Monday, May 26, 2008

Green Glass Herringbone Bracelet

This bracelet started out as an earring, spent several hours as a ring, then finally morphed into a bracelet.

Identify this stitch !

Identify this stitch !, originally uploaded by ambrosianbeads.

A friend asked me to repair this necklace. All it needs is a new loop, so I accepted. Usually, I decline repairs of jewelry that I didn't make. Obviously, this is some type of African stitch, and according to Carol Huber Cypher's Mastering Beadwork, it resembles African Polygon. It looks interesting enough to try, so if anyone has any knowledge, please pass it this way. THX

Monday, May 19, 2008

Triangular Tones Bracelet

Triangular Tones Bracelet, originally uploaded by ambrosianbeads.

This was supposed to be another box, and when the corners of the triangle started to rise up instead of lie flat, I changed it into a bracelet and finished it the next day. I added a vintage glass button in the center. It's now listed here .

Tiny Triangle Box

Tiny Triangle Box, originally uploaded by ambrosianbeads.

I finished the box I was experimenting with last week. It's only a little bigger than an inch along one side with the lid an inch and a half. Actually, I made the lid a little too big (boo-hoo). I took a guess at the the number of rows needed before starting the side and wanted to make sure it would fit over the box. I'll probably attach a short chain of beads so the two pieces stay together.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dutch Spiral Necklace-It's Finished !

Dutch Spiral Necklace, originally uploaded by ambrosianbeads.

UPDATE !!! Mom loved the necklace !!!

Back in November, my mom commissioned me to make a necklace in brown, cream and black beads. I have been planning to get around to the dutch spiral technique, and finally gave it a shot. I like how the necklace turned out, but I won't be doing another one anytime soon. I like to work tight, but this stitch is so unbelievably floppy, I just couldn't get a grip on it. After hours and days of fighting it like a snake, I gave up and finished the necklace with tubular herringbone stitch and a vintage glass button. Haven't given it to mom yet, because I had to get a couple photos done first.

Amber Glass Earrings

Amber Glass Earrings, originally uploaded by ambrosianbeads.

Just tried the brick stitch technique to make these earrings. Since I haven't figured out how to keep the glass bead to stay flat with the beadwork, I think I'll use round or oval beads for the center next time.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Zoya is a Winner !

My dear friend, Zoya Gutina has won again in the Rings & Things "Your Designs Rock !" competition ! She won first place in the glass category with her Mermaid's Garden entry and honorable mention in the gemstones and pearls category with her Egyptian Nights. Take a minute to feast your eyes on these beadwoven beauties and see more of her dazzling beadwork here. If you are ever in the Washington, DC area, make sure to stop by the Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. Zoya always has some of her wonderful beadwork on display there.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Elan Calendar May '08

Elan Calendar May '08, originally uploaded by ambrosianbeads.

Elan magazine published my "Embarcadero Palm" necklace in this month's issue. It's on the calendar page to promote the Artists' Undertaking Gallery May group show entitled "Art Springs Eternal." Elan magazine is marketed to high-end real estate buyers and shoppers in upscale neighborhoods in Northern Virginia. It's my first magazine publication !