Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Fairy step one - where to start?

So after having announced my idea; how to go about choosing which project to start with?  Lots of my beading buddies have been making the Granada Brooch (page 115 of the book) and although I really want to do this one it didnt make sense to start there.

Should I just start at the beginning of the book and keep turning the pages? Rejected this idea for two reasons; firstly if I did that you would all know which project was coming next and secondly I dont have any pearl drop beads!  I have skim read a few of the projects and pearl beads feature in a lot of them - guess I will need to go shopping soon.

So even with all that said I could only ever have started with one project anyway and that's the Queenie Bracelet (page 48 of the book).  My FB buddies will understand this choice.

Sabine uses fireline for her projects and this is something that I always use too.  So if you dont have any fireline head down to your nearest fishing tackle shop and get some.

Having rummaged through my box of Rivoli's; the first thing that was apparent was that I dont have many same colour sets of 7 x 14mm rivoli crystals.  Ho hum...........Only had 7 black rivolis and started the project using those but then stopped halfway through as didnt like the overall look.  I therefore had to improvise a little as you will see from the photos.

Onto the project and one slight problem with the project is that the list of supplies doesnt say what size crystal bicones to use so on my first try of the bezel I used size 3mm and then tried 4mm.  It actually doesnt matter what size you do use as the bicones are not the beads that secure the rivoli in the bezel but checking the project photos I think Sabine has used size 3mm.  I had to use 3mm fire polished as I dont have many 3mm bicones.  I think the bracelet looks fine with this small change.

The bezel is quite simple to make but I had a time of it trying to get the rivoli to stay put whilst I was tightening the stitching.  It kept wanting to pop out and did a few times.  Arggghhhhhh! I found that by 'pinching' the beads between my fingers as I tightened helped with this.  Can you see what I mean in the photo? (excuse the nails - manicure long overdue).


This is step 4 of the project.  I actually went through the beads more than the two times called for in the book as I was terrified of the rivoli popping motion.






In step 5 Sabine instructs to add four size 11 beads as an inner layer - however I found that I got a better result using just an additional three size 11's.  Not sure why this is really as I did use good quality seed beads - maybe something to do with my tension.



Also note that in step 5 the project mentions a bead 'outlined in green in figure 3' - in my copy this bead isnt outlined unless I am colour blind which of course is a possibility but you can still work out what Sabine means anyway.

And here it is; the finished bracelet.  I think I would like to make this again but using 7 different coloured rivolis - need to order some 3mm bicones first though (unless someone would like to donate some?).

What do you think - did I do it justice?

What should my next project from the book be?

14 comments:

  1. Stunning work Gloria, and beautiful explained, as I havent seen the book I cant suggest the next project. Maybe flick through with your eyes closed and just stop and thats the one you do ! .... which ever you choose I'm sure it will be as stunning as this. xHx

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    1. Good idea mate - might try that one! Glad you like it. You should get the book and properly make the transition to the dark side. LOL

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  2. Gorgeous job!! I love the colors you used, and thank you for the tips!!

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  3. Hi Gloria,
    Beautiful I love it! I agree with Tilly on how to pick the next project.
    Therese

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    1. Hmmmm we'll see............. - thanks for your comment and for stopping by

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  4. Nice job. I have a tip that I got from Met Innmon. You know those clear double sided mounting gels you see in the office supply area. Cut a square that will fit over the tip of the Rivoli. The stickiness of the gel mount will keep the rivoli from bobbing all over the place.

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  5. Beautiful work. Can't wait to see what comes next!

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  6. Awestruck by how beautiful your work is! I love it!

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  7. I just knew you would be making the "Queenie" bracelet! Nice work! May I suggest the "Milady" pendant for your next project? The bezel holding the rivolis in place is the same one used in Sabine's "Ballicious" pattern (on Etsy) and overcomes the rivoli constantly popping out problem. The Scheherezade pendant is also lovely. Happy Beading Gloria :-)

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    1. Hi Lucy - yes it did seem like the most obvious place to start for me! Thanks for your suggestions - lets see which one is next!

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