There’s new stuff on my Etsy store! Let me introduce you to my Herring Collection, a series of intricately beaded bracelets made with herringbone stitch. Right now there are four versions for sale with more to come.
(Click any picture to see a slideshow with commentary.)
The AB coating on the rectangular beads and the metallic stripe makes me happy.
I’m loving the new macro lens I got for my camera. Look at that detail!
Note the edging I added to this one. It was kind of difficult to do with those tiny beads, but I’m nothing if not stubborn.
I’m a suck for anything shiny. My husband sometimes calls me “Magpie Mae.”
So much metallic goodness. This one is definitely eye-catching.
The hook-and-eye clasp is beautiful AND pretty damn easy to fasten with one hand.
Yes, I can make classy stuff. I was surprised, too. This is by far the most elegant thing I’ve ever made.
The drape of this bracelet is incredible. I flows over the wrist like liquid.
This toggle clasp is made from stainless steel, which I find to be more hypoallergenic than plated base metal.
This more subtle look combines glossy olive green with metallic dark bronze.
The green beads are slightly transparent, so the color will depend slightly on what you wear underneath it.
Magnetic clasps are by far the easiest type to fasten. You’ll never have to ask for help to wear this bracelet.
To celebrate the launch, I’m participating in the upcoming Etsy sale! From August 31 to September 4, these bracelets will be 10% off. You can find the Herring Collection by doing an Etsy search for SkirkbucketStudio (one word) or by using these links:
Blue/Silver Herring Bracelet
Copper/Teal Herring Bracelet
Green/Silver Herring Bracelet
Olive/Bronze Herring Bracelet
EDIT: Now with pictures that don’t suck.
Last month I took a beading class at Spearit Beads in Albany, Oregon. The instructor, Darlene Powers, did a great job. (She teaches classes regularly in Albany and the Dallas Antique Mall. You can see samples for upcoming classes at either of those locations. Check it out!) We learned how to make a really nifty bracelet using two-hole beads.
As I am wont to do with a new craft, I went a little crazy after the class. I made a LOT of bracelets, you guys. I modified the pattern very slightly on some of them, because Gods forbid I actually follow directions. Here’s a gallery of just a few of them (click any picture to see a slideshow with commentary).
This is the bracelet that I made in the class I took. 10 points if you can find the extra bead I accidentally added.
Dat clasp, tho. Many thanks to Darlene for letting me raid her button stash.
Extreme closup of the weave. Those rectangles are Rulla beads, which have two holes.
This is a duplicate of the second bracelet I made. (I’m keeping the original for myself!) Same pattern with a couple of very minor adjustments.
The two-hole beads in this design are called “SuperDuos.” They fit together more snugly than the Rullas.
This fancy-pants toggle clasp works as a focal point when wearing the bracelet. It also adds a very satisfying weight to the design.
I went nuts and incorporated a stripe in this design. Also, who else really likes these slide clasps? They’re easier to close with one hand than a toggle or lobster clasp.
I took a risk pairing transparent beads with metallic opaque beads, but I think it paid off.
Similar pieces will be for sale on my Etsy site soon (along with all the other shit I keep promising). Right now I’m working on some super fancy versions for the Corvallis Art Center. More on that in a future post.