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Handmade Woven Crystal, Gemstone and Seed Bead Jewelry

More Good News for MB Designs!

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Last year at this time, MB Designs was contacted about publishing the Dragonfly Dreamer Necklace in Bead & Button magazine – and that happened in the June 2018 issue.

This week we were contacted once again by Bead & Button to publish that same necklace in their yearly, best of Bead & Button book!  This will be out for purchase in May 2019.  It certainly is a good feeling to know that your designs are appreciated by the best in the business.

Feeling honored!!


Finally Finished!

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Today I finally finished the necklace that will hold the enameled pendant that my father gave me many years ago.  I have always loved this pendant, but through the years it was chipping on the edges.  I decided to encase it in seed beads and now made a chenille rope to put it on.  What a great save!  And what a great new look!  I can't wait to wear it.

If you have a piece of jewelry that you'd like to update or change the look, please contact me!  I'd be happy to speak with you and discuss what might work for you.  You'll certainly have something completely unique when we're finished!

That's it for now!



Let's talk Custom Designs...

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This week I finished the custom necklace based on my Turquoise and Coral statement necklace.  While the turquoise is an eye-catcher, it is still on the casual side, mostly because of the colors I used.  The new necklace, however, is much more formal.  The use of freshwater pearls and soft bead colors accented with silver make this not only a statement necklace, but a WOW necklace!  Using neutral colors like this also makes the piece more versatile — it can be worn with almost any color combination.  I'll let you know how the customer likes it!!


I'm sure you can see the same thing here — the Jasper cabochon is earthy and casual, while the Black Onyx, and the addition of silver and crystals, creates a more formal look while the two bracelets are practically the same design!


Be sure to check out my website: murielbadinellidesigns.com and if you like a certain design, but aren't sure of the colors, please contact me!  We can talk and I can come up with a design you will love.

See you soon!

This week is all about Custom Designs!!

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Black and silver netted necklace

This week I've been working on two custom projects, and I hope you can see from this what a difference the beads make!  They can change the mood, style and degree of formality as the beads change.

The black and silver netted necklace above was designed to be worn as both casual as well as dressy.  You can see it can't you?  with a white T-shirt and jeans as well as a LBD — perfect!

The customer and I sat and discussed what she was looking for, I showed her some samples and then came up with this design.  She was very pleased.


Freshwater pearl statement necklace


This necklace isn't finished yet — look forward to seeing the finished product next week — but it is based on my Turquoise/Coral Statement necklace (https://www.murielbadinellidesigns.com/shopnecklaces/turquoise-coral-statement-necklace).  See the difference in style, even though they are the same design? This one is soft and elegant, while the turquoise is bolder, fun and more casual!

I hope this give you some ideas for your own custom designed jewelry — I'll be happy to help!

'Till next time!

Using Gemstones in Woven Seed Bead Jewelry

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Often I use gemstones in my work as a focal bead.  The jasper in the photo below is bead embroidered and attached to a simple peyote bracelet, adding a new dimension and interest to the piece.


In the leather wrap bracelet faceted amethyst beads are used. These beads have a great sparkle to them and lend themselves to a bracelet that wraps around your wrist three times.


This bead embroidered pendant combines a kyanite focal gemstone with seed beads and pearls. Honestly, the only limit to the use of gemstones in beadwork, is one's imagination! Happy beading!

Repurposing Meaningful Objects into New Jewelry

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Years ago my father gave me a necklace, one that I loved at the time, but after a while, it was no longer in style!  It was a beautiful and large cloisonné bead with a peacock design on a silk cord.

Once I started bead weaving, I looked through my things for anything important to me to see if I could give it an updated look.  I pulled out the pendant and thought a beaded bezel would work.

Here's how the pendant looks now...


Now all it needs is a beaded rope!  I love it!!

If you have a piece you would like reworked -- a brooch, and earring or just a bead -- contact me!  I'll come up with a solution for you and I guarantee you'll be pleased!


About Seed Beads

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"Seed Bead" is a generic term for any small bead, usually glass, of which there are many types of shapes and sizes. A variety of seed beads are very often used in bead woven jewelry to create design, texture and depth.  Seed beads are also used in combination with gemstones, pearls and crystals as you see in MB Designs handmade jewelry.

Miyuki glass seed beads are considered the world standard for their high quality, brilliance and uniform shape.  About 60 years ago, Seiichi Katsuoka became fascinated by the brilliance and beauty of glass seed beads, so in 1949, he dedicated himself to learning the art of seed bead making.  Seiichi's passion for making beautiful, high quality glass seed beads was passed down to his son, Hiroshi.  Hiroshi added innovation to passion and began creating new types and styles of beads. This resulted in the founding of Miyuki, Japan's first successful mass-producing bead manufacturing company and a favorite of jewelry designers. Since then Miyuki has continued to innovate, and have produced many new and wonderful shapes and sizes of beads for bead weaving handmade jewelry.

What is Bead Weaving?

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 "Got the Blues" Peyote stitch bracelet   

"Got the Blues" Peyote stitch bracelet


Bead weaving is the use of seed beads (a generic term for any small bead) that are woven on a loom or off-loom by using one or a number stitches.  The techniques for bead weaving were invented long ago by Native American women for decorative adornment.  Many of the original stitches such as peyote and Cheyenne (brick stitch) are still in use today.

Off-loom bead weaving is what I use in creating my jewelry.  Seed beads combined with pearls, crystals and Czech fire-polished beads are stitched together with thread with one or two needles to create the various textures and patterns you see in my pieces — which are inspired by nature and seasonal colors.

Recently I used a combination of bead weaving and bead embroidery to create a necklace I called “Dragonfly Dreamer.”  The focal bead inspired me because the town in which I live is well known for its large variety of dragonflies.  This piece has just been published in the June/July 2018 issue of Bead & Button magazine!

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I love the challenge of selecting beads, and coming up with a brand new piece of jewelry to wear or to share with you.

Beading is my happy place!