Ruffles and Pearls Cuff Bracelet

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For some reason, my latest designs have been taking not just hours, but DAYS. And it is not even like I am switching from project to project due to boredom. Like I used to do. I am actually working on the same piece. Hours here, hours there.

Sometimes I am tempted to start on something equally delicious. I think about my next design and assorted color combos. But… I keep going.

Just finished this bracelet I am calling Ruffles and Pearls. My original design.

I started off with triangles. YIKES!! I am still stuck on triangles. πŸ˜€

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The plan was to make two, stitch them up and add a cute little triangle clasp. But the triangles only measured 5″.

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So…. I ended up with two partial triangles and a hexagon in the middle. Trying to make it longer. (You can see that cute little triangle clasp in this photo. It didn’t work. Too tiny.)

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This is the plain version.

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Here is the Ruffles (fringe) and Pearls version.

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Front view standing up.

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Around the wrist.

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The backside. I love this view. Looks like an apron tied from the back.

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And this is how it WOULD have looked.

With black roses. I was going to do a black beaded toggle bar to bring in the black.

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With large silver buttons. I really liked this look and would have gone with it had I had a 3rd button. I wanted one for the clasp closure. But only had the 2.

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Even thought of using this burgundy Jasper gemstone. Wouldn’t this stone be pretty as a cabochon?

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But my creative vision kept searching for the “right” look. And I found what I was looking for right there in my stash.

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Question for you…

Would you have used any of the unused ideas?

Green Necklace Finished And 2 Bracelet Glimpses

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Lime Ice. Button Spools. Sliding Buttons. Bottoms Up.

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Whatever I end up calling this necklace and earring set… it is done. I think.

Right now, it has two looks. The larger beads slide across the seed beads. Separate the copper spacers at the bottom, hold up and the beads slide down. Wear the clasp at top or bottom.

The lobster claw, with beads, buttons and copper, can be removed and connected between the spacers or attached to the toggle clasp.

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Or used separately as a keychain charm or purse charm.

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The reason I said, I think I am done, is that I may add a string of tiny lime seed beads going in and out of the “open” button holes. Stringing wire is only strung through one hole.

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Wow!! Look at those earwires. Way huge. Larger than I usually work with. But I like them. They make a statement.

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Well, that’s it for the necklace. I ended up not using the wire cages or the hearts.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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Here’s an update on the Bead Soup Bracelets I am making.

Royal Blue Bracelet Glimpse

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Topaz Bracelet Glimpse

If things go as planned, this will take weeks, maybe a month. πŸ˜€

I want to go in and out of each hole TWICE with fringe and space the larger glass topaz beads within the seedbeads.

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OK. That does it. One down. 2 to go.

And what have you been making lately?

My β€œWhat 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. πŸ˜€

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!!

My β€œ4 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.

Patterns for Peyote Heart Cuff Bracelet

Here are two patterns to make your own peyote heart cuff bracelet. I started with a base row of 12 size 8/0 seed beads.

First pattern is for one heart. Just keep repeating the pattern to create as many hearts as you want. Put as many background rows as you wish before and after each heart.

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The second pattern has hearts in an up and down formation.

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After finishing peyoting to the length I wanted, I added a single row of the background color at the top and bottom using brick stitch. That allowed the hearts to stand out and not fall off the edges. You don’t have to add the additional rows if you don’t wish.

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As you can see in this last photo, the bracelet isn’t finished yet. I haven’t added the additional top and bottom rows of brick stitch. So this is how it looks before adding them.

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If you have trouble making out the patterns, I can e-mail them. Have fun!!


Go here to print out a peyote graph.

http://www.spiritconnectionstore.com/peyote-graph.htm

Making Peyote Heart Cuff Bracelets

Tuesday, September 23

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My favorite part of the day is deciding what to work on. As you know I am trying to use my existing craft supplies and stay out of craft stores. And since I love peyote beading that is what I have been doing. No surprise there!! LOL!!

Always on the lookout for something new and different, I found a heart online and plotted it out on peyote graph paper. So that is what I have been making… heart bracelets. I wish there was a way to make the heart rounder.

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Next I am going to do a few with hearts facing in opposite directions. Making these bracelets should be fast and easy but with the irregular shapes and sizes of seed beads, each bead has to be examined before I use it. That part takes forever. But I would rather do that than be unhappy with the outcome.

I learned something new while making these bracelets. Decrease peyote stitch. It was easy. I used it for all of these bracelets. I like how the ends look finished. The “high” beads aren’t sticking out.

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I am using size 8/0 seed beads. In the colors I have. I could bead all year and still not make a dent in my seed bead stash.

Supplies Used for the Clasp

  • 6mm & 7mm sterling silver jump rings 18 gauge
  • Swarovski crystal donut rings
  • Bar with crystal ends
  • Crystal heart charms
  • 6mm silver plated jump rings 20 gauge
  • Silver plated toggle clasp

I Have Gone Peyote Cuff Bracelet Crazy!!

Wednesday, September 17

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While going through my beading supplies trying to decide what to work on next, I came across two unfinished bracelet “baggers”.

Meaning they didn’t end up matching the picture floating around in my brain so they were bagged and forgotten about. And as soon as I saw them, an idea popped into my head. This time I knew exactly how to finish them.

Add buttons!!

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I loved how they turned out so I made TWO MORE. This color is called Root Beer.

Then I made even more…. in green, brown and lavender.

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The lavender leaf charm bracelet looks really nice on top of the cuff bracelet. Two bracelets worn together. Sounds weird but oh so cute.

See… I told you I had gone cuff bracelet crazy.

Peyote Beading and Following a Graph Design

Wednesday, September 17

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Slow going. Really slow.

I saw a bracelet in one of my craft books and wanted to try it. BUT… being the “can peyote in my sleep” type of beader, I never attempted it since I would have to plot it out first on graph paper. And then follow it!!

Yesterday I decided to go for it.

I searched online and found several sites with peyote graphs. Coloring the circles with marker pens was the easiest part. Following it and staying the course proved a bit harder. I read all the tips and tricks on how to follow a design. I found simply drawing a line through the row after completing it helped some but talk about eyes going crossed!! It was really slow. What should have taken about an hour took 2 1/2 hours.

Right now it measures 7″. I haven’t decided how to finish it off. I am leaning toward adding a pretty flat large light green button on one end and making a simple beaded loop. Or I may add a barrel sliding clasp. I like it and plan to make another one using this pattern. Then I am going to be brave and create my own design.

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Bracelet was created using flat even count peyote. Base row of 12 beads. Then I added one single row of brick stitch so I could continue the green color at the bottom. Original pattern only had green beads on one edge. I also added the trees on the left and right. I do that a lot, change up stuff as I work.

Supplies used:
8/0 seed beads in bronze, root beer and light green
Nymo thread
Size 12 beading needle

More photos.

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Cuff Bracelet and Ohhh My Aching Hands

Tuesday, June 24

Here is my cuff bracelet I made in Monday’s class.

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This is my second bracelet made from sterling silver. My first was back in December 2007. The design for that one was diamond shaped with large crystals.

I don’t know if I am cut out for this but I wanted to try it again. My hands ached then and my hands ache now. All that wire straightening, bending, pulling and wrapping. I am going to have to figure out a way to lessen the wear and tear on my hands. Maybe wear gloves.

In class, I had a choice of either the turquoise and bronze above or a mix of bright colors. The sample bracelet used turquoise beads, bronze pearls and 4mm bicone crystals in turquoise and topaz. So I used it as my guide while making mine.

Two different gauges of sterling silver wire were used. 16 ga for the base and 24 ga for wire wrapping.

First, the base was made from 16″ 16 gauge wire. Straightened, bent, cut and shaped to fit my wrist. Then cut ends were wrapped with 24 gauge wire. Next, beads, pearls and crystals were added. Inside base space only allowed for 3 sometimes 4 pieces. I had to constantly be aware of the “shape” of the base and not pull too tight when wrapping or the center would pull in and distort the bracelet frame. I am thinking of inserting a piece of wood next time to maintain the shape.

Finished bracelet measures 6 3/4″ length and 5/8″ width. 101 beads, pearls and crystals were used. It weighs 8 oz.

I am somewhat pleased with the outcome though I do not like how the wire overlaps where the base wire ends connect. I need to work on ways to disguise that area better. If you look closely, it looks kind of messy. (So.. don’t look too closely. πŸ˜€ )

July will be the month for me to work on my wireworking skills. I am switching Embroidery Month with Wireworking Month. I will probably take a few more classes to help me get started.