Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tutorial: Orion Bracelet - Part 1/2

To see the materials I used in the tutorial and more information, click HERE.

Orion Bracelet

Hi everyone! How are you doing? After a long time away, I'm finally back with a new tutorial for you. :)

This is my first very advanced project. It took me a month designing it and shooting the video. I'm really happy with the result and I hope you like it too.

The tutorial was divide in several steps: in the first one I show you how to bezel a 12mm rivoli with peyote stitch and how to embellish it. In the second step I show how to join the four rivoli components together, to form the central part of the bracelet. Then I explain how to make the cords in tubular herringbone stitch in the third step and how to join each cord to the central part in the fourth step. Finally, in the fifth step, I show you how to make the end caps and how to attach them to the end of the herringbone ropes.

In my opinion, the steps showing how to make the joins are the most difficult parts of the tutorial. I think it requires some experience with beadwork to understand them.

I have some observations before you start working in this project:

1) The delica beads in matte color are difficult to work with. It's hard to pass the needle through them when you're doing the peyote stitch. I'm making another version of this bracelet, with delica beads in luster color, and it's so much easier to pass the needle through them! I could even use beading needle #11.

2) The size of the bracelet may vary depending on the beads you choose to make the herringbone ropes. I made this bracelet with Toho beads. Its size is 6.5" or 16.5cm without the clasp. Now, I'm using Miyuki beads in the new bracelet I'm making and the size of it is 6" or 15.25cm. So, before joining the herringbone ropes, I recommend you place them right next to the central part in your bead mat. Use pins to keep them in place. Place the ends of the ropes together to simulate the final design of the bracelet. Then measure it. If it's shorter or longer than the desired length, just add or remove beads in each herringbone rope. Just remember that the four ropes must have the same quantity of rows. And don't forget to consider the size of your clasp.

3) Use a strong thread (like Fireline or similar) to make this project. To bezel the rivolis, I recommend a thread of 0.20mm of diameter or thinner, because we pass several times through the beads. I used Wildfire 0.15mm in black color, but I didn't like to work with it. After passing through the beads a few times, the color wore off in some points of the thread, showing its core in white color.

Now a close-up of the bracelet:

The list of materials I used:

- Delica beads 11/0, matte black (#DB0310); store
- Toho seed beads 11/0, opaque frosted jet (#49F); store
- Miyuki seed beads 11/0, silver lined grey (#921L); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, silver lined gray (#29B); store
- Toho seed beads 15/0, matte metallic pewter (#F451D); store
- Swarovski bicone, 4mm, crystal silver night; Silvexcraft
- Swarovski rivoli, 12mm, crystal black patina; Silvexcraft
- Zam 3 toggle clasp, sterling silver; Silvexcraft
- Wildfire thread, 0.15mm, black; local store

The links for the tutorial: PART 1 and PART 2.

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