As I work on expanding the various styles of jewelry I create, I am continually amazed by all the intricate and beautiful things you can do with seed beads. The very first woven bracelet I ever made was done in a flat weave that the instructor called a "sidewinder". I picked it up quite quickly and made tons of bracelets, giving them all away as gifts. I soon found out that, when you vary the size of the beads you are using, and you vary the type of beads as well, things look totally different!
The bracelet on the right was done in a sidewinder (flat) weave. It is delicate and light on the wrist. The Swarovski crystals in the center are 6mm bicones, and the seed beads on either side are size 11. This is the first size I learned to make. Because of the size of the beads used, this piece looks very intricate, and in fact, it is!
The lower bracelet was made using the exact same weave, but with large 10mm calcite beads in the center, and the side beads are 6mm seed beads. What a size boost, and you can definitely tell this is a chunky bracelet just by looking at the picture!
The beads in both of these examples, in fact in everything I weave, are put in place with a beading needle threaded with fireline, which is a jewelry-grade version of fishline. It comes in colors, but I usually stick with white, crystal. or black.
Maybe you are interested in learning how to weave a bracelet! If you are, you can check out the various videos on YouTube, or you can check at your local bookstore for magazines/books that have instructions in them. Don't think you have to take a special class to do this! Be prepared, however, to become addicted to making these, because there is a world of color available in seed beads and you will never, NEVER run out of fun combinations! You will soon have a "stash" of beads to work with as your abilities and your need for colors expands.
I will continue to share on here some tips and info on jewelry making. Building my business has been my main topic, but it would make me very happy to know that maybe something I share here will help someone to tap into their creative side and begin making their own accessories, and gifts for others.
Next time I stop in here I will talk about my second weaving love, SPIRAL WEAVE!