Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Spring Spiral

Spring Spiral Beadwork Bangle

When I started this weekly bracelet challenge, I knew it would only be a matter of time before I would make a Cellini spiral bangle. So, I thought I’d get it out of the way early, while I still had lots of beads to choose from.

I had to study my bead stash for awhile, before choosing just the right color combination. A spiral bangle requires as much as 11 inches of beadwork, which means lots and lots of 8/o and 6/o seed beads. I had to decide which colors I wanted to use up completely.

I started with canary yellow 8/o Miyukis. I had basically been saving up two 10 gram packs for just such a project. After I added some pink lined transparent blue 6/o beads, I could see a fun springtime palette emerging. So, I selected some aqua sea foam green 11/o’s. I keep these beads in my Blue and Purple bead tray, but against the other two bead colors, they are definitely an Easter green.

This bracelet finished up just in the nick of time. I had only one - one! - 6/o bead left when I joined the ends of the beadwork to form the bangle. I guess that means it was meant to be.

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9 comments:

  1. Wow, You are so very talented. I love this bracelet...gorgeous! The colours are beautiful, but it's the technique that really amazes me!

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  2. AHHHH Spring!! This is a beautifully stitched bracelet!

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  3. I love Cellini spirals and the colours in this one are gorgeous. I've done two so far and just went over the top with amounts of beads. Thanks for the tip about 11 inches of beadwork, it will help heaps in any I try in the future.

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  4. Are you going to do a tutorial for this one? I love your tutes! Thanks.
    SallyA

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  5. Wow..love the colors in this piece and the stitch!

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  6. Thanks everyone! I can't believe how long I put off using up those yellow beads. They were meant for this bracelet!

    I do have a spiral peyote tutorial on the blog, but perhaps I can add an amendment for zipping spirals up into bangles.

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  7. Do you mean the Cellini spiral is that same as the Peyote spiral? I have your peyote spiral tutorial. And love it!
    Thanks,
    SallyA

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  8. Typically, Cellini spiral is tubular peyote with a bead pattern of three 11/o, two 8/o, one 6/o, and two 8/o. These are double for the first row, of course.

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  9. Well, that's really interesting! Thanks, Mortira!
    SallyA

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