of the subdivision I live in for who knows what reason, probably a blown transformer or something. At least the weather was cooperative and it wasn’t pouring down rain, freezing cold, or sweltering hot though. But it was just overcast enough to where there wasn’t enough light to bead by coming in the windows, and the worst part, NO WI-FI!

OMG, what kind of world have we come to when we panic with no Wi-Fi? I mean, not grinding about my age or anything, but for pity’s sake, go back to 1993 or something and talk to your family or friends by a real frigging telephone or better yet, in person! I mean, seriously, when was the last time any of you sat down to dinner with your family without any of them staring down at their phones?

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So, how is everyone coming along with their Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Challenge Spring 2016 Bead Challenge entries? The Challenge closes THIS Friday, 3/18/16 at 11.59 p.m. sharp! Winners will be announced both here on the blog and on the Event page on Facebook on Sunday, 3/20/16! Just a recap of the prizes:

  • GRAND PRIZE: Potomac Bead Company out of Hagerstown, Maryland has donated a $250.00 mix of the following: RounDuos, DiscDuos, RounTrios, Czech Cup Buttons, Potomac Crystals, SuperDuos, MiniDuos, Miyuki seed beads, Czech Fire Polished rounds, Czech pearls, Flower cups, Spiky button beads, and assorted CzechMates and other multi hole Czech beads.
Grand Prize Winner's Prize Pack, courtesy of Potomac Bead Co., Hagerstown, MD.

Grand Prize Winner’s Prize Pack, courtesy of Potomac Bead Co., Hagerstown, MD.

  • RUNNER-UP: There will be ONE runner-up prize, courtesy of Bello Modo, a $50 gift certificate!

So, if that isn’t incentive enough to enter, I don’t know what is! I mean, I have had those beads sitting in my house for the last three weeks and it has been killing me not to be able to play with them! My husband just groans every time he walks by them, because he knows I will be ordering all the pretties in there I don’t have! Oh well!

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So today I’m doing something in my Challenge that is going to make everyone else who has challenges scream. I’m having a Do-Over Sunday! That’s right, if you have ALREADY submitted entries to the Challenge and think you might want to submit a better picture of your entry (and it has to be the SAME entry) you may do so in the comment section of your original post. When you do so, please tag me in the comments so I will see it and change it on the blog posting. You have until 9 p.m. CST to do this!

I have received some GREAT entries to this Challenge, but some of them could be SO much better entries if the pictures were better! I have seen poor lighting, uncropped photos, uncentered photos, photos where the entire piece wasn’t in the photo, and photos where the colors were blurry, among other things.

So, I thought I would put together a few helpful tips for internet photography of jewelry for you!

  • Be sure to take a close-up picture of your piece, so the colors can be SEEN. If you have a macro setting on your camera, USE IT! Even cameras on smartphones have a macro setting. Check your owner’s manual to find out how to use that setting (usually with a symbol of a flower) to get the best detail on your images.
  • Natural light is usually always best. Photo lights are great, but they can require a lot of setup for your camera and when you are editing your final images. The easiest way I’ve found to take great pictures with natural light is to just place my jewelry on a piece of plain white paper, and place it in a well-lit window. As long as the sun isn’t shining straight through the window, my photos need minimal editing at the end.
  • For a challenge where colors are the primary judging tool such as this one, try NOT to use creative backgrounds like you would for an internet sales display. A plain background is best for this type of challenge, because anything in the background distracts from your color choices.
  • EDIT YOUR PICTURES BEFORE SUBMITTING! I can not stress this enough! So many of your pictures could use something so simple as just a white balance edit and that’s ALL.

I hope this helps, and remember, if you are re-submitting, you have only until 9:00 p.m. C.S.T. tonight! For those of you who have not submitted your entries, please take a look at these guidelines before doing so. I have so thoroughly enjoyed seeing each and every one of your entries, and have learned a lot from all of you! I thank you for that.

From here on out for the last five days of the challenge, no more entries will be accepted from you of a pattern you have previously submitted. For instance, if you have submitted Jill Wiseman’s flat spiral before now, you can’t submit another one. This is a challenge, and I am making it a little more challenging for you! Am I changing the rules up? YES! Did I promise you some surprises along the way at the very beginning? YES. Also, don’t forget no more than three entries per person, per day.

So, what do you have to do to qualify? Like my Facebook page HERE. Submit your entries (as many as you want, up to 3 per day, per person). Last and most important rule is you MUST be an email subscriber to this blog! If you are on a desktop device, just look in the upper left corner of the page and you will find the subscriber box to sign up, or if you are on a mobile device, scroll allllll the way down to the bottom of the page and click on “View Full Site” and then scroll allllll the way down again just past the comments and you will find the subscriber box there.

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I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s final entries this week. Next week at this time, I will be posting two of your names as winner and runner-up! Squeeeeaaaallllllll!!!!!! I have goosebumps! Just so you know, I am not judging this, but some extremely qualified beaders and bead companies are!

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

Becca

Sarcasm Shows Off the Prize Pack!


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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

If you are a parent or grandparent, then you probably know that this week is what is considered Dr. Seuss week for the “Read Across America” initiative at most schools, because it would have been Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday this Wednesday. At my grandson’s school, they are doing something different every day. A different book, a different way to dress (within their uniform restrictions) and having reading programs galore. Read to your kids and grandkids, not just this week, but every single night! Not only do they benefit from learning words, phonics, letters, enunciation, and so much more, but YOU benefit by the quality time spent with your babies. There is absolutely nothing more precious than that.

So my blog has the little thing called a CHALLENGE going on right now. If you are a regular reader, follow me on Facebook, or just about any other social media platform, then you have probably. heard about the Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Challenge Spring 2016 I’m holding over on Facebook. The rules are posted on the event page, but in short, you MUST be an email subscriber to this blog, and you HAVE to have liked my page on Facebook HERE. To subscribe to my blog from a desktop device, look in the upper left hand corner of this page for the subscriber box. Mobile users, just scroll down to the end of the page just past the comments to find that same box.

I have received a lot of great entries this week, which can be found by linking to the Contest Entries page in the Menu section for you mobile users, and the top of the page for desktop users. If you are submitting an entry, please be sure to include whose design you are using, the name of the design, and which of the Pantone colors (from the official Pantone Spring color palette below) you are representing. Each night, and sometimes throughout the day, I will upload your pictures to the official Challenge page here on the blog. Remember, you have until 11:59 p.m. on 3/18/16 to get your entries in, and you can enter as many times as you want!

Your "must stick to if I wanna win" design colors!

Your “must stick to if I wanna win” design colors!

So, without further ado, let’s get into the goodies that the Grand Prize Winner will get, courtesy of Potomac Bead Company out of Hagerstown, MD, and Nathan and Allie Buchman! This prize pack consists of eight packs of RounDuo beads, three packs of RounTrio beads, three packs of Faceted RounTrio beads, eight tubes of DiscDuo beads, four packs of Czech Cup Buttons, including one that is a multi-pack of 30 different buttons, a mixed pack of 10 Czech Crystal Buttons (omg they are SO pretty!), a mixed pack of 14mm Potomac Crystal Rivolis, a two pack of 18mm Potomac Crystal Rivolis, three tubes of Potomac 3x4mm Crystal Rondelle beads, Piggy beads, O-beads, Flower Cup beads, and three tubes of Super Duos. Now all of that, with the exception of just a few things are EXCLUSIVE to Potomac.

Grand Prize Winner's Prize Pack, courtesy of Potomac Bead Co., Hagerstown, MD.

And if you don’t win the whole darn thing, don’t worry kids! Bello Modo has generously offered up a $50.00 Gift Certificate for the runner-up! Man, oh man, I wish I could enter my own Challenge! I have been drooling over this stuff since it (finally, after I chased it down at the post office!) got here! Yeah, don’t get me started on the postal service…..Suffice it to say that Amazon Prime knows better than to use them for any more of my shipments!

So, what do you have to do? Subscribe to my blog, like my Facebook page, and get those entries in! If you have ANY questions, please post them on the event page, so that way, the question is answered for everyone else that may have the same question. If it is something you do not feel comfortable posting publicly, then just email me at beccasbanglesofal@yahoo.com. Super simple.

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Keep in mind that I am up to my eyeballs in my own orders right now and I do run my grandbabies carpool every day twice a day, so if I don’t get back to you right away, be patient. I’m usually pretty good though about getting back within an hour. And you know the drill, SHOW ME SOME LOVE PEOPLE!!! You can always comment below. Ya know I love that little dinging sound my phone makes when you do!

Don’t forget to check out the entries on the contest page and GET THOSE ENTRIES IN!

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

Becca

 

Sarcasm does a CONTEST!!!


one of those days

I know you all are sick to death of hearing about my oral surgery nightmares, but dangit, I ended up having yet another one this week! So what does a beader/crocheter do when she’s on pain meds and can’t drive? She beads like crazy and crochets in her beading down time!

This week I entered my February entry to the Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry February color challenge, but I kinda cheated. See, I was also in another beading contest, and so I used one pattern, and the Dry Gulch colors for the February Challenge and entered it in both.

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It’s a basic ladder stitch bracelet done in strips of each color of 11/0 seed beads. I used Pearl colors for all, baby pink, mint/sage green, and buttercup yellow and then I embellished with 13/0 Charlottes in cream and 15/0 seed beads in grey AB, and dark mint pearl. I then braided the strips together and sewed them at each end and attached a Czech cup button as a clasp. You can only get those buttons over at Potomac, btw.

BUT, my pride and joy of the week, was my other and first entry in the other contest. There is a fabulous take on a rivoli pendant where it’s not just your typical held and bezeled together by seed beads and/or superduos. This one is completely suspended by the new Rounduo beads (also only available at Potomac) and the seed beads just enhance it. You also do not need any of the standard 3-4mm bicones.

Rounduo Pendant

Rounduo Pendant

This one took 6mm Firepolish and Pearls! Since February’s birthstone is amethyst and my favorite color is purple (I mean, REALLY, is there any other?) I decided to make it with (what else?) a dark violet Swarovski 14mm rivoli, violet lustre rounduos and superduos, violet gold lustre seed beads in both 11/0 and 15/0 (probably less than 20-30 of each!). That’s it, except that on the last pass around, I actually broke 3 needles trying to get the bail of Rounduos sewn on! That will teach me not to use my Size 11 Tulip Beading Needles! Those suckers are wonderful! They bend 52 ways from Sunday without breaking and are small enough to make multiple passes through your 15/0’s and support your heavier weight Fireline and Wildfire threads!

So, last week I told you all that I was coming up in the next few weeks on my 10,000th viewer on my blog. Keep in mind I have only been blogging since June, and this is only post #37 today. You people just couldn’t wait, could ya??? I hit that milestone in like, well, 2 DAYS from last week’s post! You want a contest, you get a contest! So today I present to you my very first Sarcastic Beads and Yarn Beading Challenge (Spring 2016), but, alas, there are gonna be RULES! Dum-da-dum-dum!

BUT, before we get to those pesky little rules, let me tell you a little bit about what you will be winning! Potomac Bead Company out of Hagerstown, Maryland (thank you Nathan Buchman!) has very generously donated a Grand Prize pack to the winner consisting of a $250.00 mix of the following: RounDuos, DiscDuos, RounTrios, Czech Cup Buttons, Potomac Crystals, SuperDuos, MiniDuos, Miyuki seed beads, Czech Fire Polished rounds, Czech pearls, Flower cups, Spiky button beads, and assorted CzechMates and other multi hole Czech beads. And did I say I was done with prizes? Nooooooo. Bello Modo has generously offered a $50 gift certificate to the runner-up! Now do I start off doing my contests right, or what?

Ok, so here are the RULES:

  1. You MUST be a U.S. or Canadian resident over the age of 18 years of age. If you are not 18 yet, please have your parent or legal guardian email me written consent to use your images, name, age, etc. if you win, and in order to post your entry. *** Canadian winners will have to pay shipping on their winnings due to the increase in U.S. postage this year.
  2. Your entry can NOT be your own design! (Boring ha – just keep reading!) Your entry must be from either 1) a Jill Wiseman pattern (from her fabulous book “Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches,” any of her Youtube videos, or patterns you have purchased/downloaded from her website Jill Wiseman Designs, (all I ask is that you PLEASE don’t flood me with a zillion Wave Crests!) OR, 2) a Starman Trendsetter’s pattern (available for free from your local bead shop or most online bead retailers) or some are free for download from Nichole Starman’s website Starman Trendsetters, OR 3) you can use any of the Potomac Bead Company videos done ONLY by Allie Buchman (just go to Potomac’s Youtube channel and then search for tutorials by Allie).
  3. ALL entries MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN 11:59 P.M. C.S.T. MARCH 18, 2016!!! Judging will take place on the 19th and the winner will be announced both here on my blog and on the event page on Facebook sometime that evening. DO NOT send me endless questions that day about when! You’ll know, when you know!
  4. Judging will take place by computer first to match your photos with the color scheme as shown, and then a winner and runner-up picked from the top 5 entries from that by no less than three random experienced beaders in my local area.
  5. Your entry MUST, MUST, MUST primarily follow the Spring 2016 Pantone Colors shown below. It’s ok if you have a few accent colors here and there, but the primary color scheme MUST be these colors. You don’t have to use all of them, but you must follow this color guide. Ok, so here are your “gotta stick to this if I wanna win” color guidelines for the contest:
  6. You MUST be an email subscriber to this blog AND have liked my Facebook page Becca’s Beaded Bangles. (Yes, I really will be checking!)
  7. This is a Facebook run contest with an event page attached to it HERE, so you must RSVP as going to the event and upload your entries there. If you don’t have Facebook, you can’t enter. I just don’t have time to be chasing entries all over Twitter, Instagram, Path, Tumblr, having my email blow-up, etc. Much easier to keep it all in one location.
  8. Although you can enter as many entries as you like, as of 3/3/16, no more than 3 entries per day, per person.
  9. For the last five days of the challenge, no more entries will be accepted from you of a pattern you have previously submitted. For instance, if you have submitted Jill Wiseman’s flat spiral before now, you can’t submit another one. This is a challenge, and I am making it a little more challenging for you! Am I changing the rules up? YES! Did I promise you some surprises along the way at the very beginning? YES. Also, don’t forget no more than three entries per person, per day.

Once photos of entries are submitted, they become the property of Sarcastic Beads and Yarn and/as Becca’s Beaded Bangles. They may or may not be used for publicity or promotional purposes in future blog postings, social media, audio and/or video presence, and printed materials.

One more thing, and I really hate to ask you this. If you will notice, up in the  upper right hand corner of my blog is a new box asking for donations via Paypal. I have found out that in order to keep doing this it actually costs money! Webmaster fees and formatting and all that other stuff are just not cheap. PLUS, it would REALLY help me out on the shipping charges for whoever wins this thing! So if you would be so kind……

That enough rules for ya? I think so, but then again, I hate rules too. Sorry bout that. But there will be more surprises down the line! SO, don’t forget to go up to that left hand side of my blog and SUBSCRIBE if you want to enter this thing, like my Facebook page, and Follow me on Twitter! If you want to follow me on any of the other social media sites, I won’t complain! Just look up Becca’s Beaded Bangles. Good Luck!

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

Becca

UPDATE: If you are having trouble subscribing from a mobile device to my blog, scroll alllllll the way down to the bottom, and click on “View Full Site.” The scroll down past the comments and you should see the email sign-up box. Hope this helps until I can figure out how to fix the glitch!