Bargains!

I’m having a “Just Because” sale over at my Etsy store right now. If you use the coupon code DISC20 at the checkout you will recieve 20% off your order. This applies to tutorials as well as jewellery. Go grab yourself a bargain.

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Highway Bracelet

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Lantern Beaded Bead

I’ve been watching with fervour the amazing work being pumped out of the collective genius of the beading network. Kaleidocycles, gauntlets, Rick-Racks, oh my. I pine to participate in the CGB hive, but at my current rate of production it would take me years to complete anything. For now I’ll have to be content to marvel in the talents of others, and tackle smaller projects.

I recently decided to revisit some of my old UFO’s and see what could be adapted or changed. To start with I had a look at a beaded bead that I made using Superduos. With some tweaking I had created something new. Presenting Lantern Beaded Beads complete with tutorial.

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These were fun to make and they build quickly. They are difficult to photograph though, and I feel like the pictures don’t do them justice but maybe I’m just being picky.

I wish I could say that I was going to sit down and create tonight, but my mind is weary. As soon as my children stop getting out of bed I’ll be having a hot chocolate and drifting off to my world of mad dreams.

 

New Creations

I haven’t blogged since January, but I have been doing a little bit of beading in amongst the chaos of my life.  Starting with a beautiful Heliotrope rivoli, bezelled with gold and peacock seed beads and Swarovski bicones. I stitched a delicate chain of gold seed beads in Right Angle Weave, double-woven for a more uniform look, to create a gorgeous necklace.

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Later I used the same design to create my Nymph earrings, which are now available as a tutorial through my Etsy store.

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Next up I made a hair pin as a gift for a friend. I based the design on an oriental lily, in cream and gold, with ruffled edges. For the centre, I used a filigree bead cap, splayed open with a pearl.

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I have lots of ideas floating around in my head, but I need more hours in the day to make them manifest. Stay tuned.

Happy (belated) New Year

Phew what a year! It was one of my busiest, but one of my least productive jewellery-wise, with my world being all topsy-turvy.  I have much to be grateful for, including the support that I have received from members of this amazing international network of beaders. I love the way we rally around each other in times of struggle, boosting each others sales to help through the hard times.  In 2015, beaders helped me get back on my feet after my separation, and also helped to pay for Kranky-cat’s ear surgery, thank you all. I hope 2016 will bring more opportunities to create.

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The weaving has been slow, but I have managed to complete two new necklaces that were custom ordered. My lovely customer already owns a necklace that I made years ago, featuring one of these lovely resin roses in red. When she discovered that I had black and ivory in my stash as well, she couldn’t resist.

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The ivory necklace is made with Toho seed beads in chenille stitch. To allow the bead work to fit through the narrow bail on the pendant, I used a bead-quilling technique with 15/0 seed beads. The black necklace features Czech seed beads in a variation of a filled net weave.

Wishing you all a fantastic year full of art and inspiration.

 

Envoy

The winner of my 1000 likers has been drawn, congratulations to Maria Lawless, I hope you love the Clara necklace as much as I do. Thank you to everyone who entered, every like, share and comment, increases my exposure just a tiny bit, and every tiny bit helps me put food on the table. For that, I love you.

Frankly, 1000 likers on Facebook is a bit of a miracle. These days getting a Facebook post seen is next to impossible unless you pay for a “boost”.  Such is life, someone makes a good thing, the people rejoice, get hooked, and then they monetize it.

That may sound a little cynical, but I’m also in on the act of trying to earn a living. Introducing my new tutorial, Envoy. Available now in my Etsy store. I hope you enjoy it and remember to share pictures of your creations, I love seeing them.

Envoy Bracelet

Envoy Bracelet

Win Stuff

It’s been a negligently long time since my last post, but I haven’t forgotten about you, dear readers. I’m pleased to see that you haven’t forgotten about me either. My blog has been getting plenty of views in my absence, and my Facebook page has just reached 1000 likers! How exciting. Of course, such a milestone requires a celebration. Right now, I have a competition on Facebook to win my One-of-a-kind Clara necklace (pictured below). Not your thing? How about three tutorials of your choice from my store, instead? Head to Facebook and like my page, and the post containing the instructions and you’re in to win. Share the post too, if you’re so inclined, it’s not necessary to win, but it’s good Karma.

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In other news, everyone is talking about Hubble Stitch! If you haven’t tried it, do it now. Right now. Drop everything and go for it. It’s so addictive and versatile. It was designed by Melanie de Miguel, who has this beautiful book detailing the technique and it’s many uses. Her biggest convert is the lovely Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, who also has a number of tutorials featuring The Hubble in her store Jewelry Tales. I made my own version of her Mermaid Bracelet. I didn’t have the 2mm crystals that her pattern called for, but I substituted 11/0 seed beads and it worked fine. Of course, the instructions were beautifully written and illustrated, as Cynthia’s work always is.

Mermaid Bracelet, Designed by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, beaded by Jenny Sangster

Mermaid Bracelet, Designed by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, beaded by Jenny Sangster

Zig-Wing Exploration

I’m certain most, if not all of you, have heard about the announcement of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork III (AND the Pattern Book AND the colouring book) and I’m sure, you’re all just as excited as I am. It’s an incredible labour of love for Kate and her amazing team, the editors, the translators, the illustrators and of course the beaders. Seeing all the beautiful work that the online community has been churning out spurred me in to action. It was time for Jenny to try a Zig-Wing.

Of course, I’m a tinkerer, so I couldn’t just reproduce the original Zig-Wing without making my own changes.

The Zig-Wing Sun-baked Starfish

The Zig-Wing Sun-baked Starfish

Then I got an idea to make a tiny Zig-Wing, which lead me to this.

The sweet little Zig-Wing Flat Flower Pendant

The sweet little Zig-Wing Flat Flower Pendant

And then things got out of control.

The Zig-Wing Pixie Hat, or the Zig-Wing Tea Cosy...

The Zig-Wing Pixie Hat, or the Zig-Wing Tea Cosy…

...perhaps the Zig-Wing Alien Egg Nursery Pod

…perhaps the Zig-Wing Alien Egg Nursery Pod

The possibilities for the Zig-Wing and friends are truly endless.