When I started my own designs I began naming them after portuguese places, like Tróia(peninsula in Grândola municipality)and Mouraria(neighborhood in Lisbon). However, this idea was lost along the way. To recover this purpose, the protagonist in this post was named after the oldest city in Portugal and one of the oldest Christian cities in the world, Braga. With more than 2000 years, the city was founded in the Roman period under the name of Bracara Augusta. Here are some pictures taken last Summer when I visited the city.
Braga, Summer 2016
But let's go back to the necklace, the main purpose of this post. Handmade with few different types of materials, this necklace turned out really gorgeous. It's very easy to make even if you are a beginner.
Let me warn you that 10gr of superduos won't be enough to make this necklace. I was able to make 15 complete units with this quantity and had to complete the rest of the length with chain. So, you will need 16 to 17 units to make a proper necklace.
turquoise green matte superduos;
jet iris 4x3mm rondelles;
black 8/0 Miyuki seed beads;
metallic forest green iris 11/0 Miyuki seed beads.
This was my first time using AVA beads... I bought a 7gr bag of these beads and had no idea it will only bring 10 units! With so fewer beads, I was able to design the "Vega" earrings. I wish I had more!
These beads have great potential and are very easy to work with. They have a good shape and size to combine with other beads and multiple holes along the V sides (2 holes on each side). Although, they are a little expensive!
lila gold luster AVA beads;
6x4mm blue zircon ab rondelles;
red copper mat minos by Pucca;
4mm topaz ab sew-on strass;
11/0 metallic forest green iris Miyuki seed beads;
Why the name "Akoya"? The name I give to each of my designs is always chosen with special care. I usually do some online research looking for inspiration or something that can relate to the design before definitely naming it.
This particular pendant remind me of a kind of capsule containing and protecting a pearl, like a shell or oyster. So, with this in mind, I came across the Japanese Akoya oysters. The Akoya oysters produce popular high-quality pearls in rich colours and brilliant lustre. They are used to make beautiful jewellery all over the world.
List of materials used:
6mm dark purple Preciosa Ornela pearls;
chalkwhite blue grey ceramic look khéops by Pucca;
I tried to make this key for weeks! Tried various stitches and different materials and finally end up with a tubular herringbone and ladder stitch beaded key. [I'm probably not naming the stitches correctly. If that's the case, I apologize.] I was hoping to finish it before Valentine's Day... Instead, I had already missed the day when I finally succeeded to edit the video and upload it to youtube. I'm publishing this post a little late too! However, I couldn't overlook this project. I'm so proud of it!
The video tutorial (watch below) isn't very thorough. It is not a good project for beginners. To be able to make the "Key to My Heart", you have to know how to make ladder stitch and tubular herringbone. Here are a couple of complementary diagrams to help you out.
The Cubic Right-Angle Weave with embedded SuperDuos, as the name suggests, is based on the CRAW stitch. Therefore, to be able to understand the process of this stitch with super duos, you first need to know the basics of cubic right-angle weave. In my video Craw Earrings with embellished pearls I explain how to make this stitch, but if you search online, you will find a lot of video tutorials, intructions and step by steps on how to make cubic right-angle weave.
Cubic Right-Angle Weave with embedded SuperDuos
A basic CRAW unit looks like a cube: 4 sides (pic.1), 1 top and 1 bottom. In this case, superduos are added to 2 sides, replacing the top and bottom beads on each side (pic.2). Watch the instructionable video below for more.
Went through my stuff this weekend and found out a barrel I made some years ago with fire polished beads. I've been wanting to design a barrel shaped bead for sometime. I really forgot that I had one hidden among my jewellery stuff. So, based on that barrel this is the new bead I came up with.
List of beads used:
black and red 3x4mm rondelles;
light caramel ceylon 8/0 Miyuki seed beads;
metallic dark blue iris 11/0 Miyuki seed beads;
metallic copper dark bronze 15/0 Miyuki seed beads;
galvanized muscat 15/0 Miyuki seed beads;
10mm pearls to fill in.
Find the video tutorial below (also available in PT).