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  1. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    I’ve tried to add additional pics and the info 3 times to no avail, so I’ll put it here. This is my first attempt at this. Beady was my inspiration to try it. She is working on Alice and the above quirky girl is moonflower. I used the cabochon, 11/0′s, 15/0′s, 3 mm bicones, lacy stiff, super soft suede, and 6 lb fireline. Any ideas for how to attach a seed bead bail would be appreciated.

  2. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    W0w!! This is gorgeous Robin….absolutley!! I have no idea how to attach a bail. This will make a beautiful necklace. I love these cabs you are using…the faces are great.

  3. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful Robin. Love the bicones and the different colors of 15/0′s. Also love the idea of the lacy stiff and swede. I didn’t think about it – just jumped right in – so I need to think about the back now. Maybe paint on enamels or more beads. Most stitches will work for a bail. Easiest are more peyote and herringbone. Wonderful work. I’ll show you Alice’s bail after the sun comes up. Ha.

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:


  5. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Beady, I’m trying the plain bail where you use 2 needles going back and forth- don’t know what it’s called- already did it once and took it off because it was crooked

  6. kye
    kye says:

    Wow is right! You have so many wonderful skills. It looks really tricky. The way you used the blue and gold in the first inner layer of beads is a great look. And then the bicones in the outer layer are so pretty. I can’t wait to see bow you finish the rest of the necklace.

  7. EPBCornell
    EPBCornell says:

    Robin, again, your design choices are brilliant. I love the beads in your bezel for Moonflower, especially the inner ring, how the golden bead sections make an asymmetrical diagonal, really activating the portrait in the cabochon, and the alternating blue bicones with white in the outer frame, giving the frame relief and picking up the pattern along Moonflower’s hairline. And yet, with the interest in the bezel, it doesn’t overwhelm or isn’t too much for the cab. It plays it up and enhances it beautifully. I love how beautifully finished the back looks with the suede, too, and your even stitchwork. I can’t believe this is your first beaded bezel! This looks masterful. I’m also excited to see what you choose to do for the necklace. I have no advice for a bail, but it sounds like you’ll figure it out– you seem exceptionally crafty with these things.

  8. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Something I learned is that all beads are not uniformly shaped, but who has the time to go through these little seed beads to pick out the best ones?

  9. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    This is so pretty! Love your beadwork and choices of color! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  10. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    And, I love Moonflower!

  11. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    I’m so impressed! I’ve never tried anything like this, and your work is exquisite! Aren’t Miyuki seed beads all the same size?

  12. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Robin – it’s so true that seed beads differ dramatically. I have a whole box of dejected rejects that I will use some day. (Can’t bear to throw them out.) The Miyukis are much more uniform. More of a columnar shape than round.
    Are you making the bail with s right angle stitch? I’m always taking things apart also.
    I have attached my Alice pendant. My husband does woodworking and brought over some leftover Birch veneer to put into the fire a few days ago. I thought it might be useful for something and set it aside. Managed to slip it in behind the bezel. Don’t know if I will lacquer it yet.

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    Cicci says:

    Robin nursechick,I love these pendants so much, is your jewelery for sale, if so where can I buy one, Cicci.

  14. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    Robin, excellent beadwork; it works perfectly for the cab.
    And BLE, I love how your bail makes it look like a stopwatch; that’s brilliant.

  15. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Beady- that is absolutely fabulous! I love that it looks like a time piece and I love the back too- this has been so fun doing this with you! You mentioned a right angle stitch- I don’t know- I’m going to you tube school for this-hahaha

  16. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    I have no comprehension of what ya’ll are talking about, but love the give and take in this great group of people who love to make awesome jewelry!
    You who are beaders amaze me.

  17. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Robin – Love having a beading buddy. This is so much fun. Too bad we’re all so far apart.
    Fresh Baked – yes, the banter is fun also.
    (Glad you all could recognize it as a timepiece.)

  18. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Robin, I can’t believe this is your first attempt in this area in beading. What super results you’ve achieved! I love the varying colors of tiny seeds on the inner ring–they wonderfully draw attention to the image on the focal. I also think the bicones on the outer edge add interest and charm in the design. I can’t wait to see your finished piece using this awesome pendant.

  19. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    CC, you tube has great video’s-since we can’t go out much, it helps pass the time!

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    Jan Whitsitt says:

    Love, love, love these young ladies. Have been looking for somewhere to purchase these cabs, mind it I ask where you found these. I have found Moonflower on Etsy, but she comes with a whole embroidery’ kit and I want to design that myself. Those big eyes just get to me. lol


  21. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    Robin had mention in another post with these cabs to Google -painted ladies boutique. Hope this helps.

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