W.O.R.D.: Flo Hendry’s Earrings as Variation of Amy Kohn’s Two To Tango Bracelet
A Little about Flo
Q: Tell us a little about yourself?
A: I’ve been in the animal care field for much of my adult life working as a registered veterinary technician at a veterinary emergency clinic in the San Francisco bay area. I took a couple of years off from the animal care field to do some photography, shooting for Lifetouch National School Studio and then for a real estate magazine Homes & Land of Contra Costa County. I also did a little bit of freelance concert photography. My greatest claim to fame was getting a few magazine front-cover shots of Neil Young, both portrait and performing for a U.K. publication.
Missing the animals, I started my own pet sitting business, Cits 4 Pets, in 2000. In the past couple of years, I’ve been doing some photography for LeisureWorld.com in addition to my pet sitting. I belong to Rossmoor Lapidary & Jewelry Club and have sold many pieces in the Rossmoor Lapidary Studio. I also do many commissioned items.
Q: How long have you been beading?
A: I started beading in September 2014. It started with a jewelry-making course consisting of ten classes that had three beading projects: learning herringbone stitch plus Russian and Dutch (Cellini) spirals necklaces. I enjoyed the beading projects so much more than the stringing, French knotting, and wire-wrapping techniques. I was hooked and started to do projects on my own that I saw in Beadwork and online.
Two to Tango Bracelet
Q: What attracted you to the project?
A: I love the geometric pattern and like working with 2-hole beads.
Q: How did you choose the color way?
A: I love pinks and purples and tended to buy beads in those colors. To expand the colors I work with, I look at my wardrobe and chose the colors to go with a shirt or an outfit. This is how I chose the colors for the Two to Tango bracelet designed by Amy Kohn, featured in the December2016/January 2017 issue. I used the following colors: Tango Beads in Chalk Purple Lumi and Pastel Petrol; Rullas in Pastel Petrol; and Hematite seed beads.
Q: Did you make any alterations to the pattern?
A: I stayed true to the pattern on the bracelet. To make earrings, I played around with the beads to replicate the basic pattern. Adding some Swarovski bicones and rondelle crystals and trying to hide the thread created the design you see.
The stringing was different on the earrings because the holes are on the inside and not the outside. To make them, string all eight Tango beads in four color pairs. Run the thread through all. Pass the thread through the outside holes which causes the beads to form a square, ending with the holes on the inside. Reverse the thread direction going into the inside holes and reinforce a couple of times. Add crystals (to both sides of earrings) while doing the inside run. Reverse the thread direction again going back into the outside hole and passing through to a corner to add the crystals and thread/wire protector.
Q: What do you plan to do with the project?
A: Keep it for myself! And I do wear it quite often!
What Flo Loves About Beadwork
Q: What else would you like to share with our readers?
- The challenge I found with this project was trying to get the needle though more than one Tango bead at a time.
- I love to do picture beading / beaded images to make shaped earrings and/or pendants using Delica type beads.
- I love that Beadwork has mostly bead weaving projects, and lots of two-hole seed bead projects, and I appreciate that alternative colorways are often available online.
- I’ve learned many stitches and techniques doing Beadwork projects and love that Beadwork magazine collections are available on CD or DVDs! I find the instructions for the projects are usually very clear and easy to follow.
- I have taken photos of all the jewelry I have done and have them in a photo gallery online and in the description I put the name of the source, designer, and materials used so I can refer back to what I used in a particular project.
- I would love to see more projects featuring cylinder beads such as Delicas and 3D Delica projects.
Thanks, Flo! We love seeing how our published projects motivate readers to create their own variations. If you have a W.O.R.D. (What Our Readers Did) submission based on one of our published projects, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “W.O.R.D.” in the subject line.
Photos courtesy of Flo Hendry.
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