Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Stone Spiral

Stone Spiral Bracelet

This week I was in the mood to test out some of my newer 8/o seed bead colors. One of the prettiest stitches for larger seed beads is Russian spiral netting; the simplicity of the stitch allows the beads themselves to stand out, and makes it a great technique for mixing up colors and basic patterns.

I combined turquoise green and dark beige 8/o seed beads, and gave them a background of jet black. Alternating the bigger beads in each row gives a speckled, almost striped look to the bracelet. Although none of the beads have a Picasso finish, the texture of the beadwork and its colors almost has the same effect overall. Even with the flashes of bright green standing out starkly against the black, I find that it has an earthy quality - like a pebble on the beach.

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  1. Wow that's very nice - I see what you mean about the pebbly look. I've never done Russian spiral before, I should give it a go

  2. Totally agree Mortira. I thought it was picasso beads in the dashboard pic. You chose some lovely colors!

  3. It's gorgeous, Mortira! I love it and could definitely see picasso-finish on these! So cool. Are the black beads a smaller size? They look it but I can't tell if they are or just look it b/c they're black!

  4. I am weeks behind in my blog reading, so I am plowing through your past month of posts in a marathon session, Mortira, but I really like this color combo. And Russian spiral is one of my favorite stitches, too.

  5. I just love that bracelet! Especially how you did the clasp. I've been following your blog for some weeks now and it has been a source of joy (and yes, envy, since I'm just a beginner) for me everytime I visit. But this bracelet simply stands out.Sanni from Germany

  6. Can you please tell me the order of colours for this rope? I want to make a bracelet in similar pattern but different colours...

  7. It's been awhile, so I can't remember if this pattern is done with:

    A different color in each round of 8/0's: Start with 4 color A, then use 3 B in the next round, followed by 3 A, etc.
    Or alternating A and B in the first round, then using the opposite color each stitch in the following round.


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