Rivoli Drop Earrings Tutorial

Been a while since I came up with a free tutorial, but after making these earrings I thought they would make the perfect one to share. Not only do you get to learn how to make these really pretty earrings, you also get to practice bezeling using RAW (Right Angle Weave). If you haven’t done so before, this is a great project to start.

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Due to the flexibility of this bezel technique, you can use any size rivoli or stone!

I’ve split up the video demo into two parts:

Right Angle Weave Bezel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7zboh8uzKs
Adding the Herringbone Arms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1SXP0V9KBU

You can also download the free PDF here: Rivoli Drop Earrings Tutorial

Feel free to share the PDF and videos with your beading friends, and have lots of fun making these pretty earrings!

Happy Beading!
-Mandi

Val D’or Necklace: The back story

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Okay. So here’s the back story of the Val D’or necklace. What you’re looking at is a sketch of a design idea I had, and the very first bezeled bicone taken back in February. I had this idea to make a bracelet and I sketched it out. It was to be a chain of herringbone that snakes around bicones. This inspired me to come up with my bezeled bicone technique to match my sketch.

So I’m working on implementing the sketch and it’s going so well and looking so pretty… then after beading a few inches I put it on my wrist to see how it would bend. Total and utter failure. It warped so bad! I tried many different ways to get it to wind around the bicones and still bend around my wrist and still it warped. I was so upset! I dropped everything and was 2 seconds away from swearing off beading for life. I would watch tv and would look over at it on my coffee table with such disappointment and sadness. And frustration lol.

Then one day I just looked at it and said “no, it’s not supposed to be a bracelet… it’s a necklace!” I held it up to my neck and saw how pretty it looked! so I kept it up and made my first necklace design.

Yes, you read that right. Val D’or is my first necklace design. Not Soiree, or The Duchess. Val D’or. I just kept it under wraps since February till I decided what I would do with it. I wasn’t sure yet. But after much consideration and the go ahead to publish it on Etsy, I decided to share it with the world this weekend.

The only people to see it were just a few friends online, and my bead friends at 1 Stop Bead Shop. After I finished it, I noticed way too many mistakes so I said I would do it over. I went to the store one day and they all asked me, “where’s the necklace?” and so I pulled out a little clear baggie and showed them. It was reduced to a pile of gold beads and aquamarine bicones. Oh the looks of shock and disappointment! Lol it was kinda funny, but I had to get it right and fix the mistakes before I shared it.

So that’s how beading is sometimes. You get and idea, it might work or it might fall apart. Or, you think it fell apart but it really didn’t. It just wanted to be something else. Just listen to the beads, they talk. They have wisdom. ‎Let them speak, and something beautiful will unfold.

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Happy beading!

 -Mandi

Using herringbone stitch to make a square toggle

I truly do love working with herringbone. It’s such a fun and versatile stitch, and so much can be done with it, like making a toggle.

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I wanted to make a toggle that matches the stitch I was working with in my latest necklace design, so I challenged myself to come up with something and I must say, I really, really, REALLY like this! I made a video tutorial to share with anyone wanting to learn how to do this. Hope you enjoy this, and use this in your future beading projects 🙂

To view the video, click here.

For written instructions and diagrams, click here to download the pdf.

Happy beading!
-Mandi

Embrace Pendant

My first pendant design… yay! I wasn’t planning on it. I was working on a simple Cubic Right Angle Weave sample for a class to teach at my bead store when I thought “hmmm, I wonder if anyone created a pendant like this?” So I got to sketching two versions last Sunday. By Tuesday they were both done.

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I used True 2 Fire Polish rounds on the front of the pendants. I like that True 2s match the width of a seed bead, so you can add a bit of bling by replacing a few beads.

 

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The angular version was my first version.

 

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This curved version is the second. I did it just to see how it would look. I like them both. They have different feels to them.

 

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Here’s how they look on the back. Still looks really pretty. So you can make them with the True 2s or just all seed beads.

The pattern is here on my Etsy, and it covers both the angular and the curved versions.

 

Happy Beading!
-Mandi

Ajra Bracelet

My newest bracelet design. I call it the Ajra Bracelet. I actually had and drafted another idea for using Czechmate tiles and bicones but boy did that idea fall apart. I was rather disappointed. But then I decided to keep stitching and see what happens. As usual, my best designs are happy accidents.

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You can see from this angle the bicones are sitting on top of the Czechmate tiles.

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The tiles are what lay on the wrist flat. Bicones can be kind of sharp, so with them laying on top, it makes it very comfortable to wear.

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The stitch used is just simple Right Angle Weave, so it’s very easy for beginners. But even with such simplicity, this bracelet really stands out and is quite a stunner. There’s just enough bling, but not too much to overshadow the pretty color and texture of the Czechmate tiles. I think there’s harmony :).

For the tutorial on my Etsy, click here. Hope you enjoy it!

Happy beading!

-Mandi

Beaded Chain Mesh Bracelet

Finally, a pattern for beginners! This one is made of odd count peyote and a little trick to make the open spaces between each peyote section. This way, it keeps the stitching continuous, instead of making separate peyote sections then weaving them together at the end. 

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Beaded Chain Mesh Bracelet. Nickle plated silver seed beads and matte black cubes.

I think the name fits. Peyote stitching has a way of being kinda stiff, especially in bracelets. But with the sectioning and adding cubes or spacer beads it drapes like fabric, or chain.

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Beaded Chain Mesh Bracelet. 8/0 seed beads in Green Opaque Luster, and silver plated spacer beads.

I also used the word “mesh” because quite honestly peyote has a mesh like pattern to it. And to me, something about this bracelet really brings that out and showcases it.

For these bracelets I used snap clasps instead of my usual tube clasps. I’ve even made a video tutorial on how to add snap clasps to any peyote bracelet. You can view it here.

And for the pattern of this bracelet, you can find it here on my Etsy. Click here.

Happy Beading!

-Mandi

Evening Leaves Earring Tutorial

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Shiny Plate Silver beads and Air Blue Swarovski Bicones

I love Reign. It’s one of my fav tv series I watch on Netflix. I find their clothes and jewelry very well designed and inspirational. And one of the episodes, “Consummation” inspired me to design these earrings.

From "Reign", season 1, episode "Consummation"

From “Reign”, season 1, episode “Consummation”

In this episode Mary, Queen of Scots gets married (finally!) to the Dauphin of France, Francis. Her mother gave her these earrings to wear during her wedding and celebration. I loved the design of them and while I knew I couldn’t replicate it exactly, it was worth the shot.

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And I love the final product! Here they are in Black and Nickle. As for the ear wires, there are none. I decided to stitch around a flat glue-on post for a different look. The pattern covers not only this design but also the technique to stitch around a flat post with a bicone on top. This technique can be used for many other earring designs as well if you want to try something different other than ear wires.

For the pattern in my Etsy shop, please click here.

Hope you enjoy making them!! I’ve worn a pair and got a ton of compliments at work.  They just look like leaves gracefully hanging from your ears.

Happy Beading!
-Mandi