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Reversible Gladiator Cuff by Hummingbeads

Reversible Gladiator Cuff

Reversible Gladiator Cuff

How many times do you hear people tell you they started a project years ago and still haven’t finished it? UFO’s I believe they are called – or Unfinished Objects. Hmmph.

Well I am certainly one of the people who says this. As the Reversible Gladiator Cuff can attest to. This was begun several years ago at a Bead and Button class given by the Hummingbeads Sue Jackson and Wendy Hubick. I loved the idea of getting 2 bracelets for the price of one. And I alao thought it was a very clever pattern.

Down the road I’m just glad I finished the blasted thing. It seemed to go on forever with lots of little components. Fiddly sew on snaps etc. I really couldn’t believe it when it was done. And I almost still can’t believe it when I see it on my wrist!

I would say quite honestly it’s a classic piece of jewelry and can be worn with anything, anywhere. Worth making the effort as you’ll probably use it a lot.

The reverse side looks like this:

Reverse of Reversible Gladiator Cuff

Reverse of Reversible Gladiator Cuff

And both sides opened up:

Reversible Gladiator Cuff opened - pearls

Reversible Gladiator Cuff opened – pearls


Reversible Gladiator Cuff opened - crystals

Reversible Gladiator Cuff opened – crystals

The worst part was sewing the snaps into the band. Phew. Hard work. But it makes a nice concealed clasp and boggles my mind how it works – but it does. Sort of like one of Eschers paintings…..

Here’s the clasp:

Sew in snap clasp

Sew in snap clasp

You might want to make one of these yourself, in which case hie on over to Hummingbeads and email for a kit.

Versailles Cuff – beaded bracelet designed by Melanie Potter

Versailles Cuff - beaded bracelet designed by Melanie Potter

Versailles Cuff – beaded bracelet designed by Melanie Potter

Such pretty colours! This is a gorgeous bracelet designed by Melanie Potter. I took a class with her when she visited the Portland Bead Society back in October 2015.

I really wanted to finish this because…… well, I wanted to wear it!

Very detailed and time consuming but just beautiful. The clasp is pretty interesting – a real fiddle to put together. It might help to have someone else put the bracelet on for you but I have found a way to do it myself.

The cuff is made with seed beads, delicas, Swarovski crystals and pearls.

This is the back:

Versailles Cuff back

Versailles Cuff back

And this is what it looks like laid out flat:

Versailles Cuff laid out open

Versailles Cuff laid out open

Cobalt Picasso Tile Superduo Bracelet

Cobalt Picasso Tile and superduo bracelet with ceramic clasp. Beadwork - peyote stitch. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Can you tell I like making these bracelets? I’ve made them in 3 different colorways and I’ve still got some more ideas. The new picasso finish – which is turning up on all types of beads – really appeals. And when they are paired up with peacock tiles – well……., yum.

Flat view of Cobalt Picasso Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

This is what the bracelet looks like lying out flat. It’s 8″ long from the tip of the toggle to the clasp, and is 1″ wide. It fits a wrist diameter of just over 7″.

Back view of Cobalt Picasso Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Here’s a back view so you can see how pretty the beads are together.

Top view of Cobalt Picasso Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

And this shows you the lovely ceramic clasp made by Jennifer Davies-Razor.

Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Here is a tile superduo clasp bracelet in another colourway. I am thoroughly enamored with the new picasso finish on today’s beads. And I like the peacock finish on tiles and drops. In this instance the turquoise superduo double hole beads go with the slightly greenish, creamish, brownish picasso tile beads.

I think it has something to do with the earthiness – the beads look like polished stones.

Back view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Back view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

And of course, it is all helped along by using one of Jenny Davies-Razor’s ceramic rings. Again, total love affair going on here.

Top view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Top view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Just can’t stop photographing this thing.

Top view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

Top view of Turquoise Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

The bracelet is 8″ long from the tip of the toggle to the clasp, and is 1″ wide. It fits a wrist diameter of just over 7″.

And don’t forget it comes in Stone.