My friends know about my bead addiction (it is hard to hide it!) and they sometimes bring me beads as a present when they have been abroad. Those are often beads that I would not choose myself. But the funny thing is that they inspire me to bead different things than I would normally do, which is great!
I named this necklace after the friend who brought me these tiny dagger beads. Thanks very much Sharon. And my darling niece Julia was willing to pose for this necklace.
And now, for something completely different……….. a chain maille (also spelled ‘mail’) bracelet! Chain maille is again (like most beading techniques) an ancient procedure that was supposedly invented by the Celts.
I was introduced to this technique by Zina, a Dutch beader and very crafty girl who has her own Youtube channel ( http://www.youtube.com/user/HoneyBeads1) to teach others how to bead. One of her tutorials was about some earrings which contained a little bit of chain maille. I tried it and was so intrigued that I went looking for more on the internet. This particular variety is called Byzantine chain maille. And here is my first attempt at it.
I combined the chain with two focal beads and the wire clasp I designed a couple of weeks ago.
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Bracelet in 3-drop peyote stitch with seedbeads and plastic bugle beads. In this case I used plastic bugle beads because glass ones are too sharp and will cut the thread. I called it Aurora because it makes me think of the colors of dawn.
Fantasy 3D bracelet with hollow hexagons, hence its name. It is made with one thread so it does not consist of separate components that have to be stitched together.
Bracelet with tiny dagger beads in the most fabulous colors. Very inspiring!
Bracelet in St. Petersburg stitch. It is four rows thick and if you make it with thread instead of fishing line it is almost as supple as fabric. For me, one of the great attractions of beadwork is the way it feels, the bead feel.