Saturday, May 3, 2014


Piccadilly is coming along, though progress is slow.
Before I go much further I wish to give credit to Beading Daily  for it is there that I found Beth Kraft's tutorial on her Collage Bracelet.  Granted I took great liberties with her instructions, basically borrowing the primary concept but putting my own unique spin to it. 
There is a material's list included in her written directions, some of the findings and beads I didn't have nor was I about to purchase them.  Since the idea was to use up my dribs and drabs of beads why go out and purchase more ?  Also the instructions called for a Tube Clasp with side bar, an item not among my supplies, but I did have a pair of Slide End Tubes which, after having used them, I must say are divine.  If you're not familiar with these ends HERE'S a short video on how they function.

Photo below - close up of the slide tube end.

After playing around with different ways to attach the peyote strip to the peyote tube,  I finally found that JoJo's idea worked and looked the best.  JoJo of Tahoma Beadworks & Photography suggested using a large bead between the two elements and connecting them together by running the thread through the large bead and down through the seed beads of both the tube and the strip.  Hers' was a straight forward solution that ended up working beautifully.  Thank you JoJo.

Photo below :  A large Crystal oval bead is used to bridge the two sections together.  Tiny garnet beads and #15 glass seed beads help fill in the spaces and give a nice clean transition from the peyote work to the crystal bead.

I found that the main problem with connecting the two elements was that the peyote strip was wider than the tube, even though both were 10 beads in width and both used size #11 Delica seed beads.  Other methods that I tried turned out looking lopsided. By using the larger bead as a bridge I found I didn't have to finagle with the difference in size.
Right now the bracelet measures about 5 and a quarter inches. That would fit a really tiny wrist, so I need to make it a reasonable length, attach the other slide end tube, add a clasp and then finish embellishing.  Well guess it's back to work on the beading.  :)


  1. It's a great way to use your beads, and I love that you've drawn inspiration from others (clasps or designs) and made them uniquely your own. :)

  2. Yay! I'm so glad my idea worked! It looks great! :D

  3. This is such a fun bracelet and I'm glad you found a solution by using the bead. I like the challenge of using the bits and bobs to create something without buying anything new. I try to do that with my fabric, lace and trim scraps.

  4. I'm looking forward to see the finished item in all its glory!

  5. I like that! It's so fun and colorful and summery. Makes me want to play with beads again.

  6. Looking good A. :)

    I had to watch the video 'cuz I am completely in the dark where beading is concerned, so thanks for the link :)

    I totally understand working on a project trying to use up "leftovers" and then finding out you might actually have to buy something to finish it off, so glad you were able to make it work.

    Such intricate work, amazing :)

    Have a lovely week, cheers, T. :)

  7. Hi Anna, pretty bracelet. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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