Beading Tips Du Jour

Are you like me?  Do you find this really cool pattern & want to give it your own color combination but aren’t sure where to begin?  Well, allow me to share what has helped me.

Tip #1:  It’s okay to try out a combination and see if you like it.  If you don’t, it’s OKAY TO TAKE IT APART & START OVER!  It’s not a waste of time or money or effort.  It’s part of the creative learning process.  And, you don’t necessarily have to make the whole project to see if it will suit your taste or not.  Just GO FOR IT and change it if you want to!

Tip#2:  Maybe you have a peyote stitch or right angle weave chart that was taught in one color and you want to change it to a different color or to more than one.  Here are my suggestions:

1. Scan the chart into your computer, and then open it in an art program, like Paint Shop Pro.  (Or you can print it out & color it by hand, if you like.)

2. Fill/color in all the beads pictured with white, so you have a blank form with which to start.  (If you are coloring it in White-out or Liquid Paper, then you’ll want to let it dry, scan it again and print it out again.)

If the colored pattern is of flowers or some other specific design that you just want to change part of the color, only fill those particular beads with a new color.  Don’t white out all of the beads or you could have a doozy of a time recreating the pattern of flowers or whatever was there.

3. Starting with the last/most complete picture of the pattern, color in the beads as desired.  This will help you see what it actually turn out like.

When I first tried this on a chart, I had started with the first picture which only showed the first three rows.  first two rows

By the time I got to the overall pattern picture, it didn’t look anything like what I wanted.  So it really helps to work your way from an overall picture like this one backwards.  overall rows

Tip #3:  You don’t have to do the whole project on one thread!  It’s OKAY to make individual pieces and then stitch them together later!

Tip #4:  It’s OKAY to use glue to make your beads stay put!

The Bottom Line is:  do what you want to!  There are no hard fast rules in beading.  It’s what works for you!  So, play.  Have fun.  Enjoy.  Don’t make it be work!  Make it yours!  Let it go!  Breathe!  Each piece of artwork has its own beauty–“flaws” and all!  And remember, our flaws are what makes us sparkle!

Have a happy, beadingly fun, sparkly day!

#TheHappyBeader

The Happy Beader
The Happy Beader

Welcome to Misti’s Jewelry Blog!

Hi all!

I’m excited to share with you my first Misti’s Jewelry Blog using WordPress!  As some of you know, I have been using BlogSpot.  But with WordPress, I can actually add my blog to my website with personalized backgrounds, etc.  This makes for a very #HappyBeader!  I am seeing there are a lot of features to figure out, so I hope you enjoy my discoveries along the way.  For now, I thought I would just keep it simple, and tell you a little bit about what’s on the docket for Misti’s Jewelry.

So, #WhatsNew with Misti’s Jewelry?  If you click on Shows & Events, you see I will be at the Gem Faire in Costa Mesa this coming weekend.  I’m happy to be sharing for the first time at Gem Faire my “Spirals & Swirls Earrings”,2014-10-24 10.30.54 my “You’ve Captured My Heart Pendant”, and a beginning bracelet class.  “Spirals & Swirls” is a beginning wire working class.  I will share a little bit about the nature and kinds of wire available, as well as teaching how to create these cool earrings.  =)  The “You’ve Captured My Heart Pendant” You've Captured My Heart Pendant is a class on how to make a 3d cube with a crystal inside.  It’s fun.  No needle working experience is necessary, but it helps.  The Beginning Bracelet class is pretty self-explanatory.  You don’t have to know a thing about jewelry making to take this class.  It’s a kind of ‘get your feet wet and see if you like it’ class.  =)  You can see pictures of the projects and a sample bracelet for the Beginning class on the Classes page or on the Gem Faire Website.  These are all new classes to Gem Faire.

I have a super cuddly kitty on my lap right now, as I’m typing.  Bless her heart.  Muffin is so prrry & sweet.  She’s funny, she’s a licker!  Go figure!  I have a dog that doesn’t lick people, and cat that does!  LOL  Oops…there she goes, kitty bath time!  LOL   121110150316

And…I better get going.  Gotta spend some time doing something other than blogging and beading–husbands need TLC, too.  =)  So long for now.  And hey, I’d love to hear what you’re up to!  So leave me a comment if you like.  =)

Delightfully beading away,

Misti — #TheHappyBeader