Ah yes, all those bright beaded pieces. Where ever have they gone?
This bracelet is a thank you gift for someone who helped me out a while back. She has a darker more goth sensibility. I hope she likes it.
Two different types of purple two-hole crescent beads, mixed with black crescents and bars. The magnetic clasp is gunmetal.
The bracelet is simple stringing, though you have to be careful to keep the crescent beads properly aligned. Those curvy little devils like to turn backwards, which I usually don’t discover until I’ve gotten several more beads away. Who me? Pay attention?
Purple, Magenta, Green. The first flowers poking through the snow. Days are getting longer. The sun is rising earlier, setting later.
More experimentation with the bead loom. The base of the bracelet was woven using 10° delicas. It was fun both because it went quickly and helped expand my horizons.
The little flowers are matte green o-beads and sparkly magenta 15°s. The magentas also make up the picot edge. The whole band is wrapped through a pair of hammered gunmetal D rings, snicked with a magnetic clasp.
Interlocking two holed beads, a mix of bar and crescents, create a sea-glass colored bangle.
This was a lot of fun to make, though it would have to be worn by a large-boned person. Truth be told, I got a little carried away. I kept beading and beading and beading then realized still needed to wrap the tail to the head. In short – A Big Bangle.
Even though it’s composed of tiny little beads, the overall bracelet is quite substantial. It’s not floppy at all, but instead quite structural and solid.
For Christmas Prince Charming gave me a bead loom. Given my textile background, when I started reading about them, they became most interesting.
I present the initial bracelet. I must say, once the first two to three rows are in, projects work up very quickly! Until the last two rolls, which take a bit of coercion. Not bad for a first attempt using size 8° seeds.
This one doesn’t fit me in the least, being waaay too large. But it will fit someone. I learned a lot, which was the whole purpose. I can see beading this way as being a much quicker means to an end; creating beaded bases on which to embellish.
I had a lot of fun making this bracelet.
It was a chance to use some of the two-hole crescents, as well as other two-holed brick and slice beads that I had acquired.
The stitching is fast and simple, though as always with two-hole shaped beads, one must pay attention lest you have to take things apart because they’re facing the wrong direction.
The colors are very rustic. The clasp is embossed and magnetic, which makes it an easy-on / easy-off bracelet to wear.
This is the first piece of jewelry I have made that Prince Charming said he would wear, if it didn’t have a heart for a clasp. I am deeply honored. That is high praise indeed.
After nearly a month in the creative weeds, things seem to be picking up. Which is not to say that I made this bracelet during that time. I did it before the holidays, then had to wait for the clasp to ship from overseas. And wait. And wait.
I’m glad I did. The clasp is magnetic, which means you don’t need a third hands help fasten the bracelet.
The beads are 10° delicas. I was going for an ombre effect, shifting the colors from dark to light. This was a component-ized piece. Each triangle was stitched, then they were stitched together with beady hinges. Dark brown lentils accent the corners…because they can!
A very solid, architectural bracelet.
It’s always amazing how a change in bead color presents a totally different piece. This bracelet uses the same beading path with long magatamas, druks and various seed beads, but looks nothing like Dark Star.
It reminds me more of the false-colors that astronomical photos of far-away nebulae present – all swirly, sparkly and ethereal.