Well, it took me awhile to get back here to post again. I have been busy with stuff. . .family stuff.
First I want to say thank you to Mandy who does Beads for Brains: 365 who is such an inspiration! Here is a link to her site:
I have been enjoying beading lately. . . making a few new and, of course, some old bracelets. I love to bead and make almost anything but I guess bracelets are my favorite.
This week I went to my local bead shop and was inspired by a pattern "Circle Me Square Bracelet" which comes from Bead Culture Patterns. This bracelet is made with Tila Beads. Here is the link:
I wanted to know how to stitch the Dragon Bangle from the Feb 2011 issue. A friend and the shop owner recommended a link to Barb's Beading Thoughts http://barbsbeadingthoughts.blogspot.com/2011/03/dragon-bangle-bracelet-from-beadwork.html to help me with making the bangle. I fell in love with her creation . . . pinecones...well, who wouldn't? Tuesday night I began work on the Dragon Bangle.
I was working on the Bangle, which once you understand the bead orientation is much simpler and the next night was finishing up. Connecting the two ends doing a great job really got it tight and really indestructible when I noticed it was twisted. You think I would have checked. . . so I took that apart and am back at work on it again.
A favorite site that I have visited for years, is Eni Oken's Jewelry Lesson's dot com. http://www.jewelrylessons.com/ There seems to be an emphasis on wire work which I love but actually I do prefer bead weaving. They have a little of that too! I love to go there and get inspiration. It is a fantastic site for inspiration.
Ok. . .here is a bracelet that I love to make. It is a flat spiral weave with large pearls and some sparkly purple crystals...I am sure they are from China . . .and they are so pretty.