Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Watermelons


When I first launched the tutorial for my Wavy Wedges bracelet design, I asked readers to share some ideas for using the flip-flop pattern of seed bead rows and panels. I was thrilled with all of the unique suggestions, but a little surprised that watermelons wasn’t one of them!

I’ve been sitting on the idea to use the shapes as fruit slices for a long time. It’s a relief to finally get to try one out. I knew for certain that a watermelon pattern would be one of my weekly bracelet projects, but other ideas kept getting in the way.

I finally got around to penciling in this bracelet. Coming up with just the right pattern for the black ‘seeds’ was the tough part. I kept grabbing the nearest piece of paper and doodling little rows of circles, and coloring them in at different intervals.

Watermelon Bracelet

Because it’s so hard to tell how the rows will look until they are all in place, I tried out several different patterns and alternated them. If I had to do it over again, I would stick with one or two - the simple triangle patterns that sit right in the middle of the wedge.

Still, I’m happy with the way this piece turned out. The hot pink seed beads remind me of watermelon flavored bubble gum and jump ropes. Now I can’t wait for summer!

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  1. That is so cool and pretty! I love it.

  2. Love it! It feels like summer to me!

  3. Yummy !! how creative!! Great job,


  4. I love your color combination. The inspiration from watermelon turned out beautiful, yummy, summery and cool.

  5. Oh please make a tutorial for this! I would love to make it! What a fun bracelet for a summer picnic!

  6. Thanks everyone! The pattern is identical to the original "Wavy Wedges" design from my tutorial shop. I only had to fudge the strand lengths a little because I was mixing Tohos and Miyuki seed beads. I'm glad it turned out okay!


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