- 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
- 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
- DiamonDuo beads "Chalk Lumi Green"
- 3mm fire polished beads "Bronze"
- 3mm druks "Opaque Gold & Smoky Topaz Luster"
I made this with Deborah Roberti's new bracelet pattern, "Starflower". I wasn't sure at first if I'd like wearing such a wide bracelet. I loved the motif so much though that I made one into an earring, which you can see below. In the end, I decided to go ahead and make the bracelet and I don't mind the width of it at all.
The Chalk Lumi Green DiamonDuos are very close to my favorite Chalk Lazure Blue so how could I not love it? The bronze fire polished beads give the bracelet a bit of sparkle. The druks that I used came from a batch of that color that have a lot more purple in them than usual and they give the bracelet a subtle pop of color.
This is a very fun pattern to make and it works up quickly. It does use a lot of 11/0 seed beads and thread. I took Deb's advice and measured out 4 foot lengths of thread to make each motif. This was plenty of thread with a little left over but I'd rather have a bit too much thread then run short. I used the alternate way of connecting the motifs because I was worried that the bracelet might come out too long for me with more beads between them. I did end up using the longer clasp loops though because it seemed like it might be a little snug with the shorter loops.
You can buy Deb's pattern at Around the Beading Table HERE.