Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pattern Review: Farfalle Bracelet

FARFALLE BRACELET
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Olive Brown" (11-457H)
  • SuperDuo beads "Opaque Olive Copper Picasso"
  • 6mm round "Crazy Moss Agate" stone beads
  • 4mm corrugated brass beads (from Hobby Lobby)
This is another pattern by Deborah Roberti. You can buy it HERE at Around the Beading Table for $4.00. I wasn't sure at first if I could come up with color combination of beads that I'd be happy with but I'm really pleased with the results. I really didn't want to use bicones and I had these "Crazy Moss" stone beads that I splurged on months ago and hadn't gotten around to using yet. They were perfect for this bracelet. While I splurged on the stone beads, I cheaped out on the 4mm brass beads. I got those on sale for 50% off at Hobby Lobby. I also have some smooth brass ones from Hobby Lobby but I thought the corrugated ones would add an interesting texture to the bracelet.

I didn't change anything about the pattern, which is unusual for me. Well, I must admit that I went ahead and attached half of the clasp right away after making the first motif. That way I only had to leave a long enough tail to weave in later.

Using large stone beads made for a heavy bracelet but it has a nice feel to it. I also got lucky that I didn't have to do anything special to make it fit me. Nine motifs were just right for my size and I kept the clasp loops just as Deb's pattern said to make them.

This pattern is fun to make and the method is a little unusual, or at least I've never made anything quite like it before. 



10 comments:

  1. This is stunning. I love it. Your photos are getting awesome too.

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    1. Thanks. The quality of my photos is a bit hit or miss. I haven't yet figured out how to get good ones when the light is poor. I rely on natural light (no flash) so they usually turn out great on sunny days but mostly horrible on rainy days.

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    2. I also want to mention that many of the photos that I'm posting here on my blog were taken a long time ago when I had just started beading. I've since figured out a few tricks to getting better photos. Plus, before my blog, I often just snapped quick pictures to have a permanent record of everything I made. I'm gradually trying to retake some of the photos but many of the items were gifts so I can't retake those without remaking them first.

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  2. this is very nice, I try to add semi precious beads when ever possible instead of the reg seed beads, just looks so much more real. Again very nice. Karen

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  3. Do you have the pattern for this available? Thanks !!

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    1. The link where you can buy the pattern is in the first paragraph above. Or copy and paste this one in your browser: http://www.aroundthebeadingtable.com/Patterns/Farfalle.html

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  4. Beautiful! I love the colors.

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  5. Preciosos diseño y has elegido unos colores fantásticos!!!
    Encantada de pasar por aquí

    MariaM acabado en M

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    1. Translation: "Lovely design and you've chosen some great colors! Nice to stop by."

      Thanks, Mariam. I took a quick look at your blog and you've got some beautiful beadwork. Here's the link to Mariam's blog: http://mariamabalorios.blogspot.com/

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