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« on: July 21, 2010 09:09:46 AM »

The June/July Beadwork magazine is a bonanza of juicy projects!

Although I about tore my hair out trying to figure out the toggle bar on this one (found on p. 20 and 21), it was worth the effort.

Here's a cell-phone quality pic of it. Will post a better pic when I get home.

Has anyone else tried this fun project?

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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010 09:20:45 AM »

Wow, that is spectacular! I have no idea how you made it, but it is so beautiful.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010 02:13:18 PM »

Wow that's amazing!

I'm so curious as to how it works?
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010 02:15:58 PM »

This looks great
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2010 08:10:55 AM »

It was pretty time consuming as bracelets go, but I think worth it.

The circles are completed individually in circular peyote. You get the "swirled" look by adding a bead of the color you just exited, so that each round sort of staggers the colors to the left.

After you complete the six circular peyote stitch rounds, you just sew them together.

The toggle bar is made with flat peyote stitch "zipped up" to form a tube, and then a decreasing brick stitch on each end of the toggle bar to from a little "cap". For me, the bar was the most difficult, b/c it took awhile for me to get the hang of creating alternating diagonal stripes on the flat peyote strip.

The pattern is in this month's Beadwork magazine on p. 20 and 21.

I just made another in ocean-like colors and connected them in a slightly different manner. The pattern suggests to connect each circle in such a way that the "swirls" are all going the same direction. With this new one, I decided to go every other (i.e., one circle swirling clockwise, the next counterclockwise, and so on). I like how it turned out. Will be happy to post a pic later tonight if anyone has an interest.

Thanks for the kind words,
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2010 05:07:55 AM »

i like the sound of the ocean colored one, i'd like to see a pic of that, thanks for telling how you made it
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2010 01:00:56 PM »

That's so pretty!  I'm going to have to try that someday!   Grin  The toggle bars have always scared me though. 
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