Friday, September 28, 2012

Stargazer Beaded Bead

In celebration of their 15th anniversary, BeadWork magazine is having a beaded bead contest.

Bead One is called Seeing Stars and is by Melinda Barta, editor of BeadWork. You can find this pattern in the February/March 2012 issue.

Bead Two is Clustered Beaded Bead by Gwen Fisher and is in the April/May issue.

Bead Three is the Stargazer Beaded Bead by Florence Turnour in the June/July issue.

Bead Four is the Treasure Trove Beaded Bead by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel in the August/September issue.

The last bead, Bead Five, is the Dewdrop Beaded Bead by Cindy Holsclaw which incorporates Tila's and drop beads. You can find it in the October/November issue.

The contest is to make at least one of each beaded bead and incorporate them into one piece of jewelry. Deadline for entries is October 26, 2012. Visit for entry details and rules.

On Fridays I have a beading day with my friend Gail Smith. As we are both subscribers to the magazine, we have all the issues with the beaded patterns. We decided to tackle Bead Three: Stargazer Beaded Bead by Florence Turnour.

Gail used Peridot and Capri Swarovski Elements bicones and I used Peridot and Violet bicones. Yes, the pattern called for rounds, but we're rebels.

Here's Gail's:

Here's mine:

And here they are side by side:

After years of raging against "those little beads", I concede that to you all that I like them. I think I may make another one using Swarovski Pearls instead of bicones.

I'll keep you posted on the progress of the other beads. I hope you'll join me in participating in this contest.

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  1. Hey, Steph! I've been doing the beaded beads as well...some of them were quite the challenge (!) but I'm glad to see we've hooked you LOL. Beaded beads especially are addictive.

  2. Yummy! Great colors. Thanks for the post.