Thursday, January 15, 2009

Retro Swirls

I've been wanting to do a swirly bracelet for quite some time now. Before the holiday rush I sketched up a pattern in my bead pattern software - kind of like a "paint" program with a built in stitch graph. At first I was planning on listing the bracelet in my etsy shop, but sometimes the universe has other plans for us. I spent WAY much more time on this cuff than I wanted to. I made the mistake of starting with a thread that was a little thicker than I should have used. It worked, oh yes, but at a price. I broke a good 3 or 4 beads, which means having to weave back through again to add your bead and hide the thread. Because I took a while to make it, AND because I broke some beads, I'll be keeping this one (oh *darn*) and filing it under "learning experience".
I may use the pattern again to make another, in different colors no doubt, but this red, gold, and black "Retro Swirls" bracelet sits comfortably on my wrist...right now, as I type actually!


14 comments:

Three Fates said...

Oooh, I love this cuff, very cool!

tstreasures said...

Gorgeous, love the design and colors you used. Bead woven cuffs like this are one of my favorites.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Beautiful :)

Dave Robertson said...

Hi Beaderjojo, what a great looking, stylish piece of beading there! You're to be commended. Thanks for posting it. :)

--Dave
at Rings & Things

Waterrose said...

Oh how lovely!

Triz Designs said...

Very nice! i love the colours and shine to it!

storybeader said...

great design - very unique!

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Susan

Caroline said...

Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous.

I don't have the patience to make such things.

Ravyn said...

Wow, that's some amazing contrast.

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Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

Great design. So beautiful!

Lisa said...

Wow, I love this cuff! I have a thing for swirls and retro and this is PERFECT! You must have a lot of patience!!! Take care, Lisa C.

Ayie said...

Looks like a very nice place to visit. The cuff is nice too.