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Post  Mead Moon on Sun May 12, 2013 1:10 pm

Despite saying that I'm not a beader, those little seedies do creep up and take over sometimes. This is based on one of the Japanese Beadwork designs in Sonoko Nozue's book and is reversible; the Czech crystal beads on one side being Aqua and on the other being Smoky grey.


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Post  Odonata on Mon May 13, 2013 12:46 am

Oo thats really pretty. Like the fluidity and the colour scheme.
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Post  Ashlynn on Mon May 13, 2013 5:57 am

Lovely Elaine, great colour combo and I imagine its comfortable on the wrist as well.

Know what you mean about the seedies, I think there is a conspiracy out there to convert us metal bods.....lol
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Post  lislarch on Mon May 13, 2013 11:18 am

Hehe I'm definitely converted! That's beautiful Elaine.

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Post  ToBeadOrNotToBead on Tue May 14, 2013 1:12 pm

That is lovely, Elaine and so wearable.

Isn't it funny how we are all turning to the dreaded seed bead! My theory is that is you come at seed beading from having experience in other forms of jewellery making you tend to go for a clean, unfussy style of seed beading. Some of the really intricate designs favoured in the States are amazing, but unwearable. To my mind, understated is the way to go with seed beads. What do you all think?

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Post  lislarch on Tue May 14, 2013 1:55 pm

Yes I think it's true Pru, I always admire those designs you get on the back pages of the mags for firemountain gems ( I think) where you can tell they've spent about a year making their finalist entry but I much prefer something I can finish in a week and that's not too fussy.
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Post  Mead Moon on Wed May 15, 2013 7:14 pm

Thank you for the comments Smile

In my case, I suspect that the seed beads are because I'm finding it hard to afford silver these days, but they are quite relaxing to play with, slumped in front of the TV after a long day.

Here's another one:


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Post  lislarch on Wed May 15, 2013 8:51 pm

Ooh loverly and icy! I'm still waiting on Amazon dispatching my Nancy Zeller Metallic Seed Beed Splendor book, only ordered it 7 weeks ago!
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Post  ToBeadOrNotToBead on Thu May 16, 2013 12:08 am

That is so delicate and pretty. I love to wear bracelets because you can see them all the time, unlike earrings and necklaces which you only see in the mirror. Seed bead bracelets are so light and comfortable to wear.

What stitch did you use to make this lovely bracelet, Elaine?

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Post  Ashlynn on Thu May 16, 2013 9:34 am

That is very pretty Elaine, is it comfortable to wear?

I am with you Elaine, first love will always be silver but the seeds are a pleasant compromise in these hard times. However I also agree with you Pru, coming to seedies from metal smithing I prefer the less intricate designs.
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Post  Mead Moon on Thu May 16, 2013 12:30 pm

Hi Lynne, yes, it is comfortable to wear, but I prefer my chainmaille Smile

Pru, the base is spiral stitch with size 6 and 11 and the dangly bits are 11s added onto the base row.

Lisa, that's an inordinate amount of time to wait. Are they chopping down the trees to make the paper?
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Post  lislarch on Fri May 17, 2013 2:28 pm

Apparently they're having trouble getting a copy, grr, don't know why when you order books, they say they have them in stock when they obviously don't. Mad
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Post  ToBeadOrNotToBead on Sat May 18, 2013 3:31 am

Sounds like a great book. When you finally receive it you will be able to tell us if it was worth the wait!

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Post  Batty on Sat May 18, 2013 10:39 am

They look lovely Elaine, I especially like the clear / silvery looking one, with all those dangles, bet that feels just wonderful on. My first steps into jewellery making was seed beading, I have a few on my Etsy site, well one bracelet and 2 anklets, loved making them.
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Post  Tinker on Thu May 30, 2013 8:39 am

Nice work Elaine! I love the blue one especially.

I think anything that keeps us from having to go outside is a winner lately eh! I've been back at the sewing machine, making little purses and bags so they may make their way onto Etsy one day, if I make any good enough or that I want to part with!
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