4 Days Working on One 2-Toned Design

I knew I wanted something different from the other triangle bracelets I made. And I wanted to experiment with the design.

After making six triangles in brown and beige 8/o seed beads, I got busy working on placement. Arranging. Rearranging.

First was brown on top, all triangles facing left.

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Half facing left, half facing right.

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Half with brown at top. Half with brown at bottom.

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Alternating the top and bottom colors.

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Even a necklace got tossed into the mix.

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After trying to stitch the triangles in a couple of the designs above, I finally decided on this look. Kind of looks like leaves. I took a ton of photos, but the beige seed beads came out yellowish. I’ll have to retake them.

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The chocolate Swarovski pearls, pretty though they were, ended up back in my stash. I tried and tried. But could NOT get them connected inside the triangle without a lot of beading thread showing. I tried a bead cap. I tried adding seed beads top and bottom. I tried a beaded fringe. You could still see my stitches above and below the pearl.

So…. no pearls. Maybe with smaller ones, it might have worked.

And you know what? I am so proud of myself. I thought of driving to the craft store to buy smaller pearls, but talked myself out of it. Make Do. Make It Work. Those are two things I have been repeating to myself lately. Use existing stash.

I always take notes as I create and I couldn’t believe it had taken me four days, on and off, to complete this bracelet. But it did. I am pleased with the end result so I guess it was worth it.

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4 comments on “4 Days Working on One 2-Toned Design

  1. Robbie payne says:

    The two tone is WONDERFUL! I made some of these to use on my BJP kite as the kite tails using 3 colors…but I really like the two tone for a bracelet! VERY nice.

  2. Crystal says:

    The combination of brown and beige looks so classy! I had an aunt that loved to wear browns with beige, ecru, taupe, camel, tan, etc. She always looked fabulous!

    It’s fun to see all of your variations for the triangles! 🙂

    The last one does look like leaves…. fall leaves maybe? 😉 (You know how I love autumn! lol) I’ll bet a bracelet using several of the brilliant fall colors along with brown would be stunning!

    • don_mae says:

      Thanks Crystal,

      The one I am working on now has lime, root beer, gunmetal and a clear crystal color. I am kind of stuck at the moment. Trying to decide on the clasp.

      With next year’s beading budget, I want to work with colors I don’t usually buy. Change up. More wine. And PURPLE. 😀

      And I need to start working more with 11/0 seed beads. I have a TON of them. Maybe I will list them on Etsy as Destash.

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