Having gotten excited about bead embroidery (wasn’t keen at one time but my Triffid got me into it), I decided to make one of those amazing bead embroidered cuffs. Am very happy with how it turned out.
Here are some other views:
The cuff is embroidered with a handmade ceramic focal made by Jenny Davies-Reazor, crystals, and glass beads. This covers a copper cuff and is lined with faux leather.
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:
And both sides opened up:
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:
You might want to make one of these yourself, in which case hie on over to Hummingbeads and email for a kit.
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.
I am totally enamoured with the Picasso finish on many styles of beads. This bracelet uses seed beads and fire polish crystals. They are such lovely earthy colours and together they make a subtle statement. This bracelet is fastened with a snap clasp and is made with 8 components and 2 end circles for the snaps. I like working in components as it means you can take your work anywhere and make one piece at a time before putting it together.
If you would like to buy this pattern you can find it under Pebble Bracelet or the Pattern section of my beadwork website.