Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Daisy Patch Bracelet

Wild Daisies by Bill's LI Photos
Wild Daisies
Photo Credit: Bill'sLIPhotos.

Is it a coincidence that Earth Day falls during one of the greenest months of the year? What better time is there to think about our responsibilities to the planet? One look around is all it takes to see the wonderful gifts that nature provides - fluttering butterflies, singing birds, colorful flowers and lush, green plants.

The Inspiration:

I wanted to create a bracelet with a bright but simple spring theme, using green as a main focus. I decided to go back to an old design, and use the same technique behind my Mermaid Path bracelet. By using many shades of green with herringbone weave, I could create a base for some simple flowers, with pretty bead waves adding personality to the uncomplicated palette.

Daisy Patch Bead Palette

The Beads:

I started with 11/0 seed beads in transparent emerald, transparent rainbow lime green, and transparent rainbow medium green. I really love the shimmer of the transparent rainbow finish, and it adds a dew-like quality that’s just perfect for a spring flower patch. Then I selected some 6mm round beads for my flower centers - cats eyes in pink, yellow and purple. For petals, I grabbed some white luster 15/0 seed beads.

Daisy Patch Bracelet

The Beadwork:

I started by creating a handful of beaded flower beads, using leaf fringe and brick stitch to shape the white petals. Once I had a bunch, I used the green seed beads to make the herringbone base. Because the flowers are so large, it’s hard to see the wavy shape created by the herringbone increases. I had been looking forward to the swirling appearance, but now I think that flat rows of green are a better background for a patch of colorful daisies.

I would like to thank Artbeads.com for providing the TOHO™ seed beads used in this piece. Inspirational Beading has not received paid compensation for including Artbeads.com products or reviews in this blog post. I have shared my honest opinions about the products used in this design.

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1 comment:

  1. oh very pretty! i love all the detail you captured! ;)

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