I kept fixating on the clay beads that are on sale at the www.caravanbeads.com site. I knew they could be used in an affinity bracelet. So I finally took a break from getting ready for the Craftsy video and ordered and then wove those beads. I used a very thin tapestry needle to string them onto the silk thread. They have huge holes (I am using the 2mm by 4mm beads). I love the look. It is kind of funky but also very colorful. Instead of making a peyote stitch clasp, I simply tied a piece of suede cord around the the over lapped braided silk ends. Works great and fits in with the overall design.
|I used the blue, terra cotta and light green beads . . . they come in lovely muted colors.|
|The clasp could not have been easier to make!|
Elena suggested I try to make a bangle on the loom. At first I was going to try to do it with beads, but then I got fascinated with the idea of doing it with silk thread and a few beads. My idea was that I would weave an eight bead wide and silk tapestry piece using the No Warps Ends Kit and softflex beading wire and then roll it up and sew the sides together. I thought it would make something rounded and bangle-like. The mistake I made was to use two cut beads which resisted rolling up. Next time I will use size 11/0 seed beads.
Bangle for the wrist? I am not sure. It’s a little bulky. Plus I didn’t make it big enough so that if I had sewn the ends together it would have struggled getting over my hand.
I had purchased some thin, flat leather cord a while back. I had tried to put memory wire in the piece, but it just didn’t want to go. So I threaded the cord into a large tapestry needle and pushed it through the piece, leaving a few inches extra for the tie.
And then I tied it on my ankle. This is hands down the sweetest ankle bracelet I have ever made. You can see it a mile away. It is not subtle at all and the colors just sing. This is staying on my ankle all summer unless I make a nicer one. And the good news is it is so easy to take off and those ties really stay tied.
Now I have two new supplies in my supply box: clap beads and suede ties.