This week I put together another new bracelet pattern with a spooky-ish Halloween theme. Originally I planned to add some skull beads or coffin charms (more on those later), but I ended up settling on just beads and a gunmetal-finish toggle clasp.
The stitching technique is the same sort of flat spiral that we've seen in Kathleen's Think Pink Bracelet, Jennifer's Emerald City, and our new flat spiral bracelet and necklace video tutorials -- with one major difference. Instead of single "loops" of beads on each side of the band, the new pattern uses pairs of stacked loops. This creates thicker and slightly more dimensional beadwork.
The pattern also uses glow-in-the-dark Czech glass druks for the core. This is the first time I've bought glowing glass beads, and I have mixed feelings about them. First off, they are beautiful and a little ethereal looking even when the lights are on. Second, they are very good quality, overall, being genuine Czech pressed glass. My only real complaint is that whatever makes them glow seems to be inconsistently mixed in with the glass, making some beads glow much more brightly in the dark than others. If you've tried these beads, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them in a comment.
Also new this week: A look at Xuron's new FireLine beading thread scissors.
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