Beading Triumph

One of the crafts I do that I don’t write about too much is beading.  The reason I don’t write about it often is I’m really not that good at it.  I’m not too good at controlling the wire on clasps and things, and I have a tendency to make things that fall apart.  But I do adore collecting beads, and I love having a go every so often.

Recently I came across this video on Youtube:

And I thought… ooo that’s very pretty.  And looks reasonably simple to do.  So I went to my beading drawers and had a look through and discovered that my beads were either too big or too small.  I had to wait a few days before I could get to somewhere that sold beads, but I ended up buying one of these (I forgot to take a photo before I started):

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And off I went – I even used a tip I’d heard about stiffening the end of the string by using nail polish.  And the technique detailed in the video really does make a beautiful pattern.

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It can be a wee bit fiddly at first, and it takes a while.  I have big wrists anyway, and for a wrap bracelet that’s even more to thread.  But I sat here and watched one and a half monkey movies and got on with it.

It got long enough just in time.  I only had a few beads left:

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I would have had more, but there were quite a few mutants in that particular tub.

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It has a button at one end:

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And a highly improvised loopy thing at the other end, complete with antennae.

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I’m really impressed with how it turned out.  I have a tendency to make things too small or too loose, but this is just right.  And it looks soooo good.

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I counted the beads so I could make many more.  180 x 4mm beads makes a perfect length bracelet for me, so now I know how many I need for more bracelets.  I want a rainbow one, and one in Slytherin colours, and in purple colours and…. and so on.  I’m off to eBay.


About Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/doodler/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.
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