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Like I mentioned in my first beading-related post, I’ve been working on a cellini spiral.

A cellini spiral is an even-count tubular peyote. Peyote is a beading technique resulting in a very smooth and even pattern. You can use it for two-dimensional beadwork, such as flat bracelets, or patches to attach to textiles, and you can use it for tubular shapes, which is good for necklaces and bracelets. If you vary bead sizes, a spiral shape forms automatically as you go along. There is a brilliant, very comprehensive tutorial on how to make a cellini spiral here. (I love the woman’s voice, it’s so calm and soothing. I like to think she’s a kindergarten teacher in real life. [with my luck, she’s probably a physicist]).

I had originally planned to make a necklace since the only jewelry I ever wear is the odd necklace from time to time. I have worn the wave/Thetis necklace I made, but not the bracelet so far. Bracelets always seem to get in my way, getting stuck on door handles and such. If the bracelet is very tiny and flexible and I can forget that I’m wearing it, it’s fine, but otherwise, these things are not for me. So I was going to make a cellini necklace

However, I had completely underestimated the time, thread, and patience it takes for a cellini spiral to gain any amount of length! Once I had reached a little under bracelet length I just couldn’t keep going any longer. I had broken five or so of the smallest beads in step ups(*), and had to keep adding more and more thread which, of course, resulted in a considerable number of knots all through the spiral, and I was simply at the end of my tether. I cheated on the last couple of centimeters by adding a beaded clasp rather than cellini-spiraling on and joining the ends together, and it was done!

Good feeling, nonetheless!

And a handsome looking bracelet, don’t you think?

Turns out, however, that I don’t wear bracelets! *eek*

Who could have known?

And with this bracelet you can’t easily forget that you’re wearing it. This is one chunky bracelet. Suitable only for accompanying an evening gown, if anything. I don’t wear evening gowns very often, though.

But I love the way it looks. It’s sparkly and purple, and I just need to wear it!

The other night, I found a way to actually show it off while dressing rather casually and not looking like a total dork all at the same time.

Look what I did:

It even stayed put for four hours or so before giving in to gravity and my head’s movement.

In spite of the amount of beads and nylon thread incorporated in this thing, it’s not too heavy, and still rather flexible. No sharp edges, either. Good thing I stopped trying to turn it into a necklace when I did – clearly, it was meant to be a hair toy from the get-go! Now it all makes sense to me!



In case you don’t bead, you might find this confusing. The peyote technique requires you to make a “step up” at the end of each row of beads in order to start the next row. During this step up process, the thread goes through the same bead for the third time. If the bead is small, or at least the hole in the bead is small, and you tighten the thread too tightly, the bead may break.

The beads I used were not very high in quality, which means that their sizes varied and the holes were rather small. So there was some breakage.

As it turns out, this was no biggie; you can’t really see that there are some beads missing in the finished bracel… hair toy.

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