Sunday, January 11, 2015

Superduo Beaded Snowflake Jewelry Tutorials

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It is absolutely true, at the molecular level, no two snowflakes are identical.  Snowflakes of the beaded varieties are no less boundless in their creative styles! Here are more snowflake tutorials featuring Superduo beads which have 2 holes.  The first tutorial uses both Superduo and Farfalle beads. It is by Ukranian beader Lena who writes the Otvettyt blog. She also includes some bicones and seed beads in her beautiful pendant design.


The tutorial is in Ukranian. You could use Google Translate but the pictures are quite clear enough to follow without having to do that.

This pretty beaded snowflake tutorial features superduos too. It is from a Czech site, Top-Koralky. It is also not in English but there are accompanying photographs to figure things out if you are not inclined to get the page translated. This design is clearly scaled small enough for earrings. Using Swarovski crystals simply makes them even more elegant.


Need some inspiration to come up with designs of your own?  Check out the absolutely beautiful snowflake pictures taken by Alexey Kljatov, a Russian photographer.

How snowflakes form is dependent on temperature and humidity. Simpler shapes tend to occur at low humidity while more complex shapes happen in humid conditions. Studies have shown there are a staggering 121 categories (so far) of shapes!  This wonderful infographic by Andy Brunning, a UK Chemistry teacher, shows some of them.  (click on the image to see a larger version)


Watch this short and fascinating PBS video , The Science of Snow(flakes).



Does this mean you will appreciate winter more? Ha.

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4 comments:

  1. Hello Beading Gem,

    I love your blog, I have only been with you a short while, but you have shown me much more than I ever realized was out there. Your blog is so informative and inspiring. I have so many techniques I would love to try out (maybe when I have a bit more free time).

    I have a question for you. I have been wanting to try and make jewelry from broken china. I have only found 2 ways to cut the china; one with a tile saw and the other with nippers. I was wondering if you knew of any other type of china cutting? Maybe one that doesn't waste so much of the china.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog. I look forward to tomorrow's posting. Have a great day.

    Becky

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  2. Well Pearl - after growing up with my brother who has his Masters in Physics - I've had the joy of listening to a lot about this subject already.

    And I have to tell you - it hasn't made me love snow at all. I think over the years I've grown to un-love it! Used to be I could hardly wait for it to snow - when I was skiing. But now - I groan when I see the first flakes fall!

    It is pretty at times - I'll grant you that - but oh - I can hardly wait for those first green blades of grass to grow...... :0)

    What a snow curmudgeon I've become!!


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  3. Beading Becky - the only other way I can think that it could be done is with laser cutting. I think this was how it was done here - http://www.beadinggem.com/2008/05/ktichen-jewelry-wearable-pottery-by.html

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  4. Aims, I really don't mind the snow so long as I am well dressed for it. But I detest cold winds!

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