Salmon Geranium bracelet

Salmon Geranium Bracelet - delicas, seed beads and fire polish crystals, peyote stitch. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Salmon Geranium bracelet

Peyote stitched with delicas, seed beads, and fire polish crystals this cute bracelet takes it’s colours from the Salmon Geranium which flowers during the Summer. Part of a series of jewelry inspired by my garden.

6 1/2 inches around.

Salmon Geranium Bracelet - delicas, seed beads and fire polish crystals, peyote stitch. Opened up. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Salmon Geranium bracelet opened

Here is the bracelet opened up showing all the colours of delica beads.

Salmon Geranium.Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Salmon Geraniums from my garden

I do love the traditional classic red geraniums but my real love is for orange, tangerine and salmon colours. A whole section of my garden, which can be viewed from my studio window, is filled with a variety of these and they give me such joy.

Monsella Tulip Bracelet

Monsella Tulip bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke. . Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Monsella Tulip bracelet by Rose Rushbrooke

This bracelet is part of a series I am working on which involve flowers from my garden. In Spring these gorgeous tulips burst up out of a container and made me so happy. The bracelet is cheerful too!

Monsella Tulip. . Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Monsella Tulip

It’s fastened with a magnetic clasp so when it is closed you can’t see where the bracelet begins or ends.

Monsella Tulip bracelet opened. https://www.roserushbrooke.com/beadwork/bracelets/botanical-series/monsella-tulip-bracelet/monsella-tulip-bracelet-open.jpg
Monsella Tulip bracelet opened

Measures around 6 1/2 inches, made with 15 different coloured delica beads, seed beads and fire polished crystals.

If you want to make your own there is a pattern available.

Beaded Bead Necklace

Beaded bead necklace. Beadweaving - seed beads, pearls, tila beads, and semi precious rounds.
Beaded bead necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

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:

Beadweaving - seed beads and semi precious rounds. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Beaded bead 4 by Rose Rushbrooke
Beaded bead 3 - seed beads, pearls, and semi precious rounds. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke
Beaded bead 3 by Rose Rushbrooke
Beaded bead 2 - seed and tila beads. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke
Beaded bead 2 by Rose Rushbrooke
Beaded bead 1 - seed beads and a crystal center. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke
Beaded bead 1 by Rose Rushbrooke

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!

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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