Sunday, February 19, 2012

Original Work: Royal DNA

This piece utilizes a Swarovski crystal navette of unusually large size: 32x17mm. It is surrounded by a double tila bezel and embellished with fire-polished rounds and drops. The leather cord is wrapped where the pendant hangs by a hollow beaded tube (created with a traditional Russian technique). Hexagonal cut seed beads are used to make the end-caps of the beaded tube, as well as the bail of the pendant. 

Royal DNA is priced at $140 and will be available at my booth during the Zonta Spring Craft Show in Pierre, SD (April 15-16). 

Artist Appearance: Zonta Spring Craft Show

Got my confirmation that I have a space at the 2012 Zonta Spring Craft Show in Pierre, SD. I'll be exhibiting and selling my work at the Pierre Mall on April 15-16. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, stop on by! I'll be raffling off one of my pendants (raffle entry is free). So mention my blog to get a  second raffle ticket and double your chances to score a free pendant! :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Favorite Hungarian Beadwork: Tilammy Pendant

The Tilammy Pendant: I saw this beautiful pendant post as an original work on Ewa’s blog and was drooling over it long before she made a pattern to go with it. I just love the way she uses Tila’s in this piece. I’ve decided: Ewa is the Goddess of Hungarian beadwork! (^-^)


Favorite Hungarian Beadwork: Palmetta

Another design by Orsi, Palmetta is uniquely customizable pendant because you can use any set of 8mm bead caps and can get a wide variety of effects depending on the style you choose.


Favorite Hungarian Beadwork: Nelley Pendant

Another great pattern from Ewa, the Nelly Pendant is a really fun way to use 6mm wafer rondelles (if you can find them…Shipwreck Beads usually has a few strands on catalog). I did have some trouble getting the pendant to lie flat and learned that I needed to keep a somewhat lighter tension than usual to keep it from buckling…and mine still doesn’t quite look like hers. So fair warning if you try it: it’s more challenging than many of the other designs I’ve posted so far.


Favorite Hungarian Beadwork: Adrian Medallion

Vesuzsi’s patterns aren’t free, but they are some of the best looking, most fun Hungarian patterns I’ve come across. This one is called the Adrian Medal and it’s currently my favorite Tila based design. I also have to say that Vesuzsi is one of the best Etsy sellers I've ever bought patterns from: she's prompt and helpful if you have trouble figuring something out in the patterns. I'm never disappointed when I buy a pattern from her. 

Link for pattern:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Favorite Hungarian Beadwork: Lorin Pendant

My pattern pick for today is the Lorin pendant from a talented designer named Panka. She has a few free patterns on her site and more are available to purchase through a site she links to on her blog blog posts. This pendant was fun and not too challenging--a great introduction to Hungarian design for intermediate beaders.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Favorite Hungarian Beadwork: Quisel

Today’s piece comes from a talented Hungarian designer named Orsi. I had a lot of fun making this pendant which is titled Quisel. The small dragonfly charm is my own addition. :) You can find the free pattern here: