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Ribbon Bracelets

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Yes, more ribbon can probably guess it's one of my favorites to work with because it's lightweight and really pretty. Here are two different ribbon bracelets. The black and purple ribbon has handmade polymer clay beads, amphibole beads, lava beads, and assorted glass beads. The purple and green bracelet has assorted gemstone beads, assorted crystal beads, cloisonne beads, handmade beads, and composite rose beads. On both bracelets the beads move freely, which adds a fun aspect.


Black and Purple ribbon bracelet: clay beads, glass beads, amphibole beads, lava beads, black obsidian beads, ribbon Purple and Green ribbon bracelet: clay beads, assorted crystal beads (LB), cloisonne beads, Olive Fire Agate (LB), assorted glass beads, composite rose beads, aventurine, Azurite/Quartz/Pyrite beads (aka mystery stone bead), ribbon I've included a few photos of the 'mystery' beads that my Mom once gave me and I haven't been able to identify, they aren't in focus, but the photos are meant to be more for colors since the focused photos had too much shine. The colors are cobalt blue (similar to azurite or lapis), specks of pyrite, and then the greenish yellow)---I'm now thinking maybe chrysocolla? As I tell my students on a regular basis color is the worse way to id a mineral, but in beads that's the primary clue. Looking at the beads the colors appear to be natural not dyed. Rereading this I can't help but say jokingly 'no I'm not a scientist or geologist in the over thinking/analysis tendencies at all.' lol ;) Thanks for any ideas, I appreciate them.

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  1. Bead-itudes
    Bead-itudes says:

    Your bracklets are beautiful. My speculation on your green stones is: Seraphanite.

  2. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    I love the rich colors of these bracelets!

  3. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    So pretty and cheerful. Great colors.

  4. CAS
    CAS says:

    Very sweet … fantastic color combos. I agree the stones are Seraphanite.

  5. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Hi Olive…these are just beautiful! I love your choice of color, shape and textures.

  6. Atomic Toad
    Atomic Toad says:

    Lovely deep colors. Very pretty.

    I have some Seraphinite and it’s pine green and silvery streaks. Your stones look more blotchy and yellow.

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the compliments and the input. Thanks, Bead-itudes and CAS- I agree, Seraphanite is a possibility in the stone for the green minearl, but what about the blue mineral?

    In case there is any confusion there are 2 stone beads with green in them, the mystery blue/green and green/black, the olive green and black beads a olive fire agate. Just being a scientist again…lol. ;)

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    olive penguin says:

    oops, mineral, not minearl, it’s not a royal crystal–’earl’. ha ha :)

  9. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    These are so pretty! Love your design!

  10. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    These are so pretty..

  11. Stone Treasures
    Stone Treasures says:

    These are exquisite! Perfect for the spring season that will be upon us soon!

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks everyone for all your kind words!

  13. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Wow, these are so lovely! What great color combos and such a wonderful idea! :D Do you use any glue on the knots when attaching the finding at the end of the ribbons (to create your clasp)?

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks Lynn, actually since I’m relatively new (I’ve only been working with clay beads for about a year and making jewelry for maybe 7-8 months or so.) to beading my techniques are sort of improvised. In the past few months I’ve learned more tips and techniques from all of you on this site and just in general learning about findings and finishing pieces.

    So, for the first ribbon (black and purple), I made that by simply hand sewing the ribbons together and then the clasp on to them. The second one I made with the ribbon end crimps then used jump rings to attach the clasp. My improvised trick to try and ‘glue’ the ribbon ends on is clear nail polish. I haven’t been able to glue it where it doesn’t look sloppy. Since I’m using the ribbon the nail polish seems to absorb through to sort of hold the ribbons together slightly. Overall though, I mainly count on the stitches or the tightness of the crimp.

  15. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks for the tips — they’re much appreciated! :D

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    Luna Chick aka Coral says:

    Just gorgeous!

  17. DMYJewelryDesign on etsy
    DMYJewelryDesign on etsy says:

    Pretty, pretty, pretty.

  18. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Awesome bracelet….love the idea of using ribbon! :-D

    I’m wondering if your mystery beads could be Serpentine or Chrysoprase…

  19. Violet
    Violet says:

    Love your bracelet, great design !!

    My husband and I both agree that your mystery stones are
    natural yellow turquoise…. they are yellowish green, with blue/gray tones…
    I have used quite a bit of it… and from your picture and description , that’s
    my/our opinion

  20. Violet
    Violet says:

    Oh, if you want to compare… I have 2 designs on Lima Beads using
    natural yellow turquoise… If you go to my profile page, then to my designs,
    there is one on page 2, and one on page 11 … The pendants and most of the stones in the 2 necklaces came from Lima Beads… Hope this helps !!

  21. Nata S
    Nata S says:

    I thought I saw Astrophyllite (black square ones) and Chinese Chrysocolla (the round ones). Check out LB’s CS section – they look a lot like yours. Seraphinite they are NOT, methinketh :) . Hope this helps. Nata The Lurker

  22. Nata S
    Nata S says:

    Sorry, that was supposed to be CC section, as in Chinese Chrysocolla. Such a damselfly I am … Good luck! Nata

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks everyone for your compliments on my design! I appreciate them.

    Elaine: Thanks for both your ideas about the mystery beads. I appreciate them. Serpentine is usually green with maybe some black/white and it has been used as ‘new jade’–I’m fairly familiar with what those look like and I’m don’t think it’s serpentine. I don’t think it’s chrysoprase because there seems to be too much blue. However, based on the green tones both are good guesses.

    Violet, Thanks for you and your husband’s input, based on the texture (a little waxy) and the ease in filing the hole (which created black filings which can be indicative of copper) with the colors and pyrite, yellow turquoise is a strong possibility. Thanks for directing me to your designs, they were helpful, and all your designs are wonderful too! I think they can be either yellow turquoise or chrysocolla (the texture and blues fit for this guess too).

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    olive penguin says:

    Nata: Hi, just saw your suggestion, I thought about the china chrysocolla too, I agree it’s another good possibility. The black square ones are an amphibole that often have the the blades, they could be astrophyllite. The appearance it identical.

  25. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Hi again,
    I found this on Etsy. Re: Serpentine. Hmmmm??
    I hope it’s ok to post this.

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    olive penguin says:

    Hi, Nancy. I hope it’s okay to post to…I don’t know for sure either.

    I agree the greens are a good match. One of these days I’ll have to take them to the lab…maybe not. :) So the guesses are: Chrysocolla, yellow turquoise, and !Serpentine. All are good guesses. I suppose the case can be closed for now with 3 choices…haha

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    Valley Girl says:

    Great colors, love these bracelets!

  28. nancykathryn
    nancykathryn says:

    These are both lovely bracelets. I like what you’re doing with the ribbons.

  29. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Love the bracelets and the color is fabulous. I’d like to try working with ribbon but with my luck I’d probably wind up with frayed ends and a bunch of ravelings. :D

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    olive penguin says:

    Thanks everyone! I appreciate all your positive comments. When I started making these I had not seen anything like them before. It is good to know that other people think they are pretty too. :)

    It’s actually easier to work with ribbon that you might think. I use a beading collapsible needle (or if I don’t have one I’ll take a piece of wire and use it as a needle) to help string the beads, and then I either sew the ends together or put them in the ribbon crimp. I rarely have problems with frayed ends or unraveling, but that just might be luck! ;)
    I’ve made beaded ribbon book marks too and I just put a dab of clear nail polish on the end of the ribbon to keep it from unraveling or sometimes I’ll knot the end. I haven’t had any problems yet.

    Anyone can try it–to quote my friends skinny ribbon is ‘cheap and cheerful.’ I just think 1/8″ or 1/4″ ribbon is the perfect thickness for bracelets since it’s relatively easy to bead with and use multiple strands. Good luck to anyone who decides to experiment! :D

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