So I was browsing around the internet, wondering if I should take up polymer clay again. (the answer is no, not now), when I remembered how I used to love making pillow beads, and I got to wondering if I could replicate them with seed beads and SuperDuos.
I soon figured out how to get the flat side, and had to work on the seed beads that would allow the two sides to join.
Several attempts and un-pickings later, this is the result.
The tutorial for the earrings is available now. I am currently working on a necklace, with a bigger pillow bead in the middle. That was very tricky, but we got there and I'm thrilled with the results, which should be available to show you soon.
Ok so now I’ve got the video-making bug.
Yesterday I spent 5 minutes staring at some beads while having my first cup of tea in the morning. It was snowing outside. I then put together a diagram to see if a glimmer of an idea would work. I haven’t figured out how to get the shape into a bracelet yet, but quickly got a simple and quick pair of earrings done. Then another pair in a different colour, an then another single earring.
I got the camera out and positioned it, recorded the making of the second one, then put it all together, cutting the mistakes, adding music and narration, and this is the result. So just for you, here’s a little freebie…
Have fun with it, mess around with colour combinations, change the beads around, swap crystals for bicones or pearls.
Finally I’ve got the tutorial finished for the Double Spiral Rope, and it’s all ready to go!
Worrying about wording the instructions, I decided to make a little video to show exactly what I mean. The video is on this site exclusively for those who bought the tutorial to help with any points that may not be understood from the written instructions.
I had a great deal of fun making the vid, so much so that I am now going to make a simple pair of earrings and video that. It’s addictive once you’ve got the hang of it, and I only used my normal camera, the point and shoot one I use for the product pictures, a table-top tripod, good light, and Windows Movie Maker. I even figured out how to cut a mistake out, add music only on certain parts, fade in, fade out and all the rest of it.
I have to say, apart from the sound of my own voice, I’m really pleased with it.
It’s not the first video I’ve made. I made a preview video for my book. Have I mentioned my book? No? Oh well, it’s called Beautiful Jewellery with SuperDuo Beads. Ok not the most imaginative title, but it’s doing well over on Amazon. <<<<Link
Most of the projects on this site are in the book as a whole collection, and I made the video to showcase the jewellery itself, as much as the book. Here it is.
So now I am working on my next tutorial.
That isn’t strictly true, this one has been on the go since the end of September, but I haven’t got around to doing the diagrams yet. It’s a tricky one you see. No…not to work, but tricky to make the diagrams for.
For months I was trying to work out how to do a spiral rope with SuperDuo beads. There are lots of patterns out there for seed beads and single-holed beads, but little or nothing for SuperDuos.
So I set about adapting a spiral pattern already well known and quite simple too. It was tricky because of the two holes in the SuperDuos, having to remember to also sew through the SuperDuo added in the previous but one step.
And that is why it’s so tricky to draw the diagrams. The diagrams will have current beads in the step showing on top, which puts the SuperDuo from the previous but one step underneath the current beads…but this is current too!
I may, if I can get a good enough quality one, make a little video to help.
Anyway, I made a necklace and a bracelet, so everything is ready to go except those diagrams.
Wait…I have an idea for a bracelet. Maybe I’ll tackle the spiral another day.
So, first of all let me introduce myself, and tell you what I intend to do with this particular blog page.
I’m Teresa, I’m a beadwork designer, and a bead addict. I live in the beautiful county of Norfolk in the East of England, on mostly low-lying flat lands and big big skies. Norfolk is at the heart of what used to be the territory of the ancient Iceni tribe, known mostly for their queen Boadicea. So now you know why I chose the name.
I mainly work in a small area in my kitchen. I am lucky enough to have a big east-facing bay window which allows plenty of light in for most of the year. I live with my partner Chris, who is an amputee, having lost his leg to diabetes a few years ago. When I’m not working with my beads, I’m often out walking in the countryside, or my local woods. This is about half an acre of ancient woodland, mainly beech, with a smattering of Oak, Horse Chestnut, Sweet Chestnut, Lime, Sycamore and Birch. Shapes and textures within this little haven is a source of inspiration to me, from the bluebells of spring, to snow-covered branches in winter, the browns reds and oranges of autumn and the deep shade in summer. It’s always changing, so there is always something new to discover.
There are other places I like to walk too, down by the river Wensum, where there is an abundance of plant life all year round providing yet more inspiration for my work.
Then of course, there is history. I love the history of this area, especially in the county City of Norwich, with history dating through the Norman castle, back to Anglo Saxon times, and with a hint of Romans passing through, though never settling, and beyond to the bronze age. I like to think that Boadicea may have walked where I’m sitting right now. The reverence for nature and seasons, for the land around them, I can relate to easily, and the art that reflected the times is inspirational in my own work now.
So enough about me. What about this blog?
In the future, I want to go over what I’ve done already, and also show you upcoming designs, works in progress and so on, so do look in now and then. I’d love to hear your comments and feedback too.
I'm Teresa, the designer and writer of the tutorials you see, and a bead addict.