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Bubbles from Hell!

About this design:

This should have been a simple bracelet but it was anything but! The teardrops aren't really designed to be strung so initially I used a "pretty" beading wire in case it showed. I had it really tight to get the teardrops in clusters so it was really difficult to crimp. Then when I tried it on, the beads were higher up than the Narwhale. I tried using smaller jump rings to bring him up but he was still not right. It was difficult to switch the jump rings as the teardrops keep popping over the crimp and I had to use a beading needle to get them back on. I finally figured out that the Narwhale didn't look right because he was flat so I added a bend to him by clamping him around the neck of a wine bottle. Now it looked fine except my "pretty" beading wire had stretched even though it was a med. 49 strand. So it had to be restrung with heavy wire. I don't think I have it as tight this time and may have to redo it again if it doesn't fit my kids wrist. Is there any thing I could have done differently to make this easier?? Personally, I would have done this with leather but my kid is not a leather person at all.


GG Narwhale, Unicorne beads and teardrops, all LB.

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  1. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    I can’t help you with your beading dilemma…sorry. But this is beautiful. I have never seen the narwhale 1st of all…love him. Asia has used the unicorne teardrops a lot so maybe she can help.

  2. Asia
    Asia says:

    I love this one, I do use a lot of teardrops, but usually with jump rings, I have only one question did you stuff the big donut beads with seed beads, that will usually stabilize them and it might help the teardrops, use the biggest wire you have, those are my ideas they might work. :D

  3. Wild Mustard
    Wild Mustard says:

    I’ve always loved this narwhal, he is next on my list of things to make for ME :) you did a lovely job.

  4. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks Deb! The oldest girl child/adult and I have a running joke about Narwhals which might have something to do with her being a bit naive and me asking her if she really thought Narwhales existed. All that happened when she was about sixteen. Now all I have to say is “Narwhale” when she’s being a bit too trusting and we have a laugh but it makes her think a bit. The bracelet is a surprise for her and hopefully, a fun one. However I’d like to learn if there was a better way to go about making it. Bending that pewter was a flipping pain!

    Asia, Thanks for the kind words and the suggestion. I understand the premise of what you suggested but I’m not sure of the mechanics. Do you mean stringing seed beads first and then shoving the larger bead over it? It’s a fascinating idea. If I could use the larger bead to make the cluster of teardrops more stable then it wouldn’t be such a struggle to keep the tension while trying to to crimp around an odd shaped bead. But I’m not sure how I would do that without incorporating the seed beads into the design. Could you explain more?.

  5. ShadyGlade Girl
    ShadyGlade Girl says:

    Beautiful bracelet! All the work produced a great result. I too love the Narwhale bead.

  6. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    You have really complimented the GG Narwhale nicely! Love it!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    This is beautiful! I have used teardrops, but with the smallest size of waxed linen…it went through them just fine. As for the large hole beads, I never use those unless they are on the large size chain that is meant for them. The only alternative when you use large hole beads(at least for me), is to use a size 6mm bead or a bead stopper bead, in front and back of it to keep it more stable. I am sure your daughter is going to love this bracelet!

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    Gail, that is exactly what I had in mind, it prevents the large holed bead from flipping and stabilizes the whole bracelet, I had the same problem with my colorful dragonfly bracelet, it took me almost a whole day to figure that out, but it worked like a charm Good luck with your project :D .

  9. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    You did a great job! Very pretty!,

  10. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    SO SO pretty! btw: narwhales DO exist!!! :)
    Like Asia, I have used the teardrop Unicornes because they are so pretty with the light reflecting. I have found that a 6mm or 8mm silver bead between the cluster of Unicorne teardrops and its neighbor helps keep them together and away from others… and adds a touch of sparkle. I also tend to “stuff” the large hole beads with seedbeads or little 3mm beads so that the glass beads “float” on top of the spacers… but it doesn’t touch or affect the other beads around it.
    Does that make sense? :)

  11. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Julie and Asia, I tried the seed bead idea under the two larger beads on each side of the bracelet and it worked great! They stabilized the large beads enough so that I could use them to help wedge the teardrops together rather than just relying on my wire tension to group them. Thanks so much for the tips!!

  12. JenniferLynn
    JenniferLynn says:

    I love it! As for how to help w/it, I can’t say. :(

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    Echo says:

    That bracelet is absolutely gorgeous! It may have been a pain, but you definitely created a piece of art. Stunning :)

  14. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Yes it is indeed stunning. I’m so sorry that you’ve had such a time with it refer to “hell” in the making of this.

  15. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Life is just a learning process, isn’t it ??? Glad you got all those great tips to make this easier, Gail – - the result is simply gorgeous.

  16. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks again everyone! It’s really interesting when you absolutely NEED to use something that isn’t appropriate for the application. It is indeed a learning experience.

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Late to the party, here, but I would have suggested what Asia did or to use leather or 7 ply linen. This is fabulous!!

  18. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    To me this is bubbles from heaven! Even though it gave you hell, you worked through it and made a fabulous piece. I too get frustrated with some pieces, but I always come through it learning something or even a lot! ;)

  19. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    I really like this – a LOT! Has a great feeling to it. A real eye-catcher!

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