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Retrospective, sort of

I dug through my stash of bead woven pieces and found some surprises.  I am sure there are pieces hiding in other places, which I will post at a later date, but for now this is what I found:

I remember really enjoying weaving this piece.  I made piles of 11/0 Delica beads in colors I thought might dance well together. Then I just wove various designs with these colors.  I had twelve spaces (because there were thirteen warps) to play with.  It’s amazing how many designs one can managed with just twelve spaces and bunch of colors.  I folded the button end over and sewed it to the back of the piece to disguise the warp ends (which were tied with overhand knots).  I buried those ends under the fold.  I then made a peyote tube and attached a tube to it for the button.  The triangle (which was made with a combination of peyote and herringbone stitch) buried the other end of the bracelet since it is actually two sided.

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I combined matt finish beads with metiallic finish beads so that the individual colors stand out.

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I stuck an interesting crystal to the end of the peyote tube.

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I don’t know if I could make that triangle again, but I sure do like the look!

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This next little gem is a one wrap bracelet made with beads and crystals.  I hadn’t figured out yet that the O-ring should be covered with hand painted silk.  I like the addition of crystals on all the warp ends.  It was the start of something beautiful (the crystal and bead wrap bracelets that followed).

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Wow, this is an old one.  The loom held four warps (which surround the square beads).  The trim on the ends (three size 11/0 beads) was put on as I wove.  I then somehow crossed the interior beads, which are all strung at once.  The warp was something fairly heavy like C-Lon beading cord 135.  I don’t know why it never became a kit.  Maybe it should!

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This bracelet is similar to the one above, but the inside rows are not crossed.

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I had been making a bunch of bracelets to put on a brass cuff.  But with this one I lined the back with ultra-suede (gets rid of all those pesky warp ends in a hurry plus is very comfortable to wear).

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This next one is a variation of the affinity bracelet theme.

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This funny little guy uses a silk covered O-ring as both button and closure.  I’ll try anything once.  I might even try this again.

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You know how much I love checkerboards!

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This is my latest bracelet (I made it yesterday) and it might want to become a kit.  Bicone crystals on a hand painted silk warp.  A few knots, a few more crystals, the usual hand painted silk covered O-ring (as well as warp) and pewter button.  I think it took me an hour to weave and about twenty minutes to finish.  Fun and easy.  Should it become a kit?

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4 Responses to Retrospective, sort of

  1. Kim - Reply

    October 31, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Yes I’d love that as a kit, it’s so pretty!

  2. Shannon - Reply

    October 31, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I love both the twisted bracelet and the quick and easy one that you said both could be made into kits … I’d love that as a kit too!

  3. Win Sinclair - Reply

    November 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I really liked the pewter.? Button closure on the last bracelet. Explanation please.
    Thanks….Win from Kingsville Ontario.

    • claudiachase - Reply

      November 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      The end that the pewter button goes into is an O-ring that I wrapped with silk. The O-rings are great because they, unlike let’s say a metal ring, can be slightly smaller than the button and therefore, and because they are elastic, they hold the pewter button really well. I have found the most difficult thing about closures for any kind of jewelry is that often they can undo themselves. With this system, that is never the case. Plus it’s really attractive since the silk on the O-ring matches the silk warp. This is now going to be my go-to solution for bracelet and necklace closures.

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