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Dance of the butterflies

About this design:

I found the carved butterfly beads in a local bead shop. I didn't know what I was going to do with them at the time. I played around with different ideas, and decided I liked it this way in a bracelet.


Carved cinnabar butterfly beads, African Jasper, elastic cord

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  1. kye
    kye says:

    I’m not familiar with cinnabar. The butterflies look cute with the Jasper. Fitting name for a fun bracelet.

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    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Yes, they do look like they’re dancing. Such a lively bracelet. Great colors.

  3. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    I don’t think I have ever seen turquoise cinnabar. I do love carved cinnabar especially the red and black combination. I’m not sure if you can buy beads in the red black combo. I’ve only seen it is larger pieces like vases, boxes and ginger jars. Regardless it is beautiful in turquoise and the butterflies are a delightful addition to your bracelet.

  4. BevB
    BevB says:

    Thanks, ladies! LRC – I have some red Cinnabar beads. I should posts what I used them in.

  5. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    The turquoise butterflies are a nice focal for the African Jasper as they pull out the hints of blue in the beads. Fun piece to wear this summer. :)

  6. Stingray
    Stingray says:

    I love carved beads; in this they add a nice pop of intricate detail to the smooth patterns in the gemstones.
    True cinnabar is actually highly toxic(a mercury-containing ore) once used in jewelry for its vibrant color. “Cinnabar” beads today are a manmade composition or coated wood.

  7. BevB
    BevB says:

    Thanks, CC and Stingray!

  8. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    If I’m not mistaken cinnabar today is made with multiple layers of lacquer unless they have gone to a less expensive alternative. I have a small black and red box that is made with alternating layers of red and black. It could be that just larger pieces are made with carved lacquer. I must look that up in my Funk and Wagnalls.

  9. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    beautiful Bev!

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    J Marz says:

    Can you give me list of what is needed to create the Dance of Butterflies bracelet.
    I am new to beading and need instructions as well. Thanks. Jane

  11. BevB
    BevB says:

    Jane – I list the items in the component section. It is on an elastic cord. I purchased all of the beads at my local bead shop. You will have to find some beads that call to you…then you can create your bracelet or project.

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    J Marz says:

    Thank you so much ! I will send you a picture of my very first bead project. Jane

  13. BevB
    BevB says:

    Jane-I am looking forward to seeing your creation.

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