I fnished this Friday night, and must say, I am quite pleased with it. The pattern is from the most recent issue of Beadwork or Bead & Button, I’m too lazy to look it up right now I don’t remember which.
Since my cubes were larger than the crystals, I had to add in some small (size 13°) spacer beads to fill the gaps. I think this enhances the color, and give the overall piece a bit more depth.
The edge is a standard picot, with crystals and regular seed beads.
Crystals and hex beads both have sharp edges, which are prone to cutting regular nylon beading thread. I used 6# Fireline to do the stitching. Yes, this is the very same Fireline that’s found in your local sporting goods store, in the fishing aisle. It’s used with fly rods, but has migrated to the beading world with great ease.
This bracelet closes with a big snap! Literally, and figuratively.
If you look closely at the top picture, the bracelet seems to have a wave effect, and it does indeed. The sections that are embellished form gentle curves. Like the various shiny and matte finishes, this adds to the overall interest.