A few weeks ago I won a pattern from Marcy Abney, from La Bella Joya. I chose her Tumbling Tiles bracelet.
This was such an easy pattern to work. I loved working around the circle of the bangle. I made two versions. For the first one, I used matte black tilas on the inside and shiny black on the outside. I liked the bit of contrast.
As I worked through Marcie's design, I can tell a great deal of thought (and probably lots of trial and error) went into it. I love how this bangle keeps its shape. The embellishment is not only beautiful, but also functional. Plus, it worked up very quickly. I love instant gratification.
When I started my second bangle, I tought I would use the same color tila beads on the inside and on the outside of the bracelet. Unfortunately, I didn't quite have enough beads. I was about to head to the bead store when I reminded myself that I had all kinds of beads in the office. Was there any way I could make this work without buying more beads?
(Okay, I have to confess: that last part was for my husband. As a non beader, he wonders how I could possibly need more beads.) In this case, I decided to try something different rather than buying more tilas. After a bit of searching, I found some lovely round pyrite beads.
So, Tumbling Tiles became more of a Studded Round. Instead of embellishing the outside with tila beads, I used size 15 and 8 seed beads. There was just enough room in the center to add the pyrite.
Technically, this isn't a bangle. It doesn't have the stability in its core and doesn't keep its shape. The pyrite beads are a bit too heavy and the seed bead embellishment doesn't strengthen the bracelet like the tila beads do. I like how it looks, though, and may restring it and add a clasp.
Marcie, thank you again for the pattern. I love how easy it was to do and how versatile it is.