mybeadproject

Handmade and one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry

Frankfurt am Main, Germany · 0 Sales

mybeadproject

Handmade and one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry

Frankfurt am Main, Germany 0 Sales On Etsy since 2012

Announcement   MyBeadProject produces only handmade and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that are made from Japanese and Czech seed beads, handmade lamp work beads from Italy, powder beads from Ghana, Swarovski beads, and other high-quality materials.

I only use non-abrasive and acid-proof beads with high durability and longevity. I also pay particular attention to only using high-quality threads from well-established brands that offer maximum strength while maintaining enough thinness.

Announcement

MyBeadProject produces only handmade and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces that are made from Japanese and Czech seed beads, handmade lamp work beads from Italy, powder beads from Ghana, Swarovski beads, and other high-quality materials.

I only use non-abrasive and acid-proof beads with high durability and longevity. I also pay particular attention to only using high-quality threads from well-established brands that offer maximum strength while maintaining enough thinness.

Gillian Patterson

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Gillian Patterson

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About me and my craft

The different effects of colors based on their material and its structure have long kindled my interest and fascination and I have often used this quality for my design projects. I gained first experience with the dynamics of colors while working with different forms of paper and textiles, particularly yarn.

During my first visit to America, I discovered the seemingly inexhaustible range of Japanese and Czech glass beads with their stunning variety of different shapes and colors. I immediately knew that I had found the perfect tool to realize my artistic ideas. The wide range of available colors of these so-called seed beads allowed me to develop my projects in finest detail and the many different shapes and sizes of the beads offered me the freedom to experiment with jewelry design without any limitations.

After I had found out about seed beads, I began to learn as much as I could about the different beading techniques. These included crochet and traditional threading methods as well as peyote and herringbone stitching, netting, and right angle weaving. I combine, modify, and expand these techniques in my work to realize special effects and increased stability and durability.

During several visits to Venice, I also began to work with glass beads from Murano and even found several bead manufacturers who made lamp work beads for me according to my individual color compositions and preferences.

In order to produce high-quality jewelry, I put particular emphasis on the use of durable and resilient materials. I have therefore spent a lot of time on researching in detail the different manufacturing process and surface treatments of beads, clasps, and threading materials.

I almost exclusively use Japanese Miyuki and Toho beads because I can use the manufacturers’ color charts to differentiate between several durability criteria. For example, long exposure to direct sun light or frequent cleaning may cause the beads to show signs of wear and tear and could lead to fading or altering colors. I therefore try to use only beads which feature heightened resilience against these factors. I also use Czech Jablonec and Preciosa beads which are renowned for their superb surface treatments. If in doubt, I also break open a few beads to analyze whether they are fully colored or only color-coated.

I primarily use Berkely Fireline as threading material. It is well known for its high strength and durability while still maintaining a very thin diameter. The thread is pre-waxed, braided, and made from polyethylene fiber.

The purpose of my artistic work is to combine the effects of particular color compositions with specific stitching and threading techniques and the use of high-quality materials to create handmade and one-of-a-kind jewelry. Only when I know that I have fully realized my original idea and produced a necklace or bracelet with its very own character and charm, my work is truly finished and ready to accentuate and complete a particular outfit of the wearer.

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  • Gillian Patterson

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    During a visit to America, I discovered the inexhaustible range of Japanese and Czech seed beads. Ever since, there have been no more limits for my creative work.

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Last updated on June 30, 2013
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