|Katie Hacker and me on the set of Beads, Baubles & Jewels!|
|Here's the great Design Seeds palette Erin posted for us to use as inspiration. Gorgeous!|
|Beadalon's slide connector comes in silver and gold in multiple widths|
The slide connector has a channel into which you could put a thin material like leather, silk or other cording.
Here are the Bead Gallery beads that I chose for this project. I must admit that I have a new favorite bead. It's the green faceted Czech glass with the mottled finish. I want to put these little earthy guys in everything I make.
|I didn't have many of these beads left when I finished, but here's what they look like when you get them from Michaels.|
|Here's what you need to make this project.|
I played around a bit with the idea of using cording, but in the end I thought I'd give it a try as a multi-strand connector for a bracelet.
Inside the connector I used a gold round and a crimp to hold things in place. When I was finished, I pinched the connector together to hold the flexible beading wire in place so that it didn't get abraded. I was concerned that the connector could cause the wire to break. I've worn the bracelet a few times and haven't had any issues. I'll update this if I have any problems with it.
Now, I wasn't quite finished, and I had a few beads left, so I decided to make a little pendant to go along with the bracelet. Something simple and easy to wear, but with a chevron-esque look.
If you want to play along or just check out the rest of the projects on the Halcraft blog, visit the April Pretty Palettes post. Erin Prais-Hintz will have May's inspiration photo up next week, and word is, that the next blogger partner is none other than the fantastic and talented Heather Powers of Humblebeads!