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