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Topic: seaweed bracelet AKA seed bead herringbone fern stitch  (Read 4887 times)
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« on: July 09, 2010 08:34:05 PM »

for the geezer swap, my partner had this necklace wisted http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2949740437/  i have never crafted with seed beads before so i decided to make her a poppet but as the poppet began to lean towards a sea inspired look, it was obvious that i had to try my hand at this necklace.  while its supposed to be a fern it looked an awful lot like seaweed to me.  so i got online and purchased the necessary supplies.  when they arrived, i was a bit shocked to find that size 11 delicas are TINY.  super TINY!!!  after putting in well over 7 hours on it, i decided to go with a bracelet instead.  i'm sure if i was more experienced, it would have come together more quickly but i'm a newbie to the world of seed beads.  after talking with a friend who has more experience with seed beads, she informed me that she probably wouldve gone with larger seed beads.  c'est la vie.  i think the bracelet came out pretty decent.  its certainly has its mistakes...i lost count of the number of beads in each leaf so they don't increase and decrease exactly the same (ahem...but what fern/seaweed is perfect?) and i totally screwed up the clasp so i had to improvise with some wire to attach it. 

anyhow, on to the photos!


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oh and can i just say that the thread used for seed beading...argh, the fraying...yikes!  and i waxed that sucker plenty.  eeps. 

not sure i'll venture much further into seed beading but i'll definitely use this particular stitch again...i do have plenty of seed beads left over and i think this stitch would make cute earrings... plus it'd work up faster.   Wink
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2010 04:16:59 AM »

This does indeed look "sea weedy"  (as does the wisted item on which you based it). It's wonderful! It evokes a feeling of slow, continuous, wave-like movement, as well.

It certainly does *not* look like the attempt of a first-timer. It looks like polished and professional.

With respect to the fraying issue - perhaps you would want to try Fireline (around 6lb strength) for your next project. You can get it at most Wal Mart type shops and fishing/outdoorsy stores. It's much more expensive (I have found) in bead shops. It's technically fishing line, but it is IDEAL for beading. The color "crystal" works for most lighter colored projects, and "smoke" for darker. No waxing required (at least I don't, and have never had a lick of trouble).

I hope you'll consider carrying on with the seed beads. You're quite good!

~CD~

p.s. Making the clasp out of the beads themselves might make for a more seamless look. Here are a couple of examples:

http://beadwork.about.com/od/howtos/tp/Peyote_Toggle_Tutorial.htm

http://www.rubysbeadwork.com/BeadedBallLoop.html

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2010 06:24:26 AM »

This really turned out lovely! I love the natural/organic feel of it. I never would have guessed it was your first time with the technique, either. Fabulous job! (Lucky swap partner, too!)
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2010 09:12:08 AM »


With respect to the fraying issue - perhaps you would want to try Fireline (around 6lb strength) for your next project. You can get it at most Wal Mart type shops and fishing/outdoorsy stores. It's much more expensive (I have found) in bead shops. It's technically fishing line, but it is IDEAL for beading. The color "crystal" works for most lighter colored projects, and "smoke" for darker. No waxing required (at least I don't, and have never had a lick of trouble).

I hope you'll consider carrying on with the seed beads. You're quite good!

~CD~

p.s. Making the clasp out of the beads themselves might make for a more seamless look. Here are a couple of examples:

http://beadwork.about.com/od/howtos/tp/Peyote_Toggle_Tutorial.htm

http://www.rubysbeadwork.com/BeadedBallLoop.html



thanks!  ill definitely check out fireline.  itd make the next project far less frustrating.  i do like the seed bead clasps, i was a bit stumped with what to do once i had the body of the bracelet done...the tutorial i had for the stitch didnt mention clasps at all!  thanks for the links, advice, and encouragement.  Grin

This really turned out lovely! I love the natural/organic feel of it. I never would have guessed it was your first time with the technique, either. Fabulous job! (Lucky swap partner, too!)

Thank you!! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2010 12:07:43 PM »

That's beautiful! You have far more patience than I do, that's for sure. I could never work on a project like that for 7 hours.
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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2010 06:25:09 AM »

I haven't done beading yet but I've been browsing about a bit in preparation for making an attempt.  I've just been reading about bead spinners, which might make the project go a lot more quickly.  There's a video showing how they work at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uMQkYWsBJI .  The commercial ones seem pretty pricey, but there's a tutorial for making your own at http://kimberlychapman.com/crafts/beadspinner.html which sounds pretty easy.  Others here might be able to say how well or not the spinners work?

The bracelet is lovely - thanks for sharing!
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