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Friday, February 11, 2011

Dragonscales and Dragon Bangles


I made my first Dragon Bangle by Nancy Jones featured in Beadwork magazine Feb/March 2011. I shared a sneak peek on BTW. The pattern was done with the brick stitch. I loved the look of the bangle but wasn't happy with how stiff it was. I immediately contacted Judith and asked for her help to make another one using bead crochet. I really had to pay attention while stringing the daggers and seedbeads. All the magatamas had to be facing the same direction. I tried several times before the right combination produced the results I was looking for. I knew I would be using a focal bead to join the bracelet. I had a large hole Tiger Eye bead. It reminded me of the eye of a dragon. Try as I might I have a hard time doing an invisible join with bead crochet. I understand the concept but getting it to work is something my brain can't compute. I love the supple feel bead crochet produces. It rolls over the wrist with ease.

At the Artbead Scene you can learn how to make a quick and easy photo collage using Picnik

If you would like to try your hand at bead crochet I highly recommend you visit Judith's site "beadline.com" where you can purchase her books and CD's.

20 comments:

Jennifer Baker said...

Thank you for sharing!! i have been teaching myself beadcrochet and have been looking for a good book on it. BTW where did you get the beads you used? if i may ask.

Beverly Herman said...

Jennifer I bought the beads from http://www.beyondbeadery.com
Judith has the best books on bead crochet.
Thanks for stopping by.

stregata said...

These are magnificent, Bev! Just gorgeous. Sorry to hear you haven't been so well - sending hope-you-feel-better-real-quick wishes and hugs.

LUCY said...

Originales y precioso, el material increible......felicidades

flyingbeader said...

Wow I just love those colors, but just don't think bead crochet is in my futures...but still love this piece you did

Courtney said...

Those are wonderful! I love the beads!

TerriK said...

Ooooooo, Bevvie, how gorgeous!

SummersStudio said...

I love the look of this. Is this the sort of technique you used to make my gorgeous owl bracelet? Because that bracelet just rolls on like butter on hot toast.

Beverly Herman said...

Renate thank you for the well wishes.
LeAnn it is the same technique.
It does roll on just like butter on toast. I like that description!

v-perlen said...

Your braclet really looks wonderfull. I love the look of your "dragon eye"!

LG Veronika

Doreen said...

This is absolutely wonderful! I know how to do bead crochet. I want to learn how to string these beads! I adore the texture! Will you be doing a tutorial, maybe, pretty please??

Beverly Herman said...

Doreen, Judith at Beadline.com will have the stringing pattern available very soon.

Thanks so much for kind words to all who have stopped by.

Doreen said...

Thank you, Bev! It really is a beautiful look! I love it! I'll have to watch for the stringing pattern. Meanwhile....need to buy those beads :)

Doreen said...

Oh, p.s., Bev. What size are the seed beads so I can purchase at the same time?

Beverly Herman said...

Doreen the seed beads are size 8

Doreen said...

Thank you!! You can tell I'm sitting at my computer today!!

Cristina said...

Wow....i love it!!! just amazing!

Amy's said...

Hi Bev.
I love your work.This dragon gave me hard time. All the daggers were facing in the same direction , I kept the first few rows loose and just got frustrated.Cant figure it out even though I got the magazine with the pattern.
I bought your pattern (russian dragonfly) totally fell in love with it.

Beverly Herman said...

Thanks Amy! I glad to hear you are enjoying the Russian Dragonfly pattern.

bobbikey said...

I'd LOVE to give this a try! Bead crochet is my new thing ;-) & I just loved this bracelet the moment it was published.