Humblebeads Blog: One Bead, 5 Ways!
I spent the day working on my beads in this very classic Humblebeads design. A friend recently asked me to revisit the bead in new patterns and so I jumped all over it!
This bracelet features my Van Gogh Oleander 6-Hole Spacer Bead. I modified a bracelet design I did for BeadStyle magazine many years ago. This updated version pairs chain, metallic beads and faceted stones. The chains were attached using 20 gauge wire.
Hint: start with the chains and then add the beads.
On 3 1/2″ of wire I created a loop 1 1/2″ from the bottom. Open the loop and slide on the chain, close the loop and wrap to create a messy wrap. Slide through the bead and repeat on the other side.
For the beads I cut 1 1/4″ lengths of memory wire, strung it through the bead and taped one side so the wire was centered. I added beads on one side, created a loop with the memory wire to close and repeated the pattern on the other side.
You can see on the back I used 20 gauge wire and 4mm fire polished glass beads to create spacers to stabilize the bracelet. The key to this design is mixing sizes and textures to create interest.
This bracelet is so much fun to wear, whips up quickly and brings the party to your wrist!
Erin, Lorelei and Gloria’s necklace are under their copyright, so I’m showing them for inspirational purposes only. But I’m sure they will get you thinking differently about this bead.
Feel free to create either cuff bracelet design – but beware: when you wear them you will get showered with compliments!