Friday, November 9, 2012

Red and White Swirl Holiday Lentil Beads

One of the things I love about Facebook is being directed to tutorials concerning subjects of interest to me.  For instance, I’d been playing with swirls and lentil polymer beads when I spotted a link chock full of helpful hints.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Oq0G54jIYk  Thanks to Cindy Lietz, my beads look much better and I understand about getting the colors more or less where I want them.  If you haven’t seen this video, you just might want to!
 
A few months ago, I made red and white and ivory canes based on a quilt pattern design.  I made them in various sizes of squares and put them away thinking they would be great for the Christmas holidays.  This week they came out of their box and I started making buttons and earrings.

What to do with the scraps?  Lentil swirl beads of course!  I’m having such fun forming my polymer balls and putting the scrap canes in a band around the outside.   Then I take my clear acrylic sheet, start the circular motion and watch the bands become swirls.  Mesmerizing! 
I’ve tried making buttons from them by drilling a shank effect in the back and there is undoubtedly an easier way of doing that.  I still need to file the openings but needed to put this photo in the post.  Suggestions?
The drilled hole goes through the back of the bead.
Last night’s project was a necklace.  I took some square bone beads, some carved beads and my red/ivory swirl lentil bead and went to work.  This Holiday Necklace is the end result and will be my newest addition to my etsy shop   www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign 





Friday, November 9, 2012

Red and White Swirl Holiday Lentil Beads

One of the things I love about Facebook is being directed to tutorials concerning subjects of interest to me.  For instance, I’d been playing with swirls and lentil polymer beads when I spotted a link chock full of helpful hints.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Oq0G54jIYk  Thanks to Cindy Lietz, my beads look much better and I understand about getting the colors more or less where I want them.  If you haven’t seen this video, you just might want to!
 
A few months ago, I made red and white and ivory canes based on a quilt pattern design.  I made them in various sizes of squares and put them away thinking they would be great for the Christmas holidays.  This week they came out of their box and I started making buttons and earrings.

What to do with the scraps?  Lentil swirl beads of course!  I’m having such fun forming my polymer balls and putting the scrap canes in a band around the outside.   Then I take my clear acrylic sheet, start the circular motion and watch the bands become swirls.  Mesmerizing! 
I’ve tried making buttons from them by drilling a shank effect in the back and there is undoubtedly an easier way of doing that.  I still need to file the openings but needed to put this photo in the post.  Suggestions?
The drilled hole goes through the back of the bead.
Last night’s project was a necklace.  I took some square bone beads, some carved beads and my red/ivory swirl lentil bead and went to work.  This Holiday Necklace is the end result and will be my newest addition to my etsy shop   www.etsy.com/shop/lindabrittdesign