Showcasing Fine Furnace GlassDateline: 05/28/00
How many of us have the odd bead here or there that we had to have but now are not sure what to do with? I have an entire drawer full of them, but as I was putting away my goodies from the last bead show I attended, this wonderful Mingo and Asho bead caught my eye, so I had to make something with it, right away!
I want to thank the marvelous Margie Deeb for the method shown here for attaching the clasp to the bracelet. She shows this method, along with lots of other amazing things, in her wonderful new book Out on a Loom .
Here's the free bead pattern to make your own bracelet, so you, too can show off those lovely furnace pieces. If you have more than one bead, make another one with a longer ladder section and wear it as a choker, then you'll have an incredible set of jewelry! Here's what you need:
1 - 20mm long furnace glass bead or equivalent
44 - 2mm gold round beads
20 - 4mm Swarovski bicone crystal in a color to complement your bead
250 - Size 11/0 seed beads, also in a comlimentary color
1 - gold colored double strand clasp
1. Start by stretching and conditioning with wax (this is important) a 6 foot length of Nymo "D", then thread a needle onto each end.
2. Place the large furnace glass bead in the center of the thread.
3. Add 1 gold bead and 5 seed beads to each needle, move them next to the furnace glass bead.
4. On the left hand needle only, place a gold bead, a crystal and a gold bead. Push these down to meet the seed beads on that side.
5. Using the right hand needle, pass through the first gold bead, the crystal and the second gold bead. Your needles will have changed sides with this move.
6. Repeat until you have a total of 9 links, ending with the last pass through a gold, crystal and gold.
7. Add 3 seed beads to one needle. Pass the needle from bottom to top of one hole in the clasp, making sure your work is face up, and the clasp is also face up.
8. Add a seed bead and pass back through the clasp hole from top to bottom.
9. Pass back through the 3 seed beads, pull the thread taunt and tie off next to the round gold bead. Secure your knot with a dab of clear nail polish. Repeat on other side.
10. Thread your needles with a new, conditioned, 6 foot length of thread, and pass it through the large bead, positioning it on the opposite side of the first thread. Repeat from Step 3 to make the other side of bracelet.
Now you have a beautiful new bracelet, just perfect for showing off those fantastic furnace treasures!