Tuesday, August 21, 2012

What I've been working on ..

It's been awhile since I've posted anything "beady."  You might think I've been slacking, but I've been working on my Beading Babes projects and on my piece for the Challenge of Travel.

In addition to those, I have been also working on a few other things, and even managed to complete a few of them.  :)

First up is a UFO that's been hanging around for a bit too long.  It is a bracelet based on Scarlett Lanson's "Aegean Sea" necklace in the October/November issue of Beadwork.

I'm not sure why I never finished it, although I suspect it's because I didn't like the open area at the side of the focal.  Oh well, I'm over it and enjoying my new bracelet.  :)

I made the necklace some time ago.  I don't typically create the project in the same color scheme as in the magazine, but I totally fell in love with the colors and *had* to match the sample as best I could.

You can wear this lariat either symmetrically or asymmetrically.  I love it both ways.

Scarlett's designs are amazing.  She combined so many techniques to create this lariat.

I made two more small beads using Melinda Barta's "Seeing Stars" pattern, published in the February/March issue of Beadwork.

I also made a bigger "Cube Cluster Beaded Bead," designed by Gwen Fisher and published in the April/May issue of Beadwork.  I started with 10mm beads in the base and ended up with a 1.25 inch bead.

Here they are with the others beads in the series.

The other beads are the "Stargazer Beaded Bead," designed by Florence Turnour and the "Treasure Trove Beaded Bead," designed by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel.  These were published in the June/July issue and  August/September issue of Beadwork, respectively.  

These beads are destined to work together in a single piece for Beadwork Magazine's Beaded Bead Contest.  You can find more information on the contest and about the beads in an earlier post here.

Speaking of beaded beads, I finished a necklace using the Infinity Ubercube pattern designed by Gwen and Florence.

I love making these cubes.  They don't take too long and are so satisfying to create.

My necklace is based on this design by Gwen.

I also have a few more Infinity Cubes waiting in the wings, this time in pink.

I think they will work well with these beads by Donna Millard.  If you are as wowed by these beads as I am (and you really should be), you can find more of Donna's work for sale in her etsy shop and on her website.

I can't decide how to put everything together.  Maybe with some chain or leather?

And if you are wondering how to make you own Infinity Ubercubes, you can find that pattern and more on Gwen and Florence's website, Bead Infinitum.  You will find more beaded cubes, rings, prisms and spheres than you thought possible.

So, that's what I've been up to.  Check back later in the week for a glimpse (or two) of  my Beading Babes projects and my piece for the Challenge of Travel.


  1. wow! you've been busy! I really like that necklace - it is gorgeous and I love how you've slipped it through the main focal as a lariat ... that is stunning. I haven't yet tried making beaded beads, but you've got some really nice styles here ... might have to finally try that!

  2. You've been really busy! Everything is beautiful. I love your beaded beads. The cube is really cool!

  3. I've never met a beaded bead I didn't want to try, and you've made some beauties - I especially like the teal and cream colored round. And Scarlett's lariat is just gorgeous. I'll have to go find that issue in my Beadwork stack!

  4. Oh Tanya, these are just beautiful! I love how you are able to move the necklace around for a different look. Beaded beads always fascinate me so my nose is plastered to the screen! You have been up to very beautiful business!! I am going to have to visit the site and look over the beauties!

  5. Holy mackerel Tanya!! You've been so busy!!! I love all these pieces. The first piece is quite gorgeous and your beaded beads are coming out spectacularly!!!

  6. They are fantastic!! You do a beautiful work!! Best regards from Greece!!

  7. Ooo wow... What a great collection of beady eye candy! The lariat is cool, but those Infinity Cubes are just spectacular. I really like how you've coordinated the colors in the second set with Donna's lampwork beads - I can't wait to see the finished piece!