Beaded Bracelet Assortment

bracelets - RAW embellished 4

I work on jewelry every single night. Every. Single. Night. It’s been well over a year, and I still love to bead, to the point that I can’t wait to get home from work and browse the internet and find something I want to attempt to make. Here are some of the bracelets that I have made over the past few weeks.

Embellished RAW Bracelets

3 row wide, 7 inch long basic right angle weave strip

3 row wide, 7 inch long basic right angle weave strip

Sometimes I even bring some beads to work with me, on days when I know it is going to be slow. I try and keep it simple, so I make strips of Right Angle Weave, and then embellish them when I get home.

adding 3mm crystal bicones and 4mm white beads

adding 3mm crystal bicones and 4mm white beads

I left the edges unfinished – I’m not sure why, but usually I add something between each bead along the length of the bracelet.

add a clasp and you have yourself a sparkling bracelet!

add a clasp and you have yourself a sparkling bracelet!

single row of RAW using pink 4mm cats eye beads.  Embellished with 11/0 rainbow brown seeds and clear 4mm crystal bicones.  Edges finished with 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.

single row of RAW using pink 4mm cats eye beads. Embellished with 11/0 rainbow brown seeds and clear 4mm crystal bicones. Edges finished with 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.

single row of RAW using 8/0 matte black seeds.  Embellished with gold 15/0 seeds and 4mm rainbow AB crystal bicones.  Edges finished with 11/0 matte black seeds.

single row of RAW using 8/0 matte black seeds. Embellished with gold 15/0 seeds and 4mm rainbow AB crystal bicones. Edges finished with 11/0 matte black seeds.

single row of RAW using 6/0 rainbow brown seeds.  Embellished with 11/0 seeds in same color and 4mm red bicones - edges finished with 2 of the 11/0's between each 6/0.

single row of RAW using 6/0 rainbow brown seeds. Embellished with 11/0 seeds in same color and 4mm red bicones – edges finished with 2 of the 11/0’s between each 6/0.

These bracelets are so easy – they take about an hour to make start to finish.

3 rows of RAW using gold 6/0 seeds.  Embellished with alternating gold crystal bicones and turquoise chips.  Still working on the edges....

3 rows of RAW using gold 6/0 seeds. Embellished with alternating gold crystal bicones and turquoise chips. Still working on the edges….

Panda Hall Flower Bracelet

I don’t know what else to call this bracelet, but I used a free tutorial from Panda Hall to make two bracelets. This first one follows the tute exactly:

8/0 black seeds and 4mm silver sparkle beads.

8/0 black seeds and 4mm silver sparkle beads.

The first side works up super quickly – the second side, which incorporates some beads from the first row into the pattern, takes a bit of paying attention.

I love this one!

I love this one!

This second bracelet is just the first row of the pattern. I got done with the first row, counted my beads I had left, and found that I was a few beads short! So I just left it as one row.

peachy colored 8mm pearls and 8/0 white seeds

peachy colored 8mm pearls and 8/0 white seeds

Tubular Herringbone / Chenille Stitch

I made my first tubular herringbone piece a few weeks ago – it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be!

my first tubular herringbone necklace!

my first tubular herringbone necklace!

Using this tutorial from Bead Mavens, which incorporates bugle beads into the herringbone stitch, I added some gold bugles to brown and white 8/0 seeds.

sections of gold tube beads breaks up the monotony of brown and white.

sections of gold tube beads breaks up the monotony of brown and white.

It was fun to do, and I liked using the 8/0’s…they were the perfect size. Not to small and not too large. Then I came across a video for Chenille stitch which is described as “a combination of ladder and herringbone stitches”.

rainbowy red  and matte black 8/0 seeds.

rainbowy red and matte black 8/0 seeds.

I like the pattern of X’s, or flowers…and I did mess up a few times in this, but once I got the hang of it, it was just as easy as herringbone. You just have to pay attention on this one, too!

I made this while we were on a family vacation at a beach motel.  The kids found a tacky, HUGE necklace and earrings set that someone left on the beach.  I took it all apart, and the clasp and some silver beads were used in THIS bracelet!

I made this while we were on a family vacation at a beach motel. The kids found a tacky, HUGE necklace and earrings set that someone left on the beach. I took it all apart, and the clasp and some silver beads were used in THIS bracelet!

One of the things I love about beading is how versatile most patterns are. With a change of color or size of beads, or adding extra rows, you can make totally different pieces from one pattern!

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Two Types of Tila Bead Bracelets

red and green tila bracelets

This week I worked on two Tila bead bracelets. I did not have a pattern for either of them, I eyeballed a picture and copied! I have been nursing a horrible toothache all week (dentist appointment tomorrow, yay!) so it took me about five days to finish these….but I like them both, and especially the curvy greenish blue one!

green tila bracelet 3

The first bracelet used Miyuki Metallic Green Iris 5mm x 1.9mm Tila Beads that I had picked up on Amazon from Beadaholique. These Tilas are a bit smaller and somewhat opaque, but Amazon usually has a tube of approximately 64 to 86 beads for $2 to $4.

green tila bracelet 2

I used 3mm glass pearls in “pewter” from Auntie’s Beads, alternating with a seed bead mix of 10/0 beads in the color mix “mermaid” from Hobby Lobby.

green tila bracelet

The picture that I copied from is this Tila Curve Bracelet. If you concentrate, it’s not that hard at all.

green tila bracelet 4

red tila bracelet

The second bracelet used some better (and more expensive) Red Picasso 6mm Tila Beads
and two colors of SuperDuo beads, along with some gold 11/0 seed beads.

red tila bracelet 2

I have made something similar to this before, and I used this picture from Around the Beading Table to work from. Alas, since I didn’t have an actual pattern to work from, the bracelet is a bit wonky and uneven looking when laid out on the table, but when put on the wrist it looks fine. Moral of the story: if you are a perfectionist, or you plan to sell or give your stuff away as gifts, it definately pays to buy the pattern to work from.

a bit wonky, won't you agree?

a bit wonky, won’t you agree?

Three Strand Tila Bead Bracelets

blue and purple tila 3 strand 2

I have so many beads that I have bought in the past year that I forget what I even have sometimes. Then I stumble across something and say “Oh Yeah! I forgot about these!” Which I am sure everyone does, especially if you have the beading bug. I came across a bunch of Tila beads that I had bought on sale through Amazon months ago. So, inspired by this “Berrylicious” Bracelet pattern at Red Panda Beads (they have a TON of color examples on the page!) I whipped up a few variations.

blue and red tila 3 strand 2

One was made with Red Picasso tila beads and some light blue pearlescent 6/0’s, and the other has light blue tilas, purple seeds and tibetan silver tube spacers.

blue and red tila 3 strand

blue and purple tila 3 strand

My only problem is….I made them too small to fit on MY wrist 😦 – hopefully my daughter will like them!