Sunday, 25 July 2010

Bracelet with Rivolis

This is the bracelet I made from the recent article in Beadwork by Melanie Potter.  As usual, Melanie's patterns are excellent, and this went together easily.  I had trouble finding 8mm rivolis, but finally found some acceptable substitutes in Chinatown at Arton Beads.  Unfortunately I did not buy enough of them, so I adapted the pattern to have less rivolis and I added embellishments using a size 8 bead in the middle surrounded by 13mm charlottes.  The final bracelet is really nice, I may try another one when I can get enough rivolis the next time I am in Toronto.  Instead of the 2mm bicones, which are also pretty hard to find here, I used five 3mm bicones around the edge. The clasp is just a loop of peyote that fits around one of the cabochon settings. 
Overall, a great project with much potential for variations. This would make a terrific gift for someone special.
See Melanie's other work at her website
I was fortunate to be able to take several of Melanie's workshops at Bead Junction in toronto, and she is an excellent teacher.