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She Sells Seashells

About this design:

I've been on a roll experimenting with new methods and styles. I'm no longer rolling. I thought I'd take Ali's Glass Necklace and turn it into a bracelet, never mind that I've never used waxed linen or knotted anything or had any idea how to judge lengths needed. It is a bracelet and that's about all I can say. I'm so freakin sick of the thing that I have no idea if its decent looking or not. Btw, you CAN unknot waxed linen and a nail file is an excellent tool!


Recycled glass, waxed linen, (LB), charms, shells and clasp from who knows where and focal from a tag sale.

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  1. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Well I like it! It’s happy and colorful, and I bet all the little dangles moving around makes it happier. The focal is fabulous, and the colors look great with it.

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    OK, this is just my opinion, but I am thinking maybe the freeform recycled glass beads are too big for multiple strands in a bracelet. Perhaps if there were just a few used on each strand along with different types of smaller beads. I do love the color combo and all the little dangles though! Just my opinion–which usually isnt worth much! LOLOL

  3. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Gosh, I can just hear that “I’m sick of working on this” tone in your voice, Gail ! But I’m glad you stuck with it – - think your bracelet is both unique and quite wonderful. Love the charms you added – - -

  4. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Hmmm, N4B, you may have a point! I only used three of the larger beads but I don’t care for them and would take them out. One of the original versions of this had two strands of the freeforms, no focal and a knotted(!) strand of small peacock rounds wrapped around it. I liked that, except the Seafoam thread in all those little knots stood out too much and was really distracting.
    If I were to ever use this method again I would A) either string on wire or thread without knotting first to check drape, fit and style. B) not use a light color thread.

  5. miss e
    miss e says:

    Ohhh pretty!
    Hopefully you are happy with the results. I LOVE it. :)

  6. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Sorry this caused so much aggravation Gail..but I’ve been there! The end results look pretty cool though.

  7. nutz4beadz
    nutz4beadz says:

    As a person who uses waxed linen alot, I am glad you tried it and I like your result. Don’t give up on it. I agree the knots can be untied, I use a head pin.
    I am working on a design now using waxed linen and it is giving me fits. I have tied and untied too many KNOTS. I put the project away for now.

  8. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I have had to untie the little buggers, too. It can be done but it ain’t easy! I think your end result is very cool!!! I have been working on a waxed linen/charms/beads tie myself and recently gutted it to start over so I totally understand your frustration! :) Never give up! the end result in this case is very cool!

  9. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    I think your bracelet turned out wonderful. I love the glass and the colors you’ve combined with that cool focal. I’m glad you stuck with it. I can’t tell you how many WIPs (works in progress) I have stashed away because I was so sick of them too!

  10. Charmed4Life aka Marysu
    Charmed4Life aka Marysu says:

    Sometimes you have to put work in Time Out. It just isn’t fun to fight a project! I like your end result, so playful and relaxed (despite your annoyance level)! I am doing some single strand bracelets from Ali’s inspiration. You got a lovely piece though it may take you some time to feel it!

  11. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    I really like your bracelet, it’s so neat that you used two colors of the Irish linen.

  12. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks for all the encouragement! I was planning on taking it apart and starting over but I think I’ll take Marysu’s advice and put it in time out ( that cracked me up!) and see how I feel about it later. Its kind of funny how this project started out being rather relaxing with all the knot tying. After about the third time though, not so much!

  13. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Does she sell the shells by the sea shore? If she does she has chosen some great colors and shapes. :D
    Time out is good and it gives you an opportunity to play with variables. I’ve frequently been an advocate of putting a questionable design “in the closet” and leaving it for at least a week. :D

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