Wednesday, February 13, 2013


It's here, it's here! I finally finished the Helena necklace tutorial, but of course, the bracelet tutorial got sidetracked by my magnificent booger-hacking-illness...

This is the original piece, done with silky gold Twins, Czech glass pearls, and metallic seafoam seed beads.

For the tutorial, I worked up a second version using bottle-green matte Twins, cream druks, and metallic gold Duracoat seed beads. The big honkin' clasp on the green version came from my friend Amy at Bead & Glass Boutique - I bought a package of these clasps when I was visiting her shop back in August, and it was the perfect finishing touch for this necklace.

The bracelet is so easy to do - and the tutorial comes free to the first 20 people who purchase the necklace tutorial. (So I really need to get on that!)

Now, when I was writing this 18+ page tutorial, I realized that I needed someone to test it out for me. My wonderful friend Kristen Stevens volunteered, since she was one of the other winners of the Beads For Blog Post promotion, and late last night, she sent me two pictures of what she had done with my tutorial!
Isn't it amazing? She used transparent Twins with some lovely metallic blue pearls - it looks like a necklace meant for a princess!

Then she went and took the necklace strap and used it for a cabochon project she'd been working on:

Again, she rocked it. Pretty pink pearls, transparent Twins, and that awesome ceramic cabochon make a bold, yet totally feminine necklace.

Kristen even blogged about her work with my tutorial on the Art Jewelry Elements blog!

Earlier in the weekend, Dee "Beadee" Wingrove-Smith purchased the Helena tutorial, and emailed me this picture of her color choices. I have to say, these picasso Twins were really quite dramatic in this pattern!

I've got the Helena tutorial for sale on both my Etsy shop and my Craftsy pattern store. Purchases made from my VanBeads Etsy shop will be emailed during the 24 hours following purchase, but if you buy it from Craftsy, you can download it immediately!

Helena is a great introduction to working with Twin beads, and it lets you stretch your flat, circular peyote stitch skills a bit without even knowing it!

More later, but right now, I have a stack of writing staring me in the face that all needs to be done before 5 p.m. tomorrow... Off I go!


Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Wow all of these are simply beautiful. Great job!!!! I love seeing all the wonderful art you create and then share in tutorials.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Jennifer,
Yours, Kristen's and Dee's pieces are all gorgeous. I am looking forward to making my own version of your design soon.

Dee Wingrove-Smith said...

Thank you for including my version. It was fab to make.

vovsblog said...

your work is beautiful! Stopping by visiting all the blogs taking part in the Bead Soup Blog Party cant wait to see what you make!