Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tutorial - Book of Kells Bracelet - The Chunky Version

In the pattern for the Book of Kells Bracelets I show how to weave Japanese seed beads, shank buttons, and thread into a few different bracelets.  Here is the chunky version, made with size 11° and 8° seed beads.  It's very flexible and substantial.
In contrast, this version is made with size 15° and 11° seed beads.  In either case, you can weave it in many different shapes because the pattern repeats like wallpaper.
This is the other side of the chunky bracelet.
With the bigger beads, you need fewer repeats, so it weaves up faster than the finer version. The techniques I used are variations of right angle weave and cubic right angle weave, but you don't have to know how to do those weaves to follow the tutorial because I show you how to do every step.  Here is a link to the Tutorial for the Book of Kells Bracelets if you want to learn how to make your own.  Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coxeter Beaded Bead in Aqua

Here's the latest piece of my bead mat, a Coxeter Bead. It's a little over an inch wide, quite hollow, and it has big holes for stringing it on cord. The symmetry of this piece makes me think of a virus.
The dominant color is the aqua bugles, and then I added matte blue half tila beads to soften the bright aqua.  The tiny drop beads inside the circles came from a mixed box of beads, and I separated the colors when I wove them into the beaded bead. 
If you'd like to learn to make your own, you're in luck because I wrote a tutorial that explains how to weave a Coxeter Bead.  Thanks for looking!
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