The first earring that emerged from Ruxi’s bead mat showed already what a beady mastermind she is! Tulip Bud beads are tricky to use: they are flat, but have only one hole, running from the top to the bottom. It means, that if you simply hang them, there will keep turning around. Ruxandra solved the challenge by creating a ‘bead of beads’ where the Tulip Buds can rest comfortably. Miyuki seed beads in complementing colours, but also some pressed glass, and at the top: an extra element, created from a pair of 5×10 mm glass navette cabochons in metal settings.
The bead artist from Romania is focusing on creating finished jewelry, and you can find many of her earrings, necklaces, bracelets in her Etsy Shop. But of course, we, beaders would like to know how the magical pieces are created! Luckily, we persuaded Ruxi to make a rare exception and she’s working on the tutorial for the Tulip Eye earrings right now It will be really nice learning experience, as Ruxi has a different technique of working with metal claw settings for cabochons than I do, and the ‘bed of beads’ created for the Tulip Buds and the cabochons are technically both very interesting.