Sunday, September 16, 2012

Beading Babes Reveal!

Today is the reveal for Beading Babes' project 6, hosted by Karyn at Releases by Rufydoof.  There is also a Facebook page that has albums from all the past Beading Babes projects!

Here is a little background on the group: "Each month we choose projects from beading magazines such as Beadwork or Bead and Button and all create the same pieces. Along the way we share ideas, comments and problems we may be having with the projects!" 

For this project, I selected "Josephine's Collar." (found in Beadwork - June/July 2012 by Jill Devon

Working up the large bezel was a mostly a breeze, but I have to admit, towards the last several rounds, I was having a hard time getting my needle in and out of the beads.  When I started the other components I found I had the same problem.  I kept switching to smaller needles.  I guess my tension was too tight.  The truth is, as I got to the end of the second rectangle, I felt like this project was giving me fits!!! Broken needles and a lot of frustration led me to put it aside!

When I picked it up again, I was running out of time - not just for the reveal, but because I am giving it to a friend next weekend on the 22nd, and won't be able to do much beading for a while after Wednesday!

So I decided to modify the design (quite a bit) to save some time, and here is my final result.

This is for my friend who told me she was interested in 'big, bold, unique looking' jewelry.  When I saw Josephine's Collar, I knew it would be perfect for her.  I told her I found the perfect design for her and asked her if she had any colors she'd be interested in and she told me, how about turquoise or turquoisey-blue.

When I ordered the focal turquoise gem, I also picked up another in royal blue.  So in spite of my tension issues on this piece, I know I will try this bezel again in the near future!!! 

Thanks again to Karyn for creating and hosting this fun group.  I know for a fact that I work on projects I would otherwise not attempt, if it weren't for Beading Babes! 


  1. WOW this is so pretty! Who cares if it's not the original pattern ... your's is amazing! I LOVE it!

  2. I love it! The colors are wonderful and I love the silk. The bead caps are such a great compliment to the rest of the necklace. Your friend will love it.

  3. Una fantastica y original idea...precioso.....

  4. WOW, it's GORGEOUS, Amy!!! And I like how you incorporated the silk ribbon!!!

  5. I love what you did with this pattern! The silk necklace is so pretty.

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  7. Hi,Amy:
    This is fantastic!
    Beautiful bezel for the crystal-fabulous colors.
    Very unique idea for the complete set.
    Best Greetings-Halinka-

  8. Oh wow Amy this turned out gorgeous and your friend is going to love it. After reading on the facebook page all the problems people were having with this one I decided not to do this one right now. I have everything I need just not the will to do it. I congratulate you and the others that tried this pattern.

  9. Outstanding!! Your friend is going to be floored when you give that to her! :D

  10. Oh that is super lovely. I am so glad you used your creative license, I did this project as well and also changed it up.

  11. WOW! That blue is really showcased in the earrings. What a great color!


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