I’m always inspired by the impressive jewellery that designers create using simple seed and other small beads. I’ve made several straightforward designs such as the bracelets below using a mix of seed beads and Czech SuperDuo® beads.
These give lovely end results without being too complicated and I have tried many variations.
I am especially intrigued by the spiral type patterns where using different sizes of beads pulls an otherwise flat or cylindrical pattern into a spiral shape and I decided to give this a go.
Investigating the Cellini Spiral pattern I found this zig zag bracelet pattern where the spiral is repeatedly reversed and I like the effect that this creates.
I based my bracelet on a pattern by Beata Gadomska from the Beads Direct project pages because it had good step by step instructions but I did search out some additional video instruction to get the hang of the design and I also altered the clasp. After a couple of practice runs to test my understanding and check my tension, I was soon on a roll.
As expected, the projects take longer and require more attention than the bracelets I made previously – more of a marathon than a sprint – but the results are worth it.
Some makers suggest that these spiral patterns should be made in a series of short sessions as they are quite repetitive but I preferred fewer longer sessions to get into the groove and avoid losing track when I put it away and picked it up again.