March 26, 2008

Ornament Thursday - Sprouting Up!

Trellis Bracelet
This design reminds me of berries or flowers creeping along a garden trellis.
Toggle Clasp
10 Disk Bracelets
Green Girl Lily Drop Pendant
10 headpins
10 flower spacers
10 size 8 seed beads
30 size 11 nickel seed beads
1 crimp bead
1 accent bead
5" of beading wire
2" of 22 ga. wire
round nose, flat nose & crimping pliers
wire cutters.

String one size 8 seed bead, flower spacer and disk bead unto a headpin, trim and make a loop. Repeat to create 10 dangles.

This chain opens at each link, so using two pairs of pliers open the chain at the length you want and set aside the remaining chain. Save at least one link for the lily drop. Find the center of the length of chain, open the loop on one of the dangles and string through the chain, close the loop.

Repeat this process for all the dangles, skipping a loop between each dangle. Alternate which side of the chain the dangle attaches to.

Create a loop on the wire, leaving a 1/2" tail. Open the loop and string it through the end of the chain. Wire wrap the loop two times. String on an accent bead. Create a loop, open it and string on the toggle clasp, wire wrap the loop.

String the beading wire through the chain on the other end. Thread on the crimp bead and 30 nickel seed beads. String each end through a few beads on both sides to create a loop. Pull both ends of the wire tightly to form the loop, crimp the crimp bead and trim off any extra wire.

Using one of the leftover links as a jump ring add the lily drop unto the link before the clasp.

Disk beads and toggles can be found on my website. A few limited edition kits for this project will be available in my etsy shop later today. Click on the images to see the details better.


A whole slew of new spring inspired craft ideas and projects are sprouting up on the blogs of the talented designers who participate in Ornament Thursday, be sure to check out each one...

Alexa Westerfield - a.k.a. Swelldesigner
Now that's it's time for spring, ideas are "sprouting" all over the place. Alexa creates this eye-catching notebook to keep them in order.

Art Bead Scene
Some good karma is sprouting up at the Art Bead Scene with Heather's Lotus Flower Bracelet

Cindy Gimbrone aka The Lampwork Diva
The Brooklyn National Anthem sprouts every year when Cindy's in Spring mode. See what it inspired this year!

Earthenwood Studio Chronicles
Melanie giggles and remembers a furry friend, brings back an old mold, and sprouts up a beaded LOLhammy ceramic ornament

Helen Bradley and Michelle Zimmerman at http design
It's spring and we're sprouting all sorts of wonderful art at http design. Michelle is toting her art to the market and Helen revisits a fun art school assignment for her inspiration.

Humblebeads celebrates spring with a Berry Good bracelet inspired by some juicy disk beads.

Jennifer Heynen of Jangles
Jennifer has come up with a cute little necklace to remind you of spring.

Katie's Beading Blog
Create some spring flair of your own with this easy bead embroidery idea from Katie's book, Hip to Bead.

Kriss Cramer - Spring Is In The Air
Not much of a horticulturist? Me neither! But I love flowers and I enjoy growing these ones with some paper, paint, and rhinestones.

Linda and Tea at Make It Mine magazine
Tea decided to join the fun this month. Check out her quilt blocks and Linda's purse.

Melissa J. Lee - Strands of Beads
What do Korean playing cards have to do with a sprouting spring? Check out Melissa's blog to find out.

Michelle McGee - S-P-R-O-U-T
Michelle just can't stop creating in green! A little wooden birdhouse becomes a beautiful palace!

Savvy Crafter
Candie shares some happy spring memories with a cheerful felty flower idea!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done!
Jean tells a touching, poignant tale of some beads who help one another, and after a small amount of sturm and drang they get it together and help each other! In fact, they prettify whatever YOU choose! Go see! It's fun!

Spring is Sprouting for Joolz by Lisa
Even without a green thumb, Lisa managed to "grow" a garden of sorts this month.

Sprouting Up with Beading Help Web
Lynn Kvigne's used wire and a lentil bead to create a "sprouting" pendant for wire workers who want a bit of a challenge!

The Goddess ROCKS!
Inspired by a river rock shaped like an ancient goddess statue, Hali paints, melts crayons and adds glitter to create a sparkley celebration of Spring.

The Impatient Blogger
How does your garden grow? With metal mesh, Czech glass beads and vintage French images all in a row! Margot just returned from Paris where she discovered a treasure trove of vintage paper. This scanned and sized postcard image fit the theme of sprout perfectly and the necklace was in search of a new home...add some teal metal mesh bows and accents and voila...a design sprouts forth!

Vintage Girl Teams Up With Her Vintage Momma!
What does a gal do when she finds herself far from her crafting supplies? Why, she raids her mom's basement and then puts dear old mama to work! Stop by and you'll see why mom's basement is fertile ground for things that sprout!


Beading Help Web Editorial Team said...

Really a NICE bracelet, and your step-by-step instructions are great!

Michelle McGee said...

That is MORE than beautiful!

Kriss said...

What a labor of love. It's a beautiful bracelet and the details are wonderful. I love how you created the clasps.

Margot Potter said...

Oh Heather

This is spectacular!

You're a crafty rock star!


Linda Augsburg said...

Great use for your showstopping beads. Love the step-by-step on the project.

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

How cool is this? what a treat to see two of your projects this month! YAY! jean

Lorelei Eurto said...

Ohhh Heather, this is really gorgeous! And now I have a great idea for my Van Gogh beads! Thanks!

Melissa J. Lee said...

What a really sweet bracelet! I love the toggle. It must move nicely when it's worn, too, which is definitely a plus.

Rosanne said...

This is a great bracelet and I really enjoyed this Ornament Thursday. There is sooo much talent out there! Thanks for sharing your bracelet design Heather...

Lorelei Eurto said...

Hi Heather!
I might be the first to try out your bracelet design! he he he!

Anonymous said...

I love your work ! I have only been working in clay for a few months and I visit your website a great deal I enjoy looking at your work you inspire me to reach the beautiful heights that you have achived as soon as I can I would love to purchase some of your beads I am so addicted to clay and truly admire your work!
Happy Claying! Debra in Bakersfield

Lisa said...

I'm glad I checked back! I missed it earlier. Lovely bracelet...

jewelry making said...

I have seen a lot of beads styles but yours is a unique one. Very beautiful :)