The X-Bracelet III

For now, the last in the series jewelry with cross-stitch embellishments. It has a lot of open space. It was a joy to make this one. The main color is frosted bronze. This color was much less ‘bronzy’ than I expected it to be but the quality of the beads is very good so I used them anyway. I tried to enhance the ‘bronziness’ with the antique bronze highlights.


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Raspberry Rose Earrings


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The X-Bracelet II

The X-Bracelet II SeaBeads Blog P1210175Still in cross stitch mode I made another bracelet. I really like the 3D effect it produces. If you’re wondering what the copper item is that I used to drape it on: it’s our fog horn.The X-Bracelet II Detail SeaBeads Blog P1210201

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The X-Bracelet

The X-Bracelet SeaBeads Blog P1210119Bracelet in right angle weave with cross stitch embellishments in size 15/0. I used different colors for the embellishment on the front and the back so the bracelet can be worn both sides.The X-Bracelet SeaBeads Combi

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Mayflowers Bracelet

Mayflowers Bracelet SeaBeads Blog P1200551I had these Lucite leaves in my bead stash for a long time. They were another present of my sailing colleague Sharon, the boat wench. It took some time to find out how to keep them in position. They sit on a narrow band of peyote stitch. I used wire protectors to attach the clasp.Mayflowers Bracelet SeaBeads Blog

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Deep Blue Rondelles Bracelet

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Tried every possibility on my camera to capture the deep blue color of the rondelles but I didn’t succeed. I can’t get the color as dark as it really is. I don’t know what it is with the color blue.

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The Bell Rope

After a long period of maintenance on the hard, our boat Rita’s finally back in the water, yippee! We’re floating again. I haven’t had much time to bead but dealt a lot with ropes instead. We needed new sheets for our genua, a new sea bucket, new landlines etc. and all the ropes involved needed to be whipped, tied, spliced and organized in a proper way. Even our bell rope needed replacing.

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The old one lasted for 10 years (thanks again Nan, your presents always seem to inspire me). Our boat’s an old one and has a bronze bell they used in the old days to announce the hours of the day. That kind of bell needs a proper bell rope. I couldn’t find any beginner tutorials on how to make one so I spent a couple of days tying knots and came to this result.

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I much prefer the old one but for a first attempt it’s not so bad. Does anyone know where I can find descriptions on how to make bell ropes?

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