Beaded Bead Bracelet

I decided to try a beaded bead bracelet, since I found three of my lampwork beads that were hanging out and not doing anything. I immediately saw that they used two of the colors from my coraling bracelet (which I am slowly but surely working on), so I got the idea to make a beaded bead bracelet.

Beading the Beads

I decided on three different types of beaded beads; a small tubular ndebele, a ladder stitch and a fringed donut. 

Beaded Bead and Lampwork Bracelet

Beaded Bead and Lampwork Bracelet

The ladder stitch and tubular ndebele look amazingly alike, but I think the tubular ndebele is stronger.  I probably won't wear this bracelet very often (I just have too many), so I didn't worry about the ladder sticth ones coming apart.

The fringed donut was easy; just a loose circle of six beads, and then I created two finges for each bead.  Keep the original circle on the loose side, since you'll be passing the thread around the beads several times, and it tightens up on its own.  That much I learned from my first one!

I found some turquoise, in two different qualities.  One was a large chip, supposedly from the Sleeping Beauty mine.  The other was matrix turquoise from China.  Both were certainly useful, but naturally the Sleeping Beauty was much nicer.

I located a toggle clasp that I didn't realize I had for the closure, as I am out of the lobster claw, and I don't like using magnetic on my wrist (I get my hands and wrists too close to my laptop's hard drive for my own comfort).

Haven't named this beaded bead bracelet as yet, because I'm not sure what to call it -- nothing is jumping out at me.  Guess I'll have to wear it awhile and see.

Closeup of the Coraling

Closeup of the Coraling

The Coraling Goes On

I'm still working on my coraling bracelet, and it's taking longer than I anticipated.  Probably because I decided to make the bracelet dense with beads.  First, here is a closeup of the coraling; you can't get the effect, but I thought it was a really cool photo.

Now keep in mind that my bracelet is based on a peyote stitch.  Then I am snaking up through and between the various beads with the coraling.

OK, so just what is coraling?  I guess you could call it a kind of kinky fringing.  The difference (in my mind, anyway) is that the coraling creates branches which can contain branches.  Kind of like what coral looks like.

I don't know where the name originated, but after working with it, I think it's apt.  I like it better than kinky fringe, because I think coraling leads to more possibilities.

Coraling Bracelet, One Third Done

Coraling Bracelet, One Third Done

OK, now here's the amount of the bracelet I have done; roughly one third is coraled at this point.

I decided to use three (four, if you cound the accent beads) different colors in this bracelet.  One is an inside color green encased in a light yellow.  Another is a turquoise encased in clear.  The final is a matte jade color.

One note; I used size 8 seed beads for the peyote base, I didn't use the tubulars.  The tubulars I found give a firmer stitch, which is exactly what I didn't want for this bracelet; I wanted it very flexible to start, because I was going to be going back through the size 8's many times, which would stiffen the bracelet some.  The coraling beads are a mix of size 11 seed beads and tubular beads.

That's all for today, as my eyes have gotten tired and my fingers sore from pricking them far too many tmes with the needle while making the tiny beaded beads.  See you later!

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