This collection of fiery red and sandy brown beads conjures memories of summer bonfires. Incorporating cowrie shell beads adds a bit of the beach.
Project from the book Fun & Simple Beads by Tair Parnes. Read our review.
It’s as easy as poking a string through a hole! Beautiful beaded jewelry is all the rage?yet many people who love the style hesitate to try making their own. Surprise! The process is actually incredibly simple and fun. Right from the start, this engaging and colorful collection of projects draws you in, presenting all the necessary tools, materials, and techniques in large, bright photos. A striking ?Earth, Wind, and Fire Necklace” features seed, glass, and heart-shaped beads in deep browns, breezy blues, and rich reds. Or be ?Tickled Pink” with a bracelet that’s feminine and funky with bold beads and delicate bows. ?Golden Goddess Earrings” shimmer with shells and golden rings. All the pieces are playful, imaginative, and a pleasure to create.© 2013 Tair Parnes / Sterling · Reproduced with permission.
String both cords onto the clasp and draw them through until you reach the halfway mark. Fold the cords in half so you have 4 even strands and tie them in a knot close to the clasp (Figure A).
Divide the strands into 2 pairs and tie a knot in each pair. String a red seed bead onto a pair of strands and tie a knot. String a red seed bead onto the other pair and tie a knot (Figure B).
String a glass bead onto a strand and tie the pair in a knot. String a yellow seed bead onto a strand in the other pair of strands and tie the pair in a knot (Figure C).
String a shell bead onto a strand and tie the pair in a knot. String a glass bead onto a strand in the other pair and tie the pair in a knot (Figure D).
Continue stringing beads in this manner, measuring against your wrist as you go and making sure both strands are even.
When the bracelet is the right length, draw all of the strands into the other half of the clasp and tie in a secure knot. Reinforce with a dab of super glue and cut the cords close to the knot (Figure E).E