Therese and Christine have done it again! This time, a challenge to take a basic bracelet pattern and switch it up for three variations, changing base color, bead size, etc.
I took my jumping off point from one of the pieces I made for the latest Bead Soup Challenge, specifically the lower section of the neck strand of this necklace:
Essentially, it's a herringbone with twin beads, embellished on the side with Czech bricks and triangle beads. Although I doubt I invented it, it was a stitch I developed during the BSBP process, and I was really happy to have an excuse to explore it some more.
Thing is, I didn't have any more bricks (kind of a tila chopped in half) in my stash. (Note to self #1, put bricks on the beady shopping list). So I chose to use tilas, thinking the translation would be easy.
Not so. The size was just off enough to make it weird. Some things I tried were way of in proportion and just flopped around like a beached fish. Others were just ugly. So, in the spirit of challenge, I punted (friends, this is the closest I will ever, EVER get to performing a football-related action, aside from those associated with being a rabid spectator).
Here's variation number one: herringbone center with twin beads, edged with tilas and daggers. I love it.
Variation number two, this time with the tilas turned 90 degrees from the first bracelet, and with drops added, mainly because I didn't have enough of those fabulous red polka dot daggers to do the whole length. (Note to self #2: add sexy red polka dot daggers to beady shopping list, too). I love this one, too, although it's a little more cha-cha flashy than the first. It would be perfect to wear to an Alabama football game...
Variation #3 is the most buttoned down, but it's still blingy with the silver twins -- this time a herringbone with twins, tilas, and narrow daggers. While I fabricated the clasps on all three, this is the only one that I made a beaded toggle clasp for. I wore this one at an art show today, and I can testify that it feels slinky and grand.
All three together, progressing in order of creation from bottom to top:
Bobbie (you are here)