Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Vertebrae Bracelet!!

After I got home from work today (BEING LIKE TWO MONTHS AGO!!), I sat down to work on the Vertebrae Bracelet project, courtesy of The Potomac Bead Company

The tutorial is really easy to follow - even for someone who has NEVER done seed bead sewing (not sure what it's called). 
1st Attempt

For my first attempt, I must say, I did a pretty darn good job and now feeling quite accomplished.

I ended up using about 80 super duo beads and two-thirds of the cubes, for a bracelet measuring 6.25" long excluding clasp, 7" with clasp.
2nd Attempt
The first bracelet took three hours to complete, and the second half the time, only an hour and a half. It just took some getting used to.

I found myself with a dilemma before starting my second round of cubes - RAN OUT OF THREAD! Ah! But don't worry, I found a How to Tie Off and Add Thread tutorial courtesy of Beadaholique. Phew! The Potomac Bead Company also has a How to Add Thread tutorial, however, I find the one from Beadaholique to be more detailed and easier to follow. 

I also added my own touch to the knotted ends - some clear nail polish. Just to make sure that they don't come loose.

I have tested these bracelets out, wearing both of them at the same time for two weeks straight. They are tough, lightweight, and beautiful!

These Vertebrae Bracelets are available for purchase in my Etsy shop. Color and size are completely customizable, so feel free to message me if you have something else in mind.
You can search SuperDuo Bead (center line) color options here, and Miyuki Cube (surrounding) color options here.

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