Wednesday, October 21, 2009

DNA Inspired Jewelry

Lately, I have made and sold necklaces that remind me of the RNA/DNA strands.

They are fun to make. It is a Russian Spiral stitch woven with bugle and seed beads. Once I get it started I can bead and watch "Dancing with the Stars" at the same time!

I know when I first started beading, I was so intrigued with the Russian Spiral stitch. I couldn't imagine how you got the beads to spiral. Once I learned the stitch, the next challenge was to find interesting ways to work with different materials and create new looks.

If you already know how to do the Russian Spiral, have fun with it and create new color options and designs. The sky's the limit!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lightning Bolt Necklace

I am one of those beadweavers who loves a project that requires hours of beading. Why? Because I simply like the process of taking one bead at a time and creating a beautiful design.

My best friend, Mary, needed donations for a fundraiser for a family member who requires much support with medical bills, so it was the perfect opportunity to make something special that might also bring in some money for the great cause.

This is a flame stitch which is a 2 drop peyote stitch with 4 different turns. It's more difficult to watch "Dancing with the Stars" while making this! If I look up, I lose my place, so I work on it little bits at a time. But, I love the end result.