Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Spring Flowers

Spring Flower Bead Palette

As with any challenge, I started brainstorming for a year of bracelets right away, and planning ahead for upcoming designs. Not only do I want to stretch my imagination and come up with some new ideas, but I would also like to keep things interesting, and avoid repeating the same techniques, at least until they can seem new again.

One of the first ideas that came to mind when I was jotting down possible bracelet styles, was an extra large variation of my herringbone rings. I thought it would be really fun to make a large flower focal, and an extra long herringbone band to go with it.

I borrowed the flowery design from my Oasis ring, and used sunny yellow seed beads for the petals. Then I had to choose a second color for the band. I went with some pretty light amethyst seed beads, and an earth tone mix for the increase rows.

Spring Corsage Bracelet by The Sage's Cupboard

After I started working, I realized that a two-color palette would look even better, so I ditched the mix and stuck with purple and yellow. I love the way this particular shade of yellow brings out the Easter in other primary colors.

As with many first designs, my measurements and estimates were a little off. This beaded corsage only came in at about 6 inches, even with the clasp. I definitely want to make another one later this year, if only to get the sizing right!


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4 comments:

  1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun with this one.

    It's nice to have a sorta new idea, but know pretty much how it's going to turn out, so there's no pressure. You can just sit back and bead!

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  2. What a beautiful bracelet! Great colour!

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