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Bead Work, Bead Design, and Crafting

Updated on December 26, 2014

GrandmaMarilyns

You will find beautiful beaded jewelry, beaded patterns, and other crafts here. I will probably take some of my beauties to other lenses but they will be linked to this one. As I create lenses, I will be showing you my wonderful new items, both bead work and bead designing, as well as wonderful creations from other crafters, jewelrymakers, bead designers, and items that just fascinate me.

I beaded up this beauty. I fell in love with the way the cuff turned out. This bracelet is available in size 6.5 at Stained Glass Cuff Bracelet. The pattern is available at Stained Glass Cuff Bead Pattern if you would like to bead one up yourself. If you do bead one up yourself, I would love to see the photos of the finished item.

All photos are my private collection and are not to be copied.

Pearl and Candy Jade Bracelet
Pearl and Candy Jade Bracelet

The Growth of Grandma Marilyn's

From crocheting to bead design

I have been a crafter ever since I could remember. I started out with crocheting and other crafts.

Late in 2005, I discovered beading. I started small making some ornaments and easy beading. I had to have a pattern or I could not bead. Of course, all of my crafting has been that way ever since I could remember. I used to say that I did not have a creative bone in my body. I started doing harder and harder patterns. My ready-to wear jewelry can be found in my GrandmaMarilyns eCrater store in my Beaded Jewelry shop. I also have some beaded accessories (pen wraps, lighter covers, and lip balm covers) available in my Beaded Accessories shop.

I found some beading software and started playing with it coming up with some patterns that I beaded up and put up for sale. Other bead designers, such as Glenda Payseno and Marie Starr, started working on my self-esteem and convinced me to make some beading patterns and put them up for sale. Well, I am proud to say that my beading patterns are now for sale in my Grandma Marilyn at the Boutique, GrandmaMarilyns ecrater store, Bead Coop store, and GrandmaMarilyns Etsy Shop.

As I create lenses, I will be showing you my wonderful new items, both bead work and bead designing, as well as wonderful creations from other crafters, jewelrymakers, bead designers, and items that just fascinate me.

The above pictured bracelet can be purchased in a size large or 8 inches at Candy Jade Bracelet. This lovely bracelet was made from a pattern designed by Glenda Payseno and is being sold with her approval.

Diamonds and Triangles Bracelet
Diamonds and Triangles Bracelet

Bead Pattern Designing

I am open to suggestions for new pattern designs

As I stated in my other module, I could not work without a pattern. I started creating bead patterns and I still need a pattern but at least it is my own pattern I am using. I started out making bracelets in the peyote stitch. Then the customers requested that I make some in loom so I proceeded to do so. I don't have that many loom patterns yet, but am going to try to make all of my peyote patterns into loom patterns eventually.

The picture attached was the first bead pattern of my own that I beaded up. It was for an Etsy Beadweavers (EBW) Team challenge. I didn't turn it in in time but you can't have everything. This peyote bracelet was created with Matsuno seed beads.

This bracelet is available in size large or 8 inch in my ecrater shop. The is a pattern is available for this bracelet also in my Bead Patterns Boutique shop. Remember, if you make one of my patterns, I would love to see a photo of the finished item.

Diamonds and Triangles Accessory Set Pattern
Diamonds and Triangles Accessory Set Pattern

Accessory Sets Bead Patterns

Wouldn't you love to have one of these pen wrap, lip balm and lighter cover sets

A few months before Christmas, I started thinking of small projects that could be beaded up quickly and came up with patterns for Pilot G-2 Pen Wraps. Then I thought, why not coordinate the pen wraps with the lighter and lip balm covers and have an accessory set. After the bead patterns are all put out individually, I am making an ebook with all 3 patterns in it. Now, I am considering making a book with multiple sets in them in a category type book (i.e, Native American and so on). I have so many of these sets designed but they all have to be beaded up.

If it weren't for my Bead Angels, I wouldn't get as far as I do now. My Bead Angels bead up the patterns and let me know anything that needs to be fixed in it, they take pictures of each step and then I request on the sets that they take one with all 3 finished pieces together. Oh this makes them look wonderful. Currently, my Bead Angels are Ellen Roskopp, Pat Tipton aka Mama Hen, Tammy Uren, and Jean Baer.

Get the Diamonds and Triangles Accessory Set E-Bbook. Just click that link. To get my other bead patterns, you can go to Bead Patterns Boutique or my eCrater Bead Pattern Shop. To tell you the truth, Bead Patterns Boutique has the most current listing of my patterns.

I also have these items already beaded for you if you don't want to bead them up yourself. Just stop by my Beaded Accessories Shop in my eCrater Mini-Mall. If I don't have what you want, contact me and I will see if I can create the items that you would like to have. These make a wonderful gift.

Filet Roses and Lilies Bracelet in 2 drop Peyote bead pattern
Filet Roses and Lilies Bracelet in 2 drop Peyote bead pattern

Filet Roses and Lilies Bracelet Pattern

Loom and 2 Drop Peyote Versions Available

My Bead Angel, Jean Baer, just finished beading up both the peyote and loom versions of the Filet Roses and Lilies Bracelet pattern for me. She tests the pattern for me so that you will get an error free pattern. They came out so beautiful.

I got my inspiration for this bracelet from a filet crochet pattern from the early 1900s. I will be adding this pattern to my various pattern sites under my filet pattern series. Keep an eye out for the next pattern Jean is beading for me.

If ever you find an error in any of my patterns, just let me know because we may have missed it. I will correct it and send it out to everyone who purchased the pattern. I always accept criticism whether good or bad. How else can I continue to learn.

To get the 2 drop peyote version click peyote. To get to the loom version click loom.

Cat Faces Cuff Bead Pattern - Blog Post on Grandma Marilyn's Blog

Cat Faces Cuff made from a Grandma Marilyn's pattern
Cat Faces Cuff made from a Grandma Marilyn's pattern

I received a picture from one of my customers today of a finished cuff created from my Cat Faces Cuff Bead Pattern. I decided to write a blog post showing all of the pictures I have received from customer who had purchase this pattern. Each one of them came up with some beautiful pictures. If you would like to have this bead pattern for your own, the pattern can be purchased from Bead Patterns Boutique or Ecrater.

Beadalon Bead Mat 13-Inchx18-Inch 2 Pack
Beadalon Bead Mat 13-Inchx18-Inch 2 Pack

These beading pads are wonderful. I love using them. These come in a 2 pack and are 13 inches by 18 inches.

 

Necklace and Earrings Designed - For Project Prom Donation

Project Prom Spiral Necklace and Earrings
Project Prom Spiral Necklace and Earrings

For the month of April, 2013, I worked on a project to create a necklace and earrings for a foster girl here in San Antonio, TX who wanted to go to the prom but her foster parents couldn't afford to get her what she needed. They were giving the girls dresses, purses, shoes and jewelry. I wish I could have seen a picture of the girl that picked my necklace with her dress and everything on. That would have been really cool. Oh well.

I decided on a spiral necklace with white and gunmetal. I designed a white slider with jet black Swarovski crystals for the necklace so that it would be convertible. The earrings were white with gunmetal spirals with the jet black Swarovski crystals at the end.

I eventually plan to make a pattern for this but have to decide how I want to do it as I want to create a tutorial for the spiral necklace and earrings.

If someone were wanting to purchase something for you

Winter Wonderland Set
Winter Wonderland Set

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      Grandma-Marilyn 3 years ago

      @teresita-mendoza-9849: Thank you for your wonderful comment about my articles.

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      teresita-mendoza-9849 3 years ago

      My first time to browse over your blog and I think I shall constantly follow you grandma! Keep on inspiring us!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: Thank you for the compliment.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      You are very skillful, that's for sure!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      @acreativethinker: Thank you.

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      Just beautiful work and very creative. Thanks for sharing such a lovely lens. Take Care :)

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @LynetteBell: Thank you

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Nice lens...you are talented!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @curious0927: Thank you for the lovely comment and for blessing this article, curious0927.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      You have a "gift" for this Squidoo lens making. I really enjoy them, bookmarked! And of course Blessed!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @Franksterk: You would be surprised what your eyes let you do. Really, I get the needle to the edge of the center of the bead and pop it on the needle. Thank you for leaving a compliment, Frankster.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      You have done some beautiful work and thanks for sharing. Great lens

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Beautiful designs. I'm not sure my eyes could handle working with such small beads. Thanks for sharing. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @Heather426: Thank you, Heather. I love beadweaving.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you for your wonderful comment.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      The bead designs are just beautiful!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Your beading is just beautiful. Love it! :)

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @KarenCookieJar: Thank you. I was really excited when I came up with that pattern.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      The cat faces are really cute!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @bead at home mom: If I can be of any help, let me know. I know quite a few of the different weaves.

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      Teri Hansen 6 years ago

      Love the designs, Will be back to check out some of your other sites. I do basic stringing but have wanted to learn the different weaves to broaden the beading classes I can teach.

      Other beaders are my biggest inspiration and this is very inspiring.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @hessa johnson: Thank you. They are lovely, aren't they....the beads, I mean.

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      hessa johnson 6 years ago

      I love beads, too, especially the brilliant, shiny ones. Lovely lens.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @Carmel Aaron: I don't know, Carmel, are you 61 or thereabouts? I was so happy when I found your smoothie recipes as we all need a nice treat that won't kill our blood sugars. I told my daughter about them and she said she tried one but did her own and didn't like it. I always try exactly as written before I branch out. LOL

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @aesta1: I don't know how to use the loom but we could have learned together. I would love to have someone to bead with.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @ChrisDay LM: Thank you for the compliment on my jewelry. I need to add more on here.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      I can see why you were smitten so hard. You've got some great designs there.

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      Carmel Aaron 6 years ago

      Hi GrandmaMarilyn, (I wonder if we are the same age) Thanks for visiting my Cherry Vanilla Smoothie and Bomb Recipe lens. So happy you enjoyed it-too. I agree it is important to have foods that are enjoyable on hand - to help keep us & our goals on track - no matter if they are weight loss and/or concerning our blood sugar levels. So happy you are helping your 14 year old grand-daughter now before she is a diabetic.

      I will try to add some other recipes that will help also. I create them all the time for those in my classes. Be sure to let me know what type you enjoy.

      Thanks for the visit and the lovely comment...

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish you are around to show me how you use the loom. Love the designs.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @Snowrose LM: You are welcome. I love showing off my work.

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      Snowrose LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful Lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @seashell2: Yes, and there is so much more than I do. Thank you for your compliment.

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Lovely bead work, it's amazing the things that can be created with beads!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Thank you, Sandy. I love creating both beautiful patterns and jewelry

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful bead work here. This is wonderful artwork.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, foovay. I need all the blessings I can get. I know the Lord blessed me with this ability and boy, was I surprised. I always thought I didn't have a creative bone in my body.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Everyone else calls them bead fairies. But, to me they are Angels sent from God to help me fulfill my destiny.

      Sorry you had to get rid of your beaded bags. You could make some more.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @BestRatedStuff: Thank you for the compliment. I would love to see some of your beaded jewelry when you finish it.

      I have adapted filet crochet patterns from way back into bead patterns. If it has a graph, you can convert it.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @sorana lm: It really isn't hard to do if you have someone to show you or find a good tutorial online.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This pretty lens and the creator of beauty who shared it deserve a blessing! Blessed by your impressed and friendly neighborhood Squid Angel. Who also loves to bead :D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I've always enjoyed bead work and once had a collection of beaded bags that I ended needing to sell many years ago. Creating your own designs is a wonderful art and I love the idea of having bead angels.

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      I haven't made beaded jewelry for ages. This just gave me the push to do some soon. I love the work you have done, its really beautiful.

      have you ever tried adapting needlework patterns? how do they translate?

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens and the designs you have created are so lovely. I love the beaded jewellery but have never made one.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @Harshitha LM: do you have pictures of them somewhere so I could see them? If not, try writing a lens and putting the pictures into it for us to see.

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      I have made a few bead bracelets and necklaces for myself. I love them...

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      I would like to thank both of you for your compliments

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      I really love your beadwork. You are one talented lady!

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Some beauties here...thanks!