Friday, October 2, 2009

New beading project

I've had bracelets on the brain the last few weeks and dug up some great patterns on the Bead and Button website. My latest is from the June 2008 issue: Even the odds by Pamm Horbit.

The bracelet is woven in a two drop odd peyote technique using 4mm square beads and size 11 seed beads. The author used a different technique for odd count peyote, but I found myself reverting back to old habits when making this bracelet.

The closure for the bracelet was very inventive and I was pleased to see it bring a new dimension to the piece. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the end of the bracelet is woven in square stitch using only seed beads and folded over to make a cuff for the gemstone to slide through. The gemstone is then secured using the loop on the other side of the bracelet.

I'm pleased with the finished product. The bracelet sets comfortably on my wrist and the gemstone dangles a bit, which gives a bit of movement to the piece. I'm happy with my color choices. The square beads have a pink/gold luster which compliment the dusty pink seed beads. The whole thing took maybe four or five hours to complete, which makes this an easy weeknight project.


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