Friday

Lots o' Crystals

The new Palace Green Opal roundel peeks out of these beaded beads
I love using Swarovski roundels in my designs
For this beaded wheel I used the 5305 Swarovski Roundels
Beautiful shades of Indian Pink rondels were used for these beaded beads
I used the 5305 roundels in sapphire blue and topaz

I love shopping at Artbeads.com. Whenever I want to use crystals they always have what I need. Crystallized Swarovski elements are what I'm looking for. I love making beaded beads and components too, which make their way to becoming bracelets or necklaces. This week I decided to design some fun beaded beads using 5040 style Swarovski Rondels and Autumn earrings using the 3700 margaritas. As you can see lots can be done with a little imagination and Swarovski crystals.

Swarovski roundels so many possibilities!
Swarovski 3700 Margaritas Autumn Margarita Angels
I'm all about crystals in many of my designs. Art Beads has wholesale prices on Crystallized Swarovski Elements in shapes like Margaritas and Roundels . The main thing I enjoy about using the roundels is they are faceted and they are like little saucers! Just those small facets attract the light at all angles. The shape lends itself to use as a spacer and it is PERFECT! Many of my designs incorporate beaded beads so that saucer shape works well in molding and shaping little works of art! I have many many patterns I have designed, including the beaded beads shown above using roundels. For one of my beaded beads, I decided on one of the newer colors in "Palace green opal" it just looks regal when used with topaz and ruby colors. The green peeks through the little windows on the beads. I love it! Roundels can be used for spacers between beads or topping off components for sparkly highlights. Notice on my bracelet design, the spacers are used as a finishing sparkle on top of the squares. Did I say I love sparkle? The roundels come in a great assortment of colors too.
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If you have ever wondered what to do with those crystal Margaritas besides just hanging them from an earring, they're perfect to integrate into shapes! A few days ago my shipment of crystals from Artbeads came. Yeeaaae! I've been waiting anxiously 'cause as you can see I had many designs in mind. Autumn is a'comin and even though here in sunny California it's still 100 degrees I'm thinking of fall. It's my time of year. It's the perfect opportunity to use all the fall colors of Margaritas which Art beads carries. I have found they are one of the few companies who offer margaritas in an assortment of colors too. For these angels I used graduated sizes of margaritas from 4mm to 12mm in fall colors like crystal ab, sun, peach, topaz, topaz ab, erinite and light siam. These can be made into a variety of gift items. I made a bookmark, a pair of earrings and an angel pendant using the same general idea. Great gift ideas for holidays. I've used the green shades for Christmas trees too! Try adding roundels for that added sparkle to any design.

Saturday

Journal project 2010

One of Robin Atkins beadwork pieces
I think she captured this waterfall so perfectly
This year has flown by and although I haven't finished up my years worth of journals, it has been fun and something to look forward to each day. I encourage anyone who loves writing or journaling and doing beadwork or embroidery of any kind to join this years Bead Journal Project for 2010. It is the brainchild of Robin Atkins, an internationally published author and amazing beadwork artist. There's no pressure to finish your one of a kind, same size piece each month. There is simply the wish for you to spread your creative wings and do what you love, and in the meantime share it to a wonderful group of cyber-friends. Yes, these same cyber-friends will sometimes become your most encouraging group of people with words of advice, and commentary. They are each talented in their own right and you will learn an amazing amount of things and that includes life lessons. I've decided to join the Bead Journal Project for 2010 once again and maybe kick it up a notch, because some of the best talent you've seen is on this project. As Robin would say, "Will you join me? We'll journey together"

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