Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rings

Ok, maybe not these kinds of rings, but as I was looking for ring clip art all I saw was engagement and wedding rings.  Then I saw this pic and thought I'd try to grab your attention with something a little more colorful and fun.  Do you remember these rings?  I had them when I was a baby, and all my kids had them too.  They've been around forever.  Anyhoo!  No, this post isn't about baby toys.

I've been working on a necklace/bracelet set in a new stitch I learned (not the one in this post though).  Last night I was up late...again...and wanted to get a little bead diversion.  I didn't want to get everything out for the necklace, and honestly I needed a little break from it.  So I hopped on over to Auntie's Beads and started looking through their videos.  They've got the best videos out there!  I have spent many hours watching Karla demonstrate new techniques for me.  I found a video for a little ring using the ladder stitch.

I know most of you out there probably already know the ladder stitch, but for me it was something new.  Karla's instructions were so easy and clear that I decided to give it a try.  I actually found some 4mm faceted beads in my stash that I had enough of, AND they're black, which my daughter loves.  Decided I'd make a ring for her.  I edged it in sparkly crystal seed beads.  I didn't know her ring size so I guesstimated.  Wouldn't you know it?  I decided to take out a row of beads, and when I gave it to her it was too small!  I'll bet if I had left that last rung on the ladder it would have fit.  Damn.  Oh, well.  I still learned something new, had a nice little diversion and it will find the perfect home someday.

But I still wanted to bead a little more, so I decided to try to make a ring for Sara too.  I didn't have anymore 4mm beads, but I thought what about bugles?  I found the perfect 3mm bugles in cobalt blue.  Sara will be making something new this weekend and she picked blue, so this ring might just look perfect with it.  In the pic it looks pretty lumpy bumpy, but once you have it on it all straightens out.
Hope everyone has a mahvelous day!

5 comments:

MoiraMia said...

Love them! Great idea with the bugle beads. Love the black one too; too bad it was too small for Sami. It is beautiful. Amazing how you can whip these things up!

Beadwright said...

Hi I did have a great day today thanks. Keep it up and you will have all the beading stitches under your belt. Great job.
Nicole/Beadwright

Mandy said...

I love the one with crystals! That looks really good!

Abracadebra Designs said...

Hey Lisa, Love the rings, especially the first one. Keep on learning, pretty soon you'll be able to write a book. After I learned ladder stitch, I went on to brick stitch. I bet you'd come up with some awesome brick stitch earrings.

Lynn said...

OMG - something so simple and yet it is excellent in design! Gotta make me some of those.....