Monday, August 5, 2013

Something Blue!

After my beading classes at FIT, I could't wait to learn more jewelry-making techniques. The Fall jewelry-making classes at FIT won't start until last week of September. So, I decided to look for classes near where I live. 

Michaels opened a branch in Fresh Meadows a few months ago. It is located at 187-04 Horace Harding Expressway. The store is big and organized. They are offering a number of classes and I just noticed that there's now an option to register online. I signed up at the store earlier this week for the Intro to Crimping class scheduled this coming Friday. The class costs $25. 

Well today, a very nice lady taught me how to manipulate findings to create jewelry. We created the earrings together. I did the bracelet myself when I got home. So, this is my craft project for this week. Something handmade and something blue! 

This is my first attempt to create a dangling earrings and a bracelet by making simple wire loops. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

My First Attempt at Peyote Stich

I bought a lot of beads for my Beading class, but it turned out I bought way too many! Since the summer class is over, I took it upon myself to learn new off-loom bead weaving techniques. I researched online on how to do the peyote stitch. I am still using size 6 Czech seed beads, the same beads that I used for the spiral rope beaded necklace

Here's what I came up with: 

A flat even count peyote stitch! :) 

I will be posting the finished product soon. I have yet to decide what finishing touches to add to this beaded bracelet. :) 

Friday, July 26, 2013

My Handmade Beaded Accessories!

It was our last meeting yesterday for the Baubles, Bangles and Bead Stringing I class at FIT. I learned a lot from the class and it inspired me to continue beading. Ms. Esther Esses, who is currently the vice-president of Bead Society of Greater New York, is such an amazing teacher! 

I am thinking of enrolling in another jewelry-making class next semester. Hopefully, it won't have conflict with the schedule of Ladies Tailoring I. I am officially enrolled in that class. :) Well, I should find out next week, when the school officially releases the schedule for the non-credit courses.

A few days ago, I posted photos of the spiral rope necklace when I started making it. Here's the finished product, a 27-inch long handmade necklace. 

We were also taught cross needle weave technique, which is a lot easier and less time-consuming than the spiral weave. I made a bracelet in one sitting. 

I was also  very glad to have met a very nice Japanese student named Yuri, my constant seatmate in class, who is always very reliable  and helpful whenever I forget the next step. We had a nice chat at Penn Station before we parted ways. She will be going back to Japan, but I am hoping to see her again. :)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Spiral Rope Weave With Seed Beads

I started doing the spiral rope weave with Czech size 6 seeds beads. The only materials needed for this project are beads of contrasting color, thread, beading needle and small scissors. For the seed beads, the colors I chose were pink ceylon and off white. I still haven't decided if I want to make a clasped necklace or a lariat. For now, I would continue weaving the beads until I make up my mind. What's nice about this project is that I can keep adding thread to it until I am fine with the length of the necklace.

Here's a closer look at what I am doing right now:

Monday, July 22, 2013

The First Knotted Pearl Bracelet I Created

This summer, I am taking up Bauble, Bangle, and Bead Stringing, a non-credit class at Fashion Institute of Technology. We only have three meetings. The last one will be on Thursday this week. On our first day, our amazing and very patient teacher Ms. Esther Esses taught us pearl knotting with french wire finishing. After the session, I was able to create a knotted pearl bracelet, the first pearl knotted bracelet I ever made! (See picture above.) The materials include glass pearls, silk thread, lobster clasp, and french wire. 

Last week, I went to check out bead stores on 37th street to find materials for our second project, spiral weaving using seed beads. I am currently working on it! 

These are the Czech seeds beads that I bought!