The Crimson Moon

Beadwork With Bite

Secret Bead-Along – Days 6, 7 and Beyond!

Well here is my finished piece! I’m a little behind as I was working on something else in between. Days 6 & 7 were to make a chenille rope to suspend the pendants from. I’ve been meaning to try this stitch for ages but hadn’t got around to it until now. Even though I love how the ropes look, I decided to put my flowers on a chain as I’m more likely to wear it that way. I’m not overly keen on the feel of ropes around my neck (haha I wonder if there’s a past life story in there somewhere?!). However, the flowers didn’t sit well on the chain – they flopped about and bunched up – so I made a short length of the chenille stitch rope and attached the chain to the ends instead. You may notice that the flower from day 3 is missing. It’s a lovely design but I felt that the matt grey I used for the petals really made it look like the odd one out. I wasn’t happy with it at all so I unpicked the petals and made another day 4 pendant instead! I love the finished piece and can’t wait to wear it.


This photo shows the back of the work and the chenille rope I made. The tiny size 15 beads were meant to contrast to give the rope it’s characteristic look but sadly mine didn’t stand out very well from the Delicas. ..


Secret Bead-Along – Day 5

Day 5 and the last pendant is finished. I love the look of this one, although I did have a little difficulty with the pattern on the back row of petals as that part was written instructions and I’m definitely a photo/diagram kind of girl! I’m not convinced that I’ve done it as it was meant to  be but I don’t care, I think it looks fab.

I  AM kicking myself due to the fact that I found a pack of Metallic Abalone Iris in size 15 after finishing yesterday’s pendant and getting half way through this one – I didn’t think I had any! They were in another box with more leftovers from a previous project; serves me right for not putting things away when I’ve finished with them. I couldn’t bear to unpick what I’d already done, especially as I’d secured the thread and added more ready for the back petals, so I left the front petals as they were and continued on with the Abalone. I’m happy with today’s work : )


Secret Bead-Along – Day 4

Day 4 on the Secret Bead-Along and I’m delighted with the designs we’ve been making so far! Today’s is no exception. And yes – you’ve guessed it – another change from my original plan. It seems that changing one thing at the beginning has caused a domino effect. I’m not complaining though, I think this is turning out much better than it would have it I’d stuck to my original choices! Today’s alteration is the tiny size 15 seed beads inside the petals. I had chosen matte black but decided that they would be out of place here, having not used them in the other flowers. So they got switched to Rainbow Gunmetal Grey which gives that little touch of colour to the petals while still being individual. I would like to have used Metallic Abalone Iris but I don’t have them in that size. Yet ; )


Secret Bead-Along – Day 3

In case you’ve missed my other posts, I’m taking part in a bead-along organized by Jean Power for National Beading Week. An amazing 4000+ beaders have signed up for the bead-along – kudos to Jean, this must have taken some organizing! It’s a great feeling being part of something so big, knowing that beaders around the country – and probably around the world – are working on the same thing as you each day. I’ve been popping onto the Facebook page regularly to see some of the work others have been doing and I’m really enjoying seeing all the different colours schemes that have been chosen.

So here we are on Day 3 and another lovely pendant design – I had no idea what the 9 Superduos were going to be used for so this was a nice surprise. And yes, another change of plan! I chose matte grey for my size 11 seed beads and, while I think Jean intended for the flowers to be different, in colours as well as in construction, I felt that this one was just too far away from the other two. So I added a Metallic Abalone Iris seed bead to the tip of each petal on the second round to provide a ‘link’ to the others. I like that they’re individual flowers but I don’t want one to be the odd one out.


Secret Bead-Along – Day 2

Here’s my work for Day 2 of the Jean Power’s Secret Bead-Along and another change of plan! The pattern for this pendant calls for 3mm bicones. I do love my Swarovski bicones but I mainly use 4mm so at the moment only have a small collection of 3mm – those I do have were accidental online purchases involving me and a drop down box, not realising there were different size options! The only 3mm I had that would fit in with my colours were clear crystal AB and I would have been happy with them if it wasn’t for the fact that I changed my beads on day one. A couple of petals in and I decided that the clear crystals looked a bit lacklustre next to the more colourful pendant I made yesterday, so I decided to switch them for the same rondelles. As I don’t know what the other three captured Rivolis will look like and I only have a vague idea of how the final five will be arranged, I hope I’ve made the right decision! Another lovely design from Jean Power…


Secret Bead-Along – Day 1

So here’s my work from Day 1 of the Secret Bead-Along. The pattern calls for 2mm pearls but I don’t have any in that size so I plumped for 2mm fire polish beads instead. A few stitches in and I didn’t like how they looked at all. So I switched them for some 2x3mm crystal rondelles which I picked up at the bead fair back in March. I absolutely LOVE how they look! A complete change from the metallic silver that I was going to use but I think they will inject a little bit of colour into my finished piece.


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