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Coquette … 1920s Inspired Oversized Handheld Fan with a Beaded Handle

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Some of you might have guessed it~

This is the third design I submitted to Fire Mountain Gem‘ Seed Bead Contest.

I designed this as an alternative to a bridal bouquet for a stylized bridal magazine photoshoot.

Unlike the other two designs I submitted to the contest (this one and this one), the inspiration/concept behind this oversized handheld fan is a purely visual one . . . namely, the glitz and glamor projected by 1920s Hollywood actresses and my dream of being surrounded by ornately beautiful and opulent heirlooms.

The people I collaborated with told me they wanted to do a 1920s-and-1930s-Hollywood-inspired photoshoot. When I was doing my design research, I came across this these vintage photographs of famous dancers in the era.

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Captivating, aren’t they?

Self-assured without a hint of self consciousness . . . demure yet provocative . . . haughty, naughty, and elegant . . .

And . . . how luxurious & opulent those fans are!!!! I really want to own one for myself . . . I could easily purchase a ready-made fan from a burlesque shop and use it as a prop; but, I’m not a big fan of plastic fan staves . . . plus, it wouldn’t look right as an alternative to a bridal bouquet.

Not just that, I want my fan very fluffy. I actually use more than 3 dozens of ostrich plumes to create this fan.

(By the way, I created more than 1 fan for the shoot. The other fan is a lot bigger than this one. I needed about a pound (0.45 kg) of ostrich plumes to create the other one. The fan’s no longer mine; so, I’ll have to wait for the editorial pictures to be published before I can share its photographs with you)

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Everything’s made from scratch.

To make the fan’s handle looks extra sparkly, I used silver-plated beads, gold-plated beads, white beads with rainbow-effect coating, and fire-polished beads.

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I also added those dangling beads to make the fan looks interesting. They also create vertical lines that – I believe – can make the person who holds it looks slimmer.

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Anyway . . .

Here’s something I’m excited about: I pre-0rdered Kate McKinnon‘s 2nd volume of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork!!! And . . . as a bonus, I received the e-book version of the 1st volume for free!!!

I prefer my jewelry-making tutorials to come in digital format. So the bonus e-book is perfect for me. In fact, the bonus e-book is the main reason I pre-ordered the 2nd volume of the book :D

I love the book’s geometric and architectural beadwork tutorials. The designs are gorgeous, and the instructions are easy to follow. And, since it’s in a digital format, whenever I need to look at a certain detail more closely, I can simple zoom in/enlarge the image.

Here is the result of my very first attempt to learn to create one of the designs.

I’ll make better ones later this weekend and will blog about them next week.

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Till then~

-joyz of AngelicaBrigade

Jewelry-Making: Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies + Beaded Chainmaille Bracelets

If you are a fellow jewelry-maker or love to create jewelry for fun, you’ll love (and learn a lot from) this beadweaving book: Sabine Lippert’s Beaded Fantasies.

I LOVE her designs!!! The nice clean lines, the dramatic style, & the fact that all of the designs are three-dimensional (not flat!!!).

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I love this book because many of the techniques I learned from it can be adapted & combined with other techniques. That way, I can use & adapt those techniques to create my own original designs.

Some of the materials needed to create some of the designs are a little difficult to find. But, the rest of the jewelry-making instructions are so superb that I don’t care I can’t learn to make some of the beautiful pieces.

I know that this book is not written specifically for beginners. But . . . though I’ve never done any beadweaving before, I could follow the instructions just fine. The instructions are jargon-free & written without the assumption that the readers are familiar with basic beadweaving techniques. (Unlike many crochet & knitting books. Oh, gosh!!! To me, many of them look like they are filled with encrypted messages. That’s why – till this day – I still can crochet & knit to save my life).

Anyway, I never let my “experience/expertise level” limit me. I learn to create whatever piece I want to make (i.e. The first three chainmaille weaves I learned are: Box Weave, Byzantine Weave, & Dragonscale Weave. Yes, I learned to do Dragonscale Weave before I learned to do the basic European 4-in-1 weave). It usually takes me a while to get everything just right; but, it’s much better this way because:

  • As I play around with it / try to fit everything together, I get to understand the basic mechanic or construction of the piece
  • And, I will be able to create the piece within hours (or – sometimes – a few days) instead of a few months or years.

Who cares if I haven’t mastered (for example) European 4-in-1 Weave & some other basic weaves while I was making a Dragonscale Chainmaille bracelet. I don’t need to. On the other hand, I was dying to own/learn/make a Dragonscale Chainmaille bracelet, so I did. I got myself the best instruction/tutorial I could find and dedicated my time to create that bracelet. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth the effort.

Anyway, I learned to make my first European 6-in-1 chainmaille bracelet only about 3 weeks ago as I was trying to create a bunch of one-of-a-kind beaded chainmaille bracelets like this one.

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I beaded the piece at random using whatever beads I happened to own.

To find the best place for me to stitch the beads,  I held them on my hand and moved them here & there till I thought that they’ll look good on particular spot(s) before I stitched them onto the bracelet.

I used Spiderwire and Fireline beading threads to stitch the beads on. Both of them are superbly strong.

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Till next week!

Have a wonderful weekend~

-joyz*k of AngelicaBrigade

Beaded Bib Necklace

What’s new in my Etsy shop this week

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An unusual hand-beaded bib necklace / collar.

Each bead is STITCHED onto the cuff’s base THREE (but sometimes up to five) TIMES to make sure that each bead will stay in place for a many years to come.

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An unusual hand-beaded bib necklace / collar.

Very sparkly.

Made with meticulous attention to detail.

Each bead is STITCHED onto the cuff’s base THREE (but sometimes up to five) TIMES to make sure that each bead will stay in place for a many years to come.

Features:
– Rhinestone cabochon
– 1000+ Japanese seed beads (in pink, white, silver, lilac, pale peach, & mint green)
– Gleaming Swarovski crystal pearls
– Swarovski crystals
– Swarovski round beads
– Silver-lined bugle beads
– Italian Tulle closure (in Antique Pink)
– High quality felt

Very sparkly~

Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade.

One of a Kind Beaded Jewelry / Accessory

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It’s gonna be the first among many~

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Angelica Brigade

“Experimenting with colors” + “And what I love about chainmailling”

Update (04/17/2916): Blue Buddha Boutique is closing its door permanently. The link to their website (below) is no longer active.

Beaded Gridlock Byzantine Weave Invented by Rebeca Mojica Blue Buddha Boutique pdf Tutorial Handmade Chain Maille Bracelet Chainmaille Jewelry Chainmail Jewelry in Antique Gold Pastel Colors Unusual Colours Robbin Egg Blue Steampunk Brown Raspberry Hot Pink Blush Beige made by Angelica Brigade joyz*k Available in AngelicaBrigade Etsy Shop

Beaded Gridlock Byzantine Weave Invented by Rebeca Mojica Blue Buddha Boutique pdf Tutorial Handmade Chain Maille Bracelet Chainmaille Jewelry Chainmail Jewelry in Antique Gold Pastel Colors Unusual Colours Robbin Egg Blue Steampunk Brown Raspberry Hot Pink Blush Beige made by Angelica Brigade joyz*k Available in AngelicaBrigade Etsy Shop

Beaded Gridlock Byzantine Weave Invented by Rebeca Mojica Blue Buddha Boutique pdf Tutorial Handmade Chain Maille Bracelet Chainmaille Jewelry Chainmail Jewelry in Antique Gold Pastel Colors Unusual Colours Robbin Egg Blue Steampunk Brown Raspberry Hot Pink Blush Beige made by Angelica Brigade joyz*k Available in AngelicaBrigade Etsy Shop

I’ve been making these bracelets in SO many different colors these days (12 colors & counting!).

The chain maille weave is called Beaded Gridlock Byzantine. It’s invented by Rebeca Mojica, and a pdf tutorial of it is available in http://www.bluebuddhaboutique.com/b3/projects/Beaded-Gridlock-Byzantine

As I said in my previous posts, I make new chainmaille jewelry any chance I get. In fact, there are days when I chainmaille for 18 hours a day … Sounds a bit manic, doesn’t it? But, a piece like this necklace (below) takes more than 50 hours to create … And once I start creating something, only extreme exhaustion, previous commitments, & natural disasters can make me to take a break from completing the piece.

But, it’s more than just a compulsion. It’s the joy of creating beautiful things, of bringing them into the world, is what keep me going.

Many chainmaillers find chainmailling therapeutic. Many of them say that chainmailling help them to relax. Some of them compare it to knitting … how the rhythmic & repetitive movements calm them down etc etc … things that are akin to the things described/explained by this online article >>> http://www.knitonthenet.com/issue4/features/therapeuticknitting/

I, on the other hand, am not too crazy about anything too repetitive. So, I tend to keep my mind occupied when I chainmaille: I either chat with my friends or family or listen to audiobooks. There are a few classics (e.g. Jane Austen, Thackeray) that I re-listen every once in a while. But, more often than not, I listen to the latest legal thrillers, police procedurals, detective stories, & several different offbeat stories :D

Anyway, it doesn’t mean that I don’t LOVE creating chainmaille jewelry.

As a matter of fact, I’ve tried several other jewelry-making techniques … but I decided to stick with chainmailling.

Why?

  1. It does not require me to use any toxic chemicals, dangerous equipments, dyes, & fixatives. And, since I prefer to use professionally made jump rings, I don’t need to cut & toss things away. So, it’s almost completely mess-free!!!
  2. Chainmaille jewelry aren’t difficult to alterresize. If I happen to dislike an aspect of my design, I don’t need to start over. [Unlike, for example, metal casting, soldering, & wire-wrapping] I can easily remove/extend/shorten/etc the part I don’t like and it won’t take me forever to do it.
  3. If I make some pieces I don’t like, I don’t need to throw them away. I can reuse their parts to create my next jewelry samples . (Less waste).
  4. I prefer my jewelry bold, chunky, sturdy, but not too uncomfortable to wear.This bold, dramatic, & chunky anodized aluminum chainmaille bracelet below, for example, is lighter than 2 tablespoons of sugar. No other materials & jewelry-making techniques can give me similar results.

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    Lighter than 2 tablespoons of sugar

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Beaded Gridlock Byzantine Weave Invented by Rebeca Mojica Blue Buddha Boutique pdf Tutorial Handmade Chain Maille Bracelet Chainmaille Jewelry Chainmail Jewelry in Antique Gold Pastel Colors Unusual Colours Robbin Egg Blue Steampunk Brown Raspberry Hot Pink Blush Beige made by Angelica Brigade joyz*k Available in AngelicaBrigade Etsy Shop

These beaded gridlock byzantine bracelets, however, are made using (naturally distressed – with lemon juice & sea salt solution)  jewelry brass.

The metal contains some copper, so it’s not as hypoallergenic as my other bracelets, and approximately 3 times heavier.

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I currently am preparing some exciting chainmaille jewelry tutorials, all of them can be completed within 1 hour or less, even by beginners.I will post some of those tutorials next Friday (November 16, 2012), the same day I will hold that chainmail jewelry-making kit giveaway. The winner will be selected at random and will receive the kit from Blue Buddha Boutique.

This month, I will blog every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So, see you guys [here, in this blog] very soon~

@k_joyz of AngelicaBrigade

*** UPDATE: Get a chance to WIN a jewelry-making kit or an All-in-One ChainMaille Starter Pack.  For more details, please read this blog post >>> https://angelicabrigade.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/the-best-way-to-start-learning-to-create-chain-maille-jewelry-giveaway/

Silk Headpiece With A Hand Beaded Polymer Sculpture Center Piece – Wearable Art – Gothic / Lolita Headdress, Photo Shoot Prop

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Style name: Jeanne (d’Arc) v.03
Original design by joyz*k of Angelica Brigade

The sculpture is 100% handmade, hand-painted, and lacquered by me.

The diameter of the headpiece: Approx. 6 1/2” (16.5 cm)
The diameter of the beaded center piece: Approx. 2 1/2” (6.35 cm)
Weight: 64 grams / 2.25 oz. / 0.14 lb.

Materials: Italian silk organza, silver-lined Delica seed beads, silver-plated beads, simulated pearls, polymer clay, silver pigment, high gloss acrylic lacquer, die-cut high quality felt, alligator clip.

Made to order.

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