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Pearl Ruffle Bracelet


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Start with large, succulent fresh-water pearls (8-9mm), join them with a sinuous wave of seed beads, using a stick pearl as a button clasp, and then build on the wave to make a luscious graduated-colour ruffle of seed beads. I choose to use Czech seed beads which tend to be rounder and smaller than Japanese seed beads. I prefer the way their delicacy of size and gentle shape lends itself to the organic ruffle, moreso than the Japanese seed beads. All bracelets shown in the pictures use three colours of seed beads in coordinating palettes of dark, medium and light, but of course you could use all one colour, or choose contrasting colours - whatever you heart desires! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY good needle and thread skills bead netting SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS To fit your wrist

Supplies Needed

  • Czech size 11 seed beads, dark, 1/3 hank
  • Czech size 11 seed beads, medium, 1/3 hank
  • Czech size 11 seed beads, light, 1/3 hank

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I can neither imagine nor remember a time when I wasn't making things. I have tried almost every fiber art, and currently knit and spin my own yarn. I sew clothes and furnishings occasionally. I've dabbled in polyclay, lampwork and silver-smithing, but immerse myself in seed beading. I teach at a local bead store, as well at national shows from time to time. Patterns in my shop are by and large based on classes I have taught, so they've been tested on real people!