All About the Seed Beads - Beaded Creations by Theresa Caroon www.handcraftedwithgrace.com

My life has truly been All About the Seed Beads. I have been working with seed beads to create intricate jewelry and accessories for over 30 years! (Wow… just realized how long it’s been!)

I would like to share some of my larger pieces so you can see what is actually possible with just some string, beads and time. And I do mean lots and lots of time. Most of these pieces are well over 20 to 30 hours worth of work.

Beaded Capuchin Monkey

 

 Beaded Capuchin Monkey Necklace by Theresa Caroon www.handcraftedwithgrace.com

This little monkey was created for a very dear friend of mine. The monkey was graphed out and then beaded in peyote stitch. The bananas were actually the most difficult part of this project because they kept turning out like corn cobs instead of bananas! But, I finally got them to look right and it only took about 11 different versions of bananas to complete the vine. I used a spiral stitch on the vine itself to give it a more realistic feeling. The leaves were done with a variation of the herringbone stitch mixed with peyote stitch.

Beaded Octopus

Beaded Octopus Necklace by Theresa Caroon www.handcraftedwithgrace.com

 

Oh the lovely octopus. Like any lady she loves her pearls. She was also beaded using a peyote stitch and the freshwater pearls were sewn in during the process of beading the tentacles. I used Swarovski crystals for the eyes and beaded around them so that when flipped to the back the eyes are still visible plus it lets the light reflect in the eyes better.

Beaded Jellyfish

Beaded Jellyfish Necklace by Theresa Caroon www.handcraftedwithgrace.com

 

I had a lot of fun making this beautiful jellyfish. The body was constructed using peyote stitch and reducing the beads while keeping the string tight so that a half dome shape was formed. The tentacles are also peyote stitch using different size beads to give it a winding effect. I also created a set of matching earrings.

The previous pictures are just a very small sample of some of my work. I enjoy making little critters that end up being wearable works of art. So much so that I ended up making a 3-D beaded dragon necklace.

I would like to introduce you to…

Jezebel, the 3-D Beaded Dragon

Jezebel the 3D Beaded Dragon Necklace by Theresa Caroon www.handcraftedwithgrace.com

 

Jezebel is my pride and joy. She has been adopted by a very loving mother who cares for her deeply. She was made with only string and beads. There is no wire and her center is hollow. She has a hidden magnetic clasp in the middle of her body so she can be worn like a necklace.

Jezebel the 3D Beaded Dragon Necklace by Theresa Caroon www.handcraftedwithgrace.com

 

Who knows, maybe one day Jezebel will find a husband and have baby dragons. It is possible.

If you would like to see a few more of my beaded critters you can go to http://www.ladytstudio.com or comment below that you would like to see more. I have done all sorts of animals and a series of butterflies that are graphed to be life-size duplicates of the real butterfly.

I would love to hear what you think of my little critters so please comment below and share with your friends. I had so much fun making them. They have brought smiles to many people and that is the best part.

 

2 comments on “All About the Seed Beads”

  1. Jebel is beautiful, is there a pattern I can purchase, my grandson is graduating in may and he plays dungeons and dragons with a group

    • Hi Shirley,
      Thank you for the compliment. Unfortunately, no there is no pattern for Jezebel. She is one of a kind. I stitched her entirely freehand with no pattern. She took approximately 58 1/2 hours to complete and that is just actual stitch time without breaks. She is also fairly large. She wraps all the way around the neck to be worn as a necklace. There is a hidden magnetic clasp in the center of her body so she can be taken off and put on.
      Sorry I can’t help with a pattern.
      Thank you for your interest though.

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