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« on: August 08, 2005 06:39:17 PM »

After seeing a lot of people in the bead forums (delphi and about.com) post pictures of their caterpiller bracelets last year, I was inspired to try one myself.  I used the instructions in an old issue of Bead and Button (Oct 02) I had.... pawed through my beads to find the goodies and worked at this off and on for quite a while.  It's finally done!  Maybe these pics will inspire someone else to try out the caterpiller.... if you like to fondle beads, you'll love this - it feels so great.






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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2005 06:47:59 PM »

Oooooh!  Any chance you might post a tute???  Pretty please???
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2005 07:40:32 PM »

What a gorgeous bracelet and beautiful staging for your photograph.  You are obviously a very artistic person  Smiley

The bracelet colours appear different in both photos -- is it more of a collection of pink and mauve or brown tones?

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2005 08:03:23 PM »

Thanks guys!
The first picture is more accurate on the colours - it's pinks, purples, and mauves.

I'll see what I can do about a tutorial... I might be able to find one to link to somewhere, I think I've seen them online.  I'll get back to you - it's a very easy bracelet to make, just time consuming.
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2005 08:45:13 AM »

did you use the fringe method? really nice! good job
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2005 10:30:40 AM »

thats beautiful! I am just getting into beading, when i am a little more advanced i will be sure to try that out!
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2005 10:41:39 AM »

GUH!  That's beautiful.
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2005 10:48:31 AM »

 Shocked  That's gorgeous!  I love how it falls - I bet it's just delicious to wear.  I love the look and weight of heavily beaded jewelry, but I haven't been brave enough to do any myself, just yet...  that may have to change.   Wink
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and a tutorial would be really, really cool.
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2005 10:51:57 AM »

I second the tute.It's absolutely gorgeous. you picked great colors!
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2005 12:20:03 PM »

That looks amazing! Beautiful Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2005 01:36:58 PM »

Great work, love the colors.  I love making caterpillar bracelets. I always enjoy seeing pictures of your work!

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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2005 01:49:45 PM »

that is soooo beautiful! are you the artful photographer as well?  seriously, please post a link/tute.  never done beadwork, but will learn for that....
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2005 03:10:02 PM »

i know we're not supposed to beg, but id love a link/tute. ive looked at some on about.com and other sources and none are nearly as nice as yours. they tend to look all...wormy, whereas yours is just fringey and beautiful.

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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2005 06:24:43 PM »

Your bracelet looks like a real creature, it must feel nice on your wrist. Great job.
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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2005 07:28:34 PM »

I poked around a bit and couldn't find a good tutorial online.... I'll try to put something together that you guys can follow.  Like xcaret said - this is just fringe.  I started with a base strand of seed beads and each base bead has a 3-spoke fringe coming off of it.   

Stay tuned, I'll try to post some kind of diagram over the weekend!
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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2005 04:43:53 AM »

wow! this is a really beautiful thing!! Smiley  i also love the colours you used, they blend together so well!
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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2005 03:56:37 PM »

that is so gorgeous.
i want to make one.
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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2005 07:52:30 PM »

I've started a couple of these, but haven't finished one yet.  Maybe one of these days.
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2005 08:01:03 PM »

Wow that is simply gorgeous!
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2005 08:46:02 PM »

i'd <3 a toutorial..
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« Reply #20 on: August 14, 2005 10:12:49 AM »

It would be delightful to see more of your work.
I'm off to go rummage through my Bead & Button mags to see if I can find the instructions!
For those of you looking for good instructions, Bead & Button often publishes many of the projects online with everything you need to know. I believe it's www.beadandbutton.com
Please show us more!
(you photographed them beautifully as well!)
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« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2005 12:26:40 PM »

WOW, those are amazing bracelets!  I love it in the purple Smiley.  I'd love a tutorial on this too!
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« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2005 11:12:02 PM »

INSTRUCTIONS!

Because I did follow the instructions from an issue of Bead and Button - I'm firstly going to link to those very same instructions which you can buy for only $3.95 (pdf file) which I highly recommend:   http://www.beadandbutton.com/bnb/default.aspx?c=a&id=680&cc=aNddvt   They're in issue #51 (Oct 2002) and are by Suzanne Golden.

Even if you don't buy & download the tutorial from the Bead and Button site- check out the link anyway, there's a pic with a few more bacelets for inspiration.

If you're comfortable with fringe - then this graphic (painstakenly drawn in photoshop) shows what I did:


First I made a very sturdy strand of seed beads (with a fairly large holes to allow multiple thread passes) - with a loop of beads at one end and a big bead at the other (works as the clasp) - sized to my wrist.   Then I just started at the first seed bead and put the 3-branch fringe on it, then put the 3 branch fringe on the next seed bead in line and so on for a really really long time.  The shorter your fringe branches are the faster it will go, I think - I made mine quite long before I realized just how much work I had made for myself. 

(The key to understanding it is this: if you're working your way from left to right then your thread goes through the seed bead you're putting the fringe on, you go through it, build your fringe and go through it again.  In the diagram the thread coming out of the base string seed bead comes out on the right - through all the fringes and then comes down on the left and goes through the bead again, then it would go through the next bead and repeat.)


I hope that is explanation enough - it's not complicated at all once you get going, and it's something you get into a rhythm for...  feel free to post questions and thanks to everyone for all the kind compliments; craftster rocks!
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« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2005 12:45:00 AM »

i totally understad your (MARVELOUS. btw) diagram, but the one thing i don't get is how to keep the thread from running out, since it's a continuous process, you know?  where does the thread come from and how do you keep from running out - maybe this is something really simple i'm just not grasping, as it's 3am and i'm trying to grasp the concept of fringe for the first time in my life, haha.
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« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2005 03:46:27 AM »

Thank you so much for your time to share with us.  I understand how to make the fringe, I just have a quantity question and a color scheme question.  Your bracelet looks so full, how many of the 3-branch fringe sections did you put in each base bead on the strand?  Your color scheme is gorgeous!  I have the hardest time working out my color layouts on stuff I make!  Did you use the different colors in your diagram to show your color switches?
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« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2005 06:18:30 AM »

ok, i see now! it is almost like coraling technique (which i've tried only one, but lo-lo-loved the results Smiley), only with more branches. thank you for the very thoughrough tute! Smiley

but what sort of a thread did you use? and does it require softer kind of thread to make it look so caterpillary? (i only have some fishing line, which is quite stiff...)
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« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2005 10:08:51 AM »

i totally understad your (MARVELOUS. btw) diagram, but the one thing i don't get is how to keep the thread from running out, since it's a continuous process, you know?  where does the thread come from and how do you keep from running out -

Good question - you're very right, the thread runs out quite often actually.  I worked with very long strands and had to be careful to avoid tangles (got a few anyway).   I would tie off the thread when it was getting short and weave it around a few branches and back into the base strand, knotting it a few times along the way because I'm paranoid about threads getting lose.  Then I would tie a new thread on the base strand and weave around a few branches (again, knotting once or twice along the way) until it came out where I needed it.

You also have to be careful to avoid getting your finished fringes caught in your thread as you work!

Someone else asked what kind of thread:  I actually use an invisible sewing thread - it's got to be made of some plastic or other badness.  Probably very frowned upon in the beading world but I've done big loomwork projects and other stuff with it and nothing has broken or degraded or had any problems.  It's thin so I can make multiple passes through small beads (I use those twisted wire needles)and it doesn't show up much in the final project (comes in clear and a sort of brownish clear).  It's also cheap.  It doesn't have a name on it other than 'invisible thread'.
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« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2005 10:16:31 AM »

Thank you so much for your time to share with us.  I understand how to make the fringe, I just have a quantity question and a color scheme question.  Your bracelet looks so full, how many of the 3-branch fringe sections did you put in each base bead on the strand?  Your color scheme is gorgeous!  I have the hardest time working out my color layouts on stuff I make!  Did you use the different colors in your diagram to show your color switches?

No, the diagram in no way shows my colour switches!   I ended up using about 8 different beads - 5 different colours of seed beads, 2 bigger beads at the fringe loops (where the green bead is on the diagram) - incluidng oval cats eye beads there, and 1 size 6 seed bead.  This, perhaps was overkill.  Wink

Each bead on the base strand has one of the 3 branch fringes on it - that's all it took to get the super-full look.

I usually have a hard time with colour schemes too.  I pulled out every bead I had that was purple/pink/violet/grape - anything at all and I eliminated what I didn't seem to have enough of and just started playing around with different patterns for the fringe.... what order of colour/bead type.   I just sort of picked something and went with it (usually I hem and haw and never get started and I was determined to start this project THAT day using what I had on hand). 

The good news is that if you make mistakes here and there you probably won't notice in the end.  If some fringes are a bit different or you order your beads slightly wrong occassionally.... it all gets lost in the end product as long as most of it is the same.  Wink
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« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2005 10:19:31 AM »

ok, i see now! it is almost like coraling technique (which i've tried only one, but lo-lo-loved the results Smiley), only with more branches. thank you for the very thoughrough tute! Smiley

but what sort of a thread did you use? and does it require softer kind of thread to make it look so caterpillary? (i only have some fishing line, which is quite stiff...)

I think you're right, fishing line would be too stiff (and possibly too thick to make the multiple passes - you need to go through the base strand beads several times).  I used something called "invisible thread" that I get in the sewing section.  It's not something 'expert' beaders would use, I don't think but I've done some major projects with it and have never had a problem... it's thin and it comes in a clear version which I love.  I double it up for all my projects and go at it!
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« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2005 02:34:41 PM »

That is a great tutorial, thanks fore macking it fore us.
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« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2005 08:05:28 PM »

Your instructions are fantastic - very easy to follow (some are just awful).
Thanks so much for sharing.
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« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2005 02:12:02 PM »

How long did this take you?!?!? 

I started one in blues and silver about 3 days ago....I work on it about 2 hours every night, and only have an inch of fringe!  Shocked

The invisible thread is a nightmare to work with too!  This will most assuredly be a labor of love!
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« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2005 06:40:06 PM »

How long did this take you?!?!? 

I started one in blues and silver about 3 days ago....I work on it about 2 hours every night, and only have an inch of fringe!  Shocked

The invisible thread is a nightmare to work with too!  This will most assuredly be a labor of love!

  That sounds about right.   Grin  I worked on it off and on for a good several months (school interrupted me) - an hour here, a few hours there.   Once you pass the 3/4 mark and are heading for home it'll be easy.  I cheated a bit for the last 5 or 6 base beads - I shortened and simplified the branches a bit (I was afraid of overwhelming the clasp).

Stick with it!!   And post pictures when you do finally finish!!  Blues and silver sound awesome.
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« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2005 03:31:54 AM »

thanks again!! my admiration for your bracelet has grown enormously - such painstaking work, and especially with invisible sewing thread! i bought it for some other beading project and i just gave up, it was the messiest thing ever!
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« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2005 04:20:02 AM »

That is absolutely AMAZING. It must feel so nice on your wrist, too.
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« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2005 03:46:19 PM »

i am going to try to make this one
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« Reply #36 on: November 21, 2005 06:34:06 PM »

thank you soo much for that fantastic tute! i may try this myself starting tonight. i can't wait to get home already! hahaha  Cheesy
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« Reply #37 on: November 21, 2005 08:17:34 PM »

CLASSIC bracelet!!! thnx for the tut friend.
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« Reply #38 on: December 18, 2005 07:29:58 PM »

I stared at this and still didn't understand the tutorial.  But it looks complicated to make, so I'm sure it IS complicated to make...and that's why my little brain hurts thinking about it.  However, it is a BEAUTIFUL bracelet! Good job on that, woman! Woot.  Wink
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« Reply #40 on: July 28, 2013 01:35:11 PM »

I love this bracelet so much! I just got started on a necklace using the fringe technique (a little different from yours) and you are definitely spot on when it comes to how time consuming this type of work is. Your bracelet definitely turned out beautiful though Smiley Definitely worth the work!
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This is one gorgeous bracelet! Shocked
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« Reply #42 on: August 17, 2013 08:02:13 PM »

This is such a beautiful bracelet!! One question however... How heavy is it really? It looks pretty heavy, especially with the type of beads you used and the number...
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