Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Superduo & Rivoli Flower Pendant {Tried & Tested}

I’m still working on a more consistent blogging schedule (it seemed ridiculously difficult in 2015, when there was so much *new stuff* to deal with in my personal life!) So, over the next few weeks, I’m re-introducing a few old favourites including Tried & Tested

The idea behind Tried & Tested is really very simple – I’ll find an idea or a cute tutorial that I want to try; I’ll test it out; then I’ll let you know the results of my efforts. I’ll try to be honest, sometimes it will work, sometimes it won’t. 

Susan Sassoon’s ‘Rivoli and Superduo Flower Pendant’ looked like a lovely, little project that I could complete in the evening or over the course of weekend. However, I must admit to a little surprise at its complexity. It caught me out and I’m thrilled. It was really, really interesting to see the mind of another tutorial writer at work. Each new round had me wondering how the next bead placement would affect the overall structure and shape, which meant that I was more ‘involved’ than usual. It was wonderful to switch off, concentrate on the instructions and enjoy the journey!

Susan includes well written instructions, diagrams and clear photographs in the tutorial (so there’s something for every kind of beader to follow) and, while the tutorial is a little more involved than I had first imagined, I think a confident beginner could take this on to stretch themselves a little. 

The end result is super sparkly from the front and the back has some beautiful netting that *could* make it reversible. This will depend on whether the foiled side of a standard rivoli is appealing to you, or if you can find a suitable double-sided alternative. I’m intending to try with an alternative soon! The ‘bail’ included in the tutorial (something that I don’t see with many necklace tutorials) is also an interesting make and, I believe, it would look fantastic as components in bracelet or necklace. I love a tutorial with options – so much more worthy of that initial investment!

I’ve bookmarked Susan’s store – SoSassySusanSassoon – and will definitely be heading there for inspiration when I need a nice weekend project.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Beading Blocks {What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #348}

This week I've been working on the development of some new beading tutorials and beadwork kits - creating some new designs; working on colour combinations for the kits and, trying, with some mixed success to write the etsy listings. Listing is my least favourite part of the tutorial writing process!

Once I'm busy with the beads, time and the possibilities seem almost endless. The architectural nature of dimensional beadwork is what appeals to me most. I love watching structures and shapes develop with the addition of each new bead.

It reminds me a little of my childhood favourite, Lego, when I would sit for hours working out how to create new shapes and structures with the same basic building blocks. Some things never change, eh?

Does anyone else have a childhood favourite that has morphed into something else? Or even something that has become a lifelong obsession? I would love to know about it!

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Ready For Spring (February's Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal & Blog Hop)

Hello! Welcome to The February Kit Reveal & Blog Hop for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge! If you've been following the reveal blog hop (which starts on the main blog) you will have arrived from Susanne's blog, Snaps and Snippets and will have seen lots of inspiration along the way. If not, read on and I'll make sure you find your way. 

This month our inspiration kit is the brand new, February Kit from Mind The Scrap which includes a selection from the beautiful new collections by Amy Tangerine and Maggie Holmes - and some super-cute (and exclusive) arrow embellishments!  

I think the first thing that anyone will notice is that my kit looks nothing like the original - at least when comparing it to the main kit 'sneak' - but it really is based on it! 

I started with a list of the colours and elements that appealed to me, then went to start sifting and sorting through my collection. Obviously, the 'softer' elements stuck with me (and it's unashamedly pretty) but there are nods to the black and navy in the original kit too. (These softer elements are easier to spot when checking out the individual patterned papers, because they are all on the other sides!)

I hadn't realised that the Dear Lizzy Alphas would work so well with the silver-grey patterned papers, but was so pleased to find out that they did! I then added some smaller alphas in mint and turquoise that match some of the florals.

The large gold 'sequins' are actually counterfeited using my trusty circle punch and the leftover cardboard from a bottle of Chambord Liqueur! (Happy Christmas!) and I've saved the rest of the box as well, in case I can make some magic happen with the framed sides.

To complete the kit, I've added in some extra embellishments including; doilies, paper-clips, charms, stamped phrases, some pocket cards, buttons and a striped paper bag. Oh, and let's not forget those delightful resin roses! It's all a bit random, but I like the way it's worked out. Clearly, I am 'Ready For Spring'.
I can't wait to see how the rest of the team have interpreted the Mind The Scrap Kit, so I'm heading over to see Jemma at Just Jimjams which is the next stop on The February Kit Reveal & Blog Hop.