Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Double Double

This week I have another pair of bracelets to share, because I just couldn’t stop at one. You may have already seen a sneak peek at the first bracelet in yesterday’s chevron chain tutorial. I decided to make a second bracelet for two reasons. First, I was way too excited about the new Tila technique to wait until next week to share it with you, so I had to make another as a surprise. And, while I was working on the tutorial, I noticed something interesting about the pattern in the beadwork.

Blue and Beige Tila Cuff


Luckily, I had just the right color of Tilas to make my idea work. These beads have been so versatile, even though I only have the two shades to work with. If you’ve been thinking about trying out Tilas, but don’t care for the price tag, I can assure you that one packet can go a long, long way.

So, I was looking at the interesting honeycomb shape of the first Tila cuff, noticing something funny about the shapes within the beadwork, and pondering how I could best take advantage of those shapes with the right combination of colors. It took some planning, some frogging, and eventually a leap of faith, but I ended up with a wonderfully spooky seed bead spinal column.

Vertebrae Chevron Cuff


I’m even happier with the second bracelet, and not just because of the fun theme. I love the different look that the netting takes on with the pattern and color change, and it leaves me wanting more. I have put at least one more Tila double chevron cuff on my to-do list.

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8 comments:

  1. Es un diseño en el que cualquier color queda precioso.Mil felicidades

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  2. What beautiful bracelets, Morti! The "spinal" one is sooooo much fun! Am glad you took that leap!

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  3. Wow, that is such a stunning color layout. I also noticed the honeycomb effect last night. Really cool pattern!

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  4. Both of these bracelets are really fun! Thanks for the tutorial yesterday, too.

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  5. What beautiful bracelets, Mort! The "spinal" one is so much fun! Am glad you took that leap!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  6. Thanks everyone! Chevron chain is quickly becoming my favorite 'fun' stitch. I love how quick and easy it is, and the pattern possibilities are so exciting!

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  7. Hey! I love your little beaded button for the closure. Where can I find directions for that?

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  8. Thank you, evalley! I do have a PDF tutorial for my favorite button and toggle closures, which you can find here:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/sagescupboard?section_id=7382948

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