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Fafnir’s Tail bracelet

Fafnir's Tail bracelet

This bracelet was made during the Portland Bead Society’s annual bead retreat in Cannon Beach, OR. Darlene Fordyce taught the workshop. This is a clever right angle weave design with the middle row of dagger beads set in the opposite direction to the two outside beads. When the bracelet is fastened the ‘dragon scales’ lift up and create a pleasing effect.

Much knashing of teeth went into the making of this – sometimes a pattern comes quickly and begins to make sense early. Other times, such as this, my brain goes into meltdown mode and it doesn’t matter how many times I repeat the section it won’t stick.

Fafnir's tail bracelet open

The button was a fortuitous find and works perfectly with the colour of the beads.

Bead Soup Blog Party 8 – What I Made

These pieces are designed for the 2014 Bead Soup Blog Party 8 organised by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things. The reveal day is here. And these are the 2 pieces I created around the bead soup sent by Sally Russick.

Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Sally sent a ceramic decorative ring made by Jenny Davies-Reazor and I made it the focal of this bracelet.

The bracelet includes a tube of SuperDuo two hole beads in a really pretty stone colour, I used all of them except one! The spotted tile beads came from the stash I won from a Bead & Button magazine competition. Using peyote stitch I incorporated some brown size 8/0 picasso seed beads to make the bracelet strip. The toggle is made with the last 6 tile beads. Seriously – there are none left!

This is what it looks like laid out flat:

Flat view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Here are views from the back and top:

Back view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Top view of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet

Close-up of Stone Tile Superduo Clasp Bracelet claspAnd a close-up of the clasp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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″.

She also sent a Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp and these shiny bronze coloured dagger beads. So I found a range of silver seed beads in different sizes and some Czech fire polish crystals and made a cubic right angle weave beaded bead necklace.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - cubic right angle weave bead stitch, made with seed beads, daggers and crystals

The necklace is designed around this Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp.

You can see the cubic right angle weave chain which is made with a spiral pattern of gunmetal and silver size 15/0 seed beads.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - closeup of Swarovski crystal and sterling silver clasp

Here’s a closeup of the crystals in the beaded chain.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - close up of chain

The beaded bead is made with six sections of embellished cubic right angle weave joined with dagger beads.

Silver and red dagger beaded bead necklace - close up of beaded bead

Extremely fiddly to make but worth the effort.

The necklace is 25″ long.

Go and see what Sally made out of the bead soup I sent her – The Studio Sublime.

To see more work from the many jewelry artists who joined in go to this list – Bead Soup Blog Party 8 participants.

And for fun, go see what we made for last year’s party.