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Earthy Bracelet


About this design:

I had to have the tiger eye when I saw it. I wanted an earthy piece for my sis, her holiday gift. Eeck.

Questions for my fellow beaders.
Can natural leather be conditioned to seal it?
Any suggestions for thread?
I love wildfire (very smooth) but it only comes in 2 colors.

Components:

Tiger eye -multi, czech glass, 1.5 leather. All LB. Button / local sew shop.

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  1. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    This is such a neat design and in my colors! Love it! :)

  2. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I love your color choices for this. It looks great and the button is awesome!!

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Beautiful bracelet, I use TOHO One-G from LB it is very smooth too, I never heard about conditioning leather :D

  4. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thank you Deb & LRC for the kind words. . Big thank you to Lois and Asia for info on thread :) .

    @ Lois- thanks for adding what to use for pearls!! That is something I have been wanting to do.

    A lot of what I do is trial and error, I purchase supplies and then can’t use them for the desired project. A heavyweight thread was recommended for this type of bracelet. I wanted to pull my hair out attempting to getting it right on a 15″ in bracelet. I had to finish it ha ha cause I’m stubborn. I’m not the only one who does that I am I? Lol

  5. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    This is very pretty. I like the combination of stones. I only tried ladder stitch once, and found it frustrating. I am in awe of these type bracelets, but don’t have the patience!

  6. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    @ Elis Mom. It does get easier with practice. I was very frustrated in the beginning. I have cut down my time significantly, thats after doing roughly 10-12 bracelets. Now I found it relaxing. ha ha

  7. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    Hi Peggy :)

    Oh boy, can I can relate to your ‘trial and error’ and ‘purchasing supplies, then not being able to use them…’ comments. Yikes, that’s me all over.
    I have a love-hate relationship with KO. There are times it behaves when I’m using it. However, when it is naughty, it is KNOTTY! (bad pun). I think it is my technique more than the thread – ha! I have a particular bracelet I’ve set aside for now because “we” are not speaking (that is to say the KO and I). That’s OK. I’ll win in the end, even if I come out all in tangles.

  8. Nata S
    Nata S says:

    Hello fellow beaders,

    Pardon my ignorance, but what is KO? :)

    Nata S.

  9. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Cute bracelet! I use C-lon or Dymo. Silk thread is usually rougher so harder to pull through small holes in opposing directions. It does get easier with practice!

  10. Lois D
    Lois D says:

    @Nata S
    Yours is a good question :)

    K.O. is a thread manufactured in Japan that is a fray-resistant, non-stretch thread similar in size to Nymo B. It comes pre-waxed, available in lots of colors. The end is stiff enough to be used without a needle, although I’ve used it both ways (with and without). You can singe the ends with a thread burner as well.

    I’ve never figured out what the K and the O stands for though…:)

  11. Crazy Chick Frida
    Crazy Chick Frida says:

    Lovely :)

  12. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Very nice!

  13. AllureofGemsGlamJulia
    AllureofGemsGlamJulia says:

    Pretty bracelet! :)

  14. Nata S
    Nata S says:

    Thank you, Lois D :)

  15. Sonali
    Sonali says:

    I use Nymo without conditioining until ~1/2 the spool. Thereafter, it gets curled and I condition it with threadheaven by running it thorugh 2-3 times. The best way to keep thread from tangling is choosing the right length – very long thread tangles up fast.

  16. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thank you Sonali. I will have to try Nymo

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    nebraskama says:

    I use Nymo or similar and I have a love/hate relationship with it … love the colors but I hate the fact that if I poke the needle through it on accident, it gets all messy and frays. Haven’t tried fireline yet but might try KO next time … I still have a ton of Nymo to go through though first.

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