Saturday, 27 August 2011

Pink Heart

Ever since I saw one of the staff in one of my local bead shops wearing an amazing Swarovski crystal heart in fuchsia AB I was totally captivated. I just had to learn how to do it. So I trawled the web and finally, after some fruitless searching, I realised the pattern was for a 'Puffy 3D Crystal Heart'. The best pattern was on a French website as the diagram of how to right angle weave it was the clearest. Dont be impressed, my French is poorly recalled schoolgirl French, but I can read pictures as well as the next person and didnt need to be reliant on any linguistic talent.

The first attempt was a disaster. I used dark red 3 or 4mm bicones with illusion nylon and nearly went blind! I was unused to the pattern, the beads were both dark and miniscule and I couldnt see the illusion thread. I was on a hiding to nothing. I abandoned the first attempt and did the sensible thing. I used a 6mm round pearl and bright pink tigertail and hey presto I made my first puffy heart. I now keep this one proudly on one of my work bags. It is not perfect as the tension is not quite perfect but I achieved it. I've since made others both in crystal and pearl and I think they are something I'll return too as they make a lovely pendant or feature.

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