|preview: a big pile of the work I photographed this morning|
Gwen Fisher's Archimedes Star, but I didn't have the pattern. Beadwork recently had a 50% off deal on back issues so I grabbed the Aug/Sept 2009 issue. I have been reading Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance and am currently enamored of the gold and anything color combination.
I ordered a great cache of gold beads in all sorts of sizes and finishes to see what I liked best for various projects. Here I combined some Preciosa Ornela champagne gold 11/0s with tiny 13/0 one-cut rocailles and Japanese sky blue lined transparent light peach 11/0s. I've linked my sources and bead colors because I buy completely on-line. Perhaps once a year I get to a bead store and am able to buy seed beads, but mostly the stores I come across do not have the selection of seed beads I need. So I thought I would help out my fellow on-line buyers with the details. I can't tell you how many times I've ordered what I thought to be the perfect colors only to have something completely unlike the picture show up in my delivery. Don't I wish I had sample cards!
Although the pattern called for Japanese 11/0s and 15/0s, I decided that the smaller size of the Czech beads would be offset by the 13/0s. This worked out fairly well although the sky blue beads would have been easier to work with if they had been smaller Czech 11/0s as well, but in the end the piece is still very pretty. I like the antique feel the one-cut 13/0s give to the piece, but if I made another one I would use all Japanese or all Czech round beads for more modern, clean lines. I think the key to bead selection for me is to have opaque beads for the star and have jewel-like transparent beads fill the points.
|I used Fireline and a size 12 needle and was able to make many passes through the beads.|
|try this modified right angle weave|