Well, I'm finally getting around to posting my Christmas presents...little late.
I was walking with my sister-in-law window shopping and we saw these coral type bracelets in a window and I said: "I can do that!" So I did.
These were everyone's Christmas preset.
They were made with E beads for the main part and then at least three colors of mochromatic beads for the branches on each bracelet.
Let me know if you like them or want a tute! They are simple and took about two hours of tv watching to do each.
This is my first try at a tutorial with diagrams...hope it comes out understandable!
I make this bracelet with one long thread..I wrap the thread around my wrist six or seven times and that seems to be the right length.
I used big eye needles...I like how I can hold more beads on at one time and my hand doesn't cramp.http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:vYbghROmjcvATM:http://www.fusionbeads.com/uploads/prod_img/large/TL1018.jpg
Here is a pictuer of beading wax if you don't know what it is...wax helps keep the beads in place and helps keep the thread from fraying. I just pull the thread through the grooves in the wax holder.http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:1sjP7diBTPKOVM:http://www.littlebeader.com/wax.JPG
For this project, I use one color E bead and then I use three colors of monochromatic seed beads because it gives a nice texture to have colors that are close but slightly different. On some, for example the red one, I used white beads very sparingly to break up the color.
I first connect the thread to the round end of the clasp. Knot then surgeons knot then nail polish the knot (this is how I start, if you like other methods, go ahead)
I then thread the E beads until I reach the length of my bracelet.
If I'm using a toggle and circle clasp, I add a few seed beads of the same color at the end of the base row so I can maneuver the toggle. Then I tie off on the toggle and nail polish the knot. I turn around with the same thread and go back through the first E bead. In between each bead I do a seed bead branch. I go through five seed beads and then back through the bottom two to give me a branch with a wide head.
I like to keep the color pattern random and I sometimes vary the number of beads in the branch. I found that when I'm working on it, the bracelet doesn't look all together until I finish the branches.
I tie off to the beginning point clasp, nail polish the knot and weave the end of the thread back into the bracelet.
I hope you guys understand me...it's simpler than it sounds and really doesn't take that long. I'd love to see other peoples bracelets if you do them!