My “What Have I Been Working On’s”

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Double Cross.

Doesn’t that sound delicious. Sinister. How about Double Daisy or Daisy Double? Or Double D’s. 😀

What would you name this peyote cuff bracelet?

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For this necklace set, my first thought was Pretty In Pink (and Peach).

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Both are original designs by This Year’s Dozen. Thanks for not posting or copying without my permission!!

Making Bracelet Button Closures

Lately, this is how I have been sewing flat bottom buttons onto my peyote bracelets. I didn’t always do it this way and worried about the strain and stress on the beads.

First, I do a test run to see exactly where the button should go. Which means I have needle and thread coming out of both ends of the bracelet. I decide on the numbers of beads needed for the loop at the same time I am selecting the button.

Once placement is out of the way, I reinforce the button-holding-beads.

Next, I build a pedestal.

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Depending on the thickness of the beaded loop, sometimes I go with two beads stacked. Sometimes just one. The height allows for easy on, easy off.

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I created this bracelet by starting off with “bead soup”, mixing together leftover beads.

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Just wanted to show you how I do it. How do YOU do it?

That is, add buttons to your beaded bracelets. 😀

Sea Pebbles Peyote Bracelet

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Got these seed beads last week from Auntie’s Beads. Granite Mix. 8/0’s. Lower left and center. As soon as I eyed them, I reached for my stash.

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Jackpot!! Ding, ding, ding..

One of the beads in this mix matched PERFECTLY with some I already had. The pretty turquoise ones with a hint of purple. See photo, upper left corner.

I was so excited, I started immediately. In my mind, the bracelet was already on my arm.

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SEA PEBBLES seemed like the perfect name for this bracelet. Like what you would see on the bottom of the ocean. Deciding on a closure was hard. I wanted a matching beaded tube toggle. I wanted to use a button from my vintage collection.

This button kept getting my attention. “Pick me, pick me.” And it has a nautical look to it. You can see what won out.

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The beads feel so smooth and silky. Bracelet is lightweight and comfortable. Not too tight or loose, just perfect. I love it!!


Go here for the Granite Mix.  Also check out their other beads.

http://www.auntiesbeads.com/Miyuki-Seed-Bead-Mix-Granite-80_p_344.html


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Original design by This Year’s Dozen. Please do not copy or post elsewhere without my permission. Thanks.

My “4 Days” Peyote Cuff Bracelet

Now, don’t laugh. It takes time to create!! It is frustrating at times. Exhausting even. But when the beads line up correctly, it is emotionally rewarding.

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Usually I start off with somewhat of an idea. Then it develops as I go.

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Shortly into making this peyote bracelet, I started seeing three layers connected to a beautiful 3-strand sterling silver barrel tube clasp. I couldn’t see beyond that. Hence, the extra time trying to make it work.

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It didn’t.

Sorry, I don’t have all the photos to support all the LOOKS I ended up with when it was 3 layers. Or when it was moving down to two. I guess I was too disappointed.

Here is what I ended up with. One layer. Or strand, if you can call it that.

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A bit of stringing wire to go with my diagonal peyote beadwork.

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Added a button closure and a few beads as dangling charms.

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Not bad, for 4 days!!


This design is a This Year’s Dozen original. Please do not copy or post anywhere without my permission. Thanks.