Friday, September 20, 2013

Tilt-A-Whirl Two-Holed Tile Bracelet

     I've always been fascinated with dominoes and love watching people come up with elaborate mazes. Watching someone carefully set one up, hoping that none get knocked down until it's completed. Then when the time comes, I'm like a cat watching fish in a fishbowl...completely mesmerized.
     While playing with some Czechmates Two-holed Tile beads one day, I thought, "How can I make them look like they are falling down, like dominos?" It took a few months of playing with the tiles and pondering different ways to achieve this.
     Here is what I came up with. This design can be seen in the October/November edition of Beadwork Magazine

   This colorway is featured in Beadwork Magazine

Tilt-A-Whirl in Gold

   This colorway is so striking. I used 24K gold plated Czechmates Tiles, 3mm Marbled Gold Siam Ruby fire-polished rounds, 3mm and 4mm Bronze rounds, 11/o Gilded Marble Red seed beads, 11/o and 15/o Bronze seed beads.

Tilt-A-Whirl in Pastel

     For a softer look, I used Opaque Rose/Gold Topaz Czechmates Tiles, 3mm Opaque Luster Amethyst fire-polished rounds, 3mm fuchsia rounds, 4mm flax rounds, 15/o and 11/o permanent finish Starlight seed beads, and 11/o fuchsia seed beads.

     Happy beading!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Bricks and Tiles and Seed Beads, Oh My!

     Thank you to all of you who have e-mailed me. Your kind words of encouragement have been overwhelming. Not only that, I've enjoyed e-mailing you back and getting to share our love of beading. Many of you have shared pictures of your own work and I hope that will continue. I receive great joy in seeing the amazing creativity you all have.
     For those of you who may not know yet, I live in a beader's desert. The closest store is two hours away so connecting with you, who visit my blog, is like a tall glass of ice tea (it's still 90 degrees here)!
     This past July Starman, Inc. had a design challenge asking participants to incorporate at least two of their two-holed Czechmates beads into an original design. Here is one of my entries. This bracelet, which I named "Bends and Bows", reminds me of some of the ancient Greek and Roman bridges that still stand today. This design received second place! What a wonderful surprise it was. I'll be posting more pictures of this in other colors later.

     It's really a striking piece to wear and with the magnetic clasp, is easy to put on and take off. The two-holed Bricks form a strong three-dimensional bend for the bowed sections of two-holed Tile beads.

      I'm creating a tutorial for this and will have it available at my new ETSY store soon. Yes, I'm finally getting a store up and running. I only have one pattern available right now. The Peacock bracelet pattern has been the most requested and is now available. My shop is Penny Dixon Designs and all patterns will be available for instant download.
     For those of you who have been selling you jewelry or tutorials know what it's like to get started. There is so much to learn and store in my middle-aged brain. Any advice is much appreciated!
     Blessings and happy beading!
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