The vagaries of magazine publishing means that you wait aaaagggess for a magazine and then three turn up in quick succession! This means that we have had Bead and Jewellery magazine, Beadwork magazine and now Bead and Button magazine all turn up within a very short space of time, and there will now be a little break until the next batch of magazines arrive. Which is probably a good thing, as I’m sure you are getting bored of me by now!
Flicking through Bead and Button August 2018 issue, the project that really caught my eye was the RAW Power Pendant, designed by Barbara Hoffmann.
Cubic right angle weave is one of my favourite stitches, and I really liked the simple, clean lines of the pendant piece. I also thought it was time to show you all I could make something other than bracelets!
I also needed an excuse to pick up some of our new Miyuki size 11 seed beads- you can have a look at them here: Miyuki size 11 seed beads. The hardest problem I had was choosing my favourite! I decided the best thing to do was to start with the 14mm Rivoli- as we have fewer choices here I thought it would be easier. As we know, I love teals and turquoises, so I went for Dark Aqua. I went back to the size 11’s and what do you know, we had a lovely Silver Lined Capri Blue AB that went with it! I love the combination of turquoise and pink, so I decided to go slightly away from the suggestion in the pattern recipe, and used a Silver Lined Rose Pink size 8 as an accent. This meant that I needed a more neutral colour to pull it all together. Black was too dark, gold doesn’t suit me so I went with a classic silver. This was used for the outer edge of the large frame and the bezel around the Rivoli.
I wouldn’t recommend this pattern as a first CRAW piece. As you are using different sized beads to create the circular shape so you need to concentrate on the placement of the beads which can be a little tricky if you are trying to learn the mechanics of the stitch at the same time. If you have used this stitch before then I am sure you will whizz through the pattern like I did.
Here is how my pendant turned out. I’m still trying to decide if I want to hang it from a chain, some ribbon or cord (or both!) or make a beaded chain for it. I will be sure to post a finished picture over on our Instagram page when I have decided what to do.
1 FS104 Dark Aqua Rivoli
RC800 SL Rose Pink 8/0
RC11-1025 SL Capri Blue AB
RC11-4201 Duracoat Galvanised Silver
DB0035 Galvanised Silver
15-0181 Galvanised Silver
6lb Smoke Fireline (this gives the pendant a bit more rigidity than Nymo)
Size 12 beading needle.
I made this in around 4 hours. I have lots of beads left over, so with the addition of another couple of Rivolis I think I could make a few more pendants. You could mix it up so use the silver on the face of the pendant and the blue on the edge which would give it a different look.
I am sure I will be making more of these in the future, they are very satisfying and can be dressed up or down as you need. I only wish the magazine had come in a few days earlier so I could have made one to wear to my sisters wedding last weekend!
There is also an interesting article in this issue about substituting beads in patterns- doesn’t that sound like something you might find useful 😉
I would love to see what you are making using our beads-it doesn’t matter if it is one of our designs, something from a magazine or your own creation, we love to see what our friends have been up to. You can share it on our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram or Twitter- you can use #madeitwithSpellbound for anything, and if you are inspired by these posts, why not show me your version of the pattern using #beadymagazinemakes.