Dimensional Beadwork – Who knew it could be so functional?

I watch a lot of how-to’s on youtube but never work along with the tutorials. Bored last weekend, I decided to change that in an effort to learn a little more about right-angle weave. As always, I like to credit works that aren’t mine, or didn’t come from my brain; the link to the video is below.

The tutorial shows how to make a ring, but I thought the rectangle would look nice as a pendant. The only problem was, the beadwork was a little squishy because it was done in layers, the layers only connected at the outer edges. As a ring, this worked out fine because it allowed the rectangle focal to form to the finger. So, I had to learn cubic right-angle weave which I have wanted to learn for a while now. You see, always new opportunities to learn!

I figured out how to do the rectangle in cubic right-angle weave which made a solid bead structure that, in turn, made a really great pendant. Cubic right-angle weave involves weaving a bunch of little squares in layers to create dimension, but all the units are attached. Some beaders use this weave to make tubes for bracelets.

Yesterday, I was given another great opportunity to donate one of these pendants to a fundraise for a family who lost their loved one to cancer recently. The fundraiser is to raise money to cover medical costs for the family. I donated the first pendant shown below. It has silver glass crystal and rose quartz beads. The second pendant was the one I initially worked on along with the video tutorial, but redid in cubic right-angle weave.

See pics and links below!

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Right Angle Weave Rectangle Ring Part 1 of 2

Rectangle Right Angle Weave Ring Part 2 of 2

Beadweaving Basics: Cubic Right-Angle Weave (CRAW)

Is disco dead?

20070822_fg19Remember these days? Fortunately I don’t. But I know that they existed.

I made a necklace yesterday that resembled the roller disco era (lol). I like the necklace, but it does look very “that 70s.” It’s a ladder design with two peyote tubes and one of my paper beads. I wanted to create the peyote tubes with colors that reflected the paper bead. Humorously, the colors also brought up memories from my past life as a roller disco queen.

The tubes are connected to an antiqued, gold-plated ladder chain. I had fun making this piece and had more fun laughing at the images it conjured up in my mind. Disco balls, rainbow legwarmers, chunky roller skates, feathered hair, shiny shirts . . . .

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On a serious note:
Below is a necklace I finished a few days ago. I used peyote stitch to capture this stone. The stone was a difficult shape to capture with bead weaving, but I had fun trying. I kept the colors neutral and opted for a metal chain (same chain I used above), rather than a beaded chain.

Thanks for visiting!

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Beaded, freshwater pearl necklace with a drop focal bead.

A few weeks ago I added a post about the beads that people find and give to me, Beads I get from others. My intention was to do follow up posts showcasing how I’ve used these little gifts to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.

Below are some pictures of a beaded necklace I’ve managed to complete.


My brother bestowed the focal bead to me; a really cool, multi-colored, pressed glass bead. It even has some sparkle in it. I stowed it away for weeks not sure what I wanted to do with it. The bead is a large drop bead, so I knew it had to be a focal piece.

I thought about what colors I should use to help it stand out. Did I want to use light greens to add attention to the darker greens in the bead? No, too much green. Did I want to go avant garde with some vibrant oranges and dark blues? No, the bead also has some rose-colored hues in it, which would pair well with orange, but with the greens and blues might be a little like a drunken clown at your local town fair. Nothing against clowns, folks; just a little scary when they’re drunk is all I’m saying.  Continue reading