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Darkness Darkness

About this design:

It was my intention to make a bracelet I saw on YouTube called Dark Fantasy by Mariel Beads and Beyond. It's a beautiful bracelet, but as always, what I think I will make has nothing at all to do with what I end up making. This is nothing like it, but I guess it's always a bit more satisfying to create your own design. That being said it was the biggest pain to make. Dark beads, dark thread. The thread constantly catching on something and looping around other beads, the fringe, etc. And I could not see it. I've been working on it for a long time and have lost a piece of my mind for sure, and my eyesite. So glad to be done and get on with my life, LOL. I call it Darkness Darkness because it's all about the darkness and I was reminded of a dark but beautiful song from long ago by Jesse Collin Young that I always loved.


Black superduos. Black diamond smoky bicones and 11/0 black smokey silver lined seed beads. 1 sterling silver clasp. Beading thread.

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  1. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    KR – I wasn’t familiar with Darkness Darkness so looked it up. It is a beautiful song and so is your bracelet. The superduos and the bicones look great together and the fringe is so free. I have the same problem with thread – it wraps around everything and sometimes you don’t notice it for several rows.

  2. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    This is a pretty bracelet! I haven’t started bead weaving yet, but have been following a group of beadweavers. One thing I have read from new beaders is the problem with thread knotting and/or wrapping around beads. The experienced beaders always ask if the have use Thread Magic or beeswax. It helps to condition the thread so it won’t knot as easily. Also many of them ask if they use Fireline, Wildfire or One G as they seem to be the “thread” of choice.

  3. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Beady Little Eyes. I’m glad you like the song. It is a song of great emotional pain but I think we have all had our dark times and are sometimes drawn to the beauty and strength that comes from passing through it. I feel better now that I know you have the same problem with the thread wrapping up. You are an accomplished beader so I guess it’s not just me. Dollady, I personally think Fireline is the best thread for most applications, especially when you are using sharp crystals, but it is rather expensive so I often use Wild Fire and try to reinforce where the thread passes through the crystals. Nymo or lighter threads should be conditioned with some kind of wax but it is still much more likely to break. The lighter threads are better for fringe as they flop around more, or great for bead embroidery as it will pass through little beads more often and those pieces are less likely to break and fray.

  4. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    KR, I have the utmost admiration for any one who will tackle black on black using a needle with black thread! That’s an added nightmare to the black on black on black. It may not have turned out just the way you wanted but the results are definitely gorgeous!

  5. Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom says:

    Beautiful! Glad you stuck with it. I have some that are somewhere that may never get finished!

  6. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    KR – No. It’s not just you – fringe is the worst- but so lovely.

  7. kye
    kye says:

    This is such a beautiful bracelet. The fringe especially looks like it would be so difficult.

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