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sassoet
« 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.c om
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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Beach
« 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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Beach
« 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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