Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hot! Hot! Hot! July Bead Journal Project

OK!  I'm way behind!  I know it is already October and I've just finished my Bead Journal Project for July.  There were several reasons for the delay.

The main reason for my taking so long is that I wanted to make a dichroic glass cab that represented the sun.  Seemed like a good idea, but it actually took me over a month.  I'll spare you the gorey details.

After making a "sun" that I thought I could use, I could not figure out how to place it on the backing so I could bead around it.  I ended up breaking off some of the rays and refiring the piece, so that I could place it in the upper left hand corner.  That helped!

Once that was done, it was not difficult to figure out a beading design.  I wanted to show how HOT the month of July was and using all the "hot" colors was a no brainer.  These colors are not my favorite colors - as I'm a "cool color gal" by nature.  But once I gave myself permission to get wild and crazy it finally took shape.

So here is my July Bead Journal Project.   Not my favorite, but it does represent the very hot weather we experienced here in the high desert of Southern California.

You can view the work of other members of the Bead Journal Project by going to these links:

You won't be disappointed by all the creativity!  Happy Beading Everyone!


  1. Oh my. Just lovely. Dumb question, but I am a baby beginner, have yet to make my first beading project. What is a bead journal?

  2. O my gosh this is a gorgeous and colorful piece. It sure does look like a hot ray from the sun. Love it.

  3. This is gorgeous! I'm inspired by you! I'm so far behind, I think I still need to do June, that I gave up, but if you can do it so can I!

  4. It turned out beautifully! I love the colors. It is TOUGH to keep up with a monthly challenge like that.

  5. Thank you all for the encouraging comments. I might have given up if I didn't enjoy it so much. I love that I am learning and improving my bead embroidery skills.

  6. @Dianna, BJP is a group of beaders who agree to make one project each month using bead embroidery. There are no hard and fast rules and we are not beaten over the head if/when we don't finish on time! lol Here's the link to the group page:


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