Beading What I Want to Bead

I’ve been busy with many custom orders lately. For the past 2 days, I decided to let myself bead whatever I felt like beading. I’ve been in a bangle kind of mood, so I used a tutorial that Julie Tanksley translated into English. I learned that the original bangle is quite popular in Europe and the free Spanish tutorial can be found here. I used lake blue and spring green seed beads, and paired it with Jonquil yellow fire polish. Spring has sprung in my studio, hehe.

Then, I started working on the dragon bangle that is on the cover of Beadwork magazine. I’m using copper and turquoise and it’s looking pretty awesome. I can’t wait to wear it! I just got the new issue of Bead & Button, and I think Cynthia’s honeycomb bangle may be next.

This afternoon, I had a talk with Diana Grygo, the Lone Beader. We had a great conversation about art, inspiration, and developing your style. I think you will really enjoy the next podcast, and I plan to post it next Thursday. My plan to release a podcast every other Thursday along with the newsletter.

And the winner is…
The winner of a copy of Bead Tube Jewelry is Karen! Look for my email, and I will get that book in the mail to you. Thanks for all the comments everyone, they were amazing to read!

To choose a winner for the giveaways, I will use a random number generator based on how many comments there are. Then, I will count down that many in the comments, and that is our winner.

What do you think? How often do you let yourself bead what you want to bead? Please share with us in the comments!

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  • avatar Glenda March 3, 2011, 10:46 pm

    I don’t have that many special requests, so I usually am beading what I want. My problem is once I start I don’t want to stop until I get it completed. So basically, my housework doesn’t get done until I am through! LOL!

  • avatar Julie Tanksley March 4, 2011, 5:59 pm

    Mandi I love your bangle, you really are ready for spring aren’t you?

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth March 4, 2011, 7:30 pm

    @Glenda That’s definitely a constant struggle for me as well. Someone has to do the dishes, and at least my husband will do some laundry LOL

    @Julie Thanks so much for teaching me the bangle! Yup, I’m ready for spring : )

  • avatar Pam Chesbro March 8, 2011, 3:33 pm

    Love that dragon bangle. Where did you purchase the long drops for it? Wasn’t sure exactly what those are and that bangle is calling to me. Also like your finished bangle for spring. Yummy colors!

  • avatar AlexDFox March 13, 2011, 7:51 am

    love the finished bangle. :) Very pretty colors.

  • avatar Stephanie March 18, 2011, 4:31 pm

    love the bangle. congrats to Karen. yay! The one you showed down below the finished one looks awesome.

  • avatar Kathy March 26, 2011, 8:26 am

    I love your colors for the Dragon Bangle. I used the bronze magatamas with a size 8 mix ranging from cream to bronze.
    I’ve been making some herringbone wire bracelets, interspersed with Jill Wiseman’s Hula bangles and Colette Chapman’s Components Gone from TBR 2011. I can’t seem to have only one project at time.
    I guess beading what I want to bead comes down to project juggling.

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