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« on: May 26, 2005 09:13:47 AM »

My grad banquet is this Friday!! I'm sooo excited. I spent all weekend making these to go with my dress:



This isn't a very good pic - it's one of those layered necklaces that hangs down quite far. The front of my dress is plain and I needed to snazz it up a bit.



Hooray for blurry photos!  Roll Eyes

Et la piece de resistance ...



This is a crocheted-wire bracelet, with the beads added after the initial form was made.  It's based on this gorgeous design by Cockatiel.

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2005 09:24:55 AM »

those are all lovely...and the bracelet is beautiful!!
i've knitted a few wire bracelets, and i don't understand what you mean by 'crocheting the form first, then adding the beads'...??
how do you add the beads after the bracelet is crocheted?
very curious.
thanks!
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2005 11:01:00 AM »

ooh pretty earrings!

and how does the bracelet fasten? i dont think it is a cuff, judging from the picure...and how do the beads work? they get attached after crocheting the wire...but how?

im very curious, as you can see!
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2005 01:20:31 PM »

OMG, everything is pretty but that bracelet is simply amazing!!! I love big bracelets and this one rocks!
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2005 03:19:54 PM »

Hooray!! It feels so good when people like your stuff!  Cheesy

So I guess I'll give a vague little mini-tutorial in response to the questions about the bracelet.  In her post, Cockatiel didn't give a tutorial so I kind of figured it out from the pic.  I basically did a double crochet rectangle, 4 chains across (I don't remember what size the hook was - medium sized...).  Then I attached beads to it by doing this:

1. Cut a loooooong piece of wire.  I had to cut 4 pieces cause I underestimated how much it would need.  There's got to be like 10 metres of wire in that thing.

2.  Attach it to one end of the bracelet and thread it through one of the crocheted "holes", back to front. 

3.  Thread the wire with the bead you want.

4.  Take the end and thread it front to back, "sewing" the bead onto the wire form.  It helps if you match bigger beads to bigger holes cause they won't stick out so much that way.

5.  I made the attachment part by arranging jump rings in a pyramid: 4 connected to each chain of the bracelet's width on both ends, then 3 in the next row, then 2, then 1.  I used a claspy thing to close it.  Not a lobster clasp, the other kind whose scientific name I'm not familiar with.

If you're going to attempt this, make sure you're not in a hurry.  I probably put like 4-5 hours of work into it.  The crochet part took 20 mintues but the beads take FOR-EV-ER.  Tongue  If you have any other questions, or if that's not clear, feel free to ask!
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