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LEARN and CREATE – the « Damselfly » pendant

In search of an easy and quick project with a WOW factor ... « Damselfly » is just that ... and the good thing is that you need very little material. The result in about 15 minutes: ... the cutest little dragonfly pendant .. and a dashing pair of earrings.  Would it not be nice to have one on your purse and keychain too?

Damselfly pendant

Challenge:

A project for complete beginners based on the crossing of wires, no special knowledge is required.

Supplies for the « Damselfly » pendant:

  • 15/0 Japanese seed beads
  • 4x4 mm Czech fire-polished round beads
  • 3x11 mm Czech dagger beads
  • polyethylene thread (nylon fishing line), scissors and a bead mat
  • a 3 mm leather necklace and/or a pair of French hook ear wires

Weaving instructions for the « Damselfly » pendant:

  • check the holes of your beads before starting
  • cut off about 50-60 cm thread
  • start with the loop of the pendant: pick up seventeen 15/0 seed beads and slide them to the middle of your thread

Damselfly pendant - start loop

  • check if the amount of beads is to your liking and sufficient for the necklace
  • to close the loop, go back with the needle through the first bead you picked up

Damselfly pendant - closing loop

  • for the head: pick up one 15/0 seed bead with each thread, put both threads together through a 4x4 mm bead and pick up one 15/0 seed bead with each thread

Damselfly pendant - start head

Damselfly pendant - add bead for head

 Damselfly pendant - complete head

  • for the wings: pick up two daggers with each thread and circle with one of the threads through the four daggers to strengthen the construction

Damselfly pendant - add daggers

Damselfly pendant - re-circle through wings

  • to keep the wings steady: pick up two 15/0 seed beads with one thread and pass the other thread from the other side through both seed beads

Damselfly pendant - steady wings with 2 seed beads

Damselfly pendant - crossing threads in seed beads

Damselfly pendant - crossed threads

  • you just crossed the threads in the seed beads
  • for the body: pick up five 4x4 mm beads with both threads together

Damselfly pendant - add beads for body

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the « Damselfly » pendant - part 2

CONTINUATION - "Damselfly pendant"

  • for the tail end: pick up one 15/0 seed bead with one thread and cross the threads in the seed bead

Damselfly pendant - to finish cross threads in a seed bead

  • make a few knots and melt the nylon thread with a lighter
  • enjoy!

We used the following beads:

Damselfly pendant,  waterjuffer hangertje, pendentif demoiselle

Options:

  • for earrings your loop should be smaller and five or seven 15/0 seed beads may suffice
  • instead of a damselfly, you can also go for a dragonfly and use a 3x11 mm dagger and a 5x16 mm dagger for each wing
  • to make a bigger dragonfly use 6x6 mm round beads

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ dunebeads.com!

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – A fantasy on the ladder stitch «Dancing rectangles» - part 1

« Dancing rectangles » is a 6 mm large, slender bracelet that will charm young and old alike. Like the basic ladder stitch, « Dancing rectangles » is an easy beginner's project, but you will work with two beads at a time instead of one bead. If you are not familiar with the https://dunebeads.com/en/learn-and-create-the-flat-brick-stitch-on-a-foundation-of-ladder-stitch-part-1, try it out first. It will give you a good understanding of the thread path you will use here.

Dancing rectangles

Challenge:

Understanding the thread path and controlling the thread tension. Too much tension and the top beads sit askew, too little and the beads do not line up nicely.

Supplies for the “Dancing rectangles” bracelet:

  • 11/0 Japanese Miyuki Delica beads
  • S-lon thread or polyethylene (fishing line), John James needles # 10 or #12
  • clasp (optional), scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the “Dancing rectangles” bracelet:

  • take a comfortable length of thread
  • pick up 4 Delicas and circle back till your thread sits on the same side as the tail thread

Dancing rectangles - start

  • pick up 2 Delicas and circle back till you end at the top of the row you added

Dancing rectangles - 1st rectangle, add 2 beads

Dancing rectangles - 1st rectangle

  • pick up 4 Delicas and go DOWN through the outer stack of two beads you just exited

Dancing rectangles - 2nd rectangle - start

  • you have put a square on top of your rectangle
  • pass your needle UP through the two preceding beads and also through the closest two beads of the four you put on top

Dancing rectangles - 2nd rectangle - attach in place

Dancing rectangles - 2nd rectangle, fixing in place

  • go DOWN with your needle through the outer two Delicas

Dancing rectangles - 2nd rectangle - getting in place to add beads

  • to complete the rectangle : pick up 2 Delicas, circle back DOWN through the preceding set of two and go UP through the two last beads

Dancing rectangles - 2nd rectangle - adding 2 beads

  • note : you always work with pairs

Dancing rectangles - getting in place to add next rectangle

  • check the thread tension and look if the beads sit right on top where they belong, in other words the last row is stacked on top of the previous round; but the beads are located in between the beads of the previous round

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – A fantasy on the ladder stitch «Dancing rectangles» - part 2

CONTINUATION: «Dancing rectangles»

  • * pick up 4 Delicas and go back through the outer stack of two beads you just exited

Dancing rectangles - next rectangle, adding 4 beads

  • go with your needle UP through the preceding two beads as well as through the closest two beads on the top

Dancing rectangles - attaching next rectangle

  • go DOWN with your needle through the outer two Delicas

Dancing rectangles - getting in place to add 2 beads

  • to complete the rectangle : pick up 2 Delicas, circle back through the preceding set of two and go UP through the two last beads **

Dancing rectangles -  getting ready to add rectangle

Dancing rectangles - adding 4 beads

  • repeat * till ** until you reach the desired length
  • attach a small clasp or zip the strip together
  • enjoy!

Dancing rectangles - bracelet

Ideas:

  • make several to create a stacking bracelet set
  • would it not be a nice thumb ring too?
  • you might want to work with two colors

Thank you for choosing your beads and findings @ https://dunebeads.com/en/delica-seed-beads-size-11-japan !

Happy day, see you soon!

 

LEARN and CREATE – “Like no other” herringbone rope

The herringbone stitch an old-timer? No way, the newer shaped beads, such as the Cali bead, can be perfectly integrated and offer a different and very modern look to the traditional herringbone stitch. The start may be a little challenging, but it will end up being an easy and quickly made project.

Challenge:

As you are working with different sizes, going from tiny to relatively big beads, you need to maintain a firm thread tension and keep the Cali beads straight.

Like no other, herringbone

Supplies for the “Like no other” herringbone rope:

  • 3x8 mm Czech Cali beads with three holes
  • 15/0 Japanese Miyuki seed beads
  • 3x3 mm faceted Czech beads for the intersection
  • S-lon thread or polyethylene (fishing line), John James needles # 10 or #12
  • scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the “Like no other” herringbone rope:

  • check the holes of the beads before stringing them
  • take a comfortable length of thread

Like no other, herringbone - start

  • first round: pick up one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead equaling a total of four Cali-seed bead sets
  • keep a 20 cm tail thread, so you can add the clasp later on without problems

Like no other, herringbone - base

  • to form a circular base, make a second pass through all the beads as well as the first Cali bead

Like no other, herringbone - step-up second round with 3 mm bead

  • second round: pick up a 3 mm bead and make a step-up by passing your needle through the second hole of the Cali you just exited, in other words make a U-turn

Like no other, herringbone - round 2

  • pick up a 3 mm bead and pass the needle through the second hole of the next Cali, repeat two more times and tighten your thread
  • note: while the 3 mm beads are maintaining the round shape, the Cali beads form strong V-lines. To work comfortably maintain the Cali beads nicely vertical.

Like no other, herringbone -step-up round three

  • third round: make a step-up by passing your needle through the third hole of the Cali you just exited, in other words make a U-turn

Like no other, herringbone - round 3 add Cali, seed bead, Cali

  • pick up one Cali, one seed bead, one Cali and go with your needle through the next Cali bead
  • pick up a seed bead and go through the next Cali

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – “Like no other” herringbone rope - part 2

CONTINUATION: "Like no other" herringbone rope

Like no other, herringbone - round 3

  • pick up one Cali, one seed bead, one Cali and go through the next Cali bead

Like no other, herringbone - completing round 3

  • pick up a seed bead and go through the next Cali as well as through the bottom hole of the first Cali you added in this round
  • note: when you add Cali beads you are starting the next round, when you add just one seed bead you tighten the structure

 Like no other, herringbone - step-up or U-turn round 4

  • fourth round: make a step-up by passing your needle through the second hole of the Cali you just exited, in other words make a U-turn

Like no other, herringbone -round 4, top view

  • pick up a 3 mm bead and pass the needle through the second hole of the next Cali, repeat three more times
  • note: ignore the seed bead of the previous round
  • next round: see third round
  • next round: see fourth round
  • continue building up the rope by adding round three and four alternately
  • proceed until you have the desired length by repeating the instructions of the third and fourth round and end in a way similar to the start
  • to finish off the rope, you could add on each side a large bead cap or a small rondelle bead 
  • add a toggle clasp and enjoy!

Like no other, herringbone - side view

Suggestions:

  • to accentuate the V-shapes, choose the 3x3 mm bead in a contrasting color
  • play with color variations for the Cali bead and keep the other beads in one color scheme

Thank you for choosing your beads and findings @ https://dunebeads.com/en/czech-cali-beads-with-3-holes !

Happy day, see you soon!

 

 

LEARN and CREATE – the “I am not a Sea Urchin” beaded bead - part 1

This over-sized beaded bead is an excellent beginner's design asking very little time and would be a lovely mother-daughter project. Just as the “Stylized flower” beaded bead, you can use the “I am not a Sea Urchin” bead as a pendant or make several large beads and integrate them into a necklace.

Sea Urchin - top view

Challenge:

As we are working with relatively big Cali beads and tiny seed beads, you need to keep a firm thread tension and it is advisable to make a second pass through each row.

Supplies for the “I am not a Sea Urchin” beaded bead:

  • 3x8 mm Czech Cali beads with three holes
  • 15/0 Japanese seed beads
  • 8/0 Japanese seed beads in a contrasting color
  • S-lon thread or polyethylene (fishing line), John James # 12 needles, scissors and a bead mat

Sea Urchin - supplies

Weaving instructions for the “I am not a Sea Urchin” beaded bead:

  • check the holes of the beads before stringing them
  • take a comfortable length of thread

Sea Urchin beaded bead - start

  • pick up : one 15/0 seed beads, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, one 15/0 seed bead, one Cali, to have a total of five Cali-seed bead sets
  • slide the beads till the end of the thread while keeping a 15 cm tail thread

Sea Urchin beaded bead - first round, circle back

  • circle back through all the beads till the first Cali bead situated in front of the tail thread

Sea Urchin beaded bead - complete first round

  • go through the next seed bead-Cali set to complete the first round

Sea Urchin beaded bead - start second round

  • pass your needle through the central hole of the same Cali bead you just got out of to go to the next level
  • as a consequence, with each step-up you change the needle's direction
  • pick up one 15/0 seed bead and one 8/0 seed bead and go through the central hole of the next Cali bead

Sea Urchin beaded bead - finishing second row

  • repeat the above till you have a total of five sets and have reached the first 15/0 seed bead of the second round
  • pass your needle through the next 15/0-8/0 seed bead set as well as the Cali bead to complete the second round
  • note: you go past the tail thread

Sea Urchin beaded bead - step-up

  • make a step-up and pass your needle through the third hole of the same Cali bead you just exited

SEE part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the “I am not a Sea Urchin” beaded bead - part 2

CONTINUATION: “I am not a Sea Urchin” beaded bead

Sea Urchin - start third round

  • pick up : one 15/0 seed bead, one new Cali bead and one 15/0 seed bead and pass your needle through the top hole of the next Cali bead

Sea Urchin - 3th round

  • repeat the above four more times

Sea Urchin - second pass to reinforce the structure

  • to tighten your thread firmly, make a second pass through all the beads and you will see the structure fold together
  • continue by going with your needle through the next 15/0 seed bead, the Cali and the 15/0 seed bead to complete the third round
  • go through the Cali and make a step-up by moving to the middle hole of the Cali bead you just exited

Sea Urchin - start fourth round

  • pick up : one 15/0 seed bead, one 8/0 seed bead and to through the middle hole of the next Cali bead
  • repeat the above four more times
  • continue by going through the first 15/0-8/0 seed bead set and exit the next Cali bead to complete the fourth round
  • make a step-up and go through the third hole of the Cali bead

Sea Urchin - add final beads

  • pick up : one 15/0 seed bead and pass your needle through the top hole of the next Cali bead
  • to complete the fifth round repeat the above four more times to close the beaded bead

Sea Urchin - beaded bead - front

  • make a second pass through the first and second round and finish with a few knots
  • weave the tail thread in your beaded bead and finish in the same way
  • enjoy your creation !

Creative ideas : create a floating illusion necklace

  • string several beads on a leather cord
  • while making a knot at equal distance on each side of the beaded bead to fix it in place

Thank you for choosing your beads and findings @ https://dunebeads.com/en/czech-multi-hole-glass-beads-2-holes-and-3-holes !

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LEARN and CREATE – the chakras and the healing power of gemstones

What are chakras?

Emerged from the Indian culture, the chakra energy system, has seeped into our esoteric beliefs. What is called chakra is a focal point where psychic forces interact with the body and vice versa. The concept is very much present in each belief system and associated with the mind, spirit and soul idea.

Although there is a huge amount of chakra points, we normally only refer to the six intersections located along the spine and the one on top of the head. Each individual chakra is linked to a mantra or prayer and a deity. It is also associated with an organ, a color, a shape and an element in nature.

In the Western culture, we want each chakra to be fully energized and balanced; in the Hindu culture on the other hand, the Yogi attempts to raise his energy flow from chakra to chakra to reach the top of the head.

Chakra system

The seven chakras and their location: 

the root chakra, situated in the tail bone, is linked to your survival, meaning health, food and shelter and in modern times this concept may be transposed in terms of money and motivation

  1. the root chakra, situated in the tail bone, is linked to your survival, meaning health, food and shelter and in modern times this concept may be transposed in terms of money and motivation
  2. the sacral chakra, located below the navel in the lower abdomen, is related to your own well-being such as pleasure and sexuality
  3. the solar plexus chakra is found in the stomach area and linked to self-esteem, self-respect
  4. the heart chakra sieges just above the heart and manages the ability to love, and find joy and inner peace
  5. the throat chakra is indeed based in the throat and associated with emotions and communication
  6. the third eye or brow chakra can be found between the two eyes and is connected with your thoughts, such as decision making, imagination, but also intuition
  7. in the crown chakra, at the top of your head, you balance your sense of spirituality, bliss and beauty

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the chakras and the healing power of gemstones - part 2

CONTINUATION

The colors of the seven chakras and their healing stones:

Gemstones are supposed to assist the natural healing process of the chakras. Some gemstones with mixed colors may heal two or more chakras.

chakra pendant

  1. the root chakra:
    - black and red
    - Hematite, Black Onyx, Obsidian, Spinel, Bloodstone, Ruby, Red Jasper, Red GarnetSmoky QuartzPicture jasper
  2. the sacral chakra:
    - orange
    - Sunstone, Carnelian, Orange Aventurine, Orange Jasper, Orange Calcite, Tangerine Quartz
  3. the solar plexus chakra:
    - yellow
    - Citrine, PyriteGolden Brown Tiger Eye, Golden Rutilated Quartz, Yellow Jasper, Golden Calcite, Yellow Opal
  4. the heart chakra:
    - green and pink
    - Rose QuartzRhodonite, Morganite, Pink Tourmaline, Green Aventurine, Chrysoprase, Peridot, Jade, Green Tourmaline, Green Moss Agate, Unakite, Emerald and Ruby
  5. the throat chakra:
    - blue
    - Blue Apatite, Aquamarine, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Calcite, blue Chalcedony, Dumortierite, Sodalite, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Kyanite and Blue Sapphire

SEE - part 3