My floral garland bracelet originally appeared in Bead and Button Magazine. When I created the design, I had been interested in experimenting with using two-holed beads to create layers of beadwork. For this project I used Twin Hole beads, but in fact, it should work equally well with Superduos. I mixed these with seed beads in a Cellini spiral (this is a particular variation of tubular Peyote stitch) and the second hole gave me the means by which I was able to create the floral design around the bracelet. This floral design is made using basic daisy chain stitch and again, uses ordinary seed beads.
I have also been fascinated by beaded clasps and ways in which they can be used as an integral part of jewellery designs. So, for this bracelet, I imagined that the clasp might be like a detail of part of the floral garland, showing one of the little flowers as if magnified. It is basically a toggle clasp made using 10mm pearls and round bead with a Peyote stitch toggle. This fits into the carefully constructed bracelet ends. When fastened, the clasp can be worn as a focal point on the front of the wrist, instead of hiding at the back of the wrist as usually happens with a bracelet clasp.
When the design appeared in Bead and Button, it was re-worked by the lovely editor, Connie Whittaker – she was brilliant to work with and it was fascinating for me to see my design in completely new colours. It never fails to amaze me what a difference colouring can make to a design: choose a new colour palette and the design takes on a new life. So you can see Connie’s take on the bracelet in the photos here, as well as details of the toggle clasp and the floral garland design up close.
This project is suitable for more advanced beaders as it may feel a little tricky working with the two-holed beads and adding the daisy chain. If you’re happy to push yourself, though, don’t be put off – give this a go! If you’re feeling really ambitious, it will also make a fabulous necklace: I suggest making it choker length so the clasp can be worn at the front.