Monday, October 26, 2009

New Bangle Bracelets

I wish I had a more steady stream of stuff to "oooh" and "ahhhh" you with, but, here's the thing - I can't work on just one project at a time. That doesn't mean I'm juggling 6 needles with thread at one time though. Bead weaving is a time consuming endeavor - especially if you are working on a large project. I don't want to be looking at the same colors and doing the same stitch for endless hours, so I tend to change it up. It keeps my hands busy - but I don't necessarily finish one thing in an entire week. Wait a few weeks though, and I'll have 5 or 6 things finished. It comes in waves, comes in waves.
Maybe I should do a "work in progress Wednesday", or something like that. Would anyone like that - to see works in progress?
Ok on to the bracelets. Still enamored with right angle weave here. I have been playing with some other techniques, but was on a kick this weekend to finish these two bangles off.
This first one was the more time consuming of the two. It was the first of this style that I started off in size 11 toho seed beads. I think I'll be sticking to size 8's or 6's for the base of these from now on...11's just take so long to work in cubic right angle weave. It does look pretty neat though.
This second bracelet actually started out as a ring. But it just wanted to be a bangle. Perhaps now that the bangle is made I can go on to make a matching ring.
I have had some amazing strands of turquoise just begging to be made into something pretty. In addition to the gold fire polished Czech beads and the turquoise rounds, I used robins egg blue turquoise chips from the sleeping beauty mine in Arizona. Sleeping beauty turquoise is one of, if not the most desired turquoise, because of it's naturally blue color. Pretty, right?


Three Fates said...

Wow, both bracelets are stunning. I love the colors of the first one and I love the way the chips make the second one look. Can't wait to see the matching ring.

I love seeing works in progress.

bemese71 said...

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Split Rock Ranch said...

I love the second bracelet! I agree, I hate to do just one thing at a time so I usually have several projects or works in progress going on at the same time. 4 oz of fiber to spin and I'm soooo bored already!

randomcreative said...

LOVE the turquoise! The angles the stones create are wonderful!

I generally have at least two projects going at once as well. :)

Theresa said...

Both bracelets are gorgeous! I don't blame you for having a few projects going on at once, I'm the same. Now a "Work in Progress Wednesdays" sounds like it would be interesting. Show us what you are working on.