This past weekend, I felt the need to sit with my beads and simply string. I decided to make a wrap bracelet.
When I first started working with beads, I would spend a lot of time designing just the right, symmetrical pattern. For this project, I was more interested in the activity than the end-product.
Instead of planning the design in the bead tray, I pulled beads directly from my bead boxes. First green, then purple, then orange…
Most of the beads I used were quartz, but I added citrine and Mother of Pearl and agate. And just when I thought a color or texture wouldn’t work together, I would try it anyways.
Why not stack a metal bead onto another metal bead?
Why not try citrine next to Mother of Pearl?
The pattern was random; each combination was enlightening.
Many years ago, a friend taught me how to work with beads. She invited a few girls over to her house and graciously shared her favorite craft.
I remember gathering around her kitchen table. She had boxes of beads stacked high- she had such a collection!
We chose some beads, and she showed us how to make a bracelet. Threading the wire through each bead was easy, and we all got quiet as we focused on our project. However, when it was time to attach the clasp, it was not as simple as I thought it would be. My bracelet almost fell apart as I tried to hold onto the crimp tool, wire, and beads at the same time.
A few weeks later, I decided to try again on my own. With my new, small collection of supplies, I planned a necklace. As I picked up each bead, studied its color and shape, and tried different patterns in the tray, I was officially hooked.