THE SEA BRACELET
About the Kit...
bracelet is made up of some unusual Czech
Glass beads, including nautilus shape, Picasso
Twist Bean, fire polish belly donut, and fire
polish round beads, fire polish fluted beads
and triangle cathedral beads. These are strung
on C-Lon nylon beading thread, size D, in
a color matching the predominant color of
our beads. In this piece, we use a Toggle
Clasp, the finish of which, is also coordinated
with the beads. The clasp is secured by tying
single-strand bracelet is designed for a Woman
and is 7 1/4" long. It is designed to
fit comfortably around the wrist.
holes of our beads, while sharp, should not
pose a risk for a waxed beading thread.
chose a Toggle Clasp because it has great
functional properties, no moving parts, adds
a lot of jointedness or support to the piece,
is easy to use, and visually complements the
overall design. The Toggle Clasp itself is
a great support system.
a Toggle Clasp, you need to be able to pull
through the ring both the bar and the first
one or two beads near the bar on your strand.
I have made sure that the beads next to the
bar are small enough to allow this to happen
this bracelet, we begin by tying off one side
of our clasp to the thread, using three knots.
We then go back and forth through our beads
three times, tying 3 more knots at each end,
before proceeding to the next pass.
I often try to make my pieces adjustable in
length, for this project, I am not doing this.
bracelet is casual.
instructions also discuss in detail how to
select clasps, the pros and cons of various
clasps and stringing materials, and the use
of "support systems" in jewelry
In the By The Sea Bracelet project...
- Selecting Beading
Thread, Beading Needles, and Beading Wax
- The basic steps of using needle and thread
in bead stringing
- Understanding the color effects of thread
- Selecting a clasp and attaching a clasp
to your bead work
- Understanding "clasp assemblies"
and "support systems"
- Using a bead board and sizing cone
- Choices to be made, when laying out your
beads in a pattern
- Relationship of needle/thread method to
cable wire method
Orientation To Beads & Jewelry Findings