Here it is laid out – the bracelet is made with separate beaded components woven together with a snap closure.
I always make several versions of my bead patterns. This is a shiny gold option made from the Pebble Bracelet pattern. This one is made with gold coloured seed beads, and amethyst and gold coloured fire polished crystals.
If you would like to make this bracelet – in whatever colours you chose – go buy the pattern.
Back in 2012 Beadwork magazine celebrated their 15th anniversary by presenting a challenge. They offered 4 months of beaded bead patterns and we had to come up with our own colour choices and design a piece of jewelry using the beads. The original piece I created was VASTLY too complicated and was basically a mash up of a needlecase necklace and this beaded bead necklace.
Eventually the penny dropped and I realised I needed to simplify the necklace – which I did – and it’s a better piece for the reduction.
Made with seed beads, pearls, tila beads, and semi precious rounds. The chain is in herringbone stitch and woven with cobalt delicas. I love the contrast of the bright blue with the warm browns and creams of the beads.
Here are close ups of the individual beads:
I didn’t win a place, not surprisingly seeing as the original necklace was totally over-worked, but in its simpler version I bet I would have!
I love unexpected surprises when I wear jewelry and having the clasp in front is fun. This Burgundy and olive necklace has a spiky focal made with a glass spike, seed beads and Swarovski crystals. It’s fastened with a snap clasp.
Here it is unsnapped.
The diamond shapes in the chain give it a nice textural effect. The necklace is 27 inches long from end to end when unsnapped.
A delicate lavender coloured twisted peyote chain holds a simple pendant with dangling dyed freshwater pearls. The pendant is made with seed beads, Swarovski pearls and crystals. The chain is approximately 26 inches long.
Unbelievable! I need to take a year off to put this together……
Go ahead – you want to make a Big Beaded Dragon?
Seriously – this is beautiful. And there are other creatures just as amazing. And tutorials. You could spend your life working on these fabulous works of art.
A beaded, knitted amulet bag, made with seed beads, cloisonné beads, and white pearl cotton.
Just over 17″ long. The bag is approximately 2½” by 2½” at the longest points.
These stone donuts are always so pretty. Add a simple spiral chain and a peyote bail and you have yourself a teal donut necklace.
Another in my series of knitted amulet bags. This one is simple – a blue bag with a looped fringe and a chain made with seed beads and semi=precious round beads.
It’s about 17½” long and the bag is approximately 1¾” by 1¾” at the longest points. I often tie a knot in the chain at the back of my neck to get the length right.
These amulet bags were all the rage – perhaps not so much now, but still sweet. This little green bag is a about 18 inches long. Made with pearl cotton, glass seed beads, semi-precious stones, and a glass focal bead.