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Ritzy Ribbon Necklace

Hi all, been having a little beading fun whilst watching Wimbledon on the television, so I needed something that was quite easy and repetitive and I chose the Ritzy Ribbon Necklace designed by Jill Wiseman.   I have made one of these before so I knew how it fit together, and Jill's easy to follow YouTube video tutorial can be found here - Ritzy Ribbon YouTube.
In the picture above you can see the beads I used in this project, top left are 11/0 Higher Metalic June Bug Toho Seed Beads, gotta love that name.  Top right are 15/0 Ceylon Aqua Toho Seed Beads and at the bottom are 3mm Crystal AB, Fire Polish Beads.
In Jill's project she shows you how to make a lengthy necklace without a clasp that you can double around your neck or wear long.  The first one of these I made I copied that design, my finished necklace was around 24 inched in length.  This one which I made as a Christmas present, yes I know the dreaded 'C' word, but I like making Christmas gifts so I start early to…
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Claudia Cali Bead Chain Bead Bracelet

I'm back, just finished making the Claudia bracelet and am really pleased with the result, the pattern was easy to follow and it took no time at all to finish, well a couple of hours.  I used the beads above, from left to right, Hematite Cali Beads, 11/0 Jet Toho Seed Beads and Opaque Ivory White Luster SuperDuo Beads.  I thought the three colours would look good together, and as I said I was pleased how it turned out.

I added the clasp a little differently from the pattern, adding a 6mm silver coloured, twisted effect, closed jump ring onto the six beads at the end, and then added a 6mm silver coloured, twisted effect, open jump ring to connect to the clasp.  The clasp is a pretty silver plated, 8mm magnetic round clasp with small crystals as decoration.  To stitch it together I used two arm lengths of 6lb Fireline and a size 12 beading needle.
Claudia Cali Bead Pattern by Linda Genaw from Linda's Crafty Insperations

Happy Beading...
Love JanieB xxx

Cali Beads

Hi there, I recently was sent via email from Deb Roberti's, Around the Beading Table, a link to a rather gorgeous beading pattern called the Claudi Cali Bead Chain by Linda Genaw.  The pattern included some beads called Cali Beads, and I must admit to never having heard of them, so off I went on a search.

I discovered that Cali beads are Czech glass beads in a marquise shape with three holes and are 3x8mm in size.   I looked around the internet and finally decided to buy some from CjBeaders, an online shop I have personally never tried before.  They are available at other online stores so you can shop around, but they are not widely available as I type this.

I purchased three colours as you can see from the picture above.  Top is Hematite, bottom left is Crystal Gold Amber and bottom right is Crystal Vega Iris, which all came in packs of 50 at various prices depending on the colour.

I am excited to get started on my bracelet and will show it off once completed.

Happy beading..

JanieB x…


Hi there, my name is JanieB, and I want to welcome to you to my new blog... Ta Daaaa.  

In these pages I will hopefully record my crimes against the jewellery world as I wilfully show you the good, the bad and shamefully, the downright ugly attempts I make designing my own pieces , and following patterns of designers I like from the internet.

I enjoy all things shiny, from natures precious gems to man made sparkles, and I hope you will enjoy with me as I find new and old things to enjoy.

See you soon,

JanieB xxx