I completed my second Affinity bracelet in Mirrix's weave-along this week! While the first bracelet featured beads interwoven with silk, this one uses beads interwoven with Mirrix's genuine 14 karat gold thread.
As you can imagine, the thread is gorgeous in person. Its only downside is that it tangles very easily. In the past I've had success slowly winding it onto a card (it comes in a skein), but this time I took more drastic measures. Instead of trying to unravel the entire skein and wind it, I used sharp scissors to cut completely through the skein.
(I know, gasp.) But this actually worked wonderfully for my bracelet project. It produced a stack of threads that are each roughly 2 feet long. I was able to pull out individual threads to create six-ply strands for the bracelet without tangling.
And, I didn't need my thread to be any longer than that for the project. I only needed to weave little segments of gold, inter-spaced with beadwork. Fortunately, with this weave method it's pretty easy to begin and end thread (not nearly as time consuming as weaving-in beading thread for off-loom beading).
For the beadwork, I decided to use beads from my own stash. For a shimmering violet pink color, I used a mixture of 1.5mm Miyuki cube beads in gold luster rose and 11/0 triangles in gold luster cranberry. (I found both at U Bead It.)
For accents and to mix up the texture, I added rows of matte light topaz Czech farfalle beads. (I bought mine wholesale, but you can find lots of similar farfalles on Etsy.) I like the way the rounded ends of these beads make them look almost like pearls in the bracelet.
I used the cube beads for the even-count peyote stitch slider clasp.
Click here for my new diagram tutorial on "super secure" zipping up of the peyote tube, as promised.
I'm going to call this one a success. I love the colors, and the gold thread creates a really interesting look on such a casual bracelet.
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