This is the astero - idea. Most of you won't recognize the latin, but it's more popular by the name starfish. See the resemblance? Good! Now we can get to the fun part. On the picture you can see the materials needed for this necklace. First you'll need seed beads, size 2 in light blue, light blue opaque and pearl white. Next, a silver jeweler's wire and a little piece of cord. The technique you'll use is the ladder stitch. Let's begin:
- First you'll need to cut 12 pieces of the jeweler's wire, each of which has to be 30cm long.
- Next make 12 leafs using the ladder stitch. Make 6 leaves with the light blue, and 6 with the opaque blue.
- Now, connect the first six leaves by twisting the wire that's left together. Now repeat that for the other group of 6 and then put them on top of the first six leaves.
- Now it's time to fill the middle. That's easy - just string a few of the white pearl beads and push the wire that's left through the middle of the leaves.
- As you can see there are a lot of loose wire ends. Twist them together and cut the ends to even them out. Be careful - make it so, that they don't scratch your skin!!!
- The last step is to string enough of the blue beads for the rest of the necklace. Make it as long as you need it to be, attach a twisting end and this is it!
I’ve called them like this because of the beautiful mayan beadworks and the famous mayan crop circles. You can almost feel the ancient spirit when you see the result. So, for the earrings you’ll need:
- seed beads size 2 in two colours: light mat green and grassy green. You’ll need also size 4 beads in a mat grassy green colour. Of course remember that you can experiment with colours as you wish.
- earring hooks - I’ve bought mine from a jewelry supply store. They’re very easy to find, and besides - there are always online stores.
- a reed of cord
- beading needles
- wire circles (again, I’ve bought mine ready, but if you don’t find ones yourself you can always make them from wire and the round nose pliers)
Now for the performance part: First: Use the wire circles for base, and start by making 1 row with the N2 grassy green beads, using brick stitch technique. Second: Make a second row(again using the brick stitch) with the N4 beads, increasing the number of used beads, because you’ll want to expand your circle. Third: Repeating the same make two more rows - one with the N2 grassy green, and the last row using the light mat green beads. Last: Insert the earring hook between beads in the last row and you are ready!!!
The PIPA knot is an old chinese decorative knot, and it's called PIPA because when it's ready it looks like the music instrument pipa. Some people call it the 'pear knot' because of the resemblance with the fruit. Now, because I used simple cotton cord, it was very difficult to make it a nice tight knot, so a couple of beads fell right in front of my eyes, the glue was just sitting there, and I put together the pieces of the puzzle. For these earrings, you'll need:
- ceramic beads (for these I've used 4 white stars and 2 green buttons)
- cotton cord, maximum 2m long for both earrings
- a little glue
- earring pins
Now for the performance part: For each earring you make 2 pipa knots - one small and one big. First you make the big one. Then, as you make the smaller one you attach it to the big. For the small knot, instead of making a loop on top you let the cord loose and insert it into the loop of the big knot - that's how you attach them together. The rest doesn't need explanation because as you can see on the picture it is all imagination, puzzle parts and glue. Last, but not least, glue the earring pins on the back of the small pipa and you're ready!!!
Tree of Life
For this project, I have no silly explanation about the name. There was just the idea, the result was a beautiful tree pendant which needed a BIG name :)) For the necklace you’ll need:
- brown cotton cord
- jeweler’s wire(I’ve used copper)
- seed beads in pearly green, size 4
- wire circle
You start out by wiring the circle as I’ve done before taking the picture. Then, cut 5 pieces of the jeweler’s wire, each about 50cm long. Now distribute equally each one of the wires, and wrap them around the circle, just 2-3 times. Then, just string the beads in a proper way, so the look like the branches of the tree. When you’ve reached the desired size of the tree, just twist around the loose ends of the wires to form the stem. Then, wrap the endings to the circle so it can have a finished look. Make a simple knot to attach the cotton cord to the pendant, add the connecting parts at the other end of the cord, and you are ready!!!
with the “Mayan circles”, but I wanted to give you this idea, using the same technique - the brick stitch. You can see how much you can experiment with materials, options, techniques and so on... But just for the record, I am going to describe it formally, like all the others. For these earrings you will need:
- wooden beads, size 3
- a reed of cord
- beading needles
- wire circles
- earring hooks
Start, by making a row around the wire circle using your cord and the brick stitch. Continue with making five more rows, increasing the number of beads used per row, so that your circles can expand properly. I’ve made these with 6 rows, but feel free to increase or decrease those numbers when you make your own pair. Last, attach the earring hooks using simple pliers(I prefer to use them, because it is more comfortable for me to open and close wire loops with them). And after doing these steps, take a deep breath, relax your eyes for a second, and take a look at your brand new earrings! :)))