Thursday, March 29, 2018

"Almeida" Pendant PDF Tutorial

This is my latest design, the "Almeida" pendant. Named after the portuguese historic village of Almeida, this pendant reminds me of its shaped star fortress.
Almeida was one of the most important strongholds in Portugal in the modern age. It played a crucial military role, defending the portuguese border in the first years of the country independence.
The aerial view of this stronghold reveals 2500 meters of walls forming the shape of a 12 point star.
Although the pendant only has 9 points, I thought it was a fine name for this design. 

List of materials needed for this project:
  • 14mm rivoli;
  • 4x3mm rondelles;
  • 4mm fire-polished beads or bicones;
  • 11/0 Miyuki seed beads (2 colours or more).
For a closer look at the pendant and more information about the beading process watch the video below.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

"Bloom Square" Component Tutorial

Use this component to make a bracelet or a necklace.
Be creative!

List of materials used in this project:
  • dark purple 6mm pearly beads;
  • padparadscha 3mm Swarovski bicones;
  • fuchsia 4mm Swarovski bicones;
  • opaque crocus 11/0 Miyuki seed beads;
  • galvanized muscat 11/0 Miyuki seed beads;
  • galvanized muscat 15/0 Miyuki seed beads.

Video tutorial

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Decoupage Photo Frames

I have been away from beading this month. My sister hired me to make some crafts to handout as birthday presents: photo frames. I gave her one on her birthday last November and she loved it!
All you need to make some easy customized decoupage photo frames are:

  • unfinished wood frames;
  • acrylic paint;
  • scrapbook papers;
  • white glue (or decoupage glue);
  • varnish (or sealer).

Here are the results.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Ear Stud Earrings Tutorial

We are back to bugles with these cute little ear stud earrings. They are very easy to make and look amazing. All you need for this project are sew-on strass, bugles, seed beads and ear studs. The tutorial is available in our YouTube Channel and in our Shop.
Your ears will look beautiful with these earrings!

Materials and colours used:
  • 4mm topaz AB sew-on strass;
  • 3mm matte metallic patina iris Miyuki bugles;
  • 11/0 galvanized muscat Miyuki seed beads;
  • 15/0 gunmetal iris Miyuki seed beads;
  • 4mm ear studs.

Video tutorial

Friday, January 19, 2018

Bead Loom Bracelets - Free Patterns

I've been working on these bracelets this week. I have a wooden loom I bought sometime ago in a trinket shop that I had never used before. I had to make some adjustments to it so I could use small beads. It works for now but I intend to buy another one.
I used 11/0 Miyuki seed beads in both bracelets. The colours of the first one came out quite nice. However, colours on the second one don't pop-up much. I meant to use some opaque white seed beads but I only had transparent white among my stuff. I believe if you use an opaque light colour it will look really good. 
Feel free to adjust colours and use the patterns as you like. Be creative!  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"Peniche" Bracelet - PDF Pattern

Reference EA0134

Materials needed:
  • 6mm pearls or rounds;
  • 3mm bicones;
  • ios by Puca;
  • 11/0 Miyuki seed beads;
  • 15/0 Miyuki seed beads.

Monday, December 25, 2017

"Évora" Necklace Tutorial

Reference EA0133

List of materials used in this project:
  • 4mm Swarovski bicones;
  • kheops by Puca;
  • 3,4mm Miyuki fringe drop;
  • 8/0 Miyuki seed beads;
  • 11/0 Miyuki seed beads.

Video tutorial