Trying Wire Crochet

I’ve been playing with wire crochet for a few nights, and I’m not sure how I like it.  I’ve done a few practices with glass beads that I have, and I think they turned out pretty, but I need to practice. 

It’s all basically chain stitch with a Size G crochet hook.  I have some clasps and such that I still have from a previous beading supply purge.  

Here’s what I came up with.

This was the first strand that I practiced with.  I didn’t cut enough wire, so it was just a test strand, I suppose.

Bracelet 1:  I crocheted two different strands with glass beads, wrapped them together, an linked them with jump rings and a toggle clasp.  The jump rings are cheap and do not stay closed.  And it needs a bigger clasp.

Bracelet 2:  I used a thinner type of wire this time.  It’s only one strand with alternating amber glass and green glass beads.

It’s sort of hard to find tutorials on this internet about wire crochet jewelry that aren’t videos.  I’ll probably play with this a little more over the weekend, and will post those results here.  And, perhaps I will have a decision whether I like, or have the patience, for more intricate crochet wire work. 

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Beading Night: Christmas Earrings

Official Beading Night was put on hold because of the lingering presence of my recent rashiness, so no Deb tonight as I would be loopy and itchy all night.  Benedryl has become a way of life for me during the past almost two weeks.  Still, I decided to do some simple earring projects on my own.
Fire Mountain Gems has these great designs for Christmastree earrings.  Aren’t they cute?  They use different sizes of Swarovski crystals.  Since I didn’t have enough to complete the entire design for amount of earrings I wanted to make, I got creative, and made some different Christmas designs of my own. 
I think they add the right amount of Christmas sparkle.  FMG has a ton of other quick Christmas jewelry ideas.  Check them out and see what makes you smile or reminds you of someone.  Quick jewelry makes for great gifts.

Beading Night: Bracelet Fun

Beading Night turned out to be a Bracelet Night this week, still with beads, and in my case, charms and a lot of jump rings.  I have another Wal-Mart kit for bracelets.  It’s pretty cheap and looks cheap, but it’s good practice.  Deb, on the other hand, had some lovely wire and beads that she crocheted into a pretty bracelet.  Perhaps this is also another reason why I should some learn some more crochet. 
 
As you can see, we got a little, well, creative, modeling our work that evening, turning out designs into focal pieces while we decided to make shadow puppets.  Everyone needs to get a little silly every now and then.

Beading Night: Crystals and Glue Guns

Up until last Saturday, I didn’t own a glue gun. (The horrors! A crafter without a glue gun?! For shame….) Now I do, because I needed it to do my fun little project for this week’s Beading Night.
I didn’t bead this week, but Deb did some of beautiful wire wrapping work. She picked the prettiest crystals for her latest creation. It’s just lovely. You can see a picture, as well as it with some of the other beads that will be going into necklace it is for.
Me, I discovered this fun hair accessory kit at A.C. Moore, and the reason I bought the glue gun. I decided to do that instead. I completely messed up the directions, but ended up with some neat results. I suppose I should pay more attention, but sometimes it’s nice to throw caution to the wind and do your own thing. You can see me and Deb modeling my creations.

Beading Night Catchup

I actually made this necklace two weeks ago, but hadn’t had a chance to feature it here yet.  This is my Halloween necklace with glass beads and antique-y looking findings.  The owl pendant was the spookiest thing I could find at Wal-Mart, where I got the supplies for this necklace. 
Eh, it’s cute.  I’ll wear it next week in anticipation of Halloween, along with the funky spider earrings I got from Avon, believe it or not. 
I actually like the detail on the black and orange beads a lot.  I was happy to find those.  In fact, I think these were the beads I grabbed first, and the ideas sort of came after that. 
I might try to bead something more goth for Halloween, too, since I love the goth aesthetic.  Anyone have any good beading suggestions?

October Crafting Ideas

October is one of my favorite times of year.  Well, mostly because my birthday is in the month, but it’s when fall really kicks into gear without being too cold and quite pretty with the foliage.  It’s a great time to get crafting, and here are some ideas that I have come across, along with some ideas of my own.
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  1. Go beyond the traditional jack o’ lantern.  Get a kit and carve that pumpkin in a creative fashion.   Make a picture or go for a 3-D look!
  2. Check out this Squidoo lens about Halloween knitting crafts.  I got some great ideas from here! 
  3. Join in on Socktoberfest on Ravelry.  Even though I’m just doing tube socks right now, I still am going to join in on the fun.
  4. Get some black and orange beaded jewelry and see what lovely Halloween glam you can come up.  I have my beads ready to go!
  5. Get your own Halloween costume together.  Sewers, this is a great time to show off your talents.  Fabric.com has some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
  6. Start your Christmas crafting.  I know, it’s only October, but the holidays will be here before you know it.
  7. Bake something!
  8. Gather some fall leaves and use them in a creative manner, such as putting them under plastic for a decoration.
  9. Make your own Halloween candy to give to the kiddies and your neighbors.
  10. Create a big birthday present for me.  (Just kidding!)

Beading Night 3

I took a little time out from knitting my sweater and beaded for a little bit, as I have been doing on Wednesday nights.  I continued work on the Pure Innocence set, completing the bracelet and the two pairs of earrings.  I’m getting better with my loops, though they still look sort of bad.  I will reiterate again that the designs included in this kit are good, solid designs that I will reuse.  This kit has been a good reintroduction into beading.  Next week, I will work on the second and last piece, another necklace.  After that, it’s a pair of earrings that I have owed someone for a looong time.