Occasional beadwork project: fossil coral cab

Taken in the sunshine, which isn’t the best for showing the beads or for accurate color – but shows the cab well – is an occasional beading project sitting on my work table. It’s fossilized coral, and the large beads are carnelian. I don’t think I’m going to do much more around the cab, but finish the row I’m doing of the 15s, and trim and back, with an accent hanging off the bottom tip. I think I’d like to do the necklace part with some interesting structure, and not just stringing.

Rhinestones and beads bracelet

Here’s the finished bracelet! I like it, and the clasp works well. Here’s a tip, though: the actual clasp should be as close as possible to the edge of the bracelet. Because I wasn’t thinking of this, I centered the snap on the Ultrasuede square. The clasp only gaps a tiny bit, but if I had placed the snap on what would eventually be the far edge of the bracelet, it would likely gap less.


Thrifted rhinestones and beads

I bought this wonderful, 3 1/2′ rhinestone chain at a thrift store. It’s tarnished and the rhinestones aren’t really sparkly – which makes it perfect for everyday wear, right? Perhaps from the 50s? It’s unsigned, so I don’t feel guilty about cutting it apart. Below is version three of a possible cuff.


And here is a sample of a short length of a completed cuff width.

rhinestone-bracelet-2 I’m toying with what I want to do for a clasp. Initially, I thought I would buy a silver clasp of the appropriate width. Then, I considered making it a slip-on bracelet. I think I want something closer fitting than that, so my current idea is to cut an Ultrasuede tab to attach to each end, sew on snaps to fasten the bracelet, and embroider beads to cover the tab. I will have to decide on the clasp before I have to cut the rhinestone chain. I don’t want to waste any, so I can make more sparkly jewelry.