Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Black Netted Bead Bracelet

So I ordered some new supplies for beading - yay! They were pretty cheap, and are much easier to work with. Why didn't I do this sooner???

First: supplies. I bought KO thread from in 2 colors: black and beige. This thread is wonderful! It doesn't fray easily, doesn't tangle, and is strong. Did I mention it's cheap?

For sewing needles, I bought Size 12 Pony Needles which are also super cheap. Size 12 is good for seed beads and for this thread. It comes in a pack of 25 needles, so if you bend a few by accident, you need not fret.

Now for the beads. I still have some beads from my local bead shop which are seed beads, but I'm not sure what kind. I ordered some delicas in different color packs, because there are way too many to choose from. I was disappointed that the packets looked so small, even though the description said there are over 1000 seed beads per packet. I guess I will just have to believe them, given the size of the beads (11 and 15). For this bracelet, I did not use those delicas; rather I used the beads from my local shop. I didn't want to damage those more expensive beads with this experiment.

Did I mention I'm not really a good bead weaver? That sounds kinda weird when you read it out loud. Bead weaver. Try saying that 3 times fast.

Anyway, I'm still learning, and for me, the netting stitch seemed to be the easiest and also pretty nice. I made a variation of the netting stitch from Ruby's Beadwork Netted Cuff Bracelet Tutorial by reducing the number of beads.

And voila

Can you see the pattern?

Please ignore the tip of the kitty's tail next to my wrist...

For some reason this was difficult for me to photograph. Maybe it's because of the color and reflection, I'm not sure. In any case, I'm not a photographer. A few more pics to see the clasp, etc.

This is the beaded ball clasp

Folded over, you can see the beaded loop and clasp

Another view

This is not sponsored by American Greetings, but I will accept money  :)

And there you have it! I feel like this is my first real beadwork project. I actually like it! I want to try something more adventurous, like brick stitch or herringbone stitch, but that gave me such a headache that I think I'll stick to the basics for now.

What was your first craft project that you were happy with?