When the new magazines come in, I always have a flick through and have a look at all the projects that are in the magazine. Usually there is a project that makes me want to run to the stock room and pull the beads straight away. In the most recent issue of Bead and Jewellery magazine (issue 87), the project that did this was Debbie Webster’s Out on the Tiles cuff.
I had a bit of dithering about colour (people who know me won’t be in the slightest bit surprised to hear that!), but finally decided on a combination of purple and gold with a hint of pink as an accent. I had initially picked two gold beads, one matt and one shiny, but decided that would have made the overall project too gold, so swapped the matt gold for a rose lined crystal. I think that this lifted the overall project and added an extra layer of interest that would have been missing if I had stuck to my original choice.
In the end I decided on:
- CzechMates tiles GL5850 Lilac
- 15-1053 size 15 galvanized gold seed bead
- 15-1524 size 15 sparkling rose lined crystal seed bead
- Rulla Beads GL6361 Frost Gold
- Diamond Beads GL6210 Dark Purple Pearl- these are slightly smaller than a Diamonduo used in the pattern, but still work.
- Magnetic clasp FN120 gold.
- Instead of using size 11 beads to attach the clasp as in the pattern, I used some of the 15-1524 to make the connecting loop.
If you make the bracelet exactly as following the pattern as I did, you will end up with a bracelet that is 6.5 inches/16.5cm long (including the clasp). It is rated by the magazine as having a difficulty of 2/5.
I made this bracelet in around 3 hours, but I have been beading for *(mumble mumble) twenty several don’t want to think about it years*, and I am a reasonably speedy beader. I think that a confident beginner beader could make this bracelet in a couple of evenings or over the course of a lazy Sunday.
We are due another magazine delivery soon, so I can’t wait to see what inspires me next! What about you? Have you worked on anything from a magazine recently? Why not show us what you have been doing by tagging us in photos on Instagram (@spellboundbeadco) or sharing them to our Facebook page.