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):
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.
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:
I would have had more, but there were quite a few mutants in that particular tub.
It has a button at one end:
And a highly improvised loopy thing at the other end, complete with antennae.
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.
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.