Barbara’s Blog – BBD Art Jewelry

The Kit and Tutorial are Listed!

Have you been eager to bead a project composed of Warped Squares, but didn’t know where to start? Then you might be interested in my Geometric “Staggered Warped Square Bracelet” design…it’s composed of six staggered warped squares (inspired by the books Geometric Beadwork and Contemporary Geometric Beadwork) worked in mosaic and confetti-like patterns that are joined together and connected with a sliding clasp. You can stop there if you like, but I’ve also added triangles to this design to make the project all the more interesting! Large full-color photos as well as seven color charts for beading the warped square and triangles accompany the step-by-step tutorial. The beading kit contains Delica and seed beads in fifteen vibrant colors plus a silver-plated 31mm long sliding clasp. You’ll find kits and tutorials in my Etsy shop. I think you’ll have a lot of fun making this “eye-catching” bracelet!



It’s been a long time coming, but…

Here it is…my “Staggered Geometric Warped Square Bracelet”. I’m extremely pleased with the finished design and feel it was definitely worth the time it took to execute. The geometric bracelet is composed of warped squares (inspired by CGB and CB) worked with Delicas and accented with seed bead edging. Optional triangles are worked into the design as well providing additional interest and embellishment. I love the vibrant colors! A tutorial is in the works…I hope to have it ready later in the week with kits to follow. Stay tuned!

A Sneak Peek…

I’m on the “home stretch” with this “Staggered Geometric Warped Square and Triangle Bracelet”.  Had I stopped with just the warped squares, it would be finished and ready to wear, but I wanted the design to be a bit more complex and dimensional so I’m in the process of adding triangles now. Granted, I had hoped to have it finished by now along with a tutorial, but the past two months have been so busy that I just didn’t have enough days to devote to beading or jewelry-making of any kind…I’m dying to get back to making more resin jewelry!  I hope to have it finished by the end of next week, but I won’t make any promises…the coming weeks are going to be busy as well!


Oh, My!

I could not ask for a more perfect day to be on the screened porch beading to my heart’s content in the company of cats! I’m surrounded by the glorious colors of a fast approaching autumn, the humming of bees as they dart from flower to flower, a chorus of cicadas, and wasps buzzing as they fly to and fro bouncing against the screen. A gentle breeze is whispering and tree frogs are singing. Squirrels scurry up and down trees as they collect their hoard for the winter. In the distance I hear geese honking and the gentle whistle of a train rolling on the tracks along the Mississippi River. I sip my chocolate-sprinkled cappuccino and smile to myself with contentment, knowing I am so lucky to live in the middle of a woodland surrounded by prairie and enthralled with the beauty of nature. If only I could capture this moment in a bottle and store it away to reopen on the cold winter days that lie ahead!

Another Find…

Aren’t these the cutest little glass bottles ever! Look at how tiny they are next to the tube of Delica beads! These are another “find” from my latest antique shop excursion. I have no idea how old these are but judging from the yellowed tape and typewritten labels they date back several decades. I’m not sure of their original purpose, but several contained a jumpring or two so these may have been vials for storage of jewelry findings and watchmaking parts. Nowadays, plastic bags and containers have become the ubiquitous method for storage of jewelry findings and such, so these little bottles are a treasure and the perfect vehicle for carrying beads in my travel tin!


I am so excited!!!  In early March I entered my bead-embroidered neckpiece featuring polymer clay flowers and butterflies in Fire Mountain Gems and Beads “Creative Clays” contest.  I’ve been eagerly awaiting results of the contest and winners have just been announced…I am so thrilled that my “Fleurs et Papillons” Polymer Clay Bead-Embroidered neckpiece has received the “President’s Award” along with a $400 gift certificate to FMG!  Guess who’s going shopping!!!  If you like this design and are a polymer clay and beading aficionado, you may like my “Fleurs et Papillons” Bead-Embroidered Cuff as well!

Getting There!

Designing and engineering this warped square beading project has taken longer than I imagined, but I’m closing in and can see light at the end of the tunnel. Part of why it has taken so long is that I’m creating the tutorial as I go along. Taking the process photos and writing the directions really adds time to a project, but I’m always happy knowing that when the project is finished, the tutorial is near completion!

I’m Back in the Studio…

While vacationing in California over the past two weeks, I did find some time to work on a beading project and that was something I hadn’t done in a while. But I also found time to stop in an antique store in Paso Robles and look what I found!

These crystals, rocks, arrowheads, and copal are texturally fantastic and offer many possibilities. I’m presently using them to make molds for resin casting! Of course, I plan to make more rings. I LOVE rings and have had so many comments on those I recently created (anywhere from “I like your rings…they’re really out there” to “Lady, those are some badass rings”), but I want to make bracelets, earrings and pendants as well…an entire collection of faux crystal and stone jewelry! There is a lot of creative fun awaiting me in the weeks ahead! I’ll also be finishing my geometric warped-square beading project and I’m working on a beading tutorial to go with it! I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready!

Ready, Set, Go!

Some of the best finds are in antique stores. I am always on the lookout for items I can repurpose and up-cycle!  Recently, I came across two small, very flat wooden cigar boxes that I’ve utilized as portable bead cases that I can toss in a bag at a moment’s notice.

Unlike standard-sized cigar boxes, these beautiful mahogany boxes measure less than one inch in height, eight inches in length, and five inches in width. Fitted with a velour beading mat, each box is a perfect size for holding a bobbin of thread, scissors, needles, ruler, and a twelve-color wheel bead organizer with room to spare!  

Do you like to play with color?

The power of color is amazing! How it is used determines what the eye sees. For example, these three geometric warped squares were woven using the same pattern graph design. Each was woven with the exact same palette of colors. What makes each warped square appear so different from its neighbor is that the colors have traded positions in the pattern design. To my eye, the light, bright colors really pop while the darker shades recede. Notice how the center colors stand out in the first two warped squares, while the ring of eight turquoise “flowers” in the third warped square command the eye’s attention. I love the “crazy quilt” effect of the pattern design, but varying the color juxtaposition really extends design possibilities!

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