Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Emerald Crystals Spiral Bracelet



I 'm so glad this morning to take photos of my 1st Crystal Spiral Bracelet I had finally finished last night. A Spiral pattern I saw from a book titled :

"A Beading Journey with Sheilah Cleary "

I had found this last piece of book accidentally in a bookstore at Funan The IT Mall on Tuesday last week while browsing on the magazine stand. I guess it was just meant for me to bring home !

This book with soft cover has inspiring Beautiful projects in it and I was so excited to make my 1st Spiral Bracelet with the basic steps on how to start the spiral stitch taken from the book while the rest I have to manage on my own. The designs looked quite complex but once you had started the pattern , you'll just keep repeating the same and the same method and array of beads over & over again until you reach the desired lenght of your bracelet. It was really easy in the end in fact !

I did a bit of Peyote Stitches & Ladder stitches in the ends where I connected the rings and the S- hook classp. While making Ladders, it is important that I had kept a good hold of the ladder as I progress. This kept gaps to a minimum. If I still have large gaps after finishing the ladder, and since I had used Delica Seed beads with good sized holes , I threaded back through all the rungs. This had straightened out the ladder a little.

I had added a beaded drop charm on one of the ends to give some extra weight to provide more ease when trying to close the bracelet. I had used Gold Plated over 925 sterling Silver S-Hook Clasp from Bali to hold the ends securely in place.

Bracelet measures approximately about 8" in lenght and 1.5cms wide.

Materials Used :

  • 180 pcs = 4mm Swarovski Bicone Crystal Beads
  • size 11 Toho Seed Beads ( in 2 different colors )
  • size 8 Transparent Gold Seed Beads
  • size 15 Mettallic Gray Delica Seed beads
  • 2 cms S-Hook Gold Plated Bali Silver Clasp
  • size D Nymo beading thread
  • size 12 Beading Needle

" It Stands out as a one-of-a-kind creation, with beads that vary in size being used to achieve the deep spiral grooves. Its unique construction makes it an ideal way to get away from the everyday " - By Gail Seidner