Bead Embroidery…a love of mine

Purple Bead Embroidered Onyx AgateDid you know that beading can become addictive?  Most beaders have first hand knowledge of this.

Besides the beadwork and beadweaving that I have loved doing for some time now, I have fallen in love with bead embroidery.  There’s something about finding the perfect cabochon…the perfect backing material…adding any combination of different colors, finishes, sizes of seed beads and cylinder beads (Delica) to embellish the cabochon…to tell a story with your beading or to create a gorgeous design.

There are many ways to bead embroider…bead artists have their own style, their own use of materials, their use of certain stitches.  I have read several books on this and the different authors have their own particular style, but this is part of the fun…to try out these different instructions…experiment with all…develop your own style.

In my next few posts, I will provide you with some ideas and some instruction (book reviews) and tutorials.  If you’re a beginner of beading, don’t feel overwhelmed…just take it step by step.  Before you know it, you’ll be beading like crazy 🙂

In closing, I have posted a photo of my purple onyx agate cabochon and amethyst necklace listed in my Etsy shop, BohemianIce Artisan Jewelry.  You can see the specifics of this necklace in the listing.

See ya’ soon  🙂

Chalcedony Pendant

Chalcedony PendantThis lovely Chalcedony pendant is a good example of free form wire wrapping.
 I took  a good size (I suggest around 12 inches) of sterling silver, in this case.  Inserted the wire about half way through the chalcedony briolette.  It’s ok if one side of the wire is not exactly matched up with the other, but close in length.  I bent the wires upward and added my seed beads and Swarovski pearls.  Next, I crossed the wires at a place where I liked the look…it’s free form, so do your thing.  I made my wire wrapped loop up higher and wrapped my wire down from the loop in a free form style.
 
I just love the look of Chalcedony.  It’s a beautiful stone.  I have some more in my stash…I may have to make earrings next  🙂
 
Check out this pendant and my other artisan jewelry at  http://www.BohemianIce.etsy.com.
 
Click on the photo to see the listing for this pendant.

Red Crystal Earrings….loving these fire polished beads….

These are my newest creation, listed on etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/89765821/earrings-red-creamy-faceted-ab-fire .

They are made on a sterling silver headpin and are wire wrapped on handmade sterling silver spiraled earwires.  I especially liked the new fire-polished crystal beads that I ordered and used.  I’ve never tried them before and I have to say that they are lovely colored and faceted nicely….sparkling lovely colors when you hold them to any light.  For an added finish, I added sterling silver bali-style daisy spacers and a couple of tiny seed beads.

To see these and other artisan crafted jewelry, visit my Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BohemianIce

 

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On Fire for Handmade

I belong to this great team of artisans.      “On Fire for Handmade” is the name of our team and we are artisans of all different kinds of media.  Our mission is to love, promote, cross-promote, share, and care for handmade and the talented people who create handmade items.  We are all artisans who sell our handmade items on Etsy and Artfire.

Anne Hopfer, our fearless leader and curator is a great part of the heart and soul behind this group.  Check out her Made for Me by Oaklie Etsy &  Made for Me by Oaklie Artfire for great crocheted items.  I love her handbags and scarves.

Anne recently put together a place where “On Fire for Handmade” members have their treasuries featured.  One of my treasuries “Shades of Sunny” is featured along with many other great treasuries of members.  You just got to see the beautiful handmade items for sale featured in these treasuries.  Take a look at “On Fire for Handmade Treasuries.” There is also other fellow teams featured with great handmade items for sale.

Check out our great group/team on facebook  http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=114453101935100

New Line of Hammered Metal Earrings and Pendants

I recently listed these new copper earrings on my BohemianIce etsy.  I am starting a new line of hammered metal earrings and pendants in copper, sterling silver and brass.  I really enjoy working with metal…the bending, twisting, hammering, wrapping….to me, it’s all fun.  This pair is made in a zigzag shape….these and most of my earwires are handmade (I have a few manufactured ones left, but I like making my own).  I wire wrapped Swarovski Crystal Rivoli’s on this pair and hammered the copper for texture and sparkle.

To get a better view of these earrings, click here  http://www.etsy.com/listing/70853479/contemporary-styled-copper-earrings-with

Anyone interested in special ordering or wholesale for shops, contact me at bohemianice@gmail.com

Green….like Spring!

I don’t know about you, but I have had enough of winter….the white stuff still covers the ground outside.  I can’t wait to see those pretty little flowers showing up.  I need Spring and everything green.  Here’s a little bit of green for you all.  I recently made this green bracelet and listed it in my etsy shop BohemianIce here’ the link http://www.etsy.com/listing/67795227/green-multi-gemstone-and-pearl-bracelet

Well, I figure that I can share with you, who may be newbies to jewelry making, how to make a bracelet like this.  First, I used what’s called memory wire….it’s hard, coiled wire that can be used for making jewelry.  I like to get the good quality kind.  Snip off the amount that you want (how big a bracelet) with a, and this is very important, a not so good pair of heavy duty wire cutters…(DO NOT USE YOUR GOOD SNIPPERS OR WIRE CUTTERS…YOU’LL RUIN THEM).  Then file smooth both ends of the wire.  Next, take your round nose pliers and turn back the first end…you can add a charm here if you like.  Next, just add all of your desired beads, gemstones, pearls, etc.  Finally, finish off the finished end the same way that you did the first end. 

Happy jewelry designing!

Bohemian Ice Jewelry…Gold Spiral Wirewrapped Bracelet…please VOTE for my bracelet :D

Hey, all my peeps….I need a favor….I belong to a great group called “On Fire for Handmade.”  This group has a poll each week on a website called, “Made For Me By Oaklie.”  My  Gold Spiral Bracelet,  pictured here,  has been featured in this poll this week and I would LOVE to win.   The winner gets free advertising.  I can use the promotion.

The name of the poll is “Midas Touch.”  Please go to this page, madeformebyoaklie.com/greatfinds.html, scroll way down until you see my bracelet on the left titled “Bohemian Ice,” and you will see to the left of the picture a list of the participants.  Go to “Bohemian Ice,” I think it’s 6th from the bottom of the list, and click on the little dot to the left of the name….then go to the bottom of the list and click on “submit vote.”

I really appreciate your votes everyone!  You’re all the BEST! 😀

You can see more information on this bracelet and more of my jewelry at Bohemian Ice Jewelry Shop on Etsy. 

Here’s a shout out for my peeps and the sites:

Made For Me By Oaklie FB page  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Made-for-Me-by-Oaklie/102558979013?__a=1

Etsy Promo Love http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=128270993863622

Madeformebyoaklie etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/madeformebyoaklie

Feb. 4, 2011 UPDATE   Thank you everyone for voting for me.  I did win. YAY.  I appreciate your votes  😀