Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Jewel Tones

Jewel Tone Glass Bead Palette

This month’s beading tutorial was a little sneak peak at bracelet #4. I made a whole bunch of tiny peyote tube beads in assorted colors for a fun little ladder stitch bracelet.

My Necklace a Day challenge helped me make a big dent in my bead stash as I geared up for year-end inventory. Even though I’m all done counting stock, I still wanted to move out some older supplies. I was in the mood to use up the last of my cat’s eye rectangles, so I put them on deck for this week’s bracelet.

I didn’t want to use them for an ice-inspired design, which seemed a bit too obvious, so I tried to think of different a way to compliment them. As I was pondering, they started to remind me of the gemstone beads used in leather wrap bracelets. So, I went through my seed bead stash and selected colors that would look good with white, and that would resemble semi-precious stones.

Jewel Tone Bar Bracelet by The Sage's Cupboard

I ended up with a palette of color lined wisteria, sea foam, jet, and gold lined amber. After all of the tube beads were complete, I stitched them to the rectangles, and added a button and square stitch trim. The bracelet turned out almost exactly as I had hoped. What a great way to finish the first month of the challenge!

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  1. Wow, that piece is amazing! I love how the black edging works.

  2. what a great, interesting way to use the rectangles! looks nice!

  3. VEry nice and I like the color combination!

  4. I love what you did with this one! WOW that is amazing!

  5. Thanks everyone!

    I don't know what it is about rectangle shaped beads. It takes forever to figure out how to use them, and then I have so much fun, I want more!


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