Sunday, August 19, 2007

More bracelets

I finished another couple of bracelets recently. I found the pattern/instructions for both in Beautiful Bracelets by Jill Oxton. I found her instructions pretty easy to follow. This is also the first time I used bead tips. It does make it easier to add the clasps and I think it gives them a more finished look.

First is a herringbone spiral in blue. It is made with size 11/0 silver lined matte transparent cadet blue Japanese seed beads and a more transparent blue bead with an ab finish - those beads are by Toho, they are similar in size to Delica's. The colors are perfect to wear with jeans.

Next is a purple bracelet made using even count peyote stitch. It is made with size 11/0 silver lined matte transparent light lavender rainbow Japanese seed beads and #59 Delica's. The size of beads are just different enough that there is a ripple effect in the way it lays.

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Leaves of Grass

This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman