15 September 2013

:: NOTICE ::
I will be away from Sunday 15th till Sunday 22nd September 2013.
I will not have internet access so I will only be able to reply enquiries once I return from my scuba diving trip.
So sorry for any inconveniences caused, any orders received during this time will be attended to when I return.

Meanwhile have a HAPPY MALAYSIA DAY!

27 April 2013

7th Bead Soup Bead Party - Reveal

Woohoo!!! It's finally time for the 3rd reveal of the 7th BSBP! This is my second time participating in this annual event hosted by the awesome Lori Anderson and I must say I'm definitely a more experienced participant.

My partner is Natalie Davidson from Northshore Days who is based in hobbit-land New Zealand! She sent me an almost monochromatic set of beads and I decided that this year it would be my personal challenge to use up all the beads!

My favourite beads are the candy-licious flat rounds lampwork beads with speckled orange and yellow. I don't normally work with orange or yellow (these two colours are not very friendly with the Asian skin tones) so this was a little challenge as I had to rummage through all my beads to find something to match these glass beads. Finally I remembered stashed at the back of my cupboard, is a little container of plastic orange beads which were originally part of a broken necklace and I never did get around to fixing it. So out came the oval plastic orange beads and the rest fell into place. This is actually a one-layered long necklace to pair with some simple, long tops.

To make a matching bracelet, I wanted to incorporate the orange with the black and white beads. Here's a chunky bracelet with some wire-wrapped techniques inspired from my partner's ever-so educational blog tutorial

Next up, I decided to use the white shell bead. I knew I wanted to make this piece simple and elegant, so I ended pairing it up with some tiny, black korean crystals and I used pale gold spacer beads (leftovers from BSBP6) to highlight the bracelet.

Several weeks on since I made the three pieces, I was still stuck on the main point of BSBP. I could not figure out a nice technique on how to attach pendant to a necklace chain. Wire-wrapping didn't work because it obscured the beauty of the pendant, a big jump ring was just really odd etc. Believe me, I went through several trials and errors before I came up with this solution! 

In the end I used a thin bronze chain of appropriate length to attach the pendant to the toggle clasp which I thought was pretty enough to be shown-off in the front. With the chain, the pendant still rolled and moved around too much so I used a pink organza ribbon bow to secure the chain and prevent too much movement. To dress up the whole necklace, I created a fruity selection of beads to hang through part of the necklace chain.

This was a real challenge for me but I'm very pleased with the results and can't wait to hear what you think of this design!

So remember my ambitious challenge to use up all the beads? Well, I still hadn't figured out what to do with the red glass beads. I was about to just give up when lo and behold, Lori announces that the 3rd reveal would be delayed! Hmm... this must be a sign. So about two or three weeks ago, while scooting through some blogs, I hit again on my previous BSBP partner Adlinah from DreamStruck Designs blog. I had previously already seen her posts and all but this time the picture of the soup she sent to her partner struck a chord with me. The colour scheme is absolutely beautiful and I loved her idea of pairing red with the baby blue beads. I also noticed that Lori's banner of the Bead Reveal Dates also feature a bead soup in similar colours!

I then decided to do a colour-block bracelet using the gorgeous red beads Natalie sent me, pairing them up with some turquoise round beads from my own stash. The result - my favourite design from my own BSBP7 creations!

The bead soup Adlinah sent her partner and the picture that inspired my colour-block bracelet.

I had matching nails the same week I created this bracelet!

I do still have a couple of beads left over but overall I think I achieved my goal of using up most of the bead soup ingredients. I also realized that while I created so many pieces, none were particularly creative so maybe that's the trade-off. Hopefully next year I will be able to make more creative pieces to showcase.

As usual, a big round of applause goes to Lori Anderson for hosting and organizing the 7th BSBP , my partner Natalie for providing such an enjoyable bead soup and Adlinah for providing inspiration even when she didn't know it!

Now that I'm finally done, it's time to blog hop!
Please head on over to NorthShore Days to have a look at what Natalie created with the bead soup I sent her. I'm intrigued because I know I sent her quite a challenging soup...
I'll be hopping around throughout the weeks ahead and I hope to see you along the way..!

The list of the other blogs involved in the 3rd Reveal can be found here.

21 April 2013

Bead Soup Blog Party #7 Reveal postponed

Bead Soup Blog Party #7 Reveal postponed

Many were looking forward to the reveal on the 13th of April. I failed to informed that unfortunately, the Bead Soup Blog Party Third Reveal has been postponed to 27th April which is coming soon. Due to the delay I have been procrastinating on my end as well and while all my pieces are ready for revealed I have yet to take pictures of them! I will be doing the photographs soon so come back again on the 27th for the big reveal!!

06 April 2013

:: NOTICE ::

I will be away from Sunday 7th till Thursday 11th April 2013.
I will not have internet access so I will only be able to reply enquiries once I return from my holiday.
So sorry for any inconveniences caused, any orders received during this time will be attended to when I return.

08 March 2013

Bead Soup Unpacked

It's arrived!!!

Well, actually the package arrived last week itself but I've been a little caught with my full-time job and spending time with the beau...

So here's a little recap for those who might have seen the previous blog post. I'm in the 3rd Reveal of Lori Anderson's annual 7th Bead Soup Bead Party and my delightful partner this round is Natalie Davidson of NorthShore Days who is based in the country where hobbits roam - New Zealand!

The bead soup Natalie sent came packaged in a pretty purple organza bag with her business card and note attached. The bead soup is absolutely lovely in its basic monochromatic theme and I just adore the lampwork glass beads Natalie sent. They're simply gorgeous and look so candy-licious!

The focal and clasp are metal pieces in bohemian bronze which is just perfect as I had hoped to explore more vintage looking pieces… but the focal doesn't have a pendant hole! Uh-oh! How am I going to overcome this particular challenge…??

Well, I guess you'll have to stay tuned to find out… The 3rd Reveal's happening on the 13th of April. Come back then to see what I manage to create with Natalie's neat little bead soup!

And for those curious with the bead soup I sent her, here's the original picture unfiltered…

Happy Beading Everyone!!

ps. hop on over to NorthShore Days to see what Nat thinks of the bead soup I sent her - http://northshoredays.blogspot.co.nz/2013/03/bead-soup-party.html

19 February 2013

7th Bead Soup Blog Party - Soup Peek

Bead Soup Blog Party #7

Bead Soup Party Time!!!
I had so much fun taking part in last year's Bead Soup Blog Party (BSBP) that I immediately knew I wanted to be part of this awesome party again this year. The BSBP is the brainchild of Ms Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.

2013 is the 7th year this party is taking off and there are over 500 participants from all over the world. That's more than 100 people compared to last year's party. It just proves to show how wonderful and successful
this annual bead party has become!

 I'm in the 3rd Reveal this year and I'm partnered with Natalie Davidson of NorthShore Days from Auckland, New Zealand. I must say I'm a little jealous of Natalie's home... who wouldn't want to be surrounded by the sea, sand and salty breezes?

Natalie and I got off a really slow start mostly with me to blame since I was away for my CNY vacation with my family. I had already picked out a rough bead soup before the CNY holidays because I knew I would be late in mailing it out.
When I found out that my partner was Natalie, I immediately checked out her blog and found that my bead soup was totally unlike her style.

From her blog I see that Natalie tends to work with light, beachy colours with a more bohemian style. The bead soup I had earlier prepared were of darker tones and chunkier beads so I added some lighter colours into the mix but me thinks it might still be a challenge for her...

Well... since I've only just mailed the bead soup out and it would be a while before Natalie receives the soup I cooked, here's a little sneak peek for Natalie and all of you...

08 February 2013


:: NOTICE ::
I will be away from Saturday 9th February 2013 till 14th February 2013.
I will not have internet access so I will only be able to reply enquiries once I return from my holiday.
So sorry for any inconveniences caused, any orders received during this time will be attended to when I return.
In the meantime, Little Maketto would like to wish everyone good fortune, prosperity and happiness for the coming snake year ahead!!! 

08 January 2013

Jade Floret Gold Chain Anklet

Jade Floret

AK008 - Jade Floret
Sea green chiffon flower pendant, Green AB crystal rondelle charms, Pink AB crystal rondelle charms, Pale gold ball chain, Lobster Clasp
Length: 8.5 inches + 2.25 inchesOnly 1 piece available.
~ RM25.00 ~

Peach Blooms Gold Chain Anklet

Peach Blooms

 AK007 - Peach Blooms
Three peach chiffon flower charm drops, Pink AB crystal rondelle charms, White metal chain, Pale gold cable chain, Lobster clasp
Length: 8.25 inches + 2 inches extension chainOnly 1 piece available.
~ RM26.00 ~

07 January 2013

Carnation Flower Drape Anklet

Carnation Drape

 AK006 - Carnation Drape
Pink chiffon flower with enamel charm centre pendant, AB crystal rondelles strand, Golden shadow crystal rondelle charm drop, Pale gold cable chain, Lobster clasp
Length: 8.5 inches + 2 inches extension chain (21.5cm + 5.3cm)
Size of Pink Flower Pendant is slightly bigger than old 50 cent MYR coin.
Only 1 piece available.
~ RM26.00 ~

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