Sarcasm Makes a “Cameo” – Appearance


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With grace (I hope), Sarcasm makes a “cameo” appearance in your lives once again. No, seriously, things have not been good for me healthwise as of late, to the point of spending way more time in hospitals than out, and that is just not fair to my readers.

One of the issues I had to face was whether or not I had breast cancer – during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As of now, the answer to that one is a tentative no, but in three months –  who knows? But needless to say, there are some other very serious issues I have and will be facing, so my postings may be rather sporadic.

As those of you who know anything about me know, every October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month I pick one Designer’s piece, and do it in all pinks and then sell the design sample as a 100% charitable donation to the Breast Cancer Charity of the buyer’s choice. All I ask is that you specify a legitimate and recognized Breast Cancer Research Fund or Charity.

This year I took a left turn and decided NOT [sce emoji=”whatsgoingon”/]  to use anyone else’s design, and try my hand at doing my own. Not only that, but in place of the bracelet or bangle that I normally do, instead choosing to do pendant which is more representative of breast cancer by mere virtue of wearing it usually over the breast area, I chose the cameo because not only does it historically represent women (although men CAN and DO get breast cancer!) going back as far as 3rd Century B.C., and considered great status symbols – most notably with Napoleon’s support of the glyptic arts, and even his coronation crown was decorated with cameos! The 19th-century Russian poet Lev Mei, who composed a cycle of six poems entitled Камеи (Cameos, 1861), as reflections on each of the Roman rulers from Julius Caesar to Nero. In 1852 Théophile Gautier titled a collection of his highly polished, lapidary poems Emaux et Camées (Enamels and Cameos).

This particular objets d’art that I chose to use – as do any of the cameos of carvings of women, shows the woman cut off just above her breasts, eerily similar to a mastectomy. Freeform bezeled in flat, even peyote with Duracoat Galvanized Champagne Delicas and 15/0 Semi-Matte Silver-Lined Dark Rose (from stash), I then accented it with 11/0 Duracoat Champagne and 15/0 Galvanized Rose Charlottes (also from stash), Rose Polychrome Nib-Bit beads, and 4mm Swarovski Light Rose Crystal Bicones. I alternated the 11/0 and charlottes for a quick bail. It was a quick and as far as technique, relatively easy project, but one close to my heart, so to speak.

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No longer will you be left out of my sarcastic world, no matter how ill I am or will be. Yes, I ask for donations to keep this blog going, especially since my sponsor was yet another sad victim of the lost brick and mortar bead stores. However, you will never be expected or asked to purchase anything from my blog – only from my advertisers! [sce emoji=”shopping”/] If you would like to purchase from me, please go  http://fujiryokivusa.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/query.js.php HERE and I thank you in advance.

Remember, I have zero overhead (mainly because I am not in the business of being a flea market), and I am a TRUE Starman Dealer and will NEVER charge you for a Trendsetter’s pattern copied from a customer. Heck, I would never charge you for a “free” pattern anyway! (I can actually afford to print a few pages if you need a written copy [sce emoji=”giggle”/]) You will ALWAYS pay less than what you would in a brick and mortar store. I teach FREE, basic techniques by appointment (due to my health treatment schedule) and would adore sharing something I have learned along the way with YOU. I show you by example and would never dream of handing you an instruction sheet and move on without showing you MYSELF. I may rip something apart six different ways to Sunday, but that is the PERFECTIONIST in me, not settling until it is beautifully done RIGHT. I may step away and work on something else during the process, but THAT keeps my mind sharp! If you focus on one project or misstep in a project for too long, you are much more likely to stuff it in that UFO box. How many of you have done that? Having multiple projects going on is a sign of the Creative Process – something only a TRUE Designer understands.

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

Becca, The Sarcastic Beader

Sarcasm Has Another Contest!


Larry Linson, Sr.     5/16/37 – 1/24/17

I have really missed connecting with all of you. There, I said it. However I have had some issues with my health and a death in my immediate family, in addition to losing two Facebook friends. So, this week I am dedicating my blog to Larry Linson, Sr., a wonderful beader, gifted computer programmer, and an amazing friend to me. Many of you know him from the beading groups. I knew him on Facebook, and then he became a “silent” sponsor of this blog and we had many long telephone conversations about politics, family, life in general, where he never failed at sharing his wisdom with me. I miss him very much.

So, I promised you last time I would show you what all I have been working on since the last time I posted anything. Well, there are so many of them, I am just going to post the pictures, and if you have any questions, please comment below!


 

Next week I will begin a series of thread reviews, like I did with the bead boards. It will include Fireline, Wildfire, Nymo, SoNo, Sinoko Nozue, and Hana. If you have a favorite thread that I haven’t listed, please comment below with the brand name and why you like it. I will also be reviewing thread burners.

So anyway, Sarcastic Beads and Yarn is holding a Pin It To Win It Contest! Prizes will be awarded randomly to  you could try this out FIFTEEN winners! (You must have a U.S. mailing address due to postage fees.) Those of you who live in Canada and wish to participate, please contact me via private message on Facebook.

The rules are simple: Pin an image of YOUR version of a project from any video from the YouTube channels Beading4Perfectionsts, B4Pbakup, or Potomac Bead Company (hey, don’t forget one of their videos is MY “Penny Pincher” bracelet!). Those of you who belong to the “Seedbeaders” group on Facebook may also use Larry’s RAW necklace pattern as a tribute to him.

Go crazy! Make it YOUR OWN creation! Don’t just change-up the bead colors, make it a completely updated design of your very own! Then pin ONE photo of your creation (be sure to watermark it) on my Pinterest Pin It To Win It board. Winners will be picked at random. Share the contest on your Facebook page (you will have your own special link) for 5 more bonus entries for everyone who enters from your link!

The contest will run from 12:01 a.m. February 1st, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. February 28th, 2017 CST. You must be a subscriber to this blog, have liked my Facebook page, and be a Follower on my Pinterest Page, all of which can be done in your entry form. When you are ready to enter, just head over to my Facebook page HERE and look for the “Pin It To Win It” tab to enter. Mobile users can enter HERE. Once you have completed your entry form, I can add you to my Pinterest board HERE to pin your entry. The winners emails will be picked by a random generator on 3/1/17 and posted here and on my Facebook page. However, you can’t win if you don’t enter!
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So head over to YouTube and start screening projects so you can get started on YOURS! The designers and I can’t  wait to see what you all come up with!

Good luck and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Also, don’t forget to wear red THIS Friday for the “Go Red for Women” campaign, in recognition of women’s heart health. It’s a cause VERY close to me! Until next week, stay smart or stay smart sassy!

Becca

Sarcasm Stands with The Thin Blue Line


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Thanks to Valerie Fanning for the meme!

Sometimes it is just better to leave well enough alone. However, when it comes to standing by the Thin Blue Line, I embrace it wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, over a weekend ago, when I changed my personal profile picture on my own private Facebook page to represent our beloved law enforcement (including my husband), I was attacked and threatened by an individual in social media for it.

Due to that attack ON me, the landlord with whom I introduced to the owner of The Wild Bead & Boutique, the only thing resembling an LBS in the Montgomery, AL area,  (it is really just a consignment store that happens to sell beads bought at other bead stores when the owner is on Government paid for Air Force trips) for a mutually beneficial arrangement to sublet decided that it was ME who was too “controversial” to be allowed on the premises. Instead of standing by me not only as their ONLY published designer, instructor, and as a supposed “friend,” the owner of The Wild Bead & Boutique banned me from her shop so she would not lose her cheaper rental space.

Long story short, when I went to pick up my supplies, I was literally chased out the door to my car by the person The Wild Bead & Boutique sublet the space with, as he was screaming at the top of his lungs obscenities and racial slurs. Whether or not he actually chased me all the way to my car, I don’t know, as I was trying too fast to get in my car and get AWAY from his madness. All I know is that when a VERY large man who is SCREAMING obscenities and using racist language toward me as he is coming up out of a chair toward me, is someone to get the heck out of dodge AWAY from, and my feet did not fail me then!

I am ALL for supporting your local bead shops. Brick and mortar stores are becoming rarer and harder to find. Online bead retailers are cheaper and ship very quickly. However, the only local “bead” shops in Montgomery, Alabama I can endorse at this time are the chain stores, such as Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Joann’s, due to this other shop’s business practices. I can not endorse a business that has kept nearly a thousand dollar’s worth of my beads and supplies, and then was ordered in writing for my husband to pick them up, they suddenly “cannot find them.”

This is where I absolutely LOVE online shopping. You can retrieve a receipt from anyone, anywhere, no matter when the purchase.  And boy, do I have them! This business has ALL my wire (including sterling, argentium, and gold-plated and gold-filled, as well as copper), gemstone chips of lapis, carnelian, amethyst, red coral, rainbow moonstone, turquoise, jade, and more, polymer clay, polymer clay tools, varnishing and sanding compounds, and much more, including beads that were sold under my consignment number.

I cannot and will not be associated with a business that can’t even keep their telephone turned on, and the owner’s vehicle is constantly being repossessed from the front parking lot (it’s embarrassing), due to non-payment for the last six months, let alone one who refuses to return my beads and supplies stating in an email that I “donated” them. To the several thousand of you whom I invited to “like” their Facebook page, I sincerely apologize, and hope you understand that if I could take those invitations back, I would most certainly do so. Of the 671 likes that page received to date over 420 were from you, my loyal and faithful readers.

The Wild Bead & Boutique even sent out a mass post about me on their Facebook page (which Facebook has since removed) with some very ugly falsehoods said about me specifically that could have cost my page a lot of “likes,” but ugliness toward others does not play well in business, and you all have gone above and beyond to make my pages even stronger, and I thank you so much! I leave it to your own discretion about how you feel about their business, as I won’t re-visit this topic ever again here.

This week I was working on several things until the stress of all of this resulted in being hospitalized with cardiac issues. I thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by one of my different social media platforms to wish me well and pray for me. Right now, my prayer is that I can just get caught up enough for the show I have at the end of the month! lol  In all seriousness, I have some really lovely pieces ready for that show, including several new ones. I am so looking forward to this! It opens up so many opportunities for women in business, and in my book, that is always a great thing!

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Praying for “The Thin Blue Line”

This wonderful pattern was actually written by Margherita Fusco and is available in her Etsy shop HERE. In my design, I used a 12mm Swarovski Rivoli in Paradise Shine, along with 4mm Swarovski bicones in Denim AB2X, Vintage Copper Arcos and Minos beads, and 11/0 Miyuki seed beads in Blue-Gold Luster. The pattern actually called for a rose montee’, but since I did not have one on hand, I used another bicone instead.  The blue in the stones represents the Thin Blue Line that we cherish about them. The copper represents the badges so many of our Law Enforcement Officers proudly wear each and every day, sacrificing their own personal safety for our safety.

Blessings be with each one of those dedicated men and women in blue and khaki uniforms each day. Without law, there would be no order, and without them, there would be neither. I am very proud to say that I married to one of those honorable people, and am thankful every time he walks in the door safe and sound.

I was beading long before that shop opened and will continue to do so from my custom-built bead table by my also-crafty husband in my home and even teaching a few classes locally. I can always be reached via social media, email, or phone. I love each and every one of you and pray that you continue to patronize your own local bead stores if you have one.

One more thing, although I’m sure my attorney is grateful for your abundance of screenshots from the people who continue to harass me on social media and even in my own neighborhood, I am asking that you please STOP.  Every time I open one, I just get sucked right back into “their” small little worlds, which is the LAST place I ever want to be again! If they want to slander me, that is THEIR legal headache and fees, not mine (my attorney is a friend, so I don’t have any fees).

I thank you for wanting to help me, but unlike them, I choose to move on with my life and my business WITHOUT their continued harassment. It has obviously proven harmful to my health. It proves sad that people think that belittling and slandering an individual like me do so only to make themselves feel “important.” Thank you all so much for being SO kind, and wonderful, and even hilarious to make me laugh! And hey, if we can ALL laugh this off, that’s over 40,000 people doing so! You all are absolutely UH-MAZING!!!

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

In Beady Love, Friendship, and Gratitude,

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.

"Crystal Petals"

“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 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?

For a Peyote stitch bezel:

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. (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 a Wedding (by Jill Wiseman!)


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Did ya miss me? Sorry about not posting last week, but as I mentioned previously, my Sis got married last weekend and I was out of town to participate in her taking of the vows, though I nearly missed the boat on that one, literally!

See, she got married on a freaking boat in the middle of the Mobile Bay here in Alabama, and I was running late getting there to begin with, cuz I overslept staying up trying to finish her jewelry. Then, the hubby and I got lost trying to find the boat landing! She was literally standing on the dock waving us on as we hauled our behinds down the stairs to the dock! Luckily, it turned out to be a beautiful day and I bawled throughout their vows…and I’m not a crier!

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That’s me on the left – crying! My beautiful Sis, Abby Green-Catrett, is the one holding the flowers (in case ya missed it!), and her daughter Skylar between us.

So I promised you a pic of the wedding jewelry and here it is!

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For the bride’s necklace, I did a six ladder herringbone rope in translucent seafoam with a  matte AB smoky amethyst in 2 of the alternating ladders. The smoky amethyst has a real seashell hue to it, and the theme of the wedding was beach inspired. The herringbone was inspired by Jill Wiseman, and since I have been putting off for so darn long learning it, I used her tutorial for basic tubular herringbone, which can be found HERE.

Another technique I learned from Jill Wiseman for the wedding was tubular netting, which I used in the bride’s bracelet, Jill’s “Flower Power” bracelet. Tubular netting, if you haven’t tried it, is incredibly fast to work up, and is my new go-to stitch for beaded ropes when I need something quick for a beaded or bezeled pendant! You can find the pattern and instructions for this double wrap bracelet with a two button closure in Jill’s book, Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes: 24 Wearable Jewelry Projects in Multiple Stitches. When you purchase from Jill Wiseman Designs (which is where my link takes you), Jill will personalize and autograph your copy (so mention in the comments of your checkout if you go by a different name, or if the book is for someone else) and you also get an exclusive necklace pattern as well!

The bride’s mother, sister, and daughter all wore the flat spirals that I made that I showed you in my last posting. So, when I say it was a wedding by Jill Wiseman, it was! I may have made the jewelry, but Jill either designed or inspired what I made! Thank you so much Jill! I also want to thank Jill for my endless bugging of her that I did in Facebook messenger and in her Facebook group, Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes, which is a place where you can go and share your own work of Jill’s patterns, be inspired by others work, or get the latest on Jill’s furbabies, Winston and Abbey Rose. They are so adorable!

And now for a moment of truth. One of the reasons, I did not post last week was because I was unable to access my domain until my web fees were paid. Not something I’m proud of, and certainly not something I care to admit. I am literally begging you to hit that Paypal donation button to help me keep this site running or I will have to take it down. I have some circumstances going on in my personal life that are financially draining me in ways I did not have to consider when I undertook this blog. The Paypal account that your donations go to is strictly set aside for web fees and nothing else. If anyone would like a statement of proof, I will happily provide it. I just ask that you please help me keep this site going. I enjoy doing it as much as (hopefully) you enjoy reading it. Thank you so much to the now 27,000+ of you out there!!!

Don’t forget to leave me a comment – you know how I love hearing that little ding on my phone when I get one! It has gotten to where even my grandkids get excited when they hear it! Also don’t forget to find that email subscription box so you can get some financial begging, beading, and snark delivered in your inbox when I post, and bonus postings that aren’t always shared on social media!

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

Becca

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!

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“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.

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

Easy beaded cab

Easy beaded cab

What you will need:

  • 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 – (note: I personally recommend Tulip needles – Becca)
  • Scissors or a thread burner (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 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!

 

Sarcasm gives you a FREE pattern!


valentine

So I hear there was some kind of super important football game yesterday? I don’t follow professional football myself. I only follow college football, and boy do I follow it! I love my Auburn Tigers! My apologies for not posting yesterday, but well, to be perfectly honest, while the rest of the Football free world was worshiping the porcelain God from drinking too much, I was doing it with a virus – every freaking five minutes, starting at about 3 a.m. until well into the evening last night. And after all that, I was just TOO worn out to do anything but sleep!

But anyways, that sappy, roses and chocolates holiday we call Valentine’s Day is upon us this week, and what better way for a beader to celebrate than by making some heart themed jewelry? A few years ago, I got to playing around with my new superduos and I had some little key charms, so I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to actually make something for Valentine’s and call it “Key To My Heart” and at the same time, make it super easy? So last year, I wrote up a little tutorial for it. Well, I think the super easy part is true, but I will leave that up to you! There are no diagrams on this pattern, as it IS so dang easy. So anywho, hear ya go!

 

“Key to my Heart” © Becca’s Beaded Bangles 2015

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Materials Needed:
30 super duos
17 size 8 seed beads (6 more if used for the jump ring)
22 size 11 seed beads (8 more if used for the jump ring)
14 size 15 seed beads
1 4mm pearl/round bead
1 key, briollette or other found object, magatama or drop bead
Wildfire Thread
Size 11 or 12 needle (I recommend Tulip needles in size 11)
This is a super simple pattern, so there is no diagram.

Secure one superduo on your Fireline (no need for a stop bead!) by going in a circle through both holes.
Add 1 size 8 then a super duo 7 times.
Add 1 size 11 then a super duo 7 times.
Add 2 size 11 then your key/found object/drop/magatama. Add 2 more size 11 beads and then a super duo.
Add 1 size 11 and a super duo 7 times.
Add 1 size 8 and then a super duo 9 times.
After exiting the last super duo, add a size 11 going through the second hole of the super duo 9 times.
Add 1 size 15, continuing through the second hole of the super duo 7 times.
Go through the second hole of the next super duo without adding a seed bead and then continue adding a size 15 bead 7 more times.
Add a size 11 bead 9 times (bringing you back to your found object.)
The next step is the most important – thread your Fireline back through both the outside and the inside of the heart 2-3 more times. This is important for tension and to keep your pendant from “flopping around.”
Add your 6 size 8 or 8 size 11 beads, circling through the top and center, size 8 bead for your jump ring. (Be sure to secure it by going through it 2-3 times.)

That’s it, you are done! Enjoy!

Please do not share or sell this pattern. It may be a simple design, but it is mine to share. If you wish to teach it, please contact me first for the proper permissions. I have made several of these and it takes a little over an hour to make one. One thing I would recommend though, is that you double up your thread or even use a thin wire like a 28 gauge, so it isn’t floppy when wearing or displaying it. I have found that either works fine.

Just an F.Y.I., but you can get your superduos in 25 gram tubes and Toho’s in 20 gram quantities at Eureka Crystal Beads for super low pricing. And, if you use code A10SAVE20R, you get 20% off your first order! Need your beads in a hurry? Well, let me put it this way, I placed an order with them late Thursday night, and here it is Monday and I have it already! And no, I didn’t pay for any expedited shipping. How is THAT for expediency?

So, I mentioned last week that I am coming up on my 10,000th viewer of my blog and I was thinking about running a contest. YOU BETCHA!!! Start spreading the news, cuz as soon as I hit that magic number I am going to have a giveaway! Details are still in the works on some of the prizes, so I’m not going to give it way yet. The only requirements for you to be able to enter the contest are to a) be an email subscriber to my blog (there’s a sign up box floating around this page somewhere, depending on what device you are reading on) b) Like my page on Facebook; and c) Follow me on Twitter @beccas_bangles. As for the details of the contest, I’m still working that out, but it will be fun, and not your everyday run of the mill beading contest!

I hope you enjoy my pattern and if you have any questions, please comment below, message me on Facebook, or email me at beccasbanglesofal@yahoo.com. Speaking of comments, I really like hearing from you! Every time my phone dings with one of your comments I just get all tingly inside! Ha! Am I starved for communication or what? I hope everyone has a great week, and that YOUR week started off a LOT better than mine did!

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

Becca