Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Blue Shells

Blue Shell Rectangle Bracelet

This week’s bracelet was a bit of a last minute success. I was really sidetracked with other projects, and I needed a simple design that I could create in just a few days. While I was putting away shell beads from a necklace I had just finished, some blue mother of pearl rectangles jumped out at me.

I’ve only used them once before, in my SOS necklace, and since then I’ve been at a loss for what to use them for. Sometimes I wonder why I bother buying accent beads, since I don’t really do stringing, and I often have to hold on to things forever before an idea takes hold. Luckily, something usually comes along, and it often works out, too.

I was a little surprised by how easy it was to come up with a technique for using the rectangles after all this time, and I worried that it wouldn’t turn out as well as planned. I used a combination of right angle weave and ladder stitch to weave the shells together in a simply line, added a button, and voila! I’m actually quite happy with how it turned out., especially with the beachy combination of blue and topaz.

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  1. I love this bracelet! It's simplicity and straightforward design makes it elegant while still being cool and fun. Very nice!

  2. I often have the same problem with accent beads. I often have little use for them since I'm a seed beader at heart. This bracelet came out wonderfully!

  3. Beautiful! Sometimes simple is best. I struggle with accent beads, too. As I mostly use beadweaving techniques and make charm bracelets, I don't have a lot of need for them either, but they're still tempting sometimes.

  4. very interesting and beautiful work and it


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