Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bracelet of the Day: Double Trestle Bands


DOUBLE TRESTLE BANDS
  • 11/0 "Dark Bronze" (11-457D)
  • SuperDuo "Chalk Lazure Blue"
  • SuperDuo "Crystal Lazure Blue"
  • Half Tila beads "Bronze" (HT-457)
  • 3mm druks "Green Marble Luster Picasso"

When my sister "liked" my "London's Garden" bracelet of the day for July 13th on Facebook, I told her that I'd make one for her. Little did she know that I would also make her a matching "Trestle Band" and a pair of matching "Layered Tila Earrings". I ended up changing the clasp loops on the "London's Garden" bracelet and I'll post about that another day.

After making the "Trestle Band", I got the crazy idea to make a second one so that she could "stack" them. However, I wanted to use magnet clasps on them and I didn't think stacking would work well with magnets. That's when I came up with the idea to permanently connect the two bands together so that they only used one clasp for both. Surprisingly, it worked quite well using a couple sizes of jump rings to connect everything.


You may have noticed that I used some "Blue Luster" druks as well as some "Green Marble Luster Picasso" druks in the bracelet and earrings. My main color scheme for the set was "Chalk Lazure Blue", which is the same as "Blue Luster", but I don't have a large supply of that color in 3mm druks. But, "Green Marble Luster Picasso" is almost the same, or close enough, and I have quite a few of that color.

Here are some photos that I took of the single "Trestle Band" before I came up with the idea to connect them:


LAYERED TILA EARRINGS
  • 3mm druks "Blue Luster"
  • 4mm druks "Blue Luster"
  • 15/0 seed beads "Dark Bronze" (15-457D)
  • 11/0 seed beads "Dark Bronze" (11-457D)
  • Tila beads "Bronze" (TL-457)



You can read about the "London's Garden Bracelet" HERE. The "Trestle Bands" pattern is from Deborah Roberti and you can buy it HERE. The "Layered Tila Earrings" pattern is adapted from a free bracelet pattern by MyAmari, which you can download HERE.

Here is the complete set that I made for my sister:





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