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.