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Sunday, April 18, 2010

A New Angle on the Bangle

I know I have been a bit quite here for the past two weeks.  We have had some illness sweep through, and then came the recovery period, quickly followed by the "increased creativity period".  I must say, I don't look forward to illness or the recovery, but I do look forward to the increased creativity period.

It seems that whenever I get sick, my brain gets to hit it's re-set button.  It dumps a lot of useless stuff that is just taking up space and it has room for a lot of new ideas.

That brings me to the title of this post "A New Angle on the Bangle".  My recovering brain turned to creative thoughts of bracelets.  I wanted to do something that was not a cuff for a change, so I found a "New Bangle".

What do you think????
So far, I have two finished.  The blue one features my "Wolf Tracks" motif. 

And the pink one is inspired by my daughter.  Her native name is "Barefoot Butterfly."  I had the pleasure and honor of giving her that name.  She is a fancy shawl dancer and she hates to wear shoes, even in the snow.

I hope to come up with at least one more bangle motif idea.  I am thinking along the lines of roses or another flower.  I'll add photos of those when they are done.

May is going to be "Bangle/Bracelet Month" at Bouncing Wolf Creations.  Look for the patterns for these bangles and others coming the beginning of May.


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Friday, April 2, 2010

April Showers bring May Flowers....

But why should we wait?  After all, we are beaders!!  We can make our own flowers!!!

In celebration of the return of the robins, the blooming daffodils, and the buds on the trees, I have designed a set that I named:

Stained Glass Roses

I have already posted the pattern for a delicate, springy tea light cover that coordinates with the set. 

The one page-pattern uses delica beads and cotton quilting thread to create a springy wrap for your tea lights.  The pattern has a full-color graph style beading chart, a color key with suggested delica bead colors and bead counts and a color photo of the finished tea light.

                                                                                                  Stained Glass Roses Earrings

I am planning to post the earring pattern next -- on Wednesday, April 7, 2010.  The pattern will include the beading chart for the medallion and the tube bead, and complete directions for the fringe.  The finished earrings are approximately 3.5 inches long (not including the french wire).  And, yes, those are crystal bicones that you see in the fringe!!!


Stained Glass Roses Cuff/Bracelet

I am planning to post the Cuff/Bracelet pattern on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.  This pattern will have all of the ususal features and will also include directions for adding a decorative button toggle clasp and loop.

 Stained Glass Roses Barrette

The Barrette Pattern will complete the set and should be posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.  The pattern will include the chart for the body of the barrette and the tube bead, and complete instructions for the new fringe design.

So, as you begin to till the soil and get your gardens ready for spring, don't forget about your beading garden.  Flowers are already blooming in my world, how about in yours?


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